Thursday, March 31, 2005 (No. 53)
Editor & Publisher 
Milt Capps
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NTC Tech Underwriter

Ray Capp
Becomes President
Nashville Technology Council
April 1, 2005
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

Joel Jensen
In the Spotlight


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 Technology Council taps ConduIT Chairman Ray Capp to succeed David Condra as NTC President, April 1. NTC release, March 18. Coverage:, March 18. Nash. Bus. Journal, March 18. The Tennessean, March 19. The City Paper, March 21. Earlier interview with Capp re his ventures, Tennessean, Aug. 2004. Condra retirement announcement, release here and Condra Q&A (Nov. 2003) here.

Tennessee Technology Development Corporation hired
New Economy Strategies (Wash., DC) to develop an Innovation Road Map (economic-development strategy) for Tennessee, led by Dan Marcum, TTDC Chairman and President of Marcum Capital. Related coverage,, March 11. Memphis Bus. Journal, March 10. Marcum also represents TTDC on the Board of Nashville-based Cumberland Emerging Technologies, and prior to forming Marcum Capital he headed Micro Craft Inc., a Tennessee aerospace firm.

HealthStream acquires Data Management and Research, release March 29. Stock 
gains on news of Data Management & Research acquisition, Tennessean, 3E, March 30. Coverage in The City Paper, March 30., March 29. Nash. Bus. Journal, March 29.

Nashville resident's becomes podcasting watering-hole, City Paper, March 23.

Digital Music Summit convenes April 5 at Belmont University, under aegis of Leadership Music, City Paper, March 22.

Up-n-Download:  Nashville's "hip" Jackson's bistro near VU gets Napster To Go Cafe Tour on April 4. Napster release,
8. LA Bus. Journal, March 8. Earlier Napster agreement with Vanderbilt, Aug. 04Nashville Songwriters joined Tuesday's rally on Supreme Court steps, City Paper, March 29; Tennessean, March 30. Supremes express concern about stifling innovation, SJ Mercury News, March 29. Tuesday's presentations could bring broad consequences by July, Wash. Post, March 29. Some artists embrace file-sharing, Wash. Post, March 15.  Court action will define terms of debate, NY Times, March 28. Oral arguments March 29 before Supreme Court, Tennessean, March 21Indie artists worried, Washington Post, March 24. Technologists worry, NY Times, March 17. Meanwhile, Starbucks and HP may launch Hear Music Coffeehouse chain, CNet, March 12.

Snappy Auctions
Founder Debbie Gordon required to become an auctioneer
, CNet News,
March 30; N, March 30.

Nashville's new charitable-giving site,, is second in nation, helps donors monitor nonprofits' efforts, resources, Tennessean,
March 28. Civic leader Nelson Andrews encourages local donors to use, Tennessean, March 30Also: MUSIC CITY is onboard for roll-out, nationally.

Be Smart Kids educational software hit with bankruptcy lawsuit pressed by Fred Goad (Voyent Partners) and others, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 3,
March 25. domain name is subject of arbitration between locals NovaCopy Inc. and MBM Corp. (, Nash. Bus. Journal, March 25, p. 4, not on web.

(May 18) NTC Nashville Technology Innovation Conference. Unprecedented NTC event will be at BellSouth Auditorium. Confirmed speakers include senior execs from Pathfinder Therapeutics, Brooktrout, EDS, Tacit Networks, J.P. Morgan Partners. Registration, sponsorship, exhibit and related details are forthcoming. For info, write  

(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 here.

Gore, Bush signatures on Cray computer at ORNL could fetch good price on e-Bay, Knox. News
Sentinel, March 30.
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CORE BTS team of Jensen and Quillin rely on experience in
network infrastructure, communications, systems engineering

Joel Jensen and Mike Quillin, CORE Business Technology Solutions'
co-leaders in Nashville, quickly admit that achieving "trusted advisor" status in a marketplace like Nashville requires not only expertise, but also patience and a willingness to look beyond opportunities to sell quickly whatever "solution" an often
desperate customer seems ready to buy.

They believe that's why most CORE BTS business in middle Tennessee is a result of referrals from such customers as Spheris, American Color, CHD Meridian, Gideons International, Dialogic Communications, Bass
Berry & Sims, Imperial Group and MedSolutions.

