March 4 2004 No 29
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Chamber Behind the
Business series Friday
March 5 features ATIBA Software and
Consulting CEO JJ
Rosen and Josh
Crane) director of sales) discussing how ATIBA
began) issues the firm faced during industry
downturn) and current growth of the company)
Program begins with 8 am networking) presentation
from 0830 ending 1000) For details on this program
or BTB series visit here.
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numerous auto.generated typos throughout. We will
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Duncan, newly relocated Louisiana Pacific vice
president, CIO and director of
technology, told NTC Friday (2/27) he'll have a
handful of staff here, while the majority of his
tech troops are currently in a half-dozen sites
from Portland to Troy, Mich.
Duncan's own move from LP's former headquarters
in Portland, Ore., is eased by the fact his
farflung team already collaborates via
video-conferencing, Internet presentations - and,
of course, travel. Duncan says recent IT successes
include implementations of ERP (Lawson),
collaboration sites, EAI, e-Comm and data mining.
Using the contract-for-hire model (LP treats
contracting as "an extended interview"), Duncan
says future priorities include converging numerous
acquisitions and legacy systems to ERP; plus, CRM,
Supply Chain, electronic communications and
continuing barcode initiatives.
He adds LP will establish a Disaster-Recovery
capability in their Nashville offices, in addition
to Data Center resources in Vancouver. Duncan
hails from Richmond, Va., and is a '77 Ohio State
BSME (EE secondary). He's a patent-holder for
technologies targeting hydroelectric and other
markets. Now eight years into his LP career,
Duncan says he's struck by how much more vibrant
and attractive downtown Nashville seems, compared
with 20 years ago, when he briefly led quality
initiatives for the Old Hickory operations of
DuPont, the company he served 19 years in a dozen
progressive assignments in three states. LP has
taken 70,000 sq. ft. of space in Bank of America
Plaza downtown and plans to relocate a total 180
employees during the next year, or so. The Duncans
Nashville home now purchased, wife Susan and two
young daughters will join him here, soon. LP
Press Room. Earlier coverage, scroll down in
the Oct. 7 news
summary. Feb. 5 LP
Nashville,?Flagship Event April
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.
Scheduled speakers include Mayor Bill
Purcell; Ryan Wuerch, president,
PalmGear; Dr. William W. Stead,
associate vice-chancellor for health affairs,
Vanderbilt; Tony Holcombe,
president, WebMD; Athan Gibbs,
president, TruVote; Cliff Duffey,
president, Cybera; John Jones,
vice president, Asurion; George
Argodale, vice president-IT, Tractor
Supply; Chris Pair, asst. vice
HCA; Jeff Duncan, vice
president-IT, Louisiana Pacific;
Michael Voss, health practice director,
Syntel Inc.; Eric Cromwell,
TN ECD Director of Technology;
Tom DePauw, Global program director-IT,
CAT Financial; David Condra,
president, NTC,?others pending
Sponsors?include CGI Information Systems
Systems, XO Communications,
and the?Mayor's Office
of? Economic and Community Development.?
Developers RoundTable (SDRT) launched by
Nashville Technology Council, 3E,
19. Tim Choate of Bondware to lead SDRT,
24. SDRT launches website, The City Paper, Feb.
Inflow cited in report on mid-market outsourcing
of IT Security work, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Feb. 20, p. 13, here.
(March 16) the Owen
Entrepreneurship Center within the Owen
Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt will
be host for the spring Venture
Capital Panel Discussion, Averbuch
Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., followed by
reception. No registration required. Panelists are
Dagres with tech-oriented Battery Ventures
(Wellesley, Mass.) and Debora
Guthrie with healthcare-oriented Capitol
Health (Washington, DC).
CentradeX unveils global trade data-mining
tool, to instant acclaim, The City Paper,
p. 13, Feb. 24, here.
Nashville dot-com survivor OpenSeats
sold to TicketsNow, NashvillePost, Feb.
