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Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) appears to be on a roll, finally. The recent result announcement earlier this week, sent the stock soaring close to its 52-week high levels. The company surpassed analyst expectations, primarily driven by the growth in its cloud business. According to a Gartner report published earlier this year, the global market for cloud system infrastructure is projected to grow to $22.4 billion this year and Microsoft is making sure it has a big chunk of the market.
Leo Taddeo: We’re going to see more focus on data privacy and protection and controlling access to content in an enterprise. That dovetails with this trend towards using Big Data for business analytics. Here’s what I mean. There’s tension between allowing employees access to data they need and maintaining privacy and confidentiality of data. Those two things need to be balanced.
They’re difficult to balance because classification and access management becomes difficult in a large enterprise. The trend towards allowing our employees to access the data they need for analytical purposes is in tension with our need to maintain privacy and confidentiality of records. I think cyber security vendors who can manage the very fine granularity and tight control of what a person can access will provide real value to a trend that is emerging and developing. That is a trend towards really focused use of large datasets to analyse business problems. >>>
Last summer I spent half a day with approximately 40 Fortune 500 Chief Innovation Officers at Xerox PARC, and discussed our experience with corporate innovation methodology through the1M/1M Incubator In A Box program.
A few months later, Jim Euchner, the CIO of Goodyear, interviewed me for the Research-Technology Management journal and I summarized some key excerpts from the discussion here: Corporate Innovation Management: A Methodology Discussion
During this week’s roundtable, our guest was Arjun Dev Arora, Founder of ReTargeter and currently, Venture Partner at 500 Startups. Arjun has a great deal of domain expertise in AdTech, and we spent most of the discussion on that topic.
I also spent part of the roundtable sharing my thoughts on “Billion Dollar Unicorns: Myths and Realities,” based on a talk I recently gave at Berkeley.
If you haven’t already, do check out this course that I have filmed with LinkedIn for Lynda.com on Bootstrapping.
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Sramana Mitra: The next question I’m going to ask you is that you said you have different heuristics and different nuances from one segment to another. Could you give us some examples of what you check for one industry and how you structure another?
Krishna Venkatraman: If you’re looking at a landscape that has a seasonal pattern, you may see a very strong projection of revenue because it’s probably its peak season. The obligation that that landscaper will take on actually will extend past that summer. For that particular industry, you have to accommodate the fact that seasonality will play a role. Other businesses have a lot more stable profile. You have to customize those aspects for each business. You could use manual underwriting to get at this but the challenge with manual underwriting is there’s no guarantee of consistency. >>>
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IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) revenues continued to decline for the seventeenth straight quarter, but the general sentiment is that it seems to be making progress in its strategic turnaround and its stock is trading close to its 52-week high. IBM has been moving away from computer hardware sales and reorganizing its portfolio to focus on “strategic imperatives” like the cloud, analytics, and mobile computing. >>>