News of Nashville Technology

Wednesday, December 17, 2003 (No. 23)
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Still haven't voted in NTC's Middle Tennessee IT Business Confidence Poll? A single 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.

Nashvillian Shane Messer, the successful 28-year-old entrepreneur, IT director for Jeff Hopmayer's Nashville-based Extreme Beverages, and former Aladdin global IT director, now has created an international online hunt for Weapons of Mass Destruction, New York Times, Dec. 17, here. Earlier today, Shane told NTC he'd received more than 100 queries overnight about his new WMD game, which he created as a diversion, and he was interviewed this morning for a Los Angeles radio talkshow. International exposure has been growing for months.

Former digiChart CFO Brad Wear joins Qualifacts,, Dec. 17, here.

Tennessean Athan Gibbs of TruVote would instill confidence in E-Voting integrity, Tennessean, Dec. 14, here. TruVote system tour, here.

NASA Image Science & Analysis Group enlisted in Tennessee's Tabitha Tuders search; Franklin's Project Safe Child served as liaison, Tennessean, Dec. 13, here. Project Safet Child is also teamed with Fingerprint America to collect DNA, fingerprints of children.

Healthcare Management Systems (HMS) announced Monday the firm has signed a contract for HMS Monitor services for Gooding County Memorial Hospital (Gooding, Idaho), representing HMS' second client linked to the St. Luke's system, based in Idaho. HMS Executive Vice President John Doss notes that HMS now has nearly 400 hospital clients, nationwide. HMS plans to launch its new website in January, related info here.

American Fiber announces Vanderbilt University dark-fiber project, BW Dec. 16, here. Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 17, here.

Palm Gear: Power By Hand Holdings Pres.CEO Wuerch explains targeting of China, Tennessean, Dec. 14, 1E. Earlier: Palm Gear's China gambit, Tennessean, Dec. 10, here.

BellSouth projects first-quarter layoffs, Wall Street Journal, Dec. 17, (sub) here. BellSouth adapts to Telcom competitive realities, promises VOIP and related offerings, Tennessean, Dec. 15, here. BellSouth's Chief Product Development and Technology Officer Bill Smith spoke to Lehman Bros. Telecon, Trends & Technology Conference, Dec. 8, (Win/Real Webcast) here.

During the past week, the Zortec International team provided System Z developers with access to the beta version of ZQL Studio, the Zortec ad-hoc query tool for Windows that enables total access to all customer/project data, flexible viewing of Data Dictionary components, ZNet support for connections over networks to Unix machines, and other management, modification, filtering and editing features. Zortec, founded in 1984, was one of the Southeast's earliest entries in legacy system-transformation and rapid-application development tools (RAD), and now boasts more than 45,000 installations in at least 37 nations. The firm is participating in Nashville Technology Council's effort to define and launch an NTC special-interest group for software developers.

ISDN-Net adopts Realtime Blackhole List (RBL) approach for fighting spam, ISDN Dec. 8 statement.

Competition in Digital Video advertising with Internet updates in retail venues, City Paper, Dec. 15, here. Related story on Data Concepts-Eyes On Ad partnership, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 29, here.

Help bring Technology conventions to Nashville! Nashville Technology Council is teaming with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote Nashville as host for national Technology events. Tell our team about the Tech organizations in which you're active, then CVB representatives will contact the national meeting-planning professionals within those organizations, and share with them the Nashville Story. Submit your ideas and information right here. Thanks!

(Re-post) That TN ECD Technology Director job description really 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.


Gibson launches Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox online music service, The City Paper, p. 11, Dec. 16, here. Gibson & Microsoft-Loudeye in music partnership, San Fran Chronicle via Tennessean, 2E, Dec. 16. San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 16. Microsoft release, Dec. 15, here.

Downloadable sheet-music royalties growing rapidly, citing and, Tennessean, 3E, Dec. 11, here.

Local Point Classics LLC in MP3 copyright fight, Tennessean, Dec. 11, here.

Acklen Records, student-run label at Belmont Univ., enters online music space, site here.

iMUSIC applies onsite CD production to events (business meetings, sermons, seminars, etc.), as well as live music performance events. Events pitch, here. Earlier Tennessean story, Dec. 3, here.

NEA provides digi-transcription grant to Country Music Hall of Fame, City Paper, Dec. 11, here.

Microsoft LoudEye project could signal E-music flood, Wash. Post, Dec. 15, here.

Paid digital download could be most active e-commerce seg in '04, NY Times, Dec. 1, here.

Millions flowing into digital-download ventures, Washington Post, Dec. 2, here.


Nation's IT execs are meeting at this hour (12/17) in Washington, D.C., with Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL-12) to discuss corporate self-governance on security issues. Reposting 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.

Note: Additional current Government RFPs are in the summaries of Dec. 10, Dec. 2, here.

