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Mergers and acquisitions

Address data challenges in M&A to deliver promised value

Global activity in mergers and acquisitions has increased tenfold in recent years and in 2021, it jumped 63% to more than $5.6 trillion with no sign of slowing down in 2022.

But with more than 60% of M&A deals not delivering promised value, how do you make sure that yours falls into the 40% that succeed?

Many deals fail due to:

  • lack of in-house capability and resources
  • poor planning or lack of a disciplined integration approach
  • inaccurate data and an inability to effectively report against plans
  • tracking value as responsibility in the business shifts

With the boost in M&A activity, how can you manage these obstacles to ensure your deal delivers the value it promises?

Fundamental challenges in M&A

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Harmonization of data

Challenge 1: Quickly understanding the structure and assets of the company being acquired after the deal closes.

You can solve this problem by creating greater transparency with workforce data that enables conversations between leaders on both sides. You do this by representing data in ways that accelerate alignment and reveal opportunities for synergies and optimization.

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Integration modeling

Challenge 2: Many teams working with different data sources (Finance, HR, Operations) leads to confusion.

Orgvue helps by creating virtual deal rooms with a secure, single source of harmonized data, which can be accessed by these teams to foster collaboration on modeling the future organization.

Talent selection and people transition strategy

Challenge 3: Mapping thousands of employees to thousands of different roles is a tough challenge, especially when there’s a lack of understanding of what the critical roles and responsibilities are.

Orgvue helps planners make informed decisions based on criteria such as skills, financial planning, regulatory compliance and, more recently, hybrid working.

5 steps to success with the Orgvue solution

Orgvue brings together different sources of data to reveal the truth about your organization and the companies you acquire. This enables you to plan post-merger integrations, collaborate on future-state design and monitor how well it’s being executed. With Orgvue’s visual storytelling and best practice, data-driven decision making will engage business leaders and support post-merger plans.


Step 1: data cleaning and harmonization

  • Create a secure, segregated data workspace to analyze, clean and model large volumes of data quickly
  • Establish a like-for-like comparison across both companies and identify focus areas for synergies.
  • Mitigate risk by revealing early detail on the impact your planning will have across the new organization
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Quickly visualize two organizations side by side, identify inconsistencies and harmonize global data in a single platform
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Step 2: mapping and leveling

  • Compare job grades and compensation
  • Automate mapping and leveling recommendations across both organizations
  • Reconcile titles, departments and other integration elements
  • Run alignment checks to understand changes in on-target earnings, compa-ratios and other compensation metrics.

Step 3: integration planning

  • Establish ‘Day 1’ structure, model changes and see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ implications on key metrics like cost and headcount
  • Visualize the combined organizational structure in compliance with organizational design principles, regulatory requirements and audit trails
  • Integrate synergy planning with financial planning, so you can identify and track benefits.
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Place current talent into future state positions that have been modeled in Orgvue.

Step 4: talent selection

  • Place current talent into future-state positions that have been modeled in Orgvue
  • Visualize the status of each employee and position by linking these datasets to reveal progress, gaps and risk in the talent selection process
  • Track and audit talent placement decisions

Step 5: synergy tracking and monitoring

  • Convert designs into monthly forecasts
  • Track changes to headcount and cost over time
  • Compare with original assumptions, targets and commitments.
  • See progress against targets by line of business and leader.

Executive reporting to show value realization, highlight risks and deliver confidence in the progress of M&A activity

Customer story:

An accelerated integration of two global media companies

The process was complex, mostly because of the large volume of data and the sheer number of stakeholders involved… but we managed to get it done quickly, securely and risk-free.

VP of Organizational Design

Business goal

  • Successfully merge two of the largest global media companies following a $70bn acquisition
  • Build the new organizational structure and move to the new model, while minimizing cost and reliance on third parties.


  • Integrated and centralized data from both businesses securely in Orgvue
  • Built the new organizational design and moved more than 200,000 employees into positions based on their skills and competencies
  • Set up a standardized rollout process across globally distributed HR teams
  • Trained a center of excellence team of more than 60 people to manage the process and monitor progress.

Delivering value through M&A

Read our latest solution brief and discover how Orgvue can help realize value through data-driven decision making.

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Learn more about how we can help you:

  • create a secure single source of harmonized data which can be accessed by multiple teams 
  • model org structures, identify synergies using visualization and automation to address data inconsistencies
  • map talent to your future organization, so planners can make informed decisions based on advanced criteria such as skills, financial planning, regulatory compliance, and the desire for hybrid working.

Design your business of tomorrow, today

Discover what Orgvue can do for your organization first-hand, request your free demo.