December 2, 2003 (No. 21)

The NTC News Summary Edition Sponsor is
NTC Sustaining Sponsor for this Edition is
Other NTC Sustaining Sponsors, here.
Visit News Summary Archive.

The next edition of the news summary is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003.


The NTC Tech Roundtable is Thursday, Dec. 4, with Richard Rognehaugh, Tennessee's deputy commissioner and chief information officer. Registration deadline today. Details, here.

NTC Pres. David Condra has invited software executives who attended the Nov. 21 formative meeting of NTC Software Developers Roundtable (SDR), to offer-up for duty on the group's planned steering committee. SDR membership is available to NTC Members whose firms develop proprietary software for licensing and marketing to customers. 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.

Bill Skees is new VP-Information Systems at TN Education Lottery, reporting to CFO/CTO Andy Davis. Tn Lottery IT jobs call for prior gaming experience, here.

DELL INC. picks Image Microsytems Inc. to recycle Eastern U.S. computers in Nashville. Report notes Genco Distribution Systems plays the same role in La Vergne for H-P and Micro Metallics, Tennessean, Dec. 1, 1E, here. Dell shipments account for many China Airlines links to Nashville, Tennessean, 1E, Nov. 30, here. Dell reaffirms commitment to India outsourcing, InternetNews, Nov. 25, here.

Caterpillar Financial wins Baldrige Award, Baldridge NIST release Nov. 25, here. Caterpillar release, Nov. 25, here. Nash. Bus. Journal. Cat. Release, Nov. 25, here.

State Economic & Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber elevating technology jobs in the state's economic-development strategy. Kisber says human capital is Tennessee's greatest weakness; Technology 2020 President Tom Rogers points to need for funding initiatives of any type, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 28, p. 15, here.

Security in Tennessee: State Sen. Mae Beavers presides Monday, Dec. 8, during presentation of results of an unprecedented security assessment for City of Hendersonville, with lessons for America's small cities. Ward Agricultural Center, Schoolhouse, 10 a.m., Lebanon. In addition to Sen. Beavers, the program includes remarks by Hendersonville Mayor Jim Fuqua; and, presentation of security findings, assessment technique and on progress-to-date by Northpoint Software and Services Chairman/CEO Dave Chapman, whose firm conducted the assessment. Advance signup requested via Office of Sen. Beavers, via

Software developer Insequence reportedly alone in Auto-industry niche for sequential delivery from suppliers, Tennessean, 1E, Nov. 29, here. Cited in Nov. 5 NTC news summary: Insequence announces SPD Pro Version 6, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 31, not on web.

Relegent Inc. and EBM/Healthgate among hospital web-content providers. Relegent now in deal with Discovery Communications to sell "Discovery Hospital" nationally, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 28.

T-Mobile call-center employees in Nashville may receive compensation for time spent preparing for work as result of U.S. Labor Department lawsuit settlement, Tennessean, 3E, Nov. 26, here.

BRS Solutions President Paul Reed discusses realities of Radio Freq Identification systems, privacy concerns and related matters, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 28, p. 21.

Microsoft Outlook security flaw discovered by Investment Scorecard's network administrator, Nashville, Nov. 26, (sub) here.

Middle Tennessee's Light up a Life! fundraising through December supports workstations, computer visual aids, and other devices for needy. Project details, here. Tech Accesss in middle Tennessee, here. Other centers, here. Tennessee's Assistive Technology Centers, brochure.


Nashville Post magazine's "25 Emerging Companies" (Dec. 03) includes Asurion, Cold Feet Creative, Durrell Sports Audio Management, Edison Automation, Home Healthcare Laboratory of America, Investment Scorecard, Optimum Solutions, PalmGear, Qualifacts and Verus Financial Management. Article not on web. Cover and contents (sub), here.

Tennessee Venture Forum will be held in 2004, says Tech2020's Tom Rogers, with or without same sponsors, Tennessean, Nov. 27, 1E, here.

Digisoft 77 caters to 250+ web-developer clients with DigiSHOP 3.0 e-commerce upgrade, and will follow in 2004 with suite components for content management, file sharing, member manager and job postings, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 28, p. 4.

Payment Processing Solutions Inc. to be bought by Moore Wallace, Release, Nov. 26. college sports spot reportedly profitable, Tennessean, Nov. 28, 1E, here.

