September 2, 2003 (No. 9)

Nashville TECHNOLOGY News and Events
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The week ahead in Nashville:

(Sept. 2) Metro Schools' Stratford High School's "Information Technology Academy," a school-within-a-school, celebrates inauguration with a 6 p.m. ceremony, today; Academy background, here.

(Sept. 2-4) Gov. Bredesen's economic development "Boot Camp" includes a presentation on attracting targeted firms (including Biotech), by Lockwood Greene's Robert Price and Robert Pittman. Also, a primer on strategic planning with a twist, by David Osborn, executive director, Vanderbilt Center for Better Health. LG presenter Price tells NTC that many are surprised to learn that tech firms often want to locate where they can outsourced R&D, lab or other capacity. Gov. Bredesen speaks Sept. 3 at noon.

(Sept. 5) Postponed from Aug. 29: TN Venture Forum to cut candidate ventures, Fri., Sept. 5; surviving proposals for $1 million+ new funding will make final-elimination pitches in Nashville, Sept. 22-23. For-the-money presentations before the Forum in Chattanooga are Nov. 17-18; audience registration, here.

News Summary: Previous summaries? Here.

BBX Laboratories division of BBX is negotiating a lease under 10Ksft downtown Nashville, according to BBX CEO Jim Kolleger (9/2), who adds that growing concern about worms, etc., means the environment is perfect for BBX expansion. Earlier story: BBX riding success of former Granite Technologies ImmuneEngine innovation, Nash. Bus. Journal, 8/22, p. 7, not on web. BBX.

Beacon Technologies CEO Bill Hapner is happy to have won more Metro Schools business, competing in a field of 14. The win (RFP 03-91) expands Beacon's relationship with Metro Schools, bringing to eight Hapner's staffing onsite. Former Gibson Guitar IT veteran Sam Shallenberger is now Beacon program leader there. Hapner says Metro Government may also employ Beacon through this contract. The short list also included the then-Broadwing Technology; Federal Engineering; Majestic Systems; SAIC; SCB Computer Technology. (##)

Dell releases IDC report showing Dell growth worldwide and regional for personal computer products outpacing industry, BusinessWire, Sept. 2. Dell CEO to address tech-investor conference, today, here.

Nashville's XSVoice wireless brings fresh sounds to stale Internet audio, Tennessean, Aug. 31, here.

Intranet enables Mailnet Services Inc. to partner with Franchise Services (Sir Speedy, PIP), City Paper, Sept. 2, here.

Worms make more computer users security experts; ISDN-Net and American Security Group cited, Tennessean, Aug. 31, here.

After 9/11: Sylvain Trembley, director-southeast region, Nortel Networks, addresses disaster recovery, business continuity, effects of 9/11 on Fortune 1000 firms. Sept. 11, AITP Nashville. Details, here. To register, here.

NTC Technology track during NETWORK Business & Technology Showcase (Oct. 29-30), Nashville Convention Center, will include CIO Challenges; Customer Service Technologies; Guarding Your Information Assets; Update WiFi & Cellular; and, NTC Member-Guest Forum. For details on Tech track sessions, panelists, write here. NTC Members are exhibiting at NETWORK 2003; details, here.

NashvillePost story on Akonix founder Dmitry Shapiro's warnings on IM and downloads, during Overall Security 2003, Aug. 27, here.

TIME ONLINE article on Angel investors mentions Nashville Capital Network, Aug. 25, here.

Asurion adds Dan Mixon as director, treasury services. Tennessean, 5E, Aug. 31, scroll to bottom, here.

Bob Chaput's American Technology Group targets small business, survives tech's turmoil, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 29, p. 11, here.

American Fiber Systems says Nashville all-optical network set for expansion, Aug. 28, release.

Metro Surplus Property's online auction enjoys dramatic revenue jump; new e-Bid version will be launched for emergency-service providers, Tennessean, Sept. 1, select "Click to Bid..." from columns, here.

Midstate may get Asurion distribution facility, Tennessean, Aug. 27, here.

Quanta increases notebook computer projections. Quanta Nashville begins operation this month in LaVergne Interchange Business Park. Bloomberg via City Paper, Aug. 27, p. 18, here. Earlier Chamber release (5/03), here. Quanta recruitment, here.

Kroll relies on Schmerling of Nashville -- Recovering data from employees, checking backgrounds... Kroll Inc.'s Background Screening Group here serves clients worldwide with Kroll Reference tool. Release, Aug. 28, here.

BellSouth and DirecTV on bundling satellite TV service, City Paper, 8/28, here. DirecTV Aug. 27 release, here.

United Way discussion Aug. 28 was prelude to October vote on support of "211" to help the needy find services, Tennessean, B1, Aug. 29, not on web. A spokesman for United Way says UW discussion was positive, but nonbinding -- chief reservation being the economic climate for donations for this and other projects. (Earlier Tennessean story on Metro studying "311" for nonurgent calls, here.)

Verizon increases recruitment goal to 700 for Murfreesboro call center, The City Paper, Aug. 29, here. Verizon jobs link, here.

Tech entrepreneur Mason glad he launched BCX and ScanReq, but also glad Omnicell bought him out, Tennessean, Aug. 27, here.

New Century Technology creditor US Resources of Brentwood receives payment demanded (Capsource Fund LP of MS and Equitas Capital LP had taken control of NCT, in the interest of Tennessee Student Information Systems Inc.) City Paper, 8/27, here.

