Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004 (No. 43)
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(TODAY) NTC Tech
Roundtable, with Ray Capp,
President/CEO, ConduIT Corporation; Rich Smith,
President, eDoc4U; Jeff McCormack, Exec. Vice
President, Chief Knowledge Officer, DigiScript
Inc. Focus on synergies in strategic partnerships.
and in Scheduled Events
Member Survey — NTC
needs Members' opinions on ten
questions. Please take the online survey right here.
Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation seems likely to accept an
offer to test for one year, without contract or
further commitment, SAIC's ContentAnalyst
technology, which is used in analyzing the
growing volume of news, information
and related data flowing to TBI,
according to a TBI
(Oct. 28) Tech After Hours
returns! with business networking,
corporate exhibit tables, food, beverages and fun,
at Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, beginning 4:30
p.m. Co-hosts are NTC and WilliamsonWorks,
with TAH sponsor Oracle. Details and registration
11/04 issue will show Tennessee as a
standout in Biotech, ranking 3rd (after Iowa,
So. Carolina) in the ag-feedstock-chemicals
category — and, tieing with Utah at 11th overall,
when factoring biotech employment, output and
consumption. Ed-in-Chief Karim Khan told us
yesterday the rankings draw heavily upon
an earlier Battelle
study here. BF
issue will also feature section on
TN, and pro-TN ads (ad info: Ben Nachsin;
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TNECD's Tech Dir.
Cromwell crafts Tech agenda for jobs, skills,
From his vantage within
the Department of Economic and Community
Development, Director of Technology Eric Cromwell
sees that only 5 percent of Tennessee
jobs qualify as the kind of "high tech" employment
that will raise Tennesseans' future personal
addresses business, technology and academic
audiences around the state, Cromwell, 30, conveys
not only enthusiasm and deepening knowledge, but
also a very real sense of urgency about improving
that picture. That urgency was evident during last
week's annual Governor's Economic Development
conference, where Cromwell told an audience
"Tennessee will rise or fall dramatically in the
global economy, based on policies enacted
Commissioner Matt Kisber's appointment of
Cromwell was announced Jan. 21, freeing the
State's first tech director to begin an
intensive process of inventorying the State's
technology assets, points-of-leverage and tech
infrastructure, manpower, educational and related
then, Cromwell has brought to fruition a series of grants for regional
technology councils, including NTC, and has begun
aligning State technology policy with analyses and with broader economic strategy.
Cromwell cites numerous indicators of Tennessee's
current less-than-adequate technology status, he
also cites numerous tech assets throughout the
state, ranging from the Memphis Biotech Foundation
and Oak Ridge National Lab, to FedEx Institute of
Technology, the UT and TBR systems and regional
technology advocates, including Nashville Technology
the Governor's Conference last week, Cromwell's
presentation made clear he, Kisber and others have
begun to operationally define three parallel
initiatives: strengthening the research community
and the development of tech-supporting
infrastructure statewide; supporting tech
businesses and stimulating entrepreneurial growth;
and fostering collaboration between large
businesses and start-ups, and the academic sector,
particularly faculty conducting research on
university campuses. Cromwell also signals the
time is near when Governor Phil Bredesen, ECD
Commissioner Kisber and other Cabinet members will
unveil specific initiatives -- possibly including
policy remedies -- that will be designed to
improve research, telecommunications, IT and other
infrastructure; stepped-up education and training;
and, programs to support creation of networks and
communities of entrepreneurs.
more about ECD's emerging Tech strategy, possible
expansion of Brother International R&D
and the State's goals for intellectual
property, please click
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Giampapa is attorney at center of
TBR-supported start-ups, technology
commercializations, licensing, scroll down here.
MDS Inc. and Wood
Holdings acquire healthcare-technology solutions
company Evolved Digital Systems,
Jefferies and Company
healthcare analyst David Frances, who followed
HealthStream, WebMD, McKesson and other
HIT-oriented firms, reportedly retired from the
firm, and Jefferies then reportedly suspended
coverage of some HIT firms, NashvillePost.com,
Former Cap Gemini Ernst
& Young execs form Cumberland Consulting
Group, Nash. Bus.
Journal, Oct. 4.
Two years after launching
"crusade for biotech," MB Venture Partners
seems to have made
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Nashville's International Academy
of Design and Technology appointed Brian
Flategraff director of IT, Tennessean,
5E, Oct. 3.
WildCard Systems Partners with
AmSouth to Offer Prepaid Visa Payroll
Cards, release Oct. 5.
Dialogic Communications Corp.'s
emergency-notification product combined
with COOP's continuity-planning software, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 29.
