August 5, 2003 (No.
Nashville TECHNOLOGY News and
The week ahead in Nashville:
Today, the Vanderbilt University Television
News Archive, 35, celebrates its birth by going digital
with network-news holdings, thanks to a gift from a private
donor; release, here.
Asurion's Vice President-Marketing Michael Powers tells
NTC that Asurion has narrowed its search for a
Nashville site to "several locations in Davidson county and is
very close to finalizing a location."
Mayor Purcell is reportedly reviewing Metro
staff proposals re candidate firms to manage Nashville's
proposed Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).
Similar state SmartWay program is ramping-up, The City Paper,
8/4, here. Related Metro
signal optimization RFP 03-04; letters
requesting bid consideration due Aug. 19. Related, state,
(Aug. 6) Mid-TN InfraGard program:
security in information-sharing and bombs, Belmont, details
(Aug. 7) NTC Technology Round Table,
"Oracle Collaboration Suite," University Club at Vanderbilt
University; currently scheduled speakers: depth presentation
by Mark Rabne of Oracle, Chris Karl of AdviseX. Reception 5
p.m., dinner 6 p.m., introduce all attendees, 6:45 p.m.,
presentation 7 p.m. Register, here.
(Aug. 11) Public inspection of bids opens on
TN RFP for proposals for wiring, configuration, equipment
installation (Avaya Std.), details. (See also,
Vanderbilt Engineering researchers earn
$2 million share of USC-led U.S. Navy software initiative
strengthening military air operations. USoCal release, here.
Earlier VU story, here.
Tennessee Attorney General Paul Summers asks
dismissal of Internet tax lawsuit against Tennessee
retailers, The Tennessean, 1E, 8/5, here.
Service (NES) VP/CIO Vick
Hatridge said NES projects costs of about $200K for expanding
use use of PeopleSoft Human Capital Management's "Time and Labor."
Hatridge told NTC yesterday the decision was more
cost-effective than using existing "Ellipse" ERP vendor Mincom for this
purpose. Hatridge also explained the PeopleSoft implementation
is by NES' existing outsourcing vendor, Indus
International. Indus announced July 31 that it
had extended its NES outsourcing contract.
Inflow secures Ascendant Media contract,
The City Paper, 8/4, p. 20, Inflow release, click.
NTC and ISSA report that "Overall Security
2003," Tuesday, Aug. 26th, Nashville Convention Center,
has already signed-up more sponsors and exibitors than last
year, and registration is growing steadily as the early-bird
deadline of Aug. 18th approaches. For sponsors, click here.
For registration, click here.
Pioneering 'Nashville.com' founder Ben
Cunningham sold his ISP operation to Durocom, which sold
the Nashville.com domain to Floridian Phil
Patete, who is now entertaining
offers to buy the name. Patete has an arrangement with
Castello Cities Internet Network, Inc., pointing Nashville.com
visitors to a Castello city-guide site.
The Tennessean supports Metro "311"
exploration, The Tennessean, 8/4, click here.
Corrections Corporation selects
Allscripts' med records automation system, 7/24, here.
Community Harbor (CH) went live as enterprise, last night,
CH commercial and nonprofit partners include ISDN-Net,
Knoxville's Tech2020 and
Digital Crossing Networks. CH serves municipalities and
coalitions of rural counties. ISDN-Net VP Ken Russell says CH
will operate initially within the business incubator at Conduit
Corporation, Nashville, and will support
development of next-generation Gigabit network infrastructure
and content. Future plans include networked educational
content and interactive networked gaming centers. CH partners
have previously teamed in public-private partnerships
including Nashville Regional Exchange Point (NREP) and Digital
Technologies, the for-profit
joint venture on Nashville's 10th Ave. South that seeks to
commercialize university R&D efforts, will probably
announce more tenants and more projects by early fall,
according to James S. Green, Ph.D. the vice president and
General Manager of CET, who is also vice president-development
for Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc., which participates in the
CET joint venture with Tennessee Technology Development
Corporation and Vanderbilt University.
Belmont Bus-school Dean Patrick Raines
sees custom MBAs that could include tech studies, The
Tennessean, 8/4, here.
Raines' prior related efforts, here.
Verizon recruiting at Dancin' in the
District, 7/30, City Paper, p. 14, here.
Shop at Home shops for check
clearinghouse services, buys Certegy's PayNet, release, here.
