Thursday March 4 2004 No 29
Editor Milt Capps

Nashville Contact here.
NTC Edition sponsor: Oracle

April 8, 2004
Technology! Nashville
Hilton Suites Nashville


Jeff Duncan

Vice President,

CIO and Dir. of Technology

Louisiana Pacific



Venture Innovation Enterprise

Partnership & Recognition



East/West Tenn.& Region

Research & Education


Scheduled Events

Today NTC Tech Roundtable Paul Cleckner US Director of Client Service Technology) Deloitte- covering Deloitte implementation of Microsoft -Net- CMS and Sharepoint- which Deloitte has leveraged in building its US firm portal- now receiving 1 million visits per month- plus knowledge management platforms and applications that support service delivery- Register here.

.Tomorrow. 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.

Note. Software problems delayed this issue two days and result in numerous auto.generated typos throughout. We will have this rectified by our next issue. March 17.

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Jeff 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 financial release.

NTC's Technology! Nashville,?Flagship Event April 8th

(April 8) 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 president-enterprise reporting, 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 confirmation.

Sponsors?include CGI Information Systems Consulting, CompUSA,?Cisco Systems, XO Communications, and the?Mayor's Office of? Economic and Community Development.? Tech!?Details.

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Software Developers RoundTable (SDRT) launched by Nashville Technology Council, 3E, Tennessean, Feb. 19. Tim Choate of Bondware to lead SDRT,, Feb. 24. SDRT launches website, The City Paper, Feb. 27.

Praemunio, 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 Todd Dagres with tech-oriented Battery Ventures (Wellesley, Mass.) and Debora Guthrie with healthcare-oriented Capitol Health (Washington, DC).

Nashville-based 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. 26.

19-year-old?launches Cyber Cafe franchise in Lebanon, City Paper,?March 2.

ProfitPoint, Comdata among beneficiaries of boom in electronic gift cards, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 3, Feb. 27.

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 an EYT presence, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 26, here. Release here.

Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. takes a fast-track approach to product revenues, Tennessean Q&A, Feb. 22, 1E.

Perle Systems of Nashville announces Ultraport extended-range versions for IP and e-business applications, BW release, Feb. 24.

PalmGear + Qualcomm partnerships, Feb. 19, Nash. Bus. Journal and City Paper.

Comdata Corp. gift-card-processing revenues will be booked differently by parent Ceridian, Tennessean, p. 3E, Feb. 19, here.

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(Corrected) CAT Financial has named Larry McCoy Chief Information Officer. 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, here.

Avnet teams with FedEx for supply-chain and shipping electronics, release Feb. 19.

Connective Technologies signs Consumers Insurance for agents' Internet download of policy information, p. 12, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 27, not on web.

Equinox IS licensed call detail and billing records product to Union Telephone Co., MT., Feb. 24.

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.

Neel-Schaffer receives 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.

Xerox - Pharos solution helps Nashville, Memphis/Shelby?public libraries with doc management, Feb. 25, release.

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Healthcare 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 approaches, Tennessean, 3E, March 3.?

Iasis 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 management,?doc imaging.

BulldogIT acquires Business1 tool for patient-billings cycle from Per-Se, 3E, Tennessean, Feb. 21, here.

HealthStream sets plan for Inflow data center to launch this month,, Feb. 25.?

Nashville Medical News, March 2004, highlights middle Tennessee's biotechnology.

Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy launches television program to counter what he sees as media bias, Commercial Appeal, March 3, scroll down here.

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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 here.

Tennessee Valley Authority and CEO Baxter attacked for offshoring computerization of drawings via Access Systems, Knox. News Sentinel, March 3, here.

TRICOR staff 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.

THE VOUGHT LOSS:? Vought's closing offers Nashville opportunity for new industrial park, Tennessean, 1E, March 2, here. Vought 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), Star Telegram, 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.

Tenn. Finance officer Goetz comments on?delays in TennCare?systems completion by EDS, Times Free Press, 1A, March 2.

Metro 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 17.

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 25.

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.?

Karlen 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 approach, Tennessean, 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.

