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NTC Pres. David Condra
convened exploratory meeting of NTC
Roundtable, Friday (Nov. 21).
Executives representing two-dozen Nashville firms
participated, enthusiastically endorsing the
formation of the NTC special-interest group and
preliminarily identifying priorities for the
group. Software Roundtable membership is available
to NTC Members whose firms develop proprietary
software for licensing and marketing to customers.
Further details are forthcoming. For membership
information, please write here.
NTC Program: "Media coverage of
Nashville Technology," Thurs., Dec. 11, 10
a.m., Panel discussion with Geert DeLombaerde,
Editor, Nashville Business Journal; Deborah
Fisher, Business Editor, The Tennessean; David
Fox, Editor, NashvillePost.com & Business
Tennessee; Jeremy Heidt, Business Editor, The City
Paper. NTC Members, invited guests. NTC Members
register by writing here. Panel and Q&A, 10 a.m.-11
a.m., Board room, Nashville Area Chamber of
Commerce, 211 Commerce St., 1st floor.
Effects of Sunspot 8
times size of Earth could hit on Thanksgiving,
New York Times, Nov. 25.
IS a finalist
among Nashville's Best Places to Work. Equinox
management guards employees' family time, Nash.
Bus. Journal, Nov. 21, Suppl. 11A, not on web.
Earlier, related, Nov. 3, here.
Software Corp. makes Inc. 500 at No. 253,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 11, here. Comframe in
Nashville seeks to hire Software
Architect, Jobslink notice here.
Networks' Chief Ellen Bryson
profiled, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 14, here.
Low-key EDISON AUTOMATION
INC. of Nashville has been
faithful to its industrial-automation mission and
has created 24 new jobs in the past 18 months,
bringing its complement to 45, including 19
fulltime engineers. President Karla Diehl told NTC
(11/18) that Edison has hired Bill Cunin as their
first fully dedicated IT Specialist. Cunin, a
former Los Angeles-based Universal Studios
technologist-to-the-stars starts at Edison this
week. Edison provides tech components and
solutions and represents tech hardware and
software manufacturers from Siemens, MDS and
Datalogic to Banner and Phoenix Contact -- with
applications ranging from RFID and barcode, to
supervisory control & data acquisition and
industrial wireless and
TN Education Tech.
Dec. 3-5, Nashville Convention Center. Exhibitors
include Apple, ENA, Beacon, Chancery, EBSCO,
Microsoft, Pomeroy, Thinklink, TN Cable Television
Nashville Pres. Ron Samuels says imaging
technology reduces banks' costs as federal
check-clearing law kicks-in, Nash. Bus. Journal,
P. 7, Nov. 14, not on web. Federal Reserve
document, here. Rel: New law lets banks clear
checks electronically, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct.
leather goods takes goods to Internet,
Tennessean, Nov. 13, 3E, here.
The NTC Tech
Roundtable is Dec. 4, with Richard Rognehaugh,
Tennessee's deputy commissioner and chief
information officer. Details and registration,
Opry digs into
archives to prepare decades of content for
branding, marketing, Tennessean, Nov. 23,
here. Related story, Nov. 20, 1E, here.
NTC Holiday Mixer is
Tuesday,Dec. 9, at
Two Doors Down. Details! here.
Tech After Hours
networking event returns, Jan. 27th! Cohosted by
NTC/WilliamsonWorks, Cool Springs Marriott,
from 4:30 p.m. Events details, here. Exhibit info, write here.
LBMC's newly formed
eHealth Solutions' President Tom Tarver
explained to NTC (11/24) the new unit will use
LBMC's HIPAA-compliant infrastructure and security
resources, as well as "leading-edge" tech-related
products and services, with emphasis on
integration of providers' "patchwork quilt" of
applications via Intranet. Tarver says working
with LBMC Healthcare and Technology units and
will offer healthcare providers, particularly
multi-site operators, "deep healthcare expertise
and deep technology expertise" that eHealth
believes are hard to find in combination in
Nashville. First meetings with prospective clients
are scheduled next week. Related coverage: LBMC's
new eHealth Solutions affiliate names Tom Tarver
president, City Paper, Nov. 24, here.
Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 20, here.
Tennessean, Nov. 21, 1E, here.
George Bishop says Nashville healthcare ventures
enjoy enormous access to venture and
private-equity capital, Tennessean Q&A,
Nov. 16, here.
Cool Springs Life
Sciences Center on
track in Williamson County, City Paper, Nov.
Accenture Health & Life
Sciences announces gift for
endowed chair at VU Center for Better
Health, as two
groups seek to "deliver maximum value to client
organizations," Executive Director David Osborn,
Ph.D., told NTC Nov. 21. Osborn said the partners
believe their arrangement represents a new model
for corporate-academic teaming. More information
on the relationship is expected in coming weeks.
Related, Accenture alliances, here.
Related VUMC Reporter, p. 4, Nov. 14, here.
EBM Source has strong
future in HealthGate's Nashville-led service
to hospital chains, insurance providers,
disease-management firms, Nash. Bus. Journal, p.
8, Nov. 14, here. Also, in Healthcare section of
Oct. 28 news summary, here. Healthgate release, Oct. 27, here.
group, GE (including MedicaLogic, Instrumentariam,
etc.), Siemens (including Shared Medical,
MedPlexus, etc.) and others join to make
conversion to e-Medical records more
affordable, amid healthcare IT market
projected to reach $65 billion in annual sales by
about 2005. AAFP release, Nov. 12, here. Wall St. Journal, Nov. 13, (sub)
Continuity of Care
Record - Institute of Medicine says reduction of
medical errors requires national computer
system, data standards. Report, Nov. 20, here. Wall Street Journal (sub req)
18. Related AAFP statement.
Radiologists', Pathologists' jobs outsourced
globally, NY Times, Nov. 16, here.
INNOVATION / ENTERPRISE:
Surgis, Arden, Oasis
may follow Symbion: Nashville-based Healthcare
IPOs seems imminent, Tennessean, Nov. 24, 1E,
Lynskey's students launch
ventures at steady pace,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 21, here.
Comdata buys Fleet
Team, the City Paper, Nov. 20, here. Tennessean, Nov. 15, here.
Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 14, here.
Symbion Inc. goes to
IPO market for $115 million, Tennessean, Nov.
19, here. City Paper, Nov. 19, here.
Nashville Post, Nov. 18, (sub) here.
BellSouth would launch
local telephone service subsidiary,
Tennessean, Nov. 18, 3E, here.
BEST magazine +
offer consumer-tech picks from Nashville, Tennessean, Nov. 16, here.
Nashville's Green Hills, Snappy
Auctions' founder Debbie
Gordon is providing from her high-profile
storefront complete "drop-off" auction
services for locals uninitiated in the ways of
e-Bay transactions. Gordon told NTC (11/20) she
plans a second location in the Cool Springs area,
and an Atlanta entry is likely in '04. She
explains that once she's achieved and documented
operational soundness, she intends to franchise.
Nine years out of Vanderbilt undergrad, and after
two stints with media/marketing firms, Gordon has
established a strong trading track record with
e-Bay, itself, and says she will seek Angel or
Venture capital. Tennessean story, Oct. 29, here.
direct-marketing for banks, others, Nash. Bus.
Journal, Nov. 14, here.
Austin Ventures and
Memphis-based FedEx veteran in venture targeting
supply-chain market, release, Nov. 11, here.
Profits up 21 percent, Washington Post, Nov. 13
here; Nov. 14 (a) here
and (b) here.
Wall St. Journal, Nov.
14; Tennessean, Nov.
14; City Paper, Nov. 14; USA Today,
14. Dell moves some tech support
ops from India to Tennessee and other centers,
Tennessean, Nov. 25, here.
Perceived lack of
start-up candidates chills Angel, VC interest at
Ala. IT Assn. Huntsville gathering, Birm. Bus.