Although the firm adopted its current brand less than two years ago, CORE's 10-year advance has been steady, and the Indianapolis-based company now has $60 million in revenues, and a pool of 170 IT professionals. Standout elements of the CORE BTS portfolio include Communications Infrastructure
; True Life-Cycle Services; Compliance of IT Systems and Associated Processes

What's driving CORE growth? Jensen explains: "Given mandates like HIPAA compliance, plus security threats and the need to migrate toward newer technologies, like Voice over IP and converged network solutions, there's a lot of pressure out there to deliver effective solutions -- and there's a lot of business pain
awaiting those who don't. On top of that, the pace of change is incredible. Half our assignments today center around technologies and services that either didn't exist or were in absolute infancy when we established our Nashville office six years ago. People are looking for bench strength. In fact, bigger clients tend to bring us in when their inhouse staffs are maxed-out and they need help with business-critical projects. Small and medium-sized customers bring us in to be their IT partner, for access to our people and to a knowledge base that rivals the very biggest firms."

Mike Quillin says, "So, overall, when we're invited to discuss a customer's requirements, we know that if we don't actually get down to discussing honestly and thoroughly the underlying issues, the solution will probably be only a band-aid, and performance will only deteriorate further, no matter what architectural or hardware solutions are proposed. So, we don't consciously get into that business. Meanwhile, here in Nashville our work has grown 25 to 50 percent annually the past six years, without a single layoff. That stability means that people we recruited with deep experience have stuck with us."

uillin, who modestly notes he earned every one of his business-development scars during the "Great
Depression" following the burst, says that CORE BTS managed to grow even in the worst of times, largely thanks to the so-called "little guys" who fought to survive during the downtown. "That why, today, we value that part of the market, and don't spend all our time chasing the 'gravy' and 'big-game' accounts."

Jensen, a 43-year-old, University of Iowa-educated engineer, has nearly 20 years experience in IT services, including an earlier stint with Xerox Connect in Nashville, where he was managing principal for Network Solutions; and, a dozen years with EDS, handling Infrastructure Development at Saturn, and engineering new technologies into GM's flagship Cadillac plant at Detroit. Jensen is named in nine EDS patents in the client server and infrastructure architecture areas. Quillin, 47, a U. of Indiana grad, has worked side-by-side with Jensen for many of the past fifteen years, and his career prior to CORE BTS includes Xerox Connect, The Future Now, Savin, Lee Data and Infotron.

CORE BTS is a Tech Titan sponsor of Nashville Technology Council. CORE BTS is hiring in Nashville and in other cities. For details, visit here or write


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(April 13) Venture Capitalist at Owen GSM, Vanderbilt: Wed., April 13 at 5:30 p.m. Clint Bybee from ARCH Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, will discuss “What’s Hot, and What’s Not.”  This will be in Averbuch auditorium. No registration or fee required.

Man about Forest? Chambless of  Nashville Capital Network profiled, The City Paper, March 30.

Southern Appalachian Fund invests venture capital in Knoxville's Eonstreams, Inc., a leading provider of streaming-media solutions, release March 28.

Bondware Inc. Founder Tim Choate announced appointment of Jeff Johnson, former VP-IT operations with InfoAdvantage, to lead the company's Bondware division. March 31 release here. The Bondware product, centered around a database-driven, membership-based website business model, has evolved to v3.0. An August 2004 Spotlight provides background on Choate and his three primary online communities. Due to business expansion, Bondware Inc. recently relocated to 531 Metroplex Dr., Suite 115-A (37211).

Spheris, of Franklin, Tenn., said it has purchased Avicis Inc., formerly known as HealthScribe Inc., Sterling, Va. Both companies provide medical transcription and outsourcing services. With the acquisition, Spheris expects to offer around-the-clock service. Release, here.

(further) Capital Confirmation funding includes Nashville Capital Network Angels, City Paper, March 9.

Caroteck IT services firm announces offices in Nashville, Knoxville, March 21.

Sitening, an IT/e-Comm firm here, is profiled, City Paper, March 9.

Technology companies said to choose quick sale vs. waiting for IPO; Aruba Networks bucks trend by declining Cisco interest, NY Times, March 28.

