July 29, 2003 (No. 4)
Nashville TECHNOLOGY News and Events

The week ahead in Nashville:

Metro is evaluating proposals for RFP 03-91for project manager for Metro Schools' technology, telecom upgrade. Schools seek to upgrade IT hardware/communications, upgrade network, share more resources with Metro government. Award 'as soon as possible', no target date. Background, here.

(July 30, Aug. 4) State of TN opens cost proposals, completes evaluations of costs for IT equipment installation, wiring, configuration (Avaya std.), details. Comments 7/25 address vendor competition, tech standardization. Public inspection opens Aug. 11.

(July 31) Amendments, if any, due on RFP for IT support of Metro Schools food services. Details.

(Aug. 1) State of TN deadline for tech proposals for Governor's Correspondence Tracking System, details.

News summary:

Braswell succeeds Tarver @ Link2Gov, company reasserts $15 mil. goal, City Paper, 7/29, here.

Progeny Marketing Innovations (Franklin, TN), First Data and Cendant announce 'MyMerchant Rewards' for small business, The City Paper, p.20 , The Tennessean, p. 4E, 7/29, First Data release, here.

TN's venture capital inflow drops dramatically, Global Trade software attracts funding, The Tennessean, 7/29, 1E, here. Related items, below.

Metro Schools'first chief technology officer, Lance Lott (founder/chairman, InfoAdvantage, Inc.) gained broader duties, July 1, and is now Chief Administrative Officer to superintendent Dr. Pedro Garcia. Lott manages all technology, plus district policies and procedures; supports the Board's policy governance; drives process-improvement efforts within the $503 million (annual operating) district.

Nashville's XSVoice announces Celecast agreement, provides platform for broadcasting college-sports audio to cell phones, Nashville Business Journal, 7/25-7/31, here. XSVoice release, click.

Nashville-based SmartDM's proprietary data-warehousing, marketing technology, DirectTR@K, will be used by NHL's Dallas Stars. Release, here. Investors: Clayton, Pharos, MyPoints/UAL, Kirkland groups.

Brentwood-based Business Resources (BRS) sees its future in radio-frequency and two-dimensional bar-code identification, Tennessean, 7/27, here. Resources, industry, 1and 2.

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) impact on Tennessee, Knoxville News Sentinel, 7/28, here.

Dickson's Renaissance Center-linked '3-D University' seeks international 3-D role, Tennessean, 1B, 7/27, here. 3-D University, here. Return of 3-D in films, NY Times, 7/20, here.

GKN Aerospace Svcs expands in Nashville, City Paper, 7/28, here. Tennessean, 7/24, here. GKN, click.

Prolific Nashville inventor Paul Fenelon, Ph.D., teams with Ron Sohr of MerTech Intellectual Properties, Inc., to license auto power-window system to Dura Automotive, 7/24, Tennessean, here. Sohr says world market for Fenelon's system is more than $1.8 billion. Among Fenelon's 15 or so other patents: a dumbbell system he'll mass-market and a system for absorbing the start-and-stop shock on gears.

Harbinger Mezzanine, Equitas LP in news on Ready Staffing, 7/25, Nashville Business Journ., here. City Paper, here.
Other venture-cap items, click. Industry, here. VenCap Association, here.

Metro/Nashville reports in September on "311" technology for nonurgent calls, Tennessean, 7/27, here. Related: Bloomberg in NYC, here. White House, here. US Sec Labor Chao, NBJ, here.

Realtor Blumberg praises Greater Nashville properties database, NBJ, 7/31, here and related, here.

Also of interest:

TN Econ. Development gets feedback from firms that got away, Knox. News Sentinel, 7/29, here.

Mid-TN economic development: The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce reports that since July 1, 2002, executives with 712 companies considering relocation from sites outside Middle Tennessee have been communicated with by staff of Partnership 2010. Within the past 12 months, representatives of 94 potentially relocating employers have visited Middle Tennessee with the assistance of P2010/Chamber staff. Two-dozen of the visiting teams supported by P2010/Chamber staff are described at this time as either "enthusiastic" about the possibility of relocating here, or actually "negotiating" a move. One of the organizations said to be "negotiating" is described as a software company. Several other prospects are believed to have strong technology components within their operations. (Note: Agents of potentially relocating firms often study prospective relocation options confidentially, without revealing the name of the prospect company, before contacting local executives.) (##)

Nashville Technology Council "Legal Corner" collection begins with "Intellectual Property," here.

"Let's Talk Computers" features AMD and Jasc Software, WAMB (AM 1160), 8/2, 8 a.m., WMGC (AM810), 8/3, 9 a.m., or online, AMD here; Jasc here.

Noel Williams, CIO, HCA Healthcare; Harris Miller, president, ITAA Information Technology Association of America; and, Rick Shipkowski, deputy director, TN Office of Homeland Security, are among nearly two-dozen speakers and panelists confirmed for the 2nd Annual NTC/ISSA "Overall Security Conference," Aug. 26. To register, click. To reserve exhibit table, write here.

William J. Corbin, Ph.D., is new director of IT for Peabody College at Vanderbilt; with eight technologists, operates Peabody Technology Support Center. Meanwhile, next month Andrew Porter, Ph.D., from U. Wisconsin-Madison, becomes director of Vanderbilt's Learning Sciences Institute. LSI serves partners, campuswide. The former Peabody Learning Technology Center ceases operations, in August.

