News of Nashville Technology

Wednesday, January 14, 2004 (No. 25)
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The State of Tennessee's long-anticipated, multi-year statewide Premise Wiring and Cabling Services contract, valued in its first year at an estimated $7 Million, seems likely to go to Black Box Network Services(SBC Project Number 529/000-06-03). State Building Commission on Jan. 8 approved State Architect Mike Fitts' recommendation that the "best evaluated proposal" was from Black Box Network Services, a Pittsburgh firm with more than 20 years' midstate presence, with offices in Murfreesboro, Nashville. The award could happen as early as Friday, Jan. 16th.

A TN Economic & Community Development spokesman told NTC yesterday that E&CD may be within two weeks of selecting its first Director of Technology, the leader who will be charged with promoting Tennessee's tech resources and other duties. Job description, here.

CLARCOR Inc.'s relocation to Nashville from Rockford, IL, means that Pete Nangle, VP - Information Services & CIO, will soon relocate to Nashville, which he has often visited. CLARCOR's IT operations are decentralized globally, but Nangle says his relatively small headquarters tech staff will manage worldwide core functions, including E-commerce, payroll, finance, and security. CLARCOR release, Jan. 8, here. Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 8, here. Associated Press via Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 10, here. Chamber/Governor's release, Jan. 8, here. Tennessean, Jan. 9, here. The City Paper, Jan. 9, here.

Jeff Duncan, Louisiana Pacific Corp.'s VP-CIO, has begun his relocation to Nashville. He's the only IT staff member that LP currently plans to relocate from Portland. For background on this corporate headquarters move, see Oct. 7 news summary.

Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz says unique licks will fuel market for digital guitars, Associated Press via Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 10, here. Gibson site, here.

Bondware, 10 years old this spring, reports additional clients:Medical News Incorporated, Birmingham; Royal Media Group, New York City; Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro) and The Review Appeal (Franklin), have all begun using web-management and/or E-commerce and ad-content manager tools in their Bondware sites. Bondware also cites E-commerce adoptions by Fox Den Interiors, which had previously relied on e-Bay; and, by Central South Distribution (Christian Music).

Former Advocat exec Rinne offers Career Imaging's vid-embedded resumes for jobseekers, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 1, Jan. 9, here.

Metro Schools IT resources grow stronger: Nashville's public schools expect to turn on the district's new Library Management System, now being implemented by The Library Corp. (Inwood, WVa.) by the end of February. TLC got the assignment in October. At the same time, 4GL School Solutions (Towson, Md.) is preparing for a pilot this spring with participating Metro teachers, who will be provided support for development of individualized education plans (IEPs). Meanwhile, Chancery (BC Canada) continues to implement the massive Student information and management system for Nashville's Metro Schools; and, Metro's high schools are expected to use SMS for registering students for the 04-05 schoolyear.

This Friday brings Nashville's 2nd Wildcard of the winter, when student-entrepreneurs participate in a special round of the prestigious national Venture Capital Investment Competition; teams are from Arizona, Georgetown, Georgia, Notre Dame, Purdue, Wake Forest. Visit the Wildcard page here, or write Owen GMS host team member Doug Owen here.


Later today, the State's data-entry services RFP 03-110 is likely to produce a best-evaluated proposer from among bidders: Knoxville Computer Corp.; Office at Home Enterprises Inc. (OffSite Works); AST Medical Services/Internet Medical Billing Services; Health Data Inc.; The Data Entry Company (TDEC); Genesis Inc.; Empower Facility Services. A note regarding the notification of bidders may be posted this morning here.

On Monday (1/12), Gartner Inc. learned it had been identified as the best-evaluated proposer responding to Tennessee OIR's RFP 317.03-109 for IT research and advisory services. Other bidders were Forrester Research, META Group, Jupiter Research.

Monday, also, the State's salient Powerbuilder RFP 03-111 attracted bids from PowerObjects, Inc.; Sybase; Drexel Technical, Inc.; Computer Aid, Inc.; HCL Technologies (Mass.), Inc.; Digital Fusion Solutions, Inc.; Comforce; SCB Computer Technology, Inc.; KBM; Zycron Computer Services, Inc.; Majestic Systems Integration, Inc. Evaluation expected this week.

