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October 7, 2003 (No. 14)

Nashville TECHNOLOGY News and Events
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The week ahead in Nashville technology:

(Today) Governor Phil Bredesen participates in Tennessee Valley Fall Summit, 1 p.m. CT, Chattanooga, discussing "Where Technology Meets the Marketplace." Another panel focuses on leveraging Tennessee's federal assets for economic development.

(Oct. 9) Songwriters Guild of America workship,Internet as a tool for songwriters, 5:30 p.m., details, here.

News Summary:

Note: The next news summary is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Verizon national call center at Murfreesboro gets FCC visit in anticipation of number portability, Tennessean, Oct. 7, 1E, here. Related: Author Andy Kessler dissects Verizon wireless strategy in context of Verizon debt, labor relations, competitiveness, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 7, B2, (subscription), here. Washington Post reports firms uniting to create wireless '411' directory service, Oct. 7, here.

Direct Integration Specialists General Manager Mike Asbury told NTC (10/6) that Direct I.S. is working with an M&A consultant to acquire one or two tech companies in mid-Tennessee within the next nine months. Direct I.S. just acquired Eastern Micro Computer Stores, Inc. DBA Eastern Computer in Knoxville. Release, here. Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 6, here.

Corrections Corporation of America has begun piloting NorthHighland IMS2 software for enterprise-wide inmate management and e-healthcare management. The pilot starts in Arizona. CCA expects the initiative to increase security, productivity, etc., while reducing excessive redundancies in current inmate-management and healthcare information systems and procedures. CCA believes the move strengthens its technologic advantage among private-sector providers; and, should, through documentation, reduce CCA risks of litigation -- and improve billing and collections. John Pfeiffer, CIO and Vice President of Technology, is the executive sponsor of the IMS2 project. Craig Palmer, IT Program Management Director, is the project director. Harold Shannon is the IMS2 Site Coordinator. John Tighe is VP-Health Care. Mary Garner is the CCA lead for the Health Services functions. Liz Bealor is the CCA lead for the Security functions. CCA announced Oct. 6 that CFO Irving Lingo will address Deutsche Bank investor-relations conference Oct. 8, 10 a.m. CT, scroll down for details here. Related: CCA seen poised to resume growth, Tennessean, Oct. 6, here.

Louisiana Pacific Corp. moves to Nashville, but IT Manufacturing Manager Al Kiser tells NTC that L-P's tech execs have no plans as yet to leave Portland. Senior IT exec is VP-Quality Jeff Duncan. Louisian-Pacific leverages Engineered Wood Products Wood-E software page for architects, engineer, design professionals. Louisiana-Pacific release, Sept. 30, here. L-P site search underway, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 3, here. The City Paper, Oct. 1, here. The Tennessean's coverage, Oct. 1: Cool Springs site pushed, here. L-P restructuring, here. Nashville snags a biggie, here. All-out push by Nashville, here.

Nashville's Dealerskin website's inadvertent data disclosure attracts attention of U.S. Office of Homeland Security,, Sept. 30, here.

SoundExchange would provide cable, satellite and I-net play revenue for performance artists, Tennessean, Oct. 3, here.

Vanderbilt leases INFLOW capacity downtown, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 6, here. Release, Oct. 6, here.

Brentwood's EBM Solutions bought by HealthGate Data Corp., local cutbacks anticipated, Tennessean, 3E, Oct. 3, here. Nash. Bus. Journal online, Oct. 3, here. City Paper, p. 13, Oct. 6, here. Healthgate release, Oct. 3, here.

Small-office and Home Office-positioned American Technology Group selected Praemunio for managed security services, Oct. 6 Praemunio release, here.

Kroll Ontrack's PowerControls 2.0's recovery of e-mail archives, other assets are subject of Jim Reinert appearance on "Let's Talk Computers" radio show, Oct. 11-12, with Nashville station listings, here.

Cendant Corp. appoints Tom Christopoul head of finance division that includes Progeny Marketing at Franklin. Tennessean, p. 3E, Oct. 2., scroll down here.

Solveras Payment Systems Marketing Director Carrie Reale told NTC (10/6) that VP Pat Patterson will lead Solveras' new nonprofit business-development initiative, including advancing Electronic Giving Solutions, the unit that supports nonprofits' fundraising, donations, recurring billing, wireless applications, inbound call centers, hardware and software applications.