Journal, Oct. 27, here. Mobular web-app lands VC, BBJ,
Oct. 29, here.
Management opens office in Chattanooga, Times Free
Press, Nov. 19, C1,
(search requires sub). Related, Knox. News
Sentinel, Nov. 18, here.
Chattanooga Mayor Corker pushes to attract more
venture-capital to Chattanooga, Times Free
Press, Nov. 18, C2. Related,
Memphis Bus. Journal, Nov. 20, here.
Mayor Corker of
Chattanooga wants Angel network,
SurfNChattanooga Tech News, Nov. 17, by Times Free Press Business
Editor Dave Flessner.
Roundup: 7th Annual Tennessee Venture
Forum, Nov. 17-19, Chattanooga:Tennessee Venture Forum
seemed to attract new investors in Chattanooga,
but with uncertain outcomes, Knox. News Sentinel,
Nov. 19, here.Nashville's
Veran Medical Technologies, W.A.R.N. and Integrate
Biometric Technology among firms competing for
venture capital, Tennessean, Nov. 23, 1E
firm Integra Logistics sought win in VenCap Forum,
Commercial Appeal, Nov. 15, here.Nashville
firms pitch Venture Forum, NashvillePost.com, Nov.
Knoxville firms sought funding during TN Venture
Forum, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 17, here
Chattanooga firms vied for funding in Forum, Times
Free Press, Nov. 17, (sub and search) here.
protocol (VOIP) challenge stock-pickers,
mobilizing everyone from Avaya to Verizon,
Wall St. Journal, Nov. 13, (sub) here.
MS's MSN Internet's
first quarterly profit in eight years, Reuters
via WaPost, Nov. 13, here.
partnership with PinPoint Networks for handheld
wireless, Nov. 19.
Mailnet joins GE and American
Clearinghouse in campaign to help petroleum
and pipeline operators meet public notification
standards, Tennessean, Nov. 14; Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov.
De Bono to Director-Engineering, Tennessean,
Nov. 23, here; Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 21, p.
15, not on web.
(R) adds Marcus Whitney, SW Devlpr/Arch;
Kathleen Southall, sales/ account manager,
Tennessean, Nov. 23, here. Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 14, p.
19, not on web.
Avondale Partners adds
online content analyst, BusinessWire, Nov. 19,
WEST / EAST TENN.
bought by Minnesota-based Alliant Tech
Systems, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 24, here.
owns a contract-signing, validation niche in the
Internet, Times Free Press, Nov. 22, C1, (sub
and search pdf), here.
Oak Ridge Micro-Energy
developing implantable thin-film battery for
medical devices, Nov. 21.
Roundup: Inauguration of FedEx Institute of
Technology at University of
Wired News, Nov. 19,
Commercial Appeal editorial, Nov. 20, here.
Sky's the limit for FedEx Institute, Commercial
Appeal, Nov. 20, here.
FedEx Institute will play signal role in
technology, The AP via Knox. News Sentinel, Nov.
BellSouth, TimeWarner joins Computers Associates,
other sponsors, for FedEx Institute inauguration,
Memphis Bus. Journal, Nov. 19, here.
Gov. Bredesen predicts center will be engine for
change in Tennessee, Commercial Appeal, Nov. 20,
FedEx Institute opening, Commercial Appeal, Nov.
Institute colocates Computational Neurodynamics
Lab, Gov. Bredesen, Sen. Frist, Reps. Ford and
Commentary on need to
define potential of Tennessee's Technology
Corridor, John F. Riddell Jr.,
Director-Hamilton County Center for
Entrepreneurial Growth (CEG), Times Free
Press/Business, (sub and search) Nov. 25. CEG Hamilton County's High-Tech
Business Incubator Initiative's official opening
Release on formation of CEG (12/02).
Memphis' Neologics names Mike Osborne director of
supply-chain solutions. Parent A.N. Deringer
(Vermont) explains Nelogics mission, 6/03, here.