Veterans discuss the lifecycle of the technology enterprise, Memphis Bus. Jrnl., Nov. 17.

Renaissance Capital says November 2003 had 15 IPOs, largest monthly figure since June 2001. Renaissance site says lower pricing, lower number of IPO filings year-to-year, here. Renaissance industries' shares of IPOs, past twelve months, here.


Tennessee legislator criticizes delay in ChoicePoint reporting data on TennCare enrolment; McKinsey study on TennCare viability due later this month, City Paper, Dec. 1, p. 1, here.

Tenn. Economic/Community Development gameplan published by Commis. Matt Kisber, here. Kisber says formulation of the plan followed "the most intense and comprehensive planning exercise ever undertaken by the Department in its 31-year history," and led to his management team's defining "performance measures for our individual and collective work, another first for this department." The game plan includes emphases on creating robust databases and using targeted communications to reach top 1,000 high-growth businesses and existing Tennessee businesses; aligning incentives to attract high-growth employers; "new protocols" to guide relationships with development, research and other allies; and, more access to venture capital and encouragement of incubators, among other ingredients.

State of Tennessee yesterday (12/1) issued an RFP 37.03-111 to identify potential sources of PowerBuilder Development and Support Services, with notice of intent to propose due next week (12/10) and proposals due Jan. 5, 2004.

Statewide Student Management Services program RFP 331.25-001 due tomorrow (12/3) for TN Dept. of Education.

State OIR RFP for IT Research and Advisory Services is due Friday (12/5), RFP 317-03.109.

Tennessee Lottery receives vendors' quotes this week -- Responses to Nov. 18 RFP for PBX and other phones due by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5th, here. Responses to Nov. 26 Invitation to Bid (ITB) for Cellular Phones and Related Services are due tomorrow, Dec. 3, here. Responses to Nov. 26 ITB for Voice and Data Infrastructure (including TCP/IP option), also due Dec. 3, here. Responses to Nov. 26 RFP for Voice and Data Network Services, due Dec. 3, here. Also note: Lottery RFP for G/L support should be out "soon," according to one source (12/2).

TN F&A seeks Data Entry Services in RFP 317.03-110, due Dec. 10. Incumbent is Knoxville Computer Corporation. State restricts offshore outsourcing in this contract.

TN F&A Premise Wiring, Equipment Installation, Configuration Services RFP 529/000-06-03 due tomorrow (12/3).

TN Gen. Svcs. Invitation to Bid on Thin-Client Systems SWC 3051, ITB 2051619,here.

Metro Nashville RFP 03-153 (Amend.) for Mainframe Hardware Support and Technical Support, due Dec. 4.

Metro's Business Continuity RFP 03-139 netted proposals from AT&T, Computer Security Consultants Inc., Strohl Systems, Sungard Recovery Service, by the Oct. 31 deadline.

IRS set to resolve disputes online, New York Times, Dec. 1, here.

Government rules boost data-storage industry as companies must retain more data, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 27, here.

Alabama Technology leader criticizes Congress for reducing funding for Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Birmingham Bus. Journal, Nov. 18, here.


PayMaxx gets a slice of the Domino's pie, signs franchisee association, release Dec. 2, here.

Comdata's Stored Value Systems wins Panera business, Nov. 25, Nash. Bus. Journal, here. Comdata release, Nov. 25, here.

Samuel F. Miller joined Stites & Harbison PLCC Nashville office as member of IP & Technology group, focusing on patent and trademark litigation. Innovation newsletter (p. 4, 10/03).

Bill Buzby named Web developer at Mailnet Services, Tennessean, Nov. 30, p. 5E, scroll down here. Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 28, p. 13, not on web.

Callum Davidson named senior consultant at Oakwood Systems Group, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 28, p. 13, not on web.

Joy Conkwright to vice president with Business Automation Systems, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 28, p. 13, not on web.


Senator Bill Frist among supporters of funding for Memphis Regional Medical Center, New York Times, Nov. 27, here.

Verizon call center at Murfreesboro braces for wireless local number portability, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 28, p. 15., here.

Customers' online access now reduces costs for FedEx and UPS, AP via Commercial Appeal, Nov. 29, here.

Schurman Fine Papers' mid-TN distribution facility will benefit from the firm's adoption of Red Prairie's supply-chain technology, release, Dec. 2, here.

