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CEO Athan Gibbs dies in Interstate rollover after
collision, Tennessean, March
13; obituary, March
14. AP via Commercial Appeal, March
[UPDATE] Nashville Technology Council's annual
Technology! Nashville IT Leadership & Innovation
Conference, April 8th,?Hilton Suites
Nashville, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Scheduled speakers include
Mayor Bill Purcell; Ray Capp, CEO,
Conduit Corporation; Michael Fischer,
President-Application Services in the Americas,
EDS; Ryan Wuerch, President,
PalmGear; Dr. William W. Stead,
Associate Vice Chancellor for health affairs,
Vanderbilt University; Tony Holcombe,
President, WebMD; Cliff Duffey,
President, Cybera; John Jones, Vice
President, Asurion; George Argodale,
Vice President-IT, Tractor Supply;
Chris Pair, Asst. Vice President-enterprise reporting,
HCA; Linda Rebrovick, Executive Vice
President and Chief Marketing Officer,
BearingPoint; Jeff Duncan, Vice
President-IT, Louisiana Pacific;
Jonathan James, Vice President-Marketing, Syntel
Inc.; Eric Cromwell, TN ECD
Director of Technology; Tom DePauw, Global Program
Director-IT, CAT Financial; David
Condra, President, Nashville Technology
Council, and others pending confirmation.
Event Sponsors:? CGI, CompUSA, XO
Communications, BellSouth, Cisco, Novell, Mayor's Office
of Economic and Community Development. Event details, here.
Early registration?discounts end March 29th.
Technology Council President David
Condra earlier this month launched another NTC
special-interest group, the NTC
Network Managers RoundTable. The group's
preliminary charter explains "membership in the NMRT is
open to individuals who have management responsibility
for the support of computer-based infrastructure,
including networks and/or servers and who are not
vendors to other NMRT members. NTC membership is not
required, initially, but some level of dues may be
assessed for non-NTC members." Firms currently
represented in the group include Ardent Healthcare;
American Color Graphics; Shoney's/Captain D's; Bass,
Berry and Sims; Pathgroup; Associated Packaging;
Partner2Partner; and, EDS/Saturn. For further
information, contact NTC's Kyle
Hatridge's decade as vice president and CIO for
Nashville Electric Service followed 18
years that were nearly evenly divided between
senior-exec duties with Accenture (then Andersen
Consulting)?and Citicorp's Nashville-centered Insurance
Today, Hatridge oversees both Information
Services and telecommunications for the TVA
power reseller, which is an independent operating agency
of Metro/Nashville Government. His IT budget is $8-10
million, annually. As CIO, Hatridge prides himself in
wringing operational savings out of outsourcing
contracts, including agreements with incumbent Indus
Utility Systems (Indus International, since Indus' 2003
purchase of incumbent SCT Corp.), and previous
contractor SCB Computer Technology -- enabling NES
steadily to upgrade infrastructure, while maintaining a
lean five-person IT departmental staff. In summer '02,
NES blessed Transforming to Excellence (T2E), the
utility's business process and work-management
transformation strategy. Hatridge plans to go live July
1 with an ERP implementation using latest-generation
Ellipse Work Management software from Mincom, replacing
NES' current Distribution/Construction Information
System, Materials Management Information System, and
Flexi Accounting System. NES this week released an RFP
for IT staffing, leading to a contract award (incumbent:
Indus). The work is valued at a projected $5 million per
year, and involves 40 fulltime-equivalent staff. See
details under government, below. Hatridge also projects
an April release of an RFP for data-center processing
(incumbent: Affiliated Computer Services of Charlotte),
producing a new contract by Dec. 1. Farther down the
road: transforming NES legacy software to a graphical
user interface using IBM Websphere/EGL (NES is currently
conducting beta testing). Noteworthy: Hatridge serves on
the Mincom North American Advisory Council. All in all,
at 51, Hatridge has plenty of targets for his three
decades' experience, as well as for his MBA and his
Industrial Engineering and Management degree, both
earned at Oklahoma State. Though sympathetic to IT
vendors, Hatridge says he "is seldom able to return
vendor phone calls," due to sheer volume, and encourages
reps to send materials by surface mail or via e-mail to
Corporation CEO Ray Capp and Hal Willis,
President/CEO and Founder of
AmericanMusicChannel.com,?announced March 1
they've partnered to leverage ConduIT technology to
establish American Music Channel as "country music's
premiere portal for the digital age." Release here.
