Tag: SaaS

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

Cloud Wars: AWS vs. Azure vs. Google Cloud Platform (“GCP”)

Cloud Wars: AWS vs. Azure vs. Google Cloud Platform (“GCP”)

It's all about the cloud. Given that Amazon's AWS business unit and Microsoft's Azure business unit are the two finalists for the Pentagon's $10 billion "JEDI" contract, we thought it timely to publish AWS, Azure and GCP revenues for the 12-month period ending 12/31/18. As per usual, see the video and image content "below the … Continue reading Cloud Wars: AWS vs. Azure vs. Google Cloud Platform (“GCP”)

The Subscription Economy

The Subscription Economy

Our Conversation with "Subscription Economy" Pioneer and Zuora (tkr: ZUO), Co-Founder & CEO Tien Tzuo This article serves as a follow-up to our earlier article: "Every Company Should Consider Adopting A Subscription Revenue Model" We favor subscription revenue models for a variety of reasons:Providing a better service: Subscription models (aka - "usage-based models" or "consumption-based … Continue reading The Subscription Economy

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Some companies execute smart, strategic acquisitions better than others. Here’s a short list of publicly-traded FinTech & Info Services companies that do M&A well: CoStar Group (tkr: CSGP), Intercontinental Exchange (tkr: ICE), IHS Markit (tkr: INFO) SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC) and Verisk (tkr: VRSK). Click Here for Revenue, EBITDA and related metrics. We love FinTech … Continue reading Build. Acquire. Repeat.Premium 

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Bundle Pricing Negotiations Are Preferable to Product Pricing Negotiations Vendors have far more leverage with customers when negotiating pricing for a bundle/platform of products and services as opposed to an a la carte negotiation. There's a reason why cable providers sold content bundles for years - it was the optimal revenue and profit model - … Continue reading Have A Bundle Discussion with Customers, Not A Product DiscussionPremium 

Every Company Should Consider Adopting A Subscription Revenue Model

Every Company Should Consider Adopting A Subscription Revenue Model

SaaS Companies and Subscription Revenue Models Every company can learn from SaaS (“Software-as-a-Service”), companies. My first exposure to SaaS companies was the first self-proclaimed "SaaS" company – Salesforce.com. This was early in my banking career around the time of Salesforce’s 2004 IPO. Today, Salesforce is a $110 Billion-plus market cap behemoth. Every company - regardless … Continue reading Every Company Should Consider Adopting A Subscription Revenue Model

Where Is the Accountability at IBM? CEO & Board Are Flying Blind

Where Is the Accountability at IBM? CEO & Board Are Flying Blind

Time for A CEO Change and Board Swap Out at IBM Neither IBM's CEO Ginni Rometty nor IBM's Board understand the nuances of crafting a story for Wall Street nor executing a strategic M&A program to offset the negative impact to IBM's revenue as a result of the strategic shift to recurring revenue products & … Continue reading Where Is the Accountability at IBM? CEO & Board Are Flying Blind

Autonomous Teaser, Uber Data Breach, More M&A

Autonomous Teaser, Uber Data Breach, More M&A

Autonomous Teaser, Uber Data Breach, More M&A In this edition of the CEORater Podcast we cover: 1.) Autonomous driving teaser.. 2.) Perhaps Microsoft (MSFT) ought to acquire Anaplan and other SaaS/cloud Financial Management tools to create an upgrade glide path for Excel? We think so. Infor would do well to follow a similar M&A path. … Continue reading Autonomous Teaser, Uber Data Breach, 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