Consolidation of Payment Rails: A Global Payments Game-Changer for Banks

Visa’s planned acquisition of Earthport is the latest in a recent series of consolidations in the global payment systems sector. The deal follows in the wake of MasterCard’s purchase of UK operator VocaLink and Worldline’s purchase of Swiss operator SIX Payments Services. For the two major credit card companies, it’s a move into handling payment […]

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Forging Our Future: Five Lessons Learned from Women Driving Change in Business, Technology and Society

The website said: “The 2019 MAKERS Conference is a global women’s leadership event that brings together the most powerful names in business, entertainment, tech, and finance to explore ways to accelerate the movement with compelling videos, provocative conversations, and onstage pledges for change.” I read this as I was preparing to head to the MAKERS […]

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Opening the Course to Price Transparency by Closing the Safe Harbor on Part D Drug Rebates

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is about to publish a proposed rule that – according to the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) – would lower prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket costs for patients and increase pricing transparency. The HHS proposal would eliminate a safe harbor for prescription drug rebates that drug […]

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When It Comes to Digital, Pace Matters

As I meet with executives from enterprises attempting to be digitally enhanced, most agree on one thing: In order to achieve material value from new digital services, offerings and technologies, they need to balance two factors: the pace of the initiative and “the realization horizon.” The realization horizon is what you can hope to achieve […]

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What Will It Take to Make a Healthcare Bot Your New Best Friend?

“I was so tired, I started talking to Alexa.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people refer to Alexa as something more than a digital assistant this past year. More people are talking to and asking questions of voice-activated digital assistants and cognitive-powered colleagues than ever before. Nearly 19 million homes in the U.S. […]

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10 Ways to Succeed with a Microservices Architecture

Amazon can make crucial changes on its e-commerce platform in seconds. Tesla can upgrade your car while you sleep. What digital unicorns can do in minutes, traditional companies might need months. The lightning-quick capabilities of born-digital businesses aren’t just the result of following a unique development methodology; they’re also possible because they’ve got a flexible, […]

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