Phorum '16: Call for papers open, deadline November 13

Tom Paine

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The sponsors and organizers of next Spring's Philly Phorum (think baseball season, with the tag line, "Its got to be better than last year") entitled "Systems of Insight", to be held on April l4 at the new Fillmore Philadelphia, are particularly eager to get as broad a range of inputs for the event as possible. See the full press release here .

It has opened its call for papers, looking for experts in new technologies, architectures, systems, processes and integration driving Systems of Insight. Proposals are being sought for conference sessions on topics including information management, Big Data platforms, architectures, machine learning, natural language processing, predictive analytics, IoT, security, governance, data-driven engagement and integration.

If the term "call for papers" sounds too academic, don't be put off by it. The Phorum people wants to hear what you've got to say, in a simple, organized manner. No particular degree level is required.

The deadline to submit proposals, which should include a speaker’s bio, success stories, failures and/or lessons learned is November 13.

So submit you proposal today (or soon). Please send your bio and a two to three paragraph subject brief. Email your information or request more details at

Links 11/6: PeopleLinx announces new release; Verizon weighs sale of enterprise business

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PeopleLinx announces new release as sales tech landscape takes shape (VentureBeat)

QVC’s U.S. web sales rise 15% in Q3
(Internet Retailer)
But QVC's total US revenue only inched forward 3.6%.
Forgot that since QVC now has its own tracking stock (QVCA), its got it own earnings call as well: ( transcript here on Seeking Alpha. )
QVCA, wich also includes a roughly 30% stake in HSN and a small bundle of ecommerce businesses, has a market cap today of over $19 billion.

Verizon weighing $10 billion sale of enterprise assets - sources (Reuters)
Since Comcast has said they would like to build a similar business, I wonder if? Actually, I doubt Comcast would care
to be encumbered with old equipment and long legacy contracts. I think they'ed rather start from scratch, with the
help of some small strategic acquisitions.

Square Inc IPO to value company at up to $4.2 billion (VentureBeat)

Comcast data caps aren’t about congestion, leaked memo shows (PC World)
Piling on: not a serious or thoughtful assessment of whether Comcast faces real capacity constraints. They do.

HR tech firm snags $2 million, hopes to shake up market (Philadelphia Business Journal) logs more than 1 million customers (Internet Retailer)
Nice news to put out while many ponder its possible demise.

Salsa, DonorPro Announce Deal (The Non-Profit Times)

Amazon to Launch its First Cloud Data Centers in UK (Data Center Knowledge)