Media Inc. interactive
entertainment taps Memphis-based Mac Programmer
John Butler for Mac development push, Aspyr
release, Nov. 18, here.
Former UT Memphis
Health Science Center Chancellor William Rice
returns for interim duties, Memphis Bus.
Journal, Nov. 21, here.
Memphis, has biz ups and downs, Commercial
Appeal, Nov. 23, here.
Assocs Pres. Barry Thacker awarded ASCE Hoover Medal for work with Coal Creek Watershed
Fdtn., Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 15, here.
ITEC event deemed
success in Memphis, Commercial Appeal, Nov.
CTI Molecular Imaging
earnings, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 19, here.
Development District wins Innovation Award and
grant for its PDF project to help local government
store and retrieve information, and to share its
innovation with counties in the region,
Chattanooga Free Press, Nov. 15, p. C2, (sub and
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Avaya grows its share of University of
Memphis' research and tech-transfer wireless,
VOIP and related requirements, Avaya release, Nov.
Education through Technology" (EdTech) grant
requirements, here. Resources, here.
Notice of Intent to apply due Jan. 15,
degrees with emphases on management
or physics are among programs facing cuts,
Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 15, here.
nominee, former director of Oak Ridge National
Lab, gets endorsement of East Tenn. Economic
Council, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 18, here. UT Presidency could go to former
director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
Tennessean, Nov. 15, here.
schools are piloting increased technology,
with remaining schools scheduled for tech upgrades
in next year, Tennessean, Nov. 15, here.
invites Tennessee nonprofit organizations to
signal intent to seek donation by Dec. 5th,
BusinessWire, Nov. 17.
Students must develop
new IT products at Governor's School for
Information Technology at TTU; program now
taking applications for k-12 students, Knox. News
Sentinel, Nov. 19.
Center seeks to upgrade planetarium as heart of
the institution, Tennessean, Nov. 20, 1B,
University nets $500K federal outlay toward $7
million campaign for life-sciences center,
Tennessean, 4B, Nov. 20, here.
Center of Excellence for Research and Policy on
Basic Skills, under the direction of Dr.
Barbara Nye, senior research scientist, has been
awarded an additional $2 million by the National
Science Foundation to conduct the "Academic
Achievement and Teacher Development in Science"
(AATDS) research study, bringing the total
research award to $5 million.
VU Academic Ven-Cap
Fund provides supercomputing center, VU
VU Engineering names
George Cook associate dean, Vanderbilt
Register, Nov. 17-30.
VU Office of
Technology Transfer expands services, VU
Register, Nov. 17-30. Related OTT site.
General Motors donates
EV-1 Electric car to VU Engineering, City
Paper, Nov. 20, here.
Space X Club members
proud Geeks in Memphis schools, Commercial
Appeal, Nov. 15, here.
Students encouraged to
imagineer technologies via ExploraVision
contest (Toshiba, NSTA).
Michael and Susan Dell
Foundation pledges $55 mil. to boost Texas
high-school grad rate, Wall St. Journal, Nov.
13, (sub) here.
Graduates of N.C.
School of Science and Mathmatics receive free
tuition at UNC, The AP via Commercial Appeal,
Nov. 23. Related re elite public high
schools in U.S., AP via CA, Nov. 23, here.
spur Tennessee delegation to join caucuses,
Tennessean, Nov. 23, here.
Editors commend Gov
for budget process, web streaming, Knox. News
Sentinel, Nov. 23.
Commission website upgrade further,
Tennessean, Nov. 23, scroll here.
Tennessee Lottery will
be an energetic user of electronic banking.
Bankers' responses to TELC RFP for banking
services are due this afternoon. RFP here.