Hubbard of Harpeth Capital column on corporate valuation, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 26, March 11

Dell making more money installing, servicing computers, Austin American Statesman, March 21

Glenn Zahn, president of Staff I.T. information-technology staffing firm says absence of state personal income tax and low cost of living are key to healthy tech-sector business climate. Business Tennessee, p. 24, March 2005, 1st Annual CEO Survey issue of BusinessTN, not on web.

Nashville presence of Jackson, Miss.-based Third Day IT Consulting expands with appoint of Charles Cooper as consulting director and partner, Tennessean, 5E, March 27.

Butler Networks' Skypipe rolls out wireless Web service from West End tower, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 3, March

Local book-maker BindTech Inc. employs RFID, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 5., March 25, not on web. 

SunGard, parent of Inflow, accepts buyout offer of nearly $11 bn., Release March 28, NY Times, March 29. Earlier, NY Times, March 22Inflow/Nashville link to SunGard noted,, March 29.

(April 6) "Should I take my company public?" seminar, with representatives of Avondale Partners, Bass Berry & Sims, Bowne of Nashville, Burgundy Group, Corporate Communications, Ernst & Young, BusinessTN Magazine,, details here.
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Mark Burnette, Global IS officer for Willis, was named Information Security Executive of the Year during the
ISE Executive Forum and Award Gala at Atlanta, March 24.

In Nashville, Michael A. Galo has been appointed Regional Vice President, Northpoint Software and Services LLC. Galo was previously with NextTime (now Kronos), and prior to that with Inacom computer reseller and earlier with Apple Computer Inc.

Nashville-based W.A.R.N. and MIR3 partner to provide Cleveland, Ohio, automated emergency notification
system, release
March 22.

Profile of Byron Smith, Asurion's EVP/CMO, City Paper,
March 23.

Roundup: Asurion Managed Wireless brings Kersten aboard as vp-government programs; Smith Seckman Reid adds Swayze as director-IT; Vanderbilt Nursing's Ozbolt named head of medical Informatics group, City Paper,
March 23. March 30 edition IT items include TN Soc. of Professional Engineers, Nash. State. Comm. College Comp. Services division.

Zycron Founder Darrell Freeman's foundation supports local charitable organization, TN Tribune, p. 1, March 10-16.

Nashville's National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
 approves more than 700 SkillSoft courses for c
ontinuing ed., and SkillSoft claim edge over competitors, release March 24

Business Matchmaking event helpful, according to Duthie Associates Founder Bob Duthie, Tennessean, March 25.

Tennessean Mark Dean, son of a TVA tinkerer, holds 3 of IBM's 9 patents for the PC, is a UT and Stanford
alum who runs IBM's Almaden research facility, San Jose Mercury News, March 20. He also promotes African-Americans' interest in science, here.

Nicholas Holland of CentrePoint profiled, p. 13, Nash. Bus. Journal,
March 11. Earlier Spotlight profile, Nov. 2004.

Oswald of M. Lee Smith discuss newsletter and electronic publishing, Tennessean,
March 13.

Former FedEx exec Walls succeeds Spacek at Nashville Management Group's Memphis office,,
March 9.

Horne LLP signs to resell PayMaxx payroll technology, Nash. Bus. Journal,
March 11., March 10.

(More) on David Joiner's SAIL educational foundation for athletes,
March 16, Nashville City Paper. David Joiner's SAIL Foundation helps athletes hit the books for college, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 6, March 11, not on web.

Garey ''Shane'' Austin is safety/risk management specialist for PureSafety, overseeing content development,
and supporting sales and customer relations. Tennessean, 5E, March 13. Gary Shane Austin joins PureSafety as Risk Management Specialist, release March 4.

Heldman of Nashville-based Link Services extols virtues of Children's Internet, release
March 18. Related PC magazine scorecard here.

Stonefly IT Tres Schweibe owner sells firm to become CEO of ThriftSmart shops, Tennessean,
March 12.

Carl Dury named director-computer services at Nashville State Community College, March 27, 5E, Tennessean. Dury had previously served 13 years with Collegis, which a year ago became a unit of SunGard.

ClientLogic wins Frost & Sullivan Competitive Strategy Leadership award, Tennessean, 5E,
March 27.

American Technology sells LiveVault to TN Hotel and Lodging Assn., release
March 28. American Technology Group adds Connected Corporation partnership, release March 21.