Memphis Biotechnology Association seeks to make Memphis top biotech research center; Memphis Academy of Science & Engineering opens in August, Commercial Appeal, 7/24, here.

Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) seeks super-computing funding boost, Knox. News Sentinel, 7/23, here.

Women in Technology of Tennessee: Officers, Board 2003: Jeanine Martin, Pres., Oasis Software; Kathy Whisenant, Vice-Pres., Figure 8 Fitness; Colleen Grissom, Sec/Treas., InRes Computer Solutions; Sharon Frazier, Events/Prog., Natl. Fed. Independent Business; Theresa Markum, Publicity, CNA Life; Leslie Garrett, Membership, Prosys Information Systems; Shelley Coleman, Web Administration, Union Planters Bank; Linda Pannock, Outreach, WSI Internet Consulting; Cynthia McLane, Sponsorship, Belmont Univ.


(July 29) Apple's iSummit (Lighthouse ed technology), St. Paul's Christian Academy, July 29-31, by invitation.

(July 29) Women in Technology of Tennessee, Belmont U., Pam Belcher, Right Management Consultants, details here.

(July 30) "International Trademark Registration" seminar, Waddey & Patterson firm, Cool Sprgs Marriott; register 242-2400.

(June 30-Aug 1) "Best Practices in Project Management," Jay Ress; for details, write pmiregister@tmgmt.net

(Aug. 5) Disney's Keys to Excellence, Management, Service Disney Style, Nashville Chamber, Details here.

(Aug. 6) InfraGard program re security in information-sharing and bombs, Belmont Univ., details here.

(Aug. 7) NTC Technology Roundtable, University Club at Vanderbilt, Mark Rabne of Oracle Corporation and Chris Karl of AdviseX discuss the Oracle Collaboration Suite. For details, registration, click here.

(Aug. 14) Intellectual Property Basics for Business Professionals, sponsored by Boult Cummings Conners Berry, PLC and Williamson Works. Frankin Marriott. To register, click.

(Aug. 15-17) Chattanooga Software Symposium, JAVA, Chatt. Convention Center, click.

(Aug. 15 Deadline) TN Technology Development Corp. is calling for venture-cap proposals for possible review during 7th Annual TN Venture Forum, Nov. 17-18, Chattanooga. Proposal due by Aug. 15. Presenters will be announced week of 9/29. Visit, here. Or, write here.

(Aug. 20) - TN Biotech Assn - Life Sciences Program speakers include U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, reps from ORNL Tech Transfer, UT Research Foundation. At SAIC, Knoxville, details, here.

(Aug. 22-23) Growing & Managing Biotech Enterprise - Cert. Program, Owen GSM, Vanderbilt, details.

(Aug. 26) 2nd Annual NTC / ISSA 'Overall Security Conference', Nash. Convention Cntr., details click.

(Aug. 26) Women in Technology of Tennessee, Dennis Fennessey, CIO, Deloitte & Touche, details.

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

(Sept. 4) NTC Technology Round Table - Carter Andrews, "Little Planet Learning: How an idea went globalfrom Nashville." Details, here.

(Sept. 29) Six Sigma Leadership Workshop, Owen GSM at Vanderbilt, details here.

(Oct. 1-4) Biomed. Eng. Soc. in Nashville re bioinformatics, bioengineering, details. Also, VU/BME and ERC.

(Oct. 2) Tennessee Biotech Assn., Fall Membership meeting, Nashville, details, here.

(Oct. 2) NTC Tech Round Table - Donna Hoffman and Tom Novak, Co-Directors, Sloan Center for Internet Retailing, Vanderbilt, discuss "Managing the Customer Chain: From Theory to Practice." Hoffman, Novak will discuss Center priorities, research findings. Round Table link, here. Sloan Center link, here.

(Oct. 29-30) NTC / Chamber - Annual "NETWORK Showcase of Business & Technology": Networking, educational tracks -- more than 100 exhibitors already signed, click for details.

(Nov. 6) NTC Technology Round Table, "Sarbanes-Oxley: Risk Assessment and IT responsibility," Steve Tisdell, Principal, Nashville Management Group, register, here.

(Nov. 10-11) Innovation Strategy: Identifying Barriers to Business, Owen GSM, Vanderbilt, here.

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

(Nov. 17-19) Tennessee Venture Forum, by TN Tech. Development Corp., details, here.

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

(Dec. 4) NTC Technology Round Table, Richard Rognehaugh, Deputy Commissioner - Office of Information Resources, State of Tennessee, reception and dinner. Related resources, here.


Venture cap outlook, Venture One/Ernest & Young survey released, Nash. Business Journal, 7/28, click.

Kauffman Foundation studies: Investing in Minority Business Enterprises (6/03), here. Angel study, here.

Frist Foundation: 96 Nashville groups received total $480,000 in technology grants, here.

Nashville marketer on search-engine optimization, Nashville Business Journal, 7/25-31, here.

Homeland Security initiative would let players bet on terrorist attacks, 7/29, Washington Post, here.

Lance Armstrong pedals 5th win, Computer Sciences Corp. enjoys IT ride with Tour de France, here.

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