22, 2004 (No. 38)
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Stephen R. Collins
(Aug. 5) NTC Tech Roundtable with Steve Proctor,
Director-National Accounts, Edgenet
Inc., with background on decade of
evolution of Edgenet from ISP to enterprise software
provider to Fortune 500 firms; plus, role of Edgenet m2o
technology within Edgenet strategy for adding value for
such clients as Lowe's, Andersen Windows, Home Depot in
U.S., Canada. Dinner begins 6 p.m., University Club at
Vanderbilt. Register here.
Capital Network's program on "Term sheets and term-sheet
negotiation" will be Sept. 14, 5:30
p.m., Averbuch Auditorium, Owen GSM, Vanderbilt.
Confirmed speakers include Townes Duncan, moderator,
Solidus Company; Alston Hamilton (Miller & Martin);
Matt Burnstein (Waller, Lansden, Dortch, & Davis);
David Jones, Chrysalis Ventures. Additional speakers,
TBA. No advance registration, no charge.
NTC-ISSA InfoSec Nashville 2004,
information security conference is Tuesday, Aug.
24, Nashville Convention Center. Speakers and
panelists currently confirmed include Ron Bailey,
Vanguard Integrity Professionals; Matt Kestian, a
strategic security advisor on the Microsoft National
Security Team; Howard Schmidt, eBay; Ray Wagner,
Gartner; Sean Jackson, Avondale Partners; Tim Williams,
Nortel; Paul Connelly, HCA; Greg Workman, WebMD; Chris
Ray, HealthSouth, and others to be announced. Metal
sponsors: Platinum - Nortel
Networks; Gold - Blue Coat Systems,
Strategy, Secure Computing
Corp.; Silver - Baker
Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, CipherTrust, Lancope, MENTISoftware
Solutions, Praemunio, RSA
Security, Systems Solutions Technologies. For
more information and early-bird registration, visit here.
7th in digital-states survey, July
Collins became president of Juris, Inc., a month ago,
after serving two years as the law-office business
software firm's chief operating officer. Juris
Collins explained earlier this week, "The
opportunity to partner with my father, live closer to
family and take on the challenge of growing an already
successful technology company" were among factors
prompting him to depart New York City after a stint
as chief financial officer, doubling as CIO at
Doubleclick Inc. (NASDAQ: DCLK).
Collins says he's currently focused on
"continuing the tradition of innovation and customer
focus" within Juris, "by bringing new energy and growth
strategies to a well established technology business.
These strategies start," he continues, "with challenging
the Juris team to develop creative new product concepts
and accelerating the release of software upgrades, new
complementary applications and flanking products" and
overseeing 80 employees who serve more than 2,000
The Juris customer base represents more than 26
percent of Juris' target market (firms 10-50 attorneys).
Upward of 400 Juris client execs will meet in Nashville
in October as the Juris Users International Group
convenes. The JUIG was formed by and is
independently operated by Juris customers.
Juris recently launched Juris 2.1, aimed at
streamlining billing processes and billing,
with functionality Collins says are "unmatched by
any competitors"; and, released a case-management
product built on Microsoft Outlook. New tools are
in development for business-intelligence reporting and
operational analysis; and, Juris has partnered with
Handshake Software to add still more "high-end
Another new-product initiative, dubnnbed
"Mercury," will introduce "a cutting-edge
time-management and reporting suite, targeted especially
at the attorney, to make each law firm's front office
more productive and informed." Juris technology
Collins said that finding talent is always a
challenge for business, and in Nashville "it's not
readily apparent where to find the talent," which has
prompted him to network with a handful of executives in
other firms, to help each other identify prospective
employees. He says Juris is "always on the lookout for
really sharp programmers," and is also searching for
client-services staff (including senior tech support).
He invites candidates to send resumes to him directly,
After earning his B.S. in Accounting at the
University of Alabama, Collins went to work within
Juris, which had been founded in 1986 when his father,
Tom Collins, acquired and renamed the legal
services-oriented division of Nashville-based Endata.