19-year-old?launches Cyber Cafe
franchise in Lebanon, City Paper,?March
Comdata among beneficiaries of boom in
electronic gift cards, Nash. Bus.
Journal, p. 3, Feb.
Mark Klopp, managing director-Eastman
Ventures (Eastman Chemical Co. NYSE:EMN),
has been named chairman of the new Corporate
Ventures Group of the National Venture Capital
Association.?Feb. 24, background.
Gridstream Technologies (Huntsville,
was PowerComm), led by Nashvillian Wayne
Sanderson, offers new broadband service over
powerlines in Tennessee, Tennessean, 3E,
Feb. 26, scroll here.
Career Imaging is still getting its
name out there with online vid
presentations for job-seekers, City
Paper,?Feb. 26, here.
In2Gr8's Nashville presence will become
presence, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 26, here.
Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. takes a
fast-track approach to product revenues,
Q&A, Feb. 22, 1E.
Systems of Nashville announces Ultraport
extended-range versions for IP and
e-business applications, BW release,
PalmGear + Qualcomm
partnerships, Feb. 19, Nash.
Bus. Journal and City
Comdata Corp. gift-card-processing
revenues will be booked differently by
parent Ceridian, Tennessean, p. 3E, Feb. 19, here.
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Financial has named Larry McCoy Chief
Tom?DePauw,?previously?CIO, is now Global Program
Director, responsible for design and deployment of
CAT's Core System.
Gibson Guitar consolidates
voice and data with XO Communications,
Feb. 23, XO release.
Kroll Background America Inc. nabs deal with
American International Group, serving
private-client policyholders with checks on their
personal staffs, Tennessean, 3E, March 2. Nash. Bus.
Journal, March 2.
Information System Security
Association (ISSA) Mid-Tenn Chapter
announced Mark Burnette (Willis),
president, Kimberly Len (VU Medical
Cntr), vice president, and other officers,
Avnet teams with
FedEx for supply-chain and shipping
Connective Technologies signs Consumers Insurance for agents'
Internet download of policy
information, p. 12,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 27, not on
Equinox IS licensed call
detail and billing records product to Union
Telephone Co., MT. NashvillePost.com,
Amsouth ranks high in Online
customer satisfaction, Nash. Bus.
Journal, Feb. 27.
Fleet One designed
nationwide fuel card for Petroleum Card
Svcs., 3E, Tennessean, Feb. 20, scroll here.
Nashville's Rex Hammock of
Hammock Publishing gains national notice by
blogging his meeting with Hon. George
Bush, President of the United States,
Washington Post, Feb. 20.
TN Center for Performance
Excellence 2003 awards go to Back/Arnley
(Dana Corp.), Nashville District-US Army Corps of
Engineers and Workforce Essentials, Tennessean,
3E, Feb. 19, here.
state engineering award through American Council
of Engineering Companies, Tennessean,
3E, March 3.
American Fiber Systems
names D'Angelo VP-sales and marketing,
release, Feb. 25.
Cingular Wireless named
Mid TN Workforce Investment Board's Employer of
the Year, for support of employees'
career development and quality of life,
Tennessean, 3E, March 2, scroll down here.
Smart Data Strategies names Steve Byington controller and
CFO, Nash. Bus.
Journal, p. 18, Feb. 27, not on web.
- Pharos solution helps Nashville,
Memphis/Shelby?public libraries with doc
management, Feb. 25, release.
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Management Directions (HMD)
The Smart Hospital Company shows
Williamson County residents their plans for "first
of its kind"?40-bed facility, as April 28 hearing
3E, March 3.?
Healthcare Corp. commits $30
million to McKesson
IT services, Nash.
Bus. Journal, Feb.
24. McKesson's solutions address multiple-care
settings and include clinical repository, bar-code
scanning, alerts and expert documentation, order
acquires Business1 tool for patient-billings cycle
from Per-Se, 3E, Tennessean, Feb. 21, here.
sets plan for Inflow data center to launch this
month, NashvillePost.com, Feb.