Lehman assumes chairmanship of Evolved
Digital, as Southcott takes CEO reigns,
NashvillePost.com, March 16, here.
WSM Radio moves to charge for online
programming, March 9, City
Paper. Tennessean, March
13. Earlier, related coverage of Gaylord
digitization of content, Feb. 11, scroll down here.
BMI licenses catalog to
San Francisco's eCast location-based broadband
network, Nash. Bus.
Monster Labs, Incorporated, announced March 9
its release of SiteMason 3.0, its web-based
software system designed for non-programmers to manage a
complete range of site-related commerce and content
tasks. Release here.
Monster Labs is a founding member of the NTC Software
Holland says?that tomorrow his firm?begins
operations from?its new downtown address, 112
2nd Ave. North, and is serving new clients, including
Glendale Baptist Church, Telecom Consulting; the Steine
and Gooch Company; Holland Medical Equipment; United
Wheel Industries, JR Portman Photography, and CASA, with
assignments ranging from Web design to full IT
outsourcing. Centresource is a founding member of NTC's
new Software Developers RoundTable.
Capital Network adds sponsors, drawing
interest from Angels and Entrepreneurs, Nash. Bus.
Journal, March 12, not on web. Earlier NCN release, here.
Feb. 18 summary items, scroll here.
eBay Plays: In
Nashville, Snappy Auctions builds eBay-linked
franchise from Green Hills base, City Paper, p.
10. In Knoxville, NuMarkets, an eBay consignment
selling center, announced capital funding for NuMarkets
Centers franchise expansion, March 15 release.
Former Service Merchandise chief Bill Murrin
starts home-inventory and data storage
business, Nash. Bus. Journal, March
redux: Zimmerman draws on former
customers, vendors to launch online Service business,
Tennessean, 1E, March
Pharmaceuticals Inc. considers IPO,
BellSouth and Direct TV prepare to launch
bundled voice, video, Internet in middle
Tennessee, 2E, Tennessean, March
Comdata Corporation, the payment-solutions
provider for transportation and retail,
announced March 15 its launch of BusinessLink?,
aimed at reducing costs in business processes, including
fleet management, purchasing, T&E, payroll
distribution and authenticated identification. Release
Trico Products allies with Autosense to
refine SideEyes crash-aversion technology, with
automaker encouragement, Tennessean, 1E, March
Tennessee bloggers Reynolds, Sensing and
Hobbs?gaining ad dollars, Knox. News Sentinel,
Cendant, Progeny, Trilegiant moves could hit
local commercial real-estate in Cool Spring,
Nash. Bus. Journal, March
5, p. 1. Cendant IPO would spin-off another
financial-services unit; folding of Progeny and
Trilegiant under Cendant Marketing Group continues, p3E,
CAT Financial lauded by
President Bush for Baldrige win, City
Paper, p. 11, March
10. CAT release, March
Bytes of Knowledge lands CCA system-upgrade
work, p. 5, BizWomen, Nash. Bus. Journal, March
Doug Pettit says Majestic Systems acquired
Richard Hance and his IT company's consulting
portfolio, Release March 16, here.
University announced March 11 it has appointed Matt
Hall, formerly of Bank of America, to the post of
assistant vice chancellor, Information
Technology Services and associate chief
information architect for Enterprise Infrastructure. He
reports April 1 and will supervise an organization with
more than 100 staff. The post has been vacant about a
Pamela Pitts has been named director-health
information management, Baptist Hospital, Nash.
