Due Dilligence – M&A

Basic points:

  • What will it take to modify and add new functionality
  • Maintainability and automated testing
  • Scalability risks and strengths
  • System design, code size, technologies, and complexity
  • Open source and other dependencies
  • Security and privacy risks
  • Development capability, data center practices
  • Defect/incident analysis
  • Sophistication and robustness of algorithms and data models
  • Internationalization, portability, or other quality attributes
  • Your specific questions

Another view from: http://www.crosslaketech.com/technical-due-diligence-checklist-why-acquiring-firms-need-it/

Approach

  • Fact-based & Belief based
  • Avoid bullshit
  • Point at what actually is
  • Context
  • Conditions  –> into which this goes
  • Capability . from + to
  • Culture
  • This fails by …
  • This succeeds by …
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