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Catching Up with CEORater’s 2019 Technology CEOs of the Year

Catching Up with CEORater’s 2019 Technology CEOs of the Year

Our 2019 Technology CEOs of the Year included Andy Florance of CoStar Group (tkr: CSGP), Lance Uggla of IHS Markit (tkr: INFO), Ajay Banga of Mastercard (tkr: MA), Satya Nadella of Microsoft (tkr: MSFT) and Bill Stone of SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC). The risk/reward ratio for the equity markets hasn't been this unfavorable since the … Continue reading Catching Up with CEORater’s 2019 Technology CEOs of the Year

Two Years of Digital Transformation in Two Months

Two Years of Digital Transformation in Two Months

"We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months. From remote teamwork and learning, to sales and customer service, to critical cloud infrastructure and security.." These were the words of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Wednesday night and made an impact on us more so than any other management commentary this earnings season. Nadella's … Continue reading Two Years of Digital Transformation in Two Months

Not All Clouds Are Created Equal

Not All Clouds Are Created Equal

Alphabet shed some light on its cloud operations - "Google Cloud" - tonight after the close. It got us thinking about the three cloud platform providers that matter: AWS (Amazon), Azure (Microsoft) and GCP (Google/Alphabet). Click HERE to access a revenue breakdown for each of the big three. Our revenue comparison is not apples-to-apples. Microsoft … Continue reading Not All Clouds Are Created Equal

A Case for Walmart to Acquire Oracle

A Case for Walmart to Acquire Oracle

Our rationale as to why Walmart should acquire Oracle is fairly simple. WMT's strategy: Walmart is pushing to become an "omnichannel" (brick & mortar plus online) retailer. Walmart has rolled out various online offerings most of which are the result of acquisitions. Data proliferation drives demand for storage and advanced analytics: Online retail generates reams … Continue reading A Case for Walmart to Acquire Oracle

Mirosoft’s Project Silica stores ‘Superman’ movie on quartz glass using lasers and machine learning

Mirosoft’s Project Silica stores ‘Superman’ movie on quartz glass using lasers and machine learning

Microsoft's proof-of-concept "Project Silica" stores Warner Brothers' original Superman movie on a piece of quartz glass measuring 75x75x2 millimeters thick. It is estimated that more than 100 Zettabytes of data will be stored in the cloud by 2023 (from a data volume standpoint one Zettabyte represents as much information as there are grains of sand … Continue reading Mirosoft’s Project Silica stores ‘Superman’ movie on quartz glass using lasers and machine learning

Accenture Is Preparing to Double-Down on M&A. We Share Our Ideas for Likely Target Areas.

Accenture Is Preparing to Double-Down on M&A. We Share Our Ideas for Likely Target Areas.

Companies mentioned: Accenture (ACN), Alibaba (BABA), AWS (AMZN), Azure (MSFT), Bottomline Technologies (EPAY), Broadridge (BR), DataRobot (Pvt.), GCP (GOOG), IHS Markit (INFO), Oracle (ORCL), Palantir (Pvt.), Qlik (Pvt.), Solera (Pvt.), SS&C (SSNC), Tibco (Pvt.), Verisk (VRSK). Accenture’s CEO of North America, Julie Sweet, will become CEO of Accenture effective September 1st 2019. Ms. Sweet is … Continue reading Accenture Is Preparing to Double-Down on M&A. We Share Our Ideas for Likely Target Areas.

Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar

Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar

Whether evaluating a company as an investment vehicle or as a potential vendor, the processes are similar. Three elements are at the heart of our due diligence process when we evaluate Technology companies as investment vehicles and when we evaluate them as vendors. 1.) Quality of the Management Team. We listed this attribute first as … Continue reading Vendor Due Diligence and Investment Due Diligence Processes Are Similar

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

CEOs – The Most Undervalued Investment Variable

CEOs – The Most Undervalued Investment Variable

We are sometimes critical of CEO compensation packages, yet we are first to admit that CEOs have an outsized influence on the future prospects of companies large and small. This is particularly true of fast-moving industries such as technology where having the correct CEO in place may mean catching the latest technology wave - cloud, … Continue reading CEOs – The Most Undervalued Investment Variable

Salesforce to Acquire Tableau Software – Expect More Such Deals

Salesforce to Acquire Tableau Software – Expect More Such Deals

The supply of Data Scientists is a constraint toward building Advanced Analytics practices including broadly-defined AI. Therefore, we expect this supply constraint to be a catalyst for M&A activity. We covered this "supply" topic last week in our article "AI: Today’s Mysterious Miracle Technology Is Tomorrow’s Electricity" The supply of data scientists is being stretched … Continue reading Salesforce to Acquire Tableau Software – Expect More Such Deals