2023 Trend Guide: Technical Debt in Mergers and Acquisitions

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Why Read This Research

As financial, political, demographic, and cultural pressures build, higher education institutions are seeking more efficient ways to operate, including through mergers and acquisitions. When planning for a merger or acquisition, higher education technology leaders are tasked with focusing on retiring technical debt while addressing the immediate needs of aligning institutional operations. This 2023 guide identifies technical debt-related challenges, institutional approaches for eliminating technical debt, and recommendations for planning merger and acquisition technology strategies.

Key Questions Answered

  • What technical challenges should higher education institutions consider when planning merger and acquisition strategies?
  • What approaches are institutions taking to minimize technical debt?
  • How can higher education institutions focus long-term technology strategies on eliminating technical debt?


  • Author: Dave Kieffer, Principal Analyst, Tambellini Group
  • Research Availability: July 2023

Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Trends Landscape
  3. Practice Approaches
  4. Recommendations
  5. Conclusion & Methodology

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