Tuesday, March 8, 2005 (No. 52)
Editor & Publisher 
Milt Capps
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NTC Tech Underwriter

 Sid Chambless
Executive Director
In the Spotlight
William W. Stead, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
 and Biomedical Informatics
Director - Informatics Center
Assoc. Vice Chancellor
 for Health Affairs
Vanderbilt University
Medical Center
April 7, 2005



Finally, Buzz and Spin are dying. Now: Transparency in Technology Communications.



Venture Innovation Enterprise

Partnership & Recognition



East/West Tenn.& Region

Research & Education


Scheduled Events

Nashville role in financial technology reinforced, as Capital Confirmation attacts substantial Angel investment in coordination with Nashville Capital Network, release March 7. Nash. Bus. Journal, March 7. NashvillePost.com, March 7. Tennessean, March 8.

Nashville Technology Council's search for a successor to President David Condra has thus far netted more than two-dozen applicants, and a committee of the NTC Board of Directors plans to begin candidate interviews this week, aiming to select NTC's next CEO by March 31.

(April 7) NTC Tech Roundtable, Dr. William W. Stead, Assoc. Vice Chancellor - Health Affairs, Director-Informatics Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, discusses informatics and HHS commission on healthcare IT interoperability. Details

The Nashville Show will bring back Ralph Emery and Country greats via Internet downloads each week, The City Paper, March 8.

Gaylord's ResortQuest vacation-home unit wants to transform travel, and executives recently explained the unit is awaiting installation of centralized-reservations software. Earlier, parent Gaylord announced locally it was selling its FirstResort reservations subsidiary to Florida-based Instant Software, Dec. 15 release here. A spokesperson told NONT that Gaylord was developing the reservations software inhouse, rather than rely on any vendors, including Instant Software.

InfoAdvantage trims staff, aligns 12-year-old firm's staff and revenue; management says new strategy in the offing, NashvillePost.com,
March 4.

Fiserv Inc., financial IT provider, announces 58 layoffs in unit it bought in 2002 from Willis Group, NashhvillePost.com, Feb. 22. 

Thos. Conner of MonsterLabs discusses his interest in motivating students, and how he reacted to becoming a millionaire after selling TeleLink, Bowling Green Daily News, March 4.

Security at PayMaxx website questioned by frequent prober; CEO Fardowsi says talk of flaw overblown. Story mentions earlier American Healthways and Verus Financial problems, Tennessean, March 1.

Updates on Stamps, Ganier indictments, Tennessean, Feb. 24. Ganier indictment document here.

Former Bulldog IT CEO Ken Perry faces broad allegations of misrepresentation in lawsuit brought by Bulldog IT leaders Cantrell and Gerdes, City Paper, Feb. 23.

Dr. Melvin Johnson has TBR Chancellor's nod for President, Tennessee State University. The current Provost and vice chancellor for
academic affairs for Winston Salem State University has previous involvement in technology for teaching and learning, in addition to his business-economics credentials. Bio here. Tennessean, March 7, p. 1, here. The City Paper, March 7, here.
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NCN's Sid Chambless connects entrepreneurs and investors,
hopes local Tech investment proves to be 'an awakening giant'
At a hair over six feet, Sid Chambless would have a tough time playing center on any pro basketball team. However, as executive director of Nashville Capital Network (NCN), Chambless has in short order assisted other key players in taking Angel-capital deals to the basket. The clock started running eighteen months ago on nonprofit NCN, which matches local entrepreneurs and investors.

Chambless, 31, says he and his squad of Owen MBA students and local advisors "have looked at over 100 companies" since NCN was unveiled in September 2003, adding, "we've provided feedback or referrals to most of those." He says NCN has, to date, had some form of contact with more than 160 investment-seeking enterprises now in the NCN database. (Chambless points proudly to the fact that all four of his interns from the past year quickly landed jobs in the financial sector, including three students who remain in the Nashville area.)
To date, six proposals that Chambless brought before NCN-linked Angel investors have won Angel funding: Capital Confirmation (see Upfront, this issue), Pathfinder Therapeutics, Horizon Resource Group, Smartvue Corporation, Tricycle, Plumgood Food. Most of the transactions have involved ventures in which applied technologies have been significant factors in the enterprises. Additionally, NCN assisted ProfitPoint in securing investment by Comdata. All of NCN's Angel-investment and related announcements are here.

