Links 3/31/2014: Comcast plans to increase stock buybacks by $2.5 billion; Alteva terminates CEO Cuthbert

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

Comcast Plans $2.5 Billion More in Stock Buybacks (Bloomberg)

Sneak preview of Comcast war (Politico)

Cloudera puts a number on all its recent fundraising: $900M (Gigaom)

Is Adobe a marketing player now? (Paul Greenberg/ZDNet)
On Adobe's Marketing Cloud and its relationship with SAP.

Bill McDermott’s technology taxonomy (Diginomica)

SAP bets on young blood to boost partners' business (CRN)

Oracle doubles the speed of MySQL query handling (PC World)

Alteva Implements Management Changes and Announces Organizational Restructuring (Marketwire)
"Terminated the employment of David Cuthbert (President and CEO) and Jay Conn (Chief Operating Officer), effective immediately."

Taking pain out of data management for app developers (Philadelphia Daily News)
On Philly's CloudMine.

Michael E. Porter discusses regional, global competitiveness in Innovation Leadership Speaker Series (Fox School of Business)

Phorum 2014 Announces Demo Pit Finalists (Business Wire)

Open up your routers: FCC boosts spectrum available to Wi-Fi by 15 percent (Gigaom)

FCC issues new rules that crack down on local TV partnerships (LA Times)

Philly Tech People News 3/30/2013

Subscribe to Philly Tech People News by Email

Comcast Cable Announces Promotions to Senior Level Positions (Business Wire)

More changes at Comcast-Spectacor ( Philly Deals)

Richard C. Levin, Former Yale President, Joins Coursera as CEO (Marketwire)

Comcast spends big, casts wide net in lobbying (Philadelphia

Saturday Highlights: Citizens Bank Park among those using iBeacon technology this year

Mobeam and Clutch Launch Mobile Wallet that Beams Barcodes to Laser Scanners (Business Wire)

Alteva Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Financial Results (Marketwire)
Restated primarily due to tax issues; selling stake in New York wireless venture.

Home openers near, At the Ballpark app gets update (
CBP will be among those using iBeacon technology.

The Customer Path to SAP Fiori Adoption (ASUG News)
Looking specifically at Day & Zimmerman.

Links 3/28/2014: Charter challenges Comcast-TWC deal in proxy fight

Garfield Group Re-Envisions Brand, Embraces Evolving Role of Technology and Changing Client Needs (Business Wire)

US acquisition for Fishawack (Insider News North West)
UK Medical communications firm, which already has Philadelphia presence, buys Conshohocken-based JK Associates Inc.

Charter Challenges Comcast-Time Warner Cable Tie in Proxy

A Vision for Comcast in a Post-Merger World (New York Times)

Comcast's increased hotspots get chilly reception from Harvard critic (Boston Business Journal)

CBS CEO: If Aereo Wins, We'll Develop Our Own Streaming Service (Mashable)

How Fandango and Credit Karma exposed millions of smartphone users’ data (Ars Technica)
Fandango is owned by Comcast.

AWS ignites the business cloud services market (Silicon Angle)

Rowan University Foundation Establishes $5 Million Venture Fund for Its Startups

Esther Surden
Publisher & Editor,

L to R: R.J. Tallarida, Paul Tully, Ali Houshmand, Kenneth Blank, Shreekanth Mandayam and Cathy Yang 
during the venture fund announcement at Rowan. | Courtesy Rowan University |

The Rowan University Foundation, the fundraising arm of Rowan University (Glassboro), has allocated $5 million to a venture fund to help take young companies that started at Rowan or were founded by Rowan alumni, to the commercialization phase.

The foundation is allocating these funds at a rate of $1 million per year, to be invested appropriately among university companies according to their needs and valuations. The monies have already been set aside for the fund, R.J. Tallarida, the foundation’s executive director, told in an interview.

The foundation hopes that the ability to invest in Rowan companies will inspire university alumni and friends so it can increase the fund further.

The overall goal of this initiative is to increase economic development in South Jersey, university officials said.

The idea of a university foundation — which usually undertakes building projects and the like — funding companies that started at that university isn’t new, but to’s knowledge this has not been done before in the Garden State.

According to Tallarida, the foundation studied the model provided by the New York University Innovation Venture Fund for guidance. A release stated that the foundation had spent a year examining other college venture-fund models.

The exact mechanics of how the fund will work to evaluate companies have not been set, said Tallarida. The foundation will soon appoint an advisory committee comprising business leaders, financiers, entrepreneurs and other individuals with biotechnology, biomedical, engineering and venture capital expertise. The advisory committee will provide real-world expertise to assist the technology/new venture development committee in selecting recipients.

Tallarida said that since the venture fund was announced, the foundation has received a lot of positive buzz from venture professionals and others who consult with funds and are hoping to help out with this endeavor.

