October 23, 2003 (No. 16)

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MEDIFAX-EDI in the news: MediFax-EDI won Tenn. Dept. of Children's Services Data Clearinghouse Services Contract (RFP 359.10-034). Kathy Jones, DCS director of contracts and grants, said MediFax-EDI had the only responsive bid, although 12 firms had expressed intent to bid. Yesterday, also, WebMD announced plans to buy Medifax-EDI, Oct. 22 statement, click here, select press releases. Tennessean, 1E, Oct. 23, here. City Paper, p. 13, Oct. 23, here. Earlier items, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 22, here. NashvillePost.com, Oct. 22, here. City Paper, Oct. 22,here.

Solar cluster 10 times mass of earth heads our way, could disrupt communications beginning today, NOAA/NASA sources, NOAA site, here. Tennessean item, 11A, Oct. 23, not on web.

Tennessee's trade mission to Japan and Korea continues, through Oct. 31. Governor Bredesen, Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell and TN Economic & Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber are scheduled to visit with top execs of Bridgestone, Toyota, Toshiba, Fuji Photo Film and others. See the state's Oct. 17 release, here. Gov. Bredesen, Commis. Kisber are scheduled for a news teleconference, Tuesday (10/28, 8 a.m. CST). Related Tennessean story, Oct. 20, here.

Grokster CEO Rosso resigned two days after his combative appearance at Vanderbilt, and now heads Madrid, Spain-based Optisoft SL (Blubster) file-sharing service, Reuters via City Paper, p. 13, Oct. 16, not on web. Reuters, Oct. 14 via Forbes, here. Related, Oct. 15, City Paper, here. Related items at Music Industry News Network (Mi2N), Oct. 15, here.

Asurion CEO Bret Comolli will deliver the NETWORK 2003 keynote; Nashville Technology Council President David Condra will convene the Nashville Technology Council Forum -- and there's much more during NETWORK Showcase of Business & Technology, Oct. 29-30, Nashville Convention Center. In addition to Management and Sales/Marketing ed tracks, NETWORK Technology track sessions include CIO Challenges; Customer Service Technologies; Guarding Your Information Assets (Security); WiFi-Cellular Update. Tech, Management Ed track details here. Exhibitor sign-up, click on "Exhibitors" button, here. FAQ for attendees, here. Exhibitors list currently includes nearly 200, including about 70 technology companies. Of special note: The ever-popular Technology After Hours and Business After Hours networking and business events are combined during NETWORK, for a particularly fun evening, After Hours details here.


IASIS Healthcare names former HCA West Florida exec Lance Smith to CIO post, supporting hospital operations. The City Paper, Oct. 22, p. 19, scroll down, here. IASIS also announced appointments of William Whatley, director-corporate compliance; and Kim Fox, regional marketing director, City Paper, Oct. 23, p.19, not on web.

HealthStream creates product to gauge healthcare facility staff competence, relative to accreditation standards, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 16, here. Healthstream release, here.

Healthcare Delivery Solutions Congress + Consumer-Directed Health Care Conference/Expo, Nashville, Nov. 10-12. Tennessean, Oct. 16, p. 3E, here. Information and registration for the event, here.

Tennessee Biotechnology Association names new officers, board members, Oct. 15, release here. Full board list, here.

California Healthcare Foundation releases reports on Electronic Medical Records, here, Oct. 21; and, report on Digital Hospitals, Oct. 17, here.


Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC, which employs 750 at Oak Ridge, wins Oak Ridge Natl Lab cleanup contract, Oct. 21, BusinessWire release, here.

Tullahoma's Allied Aerospace Industries will build three experimental NASA aircraft, Associated Press via Tennessean, Oct. 18, 2E, here.

Canadian Foundation for Innovation invests $15M in Oak Ridge project, Associated Press via Tennessean, 2B, Oct. 19, here.
Knoxville airport authority expects grant for testing intrusion-detection technology, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 23, here.
Oak Ridge technology corridor marks 20th anniversary: leaders acknowledge shortfalls, but Corridor lists more than 1,000 tech-oriented firms in Knoxville area. Knoxville News Sentinel, Oct. 21, here. Landowners disappointed with Corridor economic benefit, Knoxville News Sentinel, Oct. 21, here. Booster says Oak Ridge corridor has outpaced Research Triangle in that North Carolina facility's formative years, Associated Press via The Tennessean, Oct. 21, p. 5B, here.