After that first stint with Juris, the younger Collins
moved to PriceWaterhouseCoopers' Nashville office, then
on to that firm's New York City office. He subsequently
served as a financial executive with Colgate-Palmolive
Co., in the U.S. and in Europe, before joining
Much evident during his recent conversation with
NTC was Collins' pride in his father's achievements and
those of the company, itself, as well as in having
rejoined the firm to lead it through a pivotal
When he's not spending time with his wife and
three daughters, Collins, 38, participates in bicycle
races on a 15.5-pound bike as a founding member of the
TriStar Cycling Team, for which he recently covered 60
miles in 2.5 hours. Among other personal and investment
activities, Collins is a fundraiser for The
Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Denneys assume top two
posts in management of Health InfoTechnics they
founded, NashvillePost.com, July 12.
Idea Productions, creators of the popular
"VeggieTales" series of videos and products, is
relocating to Franklin, Nash. Bus. Journal, July
14. Review Appeal, July
14. VeggieTales crew, friends setting up shop in
Franklin, Tennessean, July 14, 1A, Related story, 1E, here.
Mouse Pad technology learning center in
Brentwood may be first of several, Nash. Bus.
Journal, p. 6, July 16, not on web. NashvillePost.com,
July 15. Tennessean, July 17, scroll
News release, July
15. Mouse Pad is hiring mentors and customer-service
here. Instructor-led classes begin in August, details.
Logistics launches RFID supply-chain
initiative, July 9 release. Company names Gary
Park to head ISO quality program, release July
21. Nash. Bus. Journal, July
Dell Inc. launches
aggressive PC security campaign, July 20, release.
Brentwood-based Comdata shuffles top
management, July 19, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Questions rise about
Gaylord's hiring of gaming-industry execs,
including former Harrah's CIO Hall, Tennessean, July
Avondale Partners LLC adds
to telecom research and investment banking
divisions, with entries of Bright and Costello,
Technologies traps gene-trapping tenant,
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 www.tvvf.biz.
ComFrame announced appointment of Maxine
Wade to manage health-care technology projects;
and, Michael O'Dell, as senior
engineer focused on software design, development.
Holland announced his firm was chosen by WKDF
103 (CMA Radio Station of the Year, Large
Market) for redesign of the station's web presence (work
in progress), and CentreSource unveiled its own new
Nashville Management Group (NMG Advisers)
names Kiefer senior consultant, Nash. Bus.
Datawatch Corp. cites use of data tool by
Powell Johnson of Nashville, July 13 release.
ClientLogic wins U.S., international
praise for customer-care operations, June 29,
Noted: Rickie Hall is Senior vice
president and CIO for Gaylord Entertainment,
and previously served as CIO for ANC Rental Corp., and
in IT posts with Hilton, Harrah's, Promus Hotel and
Holiday Inn. Tennessean, July
Cumberland Emerging Technologies signs
Avatar biotech firm as tenant, Nash. Bus.
Change at the helm of Tractor Supply
Co., Tennessean, July
JTW Partners have online retail,
Knox News Sentinel, July
ADS Security names Pederson COO,
Nash. Bus. Journal, July
12, Nash. Bus. Journal.
Sound & Video Creations will provide
Click Effects Pro A/V software to 13 Olympic
Game sites, plus Paralympic sites, Nash. Bus. Journal,
p. 1, July
SeniorMetrix to provide Seattle's
Medicare+Choice predictive modeling and quality
management, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 3, July
Bush Administration announces e-Health
strategy, HealthLeaders, July
21. Government wants to bring
health care into computer age, NY Times, July
21. HHS release, July
21. Government Computer News, July
Frist tells National Press Club audience
that technology can support successful reform of
health-care system, Tennessean, 4A, July 13,
not on web. Frist's own summary of his remarks to the
press club, here.
Report on Frist speech at NPC, Washington
Nashville medical administrators
contributed knowledge to software solution:
Companion Technologies to Offer DataPlus Reporting and
Analysis Tool With Companion PM, release
Ciber Inc.'s DisclosureLog™
software helps covered entities meet the HIPAA
requirements for Accounting of Disclosures of protected
health information (PHI). Related industry solutions.
Ciber CEO/CFO will hold investor conference call, July
Pro-Scribe Medical Documentation
Solutions of Chattanooga bought by Richmond's CyMed
Health First plans upgrade to Kronos
Workforce Central 5 Suite, June 29 release.
Harpeth Capital's Turney Stevens sees
promising healthcare vencap conditions, Nash.
Medical News, July 2004, p. 23, scroll here.
