Institute for Software Research Lecture


Assessing Technology Organizations: Technology Due Diligence in M&A

In today's highly competitive Technology sector, investors and strategic buyers must conduct thorough diligence on target acquisitions to ensure a comprehensive acquired.  understanding of the risk profile and value potential of the technology business being acquired. For software businesses, this includes an assessment of the software products and architecture, the software development process, and the team of people building the software - the classic People, Process and Technology triumvirate.  This presentation will explore the function of Tech Due Diligence (Tech DD) in the acquisition deal process, including scope for Tech DD assessments, best practices for discovery and risk identification, methods for measuring technical debt and value potential, and key findings from the Tech DD work stream that can influence the deal process and valuation.

Gregg Schoonover is a Technology Operating Partner with WCAS, a private equity fund specializing in the Technology sector, where he leads the Technology Due Diligence effort. Gregg previously served as CTO to enterprises including Serviguistics, NorthPlains, Powerplan, etc. He brings more than 25 years of SaaS leadership experience, spanning all functions of the Software Development Lifecycle including Engineering, Product Management, Quality Support, Services, DevOps & SEC Ops, and large-scale architecture.

Gregg is a Carnegie Mellon alumnus, Master’s of Software Engineering (MSE) 1997. He earned his Bachelor’s in Management Science and Information Technology from Virginia Tech.

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