Nashville's PureSafety teams with BNA
publishing, 7/21 release, here.
TappedInto co-founder Preston Sullivan is
among execs upbeat on local tech economy, Nashville Business
Journal, 8/4-11/03, here.
Inc. IT security pro guarded on
outlook: Asked his views this week on the mid-Tennessee
climate for start-ups, Gartner research director for
information security strategies, Raymond Wagner, Ph.D., noted
that our region has a fairly large base of "very complex IT
environments in-place or managed locally." Still, Wagner told
NTC, with the possible exception of the healthcare sector, the
region seems to be spawning primarily small, regionally
oriented enterprises. Wagner, who has been engaged in several
local startup efforts, added via e-mail, "Local investors have
been burned by a large number of failed high-tech ventures
since 1999, not to mention the economic downturn, and seem to
have retreated to their comfort zones, which don't generally
include high-tech. Or, at least IT." Meanwhile, Wagner said,
"the current local job market is very difficult. However,
Gartner has seen signs of pickup in IT-intensive areas like
northern CA and Boston, so maybe we're just lagging the market
a bit." Related: Gartner report on export of IT jobs, 7/30:
Metro/Nashville Public Schools spotlighted in
Chancery SMS case study, here.
Inc. maker of ultrasonic
diagnostics for industrial-auto applications; has appointed R.
Dean Vanderpool, Chairman; Robert J. Lowers, CEO. (BWire,
Tennessee Jobs Cabinet: Employers tell of
need for jobs training, keeping current business in state,
7/31, Tennessean, here.
Knoxville News-Sentinel, 7/31, here.
FedEx Institute of Technology, University
of Memphis, Vision and Services, click here.
Tennessee Office Information Resources
Hardware and Software Contracts, here.
State of Tennessee RFP site (general, includes
U. Memphis IT Strategic Plan, 2004, click
UT Center for Industrial Services, Tech
UT-Chattanooga Center for Excellence in
Computer Applications, here.
(Aug. 9) 'Let's Talk Computers' radio
topics: DPS Results 7; Actual Windows Mgr., click.
(Aug. 14) Intellectual Property Basics
for Business Professionals, sponsored by Boult Cummings
Conners Berry, PLC and Williamson Works. Frankin Marriott. To
(Aug. 14) AITP Chapter Meeting - Sheraton
Music City Hotel - Certification Testing, Kevin Williams,
Transcender Corp. Contact Mary Simpson, 615-367-8083, firstname.lastname@example.org,
(Aug 15) Global Trade Opportunities for TN
Business, Opryland, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce,
Opryland Hotel, 7:30a-Noon. Free, but registration strictly
required. Click here.
(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.
(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 &
(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 global
from Nashville." Details, here.
(Sept. 11) AITP Chapter Meeting - Sheraton Music
City Hotel - New Trends in Software Design, Larry
Boldt, Borland Software. Contact Mary Simpson, 615-367-8083,
email@example.com. Details, here.
(Sept. 16-17) Expo '03: Winning with
Technology, 8th Annual Technology Conf and Expo,
Knoxville, Tech 2020, click 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.
(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.
(Oct. 5-7) Tennesseee Valley Corridor Annual
Summit, "Putting Science & Technology to Work,"
Chattanooga, click here.
(Oct. 16) AITP Chapter Meeting -Sheraton Music
City Hotel - Solving Small Business's IT Problems, Bob
Chaput, American Technology Group. Contact Mary Simpson,
615-367-8083, firstname.lastname@example.org. Details, here.
(Oct. 29-30) NTC / Chamber - Annual "NETWORK
Showcase of Business & Technology": Networking,
educational tracks -- more than 100 exhibitors already signed,
(Nov. 5-7) Nashville Technology Council,
"Management Skills for IT Professionals," Jay Ress of TMA
Seminars, TN Economic Development Center, 7:30a-4:30p., click.
(Nov. 6) NTC Technology Round Table,
"Sarbanes-Oxley: Risk Assessment and IT responsibility,"
Steve Tisdell, Principal, Nashville Management Group,
(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) 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
Reviving the Cray approach in developing
supercomputers? New York Times, 8/4, here.
Government, business E-surveillance fuels
controversy, locally, nationally, Tennessean, 8/3,here.
Darwin e-Mag 7/03 Tech Trends, here.
Poor CRM RoI, here. Wireless
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