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AI as A Competitive Differentiator for Asset Managers

AI as A Competitive Differentiator for Asset Managers

Companies mentioned: Adobe (tkr: ADBE), Alteryx (tkr: AYX), Amazon (tkr: AMZN), Automation Anywhere (private), BNY Mellon (tkr: BK), DataRobot (private), Google (tkr: GOOG), Microsoft (tkr: MSFT), Pegasystems (tkr: PEGA), Salesforce (tkr: CRM), SAS (private), SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC), Tableau (tkr: CRM, acquisition closed August 1st 2019), Tibco (private). Word count: 1,111. Two major trends have … Continue reading AI as A Competitive Differentiator for Asset Managers

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AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening

AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening

Hear that? Someone is listening. In fact, they all are: Google, Microsoft, Amazon, even Apple (who has positioned itself as a privacy champion). AI - more specifically the neural networks that power voice assistants - are far from fully autonomous. Deep learning models require human assistance at this juncture. Fair. It is when companies do … Continue reading AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening

Accenture Is Preparing to Double-Down on M&A. We Share Our Ideas for Likely Target Areas.<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

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

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.Premium 

When Companies Aren’t Led by Experts

When Companies Aren’t Led by Experts

Much was made of Apple's chief designer Jony Ive stepping down last week. Rightfully so. What does it mean when companies aren't led by domain experts? "He’s not just a designer. That’s why he works directly for me. He has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me. There’s no one who can … Continue reading When Companies Aren’t Led by Experts

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

Convenience as a Service (“CaaS”)

Convenience as a Service (“CaaS”)

We recently published an article entitled "The Now Economy and Workplace Implications". Sticking with this theme and on the heels of Walmart's latest salvo in the "Walmart vs. Amazon Food Delivery War", we have published a list of food delivery services. We also share our thoughts as to how this game may play out - … Continue reading Convenience as a Service (“CaaS”)

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

No Time Like Now to Leverage AI

No Time Like Now to Leverage AI

We will participate on the June 3rd IASA OnPOINT conference panel hosted by SS&C Technologies. Topics covered will include AI, machine learning, deep learning, NLP, RPA and other forms of intelligent automation. There are many prospective use cases for AI and related technologies. However, prior to jumping in with both feet it is important to … Continue reading No Time Like Now to Leverage AI

Microsoft’s Open Design Strategy Has Its Roots in Auto

Microsoft’s Open Design Strategy Has Its Roots in Auto

Microsoft's product design strategy borrows from the automobile industry Microsoft is a different beast under CEO Satya Nadella. One of the most profound changes under Nadella has been the way in which the company builds products. In the past, small independent teams would create new Microsoft products in a vacuum - not dissimilar to experiments … Continue reading Microsoft’s Open Design Strategy Has Its Roots in Auto