Category: Strategy

Pat Gelsinger Will Make A Fine CEO at Intel. This Move Foreshadows A Trend.

Pat Gelsinger Will Make A Fine CEO at Intel. This Move Foreshadows A Trend.

Intel (tkr: INTC), lacked a CEO with Technology chops as we recently wrote. Pat Gelsinger has the Technology chops to serve Intel well including his previous stint as Intel CTO before becoming a senior executive at EMC and ultimately CEO of VMWare (VMW). Listen to the most recent episode of the TEK2day Podcast (Click HERE) … Continue reading Pat Gelsinger Will Make A Fine CEO at Intel. This Move Foreshadows A Trend.

Technology CEOs Who Lack Technology Chops

Technology CEOs Who Lack Technology Chops

Yesterday Qualcomm (tkr: QCOM) announced that Cristiano Amon - an engineer - would become the company's next CEO in June. Current QCOM CEO Steven Mollenkopf is also an engineer. This contrasts sharply with Intel (tkr: INTC), CEO Bob Swan - a career CFO. If you regularly read these pages and listen to our TEK2day Podcast … Continue reading Technology CEOs Who Lack Technology Chops

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We Like The Prospective Link Group Acquisition for SS&CPremium 

The deal for Australia's Link Group (tkr: LNK) is a competitive one, insofar as Link Group has disclosed. The competing prospective acquirers include SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC), and a pair of private equity firms - Sydney-based Pacific Equity Partners (Link's former owner) and Carlyle Group (tkr: CG) whom are bidding together. Our best guess is … Continue reading We Like The Prospective Link Group Acquisition for SS&CPremium 

2021 Outlook: The Froth Will Continue

2021 Outlook: The Froth Will Continue

From Bubble valuations to zombie companies to Cleantech, 2021 is likely to deliver more of the excesses of 2020. Barring a negative event out of left field, it will take a meaningful interest rate hike and/or corporate tax increase to derail the asset bubble of 2020 that bled into equities, fixed income, home values, lumber, … Continue reading 2021 Outlook: The Froth Will Continue

Apple’s Next CEO Ought To Be An Innovator

Apple’s Next CEO Ought To Be An Innovator

Apple CEO in-waiting Jeff Williams is a Tim Cook clone. We argue that Apple's next Chief Executive ought to be a risk-taking, product-focused CEO that conducts him/herself with a sense of urgency to drive Product & Services growth. Another caretaker CEO would be less than optimal. Companies mentioned: Alphabet (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Cerner … Continue reading Apple’s Next CEO Ought To Be An Innovator

SolarWinds Is One of Many Cyberbreaches to Come

SolarWinds Is One of Many Cyberbreaches to Come

Early last week we wrote about SolarWinds and the potential for another leg to drop. SolarWinds has a long road to recovery. Cyberbreaches of that sort don't engender customer trust and often lead to significant customer churn. What other companies may be at risk of a cyberbreach? Tickers mentioned: AMZN, AVGO, CERN, EFX, EXPGF, FICO, … Continue reading SolarWinds Is One of Many Cyberbreaches to Come

Apple Is A Services Company. Except It’s Not.

Apple Is A Services Company. Except It’s Not.

Apple promotors want investors to believe that Apple is a Services company. That is not reality. "Services" accounted for only 20% of revenue in AAPL's most recent fiscal year (see our table below). If Apple were to "bundle" certain hardware products into a version of its Apple One subscription (see our header photo), the company … Continue reading Apple Is A Services Company. Except It’s Not.

Usage-Based Pricing Models Can Be A Win-Win for Customers and Vendors

Usage-Based Pricing Models Can Be A Win-Win for Customers and Vendors

Usage-based pricing models enable customers to better understand cost drivers of a given product or service. In addition, Technology vendors may capture revenue lift from usage-based pricing that otherwise may be left on the table under a traditional tiered fee or flat fee pricing model. Tickers mentioned: GOOG, SNOW The tiered subscription pricing model favored … Continue reading Usage-Based Pricing Models Can Be A Win-Win for Customers and Vendors

Don’t Expect AT&T to Sell WarnerMedia In The Near-Term

Don’t Expect AT&T to Sell WarnerMedia In The Near-Term

A WarnerMedia sale is not likely to happen before Q4 2021. A WarnerMedia sale is likely to occur, but not before calendar Q4 2021. The WarnerMedia business unit is a significant drag on AT&T's (tkr: T) ability to invest in its core, capital intensive, distribution/data/fiber business. Disney (tkr: DIS) is the natural buyer. Apple (tkr: … Continue reading Don’t Expect AT&T to Sell WarnerMedia In The Near-Term