April 8, 2004
Nashville 2004 IT Leadership &
Innovation Conference convenes in 9
days! More than 200 executives are
already registered for this flagship event featuring
twenty executive speakers and panelists, at Hilton
Suites Nashville, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday,
April 8th. Event details and online
President James Beard discusses knowledge
management, CRM, responsiveness to customers in
Q&A, Tennessean, 1E, March
Shmerling's Kroll Background
America's growth fueled by anonymity of more
transient society, some post-9/11 motivation and
internal growth, including international expansion,
Tennessean, 1E, March
inadequate for traditional public TV programming in the
digital era, Nashville Public
"NPTcast" datacasting venture with SpectraRep,
and pitches secure data pipeline and bandwidth for
government agencies' education, homeland security,
public service initiatives. Tennessean, 1E, March 30, here.
NPT statement March 10, here.
Technology Council membership surpasses 300
milestone, Nash. Bus. Journal, March
24. Release here.
March 30 NTC New-member update.
Jan. 28 member update.
Noel Williams is Senior Vice President and
CIO of HCA Inc., which was founded in 1968 as Hospital
Corporation of America, and which today
operates approximately 191 hospitals and 82 outpatient
surgery centers in 23 U.S. states, England and
Switzerland. Revenues: $21.8 billion
She also serves as President of HCA
Information Technology & Services,Inc., a wholly
owned subsidiary of HCA. The IT&S sub was chartered
in the mid-Eighties to serve the HCA system; such former
HCA units as HealthTrust, LifePoint and Triad; and,
others aligned with HCA through group-purchasing
arrangements. Williams leads strategy, development and
operations for all HCA information systems and services.
Her roughly 1,100-person technology staff now supports
more than 300 healthcare facilities.
She joined HCA in 1979 as a systems
analyst, and worked her way through systems development
and support, hardware support, documentation, customer
support and other roles, before taking a two-year
"sabbatical" to serve as CIO for America Service Group
Williams told NTC yesterday that HCA's
information priorities begin with patient safety, and
include strategic initiatives related to integrated
clinical strategy, outpatient strategy, information
security, and enterprise reporting strategy. Major
current projects underway include implementation of
Lawson HR/Payroll modules and replacing HCA's internally
developed collection system. All this work means HCA is
looking for project-management, security, development
and infrastructure talent, as reflected on the HCA website.
Most vendors know how to find HCA, notes
Williams. For others, she advises that a query via
Executive Assistant Kitty Hopkins
will help ensure the vendor is referred to the most
appropriate HCA information executive. Among key vendors
are IBM, Dell and Cisco.
Williams' bulging portfolio also
includes key internal roles with HCA working groups
focused on Sarbanes-Oxley, Ethics & Compliance,
Outpatient Strategy and, of course, IT governance. Her
external roles include representing HCA within such
groups as the United Way of Middle Tennessee Board of
Trustees; the HCA Foundation Board of Directors; and,
most recently, the Nashville Alliance for Public
Williams holds a bachelor's in computer
science and mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a
master's in business administration from the University
of South Carolina. She is a native of Nashville and
lives here with her family.
Confirmation uses internet to help identify
fraud, confirm bank balances and debts, Nash.
Bus. Journal, p. 17, March 26, not on web.
Former Transcender president and
CTO Ed Acerno reportedly alleges wrongful discharge in
the course of Kaplan SelfTest's acquisition of Nashville
category leader, NashvillePost.com,
March 29. SelfTest President Chip Schuneman declined
comment in conversation with NTC this morning regarding
rumored sharp drawdown of Nashville staffing, and
relocation of most functions to Georgia. NTC's Jan. 7th
Stuart McWhorter on Clayton
Associates' venture-capital work, Tennessean,
bookmark (global business series), Tennessean,
Susan Marlow of Smart Data
Strategies in Franklin says $6 million company is
now targeting churches for GIS mapping of
congregations, Nash. Bus. Journal supp. 7A, March 26,
not on web.
iMUSIC announces short-run
CD/DVD and collateral production runs
complement Replay on-site repro technologies, Feb. 18,
Details of NuMarkets eBay
venture investment by Appalachian Fund kept
secret through exemption from Freedom of
Information disclosure, Knox. News Sentinel, March
IPIX Security announces
completion of 360-degree surveillance test at Cumberland
Tunnel, release March
29 here. Track response to investor interest, on news. IPIX
teams with AdPlus from
NashvillePost.com story March 29 here.
