Tuesday, May 4, 2004 (No. 33)
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Scheduled Events

Nashville security: Among firms whose operations were affected by the 9/11 terrorist strike, Bank of New York will establish $100-million transaction-processing center here, Tennessean, April 29. Nash. Bus. Journal, April 1, p.1 and online. [The 3rd annual NTC-ISSA InfoSec Nashville information-security conference is scheduled here Aug. 24, 2004. For program and sponsorship information, please write here or call 615.743-3160.]

Tech Roundtable, Thurs., May 6: Cliff Duffey, Chair./Pres./CEO, Cybera, Inc. Register here today! Cybera links farflung enterprises, Tennessean, April 19.

Tenn. Tech Talent (T3) -- 200 area execs are needed right away to help judge Technology Student Assn. competition, Opryland Hotel, June 20-24. They'll work around your schedule. Details right here.

NTC Software Developers Roundtable hosts event, May 18. NTC release. Nash. Bus. Journal, April 28.

Tech After Hours: Tues., May 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Franklin Marriott. Hosted by Nashville Technology Council and co-host Williamson Works. Co-sponsor: Cingular. Corporate tables available. $15 Members; $20 Non-Members by May 12 (later: $20/$25). Details via NTC website or phone for exhibit info, (615) 743-3151.

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TruVoteCEO Athan Gibbs' sudden death, March 12, increased uncertainty regarding whether or not TruVote's answer to election fraud will ever find its way into America's polling places -- even while direct-recording electronic (DRE) technologies are finding strong interest, internationally.

Two months later, TruVote's fate remains uncertain, but Interim President and CFO Adrienne Brandon, CPA, is no less certain TruVote's solution is superior to technology offered by such DRE hardware, software and services competitors as Accupoll, Avante, Hart Intercivic or Smartmatic. (Brandon notes Smartmatic recently announced its untried technology will debut in Venezuela, where Smartmatic won a $91 million contract. She says TruVote may assign higher priority to international markets.)

Brandon explains that since Gibbs' demise on a local Interstate, she, Chief Technology Officer David Sterling, the TruVote board of directors and supporters outside the company have pursued many issues: E.g., TruVote, already preparing its marketing campaign, hopes also by mid-summer to secure certification of a stronger TruVote v. 2.0 via an independent testing lab. Simultaneously, Truvote is addressing possible restructuring in the wake of Gibbs' death. These and other actions should enable TruVote to operate freely and seek investment capital, more aggressively. Read more, click here.

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Technology 2020 is now accepting applications from venture capital-seeking companies for 8th Tenn. Valley Venture Forum, Sept. 23-24, Chattanooga. App. deadline, June 11. Accepted companies present to about 300 institutional, individual investors. Details www.tvvf.biz or via Tom Rogers (865) 220-2020. Related, Knox. News Sentinel, April 19.

Former Palmgear, Medifax EDI and PMT Services exec Todd Burke joins CheckVelocity as president, Nash. Bus. Journal, April 30.

Cleartrack Information Network Inc., facing a "precipice" created by supply-chain success, will release Hawk Visibility 5.0 in June, add sales staff, seek cash infusion and possibly undertake M&A, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 11, April 30.

Nashville-based Snappy Auctions' Founder/CEO Debbie Gordon just returned from International Franchise Expo in D.C., where she was the only eBay reseller exhibiting. Next up for Gordon: A "great!" show behind her, Gordon said yesterday she's now focused on prospective franchisees in 25 Eastern and Midwest markets.Snappy release, April 28. Meanwhile, in East TN, Etowah-based NuMarkets announced its Simple Software, for scale consignment-selling via eBay. Release April 26. Also, Quikdrop enters East TN, release May 3.

Memphis-based Chilmark Entertainment Group agreed to sell restricted shares to fund launch in China of mobile phone content service.
Commercial Appeal, May 4.

ClientLogic snags $50 million in contracts in 1Q, signaling recovery from competition-induced sag, Tennessean, 1E, April 25.

