News of Nashville
11, 2004 (No. 27)
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TN Economic & Community Development
Kisber, (who, with
ECD Technology Director Eric
Cromwell is leading a statewide
technology push), appears before House Finance,
Ways & Means for departmental budget hearing,
1:30 p.m. CT, (click here
then House, then Vid Streaming). He appears before
Senate committee, tomorrow (2/12), 10 a.m. Related
Scott Hubbard, VU alumnus and director of NASA's
in California, free lecture on knowledge of
Mars and Rover missions. 7:30 p.m., Rm 4327,
April 8th! Nashville Technology Council's
annual Technology! Nashville IT Leadership &
Innovation Conference will be Thursday, April
8, 2004, Hilton Suites Nashville, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Speakers already confirmed include Tony Holcombe,
WebMD; Athan Gibbs, TruVote; Cliff
Duffey, Cybera; Chris Pair, HCA;
Jeff Duncan, Louisiana Pacific, and others.
Executives address state of the technology in
Nashville region; update on hot local IT
companies; healthcare information technology; tech
headquarters and employment, other topics. For
more info, visit here or write here.
changes in its top-management ranks,
NashvillePost.com, Feb. 9, here.
From Nashville, BBX's
Ortale launches suit against Kolleger in New York
City, NashvillePost.com, Feb. 9, here. Previous reports on BBX, scroll
Fate of Williamson
presence in the hands of Cendant,
following reorganization, Tennessean, 2E, Feb.
6, here. Related stories, Tennessean, Jan.
30, 1E, here.
Merger finalized, Jan. 31, 3E, Tennessean, here.
Trilegiant release, Jan. 30, here.
Nashville CNA layoffs
prompted in part by purchase Swiss Re's
outsourcing strategy and contract with Computer
Sciences Corp., Tennessean, Feb. 6, here.
call-center not only gets IBM, but Convergys
injections, City Paper, p. 11, Feb. 5, here. The Tennessean, Feb. 5, here.
NY Times, Feb. 5, here.
Ed Carnes, 40,
Group LLC in Franklin, after
stints as director-global IT for SonyATV Music
Publishing, service with Dell Inc., and others.
Carnes Group release, Jan. 5, here. Tennessean exec mention, 4E, Feb.
9, scroll here.
Paulette Jackson joins
Financial as exec vp over IT
and HR, The Tennessean, Feb. 6, here.
CyberAngel's Brad Lide gains U.S. recognition as
stolen laptops are recovered and cybersecurity
story is caught by Reuters, New York Times, Feb.
8, here. CyberAngel, Feb. 3 USA
branding Opry content:
Although there's no further word from Gaylord
Entertainment about deals with record labels,
high-tech archiving of Opry content continues
apace. Steve Gibson, music director for Gaylord
Entertainment's "Grand Ole Opry" broadcast, is
also designing and overseeing Gaylord
Entertainment's audio archive of WSM 650 and Opry
productions, and he tells NTC he's working mainly
on the Nuendo Digital Audio Workstation; employs a
high-end Euphonics recording console; and, most
content is headed for Firewire hard drives. He's
hewing closely to NARAS' recently developed guidelines.
Simultaneously, video archiving is ramping-up
under Gaylord's Television Archive Manager Sandy
Liles, who notes the recent acquisition of a SONY
MPEG IMX (MSWM2000) for use with beta-vid tape
formats. The backdrop for this archiving
initiative was provided in November by The
Tennessean: Grand Ole Opry brand could extend to
line of CDs, DVDs, according to Steve Buchanan,
Gaylord senior vice president of media and
entertainment, Tennessean, Nov. 23/03
and Nov. 20/03.
RACE: Tennesseans in
science, technology, government and related
pursuits are participating the federal
Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive
Through a series of meetings that began yesterday
(2/10) in Memphis, the collaborators are working
to identify points of leverage in Tennessee's
knowledge base that might enable groups within the
state to pursue infrastructure and other grants
designed to strengthen capacity to attract a
greater share of federal research spending.