Univ. of Memphis Symposium: Ethics of Electronic Info. in 21st Century, through 10/26, here.

Buckeye Technologies names Matula EVP/CFO, Commercial Appeal, Oct. 21, here.

Dell's VP Worldwide Operations IT and Procurement Steven Finnerty among speakers at Nov. 6 conference on aligning IT with business strategy. Event also features former IBM CIO Dr. Jerry Luftman. Annual Forum, Memphis Chapter of Society for Information Management. Event funds a scholarship for future IT managers. Commercial-Appeal, Oct. 18, here.

Oak Ridge contractor BWXT Y-12 challenges East Tennessee high-school students to design car for elderly, as part of the National Engineering Design Challenge (NEC and Verizon are among national sponsors). The deadline for team registration is Nov. 7. For more information, contact Ryan Conatser at (865) 574-6941 or write here. Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 22, here.


iPayment gains Barrington Research investment scrutiny, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 22, here.

Symphony and Iasis founder Ken Perry's Bulldog IT raises $1.4M from investors Gerdes Huff, Sandhill and Lucas, Tennessean, Oct. 16, 3E, here.

Symphony Services, IT consultant with Nashville presence, gets T H Putnam equity investment to fuel growth, release Sept. 29, here.

BellSouth's revenue leaps on sales of Internet, wireless, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 22, here. Reuters (Washington Post) Oct. 22, here. AP via Tennessean, Oct. 23, 2E, not on web.

Joe Huddleston now Nashville-based vp-client services of Liquid Engine (Sunnyvale, CA), following closure of his Grant Thornton office here. Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 5, Oct. 17, here.

Cold Feet Creative Co-Founder Clint Smith, 32, says customers for the firm's Emma® e-mail solution, an open-source application, have grown from 30 Nashville users in February to roughly 250 in 30 states and at least six other nations. Smith says users include managers of major brands, publishing houses, nonprofits, agencies, retailers and others. Smith and Co-Founder Will Weaver, 31, cut their Internet/Web teeth at such places as SmallBusiness.com, CitySearch and Hammock Publishing after respective college stints at Vanderbilt and Sewanee. In November 2001, they founded Cold Feet. Smith explains they were driven to create an email service for small businesses that would rival what they'd seen used by some of the nation's largest and most creative enterprises. While continuing to provide web services, the duo worked more than a year producing the Emma suite they designed. Cold Feet's momentum increased in February, when Weaver and Smith stepped-up marketing of Emma and added design and customer-support staff. Growth of the business has been funded through operating revenues, says Smith. "Really, we have bootstrapped this thing in every sense of the word," says Smith, who adds that while there's no plan to seek outside financing at this time, they're open to opportunities to talk with the right folks.

SmartDM announces software-development, database hires, Tennessean, Oct. 19, 5E, scroll here.

Further coverage: Asurion deal on Grassmere headquarters, Oct. 14, Nash. Bus. Journal, here. City Paper, p. 13, Oct. 16, here. Earlier item, News Summary, Oct. 15, here. Also, Asurion adds T-Mobile to customer roster, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 22, here and Asurion release here.

Former Private Business exec Redman named Civitas/Cool Springs' "branch manager" for Internet and telephone banking services, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 17, p. 4, here. Kevin Herrington is vp-cto for Civitas. Earlier NBJ story on Civitas, (6/03), here.

Kyzen Corp. Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Mike Bixenman told NTC Tuesday (10/21) that the specialty-chemical manufacturer's cornerstone has been serving the circuit-board cleaning needs of the electronics industry, Kyzen's decision to diversify its business led it to target upstream semiconductors, as well as metal-finishing and optics sectors, including opthalmic-lens manufacturers. Diversification requires knowing those sectors' rapidly changing production-related cleaning needs, in-depth. Kyzen has added professionals with expertise to address targeted sectors. VP/CFO Tom Forsythe says diversification will probably lead to more jobs in Kyzen's Nashville headquarters and product-development and lab facilities. While they're focused on growing their business internally, Bixenman and Forsythe told NTC they wouldn't rule out seizing solid opportunities for funding, if they appear, with an eye toward acquisitions of one or more competitors. Forsythe says Kyzen (KYZN, OTC:BB) has "several hundred" clients and Kyzen's growth strategy seems self-funding. "Kyzen" is derived from kaizen, the Japanese term for continuous-improvement processes. Co-Founder and President Kyle Doyel told The Tennessean that customers' design, technology and manufacturing-process changes drive Kyzen to adapt.Tennessean profiles Kyzen, Oct. 20, p1E, here.

