Amalgam Insights’ Technology Consumption Management Webinar Schedule for 2017

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Over the rest of 2017, Amalgam Insights will be holding monthly webinars on our BrightTalk Technology Consumption Management Channel.

1) Eight Telecom Expense Solutions Gartner Missed
2) Machine Learning, Design Thinking, & the Role-Based Expert Enhancement Platform
3) Making the Leap from TEM to IT Management
4) Key Vendors for Managing $40+ Billion in SaaS Costs
5) Cloud Service Management: Managing Cost, Resources, and Security

If you are interested in any of these topics, please sign up to attend by clicking on the webinar title link. And if you are interested in a deeper dive of any of these topics, please email Amalgam’s Director of Client Services, Lisa Lincoln.

For more information on each webinar, please look below:

Upcoming Webinars (All Times in Eastern Time Zone):

1) Eight Telecom Expense Solutions Gartner Missed
Date/Time: August 31, 2017, 1 PM

Recommended Audience: Telecom Directors and Managers, Network Directors and Managers, Mobility Directors and Managers, IT Procurement, IT Finance, IT Architects

Amalgam Insights has been covering the Telecom Expense Management (TEM) market for over a decade. In May of 2017, Gartner released “Market Guide for Telecom Expense Management Services, 2017”. In this guide, Amalgam believes that eight key vendors were overlooked that can provide enterprise-grade services and represent billions of dollars in technology spend including:

* A pioneer in Robotic Process Automation
* The largest standalone TEM in Europe
* A SaaS solution partnering with IBM, Unisys, and Verizon
* A Fortune 1000-focused vendor with 100% referenceable clients
* A fast-growing technology management platform built on ServiceNow
* A commercial and government-focused vendor with over 4 million lines under management
* The largest Australian provider with over 500,000 items under management
* One of the Bay Area’s best rated places to work with IoT, data center, & SD-WAN management offerings

2) Machine Learning, Design Thinking, & the Role-Based Expert Enhancement Platform
Date/Time: September 28, 2017 at 1 PM

Recommended Audience: Chief Data Officers, Chief Analytics Officers, Analytics & BI Managers, Analytics & BI Program Leaders, Enterprise Information Management Managers, Enterprise Architects, Enterprise Applications Managers

Amalgam Insights believes that the key to success for artificial intelligence is embedded AI aligned to role-specific and industry-specific challenges. The goal is to provide focused outputs that enhance the best judgment of subject matter experts. This leads to a core mission of Amalgam Insights: improving the consumption of enterprise technology. Based on these assumptions, Role-Based Expert Enhancement Platforms (REEPs) are the future of embedded Artificial Intelligence.

Based on interviews with dozens of enterprise application platform users, application vendors, and machine learning providers, Amalgam Insights describes how lessons from embedded BI and application analytics can be used to create the next-generation of embedded AI and embedded machine learning applications.

3) Making the Leap from TEM to IT Management
Date/Time: October 26, 2017 at 1 PM

Recommended Audience: CIO, CFO, Procurement officers, IT Finance, IT Sourcing.

Telecom Expense has traditionally been the most challenging of IT costs to manage. With the emergence of Software-as-a-Service, Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things, and software defined networks, the rest of the IT world is quickly catching up.

This webinar will provide best practices for expanding your existing telecom expense management program into a bigger IT management program to take advantage of the robust capabilities and vendor management experience already in TEM. This presentation will include anonymized end user examples and a list of IT, cloud, and telecom management vendors with experience in managing non-telecom expense categories.

4) Key Vendors for Managing $40+ Billion in SaaS Costs
Date/Time: November 16, 2017 at 1 PM

Recommended audience: CIO, CFO, Chief Procurement Officers, Finance Directors and Managers, Controllers, IT Procurement, Procurement Directors and Managers, Sales and Marketing Operations Directors and Managers

In this webinar, Amalgam introduces a new set of solutions focused on enterprise SaaS expense management, a $40 billion+ global market that is largely unmanaged at this point.

Amalgam estimates that less than 5% of SaaS spend is currently centrally managed. The other 95% is hiding in expense reports and one-off accounts that escape corporate control. No rules, no buik discounts, no disputes, no contract enforcement or negotiations.

Stop the insanity! Learn which vendors to consider to manage an expense that may now represent $5,000 or more per employee in your organization.