Further forums are set for Feb. 19, Knoxville;
Feb. 27, Tri-Cities; March 3, Chattanooga; March
22, Nashville. The EPSCoR volunteer committee then meets, March 23. The homepage
for the Tennessee initiative is here.
royalties drop due in part to technologies, while
performing-rights organizations' fortunes
rise, City Paper, Feb. 10, p. 11, here. Rep. Blackburn and Sen. Alexander
to lead Songwriters Caucus in Congress, Nashville
songwriters lobby for right to sue song-swapping
sites like Kazaa and Grokster, seek tax relief on
song-catalog sales, Tennessean, 1E, Feb. 4, here.
Til downloading is easier and cheaper, cheating
will continue, (opinion) The Tennessean, 8A, Feb.
Hours, NTC's business
networking event was a hit, with 250 registered
for the Jan. 27th event at Franklin Marriott
Cool Springs. Sponsoring organizations in addition
to NTC's co-host WilliamsonWorks were Dell
Inc. and Veritas.
Exhibitors were Anode, Bondware, Borland Software
Corp, CITE, Computer Associates, Computer
Professionals, Inc., Compuware, Duthie Associates,
ICG Link, IDeACOM Networks, ISDN-Net, Lancope,
LBMC, MDE Enterprises, Nashville Business Journal,
NationLink Wireless, Southeast Electric, Stites
& Harbison, Tennessee Technological
University, VOLT Information Services. Look for
'TAH' again, May 18th.
NCN Event in 1 Week:
Capital Network's program on the challenges of
raising outside capital, while leveraging
advantages and avoiding pitfalls related to legal,
financial, administrative and structural aspects
of the business. Wed., Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.,
Averbuch Auditorium, Owen GSM, Vanderbilt.
Confirmed panelists are entrepreneurs, investors,
services partners: Katie Gambill, Council
Ventures; Stuart McWhorter, Clayton Associates;
Eddie Pearson, Digiscript; Joe Maxwell, Investment
Scorecard; Stuart Campbell, Stites & Harbison;
Page Davidson, Bass Berry & Sims; Jon
Billington, Ernst & Young. No registration
required. Contact: Sara
PatientEDU (VeriTech Corp.) has opened
mid-TN office to provide patient-education videos
via providers, promising benefits in terms of
patient results, patient satisfaction, provider
liability, etc. p. 3, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 30,
EBM Solutions' Keckley
from Vanderbilt EBM, NBJ, Feb. 5, here. Oct. 28, here.
Graeber will depart
Health Care Council, NashvillePost.com, Feb.
First Consulting Group
secures remainder of Codigent shares,
NashvillePost.com, Feb. 3, here.
GTX biotech venture
begins public trading, Memphis Bus. Journal,
Feb. 3, here.
HIMSS/Phoenix survey shows healthcare
providers not ready for HIPAA transactions,
Feb. 2, here. HIMSS latest news, here.
WebMD/Envoy subject of
Owen GSM e-strategy
competition at Vanderbilt, case statement,
The buzzword today is
"digital hospital," says META Associates executive
Warren Goodwin, Nashville Medical News, Feb.
04, scroll to p. 7 here.
Nine trends in
healthcare informatics, Healthcare Informatics
Online, cover, Feb. 04, here.
Nextrials says it will
kill other bio-IT e-data-capture offerings,
Bio-IT World, Feb. 12, here.
U.S. Department of
Homeland Security internet-security expert Amit
Yoran does live chat (transcription available
later), with Washington Post reporter today at
10 a.m. CT, link here.
expenditures: Tennessee newspapers are reportedly
resisting legislation (Claybough SB2200, Shaw HB2201)
that would amend the TN Code to permit use of
radio, tv, cable, Internet, other electronic media
to make mandatory public notices. Related, The
Tennessean, Jan. 29, 4B, here.
As part of effort to quash efforts of competing
media, Tenn. Press Assn. Exec. Dir. Greg Sherrill
urges newspapers to run public notices on
TN Department of
Correction offers virtual prison tour for the
curious or incorrigible, via web here. Related story, Scripps Howard News
Service via Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 26, here.
sub) proceeds with California business after
regulatory relief regarding documentation of
vital records, NashvillePost.com, Jan. 23, here.
database continues to raise fears regarding
protecting privacy, AP via Times
Free Press (sub) and
Appeal, Jan. 25. Tennessee has
applied to join Matrix, item in Jan. 7 NTC news
summary, scroll here.
