Category: Strategy

What’s Up With Best Buy’s Culture?

What’s Up With Best Buy’s Culture?

When it comes to Corporate Governance, Best Buy (ticker: BBY), can't get out of it's own way. This weekend's news that Best Buy's Board of Directors is investigating allegations that CEO Corie Barry had an inappropriate romantic relationship with a former Best Buy executive is a bit of a head-scratcher. We have seen this Best … Continue reading What’s Up With Best Buy’s Culture?

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Here’s How Roper Technologies (tkr: ROP) Can Raise Its Game

Here’s How Roper Technologies (tkr: ROP) Can Raise Its Game

Roper Technologies has generally executed well over the past number of years. We offer three recommendations to Roper for driving superior operational performance and shareholder returns. 1.) Focus the Enterprise Software M&A strategy: This is Priority One. To date Roper has taken a buckshot approach to M&A with acquisitions scattered across the Software landscape. This … Continue reading Here’s How Roper Technologies (tkr: ROP) Can Raise Its Game

Defining A Winning Culture

Defining A Winning Culture

A Winning Culture Doesn't Happen by Accident "Culture" is a word of the moment that has been spoken ad nauseam, primarily by sports and business media. Sports journalists heavily used the word during the recent NFL coaching carousel. What these journalists failed to mention is that "culture" in the context of an organization is not … Continue reading Defining A Winning Culture

3 Stages of Market Awareness

3 Stages of Market Awareness

Companies don't establish themselves in new markets overnight. All good things take time and effort. Market awareness typically evolves in three main stages as companies evolve from "Challengers" to "Established" players. Stage 1: Stage 1 companies carry high cost of customer acquisition, long sales cycles and low sales volume as indicated in figures 1 and … Continue reading 3 Stages of Market Awareness

BlackRock and Disney Have This in Common…

BlackRock and Disney Have This in Common…

The asset management game is all about Assets Under Management ("AUM"). The entertainment game is all about "IP". By the way, Bob Iger likes Bond. Asset Management & Entertainment Share a Hunger for Assets Over the past decade asset managers have shifted away from active management and alpha generation in favor of index funds and … Continue reading BlackRock and Disney Have This in Common…

We Expect Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft to Continue to Invest in Proprietary Processing Technology

We Expect Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft to Continue to Invest in Proprietary Processing Technology

Processing capability is becoming increasingly strategic to the success of advanced cloud services such as artificial intelligence (machine learning and deep learning) and quantum computing. Cloud-based services are the growth engine for Technology giants AWS (Amazon), GCP (Google) and Azure (Microsoft). Similarly, Apple’s new content offerings (Apple TV+, Apple News+) and Apple Health are built on … Continue reading We Expect Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft to Continue to Invest in Proprietary Processing Technology

Decentralized Operating Models Will Always Win the Day Over Centralized Counterparts

Decentralized Operating Models Will Always Win the Day Over Centralized Counterparts

Yesterday Expedia (ticker: EXPE) announced that its CEO and CFO had resigned effective immediately. The reason? A disagreement in strategy with Chairman Barry Diller. Expedia's former CEO and CFO had pursued a corporate reorganization to "streamline operations" to "drive innovation at scale." Our observation - certainly insofar as the Technology industry is concerned - is … Continue reading Decentralized Operating Models Will Always Win the Day Over Centralized Counterparts

AI Augmentation: The Melding of Man and Machine to Combat Advanced Cyberthreats

AI Augmentation: The Melding of Man and Machine to Combat Advanced Cyberthreats

Deepfake technology is an advanced cyberthreat that has captured the imagination over the past number of months. Deepfakes have the potential to re-write history (see the fake President Nixon Apollo 11 video below), spread mass disinformation and engage in fraud. How best to mitigate the risk of advanced cyberthreats such as deepfakes? We have previously … Continue reading AI Augmentation: The Melding of Man and Machine to Combat Advanced Cyberthreats

Walmart + PayPal = True Commerce

Walmart + PayPal = True Commerce

It is going to be a tough road for Walmart (ticker: WMT), to catch Amazon (ticker: AMZN). The latter can use profits from PRIME and AWS to subsidize investments that provide a competitive advantage in retail operations and elsewhere (think cashierless checkout). One way for Walmart to begin to remedy this situation would be to … Continue reading Walmart + PayPal = True Commerce