Also of Interest:

Nashville Technology Council's Nashville Technology Directory 2003-04 is being compiled, now! Watch E-mail for opportunity to update your Member listing. For inclusion in Directory as NTC member and/or advertiser, write here.

Huge surge in weapons work forecast at Oak Ridge Y-12 plant, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 1, here. Commentary on Y12 weapons contractor, Aug. 27, KNS, here.

Nashville Songwriters Association International and Bondware announced Aug. 27 they have collaborated for creation of NSAI's new website at

Northeast Tennessee Technology Council Executive Director Vivian Crymble notes in her Sept. 1 stakeholders memo that NETTC now has 55 investor-organizations, and the State of Tennessee, Eastman and Mountain State Health Alliance have been "cornerstones" for NETTC the past nine months.

Tennessee Office of Homeland Security Deputy Director Rick Shipkowski noted during his Aug. 26 presentation during "Overall Security 2003" that Tennessee's Homeland Security Council works closely with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Tennessee universities "to exploit and integrate technology in the fight against terrorism." Shipkowski also explained that within the next 60 days, TN OHS would have a total 19 personnel authorized for offices in Nashville, Morristown, Columbia and Jackson.

Memphis technology exec Mitchell on Lottery board as Bredesen appointee, (6/03), release here.

IBM Nashville says new IBM Nashville Senior Location Executive is Bill Brooks, their unit exec for enterprise software sales. Scroll down, here.

Gentry Barden joins Brentwood Capital Advisors, Business Journal, Aug. 26, here.

Inflow says CSM Inc. survey shows customers score 'em high, City Paper, p. 22, Aug. 29, here.

Vanderbilt approves new Communication of Science & Technology degree, release, here.

Citing stronger U.S. use of technology in business processes, UN says American worker world's most productive; but, not always the world's most efficient. Aug. 31 AP via Island Packet here. CNN, Sept. 1, here. Latest Institute for Supply Management report says U.S. Manufacturing surged in August, here. Exporting our manufacturing jobs? Washington Post, Sept. 2, here. President Bush promises boost for U.S. Manufacturing, Washington Post, Sept. 2, here.

The steady erosion of the U.S. Manufacturing sector, Washington Post (Editorial), Sept. 1, here.Related Knoxville News Sentinel commentary, Sept. 1, here.

Steven K. Miller, dir.- technology, Kruse and Associates, P.C., joins board of Brentwood Chamber. Miller serves as vice chair of information-technology committee. Kruse merged, effective Sept. 1, with Crowe Chizek, a top-10 firm, July release here. NBJ, July 28, 03, here.

Business 2.0 Magazine names Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management "one of the 25 best business schools, anywhere," cites as one Owen strength its Sloan Center for Internet Retailing, but accords Owen a "C" on "tech-savvy" dimension. Vanderbilt release, here.


Growing vulnerabilities of complex technology systems dictate "extraordinary attention to the possibility of failure" and living each day "as if there is no history of success...", NY Times, Aug. 31, here.

Gates says MS software reliability is greater now. NY Times, Aug. 31, here. Microsoft at mid-life? Vision is pretty cheap stuff, says Gates, NY Times, Aug. 31, here.

UT Educational Technology Collaborative, here.

Joining the HealthTrust Purchasing Group: Institutional members (scroll down for members, map), here. Vendor-supplier community, details, here.

Scheduled Events:

(Sept. 2-4) Governor's Conference on Economic Development, Nashville Convention Center.

(Sept. 4) NTC Tech Round Table, "Little Planet Learning: How an idea went global from Nashville." Details, here.

(Sept. 8) Chattanooga Technology Council Executive Exchange Forum, by invitation only, 5:30 p.m. For member profile here; application, 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) Helping Technology Help your Nonprofit Organization Thrive, Center for Nonprofit Management, details here.

(Sept. 10) Nat'l Assoc. State Procurement Ofcls, Hilton Suites, Nashville, includes e-procurement, here.

(Sept. 11) "Two Years after 9/11," Sylvain Tremblay, Nortel Networks, AITP Nashville, details here.

(Sept. 11) Memphis Area Tech. Council at FedEx Institute, U. Memphis, 8:30 a.m., details 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. 18-19) PMI: PMP Cert., 8 a.m., BellSouth Tower. Contact

(Sept. 19) Mid-Tn ISSA: INFLOW COO Joe Daly, Data Center Secty Best Practices, here.

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

(Sept. 30) WiTT: BMI AVP Camellia Petty, enterprise data mgmt, bus. 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. 13-17) IT Management Development Institute - PMI - details, here.

(Oct. 14) InfraGard: data forensics, 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) Sm. Busin. Innovation SBIR opportunities, meetings Memphis, 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. 29) Bob Chaput, American Technology Group on "Starting your own IT business." AITP Nashville, register, here.

(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. 13) HIPAA Impact on IT, Ed Miller, CTO of Digichart, AITP Nashville, register, here.

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

(Nov. 25) WiTT: Jim Gray, CIO, Jennifer Cheek, Mgr.-ISD Shared Svcs, O'Charleys. Details, here.

(Dec. 3-5) Tennessee Education Technology Conference, details here. Related, 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. 11) AITP Nashville chapter meeting, Dr. Sonny Reynolds (humor). Register, here.

(Dec. 18) InfraGard mid-TN, chapter meeting, presentation topic to be announced. Updates, here.

For information about Nashville Technology Council programs, services and sponsorships:
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