Taking a Deep Dive into 2018’s M&A Activity, and What It Means for Healthcare

| January 2, 2019

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The healthcare and health IT landscape saw some seismic shifts in 2018 due to vertical mergers and large-scale acquisitions among different players as well as the entrance of new disruptors. What are the implications for healthcare industry stakeholders in the long term, and what do the M&A deals of 2018 spell for the year ahead? In a recent interview, Ben Rooks, founder and principal of ST Advisors, a strategic and financial advisory firm focused on healthcare IT, and Michelle Mattson-Hamilton, associate principal, ST Advisors, reviewed M&A activity in 2018 and the impact of consolidation and integrations on the entire healthcare arena. The healthcare industry also watched as Amazon continued its push into healthcare with the acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack as well as teaming up with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to form a healthcare company. Tech behemoth Apple also launched its Health Records platform this year. What’s more, in November came media reports that Walgreens Boots Alliance and health insurer Humana are in preliminary discussions to take equity stakes in each other and are discussing the possibility of expanding a clinic partnership, according to reports from CNBC.

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How can we democratize machine learning on IoT devices

Article | February 12, 2020

TinyML, as a concept, concerns the running of ML inference on Ultra Low-Power (ULP 1mW) microcontrollers found on IoT devices. Yet today, various challenges still limit the effective execution of TinyML in the embedded IoT world. As both a concept and community, it is still under development.Here at Ericsson, the focus of our TinyML as-a-Service (TinyMLaaS) activity is to democratize TinyML, enabling manufacturers to start their AI businesses using TinyML, which runs on 8, 16 and 32 bit microcontrollers.Our goal is to make the execution of ML tasks possible and easy in a specific class of devices. These devices are characterized by very constrained hardware and software resources such as sensor and actuator nodes based on these microcontrollers.Below, we present how we can bind the as-a-service model to TinyML. We will provide a high-level technical overview of our concept and introduce the design requirements and building blocks which characterize this emerging paradigm.

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Advanced Data and Analytics Can Add Value in Private Equity Industry!

Article | January 6, 2021

As the organizations go digital the amount of data generated whether in-house or from outside is humongous. In fact, this data keeps increasing with every tick of the clock. There is no doubt about the fact that most of this data can be junk, however, at the same time this is also the data set from where an organization can get a whole lot of insight about itself. It is a given that organizations that don’t use this generated data to build value to their organization are prone to speed up their obsolescence or might be at the edge of losing the competitive edge in the market. Interestingly it is not just the larger firms that can harness this data and analytics to improve their overall performance while achieving operational excellence. Even the small size private equity firms can also leverage this data to create value and develop competitive edge. Thus private equity firms can achieve a high return on an initial investment that is low. Private Equity industry is skeptical about using data and analytics citing the reason that it is meant for larger firms or the firms that have deep pockets, which can afford the revamping cost or can replace their technology infrastructure. While there are few private equity investment professionals who may want to use this advanced data and analytics but are not able to do so for the lack of required knowledge. US Private Equity Firms are trying to understand the importance of advanced data and analytics and are thus seeking professionals with the expertise in dealing with data and advanced analytics. For private equity firms it is imperative to comprehend that data and analytics’ ability is to select the various use cases, which will offer the huge promise for creating value. Top Private Equity firms all over the world can utilize those use cases and create quick wins, which will in turn build momentum for wider transformation of businesses. Pinpointing the right use cases needs strategic thinking by private equity investment professionals, as they work on filling the relevant gaps or even address vulnerabilities. Private Equity professionals most of the time are also found thinking operationally to recognize where can they find the available data. Top private equity firms in the US have to realize that the insights which Big data and advanced analytics offer can result in an incredible opportunity for the growth of private equity industry. As Private Equity firms realize the potential and the power of big data and analytics they will understand the invaluableness of the insights offered by big data and analytics. Private Equity firms can use the analytics insights to study any target organization including its competitive position in the market and plan their next move that may include aggressive bidding for organizations that have shown promise for growth or leaving the organization that is stuffed with loads of underlying issues. But for all these and also to build careers in private equity it is important to have reputed qualification as well. A qualified private equity investment professional will be able to devise information-backed strategies in no time at all. In addition, with Big Data and analytics in place, private equity firms can let go of numerous tasks that are done manually and let the technology do the dirty work. There have been various studies that show how big data and analytics can help a private Equity firm.