Related story, Nash. Bus. Journal, June
Health Trio signs Citrus for core
administrative system, Nash. Bus. Journal, July
7. Release July
VUMC to help state develop data-sharing
pilot in eHealth Initiative, NashvillePost.com,
buys ViPS Inc. software developer,
Washington Technology, July
Camtronics gets HCA Midwest
cardiovascular and information management
contract, July 21, release
Link to key in-state
this morning, State OIR issues RFP
Project Management, Data conversion and technical
consulting for GIS support.
Metro Nashville RFP 04-27 for Peoplesoft:
consensus meeting was July 2, and Metro subsequently
decided no proposal met RFP requirements.
The project will not be rebid, we learned this
morning. Bidders included Born, Datasoft
Technology, Dell Marketing, Eisener Technology, MDC
Consulting, Systime Computer.
Metro Nashville seeks
Integrated Food Service Technology System for Metro
Schools, RFP 04-62.
Metro RFP 04-36 for content-management
services for Metro Schools: bidders'
demonstrations are due to end today.
Metro RFP 04-33 VOIP services for
Nashville Convention Center: went to XO
Judge seizes assets of
Lebanon-based Internet Marketing operation,
Knox. News Sentinel, July 13. Tennessean,
New head of Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 17.
NashvillePost.com, June 17. Tennessean,
June 18. City Paper,
June 18. AP via Knox.
News Sentinel, June 18. TBI
readies registry, City Paper, July 9.
Millions lost more than $400
million in tax revenues due to Internet
e-commerce, City Paper, July 20.
Tennessee Regulatory Agency
appoints Darlene Standley new chief for telecom
division, NashvillePost.com, July 19.
TN Wildlife Resources Agency
seeks technology support for Remote Easy Access
Licensing system, RFP 328-01-301, for
selling hunting/fishing licenses, certain privileges and
licensing of boats. Deadline Aug. 10
web-based assessment form for assessing employee
competencies, Aug. 9, RFP 319-02.010.
Electronic access cards system,
RFP 317-05.023, due Aug.
20. State Dept. of Finance
& Admin. seeks Visa or Mastercard-branded service to
ensure benefits to recipients under child support,
unemployment insurance, child adoption assistance and
State seeks Technical upgrades
and support services for State's Asset Management
Application (currently Walker 17.1.2 in Z/OS
and OS 390 mainframe architecture, known as POST),
RFP 321-15.01, Aug. 6
Applied Digital Solutions
receives Tennessee contact-management contract,
State sex-offender tracking RFP
attracting would-be contractors, Times Free
Press, July 13.
Government Open Code
Collaborative and website launched, here.
Kerry political platforms contain technology planks and
IT execs know it, Information Week,
Raise cybersecurity emphasis
within DHSecurity, July 8, Washington
335.03.522 for E-911 Tech
consulting and wireless E-911
integrated information and communications support for
Tennessee Health Alert System.
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.
proposals for Electronic Benefits Transfer
Services and childcare time and attendance
services, under review.
Oak Ridge NL eyes nanotechnology
leadership role, Cox News via Tennessean,
Memphis-based Appraisal Forum enhances
web-based Instant Access system for web-based
appraisal and data storage, release July
Biometrics 2000 allies
with Chattanooga's C.J. Enterprises,
Lexington's United Auction Brokers launch
nationwide at-home eBay pickup service, July 1
IPIX selected by Turkish security
distributor, release June
Memphis Claims Management Services (CMS)
will support XL Insurance, release July
software speeds development, lowers cost of web-based
training, Times Free Press,
Electronic filing of police reports
accelerates law enforcement in Chattanooga,
Times Free Press, July
Zomax plans assembly, distribution and
solutions center in Memphis, Memphis Bus.
Ultrasensitive explosives detector
developed at Oak Ridge NL will be tested at
airport, Knox. News Sentinel, July
Procon technology enables ADT to adapt
technology to mobile environment, Knox. News
Bytes: technology news,
Knoxville News Sentinel, July
Econocom sets up financing for Memphis
fiberoptic net, Commercial Appeal,
Internet Auction Express opens eBay
drop-off site, Chattanoogan.com,
WKNO PBS affiliate launches
HDTV, Memphis Bus. Jrnl., July
U.S. House Science
Nashville's Sydney Rogers yesterday on the
subject of education and training supporting
cybersecurity. Rogers testified in behalf of the
for IT Education at
Nashville State Community College. Among other points,
Rogers cited an unnamed Nashville-based
healthcare-industry CISO as saying cybersecurity
education is needed for all IT professionals and
software developers, and not just for current and future
security chiefs. Others testifying represented Johns
Hopkins University, U.S. Air Force, other ed
institutions. Related story, July 21, Federal
Education (Middleton, Wisc.) announced partnership with
NSF-sponsored VaNTH Engineering Research Center in
bioengineering educational technologies. VaNTH includes
Vanderbilt among member institutions.
