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Accelerating integration/separation timelines to just a few months, driving continuous synergy savings, dramatically reducing technical debt, and ensuring deal integrity through proper zero trust security controls are core outcomes from a modern M&A/Div strategy.

Stephen Singh, Global Vice President, M&A/Divestiture and ITO Strategy,
Planning, and Implementation, Zscaler
This fall, M&A is in the air
Kyle Fiehler, Sr. Transformation Analyst
In the last few months, we’ve seen Oracle acquire Cerner to gain a stronger hold on the healthcare IT space, chip manufacturer Broadcom take steps to purchase VMware for a jaw-dropping $61 billion, Google make a security play by purchasing Mandiant, and Adobe snap up would-be rival Figma to tighten its grip on the design software space.
In spite of economic uncertainties, corporations are still charging ahead with big M&A transactions. But that doesn’t mean macroeconomic conditions aren’t rewriting the playbook for these deals. Zscaler GVP, M&A/Divestiture and ITO Strategy, Planning, and Implementation Stephen Singh recently joined The CIO Evolution podcast to describe the current landscape, what’s changed, and how to craft a winning M&A strategy.
If you’re interested in learning even more about what makes a modern M&A deal successful, register to join Singh, guest speakers, and customers for a virtual CXO Summit devoted to the topic (see below for more details).

Catching up with Revolutionaries on the road
Recapping recent CXO Summit Live events
In September, the CXO REvolutionaries hit the road for a series of in-person summits featuring exciting speakers and critical conversations on top-of-mind topics. Kicking off the series at CXO Live Silicon Valley, Zscaler CEO and Founder Jay Chaudhry spoke with Zoom CEO and Founder Eric Yuan about the challenges of scaling and what’s next for the videoconferencing giant.
The event also featured Zscaler EVP, Customer Experience & Transformation Kavitha Mariappan in discussion with Microsoft Chief Vice President, Security, Compliance, Identity, and Privacy Vasu Jakkal and reporter, author, and CISA advisor Nicole Perlroth.
Along with many other pearls of wisdom, Jakkal covered the importance cultural transformation as well as digital, while Perlroth discussed the promise and progress of public/private partnerships in solving the biggest problems in cybersecurity.
There’s still time to sign up for additional CXO Summits in Chicago and New York City. Check back often if you don’t see a location near you, as more virtual and live dates are being added regularly.
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This year, M&A will likely fall short of a record-breaking 2021 but will finish as one of the strongest markets of the past two decades. There will be some winners, but most deals will fall short of envisioned outcomes. IT leaders and corporate strategists can discover a winning formula by harnessing the cloud and digital transformation to accelerate the tech side of integrations or divestitures.
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The M&A/Div playbook has evolved in recent years. To satisfy boards and shareholders, deals must demonstrate synergy savings quickly without sacrificing security. Join us for a virtual event featuring M&A experts on October 18 from 8 - 9 a.m. PDT to learn how to bring speed, integrity, and consistency to any transaction.
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Two factors regularly undermine organizations’ security and increase their exposure to breaches: a convoluted tech stack and an overabundance of implicit trust. A bloated lineup of third-party IT solutions poses a danger to organizations because it both expands their attack surface and increases the opportunity of becoming collateral damage via a compromised vendor somewhere further down the supply chain.
How fewer security appliances reduces risk exposure
When I joined Cushman & Wakefield, I wanted to transform the way we thought about IT security. It was important to me that we transitioned from thinking about security as something driven by infrastructure, devices, and appliances like VPNs and firewalls, to thinking about security as just another service. I decided that a transition to zero trust was the most sensible way to address these issues, and I wanted to focus on two core goals.
Cushman & Wakefield CISO Erik Hart describes his zero trust journey
Its adversaries’ capabilities, Department of Defense (DoD) CIO John Sherman says, are forcing the department to adopt the “ambitious goal” of deploying zero trust principles across all of its 33 agencies by 2027. With the White House Executive Order conferring U.S. endorsement of zero trust principles from the very top, it now falls to the DoD to implement this vision. To do so, the department should stick to a few practices that could help make the rollout smooth and successful.
The former CIO for the State of Wisconsin offers advice for a smooth transition
Zscaler announced this September that it has achieved carbon neutral status and declared its intention to become a net zero emitter by 2025. The company utilized a combination of renewable energy credits and carbon offset purchases to cancel out its projected electricity consumption and carbon output. We invited Zscaler SVP, Investor Relations & Strategic Finance Bill Choi to discuss what it means for Zscaler, its customers, and investors.
Read the complete interview with Bill Choi
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