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“Alexa, What’s Next?” More voice-enabled objects and conversational bots in unexpected places, thanks to an increasing number of partnerships between Amazon and other companies, reports Backchannel: It turns out having microphones in your environment is a lot more convenient than pulling out your phone. Do advances in the cloud and voice recognition portend a shift away from mobile devices or does it broaden our thinking about READ MORE>>

Wayne Dix, Vice President, Healthcare at SSA & Company, was quoted in a Managed Care Magazine article titled “An Old-Fashioned Notion: Stand Behind Your Wares” on outcomes-based contracting in the pharmaceutical industry. According to Wayne, there may be several practical challenges to value-based contracts including “administrative overhead, the intricacies of data collection and validation, and understanding how or why the data are relevant to the agreement.” READ MORE>>

Bob Silvers, Managing Director of Energy & Life Sciences at SSA & Company, was quoted in The Street’s “Natural Gas Futures Down Over 10%, But Why?” story on natural gas prices. The article shares Bob’s thoughts about ranging prices and their connection to weather. Due to the abundant supply of oil, Bob believes that prices will remain the same. “However, when prices are this low the READ MORE>>

John Rodgers, Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at SSA & Company, was quoted in Financial Advisor on challenges for life insurers. John makes the point that the Department of Labor regulations could have an adverse impact on agents’ ability to sell certain products–possibly leading to fewer choices. “Now there’s added fiduciary responsibility for their agents to their clients. The agents aren’t in a position to be READ MORE>>

Deb Henretta, SSA’s Senior Advisor was featured in the WSJ article “Leadership Evolves Amid Tech Changes” on how companies are changing their leadership structures to accommodate digital tools. The article mentions Deb’s leadership at P&G Asia where she helped revamp its leadership teams by adding data scientists into monthly strategy meetings. Although some leaders may view data scientists as outsiders lacking tenure, their objectivity uniquely serves READ MORE>>

John Rodgers, Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at SSA & Company, was quoted in Financial Advisor on fiduciary regulations and insurance carriers. With a lack of clarity over what the regulations require, insurance carriers may be reluctant to do anything. “This uncertainty creates an unbelievable burden—a bottleneck that’s going to cause a backlog,” John says. Slowing down innovation will in turn impact industry growth, READ MORE>>

Wayne Dix, Vice President, Healthcare at SSA & Company, was quoted in a Managed Care Magazine article titled “PBMs: Higher profile puts them in the crosshairs” on the 2017 outlook for pharmaceutical benefit managers. The article quotes Wayne’s thoughts on the disruption caused by direct-to-consumer coupons and what it means for how PBMS function: “I think there are some pressures right now that are suggesting there is some READ MORE>>

Stephen Miles and The Miles Group (TMG) were featured Friday on The Wall Street Journal‘s research roundup, “Survey Roundup: Gaps Remain in Board Evaluations.”   The Miles Group’s research, conducted with the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, “reveals that while boards generally rate themselves positively in terms of skills and expertise, significantly high negatives are a cause for concern for a large number of READ MORE>>

The Revolution in Digital Payments Cisco Chairman John Chambers, speaking at G100 last month, ranked India Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a model leader of digitization. Days after, Modi surprised everyone by removing India’s most valued and popular currencies, even though India still uses cash for 95-98% of all transactions. Designed to root out corruption and terrorism financing, demonetization has proven controversial during implementation but it READ MORE>>

Raj Thangavelsamy, Vice President at SSA & Company, was quoted in a TechTarget piece on content management and unstructured data analysis for businesses. The article shares Raj’s thoughts on the importance of mobility in business processes and the use of software to manage data on the cloud. “Business processes are driven by documents, and mobility is a big driver.” says Raj. He adds, “Companies see the value of the READ MORE>>