The idea behind all this is to encourage some of the research generated by the university to take a step toward commercialization. “While Rowan’s students and faculty will undoubtedly be successful in attracting outside funding, some may need seed money to get their ideas started,” Paul Tully, foundation chair, said in a release.

Nothing specific has been determined as far as a standard for equity taken by the fund, Tallarida added. “Equity and terms will be decided on a ‘case-by-case basis’ and worked out between our experts and the companies pitching the fund,” he said.

It isn’t just tech transfer — an outdated concept, according to Ken Blank, vice president for health sciences — that’s involved. Rowan wants to help create viable companies that will contribute to the area’s economic engine and create jobs there, he said. While the university believes many of the companies could get funding on their own, the venture fund will help them.

Tallarida said he hopes university alumni and friends will be willing to make donations to the foundation that are earmarked for the fund so they can do even more for Rowan’s startups.

Many university startups are already on campus, Shreekanth Mandayam, vice president for research, said. Moreover, many of Rowan’s patented or patent-pending ideas are ready for commercialization. Some can be found here (pdf). Most seem to be based on biotech and medicine, but some intriguing digital tech research projects could become businesses.

One such possibility is Rowan Virtual Meeting, a Web-based multimedia software environment that lets two or more people communicate with one another over Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Web video and chat and collaborate using a whiteboard, PowerPoint and other such applications. Another idea ready for commercialization is a website navigation tool that lets users easily navigate the website regardless of its complexity. Users are provided a treelike graphical image that monitors their browsing on the site in real time.

Rowan University was designated the second comprehensive research institution in New Jersey last year. “That furthers Rowan’s drive to increase its commercialization and technology-development efforts, particularly in high-growth sectors such as engineering, medical education, health sciences and business,” the school said in a statement.
The university hopes the fund will catapult Rowan’s research enterprise, provide resources to attract entrepreneurial research faculty and encourage innovative ideas from the Rowan community, including alumni.

Esther Surden is Publisher and Editor of NJTechWeekly, and a contributor to Philly Tech News. This article originally appeared in NJTechWeekly, and is republished here with her permission.

Links 3/27/2014: More on SAP's Fieldglass buy (no, its not virtual reality) ; Comcast Cloud DVR Launches in Philly

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

Amazon's WorkSpaces becomes generally available (PC World)

Amazon Web Services lands DoD security authorization (ZDNet)

Good News or Bad? It’s Getting Easier to Be a Temp (Wall Street Journal: Corporate Intelligence)
On SAP's acquisition of Fieldglass.

SAP/Ariba to Buy Fieldglass: Initial Analysis (Spend Matters)
Intelligent guesstimate of how much it costed.

Oracle Talent Management Cloud Extends, Expands Dell Boomi Relationship to Integrate Customer Data in Talent Management Cloud (Business Wire)

Intel just installed itself in Hadoop guru Cloudera – and why their rivals should be worried (The Register)

NBCUniversal-Owned DailyCandy and Television Without Pity Will Be Shut Down (Re/code)

Comcast Exec: Cable Industry on Track for Simplified, Distributed Networks (Light Reading)

Comcast Cloud DVR Launches in Philly, Chicago Next
(Light Reading)

Comcast’s David Cohen: Merger With Time Warner Cable ‘Not a Very Scary Story’ (Variety)

Aereo Defends Service as Supreme Court Hearing Looms (Re/code)

Amazon Plans Free Video-Streaming Service, WSJ Reports (TechCrunch)

Comcast clears up confusion over cable modems on its Extreme 105 service (FierceCable)

Lithium Confirms That It Has Acquired Klout (TechCrunch)

Synchronoss Can See Lift From Q1 iPad Activations, Says Avondale (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)

Cross-industry IoT group pushes for gear that works together (PC World)

Monetate Board Additions: Steps toward IPO preparation? (Update 4/5: Monetate adds new CFO)

Tom Paine

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

Conshohocken-based ecommerce software company Monetate added two new outside board members last week, both having connections to social marketing management platform ExactTarget, which was acquired by Salesforce last year for $2.5 billion.

Tim Maudlin / Monetate website
Tim Maudlin served on the Board of Directors of ExactTarget, a NASDAQ listed company prior to its acquisition by Salesforce last year, as Lead Independent Director, Chair of the Audit Committee, and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. He has held similar board responsibilities for, MediaMind Technologies Inc., Fanatics, Inc. prior to its acquisition by GSI Commerce in February 2011, and Newegg. He also manages a VC firm, Medical Innovation Partners.

The other addition, Tim Kopp, served as CMO of ExactTarget prior to its acquisition by Salesforce.

Other Monetate board members are Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital (an early Monetate backer), Sam Decker (founding CMO of Bazaarvoice), Lucinda Duncalfe (Founder & CEO, Real Food Works), Adam Marcus, Managing Director of OpenView Partners (a major Monetate investor), and David Bookspan, Monetate Founder and Chairman.

