Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005 (No. 49)
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Milt Capps
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Scheduled Events

Digital Reasoning Systems wins $7+ million U.S. military-intelligence contract to fight terrorism
and support combat forces. Firm seeks tech talent for mission. Tennessean, 1E, Jan. 11. Related story, NewsChannel5 WTVF, Dec. 14, here.

Scheduled Events: Feb. 3 - Tech Roundtable, "Making the Call: Java, .Net or Both!?, " with Steve Kukulka, Area Director, ComFrame Software Corp.; Feb. 15 - Technology! Nashville, Hilton Suites Downtown, details here.

Nashville ranks 68 in Intel's "unwired cities" index; Columnist Neff advocates for 'Wireless Nashville', City Paper, Jan. 17.

Metro Nashville Finance chief says starting Streamlined Sales Tax in TN 'foolish' til Congress takes action, Tennessean,
Jan. 16Tennessean editorial agrees, Jan. 19.

Speaker Naifeh wants to increase use of online technologies, cable television to give Tennesseans more direct access to proceedings and votes of TN House of Representatives, Times Free Press, Jan. 16.

Former NotifyMD President Phil Suiter joins Vanderbilt Center for Better Health,,
Jan. 17.

BellSouth wins round in battle with CLECs over charges,,
Jan. 13.

Rutherford County ranks tops for jobs growth among largest counties in the nation, Daily News
Jan. 15.

Craighead succeeds Hayden as CFO at Private Business, as firm reportedly struggles, Tennessean,
Jan. 13.

Cool Springs is site of new office for Memphis-based Interactive Solutions, addressing videoconferencing, e-learning-oriented clients, Tennessean,
Jan. 16.

Nashville Health Care Council program, The Investment Community's Outlook for the Health Care Industry, Jan. 21, 11 a.m., Hilton Nashville Downtown, speakers including Anne Barlow, Southwest Securities Inc.; David Dempsey, Avondale Partners; Frank Morgan, Jefferies & Co.; Darren Lehrich, Piper Jaffray. For more information,
visit here.
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The NONT summary began in July 2003. The Spotlight executive profile series began Feb. 18, 2004. Below are links to the Spotlights to date, listed by subjects' last names. To view the news-summary archive, visit here.
Adrienne Brandon, TruVote

Tim Choate, Bondware, Inc.

Stephen Collins, Juris, Inc.

Eric Cromwell, TN Econ. & Comm. Dev.

Tom Dugger, Healthstream, Inc.

Jeff Duncan, Louisiana Pacific

Bill Ezell, State of Tenn. OIR 
Jay Graves, SmartDM

Marc Guthrie, ComFrame Software Corp.

Bill Hapner, Beacon Technologies

Vic Hatridge, Nashville Electric Service

Nicholas Holland, CentreSource

Richard McKinney, Metro Nashville ITS

Judith Newby, Streamlogics/TappedInto
Marty Paslick, HCA

Jay Ress, Technology Mgmt. Assocs.

Tom Rogers, Tech 2020

Tracy Russell, Harpeth Network Sols.

Bill Sanders, SAS Institute

David Sterling, TruVote

Noel Williams
Send NONT news items and story ideas to Milt Capps.
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Satellite Tracking of People (STOP) CEO Logan comments on how technology fights prison overcrowding, City Paper, Jan. 19.

Last week's NTC Tech Roundtable panel on "Drivers of Corporate Valuation for Technology Companies" produced emphasis on quality of investors, rather than exclusive focus on valuation, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 14.

BioDTech, leveraging business-incubator support of TSU and Cumberland Emerging Technologies, secures license for manufacturing new biotech product that addresses toxins, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 1, Jan. 14.

Judge tosses suit against iPayment, City Paper, p. 7, Jan. 17. Tennessean, Jan. 15. Release, Jan. 13.

In wake of news of Comcast plans for IP telephony, Nashville's ISDN-Net says VoIP customers are coming 'fast and furious', 1E, Tennessean, Jan. 11. Comcast to offer VoIP in all markets by 2006, but won't dislose 2005 markets for competitive reasons, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 17. See related VoIP coverage, NONT Jan. 10.

Physical-security concerns give rise to CCTV, other systems, say ADS execs, p. 27, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 14.

Ingram Micro offers marketing and media services, Memphis Bus. Journal, Jan. 18.

Nashville area colleges offer students relatively limited entrepreneurial-finance experiences, Tennessean, Jan. 12.

U.S. Wireless Online (Louisville) completes acquisition of United Broadband Networks (UBN), Jan. 18
release. USWO has been making acquisitions in the region. In 2003, UBN won Metro Nashville contract for wireless services for Metro Fire.

