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Big data analytics drives record breaking M&A activity in global tech sector

May 11, 2016 / JAMES NUNNS

Big data analytics became a significant deal-driving trend in 2015 merger and acquisition activity as companies sought new data sources to feed their analytics capabilities. 2015 saw record-setting levels of activity in global technology M&As with volume rising 8% sequentially and 2% year over year rise in the first quarter of 2016 to 1,002 deals. However, despite the increased activity, quarterly value fell 65% sequentially and 14% YOY. Despite the falling numbers, the quarter still ranks among the top 10 highest-value quarters at $66.7bn, according to EY's Global technology M&A update: January-March 2016. Significantly, it was found that seven of the ten deal-driving trends were led by big data analytics which was up 82% in YOY value and 72% in YOY volume. Jee Liu, EY's global technology industry leader, transaction advisory services, said: "Digital disruption is not standing still for global economic uncertainty and neither is global technology M&A.