Category: Strategy

TEK2day Podcast #419: Guests Ken Bisconti and Bob Petrocchi – Co-Heads SS&C Intralinks

TEK2day Podcast #419: Guests Ken Bisconti and Bob Petrocchi – Co-Heads SS&C Intralinks

We had a conversation with Ken Bisconti and Bob Petrocchi who together co-lead Intralinks, an SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC) company. Intralinks is perhaps best known for its Virtual Data Room offering - "VDRPro" - part of a larger product portfolio that customers primarily use to securely manage M&A and related transactions. We covered a variety … Continue reading TEK2day Podcast #419: Guests Ken Bisconti and Bob Petrocchi – Co-Heads SS&C Intralinks

Broadridge’s Acquisition of Itiviti. Nothing Is Cheap.

Broadridge’s Acquisition of Itiviti. Nothing Is Cheap.

Earlier this week Broadridge (BR) agreed to acquire trading platform Itiviti for $2.5 Billion in an all cash deal from PE firm Nordic Capital. This demonstrates that growth is valued at a premium as it values Itiviti at approximately 34x 2020 Non-GAAP Operating Income and 10x 2020 Revenue. Itiviti is growing organic revenues faster than … Continue reading Broadridge’s Acquisition of Itiviti. Nothing Is Cheap.

Square, PayPal, and Apple Will Dominate A Digital Currency World

Square, PayPal, and Apple Will Dominate A Digital Currency World

A digital currency world is coming. The 2022 Beijing Olympics will operate via a digital RMB for local attendees and may include digital cross-border payments as well. Our Federal Reserve is experimenting with digital currency. Both Fed Chair Powell and Treasury Secretary Yellen have talked down Bitcoin and said the U.S. will move slowly with … Continue reading Square, PayPal, and Apple Will Dominate A Digital Currency World

AWS Would Do Well To Focus On The Healthcare and Government Sectors

AWS Would Do Well To Focus On The Healthcare and Government Sectors

Earlier this week Amazon (tkr: AMZN) announced that Adam Selipsky would become AWS' next CEO. Current AWS CEO Andy Jassy will become Amazon CEO later this year as founder Jeff Bezos will hold only the Executive Chairman title. Selipsky previously spent 11 years at AWS before becoming CEO of Tableau which was acquired by Salesforce … Continue reading AWS Would Do Well To Focus On The Healthcare and Government Sectors

Intel CEO Investing To Drive Innovation

Intel CEO Investing To Drive Innovation

Technology CEOs who truly value innovation are scarce. It is far easier to give investors near-term profits than to reinvest a significant portion of profits in R&D activities that may not drive long-term ROIC (Yes, risk is involved which requires courage and conviction). The chip business is no exception. New Intel (tkr: INTC), CEO Pat … Continue reading Intel CEO Investing To Drive Innovation

Back To The Office Will Look Different Compared To 2019

Back To The Office Will Look Different Compared To 2019

Director & Officer ("D&O") insurance premiums spiked and coverage narrowed last year as a result of COVID-19. As vaccinations are distributed COVID-related underwriting risk will begin to soften which will be reflected in lower premiums and broader coverage. All of this is to say do not expect every mid-to-large-sized company to be fully back to … Continue reading Back To The Office Will Look Different Compared To 2019

Rising Yields Will Slow M&A Activity

Rising Yields Will Slow M&A Activity

Rising yields will slow debt-funded M&A activity. We expect the pace of Technology M&A to slow as companies review M&A pipelines and landscapes, alternative M&A deal structures and alternative capital allocation choices in the face of rising Treasury yields. Technology valuations are near an all-time high. A fresh $1.9 Trillion print could send equity valuations … Continue reading Rising Yields Will Slow M&A Activity

Google Flexes Its Online Advertising Muscles. Big Fish Get Bigger.

Google Flexes Its Online Advertising Muscles. Big Fish Get Bigger.

Tickers mentioned: AAPL AMZN FB GOOG PYPL SNAP TTD TWTR Google is flexing its online advertising muscles. The company will eliminate third-party advertising cookies and will not replace them with technologies that make it possible to track individual users across the Internet. Google and other Technology giants control the most eyeballs and will continue to … Continue reading Google Flexes Its Online Advertising Muscles. Big Fish Get Bigger.

Is Salesforce COO Bret Taylor The Company’s Next CEO?

Is Salesforce COO Bret Taylor The Company’s Next CEO?

Salesforce (tkr: CRM) president and Chief Operating Officer Bret Taylor may soon succeed company founder Marc Benioff as Chief Executive Officer. That's the rumor as reported by a number of news outlets this week. If true, Taylor's operating experience - particularly on the product side (Taylor was Salesforce's Chief Product Officer prior to becoming COO … Continue reading Is Salesforce COO Bret Taylor The Company’s Next CEO?

A Better Tripwire Is Not The Answer

A Better Tripwire Is Not The Answer

"Be careful with me, I'm fragile. I'm easily broken." So go the lyrics to "Trip My Wire", but those words could just as easily describe the frail legacy technology infrastructure that underpins so many commercial processes from home and auto titling to financial trading systems, digital health records, government databases, customer databases and so on. … Continue reading A Better Tripwire Is Not The Answer