First Horizon/Tennessee group adopts Verity Ultraseek search for intellectual capital management, release
March 22.

Strategic deals, including TN Board of Regents, propel Oracle, release March 22. Oracle 10g among Technology picks of 2004 by InfoWorld and eWeek, release Jan. 25.
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(May 5) Natl. Healthcare IT Summit, Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Speakers include Dr. David Brailer. Details here.

Nashville General Hospital goes with McKesson, HealthIT World, Jan. 10.

HCA shared eMAR and Barcoding lessons-learned with clinicians,,
March 9.  HCA's CIO Noel Williams exercised stock options, Nash. Bus. Journal, March 24. HCA Chairman Jack Bovender accepts Chairmanship of Chamber's Partnership 2010, Tennessean, March 30; City Paper, March 30, Nash. Bus. Journal, March 29.

NewQuest recapitalization may be one step on road to growth that attracts institutional investors and launches IPO, p. 3, Nash. Bus. Journal, March 25, not on web. Related, The City Paper, March 21. Also: Nash. Bus. Journal, March 9. Brentwood Capital Advisors and NewQuest, Tennessean, March 9. City Paper, March 9., March 8. Related: HealthSpring (sub of NewQuest) hires Fortner for national brand and market development, p. 3, Nash. Bus. Journal, March 25, not on web. Profile of Brentwood Capital Advisors, The City Paper, March 30.

Patient-Physician E-mail communication being tested at Vanderbilt, elsewhere, Tennessean,
March 13. Online consultation should not replace checkups, Times Free Press, March 9

TVA study finds Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, other valley areas very attractive for Life Sciences enterprises, Knoxville News Sentinel,
March 31. Memphis Bus. Journal, March 30. Daily Mississippian, March 22. Release about undertaking study, Nov. 04. Study apparently not yet available online.

Atiba Software announced website launch for Baptist Health System, here.

Nashville's SeniorMetrix provides modeling for SNF management, MarketWire,
March 23.

Gresham Smith key player in creating high-tech hospital in Broward County,
So. Fla. Bus. Journal, March 11.

Study on advantages enjoyed by digitally advanced hospitals, HealthITWorld,
March 24.

ClientLogic wins Frost & Sullivan competitive leadership award for marketing strategies, City Paper, p. 9, March 22, not on web. Release
March 21.

VU's Nixon outlines Vanderbilt's effort to influence TN General Assembly on TennCare and other issues, Register
March 7.

WebMD's Parmele leaves for valuation solutions role in Memphis, release March 15. 

Study suggests persistent error problems in some pharma physician order entry systems, Wash. Post,
March 22.

Hillary Clinton to reintroduce legislation spurring healthcare IT progress, HealthcareIT News, March 25.

The Digital Hospital, Business Week March 28. Brailer interview. Update on NAHIT interoperability effort, HealthIT,
March 24. 
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Link to key in-state government bid-tracking resources, here. Also, see previous issues, here. 
The State OIR's Information Technology Professional Services (ITPRO) Contract (currently ITPRO.03) is the mechanism by which the State procures IT services and staffing through a competitive, multiple-source of supply approach. When rebid in 2003, three firms won ITPRO roles (Ciber Inc., KBM Enterprises, TEKsystems). The third and final year of ITPRO.03 ends Feb. 28, 2006. Thus, during the July-August 2005 period OIR will probably seek to identify the next group of ITPRO participants, with three to five firms thought likely to win roles. OIR Procurement and Contract Management has stated its objective of "re-awarding ITPRO contracts on economic terms more favorable to the State." (Vendors must be in the State's Service Provider Registry System; form previously in use, here.)

NEW - TDOT 511 Travel Information Service with interactive voice response system, and database for Fall 2005 roll-out is sought through RFP 403.85-001 and due May 9.

Extended - Late yesterday by e-mail, a 4th RFP Amendment provided a new April 8, 2005,
due date for proposals for the TN Dept. of Education's Electronic Transcript Services
RFP 331.25-002. The 4th Amendment may or may not be posted to the web when you read this. RFP coordinator: (615) 532-8539.

TN Rep. Stacey Campbell launches
personal blog to comment on legislative affairs,, March 16. Tennessean, March 30. Tennessean editorial cautions Campbell on civility, as well as candor, March 31. Curmudgeon Frank Cagle opines that traditional media have lost ground to bloggers, others, MetroPulse, March 31.