Techologies and DCS Electronics make Knoxville a hub of
rapid prototyping for tech sector,
manufacturers, Knox. News Sentinel, March
PeopleTech is the new identity
of Audio Visual Resources, NashvillePost.com,
North Highland Co. closed on
minority investment in Merge Agency,
communications and interactive design firm after 5-year
partnership, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 25, March 26, not on
web. Release March 5 here.
Web MD co-founder Jeffrey Arnold
now a player in entertainment, with LidRock, NY
CGI proposes buying American
Management Systems to crack government market,
Washington Post, March
Former PalmGear's Wuerch now
weilding Power by Hand as
chairman/CEO, as company agglomerates wireless
content, technology, distribution resources, Tennessean,
22. Merges with Pinpoint Networks, March 22 statement.
Acquires PalmGear.com and Smartphone.com, release March
22. City Paper, March
former J.C. Bradford exec, tomorrow leaves SunTrust
Robinson Humphrey's Atlanta office for
unspecified entrepreneurial role, Tennessean, 3E, March
Tammy W. Hawes, former Paradigm
Health CTO, has been named president of Axis Accounting
Systems; Dallas Wilt remains chairman and CEO.
1E, March 25. Nash. Bus. Journal, March 22, here.
NASA has selected
Nashville's Jay Ress, PMP, principal consultant for
Technology Management Associates, to present
during "NASA: Meeting the Project Management
Challenge" conference, now
underway at College Park, Md. Ress is addressing
proactive communications for project managers. NTC is
again partnering with Ress to offer Management Skills
for IT Professionals, May 19-21, here in
Nashville, details here.
MAPCO Express chooses
services, release March
Nashville's Capital Confirmation
says First Tenn. Bank has opted for
Confirmation service, Tennessean, March 24, scroll
Essex Technology Group,
Web-auction resellers, opts to remain in
Nashville, City Paper, p. 11, March 25.
provides payroll services to First Farmers &
Merchants Bank, March 23.
Infospace Mobile and Universal
Music Group in ringtone deal, March 23
Ztango, EMI CMG announce
ringtone music-licensing, release, March
Vision3 Interactive President Tracy Rode puts "listening" ahead of
tech, Nash. Bus. Journal,
p. 19, March 26, not on web. Fuller profile of Rode on
9A of March 26 supplement, not on web.
Women in Technology of
Tennessee (WiTT) founder Tracy Evers
was spurred by lack of networking
opportunities, Nash. Bus. Journal Supp. 12A, March
Clark Liddell was March 1
named vice president of professional services at
EdgeNet, according to CIO
Tim Stafford. Liddell relocated from Charlotte, N.C.,
where previous positions included managing director and
founding partner of FractionalGroup, a management
In Birmingham-based ComFrame's 10th Avenue
Nashville office, Kenneth Fisher joins as project manager, while Debra Hays is
promoted to regional director for consulting management
and sales, City Paper, p. 12, March 30, not on
Horabeck is named account director for
SmartDM, Tennessean, March 28.
Cumberland Emerging Technologies
Inc. announced new board members, including
Christopher McKinney, director of Vanderbilt Office of
Technology Transfer and Technology Development; Dan
Marcum, chair, TN Technology Development Corp. and
managing partner Marcum Capital. Tennessean, March 28.
Esworthy is new BMI
CFO, Tennessean, March 27.
Health Care Council's international trade missions
paid-off for CFP Group,
now the Council plans another such mission for fall.
Fall 2004 mission to Budapest, Hungary and Prague, and
Czech Republic here.
Earlier Tennessean story, March 22, here.
Mick Stadler, managing partner, Seges Capital of
Nashville, will address BioMed
Expo 2004 at Ann Arbor, April
Vanderbilt Center for Better
Health and Accenture seek ways to use healthcare
information technologies more effectively, Healthcare
IT News, March 04, p. 11. Center's Clinical IT
Bootcamp for Non-IT Execs, here.
Healthcare IT national
conferences Calendar (HiMSS), here.