Owners of Whites Creek-based Impak Inc. have acquired Encryptolock anti-piracy software from Factory Install, with an toward both domestic and international markets, Nash. Bus. Journal, April 23.

BellSouth expresses concern about rate of loss of business and residential telephone access lines, Times Free Press, April 23.

Nashville Public Radio WPLN receives Corp. for Public Broadcasting grant for transition to digital radio, April 15 release.

RFD-TV, serving rural markets, relocates to Northstar's Nashville campus, April 22. Northstar Productions announces new PPV encryption services, March 25. Release April 22.

Releases April 27 from Inflow's Nashville office and Denver headquarters describe record results for 1QCY04. Nash. Bus. Journal, April 28.

Tennessee venture-capital investment sinks, Tennessean, Nashville Bus. Journal, Memphis Bus. Journal, April 27.

VC John Doerr says, even now, upside of Tech sector is still underappreciated, NY Times, May 3. Ven Cap will flow to firms proven successful, Wash. Post, May 3. Bay Area IPOs queuing-up for IPO, E. Bay Bus. Times, April 30. Investors ready for a Dot-Com boom, NY Times, May 2. Rushing Tech IPO's to market? That Google IPO isn't the only factor stirring-up the tech sector for investors, Washington Post, April 27. Overall V/C activity resurgent, AP via Washington Post, April 27, here.

CoStar Group, leading real-estate info provider in US/UK, acquires Peermark of Memphis/Nashville, release April 19. Nash. Bus. Journal, April 20.

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Nashvillian, NTC Board Member and BearingPoint CMO Linda Rebrovick's meteoric career rise reported by The Washington Post, April 26.

Belmont's Peer Exchange Network has tapped execs with NTC member firms: Dave Chapman, CEO, Northpoint Software and Services (May 6, Business Process: Competitive Asset or Liability?); Art Zeile, CEO and cofounder, Inflow (Oct. 26, Managing Tech investments: future trends); and, Nashville Management Group (facilitators for best-practices sessions). PEN calendar.

CIBER-Nashville, which previously acquired SCB Computer Technology, named John Wood area director, Joan DuNard sales executive, Fay Abusalem business-development manager, Angela Mayes senior recruiter and Gay Hooker area administrator. Tennessean, April 25. City Paper, May 4, p. 12, not on web.

Brentwood-based Comdata, a Ceridian sub, said April 30 that Bob Skiba, formerly vp with Gap Inc., has become EVP/GM for the firm's Stored Value Systems, Inc. (SVS) subsidiary. Release May 3. Nash. Bus. Journal online, May 3. Tennessean, p. 3E, May 4, not on web.

Jim Trublood leaves Fleetguard CTO position for vp engines slot with Cummins Inc., Tennessean, May 2, scroll here.

Knoxville's Pilot Travel Centers selects Lawson Software to integrate with existing financial suite, Lawson release April 26.

FedEx Trade Networks unit and SAP partner to develop new duty and tax data-aggregating technology, Memphis Bus. Journal, April 22.

Nashville's Chamber/Partnership 2010 make Top 10 in Site Selection, based on new jobs, investments, leadership. City Paper, April 30.

Pinnacle Chairman Robert McCabe named to board of Private Business, April 21.

Dell & SAP partner on standards for scalable systems, release, April 28.

Comdata enlists TALX e-Payroll Services for paystub communication, April 27.

LBMC Tech's named TN SAP Business One Partner, Nash. Bus. Journal, April 2, not on web. Related LBMC.

Healthcare Management Systems, PayMaxx Inc., Beacon Technology, Sy.Med among Nashville Business Journal Best-in-Business finalists, NBJ p. 15, April 23, and p. 10, April 30, not on web. Full listing of BiB finalists. Ceremony is May 20.

Samuel Rainey to VP-bus. dev. for Think Ventures, focusing on the firm's SublimeMail anti-spam unit, Nash. Bus. Journal, April 23, not on web. Rainey previously served with Valutec gift-card provider.

Intelleq Communications licensed Equinox IS Collector AFT/EIU to automate call-detail record transmission, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 24, April 23, not on web. Equinox IS release, April 13.

