Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
 
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (8) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next
Author: grahamsway One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 22253  
Subject: Re: Ebix commentary on health exchange Date: 8/17/2013 3:38 PM
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Recommendations: 1
"Either one has an excellent understanding of a niche or one has to pick the top of the heap but in such a widely distributed industry that top of the heap is elusive indeed."

Agreed, the small software area is tricky. In general, most of these players deal in transactional software. Basically administrative functions like accounting, enrollment, billing, etc. and then integrating them.

The problem is that this kind of software is pretty easy to do, so there's a lot of competition which means the margins aren't that great. An interesting case study is Salesforce. They pushed way ahead of everybody in the sales management area by basically going full bore marketing. Even now with all their growth, I'm not sure how much they actually book in real profit but last I looked their marketing and sales expense is huge and probably needs to continue to grow.

In cases like Ebix, and other small transactional software co's, a big advantage is actually being able to test the product and know the competition and the relative pricing.

So, anybody out there ever used an Ebix product or competitors?
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Print the post  
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (8) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next

Announcements

Kiddie Card Board
Should kids have their own credit card?
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Post of the Day:
Apple

Apple Watch and the Rational Mind
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
Community Home
Speak Your Mind, Start Your Blog, Rate Your Stocks

Community Team Fools - who are those TMF's?
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.
Advertisement