Medical News, March 2004,
highlights middle Tennessee's
CEO Richard Scrushy launches television
program to counter what he sees as media
bias, Commercial Appeal, March 3, scroll
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Decline of manufacturing, plight of
rural households in Tennessee, Alabama,
Kentucky reported March 2 through project funded
by Annie E. Casey Foundation, report
Tennessee Valley Authority
and CEO Baxter attacked for offshoring
computerization of drawings via Access
Systems, Knox. News Sentinel, March 3, here.
said?yesterday that RFP 316.08-168
attracted bids from Pomeroy IT
Solutions (Hebron, Ky.) and Edgeware, and
Pomeroy was the best-evaluated
bidder. Project would
replace TRICOR supplier system with hardware,
server, applications software, services package.
Also, see news-summary editions of Oct. 23 and
Nov. 5, 2003; and, Jan. 7, 2004, and/or use Search
tool, all here.
VOUGHT LOSS:? Vought's
closing offers Nashville opportunity for new
industrial park, Tennessean, 1E, March 2,
release, Feb. 26, here. Senator Frist
creating team to aid laid-off workers in Warren
and Davidson Counties, Feb. 28, Tennessean and
Knox. News Sentinel.
Vought silence signaled intent to leave,
Tennessean, Feb. 29. Texas' win
of Nashville's Vought operation underscores cowboy
commitment to knowledge economy (opinion),
March 1. Earlier stories: Tennessean and
Nash. Bus. Journal,
Feb. 27. NashvillePost, Feb.
26. Tennessean, Feb 26
and Feb. 25. City
Paper, Feb. 25.
Coordinator Rhonda Hicks told NTC yesterday
that none of the bids received?was deemed
"responsive" for State of Tennessee's Electronic
Payment Acceptance and Services RFP 317.05-020, so the
project will probably be handled through an
alternative competitive process, which under state
law will include firms that offered under the RFP
and a specified number of minority and
disadvantaged firms. An earlier RFP effort failed
to secure a contractor for this work, last fall,
we are told.
Finance officer Goetz comments on?delays in
TennCare?systems completion by EDS, Times
Free Press, 1A, March 2.
Schools holds a bidders conference?tomorrow (March
4) regarding Metro RFP 04-19 for online support of professional
development within the Nashville school
district, proposals due March
Metro Government:? Mayor's
Office of Emergency Management (RFP 04-05) seeks contractor for conducting
emergency drill known as "A Bad Day Gone
Worse," a two-day simulation of a
terrorist attack on Nashville, proposals due March
Tennessee network for education,
Homeland Defense first-responders, et al, gets a
boost with USDA grants to Martin and Cookeville
public-television stations, also
benefiting Nashville's WNPT
Channel 8, which serves as
hub for emerging network. Release from office of
Sen. Frist here.?
Evins of "Teddy Bart's Roundtable" and The Public Forum
advocates mandating cable-systems' carriage of
General Assembly proceedings; cable industry
counters that voluntarism is a better
Feb. 29, here. Tennessean
editorial urges cable-industry voluntarism,
Tennessean, March 2. Story, AP
via Commercial Appeal, March 2. Former
State Senator Andy Womack, a Public Forum board
member, indicated during the Roundtable's
broadcast yesterday that he believes an attempt to
mandate legislatively cable carriage is necessary
in order to create a climate in which an
equitable, workable solution can be achieved.
Evins noted that legislation she advocates has 14
cosponsors in the Senate.
proposed laws in the Tennessee General
Assembly (see earlier news summaries,
- Anti-offshoring legislation in
Tennessee General Assembly, SB2344
(Kyle). Other states' capitols here.