Metro Schools seeks a technology partner to manage employment applications; questions on RFP due by Friday; bidders conference Jan. 20, proposals currently due by Feb. 7. RFP 03-180.

Metro Nashville's RFP 03-168 for an array of IT services has an amended deadline for proposals: Jan. 26, RFP here.

TN State Finance and Administration seeks comments on the State's RFP and bidding processes; see invitation for comments here, due before February 3.

MISSING OUT ON BID-NESS?Tennessee IT contracting and purchasing actions are always underway, somewhere. E.g., Computer Voice Stress Analyzer services (205-1645) went to National Institute for Truth Verification (NITV); Wincati CI-3 call-center support purchases (-1642) went to Sawtooth Technologies. Other recent actions: Call Management IS services (-0506), to Applied Digital Solutions; PDA Systems and Peripherals (-0611), to Pomeroy Computer; Palm PDA purchases (-1576), to Ergonomics Group and SAI Corp. Note: Wireless Communications Devices bids (-1910) will open Jan. 15, while Thin Client bids (-1619) will open Jan. 30th. Use RFP/ITB-monitoring links provided below, and check back issues of this news summary.

Humble, Shipkowski says Homeland Security grants will be easier to get for Mid-Tn counties buying technology, communications, equipment, training, Tennessean, Jan. 10, 1B, here.

TennCare fraud not widespread, according to interpretation of ChoicePoint and other analyses, Tennessean, p. 3B, Jan. 13, here. See also NTC news summary of Jan. 7 for more on ChoicePoint work, here.

Tennessee House of Representatives will present some legislative sessions via streaming video,, Jan. 12; link to House video, here.

TN Atty Gen Summers challenges TRA's allowing BellSouth tariffs to go into effect without hearings, Tennessean, 3E, Jan. 10, here. BellSouth seeks local-service rate hike, Chattanooga Times Free Press, C1, Jan. 10, (sub and search) here. U.S. Supreme Court ruling favors Regional phone companies, Commercial Appeal, Jan. 14, scroll down here. Wall Street Journal, Jan. 14, (sub) here.

IBM-Dollar General sales and purchases apparently questioned by SEC, Tennessean, 1E, Jan. 10, and 6E, Jan. 9. Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 9. Dollar General statement. IBM Statement here.

Federal grand jury continues probe of Sundquist-era contracts, including technology services, Tennessean, 4B, Jan. 8, here. AP via Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 9, here.

Reporter notes Metro Government's web site has no easily navigable page for public-meetings schedules; but, between the Metro site here and the Metro 3 government-access television page here, you can find most meetings, Tennessean, Jan. 11, 19A, scroll down here.

New Department of Safety Title and Registration User System (TRUST) will facilitate car titling statewide, Tennessean, 4B, Jan. 9, here.

IRS employees in Nashville will be eliminated through back-office consolidation at Memphis, other centers, Tennessean, Jan. 9, 4B, here. Related: Memphis Commercial Appeal, here. IRS restructuring, Washington Post, here.

Rep. Bart Gordon says President's space agenda seems "logical, affordable, doable," Washington Post, Jan. 10, here. Gordon's earlier elevation to ranking Dem on Space-Science Committee, release here. More on Gordon's committee rise, Tennessean, scroll columns Jan. 11 & Dec. 21.

SAIC will serve Huntsville, other NASA installations under $826 Million contract, NASA here.

GAO advises rescinding EDS contract, Jan. 6, Washington Post, here.

Don't put Internet into hands of any government, Tennessean editorial, Dec. 29, 10A, here.

Friends of Radnor Lake employ GIS technologies to preserve Radnor Lake State Natural Area, Tennessean, 1B, Dec. 27.


Save the date: Nashville Capital Network's program on raising outside capital, Wednesday, Feb. 18, will feature discussion by well established entrepreneurs, investors and service partners. For further details, write Sid Chambless, NCN executive director. 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Averbuch Auditorium, Owen GSM, Vanderbilt.

Stites & Harbison absorbs Larson & Taylor intellectual property firm in Alexandria, Va., Nash. Bus. Journal, P. 1, Jan. 9, here. Stites release, here.