Homeland Security report due out
in April expected to cite states' homeland chiefs as
bottlenecks in security spending, March 14, Federal
Computer Week. GAO issues report on technologies
available to secure federal information systems, March
Digital Government Summit convenes May 25 in
Nashville; latest details here.
A GovTech event in collaboration with State of TN OIR
and in consultation with tech groups, including
Nashville Technology Council.
Tennessee needs $21.6 billion in
infrastructure improvements for transportation,
economic development, education, etc., report released
by Tennessee Advisory Council on Intergovernmental
Relations, March 29, here.
Knox County latest government to
opt for Lawson Software for financials, HR and
procurement, March 29, here.
Service seeks proposals (RFP 93681) for IT staffing
services. Obtain RFP by sending letter to
Procurement Manager Deborah Corbitt, (615) 747-3821, to
arrive not later than 2 p.m. CT, April 2, citing RFP
number, on bidder's letterhead. (NES: 1214 Church
Street, Room 305, Zip 37246) Prebid conference is 2
p.m., April 29 at NES. For further information, (615)
747-3821. Related: See Spotlight, March 17, scroll down
RIAA sues seven Vanderbilt users
of illegal downloading, Vanderbilt Hustler, March
26; Tennessean, March
ATWEC President Alex
Wiley presses KiddeVoice in Tenn. General
Assembly presentation, Knox. News Sentinel, March
29. Earlier report, Feb. 18, scroll down here.
ATWEC contract March
Tennessee counties gain wireless
revenues, Times Free Press, March
Knoxville-based Direct I.S. gets
$10 million-plus federal GSA IT procurement
contract, Knox. News Sentinel, March
Lawmakers consider new cable
regulations, Commercial Appeal, March
Franklin resident says she's
guilty of scamming via federal contracts
awarded tech employer, Tennessean, March
Jackson is first Tennessee city
to get VOIP over FTTP, says Metaswitch, release
Cathy Ross is new CFO for FedEx
Express, Commercial Appeal, March
Cathy Elliott leaves Memphis
Technology Council for Aetos, March
26, Commercial Appeal.
Private venture funding will
flow from Oak Ridge National Lab, with commercialization
a focal-point, Knox. News Sentinel, March 28.
Columnist extols Oak Ridge National Lab's role as
'science lab of the future', Knox. News Sentinel, March
28. Oak Ridge National Lab still vulnerable,
HSN moves fulfillment center to
Tennessee from Florida, March
East TN State Univ. alum
Robinette to Galey & Lord CIO job, March
Pilot Travel Centers Knoxville
selects TelaPoint supply-chain solutions,
UT's Tom Ballard will run
Battelle's economic development programs in East
Tenn., Knox. News Sentinel, March
NuMarkets appoints Amos and
Vanderhoofven to board, Knox. News Sentinel, March
Chattanooga police believe new
technologies will produce results, Times Free
East Tenn. Technology Council
speakers address CAN-SPAM, Knox. News Sentinel,
Knoxville launches new website and logo, March
25, Knox. News Sentinel.
Clayton Homes website
competition opened to high-school class, News
Laptops to be required of
Franklin Road Academy students, reflecting trend away
from "labs" to one-on-one laptop access, The
City Paper, p. 1, March
Posting grades of TN Lottery
scholarship winners raises fears of identity
theft, Tennessean, March
University of Phoenix offers
online campus with live classes in Franklin,
Vanderbilt faculty study effects
of space travel on human beings, Tennessean, March
Report: Adverse health effects
of synthetic nanotechnologies in the body, NY
Engineering and Computer Sciences spring lectures
continue April 1 and 15 with presentations on
scalable sensor network infrastructure; and, control of
network embedded systems. Details
Gerry G. Hull, president/CEO of
Automated Logic Corporation, honored as Distinguished
Alumnus by Vanderbilt School of Engineering.
Hull has been active on the School's Committee of
Visitors and in fundraising. In 2001 he was named the
Ernst & Young Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year in
the Technology-Software Division and in 2002 was named
CEO of the Year by Frost and Sullivan. ALC develops and
manufacturers electronic control systems for
F. Galloway, dean of the Vanderbilt
School of Engineering, recently chaired the
"Engineering's Role in Defense R&D" session
of the 2004 Public Policy Colloquium of the American
Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering
Owen Graduate School marketing
faculty members Hoffman, Novak and Oliver citations rank
second in frequency only to MIT among 46 top
business schools, Tennessean, March 29, 5E, not on web.
