Wednesday, July 7, 2004 (No. 37)
Editor Milt Capps
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The Spotlight

Bill Sanders
Manager-V/A A&R
SAS Institute Inc.



Venture Innovation Enterprise

Partnership & Recognition



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Research & Education


Scheduled Events

NTC Tech Roundtable, July 8, University Club, 6 p.m., "Open Source technologies" panel discusses, 'who uses this stuff and how can they bet their businesses on something that's free?', with Moderator Tim Choate, President, Bondware; and panelists Mathew Binkley, Scalable Computing Systems Assistant Director, VU (VAMPIRE) research engine; Luke Kanies, President of Reductive; Ted Murphy, Online Computing; Howard White of VCCH; Gregory Jones, Owl Interactive Community Learning Centers; Mike Upchurch, Partner2Partner. Details, registration here.

Bulldog IT client says Bulldog's hospital-ops background gives firm an edge, City Paper, July 7.

Juris Inc. Chairman Tom Collins announced appointment of Stephen Collins, formerly Juris' COO, to the post of president of the 20-year-old Brentwood-based firm. Juris provides law-office business software and related services to more than 2,000 clients nationwide. June 24 release here.

Nashville's First Data Systems names Dillingham CEO, June 23, Nash. Bus. Journal. July 7, Tennessean.

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Deck stacked against would-be engineers in Tennessee?

Dr. William L. (Bill) Sanders, a nationally recognized analyst of student achievement, told NTC June 21 he believes relatively few of Tennessee's most capable students emerge from high school truly prepared to win admission to the state's strongest engineering, science and medical schools -- and, will frequently be doomed to failure if they do get in such schools, because of inadequate middle- and high-school preparation for college studies, particularly in rural and urban districts.

Sanders says Tennessee achievement data he has studied for years make clear that higher-achieving students in rural and urban settings "are not getting the academic growth opportunities necessary to be prepared to be competitive in the more technical college majors. In too many cases, these early higher-achieving students are actually losing ground and fall off the cliff, beginning in grades 6 and 7." Sanders said he believes that, among other factors, urban and rural schools in Tennessee often end up with fewer veteran teachers and fewer teachers who have had the essential math education in their own college careers. Sanders said his and other research supports this belief.

Sanders noted that while Metro Nashville Public Schools seems to have averted this trend to some degree, he believes students in the Nashville's two academic magnet high schools typically emerge better prepared for college than comparably prepared students elsewhere in the district.

Sanders conclusions are based on years of analyses of Tennessee's longitudinal K-12 data. Tennessee's student-assessment data has been the envy of most other states, since 1992, when the state adopted Sanders' Tennessee Valued Added Assessment System (TVAAS). Sanders also draws on findings from studies of ACT testing data in Tennessee and nationally. TVAAS and ACT data have enabled Sanders to track the achievement of all students, individually, and to correlate achievement findings with specific schools, districts, grade levels and teachers. Sanders says that Tennessee's assessments and achievement data enable teachers and principals to determine the probability of a given individual 4th-grade student eventually earning a high-school diploma and passing Gateway examinations; and, whether or not that student is likely to learn and test well enough to surmount college admission hurdles, succeed in first-semester college algebra; and, then, to cope with first-semester engineering calculus "at the average university" in the United States. He notes that these projections are updated annually, "so that the progress of each individual student can be carefully monitored."

Reached for comment on Sanders' work, Metro Schools' Director-Department of Research and Evaluation Bob Crouch said, June 22, that he believes Sanders has created an analytical resource that, "in my view, is one of the most powerful, yet underused tools available to principals and teachers."

Earlier this month, Sanders addressed related issues during the Governors Education Symposium, during the James B. Hunt Institute for Education Leadership. Sanders is a senior research fellow with the University of North Carolina system and is manager of value-added assessment and research for SAS Institute Cary, N.C. He assumed the SAS position in June of 2000, upon retiring after more than 34 years as professor and director of the University of Tennessee's Value-Added Research and Assessment Center. Report by Milt Capps.

