November 11, 2003 (No. 19)

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Tennessean Q&A: Nashville Technology Council President David Condra says Nashville technology sector needs 'striking success stories' to help community achieve critical-mass that will spawn new tech businesses. Says tech-enterprise success hinges on smart people, smart ideas, smart capital. He describes Nashville Capital Network as matching entrepreneurs, Angel investors. Recruiting businesses with heavy R&D efforts is needed, though Healthcare IT could be a major homegrown springboard. Tennessean, Nov. 9, here.

Community bonding: Tim Choate's Bondware lets clients harness the Web. Firm may create new division to sell digital products, including music, to complement existing publishing, content-management, entertainment, community-building tools. Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 7, p. 11, here.

Pro-Tech: Tennessee Economic Development Commissioner Matt Kisber writes about shifts in technology-development leadership and funding, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 9, here. Earlier reports on Kisber's Oct. 14 announcement of changes, New Summary of Oct. 15, scroll down here.

IT Security mandate: Fla. Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL-12) will meet with industry reps again, Nov. 19th, re: alternatives to his proposed law requiring public-companies' security audits, with an eye toward February recommendations. Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) President Harris Miller told NTC Thursday (11/6) that discussions with Putnam Nov. 5 were positive, with all parties intent on making "cybersecurity a higher priority in American business organizations both large and small." Bob Dix, staff director for Putnam's subcommittee (Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Census), told NTC the Nov. 19 meeting would represent a "jumping-off point" for developing industry best practices, provided participants remain open-minded. Dix said effort could prove historic by "protecting the American people and the U.S. economy."

Retired Nashville IBMer Jim Waller serves local charities by creating databases, receives the Mary Catherine Strobel Award for Community Volunteer of the Year, Tennessean, 5B, Nov. 8, here.

Local Music2Gift promoter A. Gast debuts music-subscription website, helps outsider artists market their music, and may target symphonies next, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 7, p. 8, not on web.

Energy security & VU Visit: Jimmy Glotfelty, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electric Transmission and Distribution, tomorrow will tour Vanderbilt Advanced Carbon Nanotechnology Research program facilities, to learn more about the VU School of Engineering's pioneering work in using diamond technology in power switches and microelectronic devices. Glotfelty is responsible for the federal effort to secure and strengthen the national power grid. Also related to energy: VUSE and PowerAvenue collaborate on hydrogen fuel cells, VU Register, p. 2, Nov. 3-16, here.

Proprietary-software meeting: Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., NTC President David Condra will convene a by-invitation meeting of current NTC Members who are creating proprietary software products they own, re-sell, license, deliver via web, etc. More than 20 firms have already expressed interest in exploring the interests of local proprietary-software creators, with an eye toward possible creation of an NTC special-interest group focusing on software development/marketing. The initial emphasis is on NTC-Member firms that create products for sale to other enterprises. For info, please write or call (615) 743-3168.

'Y05' -- A Nashville EDS exec Chris Beck told NTC Nov. 6 that "just about anybody in retail sector" will be working to meet the Sunrise 2005 Global Trade Item Number requirement during the next 12 to 18 months. The subject? EDS / Grocery Manufacturers Assn. Poll Reveals (Nov. 6) fewer than 30 percent of current product inventory systems used by food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers -- this means everything from cell phones and CDs, to peanut butter -- are compliant with the Sunrise 2005 requirements, pushed by the Uniform Code Council Inc. The deadline for compliance to these retail industry standards is 1/1/05. EDS Release, here.

Friday, General Motors donated an EV-1 "rolling engineering lab" to Vanderbilt School of Engineering; GM's creation of the energy-efficient vehicle spawned numerous patents, design breakthroughs. Once in the VUSE mech. engineering lab, it'll help faculty illustrate engineering innovation and problem-solving.


Today, "The coming Biotech Age," is the topic for Prof. Rick Oliver, American Grad. School of Mgmt., 11 a.m., Boundry, register for 11 a.m. event, (615) 269-5312, Sales & Mktg Execs Intl of Nashville. Related: Tech titans invest in Biotech sector, USA Today, Nov. 11, here.

Today, also, Bogle Financial Markets Research Center President and Vanguard Group Founder John Bogle discusses stock-market performance today at Owen Graduate School of Management, 1 p.m., Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 7, here. VU Release, here.

Kroll Background Screening Group nabs Transportation Security Administration contract, City Paper, Nov. 6, p. 11, here.

Fifth Third Bank's Processing Solutions unit grows Nashville client base for credit- and debit-card processing, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 7, p. 17, here.

Dell Inc. next major business push is into computer-services sector, to meet challenge of HP, IBM, others who package hardware and services. Lessons learned from previous Internet-services venture, robust databases and network of subcontractors should spell the difference, Wall Str. Journal, Nov. 11, (sub) here. Dell expected to show 26cts/shr profit in 3rd quarter results to be released Thursday, Nov. 13. New York Times, Nov. 9, here.

