August 26, 2003 (No. 8)
Nashville TECHNOLOGY News and
The NTC News Summary is supported by
NTC Sustaining Sponsor:
The week ahead in
(Today) "Overall Security 2003" Convenes,
Nashville Convention Center. More than 320 registered
for event. Agenda, here. Related stories: The Tennessean, Aug.
25, here. The
City Paper, Aug. 20, here.
(TBA) Metro Public Works has
reviewed bids for its Intelligent Transportation
Systems Manager contract, and narrowed the finalists
to PB Farradyne, PBS&J,
and Wilbur Smith
& Associates. Sources close to the process say Metro
representatives have now focused on one potential
awardee; are working to resolve specific contract
provisions; and, that a contract award would soon
follow. (PB pursued State TDOT business earlier, here. See
also Aug. 5 NTC news summary, here.)
(Aug. 28) Pre-bid conference for State
Department of Education, RFP 331-11-012, Technical Assessment Services, including
5-year contract, including disaster recovery, data
warehousing, providing software development of existing
web-based and client/server software applications, in
support of processing state k-12 assessment tests.
Deadline for letters-of-intent to propose, Sept. 3.
Proposals get opened 9/29.
(Aug. 29) The Tennessee
Venture Forum will announce its first cut of candidates
firms, Friday, and surviving proposals for $1
million or more in new funding will be invited to make
final-round presentations before selection committee in
Nashville, Sept. 22-23. Those who survive that will then
make for-the-money presentations to the Forum in
Chattanooga, Nov. 17-18. Process details, here. The November forum audience is open to
the public; for registration, here.
(Aug. 29) RFP files open for public
inspection of proposals for support of Governor's
Correspondence Tracking System, RFP 317.03.108,
here. With bidder Q&A, here.
Nashville analyst Jackson: Software
often has vulnerabilities built-in, Tennessean, Aug. 24,
Steele, Joiner discuss security,
wireless admissions, HIPAA mandate, City Paper, Aug.
Tennessean editorial says lawmakers,
technologists need address E-mail spam problem in
the interest of 'keeping some order', Tennessean, Aug.
Informatics, computerized physician
order entry (CPOE) -- How Bill Stead, Randy Miller
and colleagues at VUMC broke ground; VUMC House Organ,
Aug 03; via web, here. (Enter "House Organ," scroll down to
"The Soul of a New
Everest Technologies uses ActiveScout
to detect hackers on its servers; Everest signs to
rep ForeScout's ActiveScout security system, Nashville
Bus. Journal, Aug. 22, p. 6, here. Release, here.
Digital Divide: TN Department of Revenue
lets taxpayers without computers walk into its offices
here to use computer to pay sales and use taxes,
Tennessean, Aug. 26, scroll down, here.
TN Lottery officials work to avert
cyber-confusion from "cyber-squatters" registering
likely lottery domain names, The Tennessean, Aug. 23,
Also of Interest:
Nashville Technology Council's Nashville Technology Directory 2003-04
is being compiled; scheduled for
unveiling, Oct. 29th. For inclusion in Directory as NTC
member and/or advertiser, or to become a co-sponsor of
editions of this news summary, write for information
NTC President David L. Condra will be
host for a Nashville Technology Council Forum for
NTC Members and Members' guests, Oct. 30th. For
information and advance registration, write here.
State Administrative Office of the Courts
responds to Comptroller's audit of attorneys' billing
and reporting system with promise of RFP for new
software; see audit report here. Related
Tennessean story on slight gaps in overall reliability
of Indigent Defense Daily Report System, Aug. 25, here.
State Building Commission (SBC) last
week passed agenda item with $7 million estimated
cost, approving SBC's reissuing RFP for previously
cancelled project for statewide telecom wiring,
equipment and related. Project SBC 529/000-06-03,
included here. Previous OIR RFP 317.03-091 here,
cancellation here. SBC
Proposals are due Sept. 12 as Metro
seeks contractor for secure-document
information-destruction services for Metro
(documents, disks, tapes), RFP 03-109, here.
UT taking development of High-Tech for
Healthcare seriously, Commercial Appeal, Aug. 21,
Verizon donates support for Rape and
Sexual Abuse Center, and opens store in Hickory
Hollow area, The Tennessean, Aug. 25 (p. 3, Davidson
AM), not on web.
Facilities-commissioning service of
SSRCx helps ensure that technology, systems work as
needed in Children's Hospital, Nash. Bus. Journal, p.
17, Aug. 22, here.
Thermographic testing by Power &
Generation Testing Inc. helps keep power on in
Nashville, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 22, p. 22, here.
Database will help Metro Schools track,
value volunteer time, The Tennessean, Aug. 20, p1,
DA.M., not on web. See related item, Aug. 19 news
'Be Smart Kids' technology helps Head
Start in Tennessee, Knox. News Sentl, Aug. 18, here.
University of Tennessee Research
Foundation, incubator taking shape; state funding
sought, Knoxville News Sentinel, Aug. 25, here.
Tavis McCourt of Nashville's Morgan
Keegan comments on 911 tech player Intrado, NY
Times, Aug. 21, here.
