US technology M&A insights, Q3 2011 update

November 2011
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US technology M&A insights, Q3 2011 update

At a glance

Due to volatility and uncertainty in the markets in Q3, deal volume dipped and IPOs experienced a major slowdown. While M&A volume dipped compared to a year ago, venture-backed technology M&A exits increased over Q211. Despite what could be described at the very least as an interesting quarter, the technology industry is one of the few to be experiencing growth, despite broader challenges in the world economy.

While M&A volume dipped compared to a year ago, venture-backed technology M&A exits increased over Q211. Several technology acquisitions were "dual track" exits, in which companies preparing for an IPO changed direction. The technology industry is one of the few to be experiencing growth, despite broader challenges in the world economy. The industry's predisposition to innovation will continue to drive M&A activity and the convergence of software, hardware and services in the months to come.

This quarterly update includes a recap of the quarter's largest deals and most active sectors, as well as a focus article about go-to-market (GTM) integration: the activities taken to integrate an acquired company’s customers, channels, processes, and systems.