One of the most common is mergers, acquisitions or divestitures as often, major challenges can arise when
selling individual business units or buying entities from other companies. While IT systems have to be adapted
accordingly, the most challenging part is usually in the proper handling of business data. On the one hand, the
new owner of an entity must get access to all data belonging to the specific acquired business. On the other hand,
the data that does not belong to the new owner must be deleted.
Obsolete data, or data which is no longer needed, can hinder business operations from legal requirements and data
protection compliancy to IT system performance and landscape optimisation. Ultimately, all of these can have major
financial implications therefore, companies are well advised to get rid of this outdated data. However, as a result, a
wide range of systems such as SAP ERP, CRM and SCM can be directly affected.