Of the 127 discrete steps in executing an IPO, Goldman Sachs has determined approximately half can be done by computers instead of people. As a result, the bank has developed Deal Link, a computer interface that arranges and tracks legal and compliance diligence, fills out forms, and generates reports.
Investment bank is eliminating thousands of hours of tasks Managers say it’s freeing junior staff for more-valuable work A few years ago, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s leaders took a hard look at how the bank carries out initial public offerings. They mapped 127 steps in every deal, then set out to see how many could be done by computers instead of people. The answer so far: about half. Just 21 months after the firm disclosed its plan to re-engineer one of Wall Street’s most lucrative businesses, the project has found ways to eliminate thousands of hours of work long performed by humans. A computer-based interface called Deal Link has replaced informal checklists that were once tended and passed down between generations of rainmakers. It now arranges and tracks legal and compliance reviews, fills in forms and generates reports.