5) Cloud Service Management: Managing Cost, Resources, and Security
Date/Time: December 14, 2017

Recommended Audience: CIOs, CFOs, Enterprise Architects, IT Project Managers, IT Procurement, IT Service, IT Finance

Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service is growing rapidly as companies replace obsolete data center servers and storage with “The Cloud.” As companies use more services from multiple regions and even multiple vendors, Cloud Computing becomes yet another management headache where discounts, service levels, and IT governance can go unenforced.

This webinar provides key tips on the Cloud Service Management market, including the drivers, best practices and top vendors including, but not limited to:

CloudHealth Technologies
HP New Stack
IBM Cost and Asset Management
Microsoft Cloudyn

Sumeru Equity Partners Acquires MDSL and Combines with Telesoft

Title Page: SEP Acquires MDSL
SEP Acquires MDSL

Note: Updated August 2nd with coverage links from Sumeru, MDSL, Telesoft, AltAssets, AOTMP, Crunchbase, PEHub, and Pitchbook.

In case you missed the announcement, as of July 31st, Sumeru Equity Partners has acquired MDSL and is joining Telesoft with MDSL to form a single Technology Expense Management company. I had a few opinions about the new MDSL that didn’t fit into my more formal analysis because they’re observations rather than directional guidance. If you haven’t read the formal Market Milestone yet, please check it out.

First, Sumeru Equity Partners has an interesting portfolio of companies that could be accretive to the new MDSL company. Take a look at their current portfolio:

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Amalgam Insights Publishes Market Milestone on CloudHealth Technologies’ $46M D Round

CloudHealth Technologies Leads Cloud Service Management with $46 Million Series D Round
CloudHealth Technologies Leads Cloud Service Management with $46 Million Series D Round

Recommended Research for: CIOs, CFOs, IT Controllers, Finance, IT Service Managers, and Business Managers purchasing cloud services.

Amalgam Insights has just published a Market Milestone describing why CloudHealth Technologies’ $46 Million Series D round is important for executives seeking to manage their cloud environments. At a time when multi-cloud management is imminent and businesses manage over $40 billion in cloud computing spend, CloudHealth Technologies’ Series D Round provides the resources to pursue international business and larger enterprise deals.

To learn more about CloudHealth Technologies and its role in a Cloud Service Management market that Amalgam estimates will be over $900 million in 2025;

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Microsoft “Early Adopts” New ASC 606 Revenue Recognition Standard

The ASC 606 Apocalypse is at hand!
Apocalypse by Michael Lehenbauer on Flickr

Note: This topic is of key importance for CFOs using or considering a subscription-based business model and for CIOs tasked with aligning technology to revenue recognition. Part 2 of this topic is 4 Key Executive ASC 606 Lessons Microsoft is Teaching Us.

On July 20, 2017, Microsoft announced a very successful Q4 FY17 where they announced both successful GAAP and non-GAAP results.

· Revenue was $23.3 billion GAAP, and $24.7 billion non-GAAP
· Operating income was $5.3 billion GAAP, and $7.0 billion non-GAAP
· Net income was $6.5 billion GAAP, and $7.7 billion non-GAAP
· Diluted earnings per share was $0.83 GAAP, and $0.98 non-GAAP

But the part that got my attention was a relatively minor 2 paragraph note near the bottom of the earnings announcement on ASC 606 revenue recognition:
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Infor and the 80% Solution: Coleman, Birst, GT Nexus, and CloudSuites

Better, Cheaper, Faster is a myth in a cloud-enabled world.
Coleman is Infor's Artificial Intelligence Effort
Coleman is Infor’s Artificial Intelligence Effort

When I represented Amalgam Insights at Inforum, I was wondering if I would be a fish out of water. After all, I am not an ERP analyst. I am not a retail analyst. I am not an HR technology analyst. And those are the first three things I think of when Infor comes to mind. As an analyst who focuses on technology consumption and bridging gaps between the CIO and CFO, I was wondering what would grab my attention other than Infor’s acquisition of Birst.

I was pleasantly surprised by the clarity of Infor’s vision of supporting industry-specific technology consumption. Infor ended up bringing up three key ideas that are core to the future of technology consumption and will end up being strategic considerations for the future of IT.

