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Homeland Security industry
coalition forms in Tennessee, Knox. News
Sentinel, June 2. Homeland
Security Secretary Ridge speaks today in
Knoxville, Knox. News Sentinel, June 2.
(Thurs., June 3)
Roundtable: TN Revenue Commis.
Loren Chumley discusses issues of interest to Tech
sector, incl. Streamlined Sales Tax.
Registration here today.
Relocation of "significant
media company" to Williamson County
anticipated, NewsChannel5 via Tennessean, Williamson
AM, May 31.
Nashville Public Radio (WPLN)
eyes move to digital-radio broadcasts as counter
to satellite radio, City
Paper, June 1. In April, WPLN received a
digital-radio grant from Corporation for Public
Nashville attracts dozens
of tech-oriented information providers
for the Special Libraries Association confab at Opryland Hotel, June
5-10, including Factiva, FIND/SVP, Indus, Thomson
Rush law group join digital-content project
with Cal. company, May 21, Nash. Bus.
Creative Artists Nashville
gets data-backup from HQ deal with
EMC, May 24.
fulfills promises in Davidson
County, Tennessean, May 16. Dell
reports record earnings, NY Times, May 14. Dell
results generate little enthusiasm, Wash.
Post, May 14. Dell in
agreement with Katz Technology Licensing to
address product/service support, May 11. Dell
reaches recycling goals, Nash. Bus. Journal, May
Bredesen says "2003 was a record year for
eGovernment in Tennessee. Over 8.5
million online transactions were performed at
Tennessee.gov -- a 61% increase over 2002." His
remarks preface a report re Tennessee.gov
and eGovernment, produced and paid for by
TennesseAnytime portal contractor National Information Consortium, Inc. (Olathe, Kan.). Report's
on Web. For print
copies, write here.
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Richard McKinney, director of Metro
Nashville's department of Information
Services, says he believes
Metro is "within striking distance" to push for
ensuring that all Metro Government and Metro
Schools facilities, personnel and K-12 classrooms
are completely networked with robust
That's one reason
McKinney, now five years in his post, is looking
for at least eight talented network technologists
to join his 116-person staff, to shoulder
development and support for Metro government and
McKinney says he and Lance Lott,
chief administration officer and CIO for Metro Schools, are
committed to ensuring that the school district has
not only connections, but also the vital larger
broadband pipes they need to catch up with tech
needs for teaching, learning and administration.
This work is rising in priority within Metro IS'
$10 million annual budget, and most near-term
initiatives have been assigned or contracted out,
sometimes piggybacking on contracts put in place
by state government.
Meanwhile, in the past year Metro
IS completed the build-out of synchronous optical
network (SONET) standard infrastructure that will
enable Metro to "carve out voice and data and to
move Metro's entire phone system onto Metro's own
upgraded infrastructure." Metro is "moving
aggressively on VOIP and wireless networking,"
McKinney says he relies heavily on
such strategic partners as BellSouth, Cisco,
Gartner for updates on technology and trends, and
if over-the-transom vendor inquiries coincide with
current priorities, he'll try to find time time to
talk. Inevitably, he must decline or refer to
subordinates over-the-transom queries and offers
from would-be vendors, which flow toward him at a
rate of well over 50 unsolicited offers per
McKinney, 54, has served in state
and Metro government nearly 20 years, in the
offices of the state Treasurer, the Department of
Finance & Administration, the General
Assembly's office of information services and now
Metro IS. Earlier, McKinney learned firsthand the
art of knitting together communities, while he
served as board chairman and business officer for
The Farm, an "intentional community" or commune,
founded 33 years ago at Summertown, TN. The father
of five earned his Master of Public Administration
and his B.A. in political science at Tennessee
State University. In June, McKinney will address
return-on-investment issues during a conference
hosted by the respected Governing
magazine. McKinney profiled in July 2003 Government
Technology 2020 is accepting apps
from VC-seeking companies for
Tenn. Valley Venture Forum, Sept.
23-24, Chattanooga. App. deadline, June 11.
Accepted companies present to 300 institutional,
individual investors. Details www.tvvf.biz or
Rogers (865) 220-2020.
Related, Knox. News Sentinel, April 19. Story on
forum importance, Knox. News Sentinel, June 1.