Chambless says it will be difficult to sustain that pace in the year ahead; but, as NCN's credibility and familiarity within the investment community grow, NCN activity will grow.
Chambless explains his hopes:  "Nashville's potential involvement in financing technology ventures could be huge -- it could eventually prove to be the sleeping giant in our backyard. We have very capable Angel and venture-capital investors locally who are intimately involved in such sectors as health care, health care services, business services, financial, biomedical, engineering, publishing and other fields. They are capable of transferring their expertise and capital at any time into other sectors, such as into technologies that enable the businesses they already know. This diversity is a real strength. As they learn about the impact of technologies on sectors in which they're already active investors, and as they monitor returns on successful high-growth ventures, including technology, local investors are comfortable exploring technology opportunities. I believe they'll be increasingly willing to invest and often willing to help mentor the entrepreneur."
"However," he quickly adds, "investors insist that 'cool' technologies are accompanied with solid business plans that illustrate exactly how the tech venture will make money; and, equally important, that the venture is in the hands of an experienced management team. Yes, they also need to see real traction in your business, reflected in recurring revenue and RoI. These are people who are not afraid of risk, but they want to manage it, tightly. After all, they're being asked to enter the picture after the typical entrepreneur has consumed all the capital he or she can get from their home equity, their friends and families, and there's a lot at stake for everyone. In many ways, these are the hardest deals to finance. Because of this, NCN spends a significant portion of our time and resources on educational and advisory initiatives. NCN Angels aren't here today, gone tomorrow investors who swoop-in from elsewhere: these are folks who plan to live, work and invest here for the balance of their lives. So, we feel an obligation to give entrepreneurs our straightest feedback, and to take to our Angel network only propositions that emerge from our formal review and advisory process."

Chambless served two years as Vice President-Business Development for Surfari, Inc., driving their capital-raising, sales and partnering efforts, and eventually co-leading Surfari's sale to Coolsavings.com. Earlier, he served in a business development role with the Nashville Predators, during the team's startup phase. The Georgia native earned his M.B.A. at Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, in May 2003; and, earned his Vanderbilt B.A. in American History in 1996. He is active in The Tomorrow Fund of Middle Tennessee.
For the third consecutive year, Chambless will participate in selecting entrepreneurs who will present during next fall's Tennessee Valley Venture Forum, Oct. 6-7 at Knoxville. Earlier this year, NCN announced it had become a founding member of the nation's new Angel Capital Association (release here.)

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Nashville-based BBX Technologies President Bob Terry indicated that this week BBX will make available its new BBX Secure Shell technology in ImmuneEngine 8.2, which has been in QA testing and which Terry says could obviate the need for anti-virus technologies, as the are currently known. He wrote Feb. 22, "...Our product, ImmuneEngine, now has the ability to INTERCEPT 100 percent of user or network administrator program activity and analyze (authenticate) the program" before it can execute, then either allowing or disallowing execution.

Galen Capital Group opens Nashville office in Burton Hills, Nash. Bus. Journal, March 7Release here.

Carrefour Research of Nashville provides software and services for call centers, releases new operations simulation software, CallCenterWorld.com, March 7.

Nashville E-Biz entrepreneur Gallent tapped as President of Franklin, Ky.-based GameZnFlix, challenging NetFlix, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 25, not on web. Release here. Earlier story re firm's distribution operation at La Vergne, Oct. 2004 here.

Former VU Technology Company CEO and Chancellor's Fund Managing Partner George "Mick" Stadler leaves Nashville to run Rochest (NY) Institute of Technology's incubator, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 25.

Kronos buys its Nashville-area dealer NextTime Inc., Nash Bus. Journal, March 1.

Commercialization:  ORNL's Computational Sciences and Engineering Division has developed and is marketing a case-management system that enables rural police to share information about criminals across secure internet connections, ORNL release Feb. 24. System is adaptation of NASA data-management technology and was approved by TN law enforcement, earlier this year.

Oak Ridge NL-spawned navigational technology enabled Navigational Sciences, Inc., to gain entry to major RTI-oriented venture forum at
Pinehurst, NC. NavSci recently moved from Charleston, SC, to Asheville. Ashville Citizen-Times, Feb. 22.