FedEx Operations Analysis Director Taube is on FedEx volunteer team reviewing Tennessee drivers-license processes, Tennessean, March 24. Governor using FedEx on license quandary, WSMV Ch 4 NBC, March 23. FedEx license work for Bredesen, Times Free Press, March 23. AP via Tennessean, March 22. Speedier TN license service goal of FedEx team, AP via Tennessean, March 22., March 18: Fedex and State license plate project proceeds with Knoxville visit.

Nashville telecommuter Huckaby owes New York entire amount in tax dispute with national implications,, March 29. Tennessean, 1E, March 30. NY Times, March 30.
Earlier coverage in NONT, Feb. 22. City Paper, March 30.

Meeting in Nashville yesterday, Aeronautics Industries warn NASA
to have aggressive Space Shuttle agenda, or
lose talent, release March 30.

Legislation would require carbuyers to be notified if their vehicle contains a "black box," monitoring
speed, systems' operations, etc., AP via Tennessean, March 26.

Prisons combat contraband cell phones among prisoners, exploring technologies to pinpoint phone use, Tennessean,
March 28.

With RFP round in limbo and citing "complexities" of technology, Rep. Briley seeks give TN Board of Probation and Parole til June 30 to proceed with piloting GPS tracking for 1,500 sex offenders in TN, AP via Tennessean, March 21, not on web.
New TennCare CIO Brent Antony joins from Sapient Corp., Cambridge, Mass., Nash. Bus. Journal, March 17.
Metro Taxes: Metro Government Trustee Charlie Caldwell explains that Metro is excited about implementing Manatron Property Tax Solution, release March 11. Related story, City Paper, March 14., March 11.
Metro Government adds surveillance cameras, Tennessean, March 14. Scene editorial vs Serpas surveillance cameras, Nashville Scene, Mar. 23. Tennessean editorial, March 16. Surveillance RFP bid are due today, here.

NFIB fighting streamlined sales tax in TN,
Nash. Bus. Journal, March 10.
Using Internet, Tennessee government making strides in opening records and proceedings, Kingsport Times News, March 13. Freedom of Information Act of 1966 has evolved as technology has changed, Gidiere column, Commercial Appeal, March 15.

Bush Administration IT advisory group criticizes inadequate Federal spending on cybersecurity research, NY
March 19.

Federal procurement technique illuminated in case of Future Combat System, with its critical wireless networks, Washington Post,
March 15. Related, New York Times, March 28.

Oak Ridge technology could provide secure links among law enforcement agencies, leveraging ORNL technology
used by NASA, WVLT 5 Knox., March 22.

TN Dept. of Education says it lacks technology to track truancy, Times Free Press,
March 22.

Tennessee blogger Glenn Reynolds Instapundit stirs up Politics Online conference,
March 11, following FEC Chairman Scott Thomas. Thomas' remarks here
Knox County computer misuse, site, Column, Knox. News Sentinel, March 26.

Tennessee eighth in nation using e-filing for IRS payments, Knox.
News Sentinel, March 21.

Tennessee awards Identix fingerprinting contract, release
March 23.

Metro's improved GIS service is nearing full deployment,
City Paper, March 23.

Judge found for Ganier trial,
Tennessean, March 24. Ganier trial date delayed til May or later, Tennessean, March 25.

FEC may limit internet politicking, Wash. Post,
March 24.
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TVA is implementing Informatic powersystem platform, according to software company, release March 9. TVA adopts Enercom online Energy Depot energy information product, release March 8.

BB&T offers paperless deposits from your office in Knoxville area, Knox. News Sentinel,
March 31.

Knoxville's Online Development partners with ILS Technology for manufacturing connectivity solutions, March 9, release.

Regal Entertainment Group deploying software to hundreds of theaters, Knox. News Sentinel, March 14, via Archive Article ID: 417054308. Related items, Feb. 22 here.

Chattanooga Project seeks to attract and retain talented young workers, Times Free Press, March 20. Mayoral candidate Coulter sees education and tech jobs as key to Chattanooga tech economy, March 25, Times Free Press.
Protomet firm spawned from Tech2020 stays in Oak Ridge area, Knox. News Sentinel, March 18.

