The common perception is that top-tier enterprise software takes years to implement. Given the complexity of some enterprise applications, and the degree to which business processes must be remodeled to fit them, this is often certainly the case. But other enterprise applications, when combined with effective project management by capable professionals, can be rolled out rapidly when it really counts ... like after a merger or acquisition. When two enterprises are joined, migrating the entities onto a common enterprise application is considered a best practice for transforming them into a single business unit. When two acquired enterprises are on the same application, management gains immediate visibility into the workings of the combined enterprise. Moreover, sharing an enterprise infrastructure can help the combined businesses realize economies of scale by sharing inventory and other resources. And similar fiscal and operational policies can help the newly-joined ventures look and feel more like a single entity to employees, vendors and customers.

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