These appointments don't indicate any direct relationship with Salesforce, since Kopp and
Maudlin have no current connection to the company. But they may be another step toward
preparing Monetate for an IPO, particularly given Maudlin's strong corporate governance background with public companies.

As CEO David Brussin was quoted as saying in the Daily News late last year, "in a couple of years, we'll be a public company and a lot larger."

Monetate lists ExactTarget as a "Compliant Partner", meaning its technology platform and products "natively integrate with Monetate", according to Monetate's website. In January, Monetate announced a partnership and software integration with SAP's hybris, in some regards a competitor to ExactTarget. hybris is listed by Monetate as a technology partner.

Yesterday, SAP teamed up with Adobe on a global agreement under which SAP will resell Adobe's Marketing Cloud software suite along with SAP's Hana in-memory database platform and Hybris Commerce Suite. Adobe currently does not appear among Monetate partners on its website. (Brussin cites Adobe as a Monetate competitor in the Daily News article.)

Update 4/5: This past Thursday, Monetate announced the appointment of
Bob Lawson as Chief Financial Officer
. Lawson had been senior vice president and chief financial officer at RingCentral when it did its IPO last year.

"Lawson brings to Monetate proven expertise in helping pre-IPO and public companies drive organizational improvements and achieve outstanding financial results," Monetate said in a statement announcing the appointment.

Previous CFO David Stetson (see Philly Tech News profile from last year) apparently resigned at the beginning of 2014, after less than a year on the job. Around the same time, former VP of Marketing Blair Lyon (now CMO of LeadiD) left.

Links 3/26/2014: LiquidHub raises $53 million Series B

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

LiquidHub Secures $53M Series B Capital Round Led by ChrysCapital
New investment designed to provide capital for continued growth; supports aggressive merger and acquisition strategy
(Business Wire)

Blackout warning as Comcast sports network pitches a surcharge

SAP buying Chicago-based Fieldglass (Chicago

SAP Agrees to Acquire Fieldglass in Cloud-Computing Push (Bloomberg)

SAP: "We are going to make a lot of channel partners extremely wealthy" (CRN)

Dish’s Ergen Said to Approach DirecTV CEO White About Merger

Facing new rivals, Amazon expands its cloud-computing offerings (Seattle Times)

Links 3/24/2013: More on Comcast/Apple reports; IMS Health readies IPO

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

Something smells fishy about that Comcast–Apple TV story (Gigaom)

Some Thoughts On The Latest Apple-Comcast Streaming TV Talks (TechCrunch)

‘Cord-Nevers’: Why Comcast Would Consider a Deal With Apple (Wall Street Journal: Digits)

Apple Has Hired A Crack Team From The Cable Industry To Save (Or Destroy) TV (Business Insider)


Apple, Comcast Set-Top Report Sends Arris Stock Down
(Investor's Business Daily)

IMS Health IPO could value company at up to $6.97 billion
IMS Health has a significant presence in Plymouth Meeting and Collegeville.

Box IPO filing: The key numbers (Fortune)

Cisco Bets a Billion on the Cloud (NY Times: Bits)

Obama to Call for End to N.S.A.’s Bulk Data Collection (NY Times)

Mobile data traffic dwarfed by fixed network data traffic (RCR Wireless)

Sunday Highlights: WSJ says Apple, Comcast in talks about streaming TV service

Apple, Comcast in talks about streaming-TV service (Wall Street Journal via Marketwatch)

Corbett: It’s OK For States To Review Proposed Comcast-Time Warner Merger (CBS Philly)
But doesn't suggest what Pennsylvania should do.

Patrick J. McGovern, 76; founded International Data Group (Boston Globe)
"His love of computers started in the 1950s in the stacks of a Philadelphia public library when he was a teenager. He found a book about computers called, “Giant Brains or Machines That Think.”

Verizon accused of refusing to fix broken landline phone service (Ars Technica)

Amber Road Inc., of East Rutherford, jumps on first day of trading on NYSE
Amber Road's top investor was Radnor-based Cross Atlantic Capital Partners.

Philly Tech People News 3/23/2014

Subscribe to Philly Tech People News by Email

Wharton’s New Dean Garrett Promises to Bring Global Perspective (Bloomberg)

SAP's Cresanti Moves to IFA (O'Dwyer's)


Tim Maudlin Joins Monetate Board of Directors (PR Newswire)

Digital Marketing Leader Monetate Appoints Veteran CMO Tim Kopp To Board of Directors (PR Newswire)

The Philadelphia Experiment (Civic Innovations)
Mark Headd on departing from city government.

