Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005 (No. 50)
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Scheduled Events

Condra to step down from NTC Presidency
, release Jan. 27. City Paper, Jan. 27;, Jan. 27; Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 27. Tennessean, Jan. 28. Nashville Technology Council seeks President/CEO -- Submit app via search firm Buffkin & Associates, write here 
with "Attn: Roland Lundy NTC Search" in subject line.

Feb. 3 - Nashville Technology Council Tech Roundtable,
"Making the Call: Java or .Net, or both!?" Presenter Steve Kukulka, Area Director, ComFrame Software Corporation. $15 NTC Members, $25 guests. 4 p.m. networking, program 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Wildhorse Saloon Conference Room, 120 2nd Ave. N. Register onsite.

Australia-based Citect U.S. operation awarded Metro Nashville Water-services software and systems work, release Feb. 1.

MonsterLabs programmer Travis Graham developed for entrepreneur McCabe. At the basic membership level, the Amazon-like service facilitates free exchange of books. Release here.

MESH high-speed wireless network spurred by DARPA and launched by Adept
Consulting Technology Group could put Nashville ahead of other cities in supporting first-responders, City Paper, Feb. 2. MESH background.

Columnist Neff says his call for wireless Nashville prompted local officials
, City Paper, Jan. 24. Earlier column that spurred discussion, here.

Stan Wilson's NetEvidence, Inc., computer forensic investigation and consulting, began full operations this week. Wilson has worked in IT roles for Kroll, VU Medical Center, Lipscomb Univ., Sector 3, System-X, Tempero. Fellow Lipscomb alum Jeff Turley has previous
litigation support and IT consulting experience.  

(Feb. 15) Technology! Nashville, annual NTC flagship event, addresses the State of Information Technology in middle Tennessee, as well as tech innovation, talent, entrepreneurship and Tech employment. Speakers and panelists include Mayor Bill Purcell, Mayor of Metro Nashville; Bobby Frist, HealthStream; Terry Moore, Gartner Inc.; David Condra, NTC; Damien Creavin, WebMD Business Services; Chris Young, St. Thomas Health Systems; Joe Maxwell, Investment Scorecard; Tom Jurkovich, Metro Nashville ECD; Eric Cromwell, Tenn. Economic Development-Technology; Janet Miller, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Partnership 2010. $45 NTC Members, $60 guests. After Feb. 9 costs are $55/$70. Hilton Suites Nashville Downtown. 7:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Advance online registration via or phone (615)

(Feb. 16) Nashville Capital Network "Organizing Your Business" program is Feb 16, with Moderator Paul Wallace, American Healthways. Panelists: Michael Hinchion, Stites & Harbison; Page Davidson, Bass Berry & Sims; Craig Buffkin, Buffkin Associates; Jon Billington, Ernst & Young; Stuart McWhorter, Clayton Associates. See Scheduled Events, below.

(March 3) Tech Roundtable "Interceptor: Nashville intelligence software goes to War," presentation by Founder/CEO Tim Estes of Nashville-based Digital Reasoning Systems (DRS). See Scheduled Events, below.

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Satellite Tracking of People LLC protests proposed award of offender-tracking contract to rival Sentinel Offender
Services, Tennessean,
Feb. 1. STOP sues to stop ProTech product, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 1.

Nashville Capital Network angels invest in Pathfinder Therapeutics, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Jan. 21., Jan. 21. The City Paper, Jan. 24.

Owen's Lynskey sees entrepreneurship rising among students; local colleges offer broad education for emerging business owners, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 5,
Jan. 14.

VC executives, including NCN's Sid Chambless, see brighter investment picture for early-stage companies, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 3,
Jan. 21. Venture capital in Tennessee on rise, Tennessean, Jan. 24.

Strategic Communications Inc. is now the Data/Comm Division of Stansell Electric Co., broadening Stansell's electric and data communications services. Former SCI President Tom Bennett is now communications systems architect for the Stansell division. Tennessean, 4E, Jan. 30,
scroll here.

Genysis of Franklin partners with Incentric Solutions of Research Triangle for IT solutions,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 20.

Vanderbilt scientists and engineers engage in industry partnerships in 55 ventures, release
Jan. 24.

MGM Logistics Management's transportation-management Windows-based software said to leave UNIX competitors 'choking in the dust', p. 7, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 21, not on web.
Deadline for submitting applications for Southeast Venture Forum at Birmingham is Feb. 21. Event is April 13-14. Details here. The announcement and call for presenters for the Tennessee Valley Venture Forum will occur in April, for the Oct. 6-7 event. Details here.

Franklin-based IHL offers retailer/hospitality business intelligence database, release
Jan. 25.

(further) BioDTech leases space at Cumberland Emerging Technologies, Tennessean,
Jan. 19.