Internet Cafe, E-Learning and
Play: The Mouse Pad debuts in Brentwood. Thene Sheehy, the
veteran Nashville tech exec who helped pioneer
remote application-development teams and other
business-process disciplines for Sprint PCS is
creating The Mouse Pad, a new facility serving
businesses and families that frequently need more
access to e-learning, training, gaming, social
networking and other technologies. Sheehy recently
completed a term on the NTC Board of
Directors, and served as Board chair. She also
recently completed her Vanderbilt Engineering
master's in managing technology.
With Symphony in
bankruptcy, Peary focuses on BulldogIT,
Tennessean, May 13.
Renaissance Healthcare Systems
names BulldogIT to exclusive IT role,
release June 2.
Rivals.com signs with Nike and
Adidas, expands editorial services
and offices, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 28.
Kroll Inc. sale to Marsh
& McLennan should aid Nashville-based Kroll
Background America, headed by Shmerling,
NashvillePost.com, May 18.
Nelson Capital Partners
III venture fund reaps big gain from $58 million
Performics sale to Doubleclick.com,
NashvillePost.com, May 18. Performics
software helps online advertisers target ad
Asurion CEO Comolli says
he's staying focused, May 16. Tennessean Q&A.
ramps up iServerCare, weathers
reorganization. Now, Klements says growth
may warrant second data center in
Nashville, May 28, Nash. Bus.
Goldleaf Technologies and
partners launch Goldleaf Payment
Solutions for sales and marketing of
e-check services, electronic funds transfer,
direct deposit payroll, and point-of-sale lock
boxes. Nash. Bus. Journal, May 28.
to launch Christian website operation,
May 19, NashvillePost.com.
Verizon Wireless promotes
Murfreesboro as center for wireless, in
wake of number-portability changes, release
Consultant Doug Ward
squeezes profits from manufacturing
processes, May 21, Nash. Bus.
and tragic death of founder continue to draw
attention, Knox. News
Sentinel, May 17.
Oak Ridge Micro-Energy
announces 3:1 split, May 20.
iPayment downgraded by
Wachovia, Morgan Keegan, Nash. Bus.
Journal, May 25.
Nash. Bus. Journal, May 20.
Dispute with Vanderbilt
scientist moves to Memphis court, May
Cingular expands phone
service in Cookeville, release May 17.
Former startups finding
new life upon leaving owners who gobbled them
up in acquisition binge, NY Times,
Detroit-based TruArx (ArxS product)
opens Franklin/Nashville office for IT
security practice, May 14, Nash. Bus.
Distribution's Freightlogic software nets
transportation management customers, Knox. News
Sentinel, May 17.
ISDN-Net expands coverage
with acquisitions of MultiPro and
Net-Serv, NashvillePost.com, May 13; The City
Paper, May 14. Release May 17.
Private Business revenues
slip (further), Tennessean, May 14
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Capps Communications reached agreement with Nashville Technology Council
to continue publishing "News of Nashville
Technology," which Capps
created in July 2003 in collaboration with
Nashville-based Investment Scorecard Inc. announced May 19 a strategic
alliance with Bear, Stearns to provide an investment performance
measurement and reporting system to investment
advisor clients of Bear Stearns Global Clearing
General opts for Ceridian HR solution,
release June 1.
Creative Artists Nashville
gets data-backup benefits in HQ deal with
EMC, May 24.
Rush Law group join
digital-content project with California
company, May 21, Nash. Bus.
Comframe Software named
Tim Mitchell to senior software engineer in
Nashville, Tennessean, May 30. Hires Jerry
Prosise for business development, May 30.
Little Planet Learning's employee-training work for Captain
D's is applauded,
NashvillePost.com, May 17. Related,
Nash. Bus. Journal, May 18.
Cybera Inc. forms
marketing pact with PerformanceRetail,
Nash. Bus. Journal, May 17.
ClientLogic Nashville's Amit Shankardass, solution
planning officer, now
also serves as contact for business intelligence
functions, following Channing Rollo's move to A/E
with Maverick Group.
Nashville's Infoadvantage offers examples of its "extreme Web
clients, site here.
Chris Werner joins SmartDM
as vice president-sales. He was with
Digital Connexxions. Tennessean, May 23.One to jail, three 'not guilty' in
case of fraud against Nashville's Essex
Technologies, Tennessean, May 15.