Lansale IT firm adds Del. office, seeks DC clients
( Philly Deals)

Saturday Highlights 3/22/2014: More on Valley 'wage-fixing': Don’t write Oracle’s obituary yet

Revealed: Apple and Google’s wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees (PandoDaily)
Comcast's name pops up.

Don’t write Oracle’s obituary quite yet (Globe & Mail)

Netflix Has Buyer’s Remorse Over Its Paid Peering Deal with Comcast (TeleFrieden)

Why Verizon is the Most Exciting Company in Entertainment Today (Videonuze)

Links 3/21/2014: SAP's McDermott buys home in Germany

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

SAP Philly Guy McDermott Germany-Bound as Growth Stalls
(Bloomberg Business Week)

SAP plans to power all datacenters by renewable electricity

SAP Recommends a Dividend of euro 1.00 per Share -- Year-Over-Year Increase of 18% (PR Newswire)

Nutter announces wave of startup grants for Philadelphia companies and institutions (Philadelphia Inquirer)

PCWorld Founder and IDG Chairman Patrick J. McGovern dies at 76
(PC World)
Spent most of childhood in Philly.

AT&T Exec Calls Netflix’s Reed Hastings “Arrogant” For Net Neutrality Post (TechCrunch)

Comcast Received More than 25,000 Data Requests in 2013 (Mashable)

Breaking News: Coupa Closes on $40 Million in Additional Funds (Spend Matters)
Key competitor to SAP's Ariba in procurement technology.

Work on a free software project for a humanitarian cause (
A workshop to help prepare instructors to teach courses in which students participate in HFOSS projects will be held at Drexel from May 28 to May 30.

IEEE History Center Moves to Stevens Institute of Technology (PR Web)
Moving from Rutgers.

Links 3/20/2014: Comcast's SEC filing on proposed deal; Coupa raises $40 million to up competition vs SAP Ariba

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

Comcast's TWC Acquisition: Shareholders Asked to Vote on 'Golden Parachutes' for Execs (Hollywood Reporter)

SEC Filings Map Out Inner Workings Of Comcast/TWC Deal
(Multichannel News)
Comcast Form S-4
Registration Statement

Netflix Says It Really Didn’t Want to Cut that Traffic Deal with Comcast (Re/code)

CitiusTech, a Leader in Healthcare Technology, Announces Investment Partnership with General Atlantic (Business Wire)

Coupa Raises $40M For Cloud Procurement Software, Takes On SAP Ariba (Wall Street Journal: Venture Capital Dispatch)

Huntsman Selects Accenture to Deliver a Strategic Information Management System Built on SAP HANA® to Reduce Costs and Improve Enterprise Performance (Business Wire)

Can the Bloomberg terminal be toppled? (Fortune)

Ben Franklin is the 2nd Most Active Investor in Greater Philadelphia (BFTP News)

State Health Insurance Exchanges Still Sick (Information Week)

SevOne to expand to larger Philly office

Tom Paine

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

SevOne, the rapidly growing Wilmington-based supplier of software and appliances for large-scale, real time data network monitoring and management, announced today it is opening a larger Philadelphia satellite office at 1400 Chestnut Street. It replaces a smaller office SevOne opened just last year on Strawberry Street.

Open Layout of SevOne's new Philly office / SevOne

The new office can accomodate up to 55 employees, as opposed to 15 in the Strawberry Street location. SevOne's revenue growth, which has averaged 65% over the past three years, caused its overall headcount to double to 270 in just the past year, SevOne CEO Jack Sweeney said in a statement. In 2013, SevOne raised a $150 million round from Bain Capital.

Mayor Nutter will help SevOne celebrate the new opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this evening.

SevOne's expansion is a significant step toward adding to a highly skilled engineering workforce within the city. SevOne is anticipated by many to be an IPO candidate within the next few years.

“I’m excited and pleased to welcome SevOne to its new expanded offices on Chestnut Street in Center City,” said Mayor Nutter in a statement. “The continued growth of SevOne is yet another indicator of Philadelphia’s emergence as a hub for startups, technology and innovation.”

Cross Atlantic Capital Partners-backed Amber Road primed for IPO (Update)

Esther Surden
Publisher & Editor,

Radnor-based Cross Atlantic Capital Partners-backed Amber Road (East Rutherford, NJ), which licenses software as a service (SaaS) software to automate international import and export processes, has filed for an initial public offering (IPO). The company is expected to begin trading March 21, 2014. Cross Atlantic owns about 35%.

Amber Road, which hopes to raise $75 million, will list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AMBR.

The company announced its terms earlier in March. It will sell 6.5 million shares at a price range of $10.50 to $12.50 per share. According to an article on, at the midrange of this stock price Amber Road would command a fully diluted market value of $313 million.