Bus. Journal, p. 21, March 5, not on web. Tennessean,
Feb. 28, here.
Jerry Brantley to CIO, Baptist Mem'l Health
Corp., Commercial Appeal, March
Beacon Technologies names Randall Dennis
senior process-improvement coordinator, Nash.
Bus. Journal, March 5, p. 21, not on web. Earlier
coverage, Feb. 18, scroll down here.
Robert Chaput, president of American
Technology Group to Hands On Nashville Board,
Russ Higgins named sales director for
Crosslin Vayden Technologies LLC, Tennessean,
Pomeroy IT solutions, generating $600 Million
revenues per year, inks Softek partnership, March
Rhonda Lijoi joins SRC Network and
Software Solutions (Henderson
Hutcherson & McCullough affiliate) as tech and
business solutions consultant, Times Free Press, C2,
Evans Internet Construction Company
(E.I.C.C.) is providing technology
infrastructure for Nashville independent music website
Chemring's subsidiary in Toone, Tenn.,
Kilgore Flares Company LLC, says it is the
international?leader in expendable decoys used to
protect military aircraft from heat-seeking missile
attack, and that its products have been protecting
coalition forces in Iraq. Kilgore opted for Algore
Multiphysics Software to trim manufacturing costs
through the reduction of rejected material during
production and to improve product reliability. Release
Solutions (Charleston, SC) has named Curtis Sullivan
head of their new regional office in Franklin,
Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 21, March 5, not on web.
Universal also has been named Platinum Business Partner
by Avaya, one of 22 companies so designated in U.S.,
Nash. Bus. Journal, March 5, p. 10, not on web. Related
release, 6/03, here.
NotifyMD, with grown
driven by WebMessenger, expands HQ in Cool
Springs, Nash. Bus. Journal, March
HealthTrio announces pact with Affinity
Health System's Network Health Plan for
Internet-based health management system, BW release
March 16, here.
HealthSpring opts for ViPS' MedMeasures to
streamline data analysis and reporting, March
Affinity Health Systems adopts HealthTrio
connect, an Internet-based health management
system, release March 16, here.
BioImaging, Inc of Franklin, TN has selected
PointDx to support their structured reporting
and virtual endoscopy needs. March 8 release.
Bush Administration litigation is redefining
limits of medical privacy; abortions a focus,
NY Times, March
Gov. Bredesen pursues
pilot healthcare information technology program
similar to VUMC's to save millions under
City Paper, Commercial
Appeal, March 11.
Legislators, Metro Schools director Garcia
and others question metrics embedded in SAS
Institute software that some say has 'monopoly'
as a result of the way state k-12 testing law is
crafted, Tennessean, March
Metro Government invites proposals (RFP
04-10) for providing the software,
integration, implementation, and training for an
Emergency/Crisis Management System and related tasks.
Proposal deadline March 30.
Nashville Area Chamber outines legislative
priorities, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 3, here.
Electronic voting in
Tennessee may hinge on paper-trail, City
TDOT applies GIS to map roads, avert conflict
among road projects' scheduling, Tennessean,
TN Hope Scholarships supported by new website
at TNScholarDollars.com, City Paper, p. 5, March
Tate urges dispute resolution between
BellSouth and other telecom companies,
Tennessean, 6E, March
12. Tennessee Telecom hearing to proceed this month,
Knox. News Sentinel, March
TennCare withhholding $900K per month in
payments for EDS work, while state says system
is not "fully tested and operational," City Paper, p. 9,
Probation-Parole kiosks help Tennessee track
parollees, City Paper, p. 7, March
16. Knox County increases offender tracking via
bracelets, GPS, Knox. News Sentinel, March
11. Tennessee tests new prisoner radio-tracking
technology, Tennessean, March
9. Legislation would use GPS technologies to track
sex offenders, Tennessean, March
Here comes China:
Software schools help students compete; U.S. companies
fund state-of-art campus labs, San Jose Mercury
States may be gearing-up for action against
Internet file-sharing companies, with
movie-industry lobbyists to the fore, NY Times, March
Scty. of State Colin Powell assures Indians
that Bush Administration will not try to stem US
offshoring, NY Times, March
Scripps News Media staff meet in
Knoxville on the future of digital
newspapering, Knox. News Sentinel, March
Memphis' Tri-Star business
incubator -- with one IPO under its belt and two in the
wings -- could open the "floodgates" for area's
biotechnology ventures, Commercial Appeal, March
Knoxville, Atmospheric Glow Technologies,
Inc., formerly Tice Technology, Inc.,
announced March 12 its
completion of reverse acquisition with Atmospheric Glow
Technologies, LLC (A-G Tech).?A-G Tech transferred most
of?its assets to AGT in exchange for shares of stock of
AGT and other considerations.