Release Sept. 22.
At Pilot Travel Centers in
Knoxville, Ken Parent succeeds Jeff Cornish as
CIO, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 5. Related KNS story, Oct. 2.
Christian Music Trade Assn. and
Nielsen Music sign long-term
data and IS agreement, Nash. Bus.
Journal, p. 20, Oct. 1, not on web. Christian Post, Sept. 21
Healthcare Management Systems hired
Lorenzo Suter for training for clinical
applications implementation; Jim Lunceford,
interface developer and installer; Robert Paynter,
tech support analyst; Tennessean, 5E, Oct.
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Vanderbilt Center for Better Health
and a regional informatics program
represent attempts to put TennCare on leading edge
for IT, p. 11, BusinessTN magazine (free
regis., Oct. 04). State and stakeholders seeking
$15 million in state/federal funding.
standards: HHS' long-awaited Request for
Information (RFI) and comment from
healthcare and IT sectors regarding healthcare IT
standards is likely to get a green light next
Tuesday, Oct. 12, when Dr. David Brailer and his staff
meet at HHS for what all hope will be final review
of the long-circulating draft RFI. Brailer is
National Health Information Technology
Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN CEO
Vicky Gregg named to Health Care IT
standards group by Sen. Frist, Commercial Appeal,
Oct.2. Times Free Press, Oct. 2.
William Stead, M.D., assoc.
vice chancellor for health affairs,
director VUMC Informatics Center, elected to Board
of Regents, National Library of Medicine (NIH).
Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 21, Oct. 1. Vanderbilt
release, Sept. 10. Stead informatics presentation to NLM. NLM
strategic plan and IT, here.
WebMD announces launch of Intergy
Electronic Health Record, release Oct. 4.
HealthStream Inc.'s 2003 annual
report online, here.
Healthcare Management Systems'
annual user conference, Oct. 13-15.
Ardent Health announces $12
million choice of First Consulting Group
services, release Oct. 5. Nash. Bus.
Journal, Oct. 5.
Agilent Technologies' donation
of DNA microarrays will help VU Medical
Center with education in genomics,
informatics. Release, Oct. 6.
LetterLogic gains print/mail
contract with EDI-focused SSI Group of Mobile,
Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 7, Oct. 1, not on
(further) HealthSpring adding
Verilet authentication, Nash. Bus.
Journal, Oct. 1.
Various National Institutes of
Health institutes invite applications for
specialized centers and national
computational infrastructure for biomedical
computing. Up to $14 million in FY 2005 funding is
expected to be available for three new centers.
Eligibles include public or private universities,
colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and others, as
well as units of state/local government.
Applications due Jan. 24. More information here.
Resource: Healthcare Technology
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Link to key in-state
government bid-tracking resources,
see news-summary archive, here.
State Parole agency seeks GPS services for parolee
monitoring, RFP 324-02.406 requires Nov. 3
State Department of Education's RFP 331-04.001 for online
assessment includes web, tech-support
components, proposals due Nov. 3.
NEW: State Treasurer (retirement
system) seeks database and death-match searching
and reporting services, RFP 309-01-083 has Nov. 8
Sect. 8 Contract Administration Software System,
due Nov. 29.
State vital records document ordering
system would be supported via RFP 343.20-002,
proposals due Oct. 13.
State RFP 331.01-002 for teacher recruitment
includes subordinate requirements for database and
web applications, proposals due Monday, Oct. 11.
Computer operations hamper
scheduling of AccessRide lifts for
disabled, Tennessean, Oct. 3.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Middle
District of Tennessee now requires electronic
filing, Tennessean, Oct. 5.
Affiliated Computer Services
(Dallas) wins Metro traffic system
contract, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 30. NashvillePost.com, Sept. 30. Release here.
State of Tennessee execs talk of
hopes to make contracting easier for
vendors, Business Tennessee, p. 22, Oct.
04, not on web.
Tennessee's voting technology
varies county by county, Times Free
Press, Oct. 3.
GM competitive bidding for IT
contracts will spark contracting war
among EDS, IBM, HP, says AP via NY Times, Oct. 4. EDS contract renewal
clarified, InformationWeek, Oct. 4.
Conservative politico-econ gadfly
Bill Hobbs' blog
refocused, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct.1.
Tennessee Tourism's travel-planning website named
best in category by Web
Marketing Association. Mentioned in Tennessean
interview Oct. 3 with Tourism
Commissioner Susan Whitaker.
