Nashville TECHNOLOGY news and events

The week ahead in Nashville:

Homeland Security - Friday, July 18, Bryant Tow, NTC member and president of local InfraGard Chapter, will discuss data forensics at TN Economic Development Center, details here. Tow has been influencing national strategy to protect IT systems, other infrastructure. Tow told a July 10th NTC gathering that, while progress has been made since 9/11, he fears IT security policy and international standards for computer security remain disturbingly unsettled. NTC, ISSA co-sponsor "Overall Security" conference, Nashville Convention Center, Aug. 26. For details, click here.

IT RFP - Metro Government RFP for support of Metro Schools' point of sale and central-office operations in Food Services. Questions due July 21; proposals due Aug. 14, 2003. For RFP03-101, click here.


Nashville Technology Council Member survey closes Friday (7/18). To make sure your company's priorities are reflected - if you have not participated - please click here.

(Aug. 15 Deadline) Tennessee Technology Development Corp. is calling for venture-cap proposals for possible review during its 7th Annual TN Venture Forum, Nov. 17-18, Chattanooga. Proposals deadline, Aug. 15. More information, phone Kelley Durham, (615) 253-1797.

(Sept. 2-3) Governor Bredesen's Conference on Economic Development, Nashville Convention Center.
More info, click here. Note: Use conference ID number: 277UTS

News Summary:

Despite economy, U.S. hospitals continue investing in information technology, Hospitals and Health Networks magazine, survey results, click here. Also, see Wall Street Journal, D-4, 7/15, and longer version online with WSJ password, click.

Quanta teams with Nashville Career Advancement Center to recruit workers for server manufacturing and distribution from LaVergne site, Nash. Bus. Journal, 7/17, p. 3, not on website. Quanta Nashville, here.

Humantech ergonomics' Jeffrey Smagacz will staff firm's Nashville outpost, Nashville Business Journal, 7/17, p. 7, not on website. Related link here.

Business Information Group Inc. of Knoxville steps-up Nashville presence, Nashville Business Journal, 7/17, p. 9, not on website. Related info, click.

Dell computer recycling contractor Image Microsystems Inc. looking for Nashville site, Nashville Business Journal, 7/17, p. 3, not on web. Related info, click here. More on Dell's recycling efforts, here.

Mad Dancer web design profiled, The Tennessean, 7/13, click here.

Nashville area loses 'agile' Flextronics because Memphis site more 'build to order'- oriented, The Tennessean, 7/9, click here. Year ago, Flextronics Chairman/CEO said Nashville business 'growing nicely', click here. Microsoft's Flextronics case study (9/02), here.

Dell Computer's monthly headcount payment held by Metro Government, The City Paper, 7/11, p. 1, click.

Brentwood-based Inphact Inc. merges with Quebec's Electromed to form Evolved Digital Systems Inc., The Tennessean, 7/11, 3E, click.

Data-storage and software player EMC, which has staff in Franklin, Tenn., announced July 8th its acquisition of LEGATO. All's quiet pending a shareholder vote. For more, these 1 - 2 - 3 links.

Healthcare Management Systems, Inc., recently announced that Oliver North, Lt. Col., USMC (Ret.), will address a CEO/CFO/CIO forum during the Aug. 13-15 HMS information-systems users conference in Nashville. North, long ago moved beyond Iran-Contra into roles as best-seller author, Fox News reporter, Fox "War Stories" host and host of "Common Sense Radio." North is said to hold 3 patents, was chairman of Guardian Technologies International, Inc. HMS conference details, click.

Comdata reportedly hit by credit-card swindler, 7/11, The City Paper, p. 15, here. The Tennessean, here.

Also of interest:

Opinion on capital: Forrest Shoaf, a guest on "Teddy Bart's Round Table," (WAMB 1160), said there today (7/15) he sees "a lot of pent-up money looking for a place to be deployed... We are finding people with capital are more willing to get their checkbooks out." Avondale Partners, LLC's website lists Shoaf as the firm's managing director-investment banking.

Nashville to be one of Kampground of America's early WiFi hotspots, Tennessean, 7/14, click.
Intel, others committed to WiFi, 7/14, New York Times, click.

More on the Stratford High School information-technology initiative, The City Paper, 7/8, p. 1, here. And,
Commentary, 7/10, The City Paper, here.

Local Realtor Courtney praises Nashville's Internet leadership, The City Paper, p. 21, 7/11, click.

Grid computing standards, web programs revolutionizing solving human problems, NY Times, 7/15, click.

Oops. Dodds' letter to editor says too many Nashville executives are tech illiterate, need "trainings available by streaming media," The City Paper, 7/14, p. 3, click.

More on high-tech jobs moving offshore, Knoxville News Sentinel, 7/14, click. Also, see 7/14 Wall Street Journal, A2. Related, Outsourcing Institute, click.


(Aug. 26) 2nd Annual NTC / ISSA 'Overall Security Conference', Nashville Convention Center, click.

(Oct. 29-30) NTC / Chamber - NETWORK Showcase of Business and Technology: More than 100 exhibitors already signed, click for details.

(Nov. 10-12) Healthcare Delivery Solutions Congress, Nov. 10-12, 2003, co-sponsored by NTC, click.

(Dec. 3-5) Tennessee Education Technology Conference, details here.


  • Nashville Technology Council database, click.
  • State of Tennessee High-Tech Company database now taking submissions, click here.
  • Nashville Business Journal IT database, free registration, click here.

Buffett buffet? Did you bid last week for that lunch with Warren Buffett? The winner agreed to pay $250,100 to take up to 10 friends to lunch with the Sage of Omaha. Said Buffett before bidding closed, "They don't have to have a hamburger and a Cherry Coke with me. But, it would show a little class." No word on whether Buffett will throw in one of his fave DQ Dilly Bar's. The Motley Fool reports Buffett has said, "The Dairy Queen Dilly Bar is more certain in 10 years than any software."

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