Tag: IBM

Toxic Long Term Care Policies: A Bane for Many. A Boon for Some.

Toxic Long Term Care Policies: A Bane for Many. A Boon for Some.

Some years ago many insurance carriers wrote tranches of long-term care (“LTC”) life insurance policies which have proved to be toxic. These “toxic” LTC policies - primarily written between 1999-2004 - were at the heart of a scathing critique of General Electric (tkr: GE) last week which ultimately accused the company of accounting fraud. While … Continue reading Toxic Long Term Care Policies: A Bane for Many. A Boon for Some.

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Three Activist Investor Targets

Three Activist Investor Targets

We recently wrote that “Scale Matters in Tech”. Technology companies that have captured the number 1 or number 2 position within a particular vertical enjoy Economies of Scale including: 1.) automatically getting a seat at the table for sales bakeoffs, 2.) job seekers naturally gravitate toward market leaders, 3.) prospective acquisition targets will find you, … Continue reading Three Activist Investor Targets

Big Bubbles Get Bigger

Big Bubbles Get Bigger

To borrow a line from one of America's all-time great CEOs, Dr. John Malone - "Big Bubbles Get Bigger - Little Bubbles Disappear" There is less surface tension as bubbles rise thus they continue to expand. The same is true of technology companies both from an M&A perspective as well as from a competitive standpoint. … Continue reading Big Bubbles Get Bigger

How AI Will Conquer Financial Services

How AI Will Conquer Financial Services

From Chat bots to Ambient AI. Cloud-based AI and Machine Learning technology is readily available. Large technology platform companies such as Amazon (Alexa), Google and Microsoft (Azure), encourage third-party developers to build applications and services on top of their core AI and Machine Learning platforms. This enables developers to focus resources on building value through … Continue reading How AI Will Conquer Financial Services

Scale Matters in Tech

Scale Matters in Tech

Scale matters in Tech. This has never been more true as businesses increasingly go global. Consider Netflix's $13 billion content investment in 2018. Amazon and its Borg-like Prime service is also a significant content player. To round out the “Big 3”, consider Disney and its ESPN+ SVOD (“subscription video on demand”) service as well as Disney’s … Continue reading Scale Matters in Tech

We Expect Outsourcing Providers to Gain Traction with Insurance Carriers

We Expect Outsourcing Providers to Gain Traction with Insurance Carriers

Many insurers are hesitant to invest aggressively in AI & ML initiatives given that the ROIC is difficult to quantify. This conservatism combined with market disruption bodes well for technology & service providers that offer an Outsourcing option with a demonstrable ROI. Examples include Accenture, EXL Service, IBM Global Services and SS&C Technologies. Plus - … Continue reading We Expect Outsourcing Providers to Gain Traction with Insurance Carriers

Disruption – It’s the Punch You Don’t See that Hurts<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Disruption – It’s the Punch You Don’t See that HurtsPremium 

Disruption Rarely Announces Its Arrival Ask Curtis Stevens - the gentleman who was knocked on his posterior by Gennady Golovkin in our header image - if he saw the punches coming.  Ask former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer if back in the early 2000's he knew SaaS/cloud-based service delivery models would dominate the software landscape.  Ask … Continue reading Disruption – It’s the Punch You Don’t See that HurtsPremium 

How to Fix IBM: M&A and More M&A

Recently we posited that IBM could easily fix its habitually declining revenue woes with a systematic acquisition strategy focused on Information Services companies. The benefit to IBM in targeting the Information Services sector goes beyond the obvious immediate-term revenue relief and operating margin accretion. The key strategic benefit is that the Info Services companies are … Continue reading How to Fix IBM: M&A and More M&A

The Three “I”s for Selecting Board Members

The Three "I"s for Selecting Board Members: 1.) Intellectual Curiosity 2.) Industry Experience 3.) Inquisitive IBM lacks Board members that have Software industry experience other than CEO Ginni Rometty. We recommend that IBM turn over its Board and replace BoD members with new members who have significant Software industry experience given that Software - particularly … Continue reading The Three “I”s for Selecting Board Members