Memphis can break out of the
pack for biotechnology prominence, Commercial
Appeal, March 14 -- Venture
Capital will be key to Memphis' biotech initiative,
March 14, here.
Knoxville mayor Haslam wants
more tech venture capital and entrepreneurs in
city, Knox. News Sentinel,?March 8.
Mt. Juliet-based Environmental Science
Corp. will expand facilities, NashvillePost.com, March 3, here.
Investigation Technologies LLC
says Rapsheets for background checks on
volunteers chosen by Pop Warner League and
other youth organizations, BW release March 11,
Memphis Varsity Brands goes with
Check Point IT security, March 15,
HS in Chattanooga, Times Free Press, March 13.
Vanderbilt research won through peer-reviewed
contacts hits record $339.4 Million, with VU
Medical Center accounting for 75 percent of extramural
funding. Release March 4 here.
VU Engineering professor
Davidson cited: Diamonds will mitigate rising
heat of transistor-laden chips, NY Times, March
Vanderbilt Medical Center to build $110
Million bio-medical research facility, announcement
March 8; City Paper, March
8. Nash. Bus. Journal, March
8. Tennessean, March
9. Nash. Bus. Journal, March
Evans Internet Construction Company (EICC) founder
Cal Evans, offers?tips on improved websites,
visitors and more.
IHL of Franklin forecasts further strong
growth in POS technologies, March 9 release.
Belmont University and MDE Enterprises offer
the IT Management course, here.
Reflecting on the blue-collarization of
software development, and the slow return of
senior technology jobs, NY Times, March
More on the spread of
RSS, Washington Post, March
BearingPoint CEO Rand Blazer discusses
commercial tech spending and the tech economy,
Washington Post transcript, March
NBJ launches website
aimed at business women, Nash. Bus.
Journal, March 5,?here.
visit Tennessee's technology councils'
(March 18) BioBreakfast,
U. Memphis Biosurface Center and the Integrated
Microscopy Center, with Andrew Meyers, Vice
Provost for Research and Director of the FedEx Institute
of Technology, and briefings on Biomaterials, Analytical
Facilities and Sensors; and, Microscopy, Biology and
(March 18) Prof.
Wayne Wolf discussed "Smart Cameras in
High-Performance embedded systems," 3 p.m.
Featheringill Auditorium. VU Engineering. Other
(March 18) NE TN
Technology Council and Kingsport Imaging
Systems co-sponsor "New Technology of Document
Management and Distribution," 8-10 a.m., Centre at
Millennium Park, Johnson City. No fee. Pre-register via
email@example.com or (423) 279.9000.
(March 20-21) "Let's Talk Computers" program
syndicated from Nashville discusses the
Bluetooth standard, WAMB/WMGC, schedule.
University. Exploring leveraging research for
Tennessee Biotechnology Assn Annual Legislative
Luncheon, Hermitage Hotel.
(March 24) BioWorks
Series, Jerre Minor Freeman, M.D.,
Founder-World Cataract Foundation, "Can Basic Scientific
Research and Clinical Practice Coexist?" Holiday Inn, U.
