How CIOs Unravel IT Systems After a Business Divestiture

With divestitures on the rise, CIOs at Hess, DuPont and other companies that are selling off pieces of the business must rip apart deeply integrated systems.

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IT organizations devote decades of sweat to integrating corporate technology systems, wringing out every efficiency, leveraging every ounce of scale and seeking every bit of synergy their technology can offer.

Until, one day, they must do the exact opposite.

Corporate divestitures are on the rise. Nearly three-quarters of 148 executives surveyed recently by Deloitte said they expected to attempt divestitures between 2013 and 2015. When a company sells part of the business, IT is charged with systems de-integration.

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