Japanese representatives visit to learn from Oak Ridge about sharing scientific and technical information; visit hosted by IT firm Information International Assocs., Oak Ridger, March 9.

Memphis' Remote Backup Systems sunsets hosting service, relies on partner Rackspace Managed Hosting, release March 16.

Interactive Solutions (Memphis) found that business community rallied around the company after it was nearly killed by an employee's fraud, Commercial Appeal, March 21.

Smart Furniture unveils new e-commerce site, here.

SmartDM parent Acxiom competes with InfoUSA for Digital Impact acquisition, Bloomberg via NYTx, March 26.

AIMS Logistics of Colliersville adopts data-capture solution from Top Image Systems (Tel Aviv), release March 16.

Oak Ridge Micro-Energy develops thin-film power source, Oak Ridger, March 15.

CTI - Siemens deal has $30 million backout provision, Knox. News Sentinel, March 26. Billion-dollar CTI Molecular deal with Siemens moving ahead, Knox. News Sentinel, March 22. CTI Molecular Imaging to Siebels was expected, but sudden, Knox. News Sentinel, March 19. Chronology here. Siebels buys CTI, March 18.

Overhill District at Etowah will use GIS technology to create online atlas for cultural tourism; could be expanded for statewide use, Times Free Press, March 29.

Memphis' WKNO Channel 10 (PBS) expands High-Definition service to 24 hours/day, Memphis Bus. Journal, March 28.

Springfield's eMax Holdings appoints new director to Board, release March 17. Nash. Bus. Journal, March 17.

Oak Ridge spin-off now substantial homeland-security technology company RAMSAFE, Atlanta Bus. Journal, March

Memphis Commercial Appeal adopts AdPay technology, March 22 release.

Chattanooga's Barcom Inc. sees 20 percent growth this year flowing from RFID interest, Times Free Press, March 26.

Chattanooga firm will resell rugged Swedish computers,, March 24.

Tennessee joins National Animal ID System, Times Free Press, March 29. RFID for livestock gains ground in East Tennessee, Knox. News Sentinel, March 23.

New alliance reviews VoIP security issues, CNet, March 28. Louisville's U.S. Wireless online launches VoIP platform, March 1.
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Proposed Nashville Academy of Science and Engineering will go on appeal before State Board of Education April 1 for latest yea or nay, Tennessean, March 15. The City Paper, March 15.

VU School of Engineering professor introduces K-12 kids in robotics through interactive video links, VUSE
article, March 30.

(April 5, 6 p.m.) Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence Small speaks of "reimagining" the Smithsonian Institution and its museums, VU release March 28. Related resource. VU Blair School of Music. Chancellor's Lecture Series.

Jaguar, Phoenix and Ranier supercomputers are materializing at Oak Ridge as Cray partnership accelerates, Knox. News Sentinel, March 29. Cray computers for Oak Ridge National Lab due by year's end, Knox. News Sentinel, March 14. Seismic Shift: Supercomputing advances threatened by budget cuts, InformationWeek, March 14.

VU Engineering School
Dean Galloway led Tennessee Engineering deans during Washington, D.C., advocacy of engineering research and education, March 8.

Vanderbilt's Federal-grants experts fear Bush Administration cuts will further erode research at Vanderbilt and across nation, Register, March 7.

Cisco's Chambers and VC Doerr warn that U.S. could lose technology edge, due in part to disinvestment in research and development, InternetNews, March 8.

MTSU manufacturing conference highlighted RFID and other technologies, likely to become an annual event, Tennessean, March 18. Dr. Perry's occupancy of Russell Chair of Manufacturing Excellence now permanent, March 18 in Tennessean and March 22 in Nash. Bus. Journal. City Paper, March 15. 

Ciber Enterprise Solutions hired by No. Ky. University for SAP implementation, release
March 22.

David F. Dyer, president and chief executive officer of Tommy Hilfiger Corporation, was presented the 2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Vanderbilt School of Engineering on March 11 at the School of Egineering’s Annual Leadership Dinner.

ORNL's Parr joins Biosphere Cooperative, Oak Ridger, March 8. 

Fastest Geek competition highlights E-Week at VU School of Engineering, March 7.

UT-Knoxville seeks stronger faculty, brighter students and more UT-ORNL spinoff, Knox. News Sentinel, March 27.