State launches career
website for teens,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 29. Memphis Bus. Journal,
Sept. 29. Release, Sept.
director heads for showers after "home
run," Commercial Appeal, Sept. 30.
profile changed rapidly past two years,
Memphis Bus. Journal, Sept. 27.
IPIX and Homestore to Expand the
Adoption of Virtual Tours in U.S. Real
Estate, release Oct. 5.
Delegation trying to save Tullahoma
scramjet project funding, Times Free Press, Oct.
Nuvox expands to Memphis,
Memphis Bus. Journal, Sept. 30.
Chattanooga fuel-cell projects gets
more federal funding, Times Free Press, Oct.
CoStar and Xceligent continue
battle for real-estate research data
services in Nashville, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 1, Oct.
Tri-Cities granted World Trade
Center option, Kingsport Times News, Oct. 4.
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E-rate on hold, NY Times, Oct. 4. E-rate scrutinized during congressional
hearing, NY Times,
Oct. 6. E-rate administrator suspended issuing
funding-commitment letters last summer, here. Latest: Transcript of FCC Chairman
Powell's remarks during ed-broadband
conference yesterday (Oct.
6), underscoring temporary nature of E-rate
suspension, should now be posted via FCC homepage.
TN Department of Education spokesperson Kim
Karesh said yesterday, "...it appears there
won't be any impact on the actual services or the
flow of services. Also yesterday,
Education Networks of America (ENA) President
David Pierce said in part, "Tennessee has already
experienced grave delays over the past 2 years in
Federal E-Rate funding, and this additional delay
further exacerbates the problem. [However,
telecommunications] companies and ENA have
provided the buffer to address these funding
delays without interruption of Internet service to
Tennessee's schools." Pierce's e-mail also
reflected ENA's understanding that the FCC intends
the E-rate suspension to end, relatively
key in improving Tennessee economy, The
City paper, Oct. 1.
U. Tennessee, U. Memphis
collaborate on intellectual property
issues, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 1.
Vanderbilt University joins
Oak Ridge National
Laboratory consortium, release Sept. 30.
U. Memphis and E. TN State Univ.
vie for College of Public Health; current
biomedical-engineering collaboration of two
schools noted. Memphis Bus. Journal, Oct. 1.
Nashville State Community College
E-learning progresses, Nash. Bus.
Journal, Oct. 1.
Technology key factor in U. Memphis
music-industry career program, Commercial
Appeal, Sept. 30.
U. Memphis to add new technology
concentration in engineering in January,
Commercial Appeal, Oct. 1.
Technology boosts instruction at
Dayton City Schools, Times Free Press, Oct. 3.
Hamilton County’s Virtual High School completes
year online, first in TN, Times Free
Press, Oct. 3.
Nashville Technology Council
launches its Leadership Series of one-day
seminars, encompassing proactive
communication, assertive management, conflict
resolution, and project management. The
"performance-oriented," PMI Body of
Knowledge-backed Leadership Series is led by Jay
Ress of Technology Management Assocs, an NTC
professional-development partner. Each sessions
earns seven (7) professional development units
(PDUs) from PMI. Sessions: Proactive Communication
Skills and Methods (Nov. 9); Assertive Management
(Dec. 13); Project Leadership (Jan. 11); Conflict
Resolution (Feb. 8). Cost is $425 per session
($350 per session for NTC members – or reserve
spots in all four sessions for $1,200). Space is
limited. Site: BellSouth Tower downtown. For more
information, write firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone (615) 743-3160.
Homeland Security taps Andy Purdy,
Yoran's former deputy, as interim cybersecurity
Post, Oct. 7.
Amit Yoran resigns as Homeland
Security's cybersecurity chief, CNN, Oct. 1. Washington
Post, Oct. 2. AP via Knox. News
Sentinel, Oct. 4. Earlier story on Yoran
appointment, CNet-news, Dec. 1, 2003. Report suggests
disarray in solving Homeland Security and other
agencies' intelligence computer-storage problems,
aggregating Terror Watch list, etc., NY Times, Oct. 2, 2004.
Engineering alumnus launches San Francisco-based
iCanvas.com webtool for
"progressive" political change via grassroots,
blending social networking with "MoveOn"-type
activism, release Oct. 7.
research: UTenn. Professor isolates
connectedness with suppliers as key
variable and projects top supply-chain priorities
(CRM, others), sponsored by Capgemini and
Microsoft, release, Oct. 6.
vulnerable to cyberterrorism, USA Today,
Music-industry lawyers launch new
attack on file-sharers via U.S. Senate,
NY Times, Sept. 30. Suing music
downlaoders may not be good business, Law.com, Sept.