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U.S. Health & Human
Services (HHS) seeks to encourage development
Technologies, May 24, SSTI report, seeks
HMD The Smart Hospital Company management say they'll continues
fight for permission to build, Tennessean, May 14.SeniorMetrix signs Group Health Cooperative,
release May 26.
Health Trio signs
Massachusetts Medicaid, May 24.
First Consulting Group's
Nashville data center will serve American Hospital
Association, Tennessean, May 12,
Project: Vanderbilt Hospital will work
toward paperless operation, following
success of Medical Group, May 28; related,
NashvillePost.com, June 1. Previous
VUMC House Organ story
on computerized physician order entry.
In Nashville, President
Bush pushes for computerized healthcare
records, Tennessean, May 21.
Tennessean, May 22.
Tennessean, May 27. AP via
Commercial Appeal, May 28. Washington
Post, May 28. Washington
Post, May 28. AP via NY
Times online, May 28. Bush cure
for illegible prescriptions, Reuters via NY
Times, May 27. Health IT
News, May 28. Vanderbilt
Clinix Medical Information
Services LLC announced
yesterday it has entered the American Academy of
Family Physicians "Partners for Patients" program,
which advocates AAFP members' making best use of
technology, with tech standards intended to ensure
compatibility, interoperability, affordability,
etc., and supporting "data stewardship." The
Clinix-AAFP relationship helps AAFP members
recognize vendors who share AAFP standards and
should facilitate Clinix's reaching prospective
customers. AAFP announced the initiative's initial
industry partners, in Nov.
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to key in-state government bid-tracking
Tennessee statement on
recouping internet taxes, May 20. Nash. Bus.
Journal, May 20.
Tennessean, May 21. Related
program, Tech Roundtable, tomorrow, register here.
TN seeks contractor to
develop technical standards for emergency
communications districts and wireless 911
communications, RFP 335-08.515, due
Metro Government rapidly
replacing IT networks; State OIR chief
Ezell looks ahead to network and payroll systems
upgrades, NashvillePost.com, May 28.
Tennessee ranks low on
Tech, high on enthusiasm for business,
Nash. Bus. Journal, May 13.
MAP ROI software makes it
easier to track Government bidding
opportunities, assess competitiveness,
etc., Washington Post, May 31.
Governor Bredesen signs law making
Tennessee first to restrict offshore
outsourcing under Tennessee
contracts, Tennessean, May 16. Times Free
Press, May 17. Washington
Post, scroll down, May 17.
NES CIO Vic Hatridge says
35 vendors attended NES' proposal
conference for RFP for on-site services, and 9
attended the proposal conference for Data Center
Services. See NES procurement.
anticipates drop in Cingular cell phones
under Metro contract, May 20 letter to prospective
bidders for RFP 04-48 Single Flat Rate Cellular
Telephone services, scroll down here.
Tennessee uses GPS ankle
bracelets to track sex offenders,
May 31, Commercial
Appeal. June 1, Knox. News
Metro Government's RFP 04-48 for cellphone support drew
AT&T Wireless, Cricket, Nextel Comm. Under
Metro RFP 04-27 for
PeopleSoft drew proposals now under
evaluation from Born, Datasoft Technology, Dell
Marketing, Eisener Technology, MDC Consulting,
Systime Computer. Under evaluation.
Metro received proposals
for school district's web content management
from CGI, Conviveon, Interpulse,
Hewlett Packard, Hummingbird USA, HyperWave,
Internet Solutions/PayMaxx, Sagestone Consulting,
Vignette, Xtron. Under evaluation.
Metro Government's RFP for
04-33) attacted offers to support the
Nashville Convention Center from XO
Communication, ISDN-Net, USLEC of TN, and
BellSouth. Under evaluation.
in Nashville, but the
Memphis Biotech "BioWorks" launch is
in Memphis. It
happens with a reception, June 4. Bioworks
recently hosted biotech execs in
issue includes stories on "BioNext? The Memphis
biotech sector comes
to a boil," including update on $10 million state
grant for biotech park; and, "Secret City," a look
at hiring at BWXT Y-12, operator of Y-12 National
Security Complex, Oak Ridge NL. Not on
FedEx CEO Fred Smith: more
recognition in CEO Mag, Commercial
Appeal, May 25.
Blue Mountain Avionics at
Copperhill makes its mark with "glass
simulator; returned to TN after relocating to
Colorado, Times Free Press, May 29.