Comframe picked for Inc. Magazine fastest-growing private urban companies list, The City Paper, April 21.

SmartDM names six hires, Tennessean, April 18. Nash. Bus. Journal, April 23. City Paper, p. 12, May 4.

(further) Helen Lane joins CIMplify as CIO and vice president, information services, Green Hills News, p. 17, April 22, not on web. Also see April 15 summary.

Healthcare Management Systems Inc. named Sabrina Burks application support analyst. Scroll, Tennessean, April 25. Sweeney now HMS app.-support analyst. La'Sonya Roberson will provide application training as implementation specialist.

Nashville Business Journal editors pick The Tech20 executives, Supplement page 6A, April 23: Tom Collins, President/CEO, Juris; David Condra, President, NTC; Eric Cromwell, Director of technology, TN ECD; John Doss, executive vice president, Healthcare Management Systems; Cliff Duffey, president and CEO, Cybera Inc.; Jerry Dunlap, president and CEO, ISDN-Net; Darrell Freeman, President and CEO, Zycron Computer Services; Robert Frist Jr., Chairman, President and CEO, Healthstream; Katie Gambill, Partner & CEO, Council Ventures; Fred Goad, Partner, Voyent Partners; Tony Holcome, President, WebMD Envoy; Steve Mason, President and CEO, Qualifacts Systems, Inc.; Joe Maxwell, Chairman, president and CEO, Investment Scorecard; Christopher McKinney, Director, Vanderbilt University Office of Technology Transfer and Enterprise Development; David McNeel, Director, Center for Information Technology Education; Tim Moses, CEO, Monster Labs; Marty Paslick, vice president-product development, HCA Information Technology & Services; J. Edward Pearson, President and CEO, DigiScript; Ryan Wuerch, President and CEO, PalmGear; Tom Wylly, Chairman, Nashville Capital Network. (NBJ contact here.)

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Healthstream SVP Michael Pote says healthcare IT professionals need IT education infused with business knowledge and soft skills, itX (CITE Nashville), April 1. Healthstream quarterly loss narrows, Nash. Bus. Journal, April 28. Tennessean, April 29, scroll down here.

HealthTrio Connect product is chosen by Ohio healthcare system, Nash. Bus. Journal, April 15.

Nashville's BulldogIT BITpack Business Intelligence Tools net Scott & White system in central Texas, release April 23.

Health Management Directions' "smart hospital" proposal for Brentwood fails before state agency, Tennessean, April 29. Nash Bus. Journal, April 28. HMD Related, Tennessean, April 26. Meanwhile, HMD will launch Smart Hospital" operations in planned NC facility, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 5, April 23, not on web.

CNET News reports on earlier complaints regarding communications and processing of some claims via WebMD Envoy clearinghouse, CNET News, April 27. NashvillePost.com, April 30, sub required, here.

Siemens Medical Solutions grabs Johnson City's Mountain States Health Alliance for clinical IT solutions, release April 27.

Blue Cross-Blue Shield of TN joins alliance for Universal Credentialing DataSource, coalition release, April 29.

Nashville Health Care Council plans September trade mission, Nashville Medical News, p. 4, April 2004. Scroll thru here.

Healthcare industry girds for ICD10 coding, NashvillePost.com, (sub required) April 16.

OASIS creates Healthcare XML.org site for IT professionals, here.

Healthcare information-technology may be the natural leading edge of Nashville's technology development. Story quotes execs from Sy.Med, Clinix, CIMplify, Healthcare Management Systems, and mentions Healthstream, HCA, WebMD. Supplement page 4A, April 23, Nash. Bus. Journal, not on web.

Cap Gemini is managing Wellpoint partnership with Microsoft to bring medical professionals into the e-Health digital age, Internetnews.com, April 29. Microsoft release, April 29.

President Bush will appoint Healthcare IT coordinator, Information Week, May 3. President wants all healthcare records computerized within 10 years, AP via Knox. News Sentinel, April 27. Text of President's remarks on HIT, April 27. Resource: eHealth Initiative page.