FedEx Institute gives U. Memphis faculty research grants, Memphis Bus. Journal, March 15.  Research and Innovation Funds at Fedex fund interactive information kiosk; nanosensors for use in patient care and security against bioterrorism; drug delivery for bone repair; and research in RFID, Memphis Bus. Journal, March 4.

Oak Ridge's quest for science and computing leaders, Metro Pulse, March 24.

Vanderbilt medical collaboration underscores new collaborative technique for accelerating biomedical research, San Jose Mercury News, March 23.

Budget cuts could hurt career-technical education in Tennessee, including IT courses, City Paper, March 28.

Shelby County schools superintendent wins national K-12 Technology leadership award, Commercial Appeal, March 24.

Williams County policy changes reflect success in introducing K-12 students to technology, well before high
school, Tennessean, March 20.

More instructional-technology coaches are in Williamson County Schools budget, Tennessean, March 15.

Corporations' donations ensure excellence at Oak Ridge High School, Business Tennessee, p. 14, March 20005.

Ready to Learn
Television grantsmanship round opens,
with proposals due May 13, 2005. Nashville Public Television exploring partnering with Corp. for Public Broadcasting to pursue RTL resources.
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Search the News of Nashville Technology archive for business intelligence, here.

Webinar: Delivering Software as a Service (SaaS),
Sandhill, April 7,

Think you qualify for Inc. magazine's 2005 Inc. 500 List? Apply here before May 1, 2005.

ashville Business Journal issues annual Tech 20 technology supplement, cosponsored by Nashville Technology Council. For more info, write Glenn Smith.

TECH MEDIA UPDATE: Reporters/Editors with The Tennessean for IT/Nanotech - Deputy Bus. Editor Randy McClain; Healthcare IT and Biotechnology - Todd Pack; Manufacturing - Bush Bernard; VC/Angel finance - Getahn Ward. Reporters/Editor for The City Paper for Tech/Manufacturing - Don Mooradian; for Health Care, Barry Owens; for Music, Retail, Hospitality, Restaurants - Chris Lewis. Reporters/Editor for Nashville Business Journal for IT, Healthcare IT, Biotech and Nanotech - Roy Moore; Manufacturing - Holly Dolloff; VC/Angel investment - Philip Nannie (Editor DeLombaerde notes that on investment stories, good to copy relevant beat reporters, also). Reporter/Editors for and BusinessTN magazine: Alexei Smirnov, David Fox, Michael Burgin.

The Tennessean's online audience: A "Media Audit" report by International Demographics
(Houston/New York) is offered as back-up for The Tennessean's online assertion that is "Middle Tennessee's #1 Online News Source." According to Media Audit Vice President Sandy Wickman yesterday, Media Audit results were based on 700 completed telephone interviews of Nashvillians age 18 or older, conducted Aug. 17-Sept. 30 2004. The survey effort gauged local consumer behavior, and print and broadcast media audiences, as well as Web attendance. Wickman said all sites in the Nashville market were included in the online results. Tennessean Online Editor Lisa Green explained yesterday that results provided to The Tennessean, which Wickman says is an International Demographics customer, showed being visited by 29.2% of adults in the market during the month prior to the interviews, versus's reported 16.4% second-place online ranking. Wickman says NewsChannel5 is not a Media Audit customer. While Wickman says only customers may release rankings information, some other Nashville data from the Media Audit survey are available via the web.

Expansion Magazine named Nashville hot spot for corporate relocation, but city didn't make EM's listing of cities with highest quality of life, March 17,

Quality of life for technology workers has become a public discussion; no longer "90 hours a week and loving it", Seattle Times, March 21.

Dying analog recording-tape business gets reprise, Tennessean, March 20, 1E. Sidebar comparing digital, analog here.

Lean manufacturing in Tennessee's auto sector seeks to introduce process as business strategy, Business Tennessee, p. 41, March 2005.

CIBER now has CIBERSites in Tampa and Oklahoma City to develop talent pool for IT work, release March 9.

iPOD: Nashville firms and users like Condra, Choate, Ewing are heavy into iPod, Tennessean, March 9.

Tom Neff: Comparing PDAs, City Paper, March 28. Technology for the disabled, City Paper, March 7. Related resource here.

