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Hyperscale Hardware: Components for the AI Cloud

Hyperscale Hardware: Components for the AI Cloud As the TMT world moves resolutely into the AI/cloud era, investment in hyperscale data centers is surging, while spending on private enterprise data centers has begun an inevitable decline. Hyperscale architecture differs from

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A Deep Learning Primer – The Reality May Exceed the Hype

A Deep Learning Primer – The Reality May Exceed the Hype Deep learning based AI will drive the next phase of disruption for TMT. Leveraging hyperscale data centers and ubiquitous mobile devices, AI systems that allow computers to interpret ambiguous

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TMT: 1Q16 Earnings – It Ain’t 2014 Anymore

1Q16 earning season confirmed several business trends. Ad driven businesses showed strong. Smartphone and PC sales were weak. The enterprise migration to the cloud continued apace, while traditional IT suppliers struggled. AMZN sharply accelerated its e-commerce sales in a tough

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TMT: Hot Politics, Slumping Devices, Online Shopping, and a Weaker Dollar

YTD TMT performance has been driven by the old guard – names like IBM, ORCL, HPQ, INTC, CMCSA, CBS, T and VZ are all up double digits. Meanwhile, FANGs and their ilk (FB excepted) have largely underperformed. What lies ahead

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Quick Thoughts: Facebook F8 – Bots Offer Path to M-Commerce

CEO Mark Zuckerberg hit the stage for the keynote at FB’s annual F8 developers conference. The biggest reveal was a program to enable businesses to use AI-based “bots” to execute customer service communications across FB’s messaging platforms, a first step

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FB: All You Need is Like

Our bull case for FB is straightforward. 1. Ad spending will shift toward digital more quickly and more completely than consensus expects, with TV, print and radio all likely to cede share. 2. The ongoing swing toward mobile platforms inherently

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OTAs: Wanna Get Away?

The Internet has been brutal to middlemen and niche players, with platform players GOOGL, AMZN, and AAPL absorbing value with each new integrated app and market entry. Online travel has been a big exception – OTAs and GDSs have thrived,

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Quick Thoughts: Apple – The Song Remains the Same

AAPL shares are up about 12% over the past month on little concrete news, as analysts looked to brighten the narrative. We remain skeptical. Today’s big AAPL event was underwhelming, with no product likely to spark significant new demand. Meanwhile,

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TMT Model Portfolio Update: What next?

January was hard on high-multiple TMT stocks, and thus, our model long portfolio, which underperformed the tech elements of the S&P 500 by -690 bp since our last update. In particular, the market reaction to signs of deceleration in demand

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Cybersecurity: Trust No One

Cybersecurity attacks have been growing more sophisticated in recent years, making headlines with major breaches that have compromised the personal information of millions. However, beefed up spending on security hardware and software have done little to stop cybercrime, as more

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