Nashville-based ClientLogic - subsidiary of Canada's Onex Corp. - taps Garner as president and CEO, The City Paper, Oct. 2, p. 18, here. Tennessean, 3E, Oct. 3, scroll down here. ClientLogic to hire 400 for WVA call center, Tennessean, Oct. 6, here.

Also of Interest:

Boston-based Element Productions reaches into Franklin, TN, for Lead Designer Clark Hook to support Swiss-based Advanced Lumitech Inc., d/b/a Brightec film innovation branding. BusinessWire 10/6. Hook was partner in TH Design, now operates as Global Non Generic, here.

Franklin-based Censis technology helps hospitals track instruments, Nash. Bus. Journal, P. 3, Oct. 3, here.

Verizon Wireless' commitment to women garners YW Academy for Women of Achievement's corporate award of excellence, City Paper, p. 18, Oct. 3, not on web. YW link, here.

Little Rock's low-rate dial-up ISP enters Tennessee market with launch in Memphis, Commercial Appeal, Oct. 2, here.

Comdata's Store Value Systems adds Hobby Town, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 6, here.

Equinox IS signs Texas telcom co-op ETEX, BW Oct. 3. Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 6, here.

Brentwood-based Verus Financial Management signs Payment Data Sys, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 6, here. Tennessean, Oct. 7, p. 3E, scroll down here.

Middle TN Chapter of Society for Technical Communication wins award as chapter of distinction, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 20, Oct. 3, not on web.

NotifyMD partners with Orlando Regional Healthcare to promote WebMessenger, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 20, Oct. 3, here (notes).

Sy.Med Development announces contracts for software services with physician groups, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 3, p. 20, not on web.

Surgical Alliance Corp. CTO Edward Bivins confirms (BW, 10/2) selection of Eclipsys Corporation's SunriseXA(TM) healthcare information solution in its orthopedic surgical hospitals. Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 6, here.

Yesterday's court ruling against FCC may force Cable companies to share broadband with other ISPs, New York Times, Oct. 7, here.

Iraq contracts for wireless-phone networks go to middle Eastern companies using GSM standard; Motorola and MCI could benefit, Washington Post, Oct. 7, here.Reuters story via The City Paper, Oct. 7, p. 12, says GSM standard choice is rebuff to CDMA advocated by U.S., not on web.


New Metro Police website aims to help solve cold cases, Tennessean, Oct. 3, p. 2B, not on web.

State of Tennessee launches website to increase collection of sales taxes on Internet purchases, Tennessean, Oct. 3, 3E, here.

Metro Office of Emergency Management anticipates wireless access to OEM database for critical-facilities contacts, capacity, floorplans, etc., Tennessean, Oct. 2, here. RFP will soon be developed by OEM and Metro IS for procurement of hardware and software.

TN Office of Homeland Security says pace and volume of pass-through funding for metro governments are good; Metro Nashville among those waiting infrastructure and security grants, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 9, Oct. 3, not on web.

Oct. 8 is deadline for Metro Schools RFP 03-137 for web content management solutions and support.

Oct. 10 is deadline for Metro (Schools) RFP (non-numbered) for training project-manager services to support student information system work (SIS is supported by Chancery).

Oct. 10 is Metro deadline for RFP for professional recruitment service for IT staffing (RFP 03-122).

Oct. 31 is deadline for Metro RFP 03-139 for Business continuity and disaster recovery services.


Note: All fifteen (15) companies advancing to Tennessee Venture Forum funding competition are listed following the calendar in this edition of the news summary.

NTC co-sponsored IT Management Skills educational event, Nov. 5-7, registration materials now on web, here.

NTC President David Condra will convene the Nashville Technology Council Forum, Thursday, Oct. 30, as part of the NETWORK Showcase of Business & Technology, Oct. 29-30, Convention Center. Other NETWORK Technology track sessions include CIO Challenges; Customer Service Technologies; Guarding Your Information Assets (Security); WiFi-Cellular Update. NETWORK event also features ed tracks for Sales/Marketing and Management. Exhibitor sign-up, here. FAQ for attendees, here. More than 175 exhibitors, including about 40 tech companies, are signed-up, already.

Vanderbilt Faculty Innovations website upgrade, here.

Spam fighters' solutions could hamper e-mail dependent organizations, NY Times, Oct. 6, here.