Southeast Capital Partners, formerly TennesSeed Fund, succumbs to shortage of capital, Rogers of Tech2020 vows to stay in the venture-capital field, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 12, here.

Private Business Jan. 19th shareholder vote, Tennessean, Dec. 30, here. Private Business inks ClubCorp for inventory analysis/planning, NBJ, Jan. 8, here. Related story, Tennessean, Jan. 9, here.

Nashville's PuzzleVision offers "The American Presidents," DVD-based interactive historic trivia, Tennessean, Jan. 12, here.

Tarver at helm, LBMC launches eHealth Solutions, Nashville Medical News, p. 3, Jan. 04, scroll through here. Related, scroll Nov. 25 summary, here.

Salix Ventures leads $8.6 million investment in Ancillary Care Management, p. 3, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 9, here.

Council Ventures relocates to 2d Avenue from AmSouth Center, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 9, here.

More funding to Essent, The City Paper, Jan. 9.


Vanderbilt Center for Better Health, Accenture launch healthcare IT research project, release, Jan. 12, here; Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 12, here.

Metro's Stratford High School IT Academy (SITA) is helping to groom Nashville's next generation of IT professionals, thanks to partnership with CITE and support of National Science Foundation. SITA offers concentrations in networking, hardware and cabling technology (CISCO), Web design, Networking Operating Systems. The Academy's inauguration party is Jan. 22, 7 p.m., Stratford High School, 1800 Stratford Ave. (37216), maps here. For more info, write Newt Rowland, here.

Nashvillian Lori Jones has been tapped to serve in a new post, director-information technology for Bridgestone Diversified Products, headquartered near Indianapolis. She previously served as manager-E-commerce for Nashville-based Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire. As of Jan. 9, no decision had been announced regarding whether or not Jones' former E-commerce job here would be filled. Related broader article, Tennessean, Jan. 9, p. 6E, here.

Sheryl Myers has joined NotifyMD as vice president-marketing and business development, Tennessean, 4E, Jan. 11, scroll here.

Paul Johnson named business analyst at SmartDM, release Dec. 22, here. Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 13, Jan. 9. Tennessean, Jan. 11, 4E, scroll here.

Mary Beth Crowe, a certified programmer/web-component developer, joined Healthcare Management Systems Inc., supporting marketing/sales, Tennessean, scroll here.

Avondale Partners LLC hires eight, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 8. Tennessean, Jan. 9 scroll here.

Judy Girard, formerly president of the Food Network, is relocating to Nashville to lead the Nashville-based Shop At Home network, also owned by E.W. Scripps Co. Release, Jan. 12, here.


Jim Phillips will depart leadership of FedEx Institute of Technology at University of Memphis, tells NTC he's looking at private-sector leadership opportunities in both new and existing ventures. Related story, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Jan. 10, here. Earlier Information Week recognition of Phillips' national influence, here. Knox. News Sentinel item, Jan. 12, here.

Clarity (Plantronics) hearing-technologies maker chooses Chattanooga over its California site, Jan. 12, release here.

Knoxville's Direct Integration Specialists opens office in Chattanooga, Chattanoogan, Jan. 12, here.

Bechtel's IT mover-and-shaker Fred Wettling loves the Oak Ridge/ORNL region, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 12, here.

Memphis-based Elvis Presley Enterprises chooses New York City's Clarity Payment Solutions for prepaid Elvis giftcards, BW release, Jan. 13, here. Elvis card, Commercial Appeal, Jan. 14, here.

Knoxville's Regal Entertainment Group selects Fujitsu Transaction Solutions for POS, Jan. 12, release here.

NextWave Learning is the new name of the Chattanooga-based firm previously known as, all of which remains a business of Market Analysis & Research Systems, LLC, (MARS). Times Free Press, G2, Jan. 11, here.

First Tennessee's First Horizon Merchant Services unit buys DirectNet loyalty and gift-card system from POS/ware, Commercial Appeal, Jan. 13, scroll here.

FedEx economist sees strong '04 for economy, but higher long-term unemployment, Commercial Appeal, Jan. 14, here.