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Link to key in-state government bid-tracking resources, here.

Napster proposal for Tennessee Board of Regents universities would legally sell music to students, but seems a non-starter, AP via Knox. News Sentinel, May 1.

Tennessee OIR and GovTech collaborate to produce the May 25 Tennessee Government Technology Summit, May 25, Hilton Suites Nashville Downtown. Agenda, registration. Topics: from security, network convergence, web content management and XML; to mobile computing, Linux, project management and culture of the enterprise.

Tenn. Econ. & Community Development's Technology Director Eric Cromwell says TECD is working on "a coherent strategy on how to capitalize on our existing technology resources, on research and development efforts, on technological breakthroughs and radical ideas and disruptive business models." Supplement page 13A, Nash. Bus. Journal, April 23. Not on web. Cromwell says the state's strategy will be completed by the time of the Governor's Economic Development conference, Sept. 28-30. Now, Cromwell is inventorying the state's tech resources, discussing stakeholders' missions and ambitions, identifying opportunities to leverage state advantages. ECD Tech page here.

Metro Government announced RFP 04-33 providing Internet and Voice service TO the Nash. Convention Center (service then distributed internally by NCC tech staff), proposals due May 24.

Proposals are anticipated today from five potential offerors who were represented during Metro/Nashville Government's April 20 preproposal conference for RFP 04-27 for PeopleSoft configurable network computing services.

Nashville Electric Service issued RFP 93681 for a broad range of onsite IT services, due May 28. NES also just issued RFP 93781 for mainframe data center processing; pre-proposal conference 10 a.m., May 14, and offers due June 18.

Metro Nashville Public Schools seeks content-management solution for Web support, RFP 04-36. Proposals due May 14. Last week's preproposal conference drew 15 potential bidders; more info on the RFP is due out this week.

Tennessee seeks contractor to develop technical operating standards for emergency communications districts and wireless 911 communications, RFP 335-08.515, due May 24.

Tennessee seeks IT contractor to support Section 8 Voucher Software System RFP 316.20.8100, due June 21.

Metro Government is reviewing four offers received in response to its E-Lockbox for E-payments RFP 04-31.

Tennessee division of student transportation implements database to track inspections, repairs on 10,000 school buses, looks ahead to electronic transmissions from inspectors, Times Free Press, May 3.

U.S. Senate approves moratorium on Internet taxation, CNN, April 30. Sen. Lamar Alexander fights prohibition of state Internet taxation, Tennessean, April 28. Alexander's stance on taxing VOIP assayed, BusinessTN, May 2004 (not on web). Meanwhile, U.S. Senate mulls permanent Internet tax ban, Bush says he wants to spur broadband, Washington Post, April 27. Related April 26. NY Times, April 27.

President Bush outlines HIT, broadband, related tech initiatives, April 26. Kerry campaign criticizes Bush Administration on economics, alleges loss of nation's advanced-technology products advantage, here. Kerry Campaign manufacturing scenario would emphasize technology, Commercial Appeal, April 29.

Outmoded database in TN Bureau of Investigation delays gun purchases, AP in Commercial Appeal, April 22.

Brentwood police and traffic increase use of technology in controlling speeders and traffic flow, Tennessean, April 6.

Congress enrolls legislation to attack Spyware perpetrators, Washington Post, April 29. CNN, April 30. Microsoft executive's presentation to Congressional committee, April 29.

Terrorist threat unit tackles technology, privacy issues, Washington Post, April 28. Patriot Act suppresses news of ACLU assault on Patriot Act, Washington Post, April 29.

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Techonomics: Clarity Resources' Lee Martin describes how one man's vision spawned high-tech growth in East Tennessee, Knox. News Sentinel, May 3.

Thursday, Nortel Networks will announce a technology gift to FedEx Institute of Technology, to support workforce development. The May 6 event in Memphis will highlight multimedia applications. (The Nortel NetworksXpress exhibit rig that will be on-site typically includes such technologies as Nortel's Multimedia Communications Server 5100, which supports VOIP, videoconferencing, etc.) Event registration, details. Speakers include Malcolm Collins, President, Enterprise Solutions, Nortel Networks; Robert Carter, Chief Information Officer, FedEx; Jim Phillips, Chairman, FedEx Institute of Technology; Steve Bares, President, Memphis Biotech Foundation; Tommie Henderson, Principal, Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering. The Academy is Tennessee's first charter school.

