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M&A digitization: Imagine you can easily review existing tools to automate M&A...

Everybody feels the pressure to digitize. How can you best handle it when you are responsible for the M&A process? Say, you would like to get information which tools are available to automate this task. You could start searching, find some tool vendors, look at a few in more details by coordinating meetings. A tedious process.

Domain model can help

I am working on a domain model, which will be available in an online tool, that does two things: first, define all tasks in the M&A process. Second, it allows to map existing tools to this model, showing which tools are available for which tasks.

What would it look like?

Let us have a look at an example. In the early phase of the M&A process there is a task called pipelining. You want to automate it. This task aims at providing a long list of potential targets and ways to select a subset of targets resulting in a shortlist. So, how would the information about a tool look like? See the information below on a single tool that partially automates this task.

Tool/Service: EY Embryonic
Provider: EY
USP: EY has licensed all expensive databases like CapIQ, CBInsights, ThomsonReuters and has an impressive user experience.
EY Embryonic is offered as a consulting service. 

Great information right? This is just a snippet of the available information. The plan is to list several tools to enable you to select the right tooling to digitize the M&A process.

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