MS and KY firms with Nashville presence, U.S. Wireless and Air2Lan announce merger to pursue broadband-dependent services, including VoIP, security, release, March 1.

Missouri-based Xceligent real-estate data provider now willing to talk about future of business in TN, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 9, Feb. 25, not on web. Earlier XCeligent story, NBJ, Oct. 1, here. Related story, Minn. Star Trib., Jan. 10.

A successful search for VC and Angel financing can start with VFinance.com and numerous other resources via the Web, NY Times, Feb. 24.
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BellSouth in no hurry to buy more traditional customers, focusing on wireless and broadband, NY Times, Feb. 28.

Hewlett-Packard-aligned GENCO Logistics and Production Technologies expand facilities in La Vergne, Tennessean,
Feb. 28.

First Tennessee's online banking website ranked No. 1 by Speer & Assocs. survey, Memphis  Bus. Journal, March 7.
Ingram Micro opens its business network for resale of Vodafone mobile IT products worldwide
,  Nash. Bus. Journal, March 7.

Christian Puryear of Crosslin Vaden is new IT manager, Tennessean, March 6.

Dell executive explains role of Winston-Salem plant in overall operations, which came after promises of nearly $270 million in state and local assistance, Feb. 24, Charlotte Observer.

Snappy Auctions update, City Paper,
Feb. 28.  E-Bay's joy ride, NY Times, March 6.  Related, Are you an online auctioneer? You may need an auctioneer's license and escrow account, says State of Tennessee, AuctionBytes, Feb. 25.

NuVox adds Sylantro for VoIP service offering, and deploys IP Unity for Voicemail and Messaging, release March 7.

Perle Systems' Serial-to-Ethernet Terminal Server first with extensive encryption with support, release March 1.

Asurion Managed Wireless division lands contract with District of Columbia
government, Tennessean, item March 1, scroll
down here.

Rodger Poole is now Gresham Smith & Partners Director-Design Technology in IT Dept., Tennessean, 5E,
March 6, scroll down.

Anode, parent of Firesign dynamic digital signage software, announced staff promotions and additions, Feb. 27, scroll

Streamlogics offers private-label webcasting solutions for resellers, release
Feb. 24.
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN Pres/CEO Vicky Gregg addresses Nashville Business Journal Leadership Event, March 11. No charge, but advance registration required for event at Allen Arena, Lipscom Univ. RSVP by phone (615) 248-2222 or e-mail  speachey@bizjournals.com

TN Biotech Assn sets Visioning conference for March 15-16 at Oak Ridge NL, site here. Kisber promotes Life Sciences in Chattanooga, Times Free Press, Feb. 25. Related, Business Facilities, June 2004, scroll down here.

Growth of rural-hospital operators lifts HMS, says EVP Doss, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 3, March 4. HMS partners with Axis Health Care (sub. of Health Care Systems Inc.) to integrate radiology imaging and transcription information into HMS Monitor product, Nash. Bus. Journal, Feb. 24. Release, Feb. 13.

HHS' Brailer stresses concerns about HIT standards "adoption gap," Healthcare IT News, March  7. AHIMA says most HIT professionals are ready for EHR, release Feb. 11. AHIMA study  results: findings on ICD-10 implementation practices, here.

Feds will call for e-prescription pilot-program volunteers next month, HealthcareIT News,  March 7. Proposed HHS rule for e-prescribing, here.

HealthTrust signs deal with Verizon, Tennessean, March 4.

Health Care Council's Matt Gallivan discusses Nashville's entrepreneurial leadership in sector, p. 31, Nash. Bus. Journal, March 4.

'Smart Card' offers ease, opportunity for hospitals, St. Thomas example, p. 33, Nash. Bus. Journal,
March 4.

Local cardiologist expresses skepticism about adoption of EMR standards, systems, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 28, March 4.

FDA drug-safety, editorial, The Tennessean, Feb. 24.

BCBS TN's Marckel explains insuror's selection of Webify's Healthcare on Demand SOBA solution, release March 1.

Gordian Health Solutions' Lehman in web summit, beginning April 11. Release
March 2.

Thomson's Medstat, with Nashville presence, acquires Healthcare Payer solutions from Solucient. Release,
Feb. 28.

Centennial Medical Center using barcodes to save lives, City Paper,
Feb. 28.

