March 3, 2017
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IT Due Diligence Done Right

Dave Noonan of RSM describes his firm’s approach to IT due diligence and how this supports a private equity investor’s ability to create value.

Dave Noonan of RSM describes his firm’s approach to IT due diligence and how this supports a private equity investor’s ability to create value.

IT Due Diligence Done Right
With Dave Noonan of RSM US LLP

Q1: Overall, what is your approach to helping clients create value?

Dave Noonan, RSM US LLP:
When you look at how to create value, you really look into three pillars. It’s either cost or money, risk and time. Can I mitigate any risk associated with the business? That starts all the way with financial due diligence and tax structuring, as well as IT and security. Then, man, if I can get to an investment thesis quicker and execute a transaction in a more rapid fashion, that just means better returns for my investors.

Q2: How do you apply that approach to IT due diligence?

Noonan: We spend most of our time in four areas primarily. We look at the IT organization and the controls of that organization to ensure that those resources are appropriate to service the environment once you make the transaction work. Then, we look at the infrastructure itself—everything from the data center to the email systems to the LAN/WAN design, those types of things.

We then look at the business applications that support the business, make sure they are contemporary—scalable—to meet the investment thesis and appropriate for the size of the business as it is today and as it will be going forward. Then, lastly, we take a look at the security environment to make sure there are no risks associated with security and privacy, cybersecurity.

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