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Nashville's Link2Gov will
be bought by Metavante
(Milwaukee), Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct.
Release, Oct. 3.
Nashville Electric Service launches
study of how to leverage its fiber-optic
network, coincident with proposed Metro
broadband task force, City Paper, Oct.
Metro may develop municipal
Internet, The City Paper,
Action tomorrow in Metro Council may advance
Briley broadband task
force resolution, Res
Richard McKinney steps down Oct. 7
after six years as chief of information
services for Metro Nashville/Davidson
County, and on Oct. 31 begins work as Microsoft
regional liaison. McKinney will deal primarily
with state and local-government CIOs, City Paper,
Related Microsoft government-marketing page.
Logistics leased 325,000 square feet in
First Industrial Realty's Rockdale
Distribution Center at Lebanon, Tennessean,
Phillip Suiter out as Pres/CEO at
Stinger Medical (Murf.), maker of
mobile work stations and software for HIT, Nash.
Bus. Journal, Sept.
Investment Scorecard buys
Iowa's Advicon, Nash. Bus. Journal,
became CEO of Advicon Inc. earlier this year.
HCA, HealthStream extend
e-learning agreement for one year, as
discussion about longer-term possibilities
continue, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept.
HealthStream release, Sept.
(Franklin) introduces SmartDeck that enables cassette
control iPod, release Sept. 30.
PayMaxx changes name to CompuPay
today, following its acquisition,
Tennessean, Sept. 20, scroll down here.
Verizon Information Services
plans print and Internet Yellow Pages for
Nashville, release Sept.
Oct. 6 - NTC Tech Roundtable, "An
HCA Story: How does a decentralized
Fortune 100 company refresh its technology?" Lee
Adams, HCA, VP-Service Management & Delivery
for HCA IT&S. 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Members $15, Non-Members $25. Regis.
here or via (615) 743-3160.
(Oct. 6) 2nd
Annual TN Valley Conference on Science and
Business of Nanotechnology, Caterpillar
Financial Center, a project of VU Owen
Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt School
of Engineering, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale
Science and Engineering, the National Science
Foundation and Nashville Technology
(Nov. 10) Tech
CXOs: Understanding Business
Valuation, how to maximize
valuation across growth stages. Speakers and
panelists include CEOs from Investment
Scorecard, Veran Medical, Plumgood Food, Dialogic
Communications, and other presenters with Harpeth
Capital, Bass Berry & Sims, ConduIT Corp.,
Clayton Assocs., Crowe Chizek & Co, Owen GSM
Vanderbilt. Sponsored by Nashville Technology
Capital Network, Owen
Entrepreneurship Center. Registration here.
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Andy Flatt advances mission-critical
Flatt, the 43-year-old CIO of privately held
Healthcare Services, Inc.
(Brentwood), made clear in recent interview that
he and AIM Healthcare didn't choose Microsoft's SQL
Server over Oracle’s Database out of any desire for adventure, or
to prove wrong those who said at the time that MS
SQL Server couldn't accommodate more than one
Terabyte of data.
Flatt explains that the choice was
based on rigorous analyses of the technologies and
of the requirements of a cost-conscious healthcare
services company increasingly known for its
pioneering approach to bringing together payers
and providers in the healthcare sector. The same
rigor characterized AIM Healthcare's
implementation of what remains one of the state's
largest operational VoIP telecommunications
Technology is critical for a company
focused entirely on helping providers and payers
rapidly resolve errant health and medical claims,
using AIM Interactive and Express
Claim (patent pending) technologies that
create online micromarkets in which payers,
providers and other participants use advanced
discovery, analysis and reporting tools to
coordinate benefits and resolve conflicts.
All this happens within the context of HIPAA
compliance and, increasingly, within
Sarbanes-Oxley compliance requirements, as AIM
serves an increasing number of publicly traded
Server database has now passed the 8-Terabyte
milestone (winner in Winter Corp.
2005 ranking, On-Line
Transaction Processing category, and sixth among
all database vendors, putting AIM Healthcare in
the company of UPS, Elsevier, Verizon and the U.S.
