September 23, 2003 (No. 12)

Nashville TECHNOLOGY News and Events
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The week ahead in Nashville:

(Sept. 23) Tennessee Venture Forum subjects 19 entrepreneurs seeking funding to another round of 12-minute pitches today in Nashville. Survivors will be revealed Sept. 29, and will be invited to present, again, in the money round at Chattanooga, Nov. 17-19, details here.

(Sept. 23) Today, Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. CEO Rebecca Paul meets with her board of directors for the first time as an employee. If the "gold standard" Georgia Lottery operations are any indication of what's ahead, technology will make Paul's daunting assignment doable. Paul told NTC yesterday that in addition to TELC's major gaming-operations contract, she expects RFPs for payroll outsourcing for about 300 employees and other tech-supported functions to begin flowing within 60 days. In a conversation (9/16) with NTC, GA Lottery SVP-Finance/IS Andy Davis said GA Lottery's budget this year shows more than $2.4 billion in gaming revenues, with about $1.6 billion going to prizes, commissions, contractor fees and general administrative categories. Much of the gaming operation is outsourced to GTECH (Tennessean story, here). The Ga. Lottery has a Novell-based LAN/WAN infrastructure, supporting more than 200 PC users in the central office and seven field offices. Its Internal Control System software, running on a Compaq Alpha cluster, was created by Elsym Consulting of Marietta, for use in validating more than 5 million daily lottery transactions, flowing through 7,900 retail outlets linked via mostly a satellite-based communication network. Lottery players may obtain winning numbers via Microlog's interactive voice response system. Finance staff use Science Systems' CODA financial applications package (created by BAAN). The lottery's 100-plus sales representatives (including 15 inside sales staff) and management intensively use an application supported by an Oracle database, as well as ADP HRS software and ADP payroll outsourcing. Web development and support are outsourced to partnering firms Acuity Inc. and Objectware Inc. Telecom: AVAYA hardware, local service via US LEC and long-distance via NewSouth Communications.

(Sept. 24) The NETWORK 2003 Business & Technology Showcase steering committee hosts a rally at Adventure Science Center, with informaton and refreshments for firms considering exhibiting during Oct. 29-30 event at Nashville Convention Center. Several dozen tech firms are among 160 already registered. NETWORK overview and special offers, here.

(Sept. 29) State deadline for response to RFP for data support of K-12 educational assessments, RFP 317.11-012, here. Related Tennessean story on standardizing student data, Sept. 23, here.

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Nashville's ClientLogic Corp., international business-process outsourcer in the contact center and fulfillment industry, announced new site in Monterrey, Mexico, giving ClientLogic presence in 11 nations, Tennessean, Sept. 23, here.

Nashville tech workforce: Software & Information Industry Association analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows that in 2001 Nashville software employment of 8,420 jobs was 780 jobs below the 2000 software employment level of 9,200. A Nashville Business Journal story, Sept. 19 (page 7, not on web) attributed the drop to closings of Gaylord Digital, BlueStar and corporate cutbacks, generally. Meanwhile, on the basis of a national software-employment index, Nashville dropped from 90th to 113th ranking. Note: an SIIA researcher cautioned NTC (9/22) that the validity of year-to-year comparisons of regional rankings indexed nationally on the basis of population is often weakened by variations in defining geographic areas and other factors. Boulder, Col., has led the ranking for several years. SIIA release, Sept. 9, here. Earlier BLS report on U.S. computer manufacturing employment, here.

The Nashville office of CNA insurance companies became the catastrophe operations center for policyholders submitting claims in the wake of Hurricane Isabel. CNA release, Sept. 18.

ISDN-Net's Ken Russell out front for Community Harbor in bid for urban and rural fiber-optic opportunities, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 21, here. Related fight over fiber, here.

BioMimetics Pharmaceuticals, V V D I Pharmaceuticals and Vanderbilt commit to leasing, as work on Life Sciences Center project at Cool Springs re-accelerates, Tennessean, Sept. 17, here.

DigiScript Inc. names Edward Pearson, formerly of MediBuy, became president and CEO in June. Green Hills News, p. 12, Sept. 18, not on web.

American Learning Solutions' Rick Oliver forecasts break-even for 2004, City Paper, Sept. 22, here.

Courtyard Marriott Downtown Nashville among Marriott properties introducing free highspeed Internet access for guests, Bus. Wire, Sept. 18.

Also of interest:

Time+Plus Payroll Services opens Nashville office, City Paper, Sept. 23, p. 20, not on web.

State of Tennessee e-payment and transaction processing RFP 317.05-013 is underway, here.

US Cellular introduces data, leverages Knoxville call center, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 23, here.

BRS offers wireless computing/RF Technology seminar, Sept. 25, Embassy Suites, Franklin, register 377-8849, write or visit, here.

Element E Communications founder Kelly Michael Stewart pens column on effective e-mail campaigns, p. 17, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 19, here.

Project DIANE at Tennessee State University collaborates with Polycom and IVCI for Oct. 7 seminar on videoconferencing in healthcare delivery, training and related, Business Wire, Sept. 17.

Courtroom litigation supported by high-tech and media, commentary by Imagematters founder Harold Bayuk, p. 29, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 19, here.

Knoxville Technology Expo turned out a bit smaller than last year, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 18, here. Sept. 16 story, here.

Oak Ridge: Spallation Neutron Source wins federal funding, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 17, here. ORNL employs $71 million in private capital to build scientific office complex, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 17, here. Environmentalists believe ORNL secrecy excessive, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 23, here.


CIO shortcomings, according to their staffs, Sept. 15, CIO magazine, here.

CIO spending projections, Computerworld, Sept. 2, link here.

Washington Technology's Fastest-growing small firms in government contracting, Washington Technology, Sept. 18, here. Top 100 federal prime contractors, (5/03), here.

IBM and Factiva join to 'transform global content business', building on WebFoundation platform, IBM release, Sept. 18, here.

Monitoring Metro and State Requests for Proposals and Bids
Metro, here.
Purchasing Divison, invitations to bid.
OIR Current RFPs. OIR RFP Archive.
State proposals, bids page.

See Nashville Technology Council Members' recent press releases, here.

Scheduled Events:

(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 Roundtable - 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. Roundtable link, here.

(Oct. 5-7) TN Valley Corridor Summit, "Putting Science, Technology to Work," Chattanooga, click here.

(Oct. 8-9) - "Security and Audit of TCP/IP Networks," Middle Tennessee ISACA Chapter Fall Training, details, registration, here.

(Oct. 9) AITP - Sheraton Music City - IT Virus Protection, Jeff Foresman, Security Consultant, SARCOM, Inc. Details here.

(Oct. 9) NE Tenn. Technology Council luncheon briefing by software entrepreneur and consultant Dr. John Temple: "A Global Perspective On Where Technology Is Going and How Northeast Tennessee Can Benefit" MeadowView Cntr., Kingsport. Write here or visit 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) Premiere Conference for Businesswomen, "A View from the Future," Belmont Univ. Center for Entrepreneurship, here. Includes emphasis on transformative power of technologies.

(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. Speakers announced, here.

(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. 19-20) ITEC, Memphis. TN OIR Deputy Commissioner Richard Rognehaugh and City of Memphis CIO Darryl Anderson are the keynote speakers, 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:
Milt Capps or Phone: (615) 743-3168
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