One of the key factors driving the success or failure of any merger or acquisition is the ability to quickly take advantage of the efficiencies and synergies which led to the deal in the first place.  When companies come together, there is usually a mix of technologies, product lines, resources, offices (often in new geographies), and basic things like IT, email, and security.  All these areas must be considered, otherwise the anticipated benefits will be quickly lost.  Assuming there are high-level integration objectives, starting integration planning before the deal closes is critical.  Mind the Gap works with your company to develop and/or execute the Integration Strategy against the Integration Plan and can easily support the integration team post-close to ensure that the integration is on track to meet the original objectives.