In Flatt's IT
organization, approximately 50 professionals work
on software research and development, while
another 40 handle infrastructure and support for a
1,500-employee company. Flatt projects his
IT ranks will grow 10 percent or more, by January.
He says he's certain that growing awareness of AIM
Healthcare's technology achievements has helped
him recruit top-flight IT professionals. He
cites as an example a recent hire for Quality
Assurance projects who brings deep Intuit and HP
Flatt has been
honing his skills in the healthcare arena since
virtually the day he received his B.S. in Computer
Science from Lipscomb University, in 1984.
(He notes he then taught as a Lipscomb adjunct
faculty member for nine years.) Almost
immediately, he began a five-year stint with
Dialysis Clinic, Inc., in Nashville, where he
became immersed in development of
medical-information, practice-management, clinical
and remittance systems. Subsequently, after a few
months detour with an accounting firm, he operated
as an independent consultant for four years,
during which he also established Aztec
Then, in 1989, he
relocated to Boulder, Colo.), and for five years
carried managing-partner, product development,
sales and marketing and other head-office
functions, before selling his stake and joining
Baptist Health Care Affiliates, in 1994, as
director-information systems. In 1998, he became
regional director-information systems for
Columbia-HCA Physician Services (Brentwood). In
2000, he joined AIM
Flatt is a
member of the Nashville
Technology Council Board of
serves as chairman of the Board's committee for
NTC events and programs. He is also a member of
the CIO Council of Nashville; a member of the
Board of TN HIMSS; and, an active member of such
groups as HFMA, AHIMA and ISSA. He and his
wife, son and daughter reside in Nashville. He is
active in Brentwood Hills Church of Christ and is
current president of the Crieve Hall Neighborhood
Association. He enjoys golfing and coaching youth
injection from Nashville Capital Network
angels, the Enliven
(Richardson, Quadland, et al) sets forth to enable
hospitals and producers of branded products and
services to share in new revenue streams, The City
16. Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept.
(Nashville) will present in Boston Oct. 10 to
MedTech's "Invest in Innovation" conference,
(Nashville) President Townes Duncan confirmed
Solidus' acquisition of Medical News Inc., the
Nashville-based publisher of six medical
newspapers and online services serving markets
in Tenn., Ala., Miss. and La. Solidus
is the largest investor in the J. Alexander's
Corp. restaurant chain; and, owns statewide
BusinessTN magazine and NashvillePost.com, the
midstate online news service.
NashvillePost.com halted publishing Aug. 31,
explaining resumption of operations would be
contingent on the outcome of a review of
underway. The hiatus
followed an announcement of
the departure of Editor David Fox, who
co-founded the publication in 1999. Fox
plans to rejoin Titan Advisors, a hedge-fund
advisory firm. Duncan serves on the board of
directors of American Learning Solutions
(Nashville) and is president of the board of
trustees of The Ensworth School. Prior to forming
Solidus, Duncan served as a partner in Massey
Burch Investment Group and in Bass, Berry &
Sims PLC. He was earlier chairman and CEO of
Comptronix Corporation, a contract assembler of
printed circuit boards and other products.
Reasoning CEO Estes says
tool and services
will target sectors beyond military intelligence;
firm plans to seek round of VC investment, Nash.
Bus. Journal, Sept.
Estes says current procurement practices slow
deployment of defense and military intelligence
technologies to users in the field, and result in
wasted federal expenditures on technology
licensing, says PATTON intel-tech consortium can
alleviate problem, DRS
28. Related coverage, Federal Computer Week,
Inc. President Tim Choate
told NONT Sept. 16 that he plans to take lessons
launching three online communities (Bondware,
their associated marketplaces. Now, he aims to
license other developers' technologies for
marketing via online portals Bondware Web Services
will create. Less than three years after leading
the spin-off of early Bondware technology from
Edgenet Inc., Choate says his business model and
core PHP technology have evolved rapidly, and the
time is right for broader e-commerce objectives,
including possible acquisition of one or more
e-commerce companies that would be more
competitive with Bondware e-comm technology.
Choate, a self-avowed "serial entrepreneur," was
profiled Aug. 31, 2004.
Collins: Juris Inc.