The Tennessee Department of Correction and Jacada Ltd. were honored Dec. 9 by the State of Tennessee for their joint project "e-Tomis," application was the result of a project to update the Tennessee Offender Management Information System (TOMIS), a mainframe computing system that 6,000 correctional agency employees use to track 20,000 state inmates, 50,000 people on probation and parole, and 5,000 people in county jails. Jacada release, Dec 10, here.

Tennessee tops in bioterrorism preparedness, AP via TSN and KNS, Dec. 12.

TN Teacher crisis -- To combat Tennessee's worsening shortage of highly qualified, licensed K-12 teachers, the Department of Education Thursday (12/11) issued RFP 331.36-061 as preliminary to securing "Comprehensive, Web-based Teacher Recruitment Services" to market Tennessee educational opportunities, ease the application process, and support recruitment by the statewide public schools, special schools and certain private schools. Narrowly defined RFP requires vendor have existing relationships with career centers, educators. Preproposal conference, Dec. 22. Deadline for proposals, Jan. 16. RFP 331.36-062 specifies the state seeks a "vendor with an existing national database that includes resumes of 4000 or more teachers and other professional educators licensed to teach in Tennessee..." Note: this RFP is complemented by issuance of RFP for instate television-based teacher-recruitment efforts.

Metro Government IS issued RFP 03-168 for IT services, Dec. 13, with deadline Jan. 15, here. Multiple awards for as-needed services contemplated, with assignment described in SOW and bid process.

Metro Schools RFP 03-178 tech infrastructure Data, Voice, AV, Video and end-user equipment - Ethernet, Volition VIP and Safari media-retrieval system, as well as deep school and/or library systems experience are specified considerations. Funding tied to E-rate.

State OIR weighs cost-recovery fees for online data access, Tennessean, 1E, Dec. 11, here. Tennessean editorializes caution, Tennessean, Dec. 15, here.

Gov. Bredesen's Fast Track aims to spur Tennessee job growth, Tennessean, 1E, Dec. 16, here. Commercial Appeal, Dec. 16, here. Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 16, here. Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 15, here. The, Dec. 16, here.

GTECH, Scientific Games now establishing Nashville facilities, Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 15, here.

Pres. Bush signs antispam legislation, Knox. The AP via News Sentinel, Dec. 16, here. New York Times, Dec. 16, here. Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dec. 16, (sub and search) here. Washington Post, Dec. 16, here.

Internet Sales Tax effort on hold in Congress, Washington Post, Dec. 17, here.


AuthentiDate healthcare document imaging enterprise taps Robert Hoover, M.D., associated with Vanderbilt, for advisory board, release, Dec. 10, here.

Turney Stevens, Harpeth Capital: Federal Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) invested nearly $20 million in seed cap in 46 TN ventures in '02, Nash. Med. News, Dec. 03, p. 12, scroll here).

Private Business background story,, Dec. 12, here.

eSpin Technologies Founder and President Jayesh Doshi told NTC (12/16) he'll be adding three PhD's to the half-dozenhe has aboard now, after he finalizes a lease for his Chattanooga incubator-born company in the new Enterprise South industrial park celebrated earlier this week. Gov. Bredesen, Mayor Corker, ECD Commis. Kisber inaugurated "Enterprise South," Dec. 15, The Chattanoogan, here. Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dec. 16, C1, (sub and search) here.

Knoxville Provectus Pharmaceuticals announces up to $1 million offering of common stock, Dec. 16, here. Earlier investment, CNET, Dec. 2, here.

Concord, First Data merger goes through, Dec. 15, here, Memphis Bus. Journal. Concord deal, Memphis Bus Journal, Dec. 12.

Bob Bolen of Bolen Asset Management provides rundown of Healthcare IPOs, Nashville Medical News, Dec. 03, p. 18, scroll here.


Memphis Healthcare IT professionals win national recognition, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 16, here.

Rep. Wamp-driven Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit returns to Knoxville in May, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 16, here.

Tennessee Economic Outlook: Manpower: Nashville hiring will show modest first-quarter improvement, Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 15, here. Forecast for other TN cities, Memphis Bus. Journal, here.

East TN Economic Development agency hosts visiting trade, economic journalists, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 13, here.

Group see Memphis as U.S. independent-music capital, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 11, here. Study measures Music industry's impact on Memphis economy, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 12, here.

Knoxville tech agenda includes Wamp speech, inventors meeting, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 15, here.

AFS of Memphis among IT firms signed by EDS Automotive Retail Group, which announced Dec. 11 that AFS and six other firms will use EDS' DealerSphere information brokerage service for integration to RouteOne's Credit Application Management System within the automotive retail environment. EDS Rel, here.

Genome Explorations' success illustrates Memphis biotech advantage, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 15, here. Memphis pushing biomedical, lifesciences sectors for growth, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 13, here. Earlier, Genome pact with SRI, Memphis Bus. Journal, Oct. 27, here. Biotech in Memphis economy, Memphis Bus. Journal, Dec. 8.

