News of Nashville Technology

Wednesday, December 10, 2003 (No. 22)
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* * * Vote Now... in NTC's Middle Tennessee IT Business Confidence Poll: Q: How do you think Information Technology businesses IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE will fare during the Jan-Feb-March quarter of 2004, COMPARED WITH results in Oct-Nov-Dec 2003? Express your opinion and see results here.

New Technology Director for Tennessee: The Department of Economic and Community Development is recruiting the state's first ECD Director of Technology. The job description is posted here and candidates may submit their materials for consideration via E-mail to Paula Davis, ECD's assistant commissioner for policy and administration; or, via the Office of the Commissioner, Department of Economic & Community Development TN Tower Building 312 Eighth Avenue North, 11th Floor Nashville, TN 37243-0405. For background on this initiative, please see the NTC News Summary of Oct. 15, 2003, here.

WebMD Envoy gets new leader,, Dec. 9, here. WebMD extends MediFax-EDI stock purchase review period, Dec. 1, 8K filing, (reported, Dec. 4), company statement (see SEC Filings) here. The City Paper, p. 11, Dec. 10, here. The Tennessean, 1E, Dec. 10, here. Oct. 22 corporate release re proposed purchase, (see Releases) here.

Metro area's 'Disease Tracker' database helps Metro Health, Vanderbilt, others track illness trends, medical purchases, The City Paper, p. 1, Dec. 10, here.

Nashville's IMUSIC Group masters the art of instant-burning CDs for fans as they leave live concerts; bands that own their music are advantaged, Tennessean, 1A, Dec. 3, here.

In Dickson, Renaissance Center's3D University Animation Director and 3D Buzz founder Jason Busby is gaining global attention for 3D and education for Renaissance Center and 3D Buzz. Busby offers tips for using sofware-development tools for video-game development via New York Times, Dec. 4, here. Earlier xsibase interview with Busby (1/03), here.

BellSouth tops Yankee Grp report on satisfaction among Technologically Advanced Families, Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 9, here. BellSouth release, Dec. 9, here.

PalmGear opens China route, Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 9, here. Tennessean, Dec. 10, here.

Cinram International Inc., DVD and VTape manufacturer opens distribution center in La Vergne, still mum on whether it will seek state incentives, The City Paper, p. 11, Dec. 10, here. Tennessean, Dec. 3, here. Cinram Intl hub chooses Nashville over Memphis & Louisville, Memphis Bus. Journal, Dec. 9, here.

Schneider Electric/Square D outsource to Keane effects Nashville staffing, Release, Dec. 8, here.

RIAA file-sharing assault targets Nashville resident, Tennessean, 12/4, p1A, here.

Automated clearinghouse designer Goldleaf Technologies in Brentwood is market leader among community banks; spent more than $1 million converting ACH to Web-based system, Nash. Bus. Journal, P. 1, Dec. 5, here. merges with Streamlogics of Toronto; Streamlogics accelerates U.S. entry, Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 5, here. moves off Music Row, City Paper, Dec. 3.

Image Microsystems will refurbish Dell Inc. computers, Dec. 3, The City Paper, here.

DigiScript's Edward Pearson and 100 investors change leadership, business plan in bid for success, Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 5, p. 11, here.

Technology Partners, Education Networks of America (ENA) remain in investigative spotlight, Tennessean, Dec. 4, 4B, here.

Nashville improved to 6th place nationally (up from 15th) in Top 10 Digital Cities ranking. Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 8, here. City Paper, p. 1, Dec. 9 here. Digital Cities release here.

A decade after going public, Tractor Supply's technologies are key to tracking weather, managing inventory, achieving profits, Tennessean, Dec. 7, here.


Forrester Research, META Group, Jupiter Research and Gartner, Inc. submitted proposals last week in response to the State OIR's RFP for IT Research and Advisory Services is due Friday (12/5), RFP 317-03.109.

To examine city's security, Hendersonville Mayor Fuqua partners with Northpoint Software & Services Inc., Tennessean, Dec. 9, here.

National Science Foundation grants for advancing IT applications for e-Government. Full proposals due March 1, 2004, program solicitation here.

This week, National League of Cities convention participants examine Metro/Davidson consolidation; some attendees cite computer software differences as impediment elsewhere, Tennessean, Dec. 9, here.

XO-Nashville GM Jeff Lovejoy comments on telcom deregulation, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 28, p. 16, here. RBOC future analysis, New York Times, Nov. 24, here.