(Brentwood) has completed acquisition of its last
With nation's lawyers demanding more connectivity,
Juris will pitch MyJuris time-keeping application
for desktop and mobile devices, starting with
Juris' 2,000-client base, all in partnership with
NationLink, the Franklin-based marketer of
Blackberry devices, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 2,
Beth Chase, a veteran of management
and IT consulting, launched C3 Consulting,
LLC. (Chase Consulting
Connections), release Sept. 14. Chase is a member of the Nashville
Technology Council Board of Directors, and chair
of the board's Membership committee.
leaders, including Rolwing of TN Biotech. Assn.
and Kasimi of CET, say Nashville biotech industry
needs patient capital, possibly
government support, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Related: States are spending millions chasing
biotech investment -- Mid-TN again cited as weak
on indigenous investment capital, p. 1, Nash. Bus.
Also, Biotech may 'bring more prestige than
payroll' and does not bring promise of increased
productivity that is associated with IT, Nash.
Bus. Journal, p. 5., Sept.
Tennessee Biotechnology Association convenes at
Oak Ridge, Oak Ridger, Sept.
Corp. Doyel and Forsythe indicate delisting from
public capital market in 2004 didn't
hurt, and relieved the firm of compliance burdens,
p. 3, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept.
Related story, here.
Accurate Automation (Chatta.) puts
neural-net systems to work in new drone
watercraft; company seeks millions in
investment capital, Times Free Press,
Passalong Networks launches OnTour
file scanner guided by owner's library,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept.
Valley Corridor may be gaining in stature as place
for "technology-driven" investment,
Valley Venture Forum advance coverage, Oak Ridger,
Several companies headed back to TVVF for
second-round to fuel further success, Times Free
Press via Black Enterprise.com, Sept.
Rogers: Tech2020 efforts to facilitate
venture-capital investment can help make TN Valley
Corridor a tech hotspot, Oak Ridger, Sept.
Angels: An update on angel investing trends
in Atlanta technology sector, Atlanta
Bus. Chron., Sept.
16. Story says "pay-to-play" requirements and
raids by VCs may be subsiding.
Tennessee Valley Venture
Forum (Oct. 6-7)
presenting companies include Accurate Automation Corp.
Technologies (Franklin); Eonstreams
(Knoxville); FileKeeper (Knoxville);
(Louisville); Multispectral Imaging
(Oak Ridge); NuMarkets
(Alpharetta); ScanTech Holdings
(Atlanta); SemiSouth Laboratories
(Starkville); Smart Furniture
(Chattanooga); Sunlight Direct (Oak
Ridge); TapLogic (Murray);
(Oxford); TradeWind Technologies
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Nashville-based VitalCheck (Choicepoint) and Zierer Visa
jointly launch OfficialTravelDocuments.com, partly in response to tightening security
in travel industry, PRN release Sept. 27.
Private Business and Profit
Strategies in co-marketing agreement targeting
financial institutions, Tennessean,
16. Nash. Bus. Journal,
Asurion named Tom
Gwydir CIO; Dave Bauer Chief Technology Officer,
reporting to Gwydir
and responsible for tech infrastructure (telecom,
data centers, desktops, databases); and, Martin
Carmichael was named CSO, reporting to Bauer.
Nash. Bus. Journal, p.25, Sept. 16. Sean McKinless
was named earlier to head Asurion's Technology
& Logistics Center at Smyrna, release
31. Asurion adopts Witness
Systems' Advance Quality Monitoring System for
call center operations, releease Sept.
Founder Jim Clayton of 8-year-old Infoworks says
Linda Pannock joined the firm as Business
previously was director-technology for Integrated
Store Solutions (Franklin). Related item, Sept.
23, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 20.
prompted by growing clientele and staffing, has
taken larger offices at 1720 West End
Ave., Suite 300 (37203).
Charlene Ridenour, an IT consultant
and MS Great Plains specialist, and Vicki
Bouchard, formerly of Ultimate Software
Group, joined Axis Accounting
Systems as consultants,
release Sept. 30.
