August 26, 2003 (No. 8)

Nashville TECHNOLOGY News and Events
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The week ahead in Nashville:

(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.

News Summary:

Nashville analyst Jackson: Software often has vulnerabilities built-in, Tennessean, Aug. 24, here.

Steele, Joiner discuss security, wireless admissions, HIPAA mandate, City Paper, Aug. 20, here.

Tennessean editorial says lawmakers, technologists need address E-mail spam problem in the interest of 'keeping some order', Tennessean, Aug. 23, here.

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 Medicine.")

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, here.

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 here.

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 reissue date, TBA.

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, here.

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 summary.


'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 Strategist magazine, Summer 2003)

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 Technology, here.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Tech Transfer, Economic Development and related resources, here.

State of Tennessee education-technology plan, here.

OIR-only RFPs,here.

Chattanooga's Electric Transit Vehicle Institute gets federal funds, (7/03), Frist/Thompson release, here.

State RFPs, here.

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, here.

Worm, power Blackout underscore vulnerability of networked society, NY Times, Aug. 21, here.

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.

Scheduled Events:

(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, here.

(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 e-procurement, here.

(Sept. 11) AITP - Sheraton Music City - Trends in Software Design, Larry Boldt, Borland. Details, here.

(Sept. 16-17) Winning with Technology, 8th Annual Tech'y Conf/Expo, Knox., Tech 2020, click here.

(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, here.

(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, here.

(Oct. 28) WiTT "CIO Panel" program, details here.

(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.

(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) 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 here.

(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. Updates, here.

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