Selected proposed laws in the Tennessee General Assembly (see earlier news summaries, also):

  • Anti-offshoring legislation in Tennessee General Assembly, SB2344 (Kyle). Other states' capitols here.
  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation - Authorizes the TBI to sell criminal history data to help defray TBI operational costs. HB 3379 ?(Coleman), SB3280 (Trail).
  • Radio/Television - Expands municipal electric power-system cable pilot projects to one in each Grand Division. HB 2435 (Litz), SB2455 (Southerland).
  • Elections - 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 representatives 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 (Bowers).
  • Sen. David Fowler's?incentive bill for tech commercialization?awaits scheduling in Sen. Finance?(SB 3268)Rep. Zach Wamp presses for national hydrogen fuel-cells, Times Free Press, Feb. 24, here.
  • Online Education Assessment - SB2254 (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 - SB2255 (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).

Clarksville council members wanted Mayor Trotter to call meeting on financial software, Tennessean, Feb. 22.

FCC chief says over-regulation of VOIP could increase offshoring in the emerging sector, Wash. Post, Feb. 25. State 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, (sub) here.How do you demonstrate your technology for legislators? Here's the DC approach, Washington Post, Feb. 23.

TN Agricultural Department launches e-news service, Knox. News Sentinel, Feb. 23.

Corporations form cybersecurity lobbying alliance, Washington Post, Feb. 25. Senators say cybersecurity coordination is lacking, Washington Post, Feb. 25.

Federal government developing?tools for national surveillance of citizenry, AP via Commercial Appeal, Feb. 29.

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Knoxville's MarketLinx 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. MarketLinx release, March 1.

Jacobs Engineering Group (Jacobs Sverdrup at Tullahoma) receives NASA Langley Research Center contract for IT and other services, release, March 2. Nash. Bus. Journal, March 2.

Technology 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 2.

Fleetguard Inc. collaborates with waste-management firm, EET Corp. at Harriman, TN. Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 27, page 4, not on web. EET Feb. 26 release.

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. 26.

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. 23.

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Belmont Business Dean Patrick Raines stresses partnerships,?international focus with links to?other nations, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 2, Feb. 27, not on web.

EPSCoR initiative to speed Tennessee technology research and commercialization meets tomorrow at Chattanooga and March 22 at Nashville. Related EPSCoR column, Knox. News Sentinel, Feb. 23.

VU School 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. 28, Times Free Press.

UT professor who tracks computer speeds cited in New York Times article on supercomputing, New York Times, Feb. 24.

Public schools get faster Internet connection through wireless deal with Trillion Digital in Shelby County, Commercial Appeal, Feb. 19, here.

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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 web.

"TechBiz," a supplement to Nashville Business Journal, has an April 23rd publication date. Additional info,?Gabrielle Collins.

Cool Springs-area businesses now have access to the Owen GSM's Walker Management Library through Williamson County business resource center, Tennessean, Williamson AM, March 2.

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, Feb. 26.

The Top 50 employers in Tennessee listed (excluding government units).

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, Stanford).

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, Feb. 28.

Internet pioneer Cerf cites important tech trends,?Seattle Times, Jan. 19.

Increased T-1 services to private homes? Times Free Press, Feb. 24, here.

OFFSHORE:? MIT 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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For frequent updates, check the NTC home page and the NTC "Tech Links" page, found here. Check business calendars of The Tennessean; The City Paper ; and Nashville Business Journal.
(March 3-6) Chancery 5.0 Student Management Solutions Users Conference, Gaylord Opryland. Chancery has more than half TN school districts as customers.

(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, details here.

(March 11) AITP Nashville, Speech technologies, Tom Norman, CGI Consulting, Wyndham Nashville Arprt Hotel, details here.

(March 13) David M. Kelley, Founder/CEO of IDEO Product Development, speaks at FedEx Institute of Technology, details TBA.

(March 18) Prof. Wayne Wolf discussed "Smart Cameras in High-Performance embedded systems," 3 p.m. Featheringill Auditorium. Other EECS lectures, here.

(March 23) Tennessee Biotechnology Assn Annual Legislative Luncheon, Hermitage Hotel.

(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 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 here.

(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 and registration here.

(May 25) GovTech Tennessee Government Technology Summit, details, here.

(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 Center.

(Oct. 5-7) Memphis Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference, Memphis Biotech. Fdn, here.

Write Milt Capps or Phone: (615) 743-3168
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