Lynch sales engineer; and, sr. voice/data
consultants Petricca, Blackburn and
Tennessean, Oct. 2, scroll down
Comdata named Mark Wilson as
vice president of ISO Merchant Services
in its newly formed Comdata Processing Systems
business unit. Wilson was executive vice president
in ProfitPoint's sales division in Nashville,
18. Also, p. 37, Nash.
Bus. Journal, Sept. 30.
Corp. has appointed Dale
Saville executive vice president of corporate
services. He had been
executive vice president for SITEL Corp. and prior
to that held several executive roles with Sykes
Enterprise. He is a graduate of Virginia Military
Institute where he received a bachelor's of
science degree in physics and mathematics. He also
has a master's degree in computer science from the
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an
MBA from the McColl School of Business, Queens
College. Tennessean, Sept.
18. Also, p.37,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 30. ClientLogic
and Visage Mobile sign strategic
outsourced customer-care partnership,
release Oct. 3.
Paramore/Redd named Joel Steidl Web
developer, Tennessean, Sept.
Southeastern Telecom named Lisa
Hayes marketing manager, Tennessean,
Religion and Media: OnePlace.com (Salem
Comms., Camarillo, Calif.), ministry program
streamer, has added
podcasting to its platform, release Sept.
Nashville-based Management Resource
Operations, restaurant operator, adopts XFormity's
Connected Franchise enhancements, BW release,
Passalong Networks wins library
agreement with distributor The Orchard.
Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept.
Supply chain RFID provider
Fibergrations LLC (Gallatin) will market Acsis
Inc. logistics products, Nash. Bus.
Journal, Sept. 21.
Nashville's Verus Financial
Management, Inc., credit card and check processing
company, announced Sept. 20 an agreement
with Office Depot, Inc. to sell Verus'
"TAKECHARGE" payment processing product in the
retailer's 978 U.S. retail store locations.
TAKECHARGE is a product venture between Verus
Financial Management, Inc. and Cell Charge
Processing, LLC. Release Sept. 20.
Broadcasting's Od Hickory
operation is raking-in online auction
dollars with Ringman Internet technology
from AMS, release Sept. 14.
(more) Dalcon Business Systems names
Dunham first Chief Technology Officer,
City Paper, Sept. 21.
Interactive Solutions Inc. has been
selected to participate in the GBS Eagles
program, an exclusive network of
entrepreneurs, advisers and capital sources
designed to promote successful business practices
in the region. Tennessean, Sept. 18.
Lattimore Black Morgan and Cain
PCandLBMC Investment Advisors announced they had
won the Practice Innovation Award from
The Practical Accountant magazine for their LBMC
Client Roadmap tool, Tennessean, Sept. 18.
At Mailnet Services, Bill Buzby is
now senior Web developer. Tennessean, Sept. 18.
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HCA Tech Refresh: The Oct. 6
does a de-centralized Fortune 100 company refresh
its technology? - an HCA story,"
presented by Lee Adams, VP-Service Management
& Delivery for HCA IT&S. Registration here.
Inaugural meeting of American Health Information
mandated by President
Oct. 7. Charter here. HHS Scty. Leavitt announced
initial Community members, Sept.
Notice of formation of ONCHIT appeared in Federal
Register Aug. 19, here.
Health Care Council is supporting Federation of
American Hospitals hospital-payment symposium here Nov. 9, 7:15
a.m., Hermitage Hotel. Related: July 15 FAH
hospital-payment symposium transcript here.
Greater Knoxville Area Hospital
Study group shares clinical information,
Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 27.
Allegations fly between former CTI
Molecular execs and now-parent Siemens,
Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 27.
Veterans of Quorum, HCA, Community
Health, Crossroads and Compliance
Partners launch new healthcare M&A
consulting firm, Centre Health Partners, Nash.
Bus. Journal, Sept. 22.
Clinix Medical Information Systems
(Brentwood) inks deal with Diablo Medical
Billing, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 22.
Attentus Health CAre named Troy
Napier vice president CIO; he was CIO for
Province Healthcare, Tennessean, Sept. 18.
First Tennessee Bank subsidiary
First Horizon MSAver Resources Inc. now a Blue
Cross Blue Shield of TN provider of
online services for HSA account-holders, Memphis
Bus Journal, Sept. 20.