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Machine Learning and the Rise of the REEP: Role-Based Expert Enhancement Platforms

Scythe - the REEPer
Don’t fear the REEPer

Based on Amalgam Insights’ discussions with over two dozen enterprise application solutions over the past six weeks, we believe that a new generation of applications is starting to emerge. Machine Learning has led to the evolution of a new generation of platforms that are transforming expert productivity by providing insights through self-guided logic that improves over time.

Amalgam Insights calls these solutions Role-Based Expert Enhancement Platforms (REEP), an emerging technology made possible by the increasing use of machine learning and artificial intelligence in the business world. We believe that, in the short-term, the emerging value of machine learning will come not from generalized platforms, but from these role-based solutions that will greatly simplify finance, compliance, and sales enablement tasks. As companies start thinking about the role of machine learning in enhancing their organizations, Amalgam recommends that they consider these four key areas of benefit:

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What Is Technology Consumption Management?

Better, Cheaper, Faster is a myth in a cloud-enabled world.
Better, Cheaper, Faster is a myth in a cloud-enabled world.
Better, Cheaper, Faster is an IT lie.

Technology Consumption Management is at the core of Amalgam Insights’ research, advisory, and consulting efforts to bridge the CIO and CFO offices. In today’s world, we have instant access to cloud-based scale, massive processing power, artificial intelligence and machine learning APIs, automated data modelling and integration, mobility and IoT devices, and collaborative platforms. The question is no longer whether technology can support our business goals, but how we identify, purchase, and adopt the technologies that we need.

Traditionally, the goals of IT were to provide “Better, Cheaper, and Faster” technology. However, with the emergence of the cloud, subscription and varible pricing, and consumerized demands for technology, this cliche no longer applies. Amalgam Insights would argue that world-class technological resources are now available on-demand at relatively low costs for proof-of-concept projects. In this world, the traditional measures of “Cheaper” and “Faster” are only marginally relevant for competent IT sourcers. In addition, the idea of “Better” has largely transformed from measures of storage, processing power, and speed to purpose-built technology experiences to support business outcomes.

Digital Transformation is an important and foundational paradigm shift for IT Management.

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AI for the Accounting Guy: MindBridge Artificial Intelligence-Auditor

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Amalgam Insights’ Net-Net Summary of Mindbridge Ai

Based on a briefing with MindBridge Ai on June 19, 2017 and MindBridge Ai’s $4.3 million funding round on the same date, this summary provides guidance to auditors and accountants seeking guidance on applying artificial intelligence to risk, compliance, and audit efforts. Amalgam Insights believes that this emerging approach is an important governance step for financial transactions as digital transactions become increasingly diverse and auditors are responding by either building self-built tools or working with internal data science teams.

Why Mindbridge Ai Matters for Financial Audiences

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CIO Recommendations for HPE Flexible Capacity & Project New Stack

HP Project New Stack Concept for Hybrid IT cost, orchestration, & usage management
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Eating the Candy Cloud via Alex Yosifov from Flickr

Amalgam Insights specializes in Technology Consumption Management with a focus on how companies can align IT purchases and subscriptions to the relevant consumption models. This can and should include options for enterprises to purchase not only on a per-server or per-core basis, but also on a duration, user, resource, usage unit, feature, or baseline capacity basis. In this light, AI was especially interested in evaluating HPE’s Flexible Capacity billing capabilities across storage, computing, and networking as well as HPE’s new launch of Project New Stack.

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How does the 2017 version of HPE support enterprise IT departments?

Meg Whitman at HPE Discover 2017

Meg Whitman at HPE Discover 2017
Meg Whitman at HPE Discover 2017
Recently, Amalgam Insights attended HPE Discover, HPE’s semi-annual show devoted to its enterprise offerings. Our firm was especially interested in seeing how HPE would position itself after having divested much of its software portfolio to Micro Focus and then spin-merging its Enterprise Services division with CSC to form DXC Technology on April 1st of this year.

In HPE’s General Session and subsequent presentations, several key themes emerged in HPE’s positioning. The most obvious is that, in consolidating HPE’s offerings to servers, storage, and networking, the company is now focused on being the arms dealer for hybrid IT support. This is based both on the core HPE portfolio of technology and services as well as removing the business services and complementary technologies that were previously seen as competitive to potential HPE competitors. This fundamental change should serve HPE well.

How HPE found its focus

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