Is Merger and Acquisition integration very much an afterthought

In today’s global business climate, the time may be right for a merger — but is there a right time to integrate. Like it or not Merger & Acquisitions brings with it, a broad range of complexity from contracts and accounting, to organizational structure and employee protocols. While some questions answered regarding M&A efforts but new ones arise pertaining to data integration aspect of the merger.

Are you ready to integrate the acquired company’s data, tools and integration practices? Do you have good, out-of-box tools for streamlining this process? Though there are many system integration organizations available to help, chances are, they don’t even bother to tell you about the significant costs and time it can add to the post mergers and acquisition integration process.

Merger & Acquisition integration today essentially boils down to two things

That has been some of the questions and challenges facing the organizations after M&A and before integration. It essentially boils down to two things:

  • Not to view the data integration aspect of the merger as an afterthought
  • And seriously consider tools that help to integrate, standardize and govern data.
So what should we do?

Know that the pain points in mergers and acquisition begin with understanding how organizations will align with one another and in a variety of scenarios.

Understand that even in the minimalist model where the aligning companies are strictly financially merged, their financial data must be merged to allow them to see their overall margins, and combined profit and loss statements across the combined structure. Operational aspects of the combined company cannot properly operate until operational data is integrated. As a result, the companies may end up with added cost of operations, duplicate systems with legacy systems driving the business while IT organizations struggle to reach the integration finish line.

Know that the major problem facing the integration industry today is that ETL jobs build using a particular ETL tool cannot be easily ported or migrated to another ETL tool.

Know that the major challenge facing today in the data integration industry is, understanding the underlying source to target data mappings and end to end lineage through the ETL conversion process.

Understand that organizations in the midst of M&A, and embarking on an ETL conversion project will require an ETL expert for both tools (the legacy ETL tool and the tool of choice for the two companies) to analyze the legacy ETL tool jobs, document the “job mappings” using Microsoft Excel templates and finally bring in new ETL developers to create the ETL job for the target ETL tool.

When you are considering M&A integration, some features are strategically important. Some of the features key to performing merger & acquisition integration include:

Perform impact analysis of Tables, Columns and Transformations

Impact analysis at the table, column and enterprise transformation level feature will come in handy. This capability is particularly useful in assessing the impact of any global transformation change, source or target level changes and their impact on project and the number of mappings or load process that may be affected resulting from the change to a system, table or column in a table.

Drag and Drop user interface:

Drag and Drop user interface most powerful feature of the product. This feature particularly comes in handy as it is known to accelerate the mapping process.

From just these few examples we can see how these features bring incredible value to any data management organization. Mapping Manager brings exciting out-of-box features that offer incredible value to any data management organization and are ONLY found in Mapping Manager.

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  • Manage and Reuse System Metadata
  • Import Existing Excel Mapping Specifications
  • View technical and business definitions from metadata browser
  • Import/Export Mapping Specifications
  • Reuse and share commonly used transformation logic
  • Store and manage mapping Specifications versions
  • View data lineage across the enterprise
  • Manage Enterprise Transformations at a governance level
  • Supports Excel upload capabilities to store system metadata
  • Built in Metadata scanners for all major database vendors
  • No Prerequisite ETL Tool Version requirement
  • Define, maintain and upload data dictionary for systems
  • Central Repository for integration project documentation
  • Import System Metadata
  • Preview data Capabilities from Metadata Browser.

As a part of any merger or acquisition, data and data mappings play a critical role in defining the overall integration strategy, particularly in industries which are heavily regulated such as Financial Services and Health Care.

If this describes your organization, AnalytiX Data Services would like to show you how the best-in-class resources and tools come together to automate manual processes and enable organizations to accelerate completion and operate more efficiently while lowering costs of the M&A integration process.

Mapping Manager meets the industry’s auditing and compliance requirements by automating and managing the data mappings involved in data integration projects and complying with industry regulations such as SOX, Basel, Solvency II, Health Care PHI and SPI regulations across the organization.

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