Mitigating the Impact of a Merger

When two companies integrate, it can wreak havoc on electronic security infrastructure

Functional goals might impact other components of an electronic security system, such as CCTV, electronic security alarms, etc. The process is the same no matter what part of the electronic security system might be involved. Functional goals must be prioritized and limited to about five - others can be added as higher-priority goals are accomplished. This will provide a level of insight as to what upper management wants the merged security department to accomplish. It also allows for overlapping goals to be addressed in a more holistic fashion.

Many times, minimal standards will be set that will allow easier implementation of functional goals. For example, several different functional goals could be defined that affect the CCTV system. To facilitate implementation of the goals, minimum light levels could be defined for building exteriors and parking lots.

Developing a "One-Company Culture"

Nothing says more about the lack of a of a company philosophy than different company benefits, HR policies and corporate cultures.

Functional goals are an important step in providing a "one-company" philosophy with a more holistic view of upper management's vision of security and its role in the new enterprise. Without well-defined functional goals, the one-company culture is difficult to achieve.

Robert Pearson holds a BSEE and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He has been an instructor at George Washington University, teaching "Integrated Security Systems" and "Corporate Security Management." He has written numerous articles for various technical magazines and has recently published a book, "Electronic Security Systems." On a day-to-day basis he oversees design, project management, and maintenance of security systems for multiple sites. He is a member of A/E National Standing Council for ASIS International.