Thursday, July 22, 2004 (No. 38)
Editor Milt Capps
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Scheduled Events

(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.

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. 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, iNet 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.
Tennessee ranked 7th in digital-states survey, July 22.
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Stephen R. 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 background here.
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 clients nationwide.
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 reporting capabilities." 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 evolution here.
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, via

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 DoubleClick.

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 time.

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.

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Denneys assume top two posts in management of Health InfoTechnics they founded,, July 12.

Chicago-based Big 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.

Sheehy's The Mouse Pad technology learning center in Brentwood may be first of several, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 6, July 16, not on web., July 15. Tennessean, July 17, scroll here. News release, July 15. Mouse Pad is hiring mentors and customer-service reps, details here. Instructor-led classes begin in August, details.

Ozburn-Hessey 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 9.

Dell Inc. launches aggressive PC security campaign, July 20, release.

Brentwood-based Comdata shuffles top management, July 19, Nash. Bus. Journal, here.

Questions rise about Gaylord's hiring of gaming-industry execs, including former Harrah's CIO Hall, Tennessean, July 20.

Avondale Partners LLC adds to telecom research and investment banking divisions, with entries of Bright and Costello,, July 20.

Cumberland Emerging Technologies traps gene-trapping tenant,, July 13.

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

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ComFrame announced appointment of Maxine Wade to manage health-care technology projects; and, Michael O'Dell, as senior engineer focused on software design, development. Tennessean, July 19.

CentreSource CEO Nicholas 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 website, here.

Nashville Management Group (NMG Advisers) names Kiefer senior consultant, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 21.

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, release.

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 18.

Cumberland Emerging Technologies signs Avatar biotech firm as tenant, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 14.

Change at the helm of Tractor Supply Co., Tennessean, July 13.

JTW Partners have online retail, Knox News Sentinel, July 12.

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 9.

SeniorMetrix to provide Seattle's Medicare+Choice predictive modeling and quality management, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 3, July 9.

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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 21.

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 Post, July 13.

Nashville medical administrators contributed knowledge to software solution: Companion Technologies to Offer DataPlus Reporting and Analysis Tool With Companion PM, release July 12.

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 27.

Pro-Scribe Medical Documentation Solutions of Chattanooga bought by Richmond's CyMed Inc., release July 14.

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 25.

Health Trio signs Citrus for core administrative system, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 7. Release July 7.

VUMC to help state develop data-sharing pilot in eHealth Initiative,, July 9.

WebMD buys ViPS Inc. software developer
, Washington Technology, July 14.

Camtronics gets HCA Midwest cardiovascular and information management contract, July 21, release here.

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

Earlier this morning, State OIR issues RFP 317.30-108 for 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 Communications.
Judge seizes assets of Lebanon-based Internet Marketing operation, Knox. News Sentinel, July 13. Tennessean, July 13.

New head of Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 17., 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,, 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

State seeks 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 foster-care programs.

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 deadline.

Applied Digital Solutions receives Tennessee contact-management contract, July 12.

State sex-offender tracking RFP attracting would-be contractors, Times Free Press, July 13.

Government Open Code Collaborative and website launched, here.

Bush and Kerry political platforms contain technology planks and IT execs know it, Information Week, July 19.

Raise cybersecurity emphasis within DHSecurity, July 8, Washington Post.

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.
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.
State RFP 345.30-980 seeks proposals for Electronic Benefits Transfer Services and childcare time and attendance services, under review.
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Oak Ridge NL eyes nanotechnology leadership role, Cox News via Tennessean, July 12.

Memphis-based Appraisal Forum enhances web-based Instant Access system for web-based appraisal and data storage, release July 21.

Biometrics 2000 allies with Chattanooga's C.J. Enterprises, release June 30.

Lexington's United Auction Brokers launch nationwide at-home eBay pickup service, July 1 release.

IPIX selected by Turkish security distributor, release June 30.

Memphis Claims Management Services (CMS) will support XL Insurance, release July 12.

Next Knowledge software speeds development, lowers cost of web-based training, Times Free Press, July 13.

Electronic filing of police reports accelerates law enforcement in Chattanooga, Times Free Press, July 7.

Zomax plans assembly, distribution and solutions center in Memphis, Memphis Bus. Journal, July 14.

Ultrasensitive explosives detector developed at Oak Ridge NL will be tested at airport, Knox. News Sentinel, July 20.

Procon technology enables ADT to adapt technology to mobile environment, Knox. News Sentinel, July 19.

Bytes: technology news, Knoxville News Sentinel, July 19.

Econocom sets up financing for Memphis fiberoptic net, Commercial Appeal, July 16.

Internet Auction Express opens eBay drop-off site,, July 13.

WKNO PBS affiliate launches HDTV, Memphis Bus. Jrnl., July 13.

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The U.S. House Science Committee heard Nashville's Sydney Rogers yesterday on the subject of education and training supporting cybersecurity. Rogers testified in behalf of the Center 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 Computer Week.

Kenn Education (Middleton, Wisc.) announced partnership with NSF-sponsored VaNTH Engineering Research Center in bioengineering educational technologies. VaNTH includes Vanderbilt among member institutions.

Doug Busch, CIO 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, June 22. release.

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Gates set to donate multibillon-dollar windfall to charity, following Microsoft cash distribution, July 20, CNET.

A "middle ground" for Open Source model: Sun wrestles with JAVA decision, ZDNET, July 2.

Retail POS analyst IHL Consulting Group's Greg Buzek attributes growing profitability to his informal board of advisors, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 9, July 9.

Bloggers abound, spurred by success of folks like Instapundit, Times Free Press, July 19.

Tech start-up owners beware, your love of tech features won't sustain your business, column, John Riddell, Times Free Press, July 13.

Mike Sisco of MDE offers IT Management Models, here. Special offer.

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 12. Related, EDS virtual desktop support in Agile Workplace Services, release July 14.

What small shops need to know about wireless networking, Chaput column, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 16, p. 9. 
Vandy prof criticizes Open Source, July 19, Hindu Business Line online edition.

Tech bubble loses fizz? New York Times, July 11.

Wireless revolution on tap, July 12, The City Paper.

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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 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 27-28) Angelbeat Technology and Network Convergence conference. Restricted attendance.

(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. 10) StorageTek Data protection and recovery seminar, Nashville, details here.
(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. 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 Upfront above.

(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) 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.

(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.

(Dec. 1-3) Tennessee Education Technology Conference, link here.
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