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Technology 2020 is no longer accepting apps from VC-seeking companies for Tenn. Valley Venture Forum, Sept. 23-24, Chattanooga, but you should register asap to attend. Details

Commercializing technology: Vanderbilt School of EngineeringProfessor Doug Schmidtsays the ADAPTIVE Communications Environment (ACE) and other open-source middleware software developed at VUSE's Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) is used in technology platforms employed by Department of Defense, NASA (including the current Cassini probe of Saturn and the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan); and, by many major systems integrators, including Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Boeing. ISIS middleware is oriented toward needs of distributed, real-time and embedded systems that control equipment, plans, ships and combat systems on such platforms. "We build the middleware that helps glue together the different pieces of hardware, networks, operating systems, CPUs, chips, etc., and makes them easier to program, so that people can develop these complicated systems more quickly, with less effort, less cost, more reliably." Schmidt notes that ISIS-generated middleware at VU is often used as the core of new commercial offerings by such vendors as Object Computing Inc., Prism Technologies, Hewlett Packard and others. ACE, TAO, CIAO success stories here. ISIS Distributed Object Computing projects here.

BusinessTN reporter Alexei Smirnov sees complacency in First Data Systems' absorption by parent Stewart Information Services and First Data's role in selling Stewart's software, citing missed opportunities to become the dominant independent titling-software player. BusinessTN July 2004, p. 12, not on web. Related: Dillingham promoted to CEO of First Data Systems Inc., p. 6, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 25, not on web.

Harpeth Capital's Turney Stevens sees plenty of investment capital around, but venture-capital investments in Nashville, particularly in healthcare services, lag national trends, p. 29, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 25.

Dell introduces intelligent-classroom package, release June 21. Dell aims to dominate school sales, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 24.

Snappy Auctions announced SnappySales v. 2 independent web-based software program that enables eBay drop-off businesses to manage consignment sales on eBay and other online auction media. Release here. SnappyAuctions announces Savannah franchisee, release July 6.Tradebank of Nashville one of state's strongest barter franchisees, TSN Davidson AM, p. 7, June 30. Site here.

Mobius Tech Group aligns with iNet Strategy, July 1, Nash. Bus. Journ.

Kyzen Corp. requests delisting on Boston exchange, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 2.

Salix invests in robotics firm, Nash. Bus Journal, June 18;, June 18.

Investment arm of Kaplan, which recently acquired Nashville's Transcender, is a player in Blackboard, whose IPO has yielded capital for software that lets instructors post lessons on Web, Washington Post, June 19.

Sys-Logic LLC founded by former Data Processing Equipment execs Wall and Beasley, p. 5, Nash. Bus. Journal. June 25, not on web.

TennesseeMenus LLC places restaurant menus on the web, p. 4, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 25, not on web., June 24.

XS Voice supports NASCAR fans, Nash. Bus Journal, June 24 and 25. XS Voice offers wireless access into NASCAR, Tennessean, June 26, 1E.

Chafin and McGee formed Hermitage-based Tech Concepts LLC, with Chafin director, Computer and Infrastructure Division, McGee director-audiovisual services. Tennessean, June 6.

Dot Edu vencap firm leverages professor's network on Stanford campus to get in early on deals, San Jose Mercury News, July 2.

ORNL CEG nurturing new companies, Knox. News Sentinel, June 21.

New Shoes Media launches into digital cable network and programming space, under former Gaylord exec Carl Kornmeyer, Tennessean, June 24.

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Zortec and eTransX announce partnership for systems integration, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 5, July 2, not on web.

Centresource Inc. names Wage and Bruns to key posts, Tennessean, July 4, 5E.

Carnes Group selected Dell partner, July 2 release here. Nash. Bus. Journal, July 2.

TechOptions nails Fall School Business Center (Nashville) and SRW Associates PR (Knoxville) as IT clients, releases June 20.

