Amazon's next big thing: Prime, but for healthcare?

ZDNet

Over the last couple of years, Amazon appears to have been laying the foundations for a more significant healthcare push. Amazon is hardly the first tech titan to turn its attention to the health space: Google has DeepMind and Verily; the Apple Watch can now offer you an ECG, while IBM is pushing Watson and numerous strands of healthcare industry software. Even Facebook has in the past dipped its toe in the market with a data-sharing project. The reasons for Amazon's interest in the healthcare market are likely to be same ones that the sector appeals to its competitors. "Amazon likes to target two kinds of industry: the first is where they see an opportunity to reform, where it's not the most user friendly of industries, where there's a lack of trust... The second is where they see a lot of uneven profit margins being distributed, where a few companies are making a lot of money, they have high profit margins and customers are unhappy."


Forrester Research acquires SiriusDecisions for $245 million

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Forrester Research said it will acquire SiriusDecisions for $245 million in a move to better target chief marketing officers. According to the companies, they will be able to combine strategy research and consulting with operations. Sirius is a business-to-business research firm that has a platform for marketing, sales and product management methodologies. SiriusDecisions had revenue of $87 million a year with 340 employees and 1,400 accounts. Forrester, which has 3,500 accounts, and SiriusDecisions reckon they will be able to cross-sell various services to clients.


'Bold And The Beautiful' Spoilers: Spectra And Forrester Plan Their New Line Debuts

International Business Times

Sally has officially ended her romance with Thomas so she can focus on the Spectra plan to steal Forrester designs, but she may still have a few doubts about the plot on the Tuesday, April 11 episode of "The Bold and the Beautiful." Sally (Courtney Hope) broke up with Thomas (Pierson Fode) on the CBS soap, because she knows that she won't be able to actually debut a line of stolen Forrester designs while dating him. However, in a preview clip for the newest episode of the show, she still seems to have some doubts about going through with the plan, forcing her grandmother Shirley (Patrica Darbo) to once again remind her that they need to do this in order for Spectra to survive. Sally (Courtney Hope) works with Spectra to debut their new line ahead of the one being put out by Forrester on the April 11, 2017 episode of "The Bold and the Beautiful." "You have to grab that bull by the horns.


Benchmark Yourself, Then Find The Help You Need · Forrester

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With the passing of the autumnal equinox, it's time to rake leaves, sip pumpkin spiced lattes, and take stock of the summer's activities. For most CI pros, this summer was spent wrangling and analyzing customer data for insights- hopefully with some much-needed R&R sprinkled in. For me, this summer was also busy and productive resulting in two seminal reports on customer analytics – both of which went live today! The Forrester Wave: Customer Analytics Service Providers, Q3 2017 evaluates the top 10 vendors who specialize in turning large, diverse, and distributed customer data sets into insights to help their clients win, serve, and retain customers. I evaluated the current offering and strategy of Allant Group, BRIDGEi2i Analytics Solutions, Clarity Insights, CSS Corp, Experfy, Fractal Analytics, Genpact, LatentView Analytics, Mu Sigma, and Tiger Analytics against 33 different criteria and identified Leaders, Strong Performers, and Contenders.


'Bold And The Beautiful' Spoilers: Sally And Shirley's Scheme Is Exposed

International Business Times

They were trying to keep her from learning the truth about where the designs for their new line came from, but when Coco learns the truth about Spectra's latest show, Shirley and Sally will have to do some damage control on the Thursday, April 13 episode of "The Bold and the Beautiful." Shirley (Patrica Darbo) had previously put a hidden camera in Coco's (Courtney Grosbeck) jewelry on the CBS soap. The camera worked, and she was able to get copies of Forrester designs without anyone against the plan wising up to it. And while it took her a while to convince Sally (Courtney Hope) to also go along with the plan, the older Spectra sister finally got on board after ending her relationship with Thomas (Pierson Fode). Sally and Shirley will have to do damage control after Coco finally clues in to where they got their new designs on the April 13, 2017 episode of "The Bold and the Beautiful."