Decision on MATRIX database in Tennessee
postponed pending new TBI hire, Commercial
Appeal, Feb. 4, here.
Knox. News Sentinel, Feb. 5, here.
Re: TBI director search process, Jan. 20,
Georgia pulls the plug on MATRIX database, USA
Today online, Jan. 30, here;
more on MATRIX and Tennessee in news summaries
7 and Sept.
Tennessee OIR chief
Rognehaugh looks for creative financing to fulfill
state's ERP and other IT needs, Business
TN magazine, p. 12,
Feb. 04, site in development, text not
Dell Inc. is adhering
to its agreement with Metro Government on hiring
and incentives, according to audit, The City
Paper, p. 1, Feb. 3, here. The Tennessean, 6B, Feb. 3, here.
Dell Inc. incentive package from Metro Government
works as it should, (opinion), Tennessean, 10A,
Feb. 9, here.
other ISPs still discussing tax-collection
changeup with Revenue Commissioner Chumley,
The City Paper, p. 11, Feb. 4, here. TN Internet tax shift is hard on
ISPs, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 29, here.
Court upgrades Web site with polyglot video,
City Paper, Feb. 5, here.
Today is national
"2-1-1" day, as East Tennessee touts value of 211
social-services line, Knox. News Sentinel,
Feb. 9, here. In Mid-Tenn, 2-1-1 social services
helpline could function by August, thanks to United
Way, Tennessean, 5B, Jan. 31, here.
Should BellSouth be
deregulated? Opinions:Yes, by BellSouth's regional
director, Knox. News Sentinel, Feb. 8, here. No, by attorney Henry
Walker of Boult Cummings, Knox. News Sentinel,
Feb. 8, here.
See previous News
Summary issues for contracts, bid
information, archived here.
Advisors, led by John Gerber of Dealerskin and
Cybera ventures, ups the ante,
Nashville Bus. Journal,
Jan. 30, here.
& Co. leads MidSouth Investor Fund in $1.5
million placement for Plano's Engine &
Energy Technology, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 10,
Brentwood -- Ntelagent
Inc., led by Earl Winter, formerly of ClientLogic,
purchases $1.3 million in equipment, opts-in
with Lucent, Genesys ClientCare to push
network-based call-center solutions, Nash. Bus.
Journal, p1, Feb. 6, here.
Databases at Financial
Markets Research Center at Owen GSM/VU supported
by funding from
Interactive Brokers Group, Nash. Bus. Journal, P.
14, Feb. 6.
Pomeroy IT Sols
(NAS:PMRY) reports revenue, earnings
increases, Feb. 10, release here.
banking for technology
sector, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 29, here.
EDS announced Feb. 1
it is deploying "centralized, network-based
infrastructure to accommodate the full range of
[IT] needs for the 450-plus retail outlets of GM's
Saturn unit," release here. Further report on evolving
Saturn-GM relationships, AP via Commercial Appeal,
Feb. 1, here.
clinic group in Washington state for e-health
applications, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 10,
Systems unveils clean-coal
technology, illuminates controversies over
royalties, management, 1E, Tennessean, Jan. 30,
reportedly deposes Yahoo! representatives in
pursuit of alleged inside leaker of corporate
financial information, The Tennessean, Feb. 2, 1E,
CTI Molecular sued by
University of Pittsburgh over revenue and rights
linked to PET/CT scanner, B1, Time Free Press,
Feb. 6, (sub and search) here. Knox. News Sentinel, Feb. 6, here.
CTI exceeds earnings projections, Knox. News
Sentinel, Feb. 4, here.
IPO by GTx Inc. of
Memphis attracts $7 million first day,
Commercial Appeal, Feb. 4, here.
EAST / WEST TENN
Automation Corp., with NASA contract in hand
for jet-powered aircraft, could have role in Mars
space initiative, also gains UTC SimCenter
applause, Times Free Press, p. 13, Feb. 1, here.