Chattanooga and internet services, Times Free
Press, Nov. 13 (sub and
search). Related Times
Free Press editorial (3/00) here (sub and
search). White paper on Government
involvement in telecommunications, Progress and
Freedom Foundation white paper, 2001, here.
could reap Microsoft technology vouchers if
state's consumers fail to claim any of $64 million
provided in legal settlement, Tennessean, Nov. 22,
Connects" program meeting
generated idea-capital for economy.
estimates TN Lottery contract worth $80 Million
over seven years, SG Release, Nov. 21, here. GTECH projects revenues from TN
Lottery of more than $120 Million, GTECH release,
Nov. 21, here.
GTECH sees revenue gains from video gaming, GTECH
release, Nov. 7, here.
GTECH Corp. has garnered praise and criticism,
Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 17, here.
Metro Nashville using
to electronically inventory roadways, City
Paper, Nov. 17, p. 7, here.
Technologies digitizes the view from Metro police
cruisers, Tennessean, Nov. 17.
Division considering whether or not Sarbanes-Oxley
should be augmented by new state law; Bar Assn
reviewing LLC Act, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 21.
Global Council of
Chief Security Officers formed to elevate CSO
role, led by White House cybersecurity
adviser, Washington Post, Nov. 12, here.
U.S. Office of
Homeland Security SBIR grant proposal solicitation
"Branding" your IS shop internally could increase
of Engineering Seniors in Management of Technology
may be available to assist in your corporate
Technology marketing project. For assistance
during the spring semester, now's the time to
contact John Bers with a brief description of your
needs, here; and, read the details available on
the program's webpage, here.
the Value of Information Architecture, as part of
Computer Associates free seminar, Tuesday,
Dec. 2, Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel. Computer
Associates link to Inmon comments on CA Corporate
Event details here.
Health of Comdex and
other tradeshows reflects technology trends
(supercomputing, grid, logic), New York Times,
Nov. 25, here.
shows communications gap during crises,
Washington Post, Nov. 25.
BILL GATES on "The
Future of Computers" and related, Newsweek,
Nov. 24, via MSNBC, here. Online forum
answers from Gates posted today, Nov.
25. Gates' "State of the Tech
Union," WaPost, Nov.
leaders still face silicon ceiling, Knight
Ridder via Tennessean, Nov. 16, 5E, not on web.
Via San Jose Mercury News, Nov. 12, here. Via Sydney Morning Herald, here.
Arizona Republic, Nov. 16, here.
EETimes.com report, Nov. 12, here.
Previous analysis of trend, InformationWeek,
Monitoring Metro and
State Requests for Proposals and Bids
Tennessee Lottery, here.
Lottery procurement policies, here.
University of Tennessee
UT contracts list, here.
TN Board of Regents IT
City of Memphis, here.
Shelby County, here.
City of Chattanooga,
Events: Asterisk ( * ) denotes new or
* (Dec. 2) WiTT Holiday Mixer, benefiting Monroe
Harding Children's Home, Cool Springs
Marriott, 4:30 p.m.- 6 p.m. $10 and donations of
cash or gifts/toys accepted for the cause.
Register by 3 p.m. Nov. 28 via firstname.lastname@example.org
or (615) 876-6699.
* (Dec. 2-5)
Gatlinburg, Tennessee Assn. of Utility
Utility Technology Conference, details here.
GSI/mapping technology among
(Dec. 3) Directors and
Officers Liability Risks, panel on 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.
(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.
* (Dec. 18) Michael
Moberly, founder, Knowledge Protection Strategies
(Memphis), "Collaboration for Comprehensive
Enterprise Security, Intellectual Property
Protection and Risk Management"; InfraGard
Mid-TN Chapter meeting. Meet and greet begins 1:30
p.m. Massey School of Business, Belmont
University. Details and directions, here. [link]
* (Jan. 8) AITP
Nashville, Sheraton Music City, Legal Aspects of
Web Development, Bill Welch - ITT; details and
* (Jan. 8) Nashville
Technology Council Tech Roundtable, University
Club, Vanderbilt, speaker to be announced. Social,
5 p.m.; Dinner, 6 p.m.; Introduction and Program,
6:45 p.m. Details,
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