Prison Health Services
(Brentwood) secured a one-year agreement with
CompuMed informatics to provide the
Wyoming Department of Corrections with
electrocardiogram (ECG) remote interpretation
systems and services. Release Sept. 20.
In Hudson Valley, Taconic Health
Information Network and Community may be the model
for EMR for small practices, NY Times,
HHS proposed rules for certain
attachments to electronic health care claims under
HIPAA, Government Computer News, Sept. 26. HHS IT Standards
group named, GCN, Sept. 19. CMS releases initial
EHR version for testing, GCN, Sept.
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Link to key in-state
resources, here. Also, see previous
Uncertainty — The State's
milestone TN Network Consulting Services RFP 317.03-129
attracted zero proposals, despite
several firms indicating intent to
bid, according to RFP coordinator Mitzi Hale.
Hale said the situation is under review and a
decision will be forthcoming regarding re-issuing
the RFP. The purpose of the RFP is to establish
guidelines for hardware and software, computer
network access and usage, Internet and e-mail
usage, telephony and security and privacy for
State of Tennessee
seeks IT industry comments on future of WAN and
related infrastructure, foreshadowing future RFP
for hardware and implementation; RFI
responses requested by Oct. 7.
Tennessean report says TEMA
command-center communications upgrade is priority
of Bredesen administration, Tennessean,
p. 1, Oct. 2. Katrina aftermath
may see New Orleans and Gulf Coast rebuilt as
super-connected communities, Wash. Post, Sept. 16. Katrina may spur
further federal action on VoIP, CNet, Sept. 22. Related FCC, Wash.
Post, Sept. 23.
NIC Inc. (formerly National
Information Consortium, Olathe, KS) again wins
State of Tennessee web portal contract,
release Sept. 26.
iSecureTrac won TN Board of
Probation and Parole contract for GPS
monitoring, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 22,
Citizens ethics report includes
recommendation that legislative votes be published
on Internet, Tennessean, Sept. 30. Ethics
Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds helps
launch Porkbusters blog to fight
federal budgetary waste, fund hurricane
relief, Times Free Press, Sept. 27.
City of Knoxville and RedFlex
Traffic Systems will share revenue
resulting for enforcement of traffic violations
captured by cameras, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 2.
Low-res traffic-monitoring cameras
help improve flow of cars through busy Nashville
intersections, Tennessean, Sept. 30.
Metro Schools' new Call Center is
overcoming launch pains, acquires software to
measure, improve operation, Tennessean,
Metro Schools must back-up Chancery
system with paper attendance
documentation, because of inconsistent
usage and cumbersome procedure, City Paper, Sept. 26.
Chattanooga's 311 public-services
call center is deemed successful, Times
Free Press, Sept. 25.
Metro Nashville RFP 05-87 for PeopleSoft
Enterprise One application outsourcing
services, proposals due Nov. 11.
Tenn. Bur. of Investigations
solicits information by Oct. 14 from competitors
to incumbent Identix, Inc., for state's
electronic-fingerprinting services, RFI 348.00-115.
Current contract ends in February.
State DoT RFP 403.85-002
for 511 Travel Information Service, bids due Oct.
26. Contract includes voice network system design,
build, operate, maintain, enhance during
three-year life of contract.
Draft congressional legislation
for Telecom Rewrite carries major implications for
Web access, tv-via-phone lines, Wash.
Post, Sept. 16.
Phone, cable companies take
lobbying local; they're reportedly united in
resisting "government-owned or -operated wireless
networks," Wash. Post, Sept. 29.
TN Human Services RFP 345-01.201
for Web-based On-line Vision
Integration Program (VIP), is now due
Nissan and Middle TN: A good fit,
according to Tennessean report, Sept. 25.
Leaders hope to foster employment
and technology in 21-county W. TN region,
will study labor force using Commerce grant, Comm.
Appeal, Oct. 1.
Advanced Transportation Technology
Institute and UT Chattanooga to explore new
transport technology, Times Free Press, Sept. 30.
Craiglist cranks up Knoxville
site, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 18.