OFFSHORING: America's IT execs view offshoring with alarm, push new Computer Systems Policy Project, San Jose Mercury News, Jan. 8, here. the executives' report, here and background on the CEO alliance, here. SJ Merc-News columnist expresses cynicism, SJ Merc News, Jan. 9, here.

HIGH TECH INITIATIVES: Baltimore lures biotech. New York puts $620 Million into breeding tech jobs. Utah invests $470 Million to have 'best fiber-optic net' in the nation.

MICROSOFT security patches released yesterday leave questions, Washington Post, Jan. 13, here.

Moberly of Knowledge Protection Strategies (Memphis) says business must protect information assets, Memphis Bus. Journal, Jan. 12, here.

Nashville songwriters feeling file-sharing leaves them "on the Titanic," mention, New York Times, Jan. 5, here.


IT'S BACK! The NTC & WilliamsonWorks TECH AFTER HOURS, Tuesday, Jan. 27th, 2004- Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Join NTC's most popular business networking and exhibit event. Register now to establish your company's presence in this high-energy gathering of tech execs. The details are right 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:

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).

(Jan. 15) InfraGard of MidTN: Andy Bedlack, Wackenhut Security on "Physical Security," Belmont's Massey School of Business, 4th floor. 2-4 p.m., details here.

* (Jan. 16) Wildcard round of the national Venture Capital Investment Competition at Owen Graduate School of Management.

* (Jan. 20) President George Bush, State of the Union Address.

* (Jan. 22) Stratford High School IT Academy inauguration. See Partnerships, above.

(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.

(Jan. 27) NE Tennessee Technology Council annual meeting, 8 a.m., Kingsport, details here. Speaker: James Human, Data Solutions Mgr., Verizon Wireless.

* (Jan. 27) Martin Luther King Celebration Lecture, Vanderbilt School of Engineering, Dr. Lonnie Sharpe Jr., Massie Chair of Excellence, Tennessee State Univ. re: need for more minority students in engineering, science, mathematics. "Turning yesterday's dreams into Tomorrow's realities," 4 p.m., Featheringill Hall, Room 134, 400 24th St. S., VU campus.

* (Jan. 27) Women in Technology of Tennessee(WiTT): Members- and prospective members-only luncheon to discuss planning and related. For info, write Colleen Grissom or call (615) 876-6699.

(Jan 28) - East TN Tech Council, Alan Hammersmith, CIO at CTI Molecular Imaging, "Taming Killer Projects," details here or contact or (865) 220-2020.

(Feb. 2) Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen's "State of the State Address."

* (Feb. 5) NTC Tech Roundtable, Presenting: David DeBusk, AVP-IT Strategy at BMI, University Club, Vanderbilt.

(Feb. 12) AITP Nashville -Implementing Enterprise Wide Software, Neal Ashmun - Gallagher Financial Systems, Sheraton Music City Hotel, details here.

* (Feb. 18)Nashville Capital Network panel discussion on raising capital will include established entrepreneurs, investors and service partners. For further details, write here. 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Averbuch Auditorium, Owen GSM, Vanderbilt.

(Feb. 25) East TN Tech Council, Jeff Wadsworth, Director of Oak Ridge Nat. Lab., details or contact or (865) 220-2020.

(March 4) NTC Tech Roundtable, University Club, Vanderbilt.

(March 11) AITP Nashville - Field Trip,Tennesse Titans, Russ Hudson, IT Director, Sheraton Music City Hotel, details here.

(Mar 24) East TN Tech Council, Mike Ragsdale, Knox County Mayor, details or or (865) 220-2020.

(April 1) NTC Tech Roundtable, University Club, Vanderbilt.

(April 8) AITP Nashville - Starting Your Own IT Business, Bob Chaput - American Technology Group, Sheraton Music City Hotel, details here.

* (April 13-14) Clinical IT Bootcamp, Vanderbilt Center for Better Health, details here.

(May 6) NTC Tech Roundtable, University Club, Vanderbilt.

(June 1-3) Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit, Knoxville.

(June 3) NTC Tech Roundtable, University Club, Vanderbilt.

(2004) Owen GSM Vanderbilt University, Executive Programs Calendar here.

Nashville Technology Council
For information about Nashville Technology Council programs, services and sponsorships:
Milt Capps or Phone: (615) 743-3168
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