Tennessee's Five Rivers
Electronic Innovations is among
successful petitioners against Chinese dumping of
color TVs, release May 14.
Council says Jackson is
the only city in TN to qualify for broadband
list, Memphis Bus. Journal, May 19.
Air2Lan GM David Parker
profiled, firm offers web and telecom
services, Commercial Appeal, May 24.
TVA enters operations
data-exchange agreement with power
providers to strengthen the energy
grid, release, May
Y12 plant at Oak Ridge NL
gets more high-tech security, Knox. News
Sentinel, June 1.
NASA exec David King wants
space initiatives to benefit mid-South,
Times Free Press, May 20.
Jacobs Sverdrup of
Tullahoma coordinated design and installation of
wind tunnel testing equipment and
technical facilities at Behr
Group's Troy, Mich.,
facility for testing automotive heating and
cooling. Release May 19.
NuMarkets e-Bay franchise
names Van Beke to franchise-ops
leadership, May 24. NuMarkets
announces brand-strengthening, market-development
campaign, May 28.
First Tennessee Bank names
Feehan SVP for customer-contact
leadership, release May 24. Bank opts
for VECTORsgi image enhancer technology, May 19.
Memphis police are one of
the first targets for Firearms Training
Systems (FATS) simulation
technology, May 19.
Network signs for more SES Americom
satellite resources for HD-PRIME network,
release May 17.
Editorial on Tennessee
Valley Corridor Summit, Knox. News
Sentinel, May 28. Corridor
wins national prize for economic development,
Knox. News Sentinel, May 18.
Cellphone signal a problem
for Oak Ridge National Lab workers, Knox.
News Sentinel, May 28.
Alexander International Logistics named
Kupper Parker Communications to market the global
logistics and supply-chain services. Memphis Bus.
Journal, May 24.
Trenton, TN, announced role as
national-international distributor for Comdial
Corp. King bought Comdial's American Phone
Centers. Offerings include CONVERSip(TM).
Cocke County residents
face realities of sustainable economic
development, including technology, vs
creating jobs with prisons, other industries,
Knox. News Sentinel, May 16.
Kentucky appoints new
commissioner of technology, May 21,
Kentucky seeks to expand
broadband access, BellSouth announces
push on DSL, SSTI, May 24.
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Vanderbilt and Univ. of
Tenn. gain access to Oak Ridge NL
supercomputers, Nash. Bus.
Journal, June 1.
Memorial Foundation grants
$1 million toward $4 million Adventure Science
Center BodyQuest interactive projects,
June 1, NashvillePost.com.
HCA Foundation grant
enables Tenn. State Univ. and Belmont to
buy computers to support student testing,
Tennessean, May 21.
Franklin special school
district plays catch-up with school
technology, Tennessean, May 19.
Tennessee State University
announces science, engineering,
technology summer camps, May 18. TSU
Chemistry offers camps, May 14.
Belmont Center for
Professional Development offers
"mini-MBA" with an IT management module,
release May 26, here.
Tennessee State University
wins Kauffmann Foundation entrepreneurial
internship grant, TSU release, May 26.
Science Exploratorium at
Oak Ridge NL center for computational
science, Knox. News Sentinel, May 31.
Muzzy Lane Software puts
students in charge of rewriting history,
NY Times, May 27.
Science fairs are
attracting entries focusing on
cybersecurity and other topics, NY
Times, May 16.
computer-assisted learning, Knox. News
Sentinel, May 14.
Knox County schools
investigate students' use of text
messaging to cheat on exams, Knox. News
Sentinel, May 12.
NEC admits to E-rate fraud
involving K-12 Schools, NY Times,
urged to prepare for terrorism to avert
losses, Nash. Bus. Journal, May 17.
industry, Washington Post, May 20 and
3Q 2004 Tech Hiring Index
and skills survey shows CIOs extremely
cautious, May 25.
Managers Group will hold its first formal meeting
June 29, 8:30 a.m.,
with speaker Metro Government CIO Richard
President David Condra explains: NMRT membership
is open to persons with 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. The NMRT will
provide forums for education and exchange of
information on trends and best practices in their
industry; and, will seek opportunities for NMRT
members to participate in community and education
initiatives related to strengthening the region's
IT workforce and employment base. For information,
write Kyle Cooksey.
Blogs and other media are
crowding-out academic publishers and other
middlemen, NY Times, May 16.