Technologies for wireless
messaging and data access, according to CIO
Bob Best, PRN release, Feb. 5. Also at UnumProv:
Guy Fulcher, assistant vice president-information
technology, Unun/Provident, earned CITP, Times
Free Press, C2, Jan. 29, (sub and search) here.
TVA chooses Elance
Procurement/Management solution, Elance rel.,
Feb. 2, here.
Council announces officers, with Matthews to
chair and T.J. Gentle to president/ceo, release,
Feb. 2, here; Chattanoogan.com, Feb. 7, here.
Lawson Software, St.
Paul, Minn., won Knox County payroll
implementation, offered discount to local
school district to piggyback, now awaits March 3
vote. upgrade existing. april 1 deadline: March 3
voting session. march 1 workshop. Eleven bids were
considered by the County for the primary contract.
Hugh Holt, manager of purchasing for Knox County,
told NTC yesterday none of of the bidders was a
Tennessee-based firm. Knox. News Sentinel, Feb.
5 and Feb.
"Nano Valley" and
computer-driven ventures are reasonable goals for
Oak Ridge Corridor, say Oak Ridge National Lab
execs, Times Free Press, Feb. 10, C1, here.
Andrew Meyers, Univ.
Memphis vice provost for research, to head FedEx
Institute of Technology April 5, Memphis Bus.
Journal, Jan. 30, here. Commercial Appeal, Jan. 31, here.
Departing Exec Director Jim Phillips leaves legacy
at UM, Jan. 16, Memphis Bus Jrnl, here.
Noranda and Image
Microsystems recycling tons of Dell, HP products
each day, Tennessean, 1E, Feb. 8, here. Dell Inc. recycling grant helps
eaststate deal with surplus computers, Jan. 29,
Inc. will be cleaning up contamination in Baku,
Azerbaijan, under a contract recently awarded
by State Oil Company. Feb. 6 release, here.
Averitt Express of
Cookeville will provide supply-chain management
services for Mercedes-Benz Alabama plant,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 10, here. Tennessean, 3E, Feb. 11, here.
New Univ. Memphis unit
will commercialize technologies, Memphis Bus.
Journal, Jan. 30, here. U. Memphis pursues $50 Million
National Science Foundation grant with proposal
for Artificial Intelligence and other
applications to improve teaching and learning,
Memphis Bus. Journal, Jan.
Memphis biotech drive
gains momentum with Bredesen, City funding
proposals, Commercial Appeal, Feb. 5, here. Commercial Appeal, Feb.
4. Memphis Bus. Journal, Feb.
3. Chattanoogan.com, Feb.
Information System could link Knoxville's
continuum of care organizations, Knox. News
Sentinel, Jan. 31,
Video-on-Demand now in use in 15 Metro Schools
Streaming via Nashville
Public Television WNPT, Tennessean, Davidson
AM, p. 2, Jan. 30, not on web. NPT continues to
explore with potential government partners and
other users the possible employment (for
instructional, emergency-communications and other
purposes) of the station's broadcast capabilities,
which are due to increase as a result of all tv
stations' federal mandate to establish
digital-broadcasting capabilities. Resource:
Public Television in Tennessee, here.
wins Metro Schools web contract,
NashvillePost.com, Feb. 10, here. See related item, news summary,
Jan. 28, here.
Tennessee Tech student
teams are excelling consistently in Association
for Computing Machinery's annual programming
competition, Tennessean, Feb.
Joseph Dolan named
coordinator, biotechnology program; and, Keith
LeSuer to web/graphic designer, both at Center
for IT Education,
Nashville State Community College, p. 15, Nash.
Bus. Journal, Feb. 6. Tennessean, Feb. 1,
UT Knoxville's Exec
MBA for Aerospace execs is unique, Knox. News
Sentinel, Feb. 7, here.
Microsoft announces critical security
flaws in MS software, Washington Post, Feb.
Consulting Group offers business intel database
on major retailers' IT resources, IHL release,
research: Vanderbilt School
of Engineering Research
overview,here. Research Centers, Institutes and
Groups, including software integrated systems,
bioengineering, other fields, here.