James Preuninger of Amber Road / Courtesy Amber Road 

Amber Road was founded in 2002. According to an article on the website Seeking Alpha, Amber Road made two important acquisitions in 2005 to complete its global trade management portfolio: BridgePoint and NextLinx Corporation.

“NextLinx added 11 years of global trade compliance technology and content, which is Amber’s key selling point to customers. The company [which began as Management Dynamics] was rechristened Amber Road in 2011,” the article says.

The Seeking Alpha article notes that as of the end of 2013, Amber Road had 463 customers: 172 enterprise companies contributing at least $100,000 each in annual revenue and 291 midmarket firms contributing less than $100,000 each in annual revenue. The company employs some 500 people.

An article by Lawrence J. Aragon on Reuters PE Hub reports that Amber Road’s primary venture backers include Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, which holds 6,685,160 shares (34.8 percent of the total); Updata Partners (Washington, D.C.), 3,561,856 shares (18.6 percent); Goldman Sachs (New York), 2,987,756 shares (15.6 percent); NJTC  Venture Fund (Mount Laurel), 1,355,051 shares (7.1 percent); and Orix Ventures (Dallas), 245,946 shares (1.3 percent).

“As a group, the five investors own 14.83 million shares (or 77 percent of the total) prior to the offering. Assuming they don’t exercise options to buy additional shares, the investors collectively plan to sell about 1.2 million shares in the IPO,” the Reuters article states.

In January 2014, the NJTC’s TechNews interviewed Jim Preuninger, founder and CEO of Amber Road. Preuninger discussed some of the early challenges his company had faced, including selling a cloud product when no one else was doing so and convincing large companies like GE and Wal-Mart to buy it.

Another challenge he noted was that “one platform, a cookie-cutter approach, doesn’t work.” However, customization for each customer was unsupportable. The answer: “We had to develop a technology that was highly adaptable and had a high degree of configuration so it could be a tight-glove fit for Wal-Mart as well as a small company in a different industry,” said Preuninger.

Esther Surden is Publisher and Editor of NJTechWeekly, and a contributor to Philly Tech News. This article originally appeared in NJTechWeekly, and is republished here with her permission.

Update: Amber Road priced at $13, above the range, and now commands a $356 million market cap, Renaissance Capital reports.

Links 3/19/2014: Comcast seeks Uber-like customer service

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

Next TV: Comcast Testing TV Everywhere Authentication On Apple TV, Roku Devices (Multichannel News)

Comcast seeks Uber-like customer service (USA Today)

Comcast's Uber-Inspired App May Ease Your Hatred of Cable Companies (Mashable)

States to probe Comcast plan to buy Time Warner Cable (Reuters)

Comcast VP and Chairman of Penn Board of Trustees talks "digital divide
(Daily Pennsylvanian)

FCC Docs Detail New Verizon Home Automation Platform (Zatz Not Funny!)

Rowan University, Lockheed Martin reach deal on research (The Courier-Post)

Oracle quarterly results disappoint Wall Street; shares fall

Oracle's summer dream: Cloud, Fusion, 12c nirvana (ZDNet)

HP launches ConvergedSystem for SAP HANA (ZDNet)

Microsoft Study Touts Hybrid Cloud (Information Week) shuts down for good as founder launches new social app (The Verge)
Once a hot FRC startup.

Phorum 2014, to be held April 10 during Philly Tech Week, has powerful list of headliners

Tom Paine

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

Philadelphia's Phorum 2014, hosted by PACT (The Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies), and sponsored by investment bank Fairmount Partners and technology integrator LiquidHub, will take place on Thursday, April 10 at World Cafe Live, for the first time as part of Philly Tech Week.

The conference, which is probably Philadelphia's premier tech event targeted towards top level enterprise management, has varied and in some ways broadened its theme in each of its three years. This year's theme, "Increasing Customer Engagement in a Digital World", encompasses not only social, customer relationship management (CRM) and mobile, but all means used by enterprises to connect and interact with customers in the digital world.

While customer engagement continues to be a top priority for CMOs with over 70 percent of
respondents listing it as their top business challenge that they need to address, a recent survey conducted by PACT Phorum in late 2013 revealed that the issue is increasingly gaining traction with CTOs and CEOs. According to the survey, 38 percent of CTOs and 33 percent of CEOs also concur that customer engagement represents the top technology challenge they need to focus on in 2014.

The list of keynote speakers is impressive. VP and Head of Platform Research Peter Coffee, a leading Salesforce evangelist, apparently has a long-term contract with Phorum since this is his third consecutive appearance.

David Pogue, technology columnist formerly with the New York Times and now
with Yahoo and NOVA ScienceNow; Aneesh Chopra, who served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer and just yesterday was named an advisor to Box to help develop its healthcare IT strategy; Dan Hilferty, President and CEO, Independence Blue Cross who has been a leader in expanding the healthcare IT landscape in the region; and Maggie Fox, Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing at SAP and a leader in social media, are the other key speakers.