Deloitte's Memphis megasites presentation (12/10), Commercial Appeal, Dec. 11, here.

(Further) City of Hendersonville security assessment by Northpoint Software & Services, Hendersonville Star News, Dec. 10, here. (Star News' earlier coverage, 2/03 and 4/03; Tennessean earlier coverage, 12/9.)

Oak Ridge's Diversified Product Inspections cites $1M d/base-access deal, BW, Dec. 15, here.

Manufacturers Industrial Group (Lexington, TN) and Purchased Parts Group (Memphis) are cited for vendor performance by Johnson Controls, Dec. 15, release here. John Controls announces shelf registration for aggregate $1.5 billion in securities, Dec. 15, statement here.

Payroll processor Paychex opens office in Chattanooga, Dec. 15, BW, here.

PC Systems in Eaststate competes with big players with personal service, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 15, here.

Neologex (Deringer) launches logistics enterprise with suppy-chain emphasis, Dec. 12, Memphis Bus. Journal, here.

Harrah's Entertainment Inc.'s technology arm, which has operations in Memphis, is cited for IT excellence by Ziff Davis, as part of CIO Insight magazine's second annual Partners in Alignment Award, which honored the Las Vegas-based casino company's matching of business strategy with technology to benefit shareholders. According to the judges, Harrah's put together complex tech systems that turn customer understanding into business results. The company is considered a pioneer in computerized customer rewards systems that allow players at one casino to cash in rewards at the company's other properties. Commercial Appeal, Dec. 12, here.


100 Years ago, today: A century after the Wright Brothers' 12-second achievement, the pilot's role is sometimes Systems manager, Washington Post, Dec. 17, here. Memphis expresses gratitude for flight, which has been economic boon, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 16, here. Flight reenactment, Bush visit on tap in NC, today, SHNS via Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 16, here. How the Wright Bros. did what no one else could do, New York Times, Dec. 9, here.

2004 Could be worst year in history for Cybersecurity, Washington Post, Dec. 17, here.

Solid Rebound: US Department of Commerce report on "Digital Economy 2003," released Dec. 16 here; Investors Business Daily, story, Dec. 17, here. Federal reports show tech-sector uptick, Washington Post, Dec. 16, here. Oracle bounce suggests tech-sector recovery, Washington Post, Dec. 16, here.

EDS says it signed more than $270 million in business-process outsourcing agreements globally in past three months, Release, Dec. 17, here.

What about those Oracle earnings? Read Oracle's statements, here.

HealthStream HIPAA learning solutions, site resource, here.

BellSouth begins $10 million "Quality in the Classroom Teaching Initiative," to improve math, science and technology education, Tennessean, 3E, Dec. 11, scroll here. BellSouth release, here.

Nextel's Kay on wireless communications in Construction, Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 15, here.

Cingular Wireless, Nokia donate wireless gear and services for Box 55 volunteer unit supporting Nashville Fire Department, Tennessean, 3E, Dec. 13, here.

Nash. State Tech Community Coll. creates biotech associates degree, City Paper, Dec. 11, here.

Microsoft VP-Security Mike Nash, MS CIO Mike Devenuti discuss Microsoft security initiatives, on-demand webcast, Dec. 16, here.

'03 To Think On:

2003: The Year in Ideas, New York Times Magazine, Dec. 14, here.

World Economic Forum names Tech Pioneers, here. Provides State of Technology assessment and explores question: What is the Next Big Thing? here.

"Doodles, Drafts & Designs" innovation, Smithsonian, Knight Ridder via Tennessean, Dec. 13, here.

Note to Readers: NTC thanks Members and Sponsors for your support, and encourages your direct participation in NTC's numerous, high-caliber programs and initiatives in 2004. Our Tech Roundtable and Tech After Hours series resume in a few weeks; we've begun planning "Technology Nashville 4" for the spring; and, NTC and partner ISSA of Middle Tennessee have their eyes on repeating our successful joint IT Security event, next summer. In addition, a special-interest initiative has begun in the software-development arena, with other initiatives in systems/networks, music and technology and other domains under consideration. We also hope you will consider sponsoring NTC programs. Many thanks and an early Happy New Year!

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. 18) Sen. Bill Frist at Chattanooga Rotary Club, Chattanooga Trade Cntr,, Dec. 12.

(Dec. 18) Project Mgmt Inst. 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 speaks to Memphis Chamber Frontline Politics series, 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., "How businesses are using information content services to educate
employees, build customer relationships and increase sales." Social, 5 p.m.; Dinner, 6 p.m.; Program, 6:45 p.m. Details, 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 Center, Kingsport, with Alex Fischer, Dir. Tech Transfer-Economic Development; Dr. Terry Payne, Mgr. Econ Development/Partnerships, Tech Transfer and Economic Development, Oak Ridge NL. No charge, regis requested. Details here -- 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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