TENNESSEE IT PRIORITIES -- Today's quarterly meeting of the State OIR's Information Systems Council (State Data Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.) is expected to include updates on TennCare systems, HIPAA, Network Infrastructure policy, ERP update, Website/eGovernment update; approaches to state funding of regular 4-year PC hardware refresh cycles; RIM/Blackberry initiative update. State Chief Information Officer Richard Rogenhaugh told the NTC Roundtable Thursday (12/4), that OIR must often say "no" to some new solutions, because "we've got to play catchup first," placing immediate emphasis on such things as developing standards, policies, procedures; TennCare priorities; standardizing and integrating platforms; network security; filling basic government-wide requirements for PCs; aggressive IT training (including CyberAcademy); ERP (steering committee has been formed); project management training, and other tasks. Meanwhile, new RFPs for RIM/Blackberry (data, data/telephony, push-to-talk), Pagers, new desktop scheduling software, tablet PCs, are on the horizon. Today's ISC agenda. ISC roster here.

Related State IT news: State OIR Chief Rognehaugh expects new TennCare IT system to be in place by statutory deadline of Dec. 31, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 4, here. F&A Commissioner Goetz says he's hopeful, but not counting his chickens; report says EDS missed mandated deadlines, must pay liquidated damages; Governor may lay out 'radical' reform in January, The City Paper, Dec. 5, p. 1, here. Also: Goetz told Gov. Bredesen during 2004-05 budget hearings (11/20) that he's working to ensure all IT positions that can be converted to employee from contractor status are converted by Dec. 31. Governor also asked Goetz to report during roughly next 90 days on how the state could standardize GIS applications. Budget-hearing streaming video (Win), here.

Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation invitation to bid on Financial Accounting System Products and Services, issued Dec. 5, deadline, Dec. 19. ITB here.

Lottery request for qualifications for Web hosting services, due Dec. 12, details here.

State of Tennessee RFP 317.05-020 Electronic Payment and Processing Services, issued Dec. 5, preproposal conference Dec. 17, LoIs Dec. 19, deadline Jan. 26, 2004.

Further information on current State RFP's: see News Summary of Dec. 2,here.


Symbion IPO could augur well for further offerings, says Wylly of Brentwood Capital, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 17, Dec. 5, here.

Steve Byington named CFO for Smart Data Strategies, Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 5, p. 15, not on web.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz recognized by National Law Journal for growth, Tennessean, 3E, Dec. 10, here.

Avondale Partners LLC lead manager for secondary offering planned by Vitran Corp., Toronto transportation/logistics firm, Tennessean, Dec. 4, scroll here. Vitran Rel., Nov. 26, here.

Private Business Inc. will sell controlling interest of firm to Lightyear Fund, LP, New York. City Paper, Dec. 9, here. Tennessean, Dec. 8, here. Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 8, here. PB release, Dec. 8.

Relegent signs 'Discovery Hospital' deal with Discovery Communications, City Paper, Dec. 4, here.

Asurion finalizes Nashville headquarters lease, Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 4, here.

SCB Computer Technology (CIBER) loss of Kentucky contract pushed it into red for quarter, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 5, here. SCB swings to loss, Memphis Bus. Journal, Dec. 4.

Protiveris acquires Oak Ridge sensor-technologies license, Dec. 3, Release.

Knoxville's Provectus Pharmaceuticals biotech play gets $500K from NY and Israeli investors, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 6, here. Provectus strikes deal with Newfound, rel., Dec. 8, here.


MTSU Poll: Tennessean express greater confidence in economy, Tennessean, Dec. 6, here.

East TN: Economy suffering, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 4, here.

Saturn's role within General Motors is in flux, Tennessean, Dec. 8, 1E, here. Saturn Union agreement may evaporate, Bloomberg via Tennessean, 1E, Dec. 10, not on web.

COBOL 'Spaghetti' at top of Cook Systems menu: Memphis firm forms Regeneration partnership with BluePhoenix Solutions, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 6, here.

British Informa Group AGRA Division acquires Sparks Cos., Inc., Memphis commodities data and analysis firm, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 6, here.

Memphis' Interactive Solutions wins Kemmons Award for Emerging Business, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 6, here.

Skyline Exhibits' management reports success, moves to larger digs in La Vergne, Tennessean, Dec. 3, here.

Memphis to join cities with '211' social-services answer-line, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 7, here.

U.S. House budget proposal would give UT-Knoxville role in renewable energy, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 9, here. However, Senate postpones budget action til January, Wash. Post, Dec. 10.

Chattanooga will receive federal funds for Enterprise Center and Connect-the-Valley tech-commercialization and jobs-creation initiative; fuel-cell technology trials will be one focus, The Chattanoogan online, Dec. 5, here. Also, Dec. 6, p. 1, Chattanooga Times Free Press, (sub and search), here.

Knoxville/Etowa's NuMarkets spreads eBay-linked franchise, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 8, story here and NuMarkets profile here.

Tech savvy and Web exposure draw Eaststate firms into international trade -- ready or not! Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 7, here.