Functionally, an emphasis of the conference will be not to simply focus on the rising influence of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) as a key decision-maker in many tech buying decisions, "but on the importance of the CMO [and other functional chiefs] working with the CIO", said Suzanne Lentz, Vice President of Marketing, LiquidHub, Inc. and a member of the Phorum 2014 Advisory Board in a phone interview. Though the rapid adoption of a stand-alone functional app can be attractive, any large-scale projects requiring integration of corporate systems and data will need more coordination.

A recent Forrester survey tends to confirm this need. More than half of CMOs see their relationship with the CIO as essential,up from 30% in 2011.

An interesting feature will be a "Fireside Chat" between Salesforce's Coffee and SAP's Fox discussing the challenges and opportunities their clients have faced in moving beyond simple outreach to creating real engagement with customers.

Other discussion panels will cover subjects such as "Mobility as an enabler" and "Turning
Big Data into action."

One of the most popular features of Phorum has been the Demo Pit, which features early stage digital technology ventures generally based in the Philadelphia area. Past
selections for "Best in Show"included PeopleLinx and one acquired by Artisan Mobile.
Nominations are still open for this year's Demo Pit, and participants will be named in early April.

The day kicks off at 7am with a continental breakfast.

The conference will close with Cocktails (free beer) & a Network Reception with live music. Price points are $199 for PACT Members and $249 for non-members.

Update 3/24: Panelist Lineup were announced today for Phorum 2014:

“Mobility as an Engagement Enabler” (moderated by Joseph DiStefano of the Inquirer:)

David Cuthbert, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alteva

Michael Kinzly, Director Business Solutions, Wawa, Inc.

Joe Portale, Chief Technologist, Mobility Solutions, Lockheed Martin

Roy Rosin, Chief Innovation Officer, Penn Medicine

Scott Snyder, Ph.D., President and Chief Strategy Officer, Mobiquity

“Big Data – Turning Data into Action” (Moderated by Mary Fran Johnson, Editor-in-Chief of CIO Magazine:)

J. Patrick Bewley, CEO, BigCloud Analytics

Todd Cullen, Chief Data Officer, Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide, Ogilvy and Mather

Ira A. Hunt, CEO, Hunt Technologies

David Schuff, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, Fox School of Business, Temple University

Update 4/1: Yesterday Phorum named its nine demo pit participants. They include
some rather well known startups such as RJMetrics, Clutch and Yorn, and others like BuyerMLS, Canvas and tapCliq. One slot in the demo pit will be reserved for the winner of Penn mobile app contest AppItUP.

During the closing session, three Demo Pit companies will be selected to join Peter Coffee on stage. One will be named “Best in Show” and will receive the 3rd annual Phorum Phorward Award. Phorum 2014 Demo Pit judges include: Bob Moul, CEO of Artisan Mobile; Scott Kinka, Chief Technology Officer of EvolveIP; and Nate Lentz, Managing Partner of Osage Venture Partners.

Links 3/18/2014: Cloudera raise said to be $200 million; Oracle misses

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

Cloudera Said to Raise at Least $200 Million in Funding

MuleSoft Quietly Becomes Cloud Powerhouse
(Information Week)

Oracle Q3 Results Fall Short Again (Re/code)

Oracle Sales, Profit Miss Estimates on Cloud Competition

Microsoft Releases In-Memory Ready SQL Server 2014 (Information Week)

Comcast's Arbogast: TWC Deal Reflects Reality That Regional Model Is Untenable (Broadcasting & Cable)

Comcast won’t purchase struggling CSN Houston (Houston Chronicle)

Level 3 blames Internet slowdowns on ISPs’ refusal to upgrade networks (Ars Technica)

Veeva Systems Files Registration Statement for Proposed Follow-on Offering (Business Wire)

The MAC Card is back ( Philly Deals)

Clinical Ink Announces eSource Demand Grew More Than 300% in 2013 (Marketwire)

Philly Tech People News 3/16/2014

Subscribe to Philly Tech People News by Email Announces Appointment of General Colin Powell to its Board of Directors (PR Newswire)

Ex-Motorola Exec John Burke Joins Rovi (Multichannel News)
Burke, Rovi’s New EVP and COO, will be based in Radnor.

SAP Ventures Appoints Rami Branitzky Managing Director of Market Development (SAP Newsroom)

LeadiD Strengthens Management Team with New Chief Marketing Officer (PR Web)
Blair Lyon was previously VP of Marketing for Monetate.

