September 23, 2003 (No. 12)
Nashville TECHNOLOGY News and
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The week ahead in
(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
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.
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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
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
State of Tennessee e-payment and
transaction processing RFP 317.05-013 is underway,
US Cellular introduces data, leverages
Knoxville call center, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept.
BRS offers wireless computing/RF
Technology seminar, Sept. 25, Embassy Suites,
Franklin, register 377-8849, write email@example.com
or visit, here.
founder Kelly Michael Stewart pens column on
effective e-mail campaigns, p. 17, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Sept. 19, here.
DIANE at Tennessee
State University collaborates with Polycom
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,
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
See Nashville Technology Council
Members' recent press releases, 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.
(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
(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
(Oct. 13-17) IT Management Development
Institute - PMI - details,
(Oct. 14) InfraGard: data forensics, by
Mark Sletto, special agent, U.S. Secret Service,
(Oct. 14-15) "Mid-market Healthcare
M&A conference," Loews, Oct. 14-15. Visit, here
(Oct. 16, 17) Sm. Busin. Innovation
SBIR opportunities, meetings Memphis, Chattanooga,
(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. 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.
Innovation Strategy: Identifying Barriers to
Business, Owen GSM, Vanderbilt, here.
(Nov. 10-12) Healthcare Delivery
Solutions Congress, co-sponsored by NTC, for
Speakers announced, here.
(Nov. 13) HIPAA Impact on IT, Ed
Miller, CTO of Digichart, AITP Nashville, register,
(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,
(Nov. 25) WiTT: Jim Gray, CIO, Jennifer
Cheek, Mgr.-ISD Shared Svcs, O'Charleys.
(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. 11) AITP Nashville chapter meeting,
Dr. Sonny Reynolds (humor). Register, here.
(Dec. 18) InfraGard mid-TN, chapter
meeting, presentation topic to be announced.
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