IPIX churns, does AdMission spin-off, execs depart, but firm says security will remain based at Oak Ridge, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 13. Release, Jan. 11 here. IPIX CFO Farmer resigns,, Jan. 18. Memphis Angels contribute to iPIX hosting images for Realtors, Memphis Bus. Journal, Jan. 14. Release Jan. 13.
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Thomas Conner of MonsterLabs says believing in what you're doing is key to dealing with tech-business risks, City Paper, Jan. 19.

Chris Riddle to VP at Logic Media Group, Tennessean,
Jan. 19.

At Oak Ridge, SAIC partners with Software Control in competing for renewal of IT services contract for UT-Battelle, BWXT Y12 and Bechtel Jacobs, Oak Ridger, Jan. 11.

Dell Inc. funds Nashville Public Television tech-tip spots, Tennessean,
Jan. 14.

BellSouth has signed a commercial agreement to provide wholesale local phone service to Birch Telecom of the South in BellSouth's nine-state region, Commercial Appeal,
Jan. 13.

Stored Value unit of Comdata cooking-up gift-card product for Arby's chain, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Jan. 11.

Lineberry of KraftCPAs gains certification as IS auditor, Tennessean,
Jan. 16.

Converged Solutions Group announced Monte Sellers to director-technology; Sean Wilder to director-bus. development; Bill Arbogast, bus. dev. mgr., Tennessean,
Jan. 16.

John Overland left Shop At Home to join Fleet One LLC (SunTrust) as senior IT product manager, Tennessean,
Jan. 16.

Data Concepts hopes to penetrate more Loews Hotel properties with AdQue digital signage, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 5, Jan. 14, not on web.

Michael Burnette promoted to SVP IT at Morgan Keegan, Memphis, Commercial Appeal,
Jan. 16.

Rob Roaten joined inferno as interactive manager, Commercial Appeal,
Jan. 16.

SRC Network & Software Solutions (Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough), says Dave Yap and Lee Bridenstine joined as systems engineers, Times Free Press, Jan. 16.
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Panel provides Bush administration recommendations for Healthcare IT roadmap, urges interoperability in effort to avert "islands of excellence," New York Times, Jan. 19. Related, Emerging Technologies in HIT 2005, Healthcare Informatics, Jan. 05.

Commission on Systemic Interoperability will work over the next ten months with the public and private health sectors "to establish priorities and develop a strategy and timeline for implementing an infrastructure that supports interoperable electronic health-care systems across the nation." William W. Stead, associate vice chancellor for health affairs and professor of medicine and biomedical informatics, comments, Information Week. Earlier reports, Jan. 10

Frisse named to Accenture informatics chair at Vanderbilt, VUMC Reporter, Jan. 14. Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 11. Release here, Jan. 11.

Digiscript and U.Fla. College of Pharmacy extend relationship, Tennessean, Jan. 12.

CTI Molecular tiff with U. Pittsburgh over imaging-technology rewards set to continue with May trial, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 12.

ClientLogic closes Buffalo office, City Paper, Jan. 14. ClientLogic is a leading international business process outsourcing (BPO) provider in the customer care, fulfillment, item processing and marketing services industry.

Commission on Systemic Interoperability will work over the next ten months
with the public and private health sectors "to establish priorities and develop a strategy and timeline for implementing an infrastructure that supports interoperable electronic health-care systems across the nation." William W. Stead, associate vice chancellor for health affairs and professor of medicine and biomedical
informatics, comments, Information Week. Earlier reports, Jan. 10.
First Genetic Trust to Provide enTrust IT System to support research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, EyeForPharma, Dec. 15. Earlier related report, VUMC Reporter (11/04).

Sy.Med reports strong surge in physicians using its managed-care credentialing, provider enrolment, hospital-privileging software,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 17.

Families, health care professionals and other service providers in search of current research on developmental disabilities can find relevant studies using Study Finder, created by VU Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development.

Nashville Health Care Council program, The Investment Community's Outlook for the Health Care Industry, 11 a.m., Jan. 21, Hilton Nashville Downtown, speakers including Anne Barlow, Southwest Securities Inc.; David Dempsey, Avondale Partners; Frank Morgan, Jefferies & Co.; Darren Lehrich, Piper Jaffray. For more information, write
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Link to key in-state government bid-tracking resources, here. Also, see previous issues, here

ECD Commis. Kisber stresses importance of technology infrastructure in TN's economic development, notes West TN is poised for gains in biotech, other fields, Commercial Appeal, Jan. 19. In recent weeks, Memphians have been bemoaning what some see as laggard status.
Memphis Council member hints city's declining bond rating obscured by 'spin', Commercial Appeal, Jan. 19.

Chattanooga Technology Council will host a discussion panel of the City of Chattanooga Mayoral Candidates on January 27, 4 p.m., Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center. 