FreedomPay Names Marc Pereira Vice President of Technology (Business Wire)

Leap Systems, LLC, Announces Organizational Changes (PR Web)

N.J. may ease Verizon's broadband obligation (

Vodafone Expected to Buy Ono, a Spanish Cable Operator (NY Times: DealBook)

Comcast's movie unit to offer sequels and more sequels (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Tableau Preps $345M Offering, Less Than A Year After Its Gangbusters IPO (TechCrunch)

Why a Comcast merger could be good for TWC customers (CNET News)

Just How Cheap Can Public Cloud Computing Get? (ReadWrite)

Links 3/14/2014: Castlight Health soars on IPO; TruePosition to become part of new Liberty tracking stock

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

Liberty Ditches Plans to Acquire SiriusXM Radio, Embraces New Tracking Stocks
(Hollywood Reporter)
Liberty Broadband Group would house the firm's interests in Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and Berwyn-based TruePosition.

Castlight Health soars in debut as cloud offerings shine (Reuters)

Alibaba reportedly planning April IPO (PandoDaily)

EBay cuts Magento staff; Product chief Duvall departs
(Silicon Valley Business Journal)
Reports about 50 jobs cut, mostly in San Jose office.

Embarcadero moves into data modeling with CA ERwin buy (PC World)
ERwin originated at a Princeton startup, Logic Works, a couple of decades ago before being acquired by another company that was later acquired by CA.

Will Comcast Go You-Tubing? (Multichannel News)

George Norcross' fund-raising invites sent to IGM newsroom employees (
How does one respond?

Zycus Procurement Technology Secures Armstrong as New Client (Business Wire)

Links 3/13/2014: ShopRunner jumps on Amazon Prime price increase; layoffs hit EBay's Magento

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

Amazon raising Prime subscriptions by $20 to $99 a year (Engadget)

Amazon Rival ShopRunner Jumps on Prime Increase (Wall Street Journal: Digits)

ShopRunner Sprints Out of the Gates in 2014 with New Retailers and Tremendous Growth (Business Wire)

Layoffs Hit eBay’s Magento Division; Product Chief Exits (Re/code)
Magento reports up through King of Prussia-based EBay Enterprise.

Has Your Leadership Role Scaled With Your Company? (Inc)
Interview with Monetate CEO David Brussin.

Quintiq Shatters Records in 2013 (Quintiq Press Release)
Revenue reaches $100 million.

Qlik Doesn't Fear Tableau, Oracle In Data Analytics (Investor's Business Daily)

[Boomi competitor] MuleSoft raises $50M to connect every business app to every other business app (Venture Beat)

Oracle, SAP Threatened by Big Data Startups Lotame, DataStax, Etc., Says Cowen (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)

Salesforce Just Disclosed A Really Odd Thing: It Doesn't Really Know Where Its Revenue Comes From (Business Insider)

Enterprise adolescent:'s struggles at 15 (The Register)

Charter Still Hanging Around Time Warner Cable
(New York Times: DealBook)

Fundable Acquires LaunchRock To Combine Crowdfunding And User Acquisition (TechCrunch)

Media Madness: Comcast, Disney, Al Franken & more

Tom Paine

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

Universal Studios Florida Entrance / Wikipedia

When Comcast made a surprise $54.1 billion bid for Disney in 2004, most observers thought the primary targets were its cable networks (particularly ESPN), and saw the theme parks as a mere afterthought. When Comcast acquired NBCU in 2011, NBCU only owned half of Universal Orlando at the time and again questions were raised about Comcast's commitment to that business.

But in 2011 Comcast agreed to buy out the other half of Universal Orlando, and as Bob Fernandez reported in Sunday's Inquirer, Comcast says its been a great business for them , and is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in its Florida and California parks in a challenge to Disney, although Comcast execs say there is plenty of room for both to grow.

The co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, Anne Sweeney, is stepping down to focus on doing TV production, a surprising move, and hasn't indicated how she is going to go about doing that. There was speculation, largely since discounted, that Facebook COO Sheryl (I'm not the boss of you) Sandberg might be in line to replace Robert Iger as Disney CEO in two years when he steps down.

Disney is also reported to be considering the possible acquisition of YouTube network Maker Studios at a price that could exceed $500 million (the latest figure I saw was as much as $900 million). Another YouTube-based company, Fullscreen, received an investment from Comcast Ventures last year.

Netflix is trying to accelerate its international growth, starting with a new push in Europe later this year, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Comcast take an active interest in the international OTT market with its combination of content and technology. Streampix is not the delivery equivalent of Netflix yet (far from it), and Comcast would not have a built-in broadband advantage in Europe as it does in the US. I have no source on this, but its just my speculation that this is something Comcast might be looking at. Comcast has been saying recently it wants to boost its international presence.

Reports indicate that the Senate Judiciary Committee is moving its hearing on the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger from March 26 to April 2 to accommodate additional participants. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes says his company hasn't decided yet to change its name after Time Inc. is spun off, but will be happy when consumers can no longer mistake Time Warner Cable trucks for his own company's (Time Warner Cable and Time Warner Communications split a few years back).