Tech Council and Chamber collaborate: Thursday's East Tenn. Business Showcase will feature tech companies, also, Knox. News Sentinel, May 3.

Thoreson officially establishes Acumen Management presence in Knoxville, Knox. News Sentinel, April 26.

Maxim: "What goes up,..." IPIX stock slumps on earnings, Knox. News Sentinel, April 17. IPIX notes, KNS, April 17. Release April 15. Previous coverage, scroll down in April 15 Summary in Archive.

California ePAC digital printing company, seeking better access to high-tech and publishing clients, is awaiting Shelby County tax relief approval before proceeding with major facility in Memphis area, Commercial Appeal, April 30.

No competition was held for air-quality modeling contract with Systems Applications (SAI) in Chattanooga, Times Free Press, April 19.

Tenn. Fast Track grant to Tenn. Rand Co. to build robots for automakers, Times Free Press, April 16.

U. Memphis opens Public Earthquake Resource Cntr Interactive exhibits, Memphis Bus. Journal, April 27.

Memphis-based Concord data's parent First Data buys Australian data firm, April 15.

Memphis-based Limelight Media Group (LMG) withdrew letter of intent to acquire Salt Lake City-based Bluepoint Technologies. Commercial Appeal.

Cleveland, TN, and Bradley County should adopt shared computer standards, Times Free Press, April 25.

Direct TV call center expands in Knoxville, April 23.

Valocity expands Web footprint for Instant Access appraisal, data-storage, Memphis Bus. Journal, April 19.

Firestone leverages technology in designing tires, Tennessean, April 22.

Knoxville-based Qgenics Biosciences has changed its name to Protein Discovery Inc., a name the company said better reflects the market it is pursuing. Knox. News Sentinel, April 19, scroll here.

EnerNex Corp. awarded a $100,000 Dept. of Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency contract to research improving cyber-security in electric utility communication, control systems. News Sentinel, April 19, scroll here.

Knoxville's ImagePoint buys Infosite for mapping signage, Knox. News Sentinel, April 19.

Sevierville firm launches GroupTravelPlanet.com and CoachQuote.com with American Bus Association, Knox. News Sentinel, April 19. Coachquote.com notes here.

Sevierville's MTO Receptive launches TripQuick.com fare discounts, Knox. News Sentinel, April 19.

Chattanooga's DataBolts facilitates broader commercialization of defense encryption and compression technology, Chattanoogan.com, April 18.

B'ham-based, Nashville-office Comframe selected by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies, City Paper, April 19.

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Nashville's Center for IT Education launching industry-education-skills Exchange, Nash. Bus. Journal, April 9. Also, see the Resources section of this edition of the News Summary.

At VU/Peabody, the Learning Sciences Instituteintegrates teaching, learning, technology, policy assets under one umbrella, serving all of Vanderbilt, VU release May 3 here.

During FedEx Institute appearance, Oak Ridge NL official tells of growing tech transfer and commercialization activities at ORNL, Commercial Appeal, May 1.

FedEx Institute of Technology at University of Memphis says it's becoming a major center for advanced distributed learning and related intelligent-systems advances, release, April 8.

From little sacks of salt water: New VU Engineering's Biomedical unit's brain research suggests brain cells more discriminating when working together, with implications for neural computing, Innovations Report, April 20.

National Science Foundation CAREER Award to Vanderbilt Engineering ISIS' Koutsoukos for work with embedded and hybrid systems, VU release April 29.

Eva Harth joins Chemistry Department as assistant professor and member of the Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE). She was staff scientist, Xenoport, Sta. Clara, Calif. Release here.

"Tech. Explosion" at Hillsboro High School showcased tech options for students, Green Hills News, p. 15, April 22, not on web.