Rapidly enriched Michael and Susan Dell Foundation focuses highly targeted giving on child development, with emphasis on outcomes, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 2, B10 (subscription).

Monitoring Metro and State Requests for Proposals and Bids
Metro Nashville/Davidson County government, here.
State of Tennessee:
Purchasing Divison, invitations to bid.
OIR Current RFPs. OIR RFP Archive.
State proposals, bids page.
University of Tennessee:
University of Tennessee purchasing, here. UT contracts list, here.
TN Board of Regents IT Contracts, here.

Scheduled Events:

For more information, check the NTC home page and the NTC "Tech Links" page, featuring a growing list of Tech Associations, Educational institutions and related links, found here. Also check business calendars of The Tennessean; The City Paper (see Business); and Nashville Business Journal (see Community/Calendar).

(Oct. 8) Martha Rogers, expert and author, addresses CRM hype vs reality for CABLE Nashville, her bio here. A Rogers spokesperson says Rogers mentions concern about overreliance on CRM technology. Related interview with Rogers, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 12, Oct. 3, not on web.

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

(Oct. 9) Internet as a Tool for Songwriters, Songwriters Guild, email or visit 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) ISSA-InfraGard "Hands-On Cyber-Security Workshop," with speakers from Gartner, U.S. Secret Service, Deloitte, Packet Leap Networks. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Belmont University. For details and registration, 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) Women in Technology in Tennessee (WITT) program, details here. Business Continuity Planning: Corporate Pain or Corporate Gain? Panel: Gary Seay, CIO, Community Health Systems; Rick Henry, CTO/COO, Paymaxx; Belinda Watkins, IT VP and CISO, Federal Express; Mary Beth Wilson, Principal, Business Resilience and Continuity Services Consulting Practice.

(Oct. 28) PMI Nashville meeting with Herb Gabora on "No-Bull Project Management," 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. 12-15) American Society of Civil Engineers, national conference and expo, Nashville, 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.

(Dec. 3-5) Tennessee Education Technology Conference, details here. Related, here.

(Dec. 4) Seminar on Liability issues for engineers, Tennessee Engineering Center, Adventure Sci. Center, Don Friedman of Crow Friedman Group, presented by TN Society of Professional Engineers, et al, write for details or call (615) 242-2486

(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.


AirSage, Inc. (Marietta, GA) aggregates data via wireless providers to deliver real-time traffic data for roadways.

Fast Forward Devices, LLC (Knoxville) enables customers to create, manage, deploy production manuals by providing staff to document production processes using Smart Docs software.

Integra Logistics, LLC (Memphis) logistics software development and services provider.

Integrated Biometric Technology, LLC (Nashville) provides advanced electronic fingerprint systems.

MedEvolve, Inc. (Little Rock) develops and sells information systems systems that link physicians' offices with leading on-line clinical systems.

Neptec Optical Solutions, Inc. (Jefferson City, TN) develops, manufactures and sells optical switches, terminations, couplers, splitters and taps, attenuators, other modules, subsystems and products.

Nextek, Inc. (Madison, AL) offers precision electronic and optoelectronic assembly, engineering and analytical services.

NuMarkets LLC (Etowah) franchise centers offer E-Bay seller support, shipping, packing and related business services.

Qgenics Biosciences, Inc. (Knoxville) provides integrated micro solutions for the preparation of complex biological samples for customers in the pharmaceutical research and development industry.
Related story, Qgenics ( website under construction at ) wins grant, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 6, scroll down here.

Signix, Inc. (Chattanooga) offers hosted, digital identity verification, electronic signature, document routing and digital storage company.

Smart Furniture, LLC (Chattanooga) designs, sells patented shelving, display solutions.

Tennessee Valley Infrastructure Group, Inc. (Chattanooga) owns and operates electric utilities and helps customers reduce generation costs and system losses.

Tricycle, Inc. (Chattanooga) provides surface simulation and design technologies to the textile industry.

Veran Medical Technologies, Inc. (Nashville) offers Dynamic Track3TM, a platform technology providing dynamic tissue-referencing capabilities used with Image Guided Intervention applications.

W.A.R.N., LLC (Gallatin) is a Wide Area Rapid Notification provider, offering web-based voice, fax, and text broadcasting for emergency and security professionals.

Nashville Technology Council
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