State on Jan. 5 issued
RFP 317.03-117 for Statewide Payphone Services, to succeed Cincinnati Bell as contractor, with proposal due date Feb. 7. Also, proposals for RFP 329.01-143 Inmate Phone Services due Feb. 15. Related story: Relatives of prisoners decry plan to change phone rates, as Corrections seeks contractors' proposals, AP via Knox.News Sentinel, Jan. 12.

State government adds website in fight against methamphetamine, contains links to treatment programs, conferences and related developments in Tennessee and elsewhere.

Technology enlisted for security of President Bush's Second Term Inaugural, Washington Post, Jan. 10.

Metro Nashville Public Schools struggle with computers, as Chancery SMS student information system overloads and outages block school staff from their duties, The City Paper,
Jan. 17.

Oak Ridge NL could play bigger role helping U.S. intelligence community develop tools for intel analysis, Knox. News Sentinel,
Jan. 12.

Memphis-based Networx should open its books to public scrutiny, given MLGW's ownership stake, Commercial Appeal, editorial,
Jan. 11.
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Chattanooga delegation in Detroit talks with automakers re hybrid-vehicle technologies, Times Free Press, Jan. 13.

Chattanooga may be developing a niche in testing transportation-security technology under Safe Skies program, airport is designate for piloting software, Times Free Press, Jan. 16.

Expansion Magazine poll shows site consultants like Nashville, Atlanta, others in region, but pass over Chattanooga, Times Free Press, Jan. 16.

Knoxville-based Scripps Networks has launched a video-rich online network for the building industry,, Commercial Appeal, Jan. 13. Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 15.

Memphis' Inventory Locator Services set records for support of marine and aviation logistics, Commercial Appeal, Jan. 12.

Accuship online logistics firm relocates to Memphis' technology corridor, Memphis Bus. Journal,
Jan. 7.

Cleveland/Bradley business incubator finds would-be tenants lining-up, Times Free Press,
Jan. 17.

E-mail keeps families in touch with soldiers in Iraq, Times Free Press,
Jan. 18.

Horse lover creates online community for equestrians, horse owners, Commercial Appeal,
Jan. 18.

Remote Backup Systems (Memphis) announces v8.5 upgrades, Jan. 17.
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State Comptroller says Less than one-fourth Tennessee students proficient in Math,, Jan. 18. Report here. Tennessean story, Jan. 19.

Some at Oak Ridge uncomfortable with association with bubble-bursting acoustic fusion energy project, Munger column, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 19.

Education World (Jan. 12) offers interview with Jan Zanetis, director of the Vanderbilt Virtual School, re success of videoconferencing
in the classroom.

Oak Ridge National Lab (UT-Battelle) and the U.S. Air Force launched Technical Fellowship program Jan. 12, to help USAF
personnel upgrade tech knowledge and raise awareness of ORNL research and technology. Release
Jan. 14.

University student-linking is catching-on in Tennessee, Knox. News Sentinel,
Jan. 18.

Entrepreneurship and Technology Certificate program offered through UT-Chattanooga and Riverbend Technology Institute, Times Free Press,
Jan. 18.

ETS comes up with technology-literacy examination, NY Times,
Jan. 17.

VCampus offers e-learning certification for fast-growing Homeland Security field, CNET News,
Jan. 11.
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Search the News of Nashville Technology archive for business intelligence, here.

Malware programs proliferating, according to Praemunio, Inflow execs, p. 27, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 14.

CIBER seeks to minimize outsourcing by creating CIBERsite development centers in U.S. urban areas, beginning with OK City, release Jan. 13.

Singer Sewing President Gary Jones says those who sew are now online community, Tennessean, Jan. 16.

Coffey of US Lec offers advice on telecommunications options, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 30, Jan. 14.

FBI Virtual Case File project failure reported re SAIC, Washington Post, Jan. 14. NY Times, Jan. 14.

U.S. finds it easier to export garbage than to sell advanced technology products, NY Times, Jan. 14.

Homebuilders' show feature home technologies, Tennessean, Jan. 14.

Is an Integration Service Provider right for you? Hubspan paper outlines the emergence of the integration service provider. Registration required, report here.
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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:
CALENDAR ( * indicates new or revised item)
(Jan. 19-20) Tennessee Cyber-Infrastructure Initiative: Conference on Computational Applications, papers invited. Murfreesboro, TN. For further information, write Penny Morris or George Garrison.

(Jan. 19) David Williams on Strategic Planning, Chattanooga Technology Council, 11:30 a.m., Trade Center, rsvp

(Jan. 20) Excellence in Manufacturing Awards, cosponsored by Nash. Bus. Journal, LBMC, Nashville Area Chamber, for details

(Jan. 20) InfraGard mid-TN meeting, 1:30 p.m., Belmont University, speaker Brandon Watkins, Infrastructure Protection Coordinator, TN Office of Homeland Security, re: formation of state's Defense Advisory Council. For more information write
Brad Lide. 