Sink the Tech Comeback:
One of greatest threats
to High-Tech firms' valuation is public policy:
To keep the High-Tech rally alive,
policymakers must exercise forebearance on buyouts
and mergers, recognize role of fierce global
competition on anticompetitive practices, and give
tech industries room to recover, (op-ed), Wall
Street Journal, Feb. 9, (sub) here.
Is your Internet
business a commodity? Here's an article on
differentiating Web-hosting or other services
that are in danger of commoditization and downward
pricing pressure, theWHIR's WehHost news, Feb. 5,
here. Related, price competition for
domain-name registration, WHIR, Jan. 28, here.
Social networking for
business may be the route to profit, New York
Times, Feb. 9, here.
Model: Ingenuity Inc. (Birmingham)
promises first to optimize telecom expenditures,
then spend clients' savings on web and other
technologies. CEO Hayes tells employees to look
for ways to contribute to client improvement,
Birm. Bus. Journal, Jan. 30, here.
OFF-SHORE: (1) Offshoring is 'good' for
America, op-ed, Wall St. Journal, Jan. 28, (sub)
(2) Education is no protection from offshoring,
(opinion), New York Times, Jan. 26, here.
(3) Report warns that services and research and
development may follow manufacturing; economist
says offshoring IT hardware and software lowers
costs to buyers, helps economy, Wall Street
Journal, p. 1, Jan. 26, (sub) here.
(4) Outsourcing option is a crutch for managers of
obsolete organizations, Letter, WSJ, Jan. 15, (sub
Original pro-globalization opinion (1/6) that
triggered writer's response, here.
National IEEE launches local forums on
globalization issues, Jan. 23, IEEE
Jobs shift from
higher-paying to lower-paying industries in 48 of
50 states, Economic Policy Institute, Jan. 21,
"Basics of Patent Law"
briefing paper by Richard S. Myers of Stites &
Harbison PLLC has recently been posted to the
NTC Legal Corner, here.
McElroy of Nashville
Management Group offers "Seven steps" for
eliminating project-management stress, Nash.
Bus. Journal, p. 19, Jan. 23, here.
The Tyranny of Copyright? Internet has forced
consideration of new business models and suggests
further shifts in our understanding of the
commons, NY Times, Jan. 25, here.
Blog: "Wikis" are hot
new tool for collaboration in public, behind
firewalls, San Jose Mercury News, Jan. 25,
here. E.g.'s of Wikis: Wiki
Duthie named president, majority owner of Duthie
Associates, p. 15, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 6.
Tennessean, Feb. 9, 1E, here.
Mike Meyer to senior
manager at North
Highland Co., Brentwood
office, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 15, Feb. 6.
Tennessean, p. 5E, Feb.
Jeff Wreyford to manage Network Services
group, Jan. 23, release, here.
Karen Spacek has been
named principal of NMG
Advisers Inc., the
Memphis Office of Nashville Management Group,
Tennessean, 5E, Feb. 1.
Julie Murphy Burnstein
joined Boult Cummings, with a portfolio
including intellectual property, Tennessean, 5E,
joins Waller Lansden, with portfolio including
venture capital, technology law, City Paper,
p. 12, Feb. 11.
Linda Rebrovick of
BearingPoint, a member of the NTC board of
directors, receives Frist Award from United
Way, for excellence in
volunteer leadership, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 4,
Jason Epstein named
shareholder at Baker
concentrating on eBusiness, technology, corporate
litigation, Tennessean, 5E, Feb.
focusing on intellectual-property litigation,
joins Stites & Harbison, 5E, Tennessean,
Feb. 9, scroll here. The City Paper, p. 12, Feb. 5, not
Payments Systems names Waller Lansden's Howard
Herndon executive vice president and general
counsel, BW release Feb. 9, here. Waller attorney Chase Cole
profiled, p. 13, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 6, here.
Bry Pickett to
software development manager and senior
application architect for the Nashville office
ComFrame, Nash. Bus.
Journal, p. 15, Feb. 6. Also, The City Paper, p.
12, Feb. 5, not on web.
Cooksey appointments at NTC, Nash. Bus.
