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October, 2018  // Posts published in October, 2018

Upwork Retains Large User Base, Stands Apart from Competitors (UPWK)

Research Question: Will newly IPO’d Upwork generate significant, sustainable growth in 2019? Companies: ADBE, MSFT, UPWK By: Reverdy Johnson Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Upwork Inc. (UPWK) stands out by a wide margin as the best platform for freelancers and employers to connect. It outranks its competitors because of the […]


Zillow Offers Will Capture Share of Limited iBuyer Market, But Premier Agent Revenue at Risk (Z/ZG)

Research Question: Is the Zillow Offers program on track to become Zillow’s next growth story, or is the program detracting from the company’s core premier agent business? Companies: BRK.A/B, FB, GOOG/GOOGL, LON:PURP, RDFN, RLGY, Z/ZG By: David Franklin Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Zillow Group Inc.’s (Z/ZG) Zillow Offers is […]


Facebook’s Focus on Stories Is Fraught with Challenges (FB)

Research Question: Will Facebook be able to monetize Stories at the same level as news feed ads? Companies: ACXM, AMZN, EXPGY, FB, GOOG/GOOGL, SNAP, TWTR By: Seth Agulnick Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Facebook Inc. (FB) is going to have trouble moving both users and advertisers from its news feed to […]


Tech Trends: IT Security Market Is Being Wrecked by Overabundance of Players

Research Question: Are there already too many cyber security vendors in business, with more startups arriving all the time? If so, how do the leading publicly traded companies maintain share, let alone growth? Companies: AMZN, CHKP, CSCO, FFIV, FTNT, GOOG/GOOGL, IBM, JNPR, MSFT, PANW, PFPT, RPD, VMW, ZS By: John Harrington Click here to download report […]


Tech Trends: Big Open Cloud Platforms Crushing Legacy Tech

Research Question: Are companies that are trying to compete with Amazon, Microsoft and Google in cloud services falling further behind? Are companies that supply other public cloud efforts being hurt? Companies: AMZN, ANET, CSCO, CTXS, FFIV, GOOG/GOOGL, IBM, JNPR, MSFT, ORCL, VMW By: John Harrington Click here to view report (.pdf)   Key Findings Overall, IT […]


Front-Loading and Supply Chain Shifts to Avoid Tariffs Could Challenge Grainger (GWW)

Research Question: Did MRO buyers front-load purchases ahead of tariffs? What does this mean for W.W. Grainger? Companies: AMZN, EPA:RXL, FAST, GPC, GWW, MSM By: David Frankin Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Four out of 12 MRO buyers front-loaded their purchasing ahead of tariffs. A sourcing consultant has witnessed some […]


Vicor Has Huge Opportunities But Also Fierce Future Competition (VICR)

Research Question: How big are the opportunities and what are the potential obstacles for Vicor’s Power-on-Package technology? Companies: ABB, AMZN, BELFA, CRAY, FB, FLEX, GOOG/GOOGL, IBM, IFNNY, INTC, MPWR, MSFT, MXIM, NVDA, ON, STM, TPE:2308, TPE:2330, TXN, VICR By: Seth Agulnick Click here to download report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Vicor Corp. (VICR) does […]


Tech Trends: Big Wireless Bandwidth Will Feed the Giant Clouds

Research Question: How will businesses and organizations plan their next information technology moves given the introduction of very high-speed wireless mobile network access? Companies: AAPL, AMD, AMZN, ANET, BME:TEF, CSCO, DVMT, FFIV, GOOG/GOOGL, HPE, INTC, JNPR, LON:VOD, MSFT, QCOM, T, VZ   By: John Harrington Click here to download report (.pdf)   Key Findings New, very […]