N2M – Top ERP Advisors

Over thirty years of experience in Enterprise Resource Planning(ERP).

N2M is an award-winning digital consultancy regarded as experts in ERP serving leading companies, private equity firms and portfolio companies globally. Founded by technology and ERP industry veterans, and former executives from Oracle, SAP, Deloitte and Accenture, N2M is a trusted advisor to clients across industries. N2M’s services include ERP Selections, Assessments, Enhancements, Modifications, Upgrades, Implementations and Program and Project Management. N2M is known is the industry for our extensive and specialized ERP experience and is often brought in to turn around failed projects or serve as advisors on highly complex and strategic projects.

Mergers & Acquisitions(M&A) ERP Specialized Advisors

N2M’s team has extensive experience in M&A providing specialized ERP services for mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and private equity. Mergers and Acquisitions represent strategic maneuvers that organizations undertake to enhance their market presence, streamline operations, and achieve synergies. In the contemporary business environment, where agility and adaptability are paramount, successful mergers and acquisitions hinge on the effective integration of diverse business processes.

ERP strategies in M&A are an imperative.

Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity deals cannot be successful without consideration and execution of an Enterprise Resource Planning(ERP) strategy. The acquiring or divesting of a company’s ERP system can be a very complex and is one of the most important pieces of a merger or acquisition to ensure that it is done correctly. 

Streamlining Operations with ERP

ERP systems play a pivotal role in M&A scenarios by providing a unified platform for managing core business functions. From finance and human resources to supply chain and customer relations, ERP systems act as the backbone, harmonizing diverse processes into a cohesive whole.

Data Integration for Informed Decision-Making

In the realm of mergers and acquisitions, informed decision-making is the linchpin of success. ERP systems facilitate this by seamlessly integrating data from disparate sources. This integration not only expedites the decision-making process but also ensures accuracy, laying the foundation for a robust and well-informed strategy.

IT Integration Challenges in M&A

IT and ERP integration is often an underrated risk in mergers and acquisitions, while the consolidation of business processes is a crucial factor to success in M&A. ERP systems are directly tied to the business processes of an organization. Integrating two or more ERP systems can be complex and challenging, leading to delays, cost overruns, and decreased productivity if not handled properly.

IT integration can be one of the most costly factors in ERP implementation and some companies often overlook this or don’t fully understand the full cost to implement a system given their IT integration needs with their current systems. When selecting an ERP system you need to understand not just the price of the system but the full cost of integration.

ERP Due Diligence is a critical step in the M&A process.

IT due diligence is a critical step that shouldn’t be overlooked in the diligence process. ERP systems are part of this assessment and can give the buyer a more accurate view of the risks and value of a target. Determining the true size and complexity of merging IT landscapes begin with an analysis of the core ERP systems as they are the backbone to most enterprises’ IT platforms. Correctly evaluating the target’s architecture of ERP environments is fundamental to optimizing the ERP strategy and the overall deal success. Not properly assessing the current target’s systems and the integration of the systems can lead to extensive unknown costs, delays in timing and scope creep, and substantial operational risks.

The ERP analysis in the due diligence process can determine at a minimum:

  • Maintain current ERP systems, migrate to the parent company’s system and whether upgrades of the target’s systems are needed to minimize costs to integrate, or if a new ERP system should be implemented for the combined companies
  • Integration challenges and estimated costs
  • Licensing costs and considerations
  • Quality and security considerations
  • Business process fit, challenges and improvement
  • If the current systems are a fit for the company’s requirements and projected growth
  • Resource capabilities
  • Determine the best strategy to handle the systems and avoid potential risks and costs
  • Identify value creation opportunities in simplifying processes and optimizing business operations

ERP Selection

ERP selection is an important and complex process and can be especially complex in M&A. It’s critical to ensure that the ERP system is a fit for the business’s current requirements but also the future growth needs of the business.

Key Criteria for ERP Selection:

  • Functional Requirements Fit
  • Business Alignment & Business Process Analysis
  • Fit for Company’s Current Needs & Future Growth requirements
  • Customization Analysis & Requirements
  • Industry-Specific Functionality 
  • Systems Integration
  • Scalability 
  • Implementation & Maintenance Cost
  • Vendor Technology & Roadmap
  • Vendor Support
  • Systems Integrator and Availability of Resources

ERP Program & Project Management

One of the major reasons businesses fail to implement ERP systems properly is because of poor leadership in project management. ERP projects are very complex and have high failure rates. 50-75% of ERP projects fail to meet their objectives. 61% take longer than expected for implementations. The specific experience and expertise of the resources doing the implementation and overseeing the implementation are key factors for failure. It’s critical to have the specific ERP package expertise, as well as business and industry expertise.

In M&A, it can be extremely beneficial to have a Program and Project Manager with M&A experience. Merging, acquiring, divesting companies can be very complex and having experienced oversight can greatly impact the success of the project.

About N2M:

N2M is an award-winning digital consultancy with over thirty years serving clients as trusted advisors. Differentiated by our agility and specialized expertise, we provide tailored to the unique needs of each of our clients. N2M’s team are ERP experts with over thirty years in ERP including: Oracle, NetSuite, Microsoft, SAP, Workday and Salesforce(CRM).

N2M is a  preferred partner to leading companies, private equity firms and portfolio companies world-wide. 

Reach out to N2M for expert assistance with your ERP needs.