News of Nashville
17, 2003 (No. 23)
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Nashvillian Shane Messer, the successful 28-year-old
entrepreneur, IT director for Jeff Hopmayer's
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, NashvillePost.com, Dec. 17, here.
Tennessean Athan Gibbs
would instill confidence in E-Voting
integrity, Tennessean, Dec. 14, here. TruVote system tour, here.
Systems (HMS) announced Monday the firm has signed
a contract for HMS
for Gooding County Memorial Hospital (Gooding,
Idaho), representing HMS' second client linked to
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.
announces Vanderbilt University dark-fiber
project, BW Dec. 16, here. Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 17, here.
Gear: Power By
Hand Holdings Pres.CEO Wuerch explains
PalmGear.com targeting of China, Tennessean,
Dec. 14, 1E. Earlier: Palm Gear's China gambit,
Tennessean, Dec. 10, here.
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,
International team provided
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
ISDN-Net adopts Realtime Blackhole List
(RBL) approach for fighting spam, ISDN Dec. 8
Competition in Digital
Video advertising with Internet updates in retail
venues, City Paper, Dec. 15, here. Related story on Data
Ad partnership, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Sept. 29, here.
Technology conventions to
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
(Re-post) That TN ECD Technology
Director job description really is
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
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,
sheet-music royalties growing rapidly, citing
musicnotes.com and sheetmusicdirect.com,
Tennessean, 3E, Dec. 11, here.
Local Point Classics
LLC in MP3 copyright fight, Tennessean, Dec.
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,
digi-transcription grant to Country Music Hall of
Fame, City Paper, Dec. 11, here.
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.
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,
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
Metro Government IS
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
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
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 Chattanoogan.com, Dec. 16, here.
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
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.
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).
background story, NashvillePost.com, Dec. 12,
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
Pharmaceuticals announces up to $1 million
offering of common stock, Dec. 16, here. Earlier investment, CNET, Dec. 2,
Concord, First Data
merger goes through, Dec. 15, here, Memphis Bus. Journal. Concord
deal, Memphis Bus Journal, Dec.
Bob Bolen of Bolen
Asset Management provides rundown of Healthcare
IPOs, Nashville Medical News, Dec. 03, p. 18,
WEST / EAST TENN.
Memphis Healthcare IT
professionals win national recognition,
Commercial Appeal, Dec. 16, here.
Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit returns to
Knoxville in May, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec.
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,
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.
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,
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,
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,
Tennessean earlier coverage, 12/9.)
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.
opens office in Chattanooga, Dec. 15, BW,
PC Systems in
Eaststate competes with big players with
personal service, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 15,
launches logistics enterprise with suppy-chain
emphasis, Dec. 12, Memphis Bus. Journal, here.
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.
reenactment, Bush visit on tap in
NC, today, SHNS via Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 16,
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.
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,
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.
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.
Mike Nash, MS CIO Mike Devenuti discuss Microsoft
security initiatives, on-demand webcast, Dec.
'03 To Think
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.
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
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. 18) Sen. Bill
Frist at Chattanooga Rotary Club, Chattanooga
Trade Cntr, Chattanoogan.com, Dec.
(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 --
(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.
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