Avondale Parnters offers half-day program in Shareholder Value Series, "Should I take my company public?", April 6, registration
here. Panel members will include Mike Culotta, CFO of LifePoint Hospitals; Joey Jacobs, CEO of Psychiatric Solutions; Clay Whitson, CFO of iPayment; and Gene Ellis, former CFO of Atlanta-based PRG-Schultz.
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Asurion hires senior execs Stuart Smith and Jaye Thomas for technology, logistics and claims-management leadership, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 2.

Cybera adds staff, moves to Grassmere Park, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Jan. 25. Cybera Inc. named Jessee Chappell director-network services, and Scott Kubiszyn, formerly of Bonaventure Capital (Birmingham-based VC), as director-corporate development. Tennessean, 4E, Jan. 30, scroll here.

Little Planet Learning's work for Institute for School Leaders named Codie Awards Finalist, representing joint effort on A computer-based training program for school principals, designed in collaboration with VU and TN Department of Education. Nash. Bus. Journal,
Jan. 19.

Nashville-based Pomeroy IT executive Braithwaite comments on technology sector and approach to his work, p. 13, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Jan. 21.

In Nashville, enables homebuyers to select their agent, Tennessean,
Jan. 30.

Axis Accounting of Nashville adds Nancy Cooper, formerly with Epicor, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Jan. 31.

Jim Anderson joins iTouch home automation in charge of sales/marketing, Tennessean,
Jan. 18.

Digital Dog appoints Hollis to business development slot, Tennessean,
Jan. 27. Also, Brian Muller to Multimedia Specialist, formerly with Prentice Hall Media Group.Greg Donald, Senior Programmer, recently with Ascendant Media, Inc. and Vaco Technology.

AmSouth selects Kanisa technology for customer service, Jan. 24

Donna Gilley, Director of Healthcare Complaince for LBMC Healthcare Group was awarded Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credentials by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Release Jan. 28.

Audio Electronics of Nashville VAR for Trusonics Simply Fashion Radio Networks, release
Jan. 11.

Jive hopes to fill demand for short-run digital printing services, Tennessean (Davidson AM),
Jan. 26.
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Smart Hospital Company Founder David Joiner co-founds nonprofit SAIL Foundation service to help athletes get good educations through
interactive services,, Jan. 21.

VUMC team continues to develop online resource to help providers evaluate schizophrenia patients' medication regimens, Green Hills News, Jan. 20, p. 6, not on web. Release, Dec. 29, here. Intl. Psychopharmacology  Algorithm Project site here.

Nashville Medical News, January 2005, Physicians can access iScribe e-prescribing PDA from BCBSTN and CareMark Rx. Drug development: High throughout screening technologies accelerate drug development, here. Role of FDA amid drug-safety concerns, here.

(further) BioDTech leases space at Cumberland Emerging Technologies, Tennessean, Jan. 19.

Medical billing company Gabriel Healthcare of Brentwood opted for ClinixMIS ASP from Clinix Medical Information Services, Tennessean, Jan. 30, 4E, scroll here.

First Consulting Group among first residents of new Haywood Oaks TechneCenter, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 31.

Tenn. Women's Care deploys Greenway's Prime Suite technology, release Jan. 31.

Siemens is building a group of new digital hospitals, Jan. 31, Atlanta Bus. Chronicle.

Healthcare IT gets a mention in "State of the Union Address," White House, here. HHS proposed new e-prescribing rules, Jan. 26. President Bush Jan. 27 committed funding to EMR test, Wash. Post, Jan. 28. Transcript of presidential remarks.

Health IT consortium recommends open standards for network interoperability, as well as creation of new nonprofit corporation to
develop and promulgate IT standards for healthcare sector, NY Times News Service via Tennessean, Jan. 26. NY Times link to story here.

Congressional action expected to free $50 million for HHS healthcare IT pilot programs under Brailer, NY Times, Jan. 31. Update: Leadership of National Alliance for Healthcare Information Technology, board of directors.
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Link to key in-state government bid-tracking resources, here. Also, see previous issues, here

Portal RFP: Multistate group (including TN) throws Streamlined Sales Tax portal development out to competitive bid (TN link to RFP here, deadline Feb. 18, 2005); Congress still silent on SST initiative, Washington Post, Jan. 28. TN Dept. of Revenue Commis. Loren Chumley serves on SST advisory group.

Tenn. Regulatory Authority plans to add CapTel Relay Service that improves phone services for hard-of-hearing and deaf persons, Tennessean, 3E, Feb. 1, scroll here.