Valor Security subsidiary of Nashville-based SMS Holdings sees rise in mall security demand, June 18 release.

Volunteers: Tennessee Tech Talent (T3) -- In informal check with organizers of the June 20-24 Technology Student Association competition at Opryland Hotel indicates 20 or more NTC members volunteered their time as judges, including men and women from AT&T, Palmer Solutions, Vanderbilt, Decision Source, Cigna, Smartvue, Ensafe, Passport Health, Digital Connections, Pathgroup. Event agenda here.

EDS: Jim Duffey to lead government sales, June 24, release here.

Caterpillar Insurance exec Lavona Russell profiled, mentions importance of technology in supporting CAT growth, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 13, June 25, not on web.

Manchester Tank and Equipment's information-services now led by EVP/CFO Joey Harwell, Tennessean, June 27, 5E.

Cricket's local strategy is now in the hands of vp Miles Johnson, Tennessean, 5E, June 27.

(further) CIBER becomes Nashville Technology Council sustaining sponsor, p. 9, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 25, not on web. Earlier story, June 10.

Passport Health hired Mark Gardner, Jennifer Murphy, Alan Gosart, Bill Ott and Doug Plueger, as software developers, and Phillip Ratliff as CRM administrator. Grace Boksa is tech support specialist, Tennessean, June 27.

LiveVault and American Technology Group announce storage alliance, p. 4, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 25, not on web. Release, June 21.

LBMC unit is SAP Business One Partner for small- and medium-sized business, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 18, not on web. LBMC March 04 release.

Equinox IS licenses Collector Deluxe to Wood County Telephone Co., p. 16, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 8. Equinox signs Utah's Buyers United, June 22.

Direct General signs with Ceridian for payroll/hr web-enabled services, p. 16, Nash. Bus. Journal, not on web, June 18. Release, June 1.

Asurion adding Cricket as client, June 28, Nash. Bus. Journal.

Tristate broadband enters Tennessee's rural markets with Private Capital boost, June 8, reports clients defect from BellSouth, June 25,

CoStar/Peermark names Rizzo regional sales exec,, June 29.

Evolved Digital adds sales exec, July 2, Nash. Bus. Journal. Release, July 2.

NationsLink launches Blackberry initiative as RIM technology and cellular service, p. 7, June 18, Nash. Bus. Journal. not on web.

US LEC ices deal with Predators, Nash. Bus. Journal online, June 24.

Nashville's First Data Systems names Dillingham CEO, June 23, Nash. Bus. Journal. July 7, Tennessean.

Converged Solutions Group Pres/CEO Brian Jones announced Mike Pomeranz to vp-service operations, Tom Burnet to vp-engineering. 5E, Tennessean, June 20. Memphis Commercial Appeal, July 1.

George Acker to regional director-southeast, Cybera Inc., 5E, Tennessean, June 20.

LifeWay opts for WORDsearch Corp. Bible software, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 10, June 4, not on web.

Cumberland Bank (Civitas) offers Identity Theft Shield from No. American Benefits Corp. of Brentwood, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 4.

Kevin Post is now director of computer services for Nashville State Community College, Tennessean, June 13, scroll here.

Linda Schulthise is now controller at IRIS Networks, Tennessean, June 13, scroll here.

Verizon Wireless' Murfreesboro call center named Lisa VanParys assoc. director and Constance Barbary training manager. Tennessean, June 13, scroll here.

TN Center for Performance Excellence names Kathryn Rawls president/CEO. Tennessean, 1E, June 8.

Kerry L. Butler, quality and medication safety officer at St. Thomas Hospital appointed to Baldrige Examiners, Tennessean, June 6.

Jack Fleischer, president of Hermitage Lighting Gallery, received Amer. Lighting Assn service award; Fleischer established ALA's e-tech committee. Tennessean.

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During Healthcare Finance conference in Nashville, Peoplesoft announces top rankings accorded the software by Modern Healthcare and Healthcare Informatics, June 28.