More from DC: Senator Al Franken (D-Minn), whose media career reached its zenith on
NBC's SNL, again took to the public airwaves to blast the proposed merger on CBS Monday morning.

This while CBS CEO Les Moonves suggests he might just take his network off the public airwaves and go OTT if Aereo wins its upcoming Supreme Court case.

Links 3/12/2014: SunGard spinoff SunGard Availability loads up with $1.275B in debt

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

Media executives question Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal (Reuters)

Comcast Deal Has 'Huge' Potential, Says Time Warner Cable CEO (Hollywood Reporter)

Son’s Challenge to Cable Won’t End T-Mobile Deal Scrutiny

Where Comcast-TWC Would Face Broadband Competition (Wall Street Journal: Digits)

Comcast and NRG Launch Electricity Bundle in Pennsylvania
(Greentech Media)

Tennis Channel Asks FCC to Look Again at Comcast Case

SunGard spinoff SunGard Availability preps $1.275B in debt (Reuters)

Links 3/11/2014: DreamIt Health taking applications; PeopleLinx integrates with Twitter (which promptly crashes)

DreamIt Health Accepting Applications for Third Class (Medgadget)
Interview with Elliot Menschik.

Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia Embraces Social Collaboration (Information Week)

Castlight Health hikes IPO pricing amid health tech boom (VentureBeat)

PeopleLinx Integrates Social Marketing Platform with Twitter (PR Newswire)

Fox executive raises questions on Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger (Reuters)

Scale and the Comcast-TWC Acquisition (TeleFrieden)
Rob Frieden is Pioneers Chair and Professor of Telecommunications and Law, Penn State University.

Amazon’s TV streaming box to ship with Netflix and Hulu Plus apps

Netflix's international streaming prospects underappreciated (Investor's Business Daily)
Would not be surprised at all if Comcast was eyeing the international OTT market.

Huawei expands partnership with SAP, launches new HANA hardware (PC World)

Collaboration Software Maker Jive Explores Sale (Re/code)

Wanxiang ‘diligently assessing’ Fisker plant (Wilmington News Journal)

A 2014 Message from Xtium’s CEO (Xtium Blog)

West Chester investors go public vs. U.S. regulators
( Philly Deals)

Philly Ad Agency, D4 Comes Down with another case of Veria (PR Web)

Links 3/10/2014: Comcast in deal to sell 'House of Cards', other Sony content directly

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

Comcast Cuts Sony Deal to Sell ‘House of Cards,’ Early-Release Movies (Variety)

How Comcast Is Building a Machine To Dominate the Future (Wired: Opinon)

Verizon's Shammo: We'll look at FiOS expansions once it returns the cost of capital (FierceTelecom)

Feds Poised to Open More Airwaves for Wi-Fi (Re/code)

Accenture, SAP merge enterprise solutions in to a one-stop shop

SAP hopes to help Germany win World Cup with HANA
(PC World)

Oracle to revamp schools ERP software, with an eye on Workday (PC World)
Ellucian (created from the SunGard Higher Ed/Datatel merger) is also a major player in this market.

Network effect of industry-crowdsourced physician data (Pharmaceutical Commerce)
Contributed by Dan Goldsmith, general manager, Veeva Network.

Cloud ERP Deployments Declined In 2013, Panorama Says (IT Jungle)

Adminovate Swaps Out SAP Business ByDesign For NetSuite (PR Newswire)

Philly Tech News Top Stories of Week: 2/28/14 thru 3/8/14

 Subscribe in a reader
Subscribe to Philadelphia Tech News by Email

HP acquires Philly-based network-simulation vendor Shunra

Northern Virginia-based UC provider iCore expands with new Philly offices

LLR Partners closes 4th fund at $950 million

Former SevOne CEO Phelan joins Osage Venture Partners; Drahms promoted to Partner

Veeva Systems posts results, extends Salesforce partnership

Liberty Media says not finished looking at Time Warner Cable, other possibilities

Philly Tech People News 3/9/2014: CRF Health names Kent, former chief executive officer of ClinPhone, as Board Chairman

Subscribe to Philly Tech People News by Email

CRF Health Welcomes Steven W. J. Kent to Board of Directors (Business Wire)

SAP Bolsters Cloud Leadership, Names Former NGA Human Resources CEO Mike Ettling as Cloud for HR Lead (SAP News)

Former SevOne CEO Phelan joins Osage Venture Partners; Drahms promoted to Partner (Philly Tech News)

Connotate Names Laura Teller Chief Strategy Officer

Goetz To Leave Time Warner Cable At End of March (Multichannel News)

Mangos Taps Internal Talent to Lead Its New Media Program (PR Web) Brings Jobs to Indianapolis; Increases Company Footprint in the Region (Business Wire)