Owen release here.
Vandy news archive receives
National Endowment for Humanities grant, Nash.
Bus. Journal, March
Magnetic Dreams 3-D team creates
films for "Sesame Street," Tennessean, March
26; Nash. Bus. Journal, March
Vanderbilt's Law and Owen School
students, faculty test Motorola wireless,
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; 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; Milt Capps, NTC Advancement Project
Director; Tom DePauw, Global Program Director-IT, CAT
Financial; David Condra, President, Nashville Technology
Council, and others pending confirmation. Sponsors are
CGI, CompUSA, XO Communications, BellSouth, Cisco,
Mayor's Office of Economic and Community Development,
and Novell. Event
details and online registration,
Nashville Technology Council
issues 2004 Nashville Technology Directory, NTC
release. Tennessean, March
Outsourcing: It's made an irritated
independent of GOP-leaning biznewscaster Lou
Dobbs, March 21, NY
Art or Science? Why software
still stinks, Salon magazine, March
19 (Free online daypass).
RFID: Smaller enterprises
gaining from employment of RFID technologies,
Information Week, March
E-commerce: Mainstreaming nearly
complete, access demographics normalizing, NY
increases with Sarbanes-Oxley, other pressures,
Reuters via Wash. Post, March
Contra Viruses and
Worms: The Cisco
In Search Of: Google rolls-out
localized engine, March 17, NY
Times and AP
via NY Times. Web surfers who want a broader selection
of parochial information will be encouraged to visit new
New software category: the "search information manager,"
Washington Post, March
The Executive Development
Institute, Owen Graduate School of Management,
Vanderbilt University, spring
And, visit Tennessee's technology
(April 1) PROJECT
PAYCHECK, middle Tennessee's
largest job expo, Gaylord Entertainment
Northeast TN Tech Council breakfast meeting at
New Horizons Computer Learning Centers,
Kingsport, 7:30a-8:30a. Pre-register by e-mail email@example.com
or call (423) 279-9000. No charge.
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
Ann'l Tenn. Geographic Information Council
(GIS), Cool Sprgs Marriott, here.
(April 13) MidTN Java Users
Group, panel: "Success with Java,"
representatives from McGraw Hill, Manheim, Spheris,
Integra, NFIB, 4:30p-6p, location: RHI, 3100 West End
Suite 400. RSVP here.
(April 14) Business execs are
invited to join Mayor Purcell and Schools Director Pedro
Garcia on the Chamber's annual Business Visit
to Metro Schools, register here.
(April 16) North Highland sets
panel on Program Management Office, with Joe
Degati, SVP/CIO, Cendant Corporation/Progeny Marketing
Innovations; Edward Scott - EVP/CFO, Caterpillar
Financial; Richard Singletary, AVP Strategy &
Planning, HCA Information Technology & Services, details
Technology Explosion career fair and tech
expo, Hillsboro High Schools, Nashville, for
further information here.
(April 22) InfraGard and FBI: Protecting critical
infrastructure, with responses to
Infragard threat scenarios from Nashville Electric
Service, Nashville Gas, Metro Water, Metro Nashville
Airport Authority; and, presentation by Maj. Gen. Jerry
Humble, TN Office of Homeland Security. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.,
Baptist Hospital Amphitheater, Nashville. Register by
phone (800) 501-4344. Details
Wireless LAN security and audit,
daylong course, Information Systems Audit and Control
Assn., local chapter, details here.
(April 27) "Light Speed," 8 p.m.
CDST, NPT Channel 8; PBS series "Innovation" explores the
emergence of fiber-optics technologies.
(April 30) 4th
annual Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Spirit of
Innovation breakfast, Convention Center;
details and registration
(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 here.
(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
Chattanooga. American Venture magazine
touts success of Tennessee Venture Forum, page 11,
Jan/Feb. 04, not on web.
(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 May.
(Oct. 5-7) Memphis
Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference,
Memphis Biotech. Fdn, here.