Deadline July 16: Healthcare 100 nominations are sought by Nashville Business Journal for Sept. 10 ranking-supplement, nominations link here.

Leadership Traits of hospital executives, Cejka Search sponsored white paper via HealthLeaders (free regis).

FCC Commissioner Powell at Vanderbilt to discuss technologies, VU release, June 30. Also: The City Paper, p. 11, June 30. Tech presentations included VUMC's Star Panel and Star Tracker systems; Wizorder for inpatient data aggregation; Nashville Public Television for digital bandwidth; Lighting Source for EMR, and others. Also: Powell discusses economic development and other tech ramifications. Tennessean, 1E, June 30. And, Powell rumored preparing to depart FCC, LA Times via Knox News Sentinel, July 2. Powell visits Knoxville to see how technology can help rural areas, Knox. News Sentinel, July 1.

ConduIT Corporation announces MedChartPrevention partnership with National Association of Senior Friends, Tennessean, July 1, 3E, Tennessean. Nash. Bus. Journal, June 30., June 30. Earlier, ConduIT adds section to MedChartPrevention online service, Tennessean, 3E, June 26.

East Tennessee Healthcare Network established, Knox. News Sentinel, June 30.

Grimaud hopes investors will boost Premier Micronutrient, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 22, June 25. Angels among us: Grimaud launches Premier Micronutrient Corp. to formulate nutrients for specific sets of needs, see Nashville as epicenter of his healthcare network, prepares to launch consumer advertising; investors sink $1.5 million in prospects, Tennessean, 1E, June 21.

Matt Hall to VU Medical Center Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information technology services, 5E, Tennessean, June 20.

Vanderbilt informatics in Forbes of June 11, 2004.

Tennessee Tech plans Center for Rural Health, Tennessean, 5B, June 16.

Murray hospital hires Nebo Systems for e-health transactions, Tennessean, June 15.

The Healthcare Informatics 100, Healthcare Informatics Online, June 2004. Also, M&A in healthcare.

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

Proposals are due July 15 on State RFP 335.03.522 for E-911 Tech consulting and wireless E-911 standards.

RFP 343-49-450 for integrated information and communications support for Tennessee Health Alert System, proposals are due July 12.

Tenn. OIR RFP 317.03-115 Time Accounting & Request for Service, due July 30.

State of TN in RFP 316.20-8100 for Section 8 Housing Choice software support drew proposals from Yardi and Emphasys Systems, with a decision scheduled for July 14.

Metro Nashville RFP 04-27 for Peoplesoft: consensus meeting was July 2 and letter to award recipient is "pending."Bidders included Born, Datasoft Technology, Dell Marketing, Eisener Technology, MDC Consulting, Systime Computer.

RFP 04-36 for content-management services for Metro Schools: four bidders will present demonstrations during sessions between July 16-20.

Metro RFP 04-33 VOIP services for Nashville Convention Center: committee met July 2 and letter to winner is "pending."

Metro Government is now in contract negotiations with US Bank, after reviewing four offers received in response to its E-Lockbox for E-payments RFP 04-31.

State RFP 345.30-980 seeks proposals for Electronic Benefits Transfer Services and childcare time and attendance services, due Friday (7/9).

Nashville Electric Service (NES) decisions on recent RFPs for onsite information technology services (bidders: Acro Services, CIBER, CTG, Compuware, Epitec Group, Indus, Mincom, Northrop-Grumann, Pomeroy, Zycron) and for Data Center Processing Services [bidders: Affiliated Computer Services (incumbent), InfoCrossing, Atos Origin] are anticipated between now and Aug. 26.

TN Economic Council on Women credits database with more female appointments to State boards and commissions, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 6.

Tennessee Homeland Security contract to Maryland-based General Physics Corp., July 1, Nash. Bus Journal, July 1.

Metro Nashville Information Systems signs Strohl Systems (Pa.) for disaster recovery; Metro IS also sorting anti-virus, -spam software., June 29.

Metro Nashville Police scrutinize surveillance options, Tennessean, June 20, 1A.

