Premium technology company, Pitney Bowes Inc. PBI has joined forces with data, analytics and global digital transformation firm, Scalable Systems, to help healthcare payers improve their insurance obligations. The firms will combine real-time data, predictive analytics and big data insights to aid insurance companies in gaining deeper insights about clients.
In the past two months, Pitney Bowes announced tie-ups with multiple companies to aid their digital transformation. For instance, it entered into a partnership with Rapt Media Partner to expedite “Time to Value” for Interactive Video Experiences. Similarly, it joined hands with TRACK to license technologies for the latter’s customer engagement services. The recent deal with Scalable Systems will cater to the pressing needs of the insurance companies scouting for ways to slash costs and improve member satisfaction.
Scalable Systems’ proprietary offering — IntelliPayer solution — will be integrated with Pitney Bowes’ Enterprise Location Intelligence platform, Spectrum Spatial and demographic & geospatial data sets to simplify healthcare payments. Furthermore, Scalable Systems will deploy Pitney Bowes’ APIs to connect to several modules in the Spectrum Platform, including Universal Addressing, Enterprise Geocoding and Location Intelligence.
Pitney Bowes Continues to Slump
Despite strategic partnerships and other concerted efforts to boost its Software business, Pitney Bowes has been unable to generate a tangible positive impact. Meanwhile, the stock has had a disastrous run on the bourse, losing 13.6% year to date, in stark contrast to the Zacks categorized Office Automation & Equipment industry’s average gain of 8.5%.
Pitney Bowes has been facing formidable execution issues over the past few quarters. Also, a number of botched up deals in the software business and currency fluctuations have hurt growth. In addition, any near-term turnaround is unlikely due to deteriorating market conditions, rising operating expenses and major shareholders exiting the stock. An accelerated decline in physical mail volumes is also expected to hamper the Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company’s mailing business.
Please note that brokers are on the sidelines for the stock as its earnings estimates remains unchanged over the month. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2017 remains steady at $1.76 over the same time frame.
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