Chattanooga technology-worker training gets $500K federal grant, announced by Rep. Wamp, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Nov. 29, C1, (sub and search) here.

Chattanooga: International InsideNetwork provides news globally by e-mail; relocated headquarters from Poland to Tennessee, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Nov. 29, C1 (sub and search) here.

ORNL gets new lease on life, (column), Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 1, here.

Eaststate Bi-Los get new biometric fingerprint system for check-cashers, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 1, here.

Intergraph alleges Intel violates patents, Birmingham Bus. Journal, Dec. 1, here.

Aristotle pushing cheap Internet services in Memphis campaign, Commercial Appeal, Nov. 26.

CTI Molecular released new PET/CT scanner, yesterday, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 2, here.

Mike Harrison, Chattanooga Online pioneer, sells out to start Geeklabs, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dec. 2, C1, (sub and search), here.

Levi Strauss Virtual Women's Center, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 1, here.


DATA CENTER MARKUP LANGUAGE (Update): Data-Center Markup Language Organization expands to 44 members, DCML release, Nov. 25, here. Background, See "Resources" section of Nov. 25th News Summary, here.

The Healthcare Informatics 100 listing (6/03), here.

Use of IT on college campuses: Campus Computing Project 2003 report, link. Report touches on IT infrastructure, ERP implementation, student downloading, etc.

Future of practice-management software, Column by Terry Saltsman of Crosslin, Vaden & Assocs., Nashville Medical News, p. 21, Nov. 03, scroll down here.

Nashville online buying tops, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 27, here. Nashville Post, Nov. 27, here.

CIO Magazine survey now sees smaller tech-spending gains in 2004, Investors Business Daily, Dec. 1, here.

Robert Half Assocs forecast IT hiring in states, Austin Bus. Journal, Nov. 24, here. Also CFO hiring, here. Tech hiring, here. Applications Development hottest specialty, here. IT skills most in demand, here.

Eight major, fundamental challenges still facing the Tech industry, Wall St. Journal, Nov. 17, (sub) here.

India aims to calm U.S. outsourcing fears, launches lobbying efforts to counter complaints about loss of U.S. High-tech jobs, Wall St. Journal, Nov. 13, (sub) here.

Complaints regarding Internet/e-commerce, telecom, cable are large, but not worst, according to National Assn of Consumer Agency Administrators, AP via Tennessean, Nov. 27, 4E, here, not on web. Clarion-Ledger, Nov. 26, here.

Sociologist finds data and networking capabilities of Online communities like Friendster change social rules, boundaries, relationships and experiences, New York Times, Nov. 27, here.

Twilight of the PC Era? Newsweek, Nov. 24, 2003 issue, here. Online Forum with Bill Gates, transcript, Nov. 24, here.

IBM software-development will target specific industries, in shift from four-year-old middleware strategy, Information Week, Dec. 1, here.

Small CRM providers can survive as big players move downmarket by seizing niches, Information Week, Dec. 1, 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) Harrah Entertainment CIO John Boushy speaks today at 2 p.m. CST, FedEx Institute of Technology, Commercial Appeal, Nov. 28. Details, here.

* (Dec. 3) East TN Technology Council seminar, "Utilizing Customer Data to Develop Strategies that can Increase Sales and Foster Business Development," Marcelle Morgan of MarketVision and Fred Hess of NetLearning. 8 a.m.-Noon, Register (865) 220-2020 or

(Dec. 3) Directors and Officers Liability Risks, panel on retaining, protecting the best public or private board members, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, with Nashville Post magazine.

(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. 17) Tom Rogers, President & CEO of Technology 2020: "Technology Year in Review," 11:30 a.m., $10 members, $20 non-members, $5 students. For speedier check-in, pre-pay online and have a printed name badge waiting for you at the door. or (865) 220-2020 Travel directions.

* (Dec. 18) Project Management Institute, "Holiday Mixer," 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 pm. Holiday Inn Select, details 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.

(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 to be announced, here.

* (Jan. 27) 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.

Nashville Technology Council
For information about Nashville Technology Council programs, services and sponsorships:
Milt Capps or Phone: (615) 743-3168
For previous editions of "News of Nashville Technology," click here.

Join NTC in time
to be included in our