Cisco CEO John Chambers sees tech-sector momentum slowly returning, as company reports it has available $19.7 billion in cash and liquid investments, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 6, A3, (sub) here. The AP via The Washington Post, Nov. 6, here.

An aging tech startup illuminates why eight R.F. chip ventures have raised more than $150 Million in venture cap this year, propelled partly by surging wireless needs for analog features, New York Times, Nov. 10, here.

IPO deal pipeline is crowded, with prospective deals including Orbitz and Google, Wall St. Journal, Nov. 11, (sub) here.


Nashville Healthcare Delivery Solutions Congress continues through Wednesday, Nov. 12, with myriad of topics, including digital healthcare, telemedicine, eHealth/Public Health, Government/eHealth, Integrating technology/innovation. Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Details here. Related: Summit sees positives in health system, The Tennessean, Nov. 11, p. 3E, here.

Envoy class action moves toward close with $11M fund, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 5, Nov. 7, here. WebMD-Envoy face challenges of commoditization of current transaction services, pushing into smaller -physician practices, add value in payment-cycle management, and perhaps making more acquisitions. Nashville Post magazine, Nov. 03, p. 16, not on web.


Metro Schools won't scrap its conversion to MIS, despite State's plans for single-system contract, The City Paper, p. 7, Nov. 11, here. See RFP in Government section of Nov. 5 new summary.

Metro Schools has stated its intent to award a contract for Training Manager Services for Student Information System Implementation Project to Protocol Experts, Laura Hansen, proprietor. Hansen will work closely with contractor Chancery's Student Management System.

Teacher uses cell-phone E-mail and picture functions to keep parents abreast of students at David Lipscomb Elem., Tennessean, Davidson A.M. West, Nov. 10, not on web.

Tennessee Economic Council on Women in Nashville recently received the 2003 Horizon Award from the Partnership to Advance Science, Engineering and Technology Inc. The award recognizes companies, organizations and individuals that have contributed to the advancement of women and girls in science, engineering and technology fields. TECW interim exec. director Michelle Chambers accepted the award. Tennessean, Nov. 9, scroll here.

Wireless Web works its way across Vanderbilt Campus, Vanderbilt Register, p. 5, Nov. 3-16, here.

Belmont offers new entrepreneurship degree, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 7, here.

BWXT Y-12 strengthens mentorship at Oak Ridge NL through pact with Tennessee State University, TSU release, Nov. 6, here. BWXT Y-12 signs with MS Technology which is setting up microwave-development site at Y-12 site at Oak Ridge NL, Nov. 6, Knox. News Sentinel, scroll down here.

Washington Post's Kaplan Inc. for-profit adult-education company is fastest-growing part of Post Co.; education acquisitions cheaper than buying media. Wall St. Journal, Nov. 7, (sub) here.


Gov. Bredesen to open budget hearings to public, Nov. 17. Planning is also underway to provide access to live-stream video of hearings on State web site. Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 7, here.

Metro Schools has issued RFP 03-153, seeking Mainframe hardware support and related tech services, citing IBM ES9000. Onsite visits can be scheduled til Nov. 14; preproposal conference is Nov. 18, 10 a.m., and deadline for proposals is Dec. 2. RFP here.

Metro Election Commission member defends retrieving GOP data from Metro computer, The Tennessean, Nov. 11, 3B, here.

Metro's request for bids (51253/EB) on video technology for surveillance closes 10:30 a.m., today.

BellSouth PC Exit: Metro government (RFP 03-144) seeks successor to BellSouth Public Communications for payphones, pro-proposal meet is Nov. 20, proposals due Dec. 4. (As reported in our Nov. 5 news summary, the State recently asked for proposals to provide smart payphones at State-designate locations, under RFP 317.03.103-04 [Reissued], which will also produce a successor to BellSouth Public Communications. The State aims to net revenues from the arrangement, which ensures phone access at key sites, despite waning of payphones due to cellphone proliferation.)

SECURITY: By about Nov. 14th, the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate will issue a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Solicitation, inviting small businesses (500 or fewer total employees) to submit innovative research proposals that address specified priorities of DHS. Details will soon appear at the FedBizOpps site.

Direct-marketers trying to influence Congress on SPAM, USA Today, Nov. 11, here.

Regional Bell Operating Companies and allies seek less government regulation, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 29, here. BellSouth, Verizon Comms., others reportedly in lobbying effort against regulation, Washington Post, Oct. 31, here. BellSouth / AT&T battle continues, Oct. 31, Tennessean, here. Congressman may seek antitrust investigation of RBOCl lobbying initiative, vendors' roles, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 8, (free registration) here.