Governor Phil Bredesen's State of the State Address and budget submission Jan. 31 signaled several technology initiatives, including increased economic-development emphasis on broadband technology access in rural areas; relatively stable funding for State OIR division; a healthcare IT pilot centered around the Regional Medical Center at Memphis; a biotech lab for Nashville State Community College; a new electrical and computational engineering facility at UT-Knoxville; technology for teacher education; a supply-chain-type analysis of state's drivers license-issuance process; and, an increase in GIS technology support for parcel mapping for State F&A. Related stories: Background on Governor's request for FedEx help on smoothing drivers license process, Commercial Appeal, Feb. 2. Bredesen budget is a boon for Oak Ridge National Lab, Oak Ridger, Feb. 1. UT and Oak Ridge NL begins search for scientific talent with Bredesen talent warchest, Knox. News Sentinel, Feb. 2. Bredesen budget would advance UTenn. electrical and computing facility, Knox. News Sentinel, Feb. 1., Jan. 31. Bredesen Budget includes $10 million for healthcare-information network for Memphis area providers, centered at Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Commercial Appeal, Feb. 1. Executive profile: John Ortego, CIO, Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Commercial Appeal, Feb. 1. Earlier, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 26.

U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon (D-6)named top legislator by manufacturing group, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 21.

Morristown (TN) Utility Systems decides to build its own fiber-to-the-home system, over Comcast and Charter protests, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 24.

Chattanooga adopts Red Dot content management systems, Jan. 11.

Parsons says threatened funding cuts in Manufacturing Extension Program places Tennessee manufacturing "under attack," Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 1, Jan. 21.

Prior to State of State, Gov. Bredesen vowed focus on on education, on technology and biotech, as well as on the need to recruit and create more knowledge-intensive jobs that can't be easily offshored, Times Free Press, page 1, Jan. 23. AP via Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 27, not on web.

Automated surveillance of Knoxville traffic offenders considered, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 28.
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Oak Ridge SAIC layoffs foreseen, due to lower-than-expected number-portability fallout IT work and AllTel contract termination, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 24.

Knoxville's Digital Crossing technology center retains data-center orientation and virtual clientele, as Scripps vacates premises;
Knox. News Sentinel, Feb. 3.

Horn Lake opts to introduce supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA) for monitoring sewer, water system, Commercial Appeal, Feb. 3. Jackson-based Neel-Schaffer Inc. will develop system.

Sta. Ana-based Troy Group relocating Nashville's former American Data facility to West Virginia data center, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 28., Jan. 28.

East Tenn. Siemens Energy & Automation electronic manufacturing plant sold to Epic, release Jan. 31. AP via Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 28.

Eastman Chemical Company sold to Danisco A/S Eastman's stake in Genencor Intl, release Jan. 27.

Electrolux, Nissan and their suppliers fueld manufacturing jobs resurgence in midstate, Tennessean, Jan. 29.

ClientLogic sister insLogic at Oak Ridge absorbed into Capital One, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 20.

Knoxville citizens engaged in fighting crime using, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 20.

ScanSource expands logistics duties of Sommese for Memphis operations, release Jan. 31.

Manufacturer of MTIO Internet-linked ovens set to revive Chattanooga industrial site, Times Free Press, Jan. 20.

Biotech research park construction underway in Memphis, Commercial Appeal, Jan. 15.

UT raises funds for business incubator, Tennessean, Jan. 22, scroll down here.

IPIX reaffirms its plans to keep R&D and other functions in Oak Ridge, despite spin-off, moves, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 31. IPIX surveillance equipment supported Bush Inauguration security, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 24.
Marchky joins GDH consulting for recruitment of IT professionals in Memphis area, Commercial Appeal, Jan. 21.
Confidence rises in local economy, Tennessean, Jan. 21

East TN's "Nine Counties, One Vision" task force issues extensive economic-development report, citing Technology initiatives and need for more venture capital as key targets, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 23.

Chattanooga mayoral candidates say high tech is key to future, Times Free Press, Jan. 28.

Wamp pushes energy technologies for TN, Times Free Press, Jan. 28.

Y12 National Security Project facilities' construction slated to begin in spring, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 25.

Ebb and flow: CDG Management call center pops-up at Oak Ridge, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 29.

Limelight Media Group buys On the Road Media Group, Memphis Bus. Journal, Feb. 1.
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Austin Peay Homeland Security degree program begins this summer, Tennessean, Feb. 3.

Cognizant computers that learn from reading and experiencing seem closer, according to experts associated with FedEx Institute for Technology, U. of Memphis, Vanderbilt, others, Commercial Appeal, Feb. 1. Related story, AP via Wash. Post, Feb. 1.

Tennessee ranked 34th in nanotechnology by Lux Research, Jan. 25

EDS grant to Nashville State Community College, City Paper,
Jan. 26.

Would-be Metro Science and Engineering Charter school will appeal to State, City Paper,
Jan. 31. Tennessean, Feb. 1. Charter turned down second time by Metro Board of Public Education, Tennessean, Jan. 28.

Speaking at Davos summit, tech guru Negroponte still pushing laptop technology for K-12 students,
NY Times, Jan. 31.