(March 24) WesTech
Community Technology Center in Chattanooga is
subject of Dr. William Henry, project manager. Details
(March 24) East
Tennessee Technology Council (Oak Ridge), with
Scott Spaid of Mediapulse and Richard Matlock of Woolf,
McClane, Bright, Allen and Carpenter, discussing federal
anti-spam legislation. $15 members, $25 non-members, $10
students. RSVP by March 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org, pre-pay
or call (865) 220-2020.
(March 24) John
Searle, professor UC - Berkeley, renowned and
controversial AI researcher, discusses
"Consciousness, Causation and Reduction," FedEx
Institute of Technology. 1:30-3 p.m. Space is limited.
Eric Mathews by March 19, (901) 678-5736.
(March 26) "Laws
of the Jungle: Innovation, Regulation and Competitive
Advantage," 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., presentation
Downes, author of "Unleashing the Killer App:
Digital Strategies for Market Dominance." Sloan Center
for Internet Retailing, Averbuch Auditorium, Owen GSM,
Vanderbilt. Free, open to public, no registration
(March 30) WiTT
Tennessee Technology Job Growth: Preparing for the
Future, Eric Cromwell, Director of Technology,
TN Dept. Economic & Community Development, 11:30
a.m., BellSouth Tower, $20 members, $35 nonmembers, $20
students, rsvp via Colleen Grissom or (615) 876-6699.
(April 1) PROJECT
PAYCHECK, middle Tennessee's
largest job expo, Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Technology! Nashville, Nashville Technology
Council's annual IT leadership and innovation
conference, Hilton Suites, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Details
(April 8) AITP
Nashville, Titans Football IT operations tour,
Clinical IT Bootcamp for non-IT Executives &
Board Members; Vanderbilt Center for Better
Health, 3401 West End Avenue, Suite 290. Details,
registration online here.
(April 13-14) 10th
Annual Tennessee Geographic Information Council
(GIS), Cool Springs Marriott, details here.
Technology Explosion career fair and tech
expo, Hillsboro High Schools, Nashville, for
further information here.
Wireless LAN security and audit,
daylong course, Information Systems Audit and Control
Assn., local chapter, details here.
(May 6) NTC Tech
Roundtable dinner - Mike Dunne, President of Quanta
US, University Club, Vanderbilt.
(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.
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, Mayor of Nashville, Convention Center,
7 a.m. registration and networking, 7:30 - 9 breakfast
and program, info and registration
(May 25) GovTech
Tennessee Government Technology Summit,
(May 31-June 2)
Knoxville/Oak Ridge Summit, Tennessee
Valley Corridor, here.
(June 3) NTC Tech
Roundtable - Loren Chumley, Commissioner - Revenue,
State of Tennessee - The Streamlined Sales Tax
Project, electronic commerce, etc.
(June 4) Chamber
Behind the Business, Robert Henry, CEO, American
Endoscopy Services, details here.
(July) NTC Tech
Roundtable - "Open Source" panel discussion,
University Club, Vanderbilt.
(Aug. 2-5) Synergy
2004: IT education-program reform conference in
Nashville, led by Center for IT Education at
Nashville State Community College, covering improvement
of teaching and learning, and alignment of IT education
with changing workforce and workplace demands. For more
information, write David McNeel,
(Aug. 5) NTC Tech
Roundtable, Tim Stafford, CIO, EdgeNet,
University Club, Vanderbilt.
(Aug. 24) 3rd
Annual Nashville Technology Council - ISSA "Information
Security Conference," Nashville Convention
(Sept. 23-24) 8th
Ann' Tenn. Venture
Forum - hosts: Tech2020, City of
(Sept. 28-30) 2004
Governor's Conference, Nashville Convention
Nashville Area Chamber annual "Future 50"
event, Franklin Cool Springs Marriott Hotel.
Reception 5 p.m.,
dinner/presentation, 6 p.m. Details to be announced in
(Oct. 5-7) Memphis
Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference,
Memphis Biotech. Fdn, here.