New head of TBI, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 17., June 17. Tennessean, June 18. City Paper, June 18. AP via Knox. News Sentinel, June 18.

Technologies for use in fighting illegal methamphetamine production in Tennessee, June 15, Knox. News Sentinel, June 15. Knox. News Sentinel, June 20.

More than $500 million in Tennessee taxes paid via online first year, Knox. News Sentinel, July 5.

In praise of Congressman Zach Wamp's push for Tennessee technology corridor, June 7, Times Free Press.

Murfreesboro restricts City employees' personal use of Internet, Tennessean/Rutherford, June 27.

Update on call-center presence in Tennessee, and influence of recent state law giving preference to call-centers that employ workers in U.S., BusinessTN magazine, p. 52, July 2004, not on web.

Univ. of Memphis prof's DUI tracking database helps state officials analyze DUI patterns, Times Free Press, June 22.

Fed lobbyist database too fragile for public access? AP via, June 29.

Court says ISPs may monitor messages, limits e-mail privacy for originators, Washington Post, July 1.

Cops on the beat are now akin to walking databases, CNN, July 1.

Tennessee economic-development agency restructures, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 28.

Cisco announces Intelligent Roadway Solutions, notes Tennessee TDOT as Cisco user, release June 8.

Metro Nashville uses Transect planning tool, Nashville City Paper, June 4. Earlier story, June 26/03.

Baker Donelson's Robert Divine, a Chattanoogan, joins Homeland Security and US Citizenship and Immigration Service efforts, Chattanoogan, June 9.

RFID will be a factor in new border-security contract via Accenture, Washington Post, June 5. How Accenture won huge government visitor-screening contract, Washington Post, June 4. U.S. Visitor databases set for huge explosion, Washington Post, June 2. Accenture and America's digital welcome mat, Washington Post, June 3.

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FedEx chooses Intermec for GPRS-Dispatch logistics solution, Commercial Appeal, July 7. Release July 6.

Memphians encouraged to consider a role in supporting commercial space travel, as they did fledgling FedEx, Commercial Appeal, July 6.

IPIX mideast deal for surveillance technology opens doors to Turkey, Iraq, other markets, Knox. News Sentinel, July 1.

Memphis-area IT firms recognized by Computerworld as top employers, July 1, Commercial Appeal. Regions ranks in IT workplace list, Memphis Bus Journal, June 25.

e-CTMS rolls out transportation-management system that helps small businesses ship, Memphis Bus. Journal, July 2.

Online Development Inc. (Knox.) announces broad development and marketing alliance with ILS Technology for process controllers, July 1.

Memphis-based National Commerce Financial sees customer-retention boost as result of Synapse Technology adoption, June 24.

Diversified Thermal banks on power of its website redesign, release June 24.

Memphis Networx LLC deploys Cisco's optical nets solution, June 24.

Tech-driven Recovery Network is making a mint in Hernando selling used gear, Commercial Appeal, June 27.

Memphis pioneer in knowledge manaagement, Bob Buckman, says trust is at the core of success, Commercial Appeal, June 27. Related, Buckman Lab achievements.

Jon Bascom, VP-IT, AutoZone, named to board of Children's Museum of Memphis. Commercial Appeal.

Chattanooga plans online permitting system for contractors, paid for with user fees; forecast fully operational March 2005, Times Free Press, June 23.

Chattanooga retailers resorting to "clicks and bricks" strategy for online retail, Times Free Press, June 27.

Stadium Click Effects enhances sports venue experience, June 24, Tennessean.

Internet pioneers meet at Oak Ridge, June 30, Knox News Sentinel.

Krystal wi-fi access in 50 restaurants -, June 30

Pomeroy IT announces 5-year, $14 million outsourcing contract with Fifth Third Bank, June 17. Pomeroy-to-Pomeroy CEO change, June 10, here.

Internet contributes to killing Memphis newsstand, Commercial Appeal, June 19.