Journal, Jan. 30, p. 13. The Tennessean, Feb. 1,
Monitoring Metro and
State Requests for Proposals and Bids
here. Lottery procurement policies,
University of Tennessee
UT contracts list, here.
TN Board of Regents IT
City of Knoxville, here.
Knox County, here.
City of Memphis, here.
Shelby County, here.
City of Chattanooga,
And, visit technology
councils' events links:
(Feb. 12) IBM Rational
Software's Robin Graham at Chattanooga PMI,
(Feb. 17) Project
Management Institute, Nashville,
11:30 a.m.- 1:00 pm. Holiday Inn Select, 2613 West
End, Frank Saladis, PMP, President of Project
Imaginers, Inc., presents, "Your Future as a
* (Feb. 19) Business
After Hours, business networking event,
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7:30
p.m., Rocketown. For details, here.
* (Feb. 20) ISSA-MidTN
chapter program on applications and database
vulnerabilities, Willis Conference Center,
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., for details and registration,
(Feb. 24) Women in
Technology in Tennessee, WiTT, 4:30 p.m. - 6
p.m., "Making the decision to outsource," David
Wesch, senior vice president-technology, American
Color Graphics, details here.
(Feb. 25) Tech Council
Monthly Meeting 11:30-1:00 @ Technology 2020,
Jeff Wadsworth, Director of Oak Ridge National
Laboratory, details here.
(March 4) NTC Tech
Roundtable, Paul Cleckner, U.S. Director of Client
Service Technology, Deloitte, covering Deloitte
implementation of Microsoft .Net, CMS and Share
point, which Deloitte has leveraged in building
its U.S. firm portal (now receiving 1 million
visits per month); plus, knowledge-management
platforms and applications that support service
delivery. Register here.
* (March 4) Publishing
your own music, workshop at FedEx Institute of
Technology, related story, Commercial Appeal,
Feb. 7, here.
* (March 5) ATIBA
Software LLC is the subject of the Nashville Area
Chamber's "Behind the Business" program, 8:30
a.m. - 10 a.m., preceded by networking,
(March 11) AITP
Nashville, Speech technologies, Tom Norman,
CGI Consulting, Wyndham Nashville Arprt Hotel,
* (March 23) Tennessee
Biotechnology Assn Annual Legislative Luncheon,
(April 8) Technology!
Nashville, Nashville Technology
Council's annual IT leadership and innovation
conference, Hilton Suites Nashville, 8:30 a.m.-2
p.m. For more info, visit here
or write here.
* (April 8)
AITP Nashville, Titans Football IT
operations tour, details here.
(April 13-14) Clinical
IT Bootcamp for non-IT Executives & Board
Members; Vanderbilt Center for Better Health,
3401 West End Avenue, Suite 290. Details,
registration online here;
for more info, write here
or call (615) 322-7631.
* (April 26-29) Small
Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small
Business Tech Expo held in Atlanta, agenda
here, other details here.
* (May 7) PayMaxx is
subject of Nashville Chamber's "Behind the
Business" program, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.,
preceded by networking, details
* (May 13) AITP
Nash., Starting Your IT Business, Bob Chaput
-American Tech'y Grp, details here.
* (May 18) "NTC Tech
After Hours," Marriott Franklin Cool Springs,
4:30 p.m., details here.
* (May 19-21)
Management skills for IT professionals,
with Jay Ress, Tenn. Economic Development Center
(BellSouth Tower). Details here.
* (May 20) 41st Annual
State of Metro Address by Mayor Bill Purcell,
Convention Center, 7 a.m. registration and
networking, 7:30 - 9 breakfast and program, info
(May 25) GovTech
Tennessee Government Technology Summit,
(May 31-June 2)
Knoxville/Oak Ridge Summit, Tennessee
Valley Corridor, here.
* (Sept. 23-24) 8th
Ann' Tenn. Venture
Forum - hosts:
Tech2020, City of Chattanooga.
(Sept. 28-30) 2004
Governor's Conference, Nashville Convention
(Oct. 5-7) Memphis
Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference,
Memphis Biotech. Fdn, here.
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