Accuro Healthcare Solutions, Inc. appoints former St. Thomas Hospital VP Douglas D. French to Accuro's Board of Directors, release Feb. 21
here. St. Louis Bus. Journal, Feb. 21.

Frank Coll succeeds Zamojski at AmSurg; former WebMD/Envoy and Health Data Interchange exec takes operational reins,
NashvillePost.com, Feb. 22.

In Tennessee and elsewhere, Physicians are beginning to answer patients' E-mail messages -- and getting paid for it! NY Times,
March 2.

Sy.Med Development expecting strong growth, building on $2.2 million year, Nash. Bus. Journal,
March 2.

UT Health Science Center and Oak Ridge National Lab join to employ semiconductor-industry pattern-recognition technologies to diagnose eye diseases, Memphis Bus. Journal, Feb. 25.  
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Link to key in-state government bid-tracking resources, here. Also, see previous issues, here. 
 NEW State of TN RFP 331.25-002 for Electronic Transcript Services in support of TN Student  Assistance Corp., to enable students to determine assistance options, Dept. of Education,  due March 31. Preproposal conference is March 16.

EDITOR'S QUERY:  With an eye toward improving Nashville-area IT contractors' participation and effectiveness in pursuing government IT consulting and procurement contracts, I'm exploring possible contractor-education activities, including a program on the State's services-procurement process. If your organization would be interested in such educational activities, please write Milt Capps Communications. Thanks, also, to those of you who responded to my previous query on contracting matters. Other comments are welcomed. (3/8/05)

Nashville state law enforcer Cawthon among those saying Internet-driven sales of false IDs for underage drinkers is a real problem, NY
Times, March 6.

State's new license e-kiosks help drivers who've lost licenses, City Paper, March 7.

TN Sen. Thelma Harper (D-19) seeks to terminate TN Science and Technology Advisory Council, shifting it into Board for Economic Growth, SB 1368 (HB 1468).

TennCare officials ask $75K to provide The Tennessean data, extraction of which they say requires programming; Tennessean editor refers to Governor as "disingenuous" regarding "open records." Tennessean, Feb. 18. Further, Tennessean, Feb. 19.

ATWEC Technologies touts TN General Assembly's support for Child safety system for daycare operators
, release Feb. 28. 

tate Economic Development Commis. Kisber in pursuit of Toyota plant investments for Tennessee, Times Free Press,
Feb. 24.

Could TennCare smart card be just what the doctor ordered? Knoxville-based Health Connect America thinks its technology will remedy prescription fraud. Knox. News Sentinel,
Feb. 28.

TennCare data to be provided to The Tennessean, after balking at programming costs, Tennessean,
March 1.
State reduces stated charge for providing TennCare data to news organization, Tennessean, Feb. 24. Deputy Commissioner tells Legislature he'll have TennCare anti-fraud computer system up by December, NewsChannel5 WTVF, Feb. 28.

Tennessee Regulatory Authority Director Deborah Tate holds telecom, consumer affairs roles with National Assn. of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Tennessean, March 6, scroll
down here.

Metro Nashville's 2-1-1 line is doing a land-office business, City Paper,
Feb. 28.

Caterpillar among Nashville groups seeking increased congressional funding for U.S. international affairs programs, Nash. Bus. Journal,
March 2.

State of TN RFP 317.03-119 for ERP Consulting, deadline
March 15.

State of TN RFP 331.95-021 for Early Intervention Data System, due
March 17

In wake of ChoicePoint debacle, Congressman calls database marketing companies lax in personal security, Washington Post, Feb. 25.

GAO analysis of US-VISIT program (Accenture), Wash. Post, Feb. 24.

FCC to consider financial value (and campaign disclosure, thereof) of politicking via Internet as regulatory concern, March 6, NY Times.

Small IT shops won a shot at contracts under Federal Alliant program,
GSA site. Column, p. 13, Nash. Bus. Journal, March 4.
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Chattanooga Technology Council starting Tech Transfer program, Chattanoogan.com, March 2.

Kyzen among firms "going dark" with respect to outside investors, Wall St. Journal,
March 1.

Robotics manufacturer's expansion plans apparently stymied by spat among owners in Chattanooga, Times Free Press,
March 8.

Today in Knoxville, Goody's Family Clothing chain launches e-commerce business, Knox. News Sentinel, March 8.