Inexpensive tax-preparation software is roiling the accounting industry, Tennessean, March 11. CEO Taylor speaks at TSU, addressing growth of online recruitment, City Paper, March 23.

Supply Chain column, Dan Ploger, p. 39, March 25, Nash. Bus. Journal.

Management tragicomedy? Northpoint Group's white paper on Business Processes, CXOs and related matters: "Addressing the Problem, the Cause, the Solution." This marketing white paper introduces Northpoint software that is designed to help management identify ways to improve enterprise resilience, as well as, among other things, the performance of business process, themselves. The paper reports starkly and at one point comically on ways that even the most senior management actually ignores and 'works around' business processes. Getting the paper requires a free registration and you have to scroll down and find it on the homepage, here.
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For frequent updates, check the NTC home page and the NTC "Tech Links" and Calendar and Member Press Release pages. Visit Tennessee's technology councils' sites:
CALENDAR ( * indicates new or revised item)

* (March 31) Technology Expo Advancing Multi-market Solutions (TEAMS) concludes at Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.

(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 7) The Latest in Physician Alignment & Joint Venture Strategies for Health Systems, Nashville Marriott at VU. Panelists included Gary Brukardt - Renal Care Group; Lucy Carter - HORNE LLP; John Deane – Southwind Health Partners;  Louis Joseph – HCA; Lynn Massingale – Team Health; and Jim Pope - American Healthways. Moderator: Dr. Harry Jacobson – Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 7:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Details here

(April 12-13) 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.

* (April 13) Venture Capitalist program at Owen GSM, Vanderbilt: Wed., April 13 at 5:30 p.m. Clint Bybee from ARCH Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, will discuss “What’s Hot, and What’s Not.”  Averbuch auditorium. No registration or fee required.

* (April 14) Wireless Security Conference, with Nate Walker, Director-Marketing, Meru Technologies,
sponsored by Nashville State Community College and CSG Corp. Nashville State Community College, 1 p.m. For details write here.
* (April 27) East TN Tech Council, 11:30 a.m., Panel: Mergers & Acquisitions, with founders of East TN companies: Dr. Barry Goss – Founder and President, Pro2Serve Professional Project Services, Inc.; Dr. Michael Paulus – Founder of ImTek; John Morris – Founder of NetLearning. For info, (865) 220-2020.
* (May 5)  NTC Tech Roundtable e-Business, with Passport Health CEO Jim Lackey; CEO Gabriel Krajicek; CEO Jay Clarke. Registration will be available soon via NTC.

* (May 5) Natl. Healthcare IT Summit, Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Speakers include Dr. David Brailer. Details here.

(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 senior execs from Pathfinder Therapeutics, Brooktrout, EDS, Tacit Networks, J.P. Morgan Partners. Registration, sponsorship, exhibit and related details are forthcoming. Info, write   

* (May 18) Eric Mathews, Assoc. Dir.-Bus. Development, FedEx Institute of Technology and Assoc. Dir. of the Institute for Intelligent Systems. Chatta. Convention Cntr. 11:30 a.m. Details here.

* (May 23-25) National High Performance Computing Conference, Pellissippi State High Performance Computing Regional Center in conjunction with the National Center of Excellence for HPC Technology and the National Science Foundation. Details here.

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

* (May 25) Financing the Deal: Strategic Issues for Health Care Companies, with Jim Elrod - Vestar Capital Partners; Jim Forbes - Merrill Lynch; Allen Moseley - Noro-Moseley Partners, and others. Moderator: Tom Wylly - Brentwood Capital Advisors, details here.

* (June 2) NTC Tech Roundtable, tentative program: eLearning Panel.
* (June 16) Information Technology Initiatives in Health Care, with Scott Wallace - National Alliance for Health Information Technology and Commission on Systemic Interoperability; Dr. Mark Frisse - Vanderbilt Center for Better Health; Dr. Dan Masys - VUMC Biomedical Informatics; and  Dr. Bill Stead - VUMC Center for Informatics. Luncheon with John Hammergren, chairman & CEO of McKesson Corp.  Details here.

* (July 7) NTC Tech Roundtable, tentative program Supply Chain/Logistics (including RFID).

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

* (Aug. 4) NTC Tech Roundtable, tentative program Hot Tech Business Trends.

(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

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