5 Thoughts on the CVS-Aetna Deal – From a Technology Integration Perspective

5 Thoughts on the CVS-Aetna Deal – From a Technology Integration Perspective

On Monday, pharmacy retailer CVS announced it is acquiring the health payer Aetna in a $69 billion deal. The unorthodox merger is raising many questions in the healthcare industry and M&A circles. Since every day West Monroe’s M&A practice helps merging companies understand their technology “to-do list” pre- and post-merger, we have several thoughts on what lies ahead for the new...

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M&A in Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices: How to Stop Value Leakage

M&A in Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices: How to Stop Value Leakage

Most pharmaceutical executives would argue that M&A is critical to drive shareholder value. Transactions can help realize new discovery capabilities, procure new compounds to strengthen stagnant drug development pipelines, or save money, all of which can create a competitive advantage in the market.  The numbers speak for themselves. In 2015, healthcare M&A increased 66%, reaching a...

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How to Avoid Groundhog Day Syndrome in Software Demonstrations

As your organization’s project manager in a software selection, you’ve been working hard for the last month or two gathering requirements, reviewing RFPs, and managing the team’s expectations. The time for the software demonstrations has arrived at last and you walk into the presentation room and think you finally have an opportunity to sit back with a donut, cup of coffee, and watch the...

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Are your core applications functionally scalable?

Understanding and being confident in the scalability of the core applications (e.g., ERP, CRM) that support your business is fundamental to your technology strategy.  At the most macro level, scalability can be broken down into technical scalability (the ability for an application’s architecture to handle increased load without degrading performance) and functional scalability (the...

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