Undisclosed IT firm will get tax
freeze in exchange for locating data center at
Memphis, Comm. Appeal, Sept. 30.
Luminetx names Darty EVP; exec
formerly was head of North American technology
R&D for Brother International, release Sept. 30.
Electric Power Research Institute
(EPRI) roll-up of companies creates Solutions unit
at Knoxville, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct. 3.
"A former Metron North America
employee, one of about 200 who lost their jobs
when the company abruptly closed Sept.
16, has started a blog for fellow
employees to vent and share information." Knox.
News Sentinel, Sept. 26.
Courthouse Retrieval System
expands facilities of Knoxville
headquarters, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept.
Metro North America shutters doors with little
notice, as consumer-electronics
distribution contracts shrank, Knox. News
Sentinel, Sept. 19. Metron's
closing said preventable, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 20.
Microelectronic mechanical devices
(MEMS) are fast-growing part of MTS Nano
Instruments business, more than 20 years
after its first sale to Oak Ridge NL, Knox. News
Sentinel, Sept. 19.
Earth Biofuels, Inc. (Memphis)
named Tommy Johnson CEO and added actor Morgan
Freeman to its board. Memphis Bus.
Journal, Sept. 26.
Robertson County image-mapping
supports 911 operations, Robertson County
Times, Sept. 28.
Bank's offshoring creates pool of
available IT professionals in Birmingham,
Birm. Bus. Journal, Sept. 23.
Frito-Lay and Fred's donate laptop
computers for inner-city students, Comm.
Appeal, Sept. 29.
e-Pledging works for United Way of
Greater Chattanooga, Times Free Press, Sept. 27.
Saratoga Technologies (Johnson
City) announced opening office in
Knoxville, release Sept. 15. Knox. News
Sentinel, Sept. 20.
Facebook invades more high schools
and colleges, including Chattanooga area,
Times Free Press, Sept.
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technology is helping shape magnet-school
Chattanooga, Times Free Press, Sept.
Build You," FedEx
Institute of Technology symposium will
explore the technical, ethical, and practical
issues that surround extending, modeling,
and even duplicating the human body and mind,"
Nov. 10-11. Othere events, here.
Engineering Development Center (AEDC), Tullahoma
area, contributes more than half-billion per
year in economic impact, as well as its
scientific and engineering value, Shelbyville
Oak Ridge NL Cray XT3 used in work
leading to inexhaustible fusion-energy
reactor, release Sept.
Vanderbilt gains further in
standing among National Science
Foundation and other funders of faculty
research, release Sept.
Vanderbilt IT: Beginning
today, Internet traffic from Gnutella, E-Donkey
and DirectConnect will be blocked on
campus, said Matt Hall, assistant vice chancellor
for ITS. Hall says such traffic uses more than a
third of VU bandwidth, he said, potentially
hampering academic functions. Release
Supreme Court ruling on file-sharing has hurt
downloading, Wash. Post, Oct.
CEO in resident program at FedEx Institute of
Technology at U. Memphis is one result of
FedEx's recent $5 Million gift, release
Commercial Appeal, Sept.
Transportation Technology Institute was
host for demo of hybrid electric
water taxi, Fuel Cell Today, Sept.
Related story, Chattanoogan.com, Sept.
releases results of its survey of teachers' and
students' opinions re Dell TechKnow,
Parent-teacher E-mail use increases
in Robertson County schools, Rob. County
Marketing and Logistics division adopts Steelwedge
enterprise planning and performance
measurement tool, release Sept.
UT College of Business Internet
marketing contract goes to MethodSmart
Media, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept.
Computer plays major role at
Memphis College of Art, Comm. Appeal,
County schools superintendent wants schools to be
world-class, and they aren't there, yet,
Knox. News Sentinel, Sept.
Through-wall imaging and
surveillance technology using wide-band radar
advances at UT-Knoxville,
Beacon, Sept. 20.
IBM launches "transition to
teaching" program for IBMers nearing
retirement, release Sept. 16.
Chattanooga, K-12 teachers are on lookout for
students using personal-communications devices to
cheat, Times Free Press, 1A,
to top Recent Jobs Postings to NTC
Careers page, here.