Quotable, on "Tech Industry Thought
Leadership": "The recent fall of the corporate CEO
as a hero of rock-star proportions has left the job of
thought leadership to a broader spectrum of senior
management. As much as ever, technology companies need
to demonstrate thought leadership as well as thoughtful
leadership. This can often take the form of company
community outreach, corporate social responsibility
planning and technology strategy development based on
sound business economics... " -- Albert Durig, Chairman,
Technology Practice, Burson-Marsteller USA (The
Online sales rise as percent of all sales,
NY Times, Aug. 25, here.
IT execs surveyed on most promising
technologies when T-economy recovers (2/03), here.
The quiet war over Open Source,
Washington Post, Aug. 21, here.
Status of Women in the Computer
industry, NY Times, Aug. 21, here. Related, Institute for Women and
Oak Ridge National Laboratory -
Tech Transfer, Economic Development and related
State of Tennessee education-technology
Chattanooga's Electric Transit Vehicle
Institute gets federal funds, (7/03), Frist/Thompson
IT consultant aims to serve low-tech
nonprofit sector, Wash. Post, Aug. 18, here.
Recent "worms" may have left more
damaging timebombs, The Washington Post, Aug. 18,
Worm, power Blackout underscore
vulnerability of networked society, NY Times, Aug.
Nature originated fiber-optics in
plants' glass fiber, The NY Times, Aug. 26, here. AP via The Tennessean, 14A, Aug. 21. not
on web. Nature, Aug. 21, abstract here.
Earlier, Bell Labs release, here. Earlier
ScienceNews story, here.
(Aug. 26) NTC / ISSA "Overall Security
2003" convenes, Nash. Convention Cntr., Agenda here.
(Aug. 26) Women in Technology of
Tennessee, Dennis Fennessey, CIO, Deloitte &
Touche, service-oriented architecture, details,
(Aug. 30) 'Let's Talk Computers'
radio topics, click.
(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. 9) "TechBiz Liftoff" workshop
for start-up and early-stage technology companies,
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., ETSU Innovation Lab, Johnson
City, TN. Details, here.
(Sept. 10) Nat'l Assoc. State Procurement
Ofcls, Hilton Suites, Nashville, includes
(Sept. 11) AITP - Sheraton Music City -
Trends in Software Design, Larry Boldt, Borland.
(Sept. 16-17) Winning with Technology,
8th Annual Tech'y Conf/Expo, Knox., Tech 2020, click
(Sept. 18) Music City Future 50
Awards, Opryland, register here. 50
List, Tennessean (7/20), here.
(Sept. 29) Six Sigma Leadership
Workshop, Owen GSM at Vanderbilt, details here.
(Sept. 30) WiTT program with BMI AVP
Camellia Petty, on enterprise data management and
business intelligence. 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) TN Valley Corridor Summit,
"Putting Science, Technology to Work,"
Chattanooga, click here.
(Oct. 14) InfraGard mid-TN meeting:
data forensics, presentation by Mark Sletto, special
agent, U.S. Secret Service, here.
(Oct. 14-15) "Mid-market Healthcare
M&A conference," Loews, Oct. 14-15. Visit, here
(Oct. 16) AITP -Sheraton Music City -
Solving Small Business's IT Problems. Details,
(Oct. 16, 17) Small Business Innovation
(SBIR) opportunities one-day conferences in Memphis,
then Chattanooga, here.
(Oct. 22) State of TN, Infor. Systems
Conference, Nashville Public Library conf. center,
(Oct. 28) WiTT "CIO Panel" program,
(Oct. 29-30) NTC / Chamber - Annual
"NETWORK Showcase of Business & Technology":
Networking, educational tracks -- more than 100
exhibitors already signed, click.
(Oct. 30) Nashville Technology Council
Forum, President David Condra, for details,
registration, write here.
(Nov. 5-7) Nashville Technology
Council, "Management Skills for IT Professionals,"
Jay Ress of TMA Seminars, TN Economic Development
Center, 8:30a-4:30p., click.
(Nov. 6) NTC Technology Round Table,
"Sarbanes-Oxley: Risk Assessment and IT
responsibility," Steve Tisdell, Principal, Nashville
Management Group, register, here.
Innovation Strategy: Identifying Barriers to
Business, Owen GSM, Vanderbilt, here.
(Nov. 10-12) Healthcare Delivery
Solutions Congress, co-sponsored by NTC, for
(Nov. 17-19) TN Venture Forum, by TN
Tech. Development Corp., Chattanooga, details, here.
(Nov. 25) WiTT program with Jim Gray,
CIO, and Jennifer Cheek, Mgr.-ISD Shared Services,
O'Charleys. Details, here.
(Dec. 3-5) Tennessee Education
Technology Conference, details
(Dec. 4) NTC Technology Round Table,
Richard Rognehaugh, Deputy Commissioner - Office of
Information Resources, State of Tennessee, reception and
dinner. Related resources, here.
(Dec. 18) InfraGard mid-TN, chapter
meeting, presentation topic to be announced.
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