November 25, 2003 (No. 20)

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NTC Pres. David Condra convened exploratory meeting of NTC Software Developers 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, & 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.

Equinox 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.

Fast-growing Comframe 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.

Broadband provider Iris 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 telemetry.

TN Education Tech. Conference, Dec. 3-5, Nashville Convention Center. Exhibitors include Apple, ENA, Beacon, Chancery, EBSCO, Microsoft, Pomeroy, Thinklink, TN Cable Television Assn. Sessions.

Union Planters' 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. 29, here.

Mid-TN's Hartmann 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, here.

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. Registration, 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 other affiliate companies, eHealth 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.

Waller Lansden's George Bishop says Nashville healthcare ventures enjoy enormous access to venture and private-equity capital, Tennessean Q&A, Nov. 16, here.

HC Pro, Kroll Background Screening launch Physician Screening Services, Nov. 12, BWire, here.

Cool Springs Life Sciences Center on track in Williamson County, City Paper, Nov. 21, here.

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.

More on competition with HMD Smart Hospital Company in Williamson Cty., Tennessean, Nov. 16, 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.

Family Physicians 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) here.

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) Nov. 20 and Nov. 18. Related AAFP statement.

Via telemedicine, Radiologists', Pathologists' jobs outsourced globally, NY Times, Nov. 16, here.


Surgis, Arden, Oasis may follow Symbion: Nashville-based Healthcare IPOs seems imminent, Tennessean, Nov. 24, 1E, here.

Owen entrepreneurship Prof. Bruce 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.

e-Bay-linked Startup:Amid 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.

Franklin-based Proclaim AMS bought by PSS World Medical Inc., Nov. 4 release.

Alcott Routon spawns 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.

DELL earnings: 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, Nov. 14. Dell moves some tech support ops from India to Tennessee and other centers, Tennessean, Nov. 25, here.

iPayment earns $59.9 Million, Tennessean, Nov. 13, here; Tennessean, Nov. 12, here. Release, 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.

Delta Capital 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 & 4E.Software firm Integra Logistics sought win in VenCap Forum, Commercial Appeal, Nov. 15, here.Nashville firms pitch Venture Forum,, Nov. 19, here. Knoxville firms sought funding during TN Venture Forum, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 17, here and here.Four Chattanooga firms vied for funding in Forum, Times Free Press, Nov. 17, (sub and search) here.

Voice-over Internet 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.


Michael McCollum now IS director for relocated Produce Alliance, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 17.

PalmGear's new partnership with PinPoint Networks for handheld wireless, Nov. 19.

Knoxville's Goody's Family Clothing's 335 stores get Triversity's Transactionware, Nov. 18.

FTN's First Express Remittance Processing to J&B SoftwareTrans. Managemt Sys., BW 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. 17.

Iris Networks' Peter De Bono to Director-Engineering, Tennessean, Nov. 23, here; Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 21, p. 15, not on web.

Cold Feet Creative's Emma (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, here.


Tullahoma's MicroCraft bought by Minnesota-based Alliant Tech Systems, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 24, here.

Chattanooga's Signix 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 Memphis:
Wired News, Nov. 19, here. 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. 22, here. 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, here. FedEx Institute opening, Commercial Appeal, Nov. 19, here. Institute colocates Computational Neurodynamics Lab, Gov. Bredesen, Sen. Frist, Reps. Ford and Blackburn among speakers.

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 (2/03) here. 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.

Austin's Aspyr 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.

Interactive Solutions, Memphis, has biz ups and downs, Commercial Appeal, Nov. 23, here.

Geo/Environmental 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. 18, here.

CTI Molecular Imaging earnings, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 19, here.

Southeast Tenn. 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 search) here.

Levi Strauss Foundation's $5 funds Virtual Women's Center in 5 East TN counties, Nov. 18.

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Avaya grows its share of University of Memphis' research and tech-transfer wireless, VOIP and related requirements, Avaya release, Nov. 18, here.

Tennessee "Enhancing Education through Technology" (EdTech) grant requirements, here. Resources, here. Notice of Intent to apply due Jan. 15, 2004.

Chopping block: UT Engineering degrees with emphases on management or physics are among programs facing cuts, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 15, here.

UT Presidential 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.

Nine Metro/Nashville schools are piloting increased technology, with remaining schools scheduled for tech upgrades in next year, Tennessean, Nov. 15, here.

Rotary donates computers to Project Reflect's Smithson-Craighead Academy, Tennessean, 4B, Nov. 24, not on web.

Nissan Foundation 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.

Adventure Science Center seeks to upgrade planetarium as heart of the institution, Tennessean, Nov. 20, 1B, here.

Tennessee State University nets $500K federal outlay toward $7 million campaign for life-sciences center, Tennessean, 4B, Nov. 20, here.

Tennessee State University's 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 Register, Nov. 17-30.

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.


Songwriters' rights spur Tennessee delegation to join caucuses, Tennessean, Nov. 23, here.

Editors commend Gov for budget process, web streaming, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 23.

Metro Election 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.

Electric Power Board of 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.

Tennessee schools could reap Microsoft technology vouchers if state's consumers fail to claim any of $64 million provided in legal settlement, Tennessean, Nov. 22, 1E, here.

Williamson County "CEO Connects" program meeting generated idea-capital for economy.

Scientific Games 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 ERES to electronically inventory roadways, City Paper, Nov. 17, p. 7, here.

Digital Safety Technologies digitizes the view from Metro police cruisers, Tennessean, Nov. 17.

Tennessee online drivers license renewal continue growth, Release, Nov. 17, here. State's eGov support is from NIC's Tennessee Information Division. Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 17, here.

Tennessee Securities 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 posted here.


DATA CENTER MARKUP LANGUAGE - Data Center Markup Language Organization formed by EDS, Inflow, others.DCML membership, here. Release on Partners and on DCML launch. Business2.0 story, Nov. 5. Also, re: EDS, Opswire leadership on DCML, CommentWire, Oct. 15 (DataMonitor).

CIO INFLUENCE: "Branding" your IS shop internally could increase credibility.CIO Magazine.

NEED MARKETING HELP?Vanderbilt School 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.

BILL INMON discusses 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 Information Factory. Event details here. Register here.

Health of Comdex and other tradeshows reflects technology trends (supercomputing, grid, logic), New York Times, Nov. 25, here.

Cyberattack exercise shows communications gap during crises, Washington Post, Nov. 25.

Scientific American releases 50 most influential in science, technology, USA Today, 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. 17.

CATALYST: Women 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. report, Nov. 12, here. Previous analysis of trend, InformationWeek, 10/00, here.

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).

* (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 or (615) 876-6699.

* (Dec. 2-5) Gatlinburg, Tennessee Assn. of Utility Districts, Utility Technology Conference, details here. GSI/mapping technology among topics.

(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. 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.

* (Dec. 12) United Nations - World Summit on the Information Society, Geneva.

* (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 registration, here.

* (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, here.

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