(Jan. 21) Nashville Health Care Council program, The Investment Community's Outlook for the Health Care Industry, 11 a.m., Hilton Nashville Downtown, speakers including Anne Barlow, Southwest Securities Inc. David Dempsey, Avondale Partners; Frank Morgan, Jefferies & Co.; Darren Lehrich, Piper Jaffray. For more information, write here.

(Jan 25) WiTT monthly meeting, with Alan Tackett and Mary Dietrich, Directors of Vanderbilt University’s ACCRE (Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education) will speak.  Vanderbilt Hill Center, 1231 18th Avenue South, 4:30 p.m. Details

(Jan. 25) E. TN Technology Corridor partners will participate in Energy Efficiency Technology & Business Fair
@ Harvey L. Haynes Conference & Technology Training Center, Enka Campus, Asheville-Buncombe (N.C.) Technical Community College. Free,
details here. 

(Jan. 25) WiTT's back in action with Alan Tackett and Mary Dietrich, Directors of Vanderbilt University's Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education, at Hill Center, 4:30 p.m. Members: $15 Non-Members $25. For details and
registration here

(Jan. 25) NE TN Technology Council annual meeting breakfast with presentation by Mountain State Health Alliance on healthcare technologies. For reservations please contact Vivian Crymble at or call 423-279-9000.

* (Jan. 26) E. TN Tech Council, 11:30 a.m., National Safe Skies Alliance President & CEO Tom Jensen, and Jeff Cornett, COO/VP-Testing
Programs. Register online

(Jan. 26) Memphis BioWorks Development Council Speaker Dr. Andre Maisonneuve, President/CEO, Validian, on "Open Communication, Mutual Authentication, Secure Exchanges" , for details contact For reservations, please contact
Brenda Montgomery.

(Jan. 26)
HealthLeaders regional IT leadership conference, Memphis. 

(Jan. 28) U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper's (D-5) small-business government procurement marketing workshop, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Dec. 22

(Feb. 3) NTC Tech Roundtable, "Making the call: Java, .Net or Both?!", presentation by Steve Kukulka, Area Director, ComFrame. Program registration

* (Feb. 3) U. Memphis event brings tech futurist Erik Peterson to address Seven Revolutions
, Commercial Appeal,
Jan. 12.

(Feb. 10) AITP Nashville program with Larry McCoy,CIO, Caterpillar Financial Services, details here.

(Feb. 15) NTC Technology! Nashville 2005. NTC's annual flagship event. For sponsorship info, write 

(Feb. 16) Nashville Capital Network program on "Organizing Your Business": Moderator Paul Wallace (American Healthways); Stuart Campbell, Stites & Harbison; Paige Davidson, Bass Berry; Carig Buffkin, Buffkin Assocs.; Jon Billington, Ernst & Young; Stuart McWhorter, Clayton Assocs. No charge or advance registration required. 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Averbuch Auditorium, VU Owen Graduate School of Management.  

(Feb. 18) Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence conference includes TN Finance Chief Dave Goetz, executives from Caterpillar Finance, Boeing and others, and includes presentation on "Using e-Learning to implement Six Sigma Projects - Accelerate Implementation and Cut Costs," by Bob Duthie, Chairman and Founder of Nashville's Duthie Associates, Inc.

(Feb. 23) Chattanooga Technology Council luncheon, David McGee,
author Ford Tough: Bill Ford and the Battle to Rebuild America's Automaker, 11:30 a.m., Trade Center. Details here.

(March 16) Chattanooga Technology Council, 11:30 a.m., Venture Capital Panel. Details here.

(March 17) – MTSU Emerging Technology in Manufacturing event. Details here. Contact: Dr. Charles Perry, Russell Chair of Manufacturing Excellence, Inst. Engineering Technology and Industrial Studies, College of Basic and Applied Sciences. 

(March 23-24) SBA business matchmaking event, Tennessean,
Dec. 18. Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 17., Dec. 16.

(April 5)
Leadership Music Digital Summit, Belmont Curb Center, Nashville, details available later this month.

(May 18) – NTC Nashville Technology Innovation Conference will be Wednesday, May 18, 2005, with emphasis on innovations that address current and emerging technology needs of enterprises large and small. The unprecedented NTC event will be at BellSouth Auditorium, downtown Nashville. Speakers currently confirmed include execs from Symantec, IBM, Brooktrout, CapGemini, Tacit Networks, J.P. Morgan. Registration, sponsorship, exhibit and related details are forthcoming. Info, write 

(July 12-15) Tenn. Valley Corridor 2005
National Summit, Washington, D.C.

(Aug. 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
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