M&A, Business Models and Ecosystems in the Software Industry

Karl´s blog

Let us cover the final frontier of digitalization: M&A processes!

While many business processes are automated, use big data analytics and digital assistants, we seem to run M&A processes like it is 1999. Imagining what is possible today, we are on the verge of disruption in M&A.

What is needed?

Here is the list of requirements to massively digitize the M&A process:

  • end-to-end process support from early phases to end of the integration project,

  • Digital learning for M&A knowledge,

  • Semantic analysis of available data of acquirer and target and then leverage the semantic data to navigate the data via assistive technologies, like automatic analysis of legal documents,

  • assistive technologies like chatbots, robotic process automation and digital assistants that help managers watch risks, ask the right questions and propose proper next steps,

  • big data analytics: data rooms are a large data set, so why dig through it manually?,

  • Use of forensic technologies for understanding and investigating data room content

  • Automate IT due diligence by using scanners for analysis of networks, applications and interfaces,

  • Automatically analyse content of existing ERP systems for due diligence, merger integration and migration of ERP systems.

What is already digital?

  • Learning: see PMI2GO: digital online learning for post merger integration

  • Data rooms: Trusted file stores for due diligence are digital. But is file store digitalization driven far enough? No. Not yet.

  • Process digitalization: There are M&A process tools that allow partial automation of management tasks. But do we get digitalization with chatbots, assistive technology based on machine learning? No. Not yet.

The opportunities are massive but are not yet leveraged. I think the M&A community has to provide guidance to vendors to achieve a vision i call the Digital M&A Manifesto. Stay tuned for more details.


My first week with the Roomba 960 vacuum cleaner

Our home cleaning person retired. This was the final motivation to start additional robotics in our home.

The Roomba 960 was easy to install. remove two tabs, plug in the charging station. done.

The Roomba worked well on all types of floors: wooden and tiles and all of our carpets: thin, thick, wool, plastic, everywhere.

We have 100 square meters to clean and the roomba needs one charging cycle in between to finish, which is not a problem since the roomba finds its charging station and restarts automatically as soon as it has finished recharging. We set a schedule to clean every second day automatically.


The roomba recognized the stairs everywhere and avoided them.

Overall a very good performance

things to be aware of  are:

  • cables: cables on the floor will easily be eaten. just remove them
  • thin curtains that reach the floor: we have one thin curtain that reaches the floor. well, the roomba started eating the curtain. now we just pull it up when the roomba starts.
  • some voices say, black carpets will be avoided by the Roomba. We don´t have any so we cannot comment on this.
  • that´s it.
Karl Popproomba, cleaner, vacuum