Economic development group Launch Tennessee has received $250,000 from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation that will help it evangelize for the state's startup community, including by funding the Southern Series of pitch competitions around the region. The winners of those events will travel to Nashville for LaunchTN's 36|86 conference in June. Kelley Boothe at Southern/alpha has more info, including on the other Southeastern accelerators getting some funding.
Publicly traded human capital software company Paycom has set up a Nashville sales office — along with new outposts in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Kansas City and Brooklyn — to start the new year. Oklahoma City-based Paycom now has almost three dozen offices around the country. The company, which went public last spring (Ticker: PAYC) and now sports a market cap of $1.6 billion, on Tuesday reported 2014 profits of $5.7 million on revenues of $151 million.
Deloitte Consulting, a subsidiary of the Big Four accounting firm, has announced a new electronic health record solution, Evergreen. The system is based on a platform developed for Catholic Health Initiatives by Deloitte, and includes cyber risk services, analytics and reporting capabilities, clinical models and workflow optimization.
Deloitte officials say Evergreen could save hospital systems 30 percent of their EHR costs. In a segment of health care IT that is still searching for wide-ranging standards, that could be the ticket to get broad buy-in. The company is targeting both large providers and academic health centers as well as mid-sized systems.
"It brings the enterprise-wide view that organizations may need it retooling their cultures around a greater use of data," Tim Smith, Deloitte Consulting principal, said in a release.
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American Blue Ribbon Holdings, the parent company of the O'Charley's and Max & Erma's chains among others, has signed a contract to outsource to national back-office player FIS several parts of its IT operations. FIS, a Fortune 500 company, will handle the system infrastructure, help desk and database administration while ABRH's team will continue to manage application development, enterprise and retail systems as well as other parts of the IT operation. Worth noting: FIS used to be owned by Fidelity National Financial, the majority owner of ABRH, and the companies still have close management and operational ties.
WiFi is coming to LP Field, Comcast announced Tuesday. The cable and internet provider will install a "redundant 1 Gigabit per second Ethernet Dedicated internet connection" at the East Bank stadium, per a press release (after the jump).
Comcast Business today announced that the NFL's Tennessee Titans have equipped LP Field with a redundant 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Ethernet Dedicated Internet connection as part of a series of technology advancements that will offer fans Wi-Fi for the first time. With connectivity throughout the stadium, tech-savvy fans can upload photos, monitor fantasy football statistics, or check scores from their smartphones. The solution also prepares the team for future demand as Comcast's fiber connections can easily scale up to 10 Gbps.
The sports industry is focused on creating unique fan experiences through new, modern stadiums with compelling amenities, ranging from comfortable seats to gourmet food and giant HD video scoreboards. As part of that trend, reliable, high-speed Wi-Fi access in stadiums has quickly emerged as a critical amenity given that the national adoption rate of smartphones exceeds 55 percent. In addition to fans' other mobile apps and services, the Comcast Ethernet Dedicated Internet service and Wi-Fi access puts fans in control of the action through the Titans' official mobile application, available for iOS, Android and Blackberry smartphones. The app allows viewers to review multiple camera angles on any given play, access Red Zone coverage of all ongoing games, and enjoy exclusive video, news and other Titans-related content.
"Being a diehard sports fan involves more than just watching your favorite team in person - it means being able to access the information you desire, when you want it, at your fingertips," said Russ Hudson, Director, Information Systems of the Tennessee Titans. "Our fans not only want to watch and support the team on the field, but also desire to see a close-up of that diving catch or game-saving tackle from their smartphone, and Comcast Business is playing an instrumental role in meeting these demands. The connection was easy to install and feedback from our fans couldn't be more positive about the new Wi-Fi access."
In addition to providing its fans with reliable Internet access for Wi-Fi, the Titans also deployed an Ethernet Private Line from Comcast Business at its practice facility for team staff to conduct daily business. Comcast's connectivity solutions ensure that the Titans have sufficient bandwidth and redundancy in case of increased demand.
"The thirst for fiber-based, gigabit connectivity only continues to grow, and we are seeing customers across all sectors - healthcare, transportation, hospitality, and professional sports - continue to seek out Comcast Business to meet the demand," said Doug Guthrie, regional senior vice president, Comcast. "Fans inside LP Field now have the luxury of reliable, high speed Wi-Fi access with unique new perspectives into the game through the Titans mobile app. It's imperative that organizations like the Titans take proactive steps to ensure they have the connectivity solutions to meet their customers' needs, today and in the future."
Over the past two years, Comcast has signed agreements to provide media and communications services to several pro sports organizations around the country, including the San Francisco 49'ers, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Boston Celtics, Oakland A's, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Hawks.
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