Bureau of Investigation - Authorizes the TBI to
sell criminal history data to help defray TBI
operational costs. HB
3379 ?(Coleman), SB3280
- Radio/Television - Expands
municipal electric power-system cable pilot
projects to one in each Grand Division.
2435 (Litz), SB2455 (Southerland).
- Authorizes county election commissions to
develop Internet-based electronic
filing for candidates for public
office; and, for political campaign committees
for local elections. HB
3175 (McMillan), SB2347 (Kyle).
- GPS for
Corrections, Pardons - Senate hearing March 8
will include presentation by Alanco TSI
on use of GSM RFID technologies for tracking
prisoners to reduce violence, escapes,
costs. HJR0816 authorizes
Department of Correction and Board of Pardons
and Paroles to study use of global positioning
systems (GPS) to improve operations, and
authorizes demonstration project. HJR 0816
Fowler's?incentive bill for tech
commercialization?awaits scheduling in Sen.
Zach Wamp presses for national hydrogen
fuel-cells, Times Free Press, Feb. 24,
- Online Education Assessment
(Dixon) HB2976 (Jones U.) - Requires creaiton of
online assessment system to measure and provide
feedback re student knowledge and skills in TCAP
and Gateway subject areas.
- Distance learning test -
(Dixon) HB2978 (Jones U.) Creates demonstration
project for teaching by videoconferencing.
- Broadband tax exemption
- "Tennessee Broadband Technology
Incentive Act of 2004", SB2741
(Trail) HB2891 (Head).
council members wanted Mayor Trotter to call
meeting on financial software,
chief says over-regulation of VOIP could increase
offshoring in the emerging sector, Wash.
governments save money with VOIP, Information
Week, March 1,
here. VOIP means
"traditional voice communications is a goner,"
says UC-San Diego prof, Wall St. Journal, Dec. 2,
you demonstrate your technology for
legislators? Here's the DC approach,
Washington Post, Feb.
Agricultural Department launches e-news
service, Knox. News Sentinel, Feb.
form cybersecurity lobbying alliance, Washington
25. Senators say
cybersecurity coordination is lacking, Washington
government developing?tools for national
surveillance of citizenry, AP via
Commercial Appeal, Feb.
Solutions, since fall '03 a unit of First
American's Anaheim-based First American Real
Estate Solutions, announced collaboration
with GE Supra, the real estate division of GE
Infrastructure - Security, for the pilot
implementation of Supra's MLSi Developer Toolkit,
which serves MLS participants and their customers.
Jacobs Engineering Group (Jacobs
Sverdrup at Tullahoma) receives NASA Langley
Research Center contract for IT and other
March 2. Nash. Bus. Journal, March
entrepreneurs get needed education and
assistance through new
collaboration among Riverbend Technology
Institute, UT Chattanooga College of Business and
Hamilton County Center for Economic Growth (CEG
Tech2020), Times Free Press, C1, March
Inc. collaborates with waste-management firm, EET
Corp. at Harriman, TN. Nash. Bus.
Journal, Feb. 27, page 4, not on web. EET Feb. 26
NetLogic expands Internet services in
TN, Feb. 26, Nash. Bus. Journal, here.
Memphis Bus. Journal, here.
Memphis computer IT-services franchisee
sees relative youth as no impediment,
Commercial Appeal, March 1, here.
Tensions over resources reported
between Oak Ridge NL and BWXT Y-12
management teams, Knox. News Sentinel, Feb.
Publix grocery chain adds store ads to
website throughout region, nation, City
Paper, p. 13, Feb. 20, here.
iPIX business plan adds security
strategy, Knox. News Sentinel, Feb.
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Belmont Business Dean
Patrick Raines stresses
focus with links to?other nations, Nash.
Bus. Journal, p. 2, Feb. 27, not on web.
initiative to speed Tennessee technology research
and commercialization meets tomorrow at
and March 22 at Nashville.