American Museum of Science and Energy at Oak Ridge gains IT companies financial support: Enterprise Advisory Systems Inc., Information International Associates Inc. and NCI Information Systems Inc., Knox. News Sentinel,
March 8.

State's GIS technology and flyover imaging enables Shelby County Property Assessor to perform unprecedented feats, Commercial Appeal,
March 7.

Oak Ridge's Access Systems Inc. still growing IT consulting practice after 20 years, OakRidger,
Feb. 24.

Most adults who migrate into Tennessee come for the jobs, Tennessean, March 1, scroll
down here.

Memphis Networx chooses Covaro Ethernet solutions, release
March 7.

Roundup: Summit Medical docs in E.TN. are online with e-prescriptions; Scripps wins large web audience; E.TN Tech Council launches FastTRac
series, Bytes column, Knox. News Sentinel,
March 7.

New global business assistance center launched in E. TN, Knox. News Sentinel,
Feb. 25. Business owners' views on new trade center, Knox. News Sentinel, Feb. 16.

Ruby Tuesday's chain, based in Maryville, gives public its managers' e-mail addresses, OakRidger,
March 1.

Nissan sending back-office jobs to India, Tennessean,
Feb. 24. India's National Association of Software and Services Companies, site here.

Wal-Mart CIO discusses IT, Knox. News Sentinel,
Feb. 24.

Unum sales reps given wireless technology,
Feb. 26, Times Free Press.

Time Warner Telecom is launching its business-class VoIP solution suite for business customers over Metro Net in Memphis, Feb. 23

Toshiba facility in Lebanon, Tenn., downsizing workforce in face of Digital inroads against analog TV,
Tennessean, Feb. 24.

Sequatchie County last Tennessee county online with E-911, Times Free Press,
March 2.
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Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Council of Graduate Schools hold conference on links between
graduate education and American Competitiveness, March 9. Speakers include Sen. Lamar Alexander, Rep. Zack Wamp, Keynote by Carl Kohrt, Pres/CEO Battelle Memorial Institute, Library of Congress venue, Washington, D.C.

MTSU tweaks industrial program, name, City Paper, March 4.

Vanderbilt participated in Oracle enterprise computing study; Oracle says Grid Computing customers achieve 150 percent ROI savings over five years, release Feb. 28.

Bill Gates says U.S. high schools are failing the nation, Feb. 27,
Times Free Press

Inaugural Manufacturing Excellence Conference at MTSU convenes March 17, with speakers including John Greaves, RFID Technology Global Lead, Deloitte Consulting; Dr. Fred Cohen, infosec expert; Rita Burgett, President, Strategic Transformations, discussing ERP and change management in various industries; Mark Swenson, Vice President, Manufacturing Engineering, Nissan North America; and, Dr. Charles Perry, former long-time IBM manufacturing innovation and paradigm-shift leader, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, and holder of the MTSU Russell Chair of Manufacuting Excellence.
Details here.

UT computer, robotics experts may use technologies to monitor Chattanooga Airport runway pavement integrity, Chattanoogan.com,
Feb. 28.

Nashville Academy of Science and Engineering, a proposed charter school, will have further hearing March 14 at Metro Schools, City Paper,
Feb. 21.
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Search the News of Nashville Technology archive for business intelligence, here.

Epstein of Baker Donelson comments on end-user license agreements for technology, TechNewsWorld, Feb. 22.

Technology can make identity theft more difficult; locals Kroll, Vanderbilt, Integrated Biometric, NXG Strategies, US Payment Services among sources, Tennessean, March 6. Identity theft subject of extensive Tennessean reporting, The Tennessean, March 6.

Major IT systems integrators, including Accenture, IBM, CGI are shifting their sales emphases for government markets, Washington Post,
March 7.

GoodRover.com jobsite debuts, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 6, March 4.

VoIP:  FCC forbids North Carolina-based Madison River Communications, 17th largest phone company in U.S., from blocking VoIP users' access to ports that access Internet, forfeits $15,000, admits no wrong-doing, and agrees not to question FCC authority in this matter. AP via Tennessean, 2E, March 4, not on web. The Register version here. Consent decree here. VoIP services accelerating as consumers view land-lines, cell and VoIP as complementary, San Jose Mercury News, March 7.

