Tag: Microsoft

More Video Game Content Deals to Come

More Video Game Content Deals to Come

Microsoft's (MSFT) deal for Activision (ATVI), will prove to be one in a string of such deals over the next few years whereby video game platform companies (Microsoft/Xbox, Google/Stadia, Amazon/Twitch), acquire video game content companies. These deals are similar to the wave of consolidation that took place in the 1980's and 1990's when distribution companies … Continue reading More Video Game Content Deals to Come

AWS, Azure & Google Cloud Alternatives

AWS, Azure & Google Cloud Alternatives

Corporate customers ought to think about diversifying beyond AWS, Azure and Google Cloud for cloud storage and embedded capabilities such as AI/ML/NLP and more. Sure, there is Oracle, Alibaba and others. Yet it would seem now may be the time for Industry-focused players to offer cloud services alternatives. Tickers mentioned: AMZN, BABA, FIS, GOOG, MSFT, … Continue reading AWS, Azure & Google Cloud Alternatives

CEORater 2021 Technology CEOs of the Year. Part 2 of 3: Platform Companies

CEORater 2021 Technology CEOs of the Year. Part 2 of 3: Platform Companies

We have taken a different approach to our CEORater Technology CEOs of the Year selection process in 2021. No longer do we call out “Payments” as a separate category given that some of the largest payments flow occurs inside of Technology giants such as Apple and Amazon. We now have three categories: 1.) FinTech; 2.) … Continue reading CEORater 2021 Technology CEOs of the Year. Part 2 of 3: Platform Companies

Metaverse Plays

Metaverse Plays

The Metaverse is a fancy term for accessing online worlds via the Internet. Gaming environments are a prime example. Online meeting spaces (avatar meetings) are another example. We can imagine a world where buying a home or purchasing an automobile take place in a virtual environment. We believe that every Software company of size will … Continue reading Metaverse Plays

Cash Rich Stocks & Other Ideas To Hedge Inflation

Cash Rich Stocks & Other Ideas To Hedge Inflation

Hate to say we told you so, but this inflation train is moving into high gear and will remain strong throughout 2022, particularly as higher home rental prices start to flow through the Fed's home rental price surveys. Our view is that the Fed will be forced to accelerate its tapering effort to perhaps conclude … Continue reading Cash Rich Stocks & Other Ideas To Hedge Inflation

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft Are Online Advertising Challengers

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft Are Online Advertising Challengers

Amazon may not be a surprise to investors given the ubiquity of Amazon's ecommerce platform. Apple is an online advertising challenger given the services that sit on top of its devices from Gaming (Arcade) to Apple TV to Apple News to Apple's forthcoming push into AR/VR. Microsoft is another Tech giant that does not enjoy … Continue reading Amazon, Apple and Microsoft Are Online Advertising Challengers

Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects

Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects

Technology platform companies include more than Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. We contemplate a few FinTech platform companies below. PayPal (ticker: PYPL): A "Payments" platform company that re-invented itself by acquiring another payments company - Venmo - that was built on top of another platform company - Facebook. The architect that drove PYPL's strategy … Continue reading Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects

Tech Prediction of the Week: Amazon Will Acquire Lockheed Martin

Tech Prediction of the Week: Amazon Will Acquire Lockheed Martin

As AWS, Azure and Google Cloud compete to win the hearts of Government officials, acquiring a top-tier defense contractor would do much to gain the inside track on strategic, DoD/DHS/Govt. mega-contracts. Amazon's Arlington VA campus suggests it views the D.C./Northern VA area as more long-term strategic than does Microsoft or Google (the latter tends to … Continue reading Tech Prediction of the Week: Amazon Will Acquire Lockheed Martin

Applications As A Growth Lever For AWS, Azure & Google Cloud

Applications As A Growth Lever For AWS, Azure & Google Cloud

AWS, Azure and Google Cloud should leverage proprietary applications as a growth lever, particularly if the Federal Government forces a breakup of these cloud platforms from their respective parent companies. Oracle pioneered the strategy of extending the value of its database and infrastructure software by adding applications to its product portfolio. Oracle chose to grow … Continue reading Applications As A Growth Lever For AWS, Azure & Google Cloud

Google To Dissolve Google Health

Google To Dissolve Google Health

Google Health's CEO is to become Cerner's CEO. Google will allocate its Health projects to different parts of the organization. This wreaks of government interference. Cerner and Epic are two prime examples of large, established Healthcare IT players that should have been acquired by some combination of Amazon, Apple, Google or Microsoft by now. The … Continue reading Google To Dissolve Google Health