Daily Links 10/10/2011: Netflix rescinds Qwikster decision

Netflix Abandons Plan to Rent DVDs on Qwikster (New York Times: Media Decoder)
But no change on price increase.

Gov. Markell salutes Archer Group at opening of expanded Wilmington office (The Archer Group)

Sprint's solo LTE plan ignores Clearwire assets (Computerworld)

Slow VC Fund-Raising Portends Hard Winter For Start-Ups (Wall Street Journal: Venture Capital Dispatch)
Also, another set of numbers from Thomson Reuters and National Venture Capital Association (pdf).

vcopious Secures Venture Financing and Announces New Customer: SIEMENS Corporation (PR Newswire)
Emerald Stage 2, Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners, MAG, and Silicon Valley Bank are the investors; no word on how much.

ADERANT Acquires RainMaker Software (Business Wire)
RainMaker Software is based in Blue Bell.

Almac and Greenphire Form Alliance to Deliver Direct-to-Patient Stipend Payments Through IXRS® (Business Wire)

Comcast Welcomes NANOG and ARIN to Philadelphia (Comcast Voices|Official Comcast Blog)

Comcast-Spectacor Completes High-Definition Upgrade to Scoreboard HD Control Room at Wells Fargo Center with Sony Electronics Technology (PR Newswire)

HSN Brings QR Codes to TV Shopping (Mashable)


Philly Area Companies on 2011 InformationWeek 500

Tom Paine

While I usually focus on the area companies that are generating cutting-edge technologies for enterprises and their users, attention should also be paid to those enterprises who do the best job of utilizing that technology. One perspective on this comes from InformationWeek, which last month published its 2011 version of the InformationWeek 500, what it says is an "annual ranking of the most innovative companies employing information technology in their businesses". Some of the local firms on the list may surprise you.

The IW 500 ranks the top 250 and then provides the remaining 250 unranked. The top ranked Greater Philidelphia region companies are:

15 Vanguard (Valley Forge)

53 Penske Truck Leasing (Reading)

56 Lehigh Valley Health Network (Allentown)

80 University of Pennsylvania Health System (Philadelphia)

129 Harleysville Group (Harleysville); two weeks ago agreed to be acquired by Nationwide.

195 Heartland Payment Systems (Princeton)

209 Teva Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. (North Wales); its acquisition of Cephalon was just cleared by FTC on Friday, with some divestiture requirements.

232 Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington)

Others named to the IW 500 but not ranked in the top 250 include Aramark (Philadelphia), CDI Corp (Philadelphia), The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia), New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co. (West Trenton), Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (Philadelphia), and VWR International

Also with significant operations in the Philly area are Boeing (17), PNC Financial Services (32), and Verizon Wireless (90). SAP did not make it, but its Califiornia-based Sybase subsidiary did (38). Comcast is not on it, though the case could be made it belongs on it despite its faults. Roseland, NJ-based payroll processing giant Automatic Data Processing, which last week announced it was entering the Cloud-based Human Capital Management market, ranked 7th.

InformationWeek also profiles how the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Penn Medicine is using electronic medical records to help find candidates for clinical trial participation. Also featured are IT innovations at Lehigh Valley Health Network , Christiana Care Health System, and Vanguard.