Employment changes in IRS Memphis computing center, Commercial Appeal, June 19.

Chattanooga's Prize Corporation plans expansion due success of its database-management software for auto dealers, Times Free Press, June 19.

Chattanooga Intelligent Systems & Networking executive counsels small business on security, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 27, June 18.

Choicepoint buys ragsheets, Memphis Bus. Journal, June 22. Commercial Appeal, June 23.

Remotec Inc. decision to outsource costs jobs at robot-maker, Knox News Sentinel, June 22.

Oak Ridge NL team worked to protect spacecraft Cassini's fuel cells, Knox. News Sentinel, July 2.

ORNL wins R&D Magazine tech innovations awards, Knox News Sentinel, July 3.

ORNL chief, others debate supercomputer costs in DC testimony, Knox. News Sentinel, June 23.

Knoxville Oak Ridge Regional Network installs new board members, including President Dennis Corley of Digital Crossing. Knox News Sentinel, June 28.

Cingular installs COW to overcome Oak Ridge connection problem, Knox. News Sentinel, June 28.

Covista Communications (Chattanooga) release 1Q results, citing decline in retail commercial sector, June 11, release (About/Press Releases).

Touchpoint callcenter consulting play, Memphis Bus Journal, June 28.

NuMarkets adds Carolinas operations, Times Free Press, July 6, 1C. Release here.

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Vanderbilt engineers will work on Defense's advance carbon nanotechnology project, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 24. Release June 28.

Microsoft and e-College announce collaboration for campus and online e-learning, June 15 release.

Tennessee State University gains Dell Inc. grant for supply-chain education, June 17. Tennessean, June 15.

Science education may be 'bumped-aside' in mid-Tennessee, Tennessean, July 5. Science teachers see crisis in classrooms, AP via Knox. News Sentinel, July 4.

Group studies merging college and technical career tracks for high schools, Tennessean, 1B, June 8.

Metro's vocational programs getting cutting-edge makeover, Tennessean, 4B, June 8.

Tenn. State University named Maria Thompson director of division of research and sponsored programs, Tennessean, June 13, scroll here. Release here.

Using GIS to find Tennessee's most remote location, Knox. News Sentinel, June 13. Methods, here.

UT Battelle gives $150K for science education in Knoxville, June 11, Knox. News Sentinel.

TN k-12 education spending lags nation, Commercial Appeal, June 11.

Educators learn biotech skills at Nashville State Community College, The City Paper, p. 4, June 9.

Fraud, Waste said to mar FCC E-rate funding for wiring schools to Net, USA Today, June 9.

America's K-12 schools said near achieving near-universal Net access, USA Today, June 9.

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Electronic Frontier Foundation seeks to overturn key patents, NY Times, July 5.

RSS zealots were driving me nuts...'til I read this article, PC Magazine, (3/04). Using RSS to fine-tune your webstream information, NY Times, June 3.

MUSIC: Sacred music providers' sites compete like the devil, Tennessean, July 6, here. Nashville website links veteran and novice songwriters, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 25. Songwriter's chore made easier by software that anticipates what pleases music critics, NY Times, July 1.

Asurion among companies helping foster-care 'grads' with employment, Tennessean, June 6. Other employment: Asurion hiring, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 3. Tennessean, June 4. Nash. Bus. Journal, June 3.

Nashville area businesses can help schools easily via Business-2-Education (B2E) database, City Paper, p. 4, June 8.

IT volunteers, interns needed for Nashville Rape & Sexual Abuse Cntr., Tennessean, June 13, scroll here.

Business liability goes up as spamming and viruses get worse, Bob Evans column, InformationWeek, June 7. Information-security spending will rise from 3 to 4 percent annually to 12 percent by 2006, says META Group,, June 7.

Previously overlooked Boston Consulting Group report encourages more offshoring to avoid calamity, Washington Post, July 2.

Scientists takes step toward quantum computers, CNN, June 17.