Some musicians and artists insist they are not opposed to peer-to-peer downloading, Washington Post, March. 1. Downloading will accelerate as next-gen users come of age, Wash. Post, Feb. 28.Cynthia Webb on music-download craze, March 1. Music labels negotiating price increases for downloads, MSNBC (FT), Feb. 28.

Nashville case heightens interest in surveillance cameras, NY Times,
Feb. 24.

Intel evolving into platform provider, aims to emulate Centrino, InformationWeek, March 7.

Life of Norbert Weiner, founder of cybernetics, examined in "Dark Hero of the Information Age," NY Times, March 1. There will be no "next Einstein," NY Times, March 1. Jef Raskin, inventor of Apple McIntosh, is dead, NY Times, Feb. 28.

City Paper report outlines State worker-training assistance programs, City Paper, Feb. 23.

GPS application: Difficulty of measuring height and shifting location of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks shows difficulty of deploying technology in the natural world. Background here. GPS measurements taken in 1999 revealed Mt. Everest 7 feet taller than when measured in 1975, and indicate geologic thrust-fault system is shoving India under China and Nepal, and causing Mt. Everest to slide northward about 2 inches per year. More on the 1999 measurement effort
here. Chinese will re-measure Everest this May, here.

New human-profiling services offer to create business contact information in response to query, Washington Post,
Feb. 24.

Online marketing toward teens, NY Times, Feb. 28.

Keyword ads embedded in online news discomfort some journalists, raise host of questions, NY Times,
Feb. 24

Bay Area venture could signal explosion of Podcasting, NY Times, Feb. 25.

Tennessee Independent Media Center site here.
Protects USA gaining notice in criticizing Homeland Security contractors, site here. Acronym stands for People for Responsible
Outsourcing to End Excessive Costs to Stakeholders. Protesters were ejected recently from Knoxville event featuring Wackenhut.
Garrett Graff (FishBowlDC.com) is first blog journalist to gain daily access to White House press briefing, Tennessean, 4A, March 7, not on web. Related: Will bloggers be entailed to protections and privileges accorded traditional journalists? NY Times, March 7.

Craigslist founder Newmark is pushing "nerd values" and "citizen journalism," San Jose Mercury News, March 7.
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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)
(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 16) Dr. Terry Payne, P.E.: Terry is the Director of Economic Development
at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He coordinates ORNL's economic development activities in support of starting new businesses based on ORNL technologies, helping existing industry solve technical problems that threaten their profitability, and expansion of company operations through the opportunities technology provides. Chattanooga Convention Center, 11:30 a.m.

* (March 17) Infragard-MidTN Chapter meeting with presenter Michael Galo of Northpoint, discussing risk assessment and vulnerabilities. Presentation starts 2:30 p.m., Belmont University. For information, write Brad Lide 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 22-23) TN GIS Council annual meeting, Franklin Cool Springs Marriott, details
here. State GIS services portal here.

* (March 23) E. TN Tech. Council, Next Generation Manufacturing Technology Initiative, briefing by NGMTI Tech Director
Richard Neal. For program details write here.

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

* (March 29) Women in Technology Tennessee (WiTT), David Morris, Global IT Operations Director, Willis Group Holdings, details write
here. 11:30 a.m., Willis Corroon Center.

(April 5)
Leadership Music Digital Summit, Belmont Curb Center, Nashville.

(April 7) NTC Tech Roundtable, Speaker: Dr. William Stead, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, discussing healthcare IT
interoperability issues.  Details TBA, here.

* (April 12) Angelbeat Security,  Wireless, Collaboration, VoIP conference, Willis Conference Center, 26 Century Blvd, Nashville, 7:30 - 3:00, April 12; Fogelman Conference Center, University of Memphis, 7:30 - 3:00, April 13 here. Write for info, here.

(May 5-7) Belmont to host
BlogNashville conference, with Freedom Forum and other support, NashvillePost.com, 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 Brooktrout, CapGemini, Tacit Networks, J.P. Morgan. Registration, sponsorship, exhibit and related details are forthcoming. Info, write

* (May 23-24) National High Performance Computing Technology conference, Knoxville.
Details here.

(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. 13-15) 14th IEEE International
Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Marriott at Vanderbilt.

(Aug. 24) – NTC-ISSA 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 info1@technologycouncil.com
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