Intel Corp., says U.S. educational system must produce a
'sustainable competitive advantage' for
U.S. workers, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 7, July 16, not on
web. Related, Intel Schools of Distinction program,
Gates set to donate multibillon-dollar
windfall to charity, following Microsoft cash
A "middle ground" for Open Source model:
Sun wrestles with JAVA decision, ZDNET,
Retail POS analyst IHL Consulting Group's
Greg Buzek attributes growing profitability to
his informal board of advisors, Nash. Bus. Journal, p.
Bloggers abound, spurred by success of
folks like Instapundit, Times
Free Press, July
Tech start-up owners beware, your love of
tech features won't sustain your business,
column, John Riddell, Times Free Press, July
Mike Sisco of MDE offers IT
Management Models, here.
Automating the IT factory, balancing
control and efficiency: With ROI emphasis up,
new tools like Openview and Opsware are pressed into
service; Inflow cited achieving reduced FTE/Server
ratio. InformationWeek, July
Related, EDS virtual desktop support in Agile Workplace
Services, release July
What small shops need to know about
wireless networking, Chaput column, Nash. Bus.
Vandy prof criticizes Open
Business Line online edition.
Tech bubble loses fizz? New York
Wireless revolution on tap,
And, visit Tennessee's technology
(July 22) Mid-TN InfraGard chapter, Jim
Basham, TN Emergency Management Agency. Belmont
Univ. Massey Bldg., 4th Flr. 2 p.m., rsvp
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 email@example.com.
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 27-28) Angelbeat
Technology and Network Convergence conference. Restricted
28) Tech Council Monthly Meeting at
Tech2020, Speaker: Amy Bunton, TVA Economic
Development Manager for Existing Business and Industry,
RSVP by July 26 to RSVP@tech2020.org or call (865)
East TN Tech Council, 11:30 a.m., Amy
Bunton, TVA Economic Development Manager for Existing
Business and Industry, pre-pay online at tech2020.org or
rsvp by July 26 to RSVP@tech2020.org or (865)
29) Chatta. Tech. Council breakfast
briefing, (423) 755-7481 for info and
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
Genetic Town Hall, Renaissance Hotel,
Nashville, 9 a.m., convened by Johns Hopkins Genetics
and Public Policy Center, details and
(Aug. 5) NTC Tech
Roundtable, Tim Stafford, CIO, EdgeNet,
University Club, Vanderbilt.
StorageTek Data protection and recovery
seminar, Nashville, details
AITP Nashville - IT at Direct General
Corporation, Suzanne Lattimore, CIO, Sheraton
Music City, 5:30 p.m., details here.
Tech Council luncheon, details (423)
(Aug. 24) 3rd Annual Nashville Technology
Council - ISSA "Information Security
Conference," Nashville Convention Center.
(Sept. 14) Nashville
Capital Network's program on "Term sheets and term-sheet
negotiation" will be Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m.,
Averbuch Auditorium, Owen GSM, Vanderbilt. See
(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
(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,
(Sept. 29) Healthcare IT
conference, details to be announced. Save the
(Sept. 30) Tennessee Valley Conference on
the Science and Business of Nanotechnology, 10
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Speakers and panelists will address
science/research overview, applications, and business
and investment issues. Details forthcoming. This program
is a cooperative effort of the Owen Graduate School of
Management at Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt School
of Engineering, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale
Science and Engineering, and Nashville Technology
Council. Venue: Caterpillar Financial Center.
4) NTC Tech
Roundtable - Mike Dunne, President, Quanta
Memphis Musculoskeletal New Ventures
Conference, Memphis Biotech. Fdn, here.
AITP Region 7 STUCON student IT
professionals event, details here.
NE TN Tech Council TechStar Awards
Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., MeadowView Conf. Ctr.
Program with Anne Pope, Alex Fischer, Eric Cromwell,
others. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling
(Nov. 4) NTC Tech
Roundtable, representatives of ConduIT Corporation
and Digiscript discuss eDoc4U.
(Dec. 1-3) Tennessee Education Technology