3. Acquisition Integration
In phase three, Acquisition Integration, the acquirer integrates the target. This entails devising and implementing the IT integration strategies to realize the benefits of scale, scope, resource addition and strategic renewal, which all depend on different integration mechanisms. Frequently, acquisition integration is suboptimal and introduces organizational inefficiencies, such as increased complexity and reduced business/ IT alignment. Suboptimal solutions may be necessary in the shortterm but, if not corrected, will likely have a long-term cumulative adverse effect on the acquirer.