The support of a trusted partner
Wilton Brands LLC ("Wilton") acquired Simplicity Creative Group—a global leader in craft, sewing, knitting, hobby, and home decorating brands—at the end of 2012 to extend and complement its product portfolio.
Wilton’s IT leaders sought assistance from West Monroe Partners for three critical elements of the acquisition:
West Monroe Partners offered extensive experience in these areas, along with proven methodologies, tools and approaches that could help Wilton execute the integration efficiently. In addition, West Monroe understood Wilton’s IT environment through more than five years of supporting various IT projects and previous acquisitions.
Due diligence identified unique operating differences between Simplicity’s pattern and non-pattern businesses. This added complexity to the integration process; thus, Wilton split the integration into separate streams for the two businesses, as well as a first phase for Simplicity’s U.S. operations and a second for its international operations.
Efficient integration, faster benefits
Based on insight gained from due diligence, West Monroe Partners worked with Wilton to create an IT integration plan that supported Wilton’s overall integration management office (IMO) and plan. The firm then helped Wilton execute the plan by running the IT program management office (PMO) for the U.S. integration. This included:
With the support of West Monroe Partners, Wilton Brands completed—on schedule—the integration of Simplicity’s key applications to Wilton’s IT environment and migration of Simplicity’s U.S. IT infrastructure to Wilton’s domain.