Former UTC Chancellor Stacy gets award for bringing SimCenter to campus, Times Free Press, Jan. 29.

R. Alan Peters II, associate professor of electrical engineering, Kazuhiko Kawamura, professor of electrical Engineering and professor of computer engineering, and D. Mitchell Wilkes, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer engineering, received the Space Act Award from NASA for their robot control architecture research that could help the agency to meet space and aeronautics goals.
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Search the News of Nashville Technology archive for business intelligence, here.

With Nashville consumer demand rising, cable, satellite and telecom providers seek more 'grandslam' bundled-services customers to lock-in user base, Tennessean, p. 1E, Jan. 26.

Online storage of digital files is growing for consumers and businesses, NY Times, Jan. 24.

Demand for online advertising inventory may outstrip supply, NY Times, Jan. 24.

Dell Inc. applauded for workforce esprit during Manufacturing Excellence Awards process, supp., Jan. 21 Nash. Bus. Journal, not on web. Dell, IBM among IT winners in 2005, according to Merrill Lynch survey of CIOs, CNet, Feb. 1. Report on Dell's plant location strategy in North Carolina, News & Record, Jan. 23.

Ford, Google, other companies looking to build their own dark-fiber infrastructure, NY Times, Feb. 1.

Small businesses are discovering value of custom technology, quickly, NY Times, Jan. 20.

THE DOWNLOAD: StreamCast P2P litigation goes to Supreme Court,, Jan. 24. Earlier StreamCast report,, Dec. 28. Napster and U. Tennessee reach download agreement, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 24. IFPI report says paid-for legal music downloads passed 200 million mark in '04, report Jan. 19. Entertainment industry releases Supreme Court filings attacking Grokster and Streamcast and seeking further protection from file-sharers, Washington Post, Jan. 26. New round of lawsuits launched, Mi2N, Jan. 31.

Entertainment industry reaffirms anti-P2P stance, Washington Post, Jan. 25. Peer-to-Peer is here to stay, but controversy hinders needed investment, The Economist, Dec. 2.

eBay merchant educator comes to Nashville, City Paper, Jan. 26.

Journalists who excell in reporting on Technology will be honored during the June 6, 2005, joint meeting of the Technology and Military/Public Safety special-interest groups of the Public Relations Society of America, meeting at Washington, D.C. Details here.

How one creative author found help in using new textual-analysis software for his personal archives, NY Times, Jan. 30.

How to make money off your Blog, Wash. Post, Jan. 30. Bloggie Blog awards voting closes Thursday, Washington Post, Jan. 30.

Advances in technology encourage authors to self-publish, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 30. Resources for self-publishing online, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 30.

RSS: UT School of Information Sciences staffer pens column on benefits of RSS, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 31.

Is President Bush good for Technology sector? NY Times, Jan. 23.
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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)

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

(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

* (Feb. 10) Biomaterials activity in Memphis, Dr. Joe Baumgardner, 7:45 a.m., $15/person, Holiday Inn U. Memphis, for details write here.

* (Feb. 14) PMI Nashville chapter meets Select Holiday Inn, 11:30 a.m., speaker
Trissential (Minneapolis) Principal Mike Vinje, PMP, addressing "businessThink" in project management. More info here.

(Feb. 15) NTC Technology! Nashville 2005. NTC's annual flagship event. Details here.

(Feb. 16) Nashville Capital Network program on "Organizing Your Business": Moderator Paul Wallace (American Healthways); Michael Hinchion, 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. 17)
InfraGard Mid-TN chapter meeting on formation of TN Office of Homeland Security Advisory Council, Maxwell House Hotel, for further info on this luncheon program, write chapter VP Brad Lide. Future chapter meetings are March 17, April 21.

(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. 22) John Jones, Vice President, Information Technology for Asurion addresses WiTT chapter meeting, 4:30 p.m., offices of LBMC, Brentwood. $15Mem/$25nonmem. Visit here RSVP via or visit here.

(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.

* (Feb. 23) E. TN Tech Council Monthly Meeting, 11:30 a.m., Knoxville Conv. Ctr., Linda M. Dillman, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Wal-Mart. Info and rsvp here.

* (March 3) NTC Tech Roundtable: "Interceptor: Nashville intelligence software goes to War," presentation by Founder/CEO Tim Estes of Nashville-based Digital Reasoning Systems (DRS) on the development and mobilization of next-generation intelligence software to combat global terrorism and support U.S. warfighters. Details here.

* (Mar. 10) AITP Nashville, Brad Truitt, IT Director, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 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 5-7) Belmont to host
BlogNashville conference, with Freedom Forum and other support,, Jan. 19.

(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 

* (May 24) Mayor Bill Purcell, Mayor of Nashville, State of Metro Address. Nashville Convention Center. 7 a.m. registration.

(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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