Technical Due Diligence for M&A: A Perspective from Corporate Development at SAP
Software development organizations in technology companies increasingly take advantage of the compelling economics and time-to-solution advantages of free and open source software. However the practice of leveraging such code is often uncontrolled, potentially introducing unknown risks as well as intellectual property issues into the company’s software assets. Depending on how the software is used can cause inadvertent dilution or even loss of the organization’s intellectual property (IP) and hence its value.
At the same time, acquiring companies have become more aware and sophisticated in their due diligence practices to uncover issues before M&A transactions are completed. They are sensitive to uncertainty in general and this issue in particular, and some have separate due diligence processes for open source.
This webinar focuses on the issues related to improper use of open source software and how this can impact M&A and other partnering opportunities. Attendees will learn techniques to uncover potential issues and the benefits of properly managing your software assets to minimize delays and risks. Russell Hartz of SAP's Corporate Development organization discusses their strategy and perspective on the subject and how they approach this kind of technical due diligence.
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