PhillyDeals: Apps a Phila. growth industry

September 23, 2013 | The Inquirer by Joseph N. Distefano

Amid the slow U.S. economy, writing software applications for iPhone and Android smartphones is a rare growth industry. Companies are spending big to follow their workers and customers into mobile apps, backed by remote (“cloud”) computer servers, just as they moved online by adding pioneer websites 20 years ago. Here are a few examples of Philadelphia software developers getting paid to go mobile:

Philly-built

John Guillaume moved his family to Philadelphia from Denver after Comcast Corp. bought New Global Telecom, where he was an executive, in 2010.

New Global was one of a group of companies – Center City-based Alteva Inc. is another – building “universal” phone-smartphone-Internet systems for small businesses. Comcast bought it to boost its small-business services.

Its new Comcast Business VoiceEdge apps, which tens of thousands of Comcast users have been downloading free in the last two months, were designed by New Global veterans – and built mostly by Comcast software developers in Philadelphia…

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