Tom Jarrett, president, National
Association of State Information
Officers, offers opinions about links
between state and federal IT procurement, role of
States' CIOs in homeland security, privacy
concerns, etc. Transcript of Sept. 30 webchat via
Washington Post here.
Technology Review Names Scott
Heiferman, Co-Founder and CEO of
Meetup.com, as 2004 Innovator of the Year, Oct. 1.
Meetup.com stands alone, NY Times, Oct. 4.
Meg Whitman, eBay CEO, named most
powerful woman in business by Fortune, Oct. 4.
Resource: VOIP - How stuff
label (EmmyLou, Wilco, et al)
produces profitable CDs in an online/download
era by attending to "sensibilities" of key
demographics, NY Times Magazine, Oct. 3.
2005 Nashville Technology
Directory: Preparations are
underway for publishing the 2005 Nashville
Technology Directory. For more information on
rates, space options, etc., please write email@example.com .
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(Oct. 7) NTC Tech Roundtable, with
speakers Ray Capp, President/CEO, ConduIT
Corporation; Rich Smith, President,
eDoc4U; Jeff McCormack, Exec. Vice President,
Chief Knowledge Officer, DigiScript Inc. Focus on
synergies in strategic partnerships. 4 p.m.-6
p.m., Wildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Ave. N. Members
$15 each, non-Members $25. Advance registration
required online via technologycouncil.com or via
* (Nov. 4) NTC Tech
Roundtable, panel on
Spam, details to be announced. 4 p.m.,
(Oct. 8) Business Leadership
Speaker Series, speaker Jim Beard, president of
Caterpillar Financial Services
Corporation, recipient of 2003 Malcomb Baldrige
National Quality Award. Allen Arena, Lipscomb
University, 3901 Granny White Pike, 7:30 a.m.-8:30
a.m. No charge, but reservations required.
R.S.V.P. by Oct. 4 via (615) 386-7653 or
* (Oct. 11-13)
Growing Your Business through SBIR/STTR Grants
& Government Contracts, UT
Center for Industrial Services workshop in
Knoxville. For more info visit here.
* (Oct. 13) Business Development
Strategies for High-Tech Professionals
& Companies, 8:30 a.m., Technology2020,
details via (865) 220-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* (Oct. 13-16) "Ethics of
Electronic Information in the 21st
Century," U. of Memphis. Details here or write Tom Mendina.
* (Oct. 14) AITP Nashville Topic:
Open Source. Speaker: Bob Miller, CIO - Vice
President, Technology, magazines.com.
Venue change: Prime Hotel-Nashville.
Details and registration via
(Oct. 14) Nashville Technology
Council Network Managers Roundtable.
Speaker Tom Hickerson, Executive Director -
Network Operations and Infrastructure, Office of
Information Resources, Department of Finance &
Administration, State of Tennessee. 8:30 a.m. -
10:30 a.m. See NMRT site. For details write email@example.com .
* (Oct. 20) InfraGard Middle TN,
Mike Cira, AirFortress, wireless security
threats. Frist Center for the Visual
Arts. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or
* (Oct. 26) "The Off-Shoring
Debate," Memphis Soc. for Information
Mgmt. (SIM) daylong conference, Hilton
(Oct. 28) Nashville Technology
Council, Tech After Hours, details.
(Nov. 4) NTC Tech Roundtable,
speaker to be announced.
(Nov. 4-5) TN Valley Corridor
Summit, Somerset, KY. Linking
homeland security and homeland prosperity.Related
story, Knox News Sentinel, Sept. 13.
* (Nov. 4) Women in Technology
Tennessee "Breaking the glass ceiling,"
panel, 4:30 p.m., Caterpillar Fin., details here.
(Nov. 9) Justice
Department holds technology-export security
town hall meeting at BellSouth Tower.
Register here. Related NashvillePost.com story,
* (Nov. 18) InfraGard Mid-TN, video
surveillance integration, 1:30 p.m.,
Belmont University, details here.
(Dec. 1-3) Tennessee Education Technology
Conference, link here.
(Dec. 2) NTC Tech Roundtable,
details to be announced.
* Feb. 15 – Technology! Nashville
March 17– MTSU Emerging Technologies event.
Details TBA. Contact: Dr. Charles
Russell Chair of Manufacturing Excellence,
Inst. Engineering Technology and Industrial
Studies, College of Basic and Applied
24 – NTC's InfoSec Nashville 2005
information-security conference will be
Wednesday August 24, with CSI
information-security training Aug. 22, 23, 25, 26.
For further information, write email@example.com