Pilot Travel Centers partners for infrastructure with Idleaire Technologies and, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 9, here and Dec. 10 here.

Oak Ridge Y-12 facility now supporting NASA Jupiter mission, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 8, here.

Memphis video-conference facility provides access by hour, Comm. Appeal, Dec. 10, here.


State's technology centers may not be able to absorb applicants spurred by Tennessee Lottery Scholarship Program, The City Paper, Dec. 5, p. 1, here.

EDS contributes funding for Nashville State Community College diversity scholarships, NSCC release, Dec. 8, here. EDS Release, here.

Center for IT Education at NSCC unveils new websiteat .


The NTC Software Developers Roundtable's new steering committee will meet in mid-January. Membership criteria are being finalized, with emphasis on representation from NTC Member firms that develop, market and license software. For further information, write here.

Available: National Science Foundation grants for Information-Technology Research in support of National priorities for advancing science and engineering; exploring economic prosperity and vibrant civil society in an environment of distributed-information systems; and, national and homeland security. Letter of Intent required Jan. 14, 2004; Full proposal deadline, Feb. 24, 2004. NSF Requirements, here.

NTC forms Legal Committee: A committee of NTC member-attorneys, chaired by Chris Sloan of Boult Cummings Connors and Berry PLC, began producing briefing papers on topics of importance for technology executives and those who support tech firms. The first briefing paper, with others soon to follow, was posted earlier this year on the NTC Legal Corner webpage, here. Sloan and NTC President David Condra recently met with other Legal Committee members to discuss expanding the committee's roll, including the possibility of the committee regularly producing programs discussing legal topics of interest to NTC members. One program under discussion would be targeted toward issues most important to companies that develop, market and license their own proprietary software. The other members of the committee are Randy Michels of Stitles & Harbison, Adin Lara of Miller & Martin, Jason Epstein of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, and Derek Hughey of Bass, Berry & Sims. For further information about Legal Corner or about the Legal Committee, write Sloan here.

ISSA VP Rasmussen says corporate execs are 'all over the map' when it comes to cybersecurity, warns technology, alone, cannot counter threats, transcript from Dec. 5 online discussion, Washington Post, here. Corporations under pressure at CyberSecurity Summit, New York Times, Dec. 4, here.

Nation's IT execs meet again Dec. 17 with Congressman Adam Putnam (R-FL-12) to discuss corporate self-governance on security issues. Related background: NTC News Summary of Nov. 11, here. Also related, Knoxville News Sentinel, Dec. 8, here. Also, Homeland's Tom Ridge says tech groups must collaborate to avoid federal controls over security, AP via Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 4. Wall Street Journal, Dec. 3, here. The Cybersecurity Summit workplan, ITAA summary, Dec. 4, here.

Terrorism: Markle Foundation urges creation of decentralized information network to improve communications among responders, Washington Post, Dec. 2, here.

Dept. of Homeland Security among federal agencies earning an " F " for computer security, Washington Post, Dec. 9, here.

Project Management Institute announces Nashville board; Produce Alliance announces technology and other execs, Tennessean, Dec. 6, scroll down here.

e-Commerce: Foul weather drives buyers to the Web, AP in Commercial Appeal, Dec. 9, here.

Outsourcing the CIO function? An Information Week report, Dec. 8, 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. 10) Deloitte & Touche report on "top mega sites in the region" for Memphis Regional Economic Development Council, event details here.

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

* (Dec. 16) (new date) Project Management Institute, Nashville chapter, Holiday Mixer, 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 pm. Holiday Inn Select, 2613 West End Ave. $15 members, $20 non-members; late $20 for members, $25.00 non-members. Visit here for details and registration.

* (Dec. 17) Technology 2020, Annual Holiday Luncheon, (Change of Speaker) U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, 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. 6) Gov. Phil Bredesen addresses Memphis Chamber's Frontline Politics series, details here.

* (Jan. 8) AITP Nashville, "Legal Aspects of Web Development," Bill Welch, ITT, details on this and future meetings in 2004, here.

* (Jan. 8) Nashville Technology Council Tech Roundtable, Shaun Carrigan, President & CEO, NetContent Inc. Social, 5 p.m.; Dinner, 6 p.m.; Introduction and Program, 6:45 p.m. Details to be announced, here.

* (Jan. 12) Northeast Tennessee Technology Council and ETSU Regional Economic Development Collaborative program on "Information On Business Partnership Opportunities with Oak Ridge National Laboratory," 1:30 p.m., MeadowView Conference Center, Kingsport. Presenters include Alex Fischer, Director of Technology Transfer and Economic Development and Dr. Terry Payne, Manager, Economic Development and Partnerships Technology Transfer and Economic Development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). No charge, registration requested. Details here and reservations 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.

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