Category: Software

Accenture Is Preparing to Double-Down on M&A. We Share Our Ideas for Likely Target Areas.

Accenture Is Preparing to Double-Down on M&A. We Share Our Ideas for Likely Target Areas.

Companies mentioned: Accenture (ACN), Alibaba (BABA), AWS (AMZN), Azure (MSFT), Bottomline Technologies (EPAY), Broadridge (BR), DataRobot (Pvt.), GCP (GOOG), IHS Markit (INFO), Oracle (ORCL), Palantir (Pvt.), Qlik (Pvt.), Solera (Pvt.), SS&C (SSNC), Tibco (Pvt.), Verisk (VRSK). Accenture’s CEO of North America, Julie Sweet, will become CEO of Accenture effective September 1st 2019. Ms. Sweet is … Continue reading Accenture Is Preparing to Double-Down on M&A. We Share Our Ideas for Likely Target Areas.

Checkmate. Facebook Wins.

Checkmate. Facebook Wins.

FTC slaps Facebook on the wrist and levies $5B fine. Combining legacy Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. A grand product strategy or slick tactical move to avert regulators? Facebook only found religion as it relates to user privacy after the FTC threatened to break up the company into three separate entities - 1) legacy Facebook, 2) … Continue reading Checkmate. Facebook Wins.

AI, Machine Learning and More

AI, Machine Learning and More

We used Google to search for various terms related to Artificial Intelligence to gauge popularity. We ran queries using Google's trend analysis to gauge the popularity of various search terms related to Artificial Intelligence. You may access our results here. We executed Google searches on the following five search terms: "AI", "Machine Learning", "Deep Learning", … Continue reading AI, Machine Learning and More

We Applaud Creative M&A Strategies

We Applaud Creative M&A Strategies

It has leaked that semiconductor giant Broadcom (tkr: AVGO) is working to acquire CyberSecurity software company Symantec (tkr: SYMC).  Semiconductor investors are not fans of the deal as AVGO shares have traded off 6% since the news leaked. Conversely, we like the prospective acquisition for a couple of reasons: First, Symantec’s recurring revenues will help … Continue reading We Applaud Creative M&A Strategies

“Wait and See” Does Not Constitute A Strategy

“Wait and See” Does Not Constitute A Strategy

Our experience is that it is best to take action during disruptive periods - or better yet - at the first signs of trouble. The "wait and see" approach often leads to irrelevance and ultimately death. Deutsche Bank plans to shed 18,000 jobs and exit the institutional trading business while simultaneously investing in technology. This … Continue reading “Wait and See” Does Not Constitute A Strategy

Use Two-Factor Authentication (“2FA”) to Reduce the Risk of Compromised Data

Use Two-Factor Authentication (“2FA”) to Reduce the Risk of Compromised Data

Two-factor authentication or 2FA is virtually painless and greatly mitigates the risk of compromised personal and enterprise data. People don’t like to be told “take your medicine” much less read about it. However, an ounce of prevention goes a long way. Whether you wish to add a layer of security beyond the common password to … Continue reading Use Two-Factor Authentication (“2FA”) to Reduce the Risk of Compromised Data

When Companies Aren’t Led by Experts

When Companies Aren’t Led by Experts

Much was made of Apple's chief designer Jony Ive stepping down last week. Rightfully so. What does it mean when companies aren't led by domain experts? "He’s not just a designer. That’s why he works directly for me. He has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me. There’s no one who can … Continue reading When Companies Aren’t Led by Experts

M&A Deal Sourcing – A Significant Opportunity for Machine Learning

M&A Deal Sourcing – A Significant Opportunity for Machine Learning

Identifying acquisition targets is an arduous process. Machine learning can help. It is somewhat easier to identify acquisition targets today than it was 10 years ago given the advent of private company databases such as Bob's Guide, Crunchbase, CB Insights, PitchBook and others. However, we have yet to find a data service that combines a … Continue reading M&A Deal Sourcing – A Significant Opportunity for Machine Learning

Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar

Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar

Whether evaluating a company as an investment vehicle or as a potential vendor, the processes are similar. Three elements are at the heart of our due diligence process when we evaluate Technology companies as investment vehicles and when we evaluate them as vendors. 1.) Quality of the Management Team. We listed this attribute first as … Continue reading Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar

Advanced Analytics & Intelligent Automation: Front to Middle to Back Office

Advanced Analytics & Intelligent Automation: Front to Middle to Back Office

TEK2day Podcast episode 290: A Conversation with Scott Kurland, Global Head of Product Marketing, SS&C (tkr: SSNC) "Singularity" Predictive Analytics powered by Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing ("NLP"), and general Artificial Intelligence have been part of investment management front offices (especially "quant" shops) for some time. Yesterday we met with Scott Kurland who leads the … Continue reading Advanced Analytics & Intelligent Automation: Front to Middle to Back Office