July 29, 2003 (No. 4)
Nashville TECHNOLOGY News and
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.
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,
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,
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.
Mezzanine, Equitas LP
in news on Ready Staffing, 7/25, Nashville Business
Journ., here. City Paper, here.
Other venture-cap items, click. Industry,
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,
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
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,
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
(July 29) Women in Technology of Tennessee,
Belmont U., Pam Belcher, Right Management Consultants, details
(July 30) "International Trademark Registration"
seminar, Waddey & Patterson firm, Cool Sprgs Marriott;
(June 30-Aug 1) "Best Practices in Project
Management," Jay Ress; for details, write firstname.lastname@example.org
(Aug. 5) Disney's Keys to Excellence,
Management, Service Disney Style, Nashville Chamber, Details
(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
(Aug. 14) Intellectual Property Basics
for Business Professionals, sponsored by Boult Cummings
Conners Berry, PLC and Williamson Works. Frankin Marriott. To
(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
(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
(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
(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,
(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
Venture cap outlook, Venture One/Ernest
& Young survey released, Nash. Business Journal, 7/28,
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,
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