Smyrna's Carlex among suppliers for Nissan's "Titan" truck, Tennessean, Oct. 21, 1E, here.

Dell wins services pact with Boeing, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 20, here. City Paper, p. 13, Oct. 21, not on web. Tennessean, p. 2E, Oct. 21, not on web.

Brentwood's New Life Corp. of America creates distribution center in Texas for disaster relief, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 17, here.

Tractor Supply creates Braselton, Ga., supply center, Nash. Bus. Journal online, Oct. 17, here.

Vencap investors say we're experiencing return to normal, but there aren't enough venues for entrepreneurs and investors to meet, Washington Post, Oct. 23, here.

Pomeroy IT Solutions (Ky.) sees revenues exceeding estimates, Oct. 21, release here.


Tennessee F&A's Office of Information Resources released RFP 317.03-109 to secure IT Research & Advisory Services (access to high-tech analyses, query privileges, etc.) and some project support, with a 12/3 deadline for proposals. RFP here.

Tennessee's Education Technical Assessment Services contract, (RFP) 331-11-012, will probably be signed by Oct. 29, and the apparent winner is Knoxville-based Business Information Group (BIG), according to state contract-management staff. RFP, here.

TN Economic & Community Development will hire staff Technology Director, terminate contract with Technology 2020, Nash. Bus. Journal online, Oct. 15, here. Tennessean, Oct. 17, 6B, here. See related item in Oct. 15 News Summary, here.

Metro Nashville Information Services project-management changes, role of Athena Computer Learning Center told in Oct. 2003 Corporate Learning Officer Magazine, via CLOMedia.com, here.

Secrecy around letting RFP for gaming, including data center and data-recovery backup, stirs controversy for Tennessee Education Lottery Corp., Tennessean, Oct. 18, p. 6B, here.

Following apparent inmate credit-card theft, TN prisoners with history of identity theft won't be allowed to work in TRICOR inmate jobs involving data entry, City Paper, Oct. 17, p. 1, here.

With Internet tax moratorium set to expire, Gov. Bredesen asks Sen. Bill Frist to help ensure congressional action doesn't limit the state's right to tax telecom, even as access to affordable Internet services is improved, City Paper, Oct. 22, p. 4, here. Related story, AP via the Tennessean, Oct. 22, p. 6B, not on web. Meanwhile, Sen. Lamar Alexander said yesterday he will not support extending state-taxing authority, Associated Press via New York Times, Oct. 23, here, and Tennessean, Oct. 23, p. 10A, not on Tennessean web. The definition of "phone" is critical issue for states' legislators, Washington Post, Oct. 23, here.

Transcript of yesterday's (10/22) Washington Post interview with OMB's e-Gov czar, Karen Evans, here. Evans addresses such topics as underfunding of e-Gov Fund. Related link, here.

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


The Center for IT Education (CITE) at Nashville State Community College says in its October newsletter that it should have a design specification completed by the end of the year for "an online resource which would have up-to-date information on IT educational and training opportunities, provide a clearinghouse for IT job postings and available internships, and link IT professionals and graduates with regional IT positions. In the past year, discussions of such an exchange explored the possibilities of becoming a virtual marketplace for IT workforce development, focusing on future workforce needs and opportunities as well as the current environment." For information, user query form.

Vanderbilt, Fisk Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Education wings nanotech grant, aims to produce scholars, researchers, workers to meet the projected nanotech workforce boom; VU also stands to gains Ph.D. candidates, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 20, Oct. 17, here. Related story, p. 5, Vanderbilt Register, Oct. 20, here. Also, p. 3, Green Hills News, Oct. 9, not on web. Earlier, see News Summary, Oct. 15, here.

VU Engineering Dean Ken Galloway named to U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. VU Chem Engineering Professor Peter Cummings named to Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee of U.S. Dept. of Energy. Both items, Oct. 20, p. 2, Vanderbilt Register.

Univ. Tennessee professor cited in supercomputing story: VPI Engineering students using Apple computers assemble one of the world's fastest supercomputers -- for perhaps a tenth the cost of fastest computers in Japan or U.S., New York Times, Oct. 21, here.

Online enrolment for college courses increases steadily, according to local colleges, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 21, Oct. 17, here.

