Back in March 2019 we wrote about the future use of NLP-powered applications across various industries - in particular Financial Services (our 2019 TEK2day article HERE). Microsoft (MSFT) is bringing natural language capability to its Productivity suite - Microsoft 365. This natural language offering has a name: "Copilot". We include an example of Copilot deployed … Continue reading NLP & Productivity Apps: Microsoft Copilot
One Company Won’t Build The Metaverse
Meta Platforms (META) will not single-handedly build the metaverse, nor will Microsoft (MSFT), nor Apple (AAPL), nor Autodesk (ADSK), nor Amazon (AMZN)... We think of the metaverse as a series of interconnected digital worlds where people engage in recreational and commercial activity. Everything from gaming to purchasing a house to leasing commercial space, to buying … Continue reading One Company Won’t Build The Metaverse
Insurance M&A Will Drive InsurTech M&A
We expect that Claims Processing technology providers will merge with one another (P&C with Health & Life) as well as with Policy Administration technology providers to better serve insurance company customers as insurance M&A continues its rapid pace (See the Chubb / Cigna A&H deal HERE). One hypothetical M&A example would be Solera (P&C) merging … Continue reading Insurance M&A Will Drive InsurTech M&A
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
Prospective Bloomberg LP Acquirers
With Michael Bloomberg throwing his hat into the ring for the 2020 Democratic nomination, many have speculated as to how Bloomberg would divest his equity stake in his namesake firm were he to win the Presidency. We don't expect Mr. Bloomberg to win the Office of the President nor would a sale necessarily be required … Continue reading Prospective Bloomberg LP Acquirers
If You Build It They Won’t Necessarily ComePremium
Incentivize Prospective Participants with A Seat at the Table MoviePass shut down on September 14th. We do not have first-hand knowledge of MoviePass’ ever-evolving business model. However, we do know that MoviePass never quite figured out how to properly incentivize movie theaters to drive audience participation. When building new network businesses, it makes sense to … Continue reading If You Build It They Won’t Necessarily ComePremium
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.
Software Powers the World. Augmented Reality Is How We Will Engage with It.
In a software-driven world, Augmented Reality ("AR") is the lens through which we will engage with it. Google has rolled out an AR-enhanced "Maps" application to a limited user set. The AR feature provides highly-specific location data/ navigation assist as an overlay to smartphone screens. The thought is that over time this technology will deliver … Continue reading Software Powers the World. Augmented Reality Is How We Will Engage with It.
We Expect Outsourcing Providers to Gain Traction with Insurance Carriers
Many insurers are hesitant to invest aggressively in AI & ML initiatives given that the ROIC is difficult to quantify. This conservatism combined with market disruption bodes well for technology & service providers that offer an Outsourcing option with a demonstrable ROI. Examples include Accenture, EXL Service, IBM Global Services and SS&C Technologies. Plus - … Continue reading We Expect Outsourcing Providers to Gain Traction with Insurance Carriers
How to Fix IBM: M&A and More M&A
Recently we posited that IBM could easily fix its habitually declining revenue woes with a systematic acquisition strategy focused on Information Services companies. The benefit to IBM in targeting the Information Services sector goes beyond the obvious immediate-term revenue relief and operating margin accretion. The key strategic benefit is that the Info Services companies are … Continue reading How to Fix IBM: M&A and More M&A
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