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Technology, media, and telecommunications M&A update: Q2 2019

Many companies, small and large, are finding themselves looking to technology-based platforms more than before to solve common business issues. From identifying threats to their networks, to automating work once done by humans, to making end-to-end decisions, many businesses are capitalizing on automation, analytics, and forms of intelligence to grow. This technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) mergers & acquisitions (M&A) update provides Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC insights and market data analysis that shed light on M&A trends in the TMT industry.

TMT trends

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)1:
    • The use of AI in cybersecurity is expected to continue to increase in 2019 and the near future, as the number of product offerings grows.
    • With security incidents expected to rise again this year, more companies are relying on AI and Machine Learning to help identify harmful network activity.
  • Automation2:
    • Increased automation has had a big effect on the current workforce, with employees quitting at the fastest rate since 2001.
    • Automation isn’t just touching employees, as more companies are leveraging automation as part of their strategy to create memorable and customizable experiences for customers.
  • Data analytics3:
    • Data Analytics was used initially for small parts in the decision-making process, but far more end-to-end decision-making platforms will likely be used in the future.
    • Analytics is moving toward increased automation, with Gartner predicting that 50 percent of analytical queries will be generated via search, natural language processing, or automated searches.
  • Business Intelligence (BI)4:
    • BI is becoming a part of normal operations for many smaller companies, as companies with fewer than 100 employees beat out their larger competitors for a higher adoption rate.
    • A larger number of companies are converting to self-service BI interfaces, which are predicted to yield more analytical data than data scientists in 2019.

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1 ModernCISO,"2019 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch: IoT, AI, and Machine Learning,", accessed July 9, 2019.

2 HR&Digital Trends, "Prediction 2019: Employee Experience Moves to Center Stage," January 2, 2019,, accessed July 9, 2019.

3 Gartner, "Gartner Identifies Top 10 Data and Analytics Technology Trends for 2019,", accessed July 8, 2019.

4 SmartDataCollective, "6 Business Intelligence Trends to Watch For in 2019,", accessed July 9, 2019.