InstaMed Expands Philadelphia Headquarters Newly-created InstaMed Collaboration Center established to spark innovation through collaboration (Press Release)

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InstaMed Expands Philadelphia Headquarters
Newly-created InstaMed Collaboration Center established to spark innovation through collaboration



September 20, 2018 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--InstaMed, healthcare’s most trusted payments network, announced today that it has expanded its Philadelphia headquarters, adding a third floor at 18th and JFK Boulevard. The new space will be anchored by the InstaMed Collaboration Center, a 3,200 square foot space to be used by payers, providers, consumers and healthcare IT vendors for innovation, demonstrations, training sessions and company meetings all intended to foster continued innovation that powers better healthcare payments experiences. Additionally, InstaMed will open its Collaboration Center to other creators and innovators in the Philadelphia business community with the belief that great achievements and innovations can be ignited and realized through collaboration.

“InstaMed is exclusively focused on healthcare payments and is committed to building a single network that simplifies the healthcare payments experience for all providers, payers and consumers. Collaboration has always been a key factor in our journey towards accomplishing this complex mission”
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InstaMed has grown to become the largest privately held Fintech and Healthcare IT company headquartered in Philadelphia with more than 275 employees. InstaMed’s growth has been fueled by building innovative, scalable solutions for healthcare providers and payers to address the rise in consumer healthcare expenses along with the need for the healthcare industry to move from legacy paper based transactions to electronic transactions. The InstaMed Network will process over $70 billion in healthcare payments in 2018 while connecting providers, payers and consumers for a better healthcare payments experience.

“InstaMed is exclusively focused on healthcare payments and is committed to building a single network that simplifies the healthcare payments experience for all providers, payers and consumers. Collaboration has always been a key factor in our journey towards accomplishing this complex mission,” explained Bill Marvin, President and CEO of InstaMed. “This new space will help us advance this important mission, and it will allow us to open up and share our assets and collaborative approach with other entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Philadelphia community.”





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InstaMed powers a better healthcare payments experience on one platform that connects consumers, providers and payers for every healthcare payment transaction. InstaMed’s patented, private cloud-based technology securely transforms healthcare payments by driving electronic transactions, moving money and healthcare data seamlessly and improving consumer satisfaction. Everyone benefits from InstaMed’s exclusive focus on healthcare, integration into any healthcare IT system, robust analytics and proven scale.

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'“The price being paid for Sky is shocking, but it is a clear sign that legacy media companies are desperate for scale in a world dominated by tech platform giants,” said Richard Greenfield, technology and media analyst at research firm BTIG.'

"Sky also gives Comcast an immediate beachhead in online video streaming with its Now TV business, which has about 2 million customers."

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sky-m-a-comcast/comcast-demonstrates-sky-high-ambition-in-global-media-shake-up-idUSKCN1M30R9



"The bigger picture: Fox still owns a 39% minority in Sky, which will go to the Walt Disney Company upon the completion of its acquisition of Fox's entertainment assets. Disney could potentially sell its minority stake to Comcast."

https://www.axios.com/comcast-prevails-fox-settlement-auction-sky-0ae9ca28-09b9-440c-9e7e-70f5272c49c9.html












"Crucially for Comcast, Sky has a growing video-streaming business. Roberts has said he was “terribly impressed” with Sky’s market-leading Q box platform, which is also a rich source of data on customer viewing behavior. Comcast estimates that owning Sky will create $500 million in synergies, partly through selling Sky content in the U.S. and NBC programming in Europe."
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-22/comcast-muscles-fox-aside-with-39-billion-offer-for-sky


Comcast Corporation Prevails with Highest Offer Price in Auction for Sky plc. (Press Release)



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Alibaba and SAP Deepen Global Partnership to Accelerate Intelligent Enterprises in China (Press Release)


Alibaba and SAP Deepen Global Partnership to Accelerate Intelligent Enterprises in China

September 19, 2018 by SAP News

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WALLDORF, Germany and HANGZHOU, China — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE:BABA) and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced plans to offer SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform on Alibaba Cloud’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) in China to help customers transition to the cloud and build intelligent enterprises.

Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang and SAP CEO Bill McDermott outlined the expanded relationship today at the Computing Conference 2018 of Alibaba Group being held in Hangzhou, China.

Alibaba and SAP joined forces two years ago to deliver enterprise cloud solutions in China through Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, to help customers adapt to fast-changing market demands. Beginning today, the two companies will collaborate, co-innovate and jointly go to market to offer SAP S/4HANA Cloud, the digital cloud suite of choice to run a successful business in the cloud. Alibaba Cloud’s customers will also be able to deploy SAP Cloud Platform to extend their current business solutions, build new applications and integrate third-party technologies.

“China has been SAP’s second home for more than two decades,” said SAP Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott. “Alibaba and SAP’s growing partnership expands our ability to empower digital China by building intelligent enterprises. SAP embraces the China Dream as we prepare for substantial expansion here in the years ahead.”

“We are pleased our partnership with SAP reached new heights today,” said Daniel Zhang, chief executive officer, Alibaba Group. “The availability of SAP’s globally renowned ERP system [SAP] S/4HANA Cloud on Alibaba Cloud is yet another milestone in our globalization strategy, and exemplary of our mission to make it easy to do business anywhere. We have formed a close collaboration with SAP in the past, and it is exciting for us to expand our partnership.”

“The entrepreneurs who believe and embrace the future, and who can leverage new thinking, new concepts and new technologies will be future winners,” said Jack Ma, executive chairman, Alibaba Group.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud brings intelligence to the enterprise with its AI-powered automation and predictive analytics, hands-free conversational UX and next-generation business processes. With SAP S/4HANA Cloud, companies can migrate core business processes at a lower cost, experience faster deployment and innovation cycles and see shortened time to value. A growing number of businesses in China are adopting SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

SAP Cloud Platform is an open platform as a service (PaaS) that provides a unique in-memory database and a set of technology and business services for building, extending and connecting enterprise applications. As an open and agile application and integration platform, SAP Cloud Platform enables customers to transform and rapidly develop new applications and cutting-edge technologies as well as personalize and customize existing ones.

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud is China’s largest provider of public cloud services and according to Gartner Inc., the company is also among the world’s top three IaaS providers. The partnership extends the global reach of SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform to all top public clouds.

As part of the agreement, SAP will continue to employ Alibaba Cloud’s technology, and Alibaba will adopt SAP S/4HANA software to drive its own innovation and new business model.

Alibaba and SAP will explore further collaboration in areas around artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, New Retail and New Manufacturing, all of which are new initiatives by Alibaba Group. The collaboration is expected to offer solutions that will drive further development in the area of digital transformation and maximize value to customers.

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Philly EnterpriseTech News Daily Page 9/21: Meredith Perry steps aside; Adobe buys Marketo; SkyTV auction on Saturday; Rite Aid tragedy

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uBeam wireless power’s CEO Meredith Perry steps aside amidst B2B pivot
. (TechCrunch)
Perry developed the concept while a Penn undergrad and rounded up investors for it.

Adobe confirms it's buying Marketo for $4.75 billion (CNBC)
No sign of any competition for Marketo. SAP vets are top Marketo execs.

Comcast's battle for Sky TV to be decided by one-day auction (Philly.com)
On Saturday; not clear who has broadcast rights to the auction.

Interesting topic: Who in Philly area uses what kind of computer resources to aid in drug development?
Celgene Advances Pharma Research and Discovery with the Help of AI . (Wired)


Maryland shooting witnesses describe 'shocking' incident at Rite Aid distribution center (Fox News)
Rite Aid, which recently sold many of its stores, is based in Camp Hill, PA.



Philly Enterprise Tech Daily Page 9/20: "One City", FanDuel welshes, Amazon & WaWa,

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Philadelphia"s new "One City" financial information system, running on Oracle's E-Business Suite.  is expected to go live by year's end. "One City" will replace and integrate several functions that have always been separate since ancient times, including payroll, human resources, pensions, benefits and timekeeping.

However, given Philly's track record with new systems, and problems with municipal systems in general, One will be holding its breath until there are signs of success.



