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The AMA Handbook of Due Diligence by Andrew J. Sherman, William M. Crilly

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Communications Applications - Form 15-08 (Continued)
Major
Communications Equipment Inventory - Form 15-09
Form 15-09 provides for the listing of all major pieces of communications equipment other than regular tele-
phone desk sets.
It may be appropriate to use a separate form for each location. If so, the total company inventory should be
listed on a separate form, entering the word “Total” in the Location box.
Integrated Computer/Communications Systems - Form 15-10
Major progress has been made in recent years in the integration of computer networks and communications
systems. In many cases these systems provide direct access to the company’s data bases. A cellular phone-to-
computer network-to-data base is but one example.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
What integrated systems are currently in place?
Are additional integrated systems planned for the future? If so, what are the design objectives
and what new equipment will be required?
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Is the equipment reasonably compatible between different locations? If not, what are the major
factors that have influenced the choice of different equipment?
Is the equipment state-of-the-art? If not, will it require early replacement?
Approximately what percent increase in traffic can the current system handle without major
expenditures for new equipment?
In a potential merger situation:
How compatible is the communications equipment?
Do the two firms generally use the same vendors?
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Is the entity’s management satisfied with the current communication services? If not, what
additions and/or changes would they recommend?
Do the services appear to be excessive for the nature and/or extent of the entity’s operation?
In a potential merger situation - are the entity’s communication services reasonably compatible
with those of the prospective buyer?
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