Owners say HyperOffice
affordability model could supplant other IT
services for small businesses, Washington
Post, May 17.
Center Markup Language (DCML) Organization
released May 24 a draft of the DCML 1.0 Framework
Specification, considered a
major step toward addressing requirements of
utility computing. Comments are invited on the
Franklin-based IHL says
self-checkout transactions are rising
rapidly, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 1. IHL reports
rising restaurant POS transactions, June 1.
Internet merchants showing
strong numbers, May 31, NY
Times. Online retail
sales show that e-Commerce has proven resilient,
profitable, AP via Washington Post, May 24.
Racial distinctions in access to technology,
Need breed of
spam-fighting Private Eyes emerges, NY
Times, May 31.
orchestra technology creates controversy in
theater district, NY Times, May 31.
Group's Chaput lists six tips for making IT
decisions, Nash. Bus. Journal,
of demand for IT Data Center
buildings, Washington Post,
Penguin that ate
Microsoft, May 27, Washington
Dell Inc.'s push in
computer printing reveals how Dell clout sets
product standards, Washington
Post, May 24.
content-management software attracts record
Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools, release May 17.
Online crime in U.S.
costing businesses and individuals more than $600
million yearly, Washington Post,
Technology changing the
practice of law, Knox. News
Sentinel, May 23.
America's kids download
music without compunction? Washington
Post, May 18.
Tennessee Tech Talent (T3)
-- 200 executives are needed to help
judge Technology Student Association competition
in June, at Opryland Hotel. Any time you or
colleagues can contribute will be welcomed during
the group's national event here in Music City,
June 20-24. Technology background not required.
Judges coordinator Dorothy Gribble says they'll
work around your schedule. Interested? For more
information write email@example.com.
Judge-recruitment flyer here. Conference
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And, visit Tennessee's
2) TN Corridor Knoxville/Oak Ridge
Summit, Tennessee Valley Corridor, here.
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.
NTC Tech Roundtable - Loren Chumley,
Commissioner - Revenue, State of
Tennessee - The Streamlined Sales Tax
Project, electronic commerce.
Chamber Behind the Business, Robert Henry,
CEO, American Endoscopy Services,
Libraries Association gathers in
Nashville to discuss library and
information services and technologies (Gaylord
Opryland). Topics include Wireless, Intranet,
Competitive Intelligence, eLearning and
Information convergence, branding information
(June 8) NE TN Technology
Council breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Gray
Operations Center, Citi Commerce. Write mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
or (423) 279-9000.
(June 10) AITP Nashville,
The Changing Strategic Value of IT,
Matthew Mullins, Gibson Musical Instruments. Details.
(June 15) "How Biotechnology Enhances the
Region," Cathy Elliott, Aetos Technologies, Inc.,
SW TN Community College (Macon), 6 p.m., contact
Chattanooga Technology Council
breakfast, legal issues associated with
licensing. Register via (423)
Initial meeting of the Nashville
Technology Council Network Managers
Roundtable, speaker Richard McKinney,
director, information-technology services, Metro
Nashville. For more information, write here.
(July 8) AITP Nashville -
IT Strategies at Thomas Nelson, Rick
Proctor, CIO, Sheraton Music City, 5:30
p.m., details here.
(July 26) NE TN Tech. Council, Dr.
David Pond, Managing Director of USC
Strategies...", for info email@example.com
or (423) 279-9000.
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,
AITP Nashville - IT at Direct General
Corporation, Suzanne Lattimore, CIO,
Sheraton Music City, 5:30 p.m., details here.
(Aug. 24) 3rd Annual
Nashville Technology Council - ISSA "Information
Security Conference," Nashville
Convention Center. Details here.
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. 24) Annual Economic Outlook
Conference, sponsored by
the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at
Middle Tennessee University. Details not yet
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.
(Sept. 29) Healthcare IT
conference, details to be announced. Save
(Sept. 30) Nanotechnology
enterprise will be the topic of a program convened
in Nashville by faculty with Vanderbilt's
owen Graduate School of Management and VU School
of Engineering. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Details to be
(Oct. 04) NTC Tech
Roundtable - Mike Dunne, President, Quanta
Memphis Musculoskeletal New Ventures
Conference, Memphis Biotech. Fdn,
NTC Tech Roundtable - "Open Source" panel
discussion, University Club,
Vanderbilt.(June 16) Chattanooga Technology
luncheon, details (423)