Most acquisitions and alliances severely under-perform relative to expectations set at the time of their inception. No matter how great they look on paper, it is always a lot harder to make things come out anywhere near where they were meant to be than it seemed at the start. Fortunately, based on first-hand practical experience and learning from experience of others, there are some things that can be done to raise the odds of success.
This video walks through the origins of the Alliance by Design framework as presented to the IntelliVen Learning Community:
Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals Strategic Alliance Best Practice Architecture User Guide