Related EPSCoR column, Knox. News Sentinel, Feb.
of Engineering Professor M. Douglas LeVan,
chair of the department of chemical engineering,
has been named J. Lawrence Wilson Professor of
Engineering. In one major project, LeVan, whose
work often centers around adsorption and ion
exchange, is working with the NASA Ames Research
Center to develop a system capable of extracting
carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere and
separating it into oxygen and carbon monoxide.
Tennessee brain drain: UT alumni urge
high-achieving TN students to attend
college instate and then work in Tennessee, Feb.
UT professor who tracks computer
speeds cited in New York Times article on
York Times, Feb. 24.
Public schools get faster Internet
connection through wireless deal with Trillion
Digital in Shelby County, Commercial Appeal, Feb.
Business Tennessee magazine's third issue (March 04)
will,?says?Editor David Fox, include tech-linked
stories, for example: Tennessee's Top 10
Scientists;?the Enterprise South development at
Chattanooga;?Remotec, the Oak Ridge maker of
robotic machines that can be used to remove bombs.
Among the scientists identified are individuals
from Tennessee Tech, Vanderbilt, St. Jude,
University of Tenn. at Knoxville, Eastman Chemical
and Oak Ridge National Lab. Content not on
"TechBiz," a supplement to Nashville
Business Journal, has an April 23rd
publication date. Additional info,?Gabrielle
businesses now have access to the Owen GSM's
Management Library through
Williamson County business resource
center, Tennessean, Williamson AM, March
NAR top Realtor says
buyers and sellers want Web sites that provide
offerings, status changes, as well as tax, title,
loan and inspection resources, Tennessean,
1E, March 3.
Homeland Security launches
new Internet-based secure network to link
all echelons of law enforcement, Washington Post,
The Top 50 employers in
Tennessee listed (excluding
Ten legal considerations
associated with outsourcing, Jason Epstein, Baker Donelson Bearman
Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.
Anti-piracy: FBI will lend
its logo/seal to entertainment industry
to deter infringement on DVDs, CDs and other
digital media, Commercial Appeal, Feb. 20, (free
regis) here. Federal
Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's speeches on
intellectual property (Feb. 27,
Internet Home Alliance of
IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, others is
prototyping wireless workspaces in shopping malls,
Washington Post, Feb. 26, here.
RSS Web feeds?taking the
place of web browsing, Washington Post,
Internet pioneer Cerf
cites important tech trends,?Seattle Times, Jan.
Increased T-1 services to
private homes? Times Free Press, Feb. 24,
Students experience rigors of making outsourcing
and offshoring decisions, AP via Commercial Appeal,
Feb. 29. U.S. Comm. Asst. Secty Mehlman on
globalization, offshoring, (various 2003 venues). (Editorial) U.S. Innovation should trump
fear of offshoring, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Feb. 20, p. 46.??
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And, visit Tennessee's technology
(March 4) "Creating
our own economic advantage," with Futurist Ed
Barlow, a collaborative event by Bristol and
Kingsport Chambers with local city/county govs.
Monarch Audit., Bristol Regl Med. Cntr. 8 a.m.-5
p.m. $30. Information, Kingsport Chamber, (423)
392-8800 or Bristol Chamber, (423) 989-4850.
(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 13) David M.
Founder/CEO of IDEO Product Development,
speaks at FedEx Institute of Technology, details
(March 18) Prof. Wayne
"Smart Cameras in High-Performance embedded
systems," 3 p.m. Featheringill Auditorium.
Other EECS lectures, here.
(March 23) Tennessee
Biotechnology Assn Annual Legislative Luncheon,
(April 8) Technology!
Nashville, Nashville Technology Council's annual
IT leadership and innovation conference, Hilton
Suites, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. For info, visit here or write
(April 8) AITP
Nashville, Titans Football IT operations tour,
(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. 28-30) 2004
Governor's Conference, Nashville Convention
(Oct. 5-7) Memphis
Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference,
Memphis Biotech. Fdn, here.
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