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Amazon’s AWS Unit Is Differentiating Via A “Verticalization” Strategy

Amazon’s AWS Unit Is Differentiating Via A “Verticalization” Strategy

Amazon's AWS cloud platform is by definition a "horizontal" offering. "Horizontal" in that it is industry agnostic. Beginning with the Automotive vertical, AWS is deploying a "verticalization" strategy that layers industry vertical capability on top of its core horizontal offering to differentiate from competitors. We wrote about AWS' relationship with VW last year. Today, Toyota … Continue reading Amazon’s AWS Unit Is Differentiating Via A “Verticalization” Strategy

Co-CEO Arrangements Are A Mixed Bag

Co-CEO Arrangements Are A Mixed Bag

Whether or not Co-CEO arrangements work in general is a mixed bag. Co-CEO arrangements can be effective when responsibilities are clearly defined. Less than optimal outcomes occur when responsibilities are not well-defined. Below are a number of current and recent Co-CEO arrangements primarily across the Technology industry. Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos of Netflix (ticker: … Continue reading Co-CEO Arrangements Are A Mixed Bag

It Is A Mistake To “Look Through” Q2 and 2020 Earnings

It Is A Mistake To “Look Through” Q2 and 2020 Earnings

There is insight to be gleaned from recent earnings conference calls. We have highlighted a few from this past week (below). Many companies assume a deterioration in business from Q1 to Q2 and a potential recovery beginning in Q3. A majority of companies did not provide formal Q2 nor calendar 2020 guidance (access our list … Continue reading It Is A Mistake To “Look Through” Q2 and 2020 Earnings

Let It Bleed

Let It Bleed

Bloodletting is thought to have originated in Egypt several thousand years ago. Bloodletting became standard medical treatment in medieval Europe to treat various conditions including plague, smallpox, epilepsy and gout. Investors continued the bloodletting in Thursday's trading session. Despite the blood and emotions, there is plenty of room for stocks to drift further downward. Many … Continue reading Let It Bleed

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Go Vertical or Go HomePremium 

Unless your name is Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google or Microsoft, it is best to pursue vertical go-to-market and product strategies. Only the previously mentioned Technology giants have the requisite scale to take a horizontal approach. We provide examples of "Vertical Leaders" and "At-Risk Horizontal Players". Tickers mentioned: ACN, AMZN, AAPL, AVGO, BOX, CCC, CRM, CSCO, … Continue reading Go Vertical or Go HomePremium 

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

Competition Comes from Below: Part II

Competition Comes from Below: Part II

Magna International (tkr: MGA), got its start as a machine tool shop. Today, Magna is automotive supplier to major Auto OEMs, Tier I suppliers, Heavy Equipment manufacturers and Rideshare companies such as Lyft. Humble Beginnings Magna counts BMW, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Tata, Tesla, Toyota, a number of the China-based Auto OEMs as well as a … Continue reading Competition Comes from Below: Part II