Rankings: WebMD, HCA top NBJ
list: Nashville-area largest IT
employers, p. 36, Nash. Bus. Journal, not
computer-recycling efforts in mid-state,
Tennessean, Sept. 21.
Songwriters, online media
companies spar over licensing, Nash. Bus.
Journal, Sept. 16. Nashville Songwriters
Association Intl. Exec. Dir. Bart Herbison
reportedly criticizes Digital Media Association
(DiMA) as predatory.
Reviews: The World is Flat: A Brief
History of the Twenty-First Century,
Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2005);
review by F. Zakaria, NY Times, May 1, 2005. The glut of
connectivity, diffusion of information, the
dot.com bust and globalization's effects on
society leave America in challenging position.
Related, Blown to Bits,
Philip Evans and Thomas Wurster, (Boston
Consulting Group, Harvard Business School Press,
interest in online-backup services, CNET
News, Sept. 1. Backup and recovery services were
key to continuity for many New Orleans
enterprises, Wash. Post, Sept. 21.
Selling IP, rather than producing things becomes
more important to corporate revenues;
observers fear drag on innovation, particularly as
collaboration among patent-holders increases, NY
Times, Oct. 3.
vulnerability-management services, NY
Times Sept. 30.
Wise, ISDN-Net: Computer Network
assessment crucial for small business, p.
33, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 30.
Peg Duthie, Duthie Learning: Retaining
valued employees can be enhanced by
e-learning, Web-based training tools,
column, pp. 24-25, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 23.
Lineberry, KraftCPAs: IT data
security should be rigorously assessed,
p. 18, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 30.
Search-engine optimization, pay-per-click primer
for websites, p. 32, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Coffey, USLEC, on importance of
disaster-recovery planning, Nash. Bus.
Journal, Sept. 30.
CIBER "Promise of IT" white paper on IT alignment
with business, free registration
Former Pres. Carter and Frmr. Scty.
Baker release proposals for election reform,
including interoperable databases and
paper backup for electronic voting, Sept. 05, pdf here.
e-Fundraising: WPLN Nashville Public Radio raised
over $65K from 900 donors during its September
MUSIC: Country music ranks
low on list of preferred downloads,
according to iPod owners survey, Tennessean, Oct. 3. At least 5
online file-sharing services seek pact with major
recording labels, NY Times, Sept. 20. MashBoxx, backed by
Sony, is on acquisitions trail. Music is
hottest topic at cellphone trade show, NY
Times, Sept. 30.
co-founder says future of Web is mobile
devices, Sept.29, CNET.
Wikibooks take on the textbook
industry, CNET, Sept. 28.
Consumer VoIP: Columns Sept.
12 and Sept.
26 by Brass,
Knoxville News Sentinel.
MSNBC is leading news site, despite
broadcast counterpart's lagging ratings;
expert says MSNBC is savvier, NY Times, Sept. 19.
Comparing consumer technology
purchases via ExactChoice.com.
Cingular, Cox and Verizon
executives discuss quality-of-service
issues, Wash. Post transcript, Sept. 20.
WSVM 4 Nashville makes conversion
to digital newsroom, Broadcasting &
Cable, Sept. 19.
Music City Future 50 - Tech
companies among the 50 fastest-growing regional
firms honored during the annual dinner:
Altair Data Resources
(Franklin); Avankia; Capital Confirmation
(Brentwood); Cybera; Digital Connections; Emma; Essex Technology Group; eTransPlus; Freedom Communications
(Dickson); Nashville Global Partners
(Hermitage); Paramore/Redd Online Marketing;
Sysgenix Resources (Franklin);
Rehab Documentation Co.; Vaco; ZHealth Publishing. Related
introductory article, Tennessean, Sept. 19. Music City Future 50
Tennessean News Coverage online.
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(Oct. 6) Nanotechnology conference,
Co-sponsored by NTC and Vanderbilt, 10 a.m.-3
p.m., Caterpillar Financial Auditorium.
6) NTC Tech Roundtable, "How does a de-centralized
Fortune 100 company refresh its technology? -
an HCA story," presented by
Lee Adams, VP-Service Management &
Delivery for HCA IT&S. Registration.