FanDuel temporarily messed up on the recalculation of odds for its New Jersey sports book, meaning that a gentleman who should have had a small payoff was suddenly an $82,000 winner. But FanDuel refused to pay out, instead offering $500 and three tickets to a Giants game, which may turn out to be worthless.

What usually happens to those who welsh on their bets in New Jersey?


Amazon is considering opening 3,000 Amazon Go Convenience Stores by 2021 , something that should give existing competitors pause. WaWa would likely continue to dominate it traditional home territory, but this could put other areas up for grab. Hey, a thought: Why doesn't Amazon speed up its expansion by acquiring WaWa?



EIR Healthcare, a company based in New York & Philly, has created a modular 'hospital room in a box' named " MedModular". It would allow for hospital expansion that would be less expensive and more rapid, the company says. The room model will be unveiled at an event in the Philadelphia area sometime in October.


Philly EnterpriseTech Daily Page 9/18




 Industry Spotlight: Pilot CEO Joe Fasone Takes On Business     Fiber   (Telecom Ramblings)

"But we've actually seen it the most prominently in Philadelphia, where we get a lot of demand coming from outside of downtown. It’s a bit of a reverse commuter situation where we're seeing office parks immediately outside of Philadelphia with greater demand for some of the connectivity than the traditional high-rise office buildings downtown. And we're pretty quick to cater to that demand because we have the ability optically to extend our reach to those places with ease."

https://www.telecomramblings.com/2018/09/industry-spotlight-pilot-ceo-joe-fasone-takes-business-fiber/

Sounds as if Comcast (and perhaps Verizon) are leaving a lot on the table for this company to pick up.

Fasone's approach seems very well though out, but its aways vulnerable to the big guys more directly taking on his niche.



Meanwhile, Comcast is launching against an incumbent in Rochester  (no, not NY).

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20180911/NEWS02/180919908





Oracle shares fall after revenue misses analyst estimates (CNBC)
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/17/oracle-earnings-q1-2019.html  
Hardly the end of the world for this huge, highly profitable giant which would probably continue producing large cash flows for 50 years while doing nothing. But these results may raise more questions about the pace of its cloud transition, at a time when its reporting is becoming less transparent. But in the meantime, Larry can rest easy. Though it may explain the "temporary" departure of Thomas Kurian.



 Comcast and Fox are on course to settle pursuit of Sky with a blind auction   (CNBC)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/17/comcast-and-fox-on-course-to-settle-pursuit-of-sky-with-blind-auction.html


That's what it will come down to, unless some type of deal is reached this week. The UK has some arcane M&A rules. Not sure what purpose they serve.




DowDuPont names spin-off bosses for Corteva Ag, 'new' DuPont; will Breen sell DuPont pieces? / Inquirer

http://wwwont-2-spin-offs-name-breen-collins-as-top-bosses-20180917.html?2.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-phillydeals/dowdup



And Kavanaugh's two ex-girlfriends used as character referenced are both named Maura?
What are the chances?



Sorry; I couldn't get competing formats properly aligned.









Salesforce's Benioff & wife buys Time Magazine, gives interview

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Benioff / Wikipedia




Besides the thought that Benioff probably paid too much for Time (doesn't matter), the big question is do these things represent the beginning of Benioff's political career and the winding down of his current corporate career? My guess is yes.



Marc Benioff buys Time Magazine for $190 million (Axios)





Benioff on the big issues (SF Chronicle)


DisrupTV Featuring Gaurav Dhillon, Chairman & CEO at SnapLogic / Constellation Research



Philly EnterpriseTech Highlights 9/13/2018



Anaplan files for IPO a week after hiring its finance chief from Tesla (CNBC)
Some ex-SAP, SAP Ariba execs are with Anaplan, which filed for IPO today.


Adobe-Marketo Acquisition: What We Know So Far
Is SAP out of the picture? (CMSWire)

Hamilton Lane part of syndicate buying NEA spinoff portfolio . (PE Hub)
Philly investment fund playing major role in what amounts to a new VC funding model.


GE’s Digital Spinoff: What Does It Mean for the Internet of Things? . (SandHill)
After the company fell apart, what's really usable in GE's Predix code. Who should buy?