With over 30,000 team members in over 200 locations worldwide, the client has a portfolio of over 25 brands in the automotive industry. Jabian interfaced with the client’s Enterprise Architecture group which plays an integral part in the mergers and acquisition process from a technology perspective.
The client has performed many mergers and acquisitions in the past with no set team and no standard procedures. Three years ago, the client analyzed their approach and developed a framework. However, the framework was not mandatory and therefore only selectively utilized. As the client approached its largest acquisition yet, the need for a clear and organized framework became apparent.
Jabian worked with two members of the client Enterprise Architecture team to complete the work. They engaged leadership and team members across Business and Technology to build a Six Step Merger & Acquisition Framework and perform a current state application analysis. The team performed the following activities to complete the work:
- Researched existing frameworks and best practices around the M&A process;
- Reviewed previous M&A collateral and initiatives to identify gaps and areas for improvement;
- Engaged leaders and SMEs in the Business and IT to understand pain points in their current M&A processes;
- Interviewed SMEs in the Business and IT to identify current state applications and desired future state standards;
- Built the framework and socialized it with Business and IT leaders to gain buy-in and incorporate feedback.
Merger & Acquisition Framework
Application Gap Analysis
As a result of our efforts, the client established a standing Integration Management Office. This organization now oversees all M&A activities to promote a standard process, apply lessons learned, and address issues that arise on projects. The framework and templates built now serve as the foundation for M&A activities.