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Nashville's NTC Software Developers Roundtable hosts first NTC event, May 18. NTC release, here. Nash. Bus. Journal, April 28. Tennessean, May 3.

The Nashville Area Chamber's new Manufacturers' Council met, April 20. (Members are entirely senior execs with manufacturing organizations.) Attendees included TN ECD Commis. Matt Kisber, TN Labor/Workforce Commis. James Neeley, both of whom addressed the issue of workers' compensation reform. Gov. Bredesen unveiled his workers' compensation plan to the state legislature the same day. Steve Sparks, (615) 743-3055, or write here.

ITXchange Career, Jobs, Education, Training resource emerges at Nashville's Center for Information Technology Education (CITE). Resources: Corporate Scholars program. IT Education gateway. Synergy conference agenda. Executive interview. Job-search portal. News link. Career Path links. Career Cluster descriptions. Also, to have CITE consider your firm considered for profiling in the Employer Profile section, write Keith LeSuer. Earlier story: Nashville's Center for IT Education launching industry-education-skills Exchange, Nash. Bus. Journal, April 9.

IT Hiring: During Technology! Nashville (April 8) NTC's Condra reports uptick in IT recruiting in March 04 over '03, charts, Nash. Bus. Journal, Supplement 15A, April 23, not on web. Related NTC release here. Condra (large) PowerPoint. NashvilleJobsLink.com offers leads on Nashville-area technology jobs. Direct link to tech jobs here. NTC member organizations enjoy JobsLink advantages, details here. Technology! Nashville aired on Metro 3, Tennessean, April 22, scroll down here.

Business Week: CEOs watching tech spending, performance, April 13. CEO tech-spending guide.

Digital content, rights management -- BMI announces major technology and copyright-management initiative, release May 3. Microsoft launches new copyright protection software, AP via Wash. Post, May 3. SunnComm's MediaMaxTM Music Management -M4- claims to reduces sales drop-off and increase unit sales for CD releases, statement April 20.

VOIP usage expanding among Tennessee organizations; ISDN-Net, Beacon execs cited, April 24, 1E, Tennessean, here. VOIP is a focus during this week's national cable-industry gathering, NY Times, May 3.

The "Instant Live" patent and deal with ClearChannel, NY Times, May 3. Competing Nashville resource: iMUSIC.

Internet gives music execs cheap new way to find new talent, Washington Post, May 2.

Apple sells 70 million songs in first year of iTunes, NY Times, April 29.

Universal Music Group and Gotuit Media enter video-on-demand pact, April 20.

Lumigen announces Entegra recommended for auditing for Microsoft SQL server, April 12.

Tech hiring boom in prospect, Washington Post, April 29.

The Information Week IT jobs and salaries report 2004, here.

Gospel Music Association study finds teens into Christian downloading, NY Times, April 25. Americans legally downloading more music, Washington Post, April 25.

OUTSOURCING -- U.S. IT businesses being created to leverage outsourcing to India, Washington Post, April 29. India may be losing its edge to lower-cost nations, NY Times, May 2. Some U.S. firms repatriating information-technology work from India due to deeper knowledge here, NY Times, April 28. Outsourcing TO the United States gaining momentum, NY Times, April 11. India-based Infosys Technologies says it'll increase U.S. hiring to compete with Accenture, IBM, others onshore, FT.com, April 13. Infosys hits $1 Billion sales mark, NY Times, April 14.

Electronic Frontier Foundation criticizes technology patent policies seen as restricting rights, AP via Knox. News Sentinel, April 26.

Shifting signals on growth in technology earnings, NY Times, April 25. Prospective Google IPO may become most profitable investment in history, but founders are slow to give offering the green light, NY Times, April 26.

US LEC's Tom Coffey on multi-office Realtors' need for high-speed access, bundled services, with emphasis on multi-link frame relay connex, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 19, April 30.

Router flaw prompts security concerns, Washington Post, April 21.

Internet core functions vulnerable to assault, Washington Post, April 20. AP via Commercial Appeal, April 21. AP in NY Times, April 21.

