Core AI services (machine learning, deep learning, NLP and more) provided by the three cloud infrastructure giants (AWS, Azure, GCP), enable technology companies of all sizes and companies in general to build powerful AI-powered applications and services that previously were the exclusive domain of large Enterprise Technology companies. That paradigm has changed forever. Today, companies … Continue reading AWS, Azure & GCP Have Democratized AI
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
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.
Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft each grew headcount in 2020 with all but Alphabet accelerating headcount growth. Big Tech has a hunger for software engineers, architects, designers and data scientists. These skilled employees are working to scale sophisticated cloud platforms, applications and services that increasingly leverage advanced automation and analytics powered by artificial intelligence/ … Continue reading Big Tech’s Hunger For Talent
Last night it was reported that M&T Bank (tkr: MTB) would acquire People's United (tkr: PBCT) for more than $7 billion. These "scale" acquisitions between regional banks simply delay the inevitable. What is required is the hard work of evolving business models and service delivery capabilities. More of the same won't suffice. Regional banks are … Continue reading Banks Need To Try Something New
Fiserv (tkr: FISV), FIS (tkr: FIS) and Global Payments (tkr: GPN) need to re-tool their product and service portfolios to better compete with modern Fintech platforms such as Square (tkr: SQ), PayPal/Venmo (tkr: PYPL), Stripe (private) and others. Tech giants Alphabet (tkr: GOOGL), Amazon (tkr: AMZN) and Apple (tkr: AAPL) also loom large in the … Continue reading What’s Next for Fiserv, FIS and Global Payments?
TikTok Gains, Facebook Loses and Don't Forget YouTube Some highlights (click here to download table): Snapchat has lost popularity among teens since 2018.TikTok has become the leading social media platform among teens.Instagram has lost share among teens since 2019.Twitter and Facebook were the biggest losers among teens (2012-2020).YouTube was not part of the survey yet … Continue reading Most Popular Social Networks Among Teens
A Big Tech vs. Big Government showdown is far less likely than a marriage of the titans. Whether it be Google's search monopoly, the Facebook/ Twitter/ TikTok social media oligopoly, the AWS/ Azure/ GCP oligopoly, the App Store/ Google Play duopoly, or the iOS/Android duopoly, the amount of power and influence concentrated among the world's … Continue reading The Marriage of Big Tech and Big Government
We highlight the example of Amazon's AWS unit leveraging Snowflake - a competitor and partner - to drive AWS revenue. Tickers mentioned: AMZN, GOOG, MSFT, SNOW. Snowflake makes a living providing cloud-based Data & Analytics tools to data scientists and analysts. Snowflake's offerings sit on top of AWS, Azure and GCP. Certain of its offerings … Continue reading Leveraging Competitors To Drive Your Revenue
Cerner, Epic, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce and more will spearhead the Vaccination Passport. Tickers mentioned: AAPL, AMZN, CERN, CHNG/UNH, CRM, FB, GOOG, MSFT, ORCL, RAMP One could argue that we already have National ID cards. Our digital footprint serves as a unique identifier and is easy to aggregate using cross-device tracking technology served up by Google, … Continue reading A Vaccination Passport Is Coming. Digital Currency and A National ID Card Are Next.