* (Oct. 6) Computer Graphics
Special Interest Group of the Association for
Computing Machinery, 7 p.m.,
UT Claxton Hall, Room 206. Alexandre
Sorokine from Oak Ridge NL on "Parallel
Visualization for Geographic Information
Systems." Knox. News Sentinel, Oct.
(Oct. 7) American Health
Information Community inaugural meeting,
details scroll down here.
6-7) Tennessee Valley Venture Forum,
(Oct. 10) Chatta. Engineers and
IEEE Computer Soc., 11:00 a.m., "Digitizing IPIX
Photography for Security Systems,"
Vistascape Security Systems, University Center.
For information, Judy Driggans at (423) 751-7616.
* (Oct. 12) East TN Tech Council
and Kauffman Foundation Listening to your Business
Workshop, details here.
13) "Time and Event-based system software
construction," presentation by Dr. Chris Gill of
Washington Univ., Featheringill Hall,
Vanderbilt Engineering, discussing his efforts to
develop a suite of techniques and tools for
17-18) Healthcare M&A conference in
Nashville, details here.
Nashville luncheon program with Jay
"Building an assertive management style." Details
(Oct. 19-20) Knoxville CyberSecurity Summit.
UT-FBI-TVA cosponsors. UT Convention
Center. Details here.
(Oct. 19) Memphis Technology Council and The Toad
mixer, 5:30 p.m., details here.
19) Memphis Technology Council mixer, with speaker
Michael Schmidt, director of Center for
Multimedia Arts, FedEx Institute of Technology, U.
Memphis. Details here.
Vanderbilt Engineering Featheringill Audit., Dr.
Mike Wagner, M.D., U. of Pittsburgh, use
of AI in disease surveillance of populations and
* (Oct. 21) NE TN
Tech Council TechStar Awards Luncheon,
Kingsport. Details here.
(Oct. 22) Dell Recycling event, Vanderbilt, 9
a.m.-3 p.m., parking lot 74, near VU
athletic track. Background on
25) Women in Technology Tennessee (WiTT) offers
program on technology's role in response to
Katrina, with executives from HCA,
Caterpillar Financial, Dialogic Comms. Corp., 4:30
p.m., Caterpillar Financial. Details here.
(Oct. 26) E. TN Tech. Council monthly meeting.
3) NTC Tech Roundtable, presentation by Debbie
Gordon, CEO, Snappy Auctions.
3) Regional Business After Hours, Gaylord
Entertainment Center, 5 p.m. -8
p.m. For info, write here.
(Nov. 9) Nashville Health Care Council and
Federation of American Hospitals
hospital-payment symposium, 7:15 a.m., Hermitage
(Nov. 9) East TN Tech Council Navigator Awards
banquet, Knoxville Convention Center.
11:30 a.m. For details write here. Barry Shuler,
SVP-IT and CTO Marriott Intl. is keynote.
10) "Understanding Business Valuation"
seminar, cosponsored by Nashville Technology
Council and Owen Entrepreneurship Center, focusing
on how to maximize business valuation across
growth stages. Topics include a Valuation
primer; pre-Seed Money valuation; Early/Seed
enterprise valuation; Growth company valuation;
and, a CEO panel discussion. Confirmed speakers,
registration fees to be announced. Venue: Curb
Center, Belmont University. For further
information, call (615) 743-3160 or write
14-17) Oak Ridge: International Energy
Agency's Ad Hoc Group on Science and
Technologies Workshop for the Development of
an International Strategic Plan for energy
resources, at Oak Ridge NL. The seminal
strategic planning workshop will guide future
activities on AHGSET and international cooperation
in basic research for energy. Aug. 1 release here.
(Dec. 1) NTC Tech Roundtable "Meaningful Metrics
in IT," with Ryan Staggs, director,
service level and availability management HCA
Information Technology & Services; Larry
McCoy, CIO, Caterpillar Financial; Kathy Harris,
Vice President and Research Analyst, Gartner,
Inc.; and Moderator Tom Dugger, Healthstream,
VP-Systems, HealthStream. Details TBA. For