Hillsboro Middle School 3rd-grade students use art in learning about space, Tennessean, Oct. 20, p. 4B, here.

VU-Meharry-TSU science education program touches six Metro middle schools, p. 1 Davidson AM, Tennessean, Oct. 22, here.

Dell/VU-sponsored competition is early challenge for students in new Science Academy within Father Ryan HS, p. 2 Davidson AM, Tennessean, Oct. 22, not on web.


NTC co-sponsors "Management Skills for IT Professionals" educational event, Nov. 5-7, registration materials now on web, here.

Business Software Alliance (BSA) survey shows software piracy, security are executives' top concerns, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 17, not on web. BSA release (10/5) and full report, here.

PC Serve Technology Consultants' project for McKerley & Noonan accounting becomes Microsoft case study, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 8, Oct. 17, not on web.

Cell-phone number portability long overdue, The Tennessean (Opinion), 28A, Oct. 19, here.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 released yesterday, Oct. 22, New York Times, here.

Technical Societies -- Middle Tennessee chapters of national technical societies have been invited by convenor BJ Safdie, owner and principal consultant of MetaManagement, to become founding cooperative members of The Middle Tennessee Association of Technical Societies (MTATS), which Safdie and others in the community seek to form, in the interst of fostering cooperation and collaboration among the region's professional associations. Safdie told NTC (10/21) that MTATS will encourage member organizations to collaborate to select, design, schedule and promote joint and individual technical conferences, symposia and technology fairs. A key MTATS goal is promoting professional development and membership in professional societies. Safdie says MTATS' "full members" will be non-profit, non-commercial technical societies and related organizations focused on professional development. Other organizations (e.g., user groups, educational institutions, governmental bodies, non-technical associations, and corporations) may have "limited, non-voting memberships." For more information, write Safdie, here.

Tech pundit Gilder feels vindicated in broadband-penetration predictions, but failure to call the turn on tech and fiberoptic capacity glut haunts him still, New York Times, 3:1, Oct. 19, here.

Monitoring Metro and State Requests for Proposals and Bids
Metro Nashville/Davidson Countygovernment, here.
State of Tennessee:
Tennessee Lottery, here. Lottery procurement policies, here.
Capital Projects Management,here.
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: Asterisk ( * ) denotes new or revised item.

For more information, check the NTC home page and the NTC "Tech Links" page, found here. Also check business calendars of The Tennessean; The City Paper ; and Nashville Business Journal (see Community/Calendar).

* (Oct. 26) Standard Time resumes, Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, as 3 a.m. CDST becomes 2 a.m. CST.

(Oct. 28) "Wireless Technology": Trends & Solutions for Business, by Sumner County Technology Council, Forward Sumner and area Chambers. No charge, 4-6 p.m., Hendersonville High School, register (615) 822-9320 or rsvp@sumnertechnology.org

(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, exhibitors, educational tracks -- more than 100 exhibitors already signed, click.

(Oct. 30) Nashville Technology Council Forum, President David Condra, for details, registration, see item in Upfront section above or write here.

(Nov. 5) Professional-Technical Career Fair, Nashville State Community College, details, here. Current exhibitors, 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. 6) Annual Forum, Memphis Chapter of Society for Information Management, 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) Bureau of Industry and Security Outreach and Educational Services Division,
"Essentials of Export Controls," BellSouth Tower, 7:30 a.m. registration, program 8:30a.m.-4:30 p.m., details here.

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

* (Nov. 13) Dr. Duncan T. Moore, Prof.-Optical Engng., Univ. Rochester, former Assoc. Director for Technology in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, discusses "Establishing Federal Priorities in Science and Technology," Jacobs Audit., Featheringill Hall, VU School of Engineering.

(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 ctoler@tnec.org for details or call (615) 242-2486

(Dec. 4) NTC Technology Round Table, "State of Tennessee IT: Strategic Planning, Project Management, & Cyber Security," Richard Rognehaugh, Deputy Commissioner - Office of Information Resources, State of Tennessee, reception and dinner. Related resources, here.

(Dec. 9) Nashville Technology Council "Holiday Business Mixer," Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Two Doors Down, Demonbreun Street, cash bar. Map, here.

(Dec. 11) AITP Nashville chapter meeting, Dr. Sonny Reynolds (humor). Register, here.

(Dec. 18) InfraGard mid-TN, chapter meeting, 2 p.m., presentation to be announced. Updates, here.

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