SARBANES-OXLEY --Steve Tisdell of Nashville Management Group told his NTC Tech Roundtable audience, Nov. 6, that capitalization, write-offs and depreciation of software development and purchases, as well as computer-tech expenditures should be scrutinized. Tisdell also noted that IT resources and management practices must ensure that any public company is capable of closing its books within 20 days. Other notes: Management may confront problems if operations are supported by older versions of software. And, it's no longer adequate to have data-recovery plans on paper; rather, proof of testing of those plans and results, thereof, must be documented, as should corporate understanding of disaster consequences. Management may also be liable for performance of their companies' vendors. Related:Nashville Post magazine (Nov. 03, p. 77) features prominent local accountants discussing public confidence, auditor independence. Also, Larry Bridgesmith discusses implications for privately held business, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 25, Nov. 7, here.

Decision-makers: Profile of Richard McKinney, Metro Government CTO, Director-Information Technology Services, Government Technology, July 2003.

Oracle exec moves to Bearingpoint with state/local government duties, Release, Nov. 4, here.

Vagueness of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act leads to apparently legitimate whistleblower having to defend himself, San Jose Mercury News, Oct. 25, here.

Diebold Election Systems voting technology continues to draw controversy for poor encryption, perceived political ties of management, New York Times, Nov. 9, here.

State of Tennessee Agencies' Information-Systems Contacts Directory (10/03), here.

State of Tennessee 2002-03 Information-Systems Plan, Policies, Resources gateway, here.


Oak Ridge Business & Information Technology Academy rising within Oak Ridge High School, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 10, here. Learn more during a luncheon presentation, Nov. 19, by East Tennessee Tech Council, register here or write here.

East TN Jobs Now! attracts $9.5 million for 5-year push, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 6, here.

Oak Ridge National Lab in line for new investment in supercomputing, Spallation Neutron upgrades, molecular and isotope research facilities, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 11, here.

Memphis-based FTN Financial Securities Corp. opts for Authentica for document security.

200 IT Managers meet in Memphis, discuss IT alignment with enterprise, Commercial Appeal, Nov. 7, here.

TVA installs Cannon's substation-monitoring, reporting technologies for Cordova/Memphis and Chattanooga sites, Cannon release, Oct. 29, select News, here.


U.S. cities are in a war for brains, with the only defense a critical mass of talent and a tolerance for oddballs. Bill Gates invest millions to give Seattle edge in Biotech. Washington Post, Nov. 9, here.

'Startling' U.S. productivity increases reported as technology and tech-linked practices penetrate the Services sector. FedEx is one example. Benefits of previous investments and organizational changes are emerging, as wireless, general bandwidth and interoperability improve dramatically, Wall St. Journal, Nov. 7, (sub) here. Also: The improving economy, NY Times, Nov. 8, here.

Mid-Tenn's stable economy makes U.S. recovery less apparent, Tennessean, Nov. 10, here.

Momentum builds in online retailing, New York Times, Nov. 9, here. E-commerce and broadband penetration, plus globalization spur gains.

Monitoring Metro and State Requests for Proposals and Bids

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.
Metro Nashville/Davidson County, here.
City of Knoxville, here.
City of Memphis, here. Shelby County, here.
City of Chattanooga, 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).

(Ends Nov. 12) Healthcare Delivery Solutions Congress, co-sponsored by NTC, for details, click. Speakers announced, here.

(Nov. 12) Using Internet to connect with existing and potential customers, City Paper, Oct. 29, p. 19. American Marketing Assn.

(Nov. 12) Northeast Tennessee Technology Council, Juniper Networks cosponsor ⦥uro;?IPv6 - The Protocol That Will Save the Internet," with John Johnson of Juniper. 11 a.m., NE State Community College Library, Blountville. Details, here.

(Nov. 12) East TN Tech Council Technology Applications Roundtable, 5 p.m. EST, for companies for which technology is vital, but which do not, themselves, create the technology. Topic: "How to position your company for the next generation of wireless business technology." Write here or call (865) 220-2020.

(Nov. 12-15) American Society of Civil Engineers, national conference and expo, Nashville, here.

* (Nov. 13) Knox County Schools and purchasing, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 7, here. Register via (865) 215-5756 / -5757.

* (Nov. 13) Chattanooga government purchasing seminar, scroll down here. Register (423) 756-8668 or write here.

(Nov. 13) Bur. of Industry/Security Outreach + 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. 18) Project Management Institute, Nashville chapter, "Value-Based Project Selection and Prioritization," by James T. Brown Ph.D., SEBA Solutions: 11:30 a.m. Register

* (Nov. 19) Fed Ex institute grand opening, Univ. of Memphis, 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) Directors and Officers Liability Risks, panel discusses how to retain, protect the best public or private board members, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, with Nashville Post magazine. Register by Nov. 24, 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, "State of Tennessee IT: Strategic Planning, Project Management, & Cyber Security," Richard Rognehaugh, Deputy Commissioner - Office of Information Resources, State of Tennessee, reception and dinner. Details, 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.

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