Intel's marketing strategy for home-entertainment computers may reflect diminishing returns on increasing processor speeds, Washington Post, June 18. New York Times, June 18.

Businesses take more advantage of information management staff as librarians reinvent their profession, Tennessean, 1E, June 9.

Sustainable business models for Wi-Fi seem hard to come by, NY Times, June 7. Five short-range wireless standards seen converging, Reuters via NY Times, June 11.

German Zeppelin technology finally makes comeback with Japanese purchase of Zeppelin NT, June 12. and, More.

Diverse approaches to innovation within operations and business, H. Lee Martin column, Knox. News Sentinel, June 7.

Iraq seeks 'IQ' domain name to make its mark on the Net, USA Today, June 4.

Exploration: Online Research Journal at Vanderbilt University.

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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:



(July 8) NTC Tech Roundtable, Open Source technologies, details in Upfront, above, or here.

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

(July 13) JAVA Users Group, Nashville, Billy Hollis, MSDN Regional Director and author. 4:30 p.m. at RHI, 3100 West End, Suite 400, rsvp here.

(July 13) NE TN Tech. Council Membership Meeting, 8 a.m., presentation by Mtn. States Health Alliance, Johnson City Medical Center. Contact or (423) 279.9000.

(July 20) East TN Tech After Hours at Digital Crossing, For more information on sponsorships or corporate tables at Tech After Hours, contact

(July 21) Chattanooga Technology Council luncheon, RFID topic, Tom Wengler, CGW Inc., (423) 755-7481 for info and RSVP.

(July 22) Mid-TN InfraGard chapter, Jim Basham, TN Emergency Management Agency. Belmont Univ. Massey Bldg., 4th Flr. 2 p.m., rsvp here.

(July 26) Dr. David Pond, Managing Director, USC Nano Center, "Nano Strategies. A Look Into The Future With Possibilies In The Present". 5:30 p.m. at MeadowView Marriott, Kingsport. Register via

(July 27) WiTT program: Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID), present. by Paul Reed of BRS, 11:30 a.m., BellSouth Tower Conference Center, 333 Commerce Street, rsvp here.

(July 28) Tech Council Monthly Meeting at Tech2020, Speaker: Amy Bunton, TVA Economic Development Manager for Existing Business and Industry, RSVP by July 26 to or call (865) 220-2020.

(July 28) East TN Tech Council, 11:30 a.m., Amy Bunton, TVA Economic Development Manager for Existing Business and Industry, pre-pay online at or rsvp by July 26 to or (865) 220-2020.

(July 29) Chatta. Tech. Council breakfast briefing, (423) 755-7481 for info and RSVP.

(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. 4) Genetic Town Hall, Renaissance Hotel, Nashville, 9 a.m., convened by Johns Hopkins Genetics and Public Policy Center, details and registration here.

(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.

(Aug. 18) Chattanooga Tech Council luncheon, details (423) 755-7481.

(Aug. 24) 3rd Annual Nashville Technology Council - ISSA "Information Security Conference," Nashville Convention Center. Details here.

(Sept. 2) NTC Tech Roundtable, Steve Bass, Pres./CEO, Nashville Public Television, re: datacasting and digital era.

(Sept. 23-24) 8th Annual Tenn. Venture Forum - hosts: Tech2020, City of Chattanooga.

(Sept. 24) Annual Economic Outlook Conference, sponsored by the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee University. Details not yet available.

(Sept. 28-30) 2004 Governor's Economic-Development 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 the date.

(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 announced.

(Oct. 4) NTC Tech Roundtable - Mike Dunne, President, Quanta Nashville.

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

(Oct. 14-16) AITP Region 7 STUCON student IT professionals event, details here.

(Oct. 22) NE TN Tech Council TechStar Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., MeadowView Conf. Ctr. Program with Anne Pope, Alex Fischer, Eric Cromwell, others. Info: or calling 423.279.9000

(Nov. 4) NTC Tech Roundtable, representatives of ConduIT Corporation and Digiscript discuss eDoc4U.

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