Lambda fiber-optic solution will drive-down telecom costs dramatically, WashingtonPost, April 19.

Vanderbilt School of Engineering technical lectures and presentations, schedule update, here.

Inflow/Nashville IT Security seminar, May 13, Hilton Suites, details here.

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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.

And, visit Tennessee's technology councils' sites:


(May 5-7) PMI Nashville: Best Practices in Healthcare Project Management, HCA Conference Cntr. Details.

(May 6) ISSA Spring Cyber Security Workshop at Belmont Univ., details here.

(May 6) Memphis - FedEx Institute of Technology, Nortel announce gift during U. Memphis event, see item in East/West, above.

(May 6) Stan Gibson, Exec. Ed., eWEEK Magazine, addresses Knox. Area Chamber & Tech. Council Partnership Business Showcase event, details.

(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 12) NE TN Tech Council meeting, spotlights healthcare IT in NE Tenn., at Wellmont Holston Valley OP Cntr., Kingsport. Details.

(May 12) Logility supply-chain VP Karin Bursa presents for UT seminar, 10 a.m., Center for Executive Education.

(May 13) AITP Nash., Starting Your IT Business, Bob Chaput -American Tech'y Grp, details here.

(May 14) Econocom USA free briefing on Sarbanes-Oxley, with Matthew Heiter, chair, Securities Practice Group at Baker, Donelson; and, Michael Drake of Econocom on IT best practices for compliance. 8 a.m.-11 a.m., Hilton Suites. Register here, or phone (901) 507-2151.

(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) Chattanooga Technology Council luncheon presentation on Good Link Technologies, enabling remote users to access E-mail, calendar and applications on their own networks in a secure manner from the Palm and PocketPC phone devices using existing carriers.

(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, details, here.

(May 25) CIO and CFO: Corporate IT and Finance Relationship, panelists Joe Degati, CIO, Progeny; Irv Lingo, CFO, Corrections Corp.; Kevin Trentham, VP-IT, Univ. Lighting; Steve Tisdell, Compliance Partners; Gary Meisner, La-Z Boy; moderator, Mark Schmadtke. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Details and registration here or write Colleen Grissom.

(May 31-June 2) TN Corridor Knoxville/Oak Ridge Summit, Tennessee Valley Corridor, here.

(June 2) Protecting proprietary information, seminar, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Fogelman Exec. Center, Univ. of Memphis. Speakers include NTC member Michael D. Moberly, president, Knowledge Protection Strategies; Craig Grossman, associate director of the FedEx Institute of Technology; Robert F. Wallace, CPA; and Kirk Baird, FBI supervisory special agent. Details.

(June 3) NTC Tech Roundtable - Loren Chumley, Commissioner - Revenue, State of Tennessee - The Streamlined Sales Tax Project, electronic commerce.

(June 4) Chamber Behind the Business, Robert Henry, CEO, American Endoscopy Services, details here.

(June 10) AITP Nashville - New Dawn of IT, Chris Young, CIO, St. Thomas Health, Sheraton Music City, details here.

(July 1) NTC Tech Roundtable - "Open Source" panel discussion, University Club, Vanderbilt.

(July 8) AITP Nashville - IT Strategies at Thomas Nelson, Rick Proctor, CIO, Sheraton Music City, 5:30 p.m., details here.

(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, director, CITE.

(Aug. 5) NTC Tech Roundtable, Tim Stafford, CIO, EdgeNet, University Club, Vanderbilt.

(Aug. 12) AITP Nashville - IT at Direct General Corporation, Suzanne Lattimore, CIO, Sheraton Music City, 5:30 p.m., details here.

(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 Center.

(Sept. 28) Music City Future 50 recognition at Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Nominations open in June for this annual recognition, with nominations deadline of July 2. Event site, criteria here.

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

(Aug. 24) 3rd Annual Nashville Technology Council - ISSA "Information Security Conference," Nashville Convention Center.(May 6) NTC Tech Roundtable with Cliff Duffey, President, Cybera, University Club at Vanderbilt. Dinner 6 p.m., program 7 p.m. Details and registration here.
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