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MAKING IOT DATA MEANINGFUL WITH AI-POWERED COGNITIVE COMPUTING

Article | April 1, 2020

Today, the world is all about industry 4.0 and the technologies brought in by it. From Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Big Data Analytics, all technologies are transforming one or the other industries in some ways. AI-powered Cognitive Computing is one such technology that provides high scale automation with ubiquitous connectivity. More so, it is redefining how IoT technology operates.The need for Cognitive computing in the IoT emerges from the significance of information in present-day business. In the brilliant IoT settings of things to come. Everybody from new AI services companies to undertakings to use the information to settle on choices utilizing realities instead of impulses.Cognitive computing uses information and reacts to changes inside it to decide on better options. It is based on explicit gaining from past encounters, contrasted and a standard-based choice framework

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How Business Analytics Accelerates Your Business Growth

Article | April 30, 2020

In the present complex and volatile market with data as a nucleus, analytics becomes a core function for any enterprise that relies on data-driven insights to understand their customers, trends, and business environments. In the age of digitization and automation, it is only sensible to make a move to analytics for a data-driven approach for your business. While a host of sources including Digital clicks, social media, POS terminal, and sensors enrich the data quality, data can be collected along various stages of interactions, and initiatives were taken. Customers leave their unique data fingerprint when interacting with the enterprise, which when put through analytics provides actionable insights to make important business decisions. Table of Contents: Business Analytics or Business Intelligence: The Difference Growth Acceleration with Business Analytics Business Analytics or Business Intelligence (BI): The Difference Business Intelligence comes within the descriptive phase of analytics. BI is where most enterprises start using an analytics program. BI uses software and services to turn data into actionable intelligence that helps an enterprise to make informed and strategic decisions. It’s information about the data itself. It’s not trying to do anything beyond telling a story about what the data is saying. - Beverly Wright, Executive Director, Business Analytics Center, Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business Some businesses might use BI and BA interchangeably, though some believe BI to be the know-how of what has happened, while the analytics or advanced analytics work to anticipate the various future scenarios. BI uses more structured data from traditional enterprise platforms, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) or financial software systems, and it delivers views into past financial transactions or other past actions in areas such as operations and the supply chain. Today, experts say BI’s value to organizations is derived from its ability to provide visibility into such areas and business tasks, including contractual reconciliation. Someone will look at reports from, for example, last year’s sales — that’s BI — but they’ll also get predictions about next year’s sales — that’s business analytics — and then add to that a what-if capability: What would happen if we did X instead of Y. - CindiHowson, research vice president at Gartner A subset of business intelligence (BI), business analytics is implemented to determine which datasets are useful and how they can be leveraged to solve problems and increase efficiency, productivity, and revenue. It is the process of collating, sorting, processing, and studying business data, and using statistical models and iterative methodologies to transform data into business insights. BA is more prescriptive and uses methods that can analyze data, recognize patterns, and develops models that clarify past events, make future predictions, and recommend future discourse. Analysts use sophisticated data, quantitative analysis, and mathematical models to provide a solution for data-driven issues. To expand their understanding of complex data sets, and artificial intelligence, deep learning, and neural networks to micro-segment available data and identify patterns they can utilize statistics, information systems, computer science, and operations research. Let’s discuss the 5 ways business analytics can help you accelerate your business growth. READ MORE: HOW TO OVERCOME CHALLENGES IN ADOPTING DATA ANALYTICS Growth Acceleration with Business Analytics 1. Expansion planning Let’s say you’re planning an expansion opening a branch, store, restaurant, or office in a new location and have accumulated a lot of information about your growing customer base, equipment or other asset maintenance, employee payment, and delivery or distribution schedule. What if we told it is possible to get into a much detailed planning process with all that information available? It becomes possible with business analytics. With BA you can find insights in visualizations and dashboards and then research them further with business intelligence and reports. Moreover, you can interact with the results and use the information to create your expansion plan. 2. Finding your audience You’re right to examine your current customer data but you should also be looking into the customer sentiments towards your brand and who is saying what, and in what parts of the region. Business Analytics offers social media analysis so you can bring together internal and external customer data to create a profile of your customers, both existing and potential. Thus, you have prepared an ideal demographic, which can be used to identify people that are most likely to turn to your products or services. As a result, you have successfully deduced the area that offers the most in terms of expansion and customer potential. 3. Creating your business plan The real-time interaction with your data provides a detailed map of the current progress as well as your performance. Business Analytics solutions offer performance indicators to find and forecast trends in sales, turnover, and growth. This can be used in the in-depth development of a business plan for the next phase of your thriving franchise. 4. Developing your marketing campaign With Business Analytics, you’re capable of sending the right message to the audience most eager to try your product/service as part of a marketing campaign. You’re empowered to narrow down branding details, messaging tone and customer preferences, like the right offers that will differentiate you from the other businesses in the area. Using BA, you have gained a competitive edge by making sure you offer something new to your customers and prospects. It enables you to use your data to derive customer insights, make insight-driven decisions, do targeted marketing, and make business development decisions with confidence. 5. Use predictive insights to take action With analytics tools like predictive analytics, your expansion plans are optimized. It enables you to pinpoint and research about the factors that are influencing your outcomes so that you can be assured of being on the right track. 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