1 – "Meaningful IT Metrics," NTC Tech
Roundtable, execs from HCA, HealthStream, CAT
Financial, Gartner, details
SCHEDULED: Two-dozen events,
including NTC's Dec. 1 Tech
"Meaningful Metrics for IT," with execs from CAT
Fin., HCA, HealthStream, Gartner.
Calendar details here...
Tate seems a shoo-in at FCC.
Darrell Freeman now chairs
Metro Telecom. Innovation Task Force, while TRA
Chair Ron Jones touches on broadband
competition. BellSouth CTO says Google a
threat. Bredesen names first members of
State's broadband task force. Knology GM meets End of Days
in Knox. Plus WV Fiber, Endavo, US LEC,
Cellular South and More...
HEALTHCARE: Healthcare Solutions Group
launched. iLink busts out. Life Sciences
Center. Frisse on Katrina. Plus, American
Healthways, Sarah Cannon acquisition, Health
Forecasts funding, LifeWings, CET, the Blues,
Humana, Provectus, Stead on HIT roadmap...HCA
seeks National IS director...and
dancecard full? Plus,
notes, iPayment and
Private Business gambits,
iNetStrategy, Private Business and
Captiva, Axis/KraftCPAs deal, LifeWay in IT biz,
Asurion merger, Nashville Capital Network gains
sponsors and funding participation, Worship
Network moves here, VCs are busy in TN
Lott, IT visionary at Metro Schools,
here. Also noted: Sara
Tyler departs Tech Council, here.
commands NFIB here, Elkins to
Cisco/Nashville, Attention IT graduates,
DigiScript on campus, NMG Advisers, C3 Consulting,
InfoWorks, Sitening, Griffin, plus LBMC,
Williamson Works, Gannett and More...
SimCenter, Hewlett Packard, IDS,
NextInc., Online Development, Scripps, Regal,
Toshiba layoffs, Wachovia, tech councils' awards,
officers and programs – plus 'work ethic' problems
and workforce constraints in spots around
GOVERNMENT: Metro Nashville IS and
State E-911 get new leaders. Database key
in Meth war. New and updated RFPs from State,
INNOVATIONS: Oak Ridge Natl. Lab initiatives
and new agreement with MTSU; federal mandate for
college technology spending, breach of campus
student IS security, Quantum dots
and nanotubes produce new light sources
companies' growth rates slowing; Janice Reece is
determined to connect Nashville with IDEAlliance;
BellSouth's Ackerman and Sen. Alexander have
words for us about innovation and
competitiveness, VU Engineering students are ready
to tackle marketing projects you
sponsor... and More...
Darrell Freeman, Founder/CEO, Zycron Inc., was
elected Chairman Nov. 9 by members of
the Metro Council Telecommunications
Innovation Task Force. Group to meet again,
Dec. 5. Opinions: Tennessean's
second editorial supports Metro Council
Telecommunications Innovation Task Force,
28. Columnist Daughtrey sees
Metro Council broadband initiative as reflecting
Tennessee progressive impulse, Tennessean, Oct.
31. Story on origins of task force,
Administration nominates TRA Director
Tate for Federal Communications
Commission (FCC). Tennessean
supports nomination, calling Tate a
consensus-builder, Nov. 15. White House release, Nov.
9. Washington Post, Nov.
Chairman Martin's endorsement (pdf), Nov.
Jones suggests more
competition among broadband
all, however that competition might be fostered,
Gov. Phil Bredesen released the
first batch of State Broadband Task Force
members, Oct. 31: Robert E. Mayfield
(Dyersburg), managing partner, ECSIS.NET, LLC
& Electronic Communication Systems; David
Dickey Sr. (Adamsville), Tennessee Operations
Manager, CenturyTel; Beth Curley, (Nashville),
President/CEO, Nashville Public Television (WNPT 8
PBS); Teryl P. Dison (Hendersonville), Network
Director/RF Design, Verizon Wireless.
BellSouth CTO says Google is major
potential competitor, as Google joins wireless
project in Bay Area, looks at
broadband-over-powerlines, etc. NY Times,
Thinking about Yahoo: Community intelligence may
be strategic differentiator, NY Times, Nov.
Google is techno-sociocultural disruption made
real, and more to come in genetics and space, as
marauding entrepreneurs press the boundaries,
report by Nashvillian David Vise in Washington
targets residential multidwelling units (MDUs)
with voice, data, Direct bundle, release Nov. 9.
E-rate: Congressional report on
nine years of E-rate waste could foreshadow
legislative remedies, Wash.
Post, Oct. 28.
Endavo Media and
Communications entered into an agreement with WV Fiber,
headquartered in Nashville, to implement Endavo's
new digital content delivery and managed
distribution over WV's nationwide IP network to
web-based and local broadband communities.
Nashville-based ISDN-Net announced an
alliance with Endavo in October 2004.
WV Fiber selects Hibernia's
transatlantic cable network, release Nov.
Gigabeam receives WiFiber
order from Memphis Networx,
Internet Voice Campaign seeks to educate consumers
on VoIP, CNET, Nov.
2. SureWest says it's first in nation with HDTV
via IP, release Oct.
24. Phone, Cable Firms Rein-In Consumers' Internet
use, to limit VoIP calling and video downloads,
Wall St. Journal, A1, Oct.
Consumers ditching of land-lines sharply
increases, CNet news, Oct.
25. New consumer website addresses
911. VoIP subscriptions
eating-away at traditional phone lines, Wash.
US LEC exec joins Knoxville's RM Technologies,
which he believes is prepared for digital
convergence, Knox. News Sentinel,
Cellular South (Jackson MS) and
its small wireless-carrier allies hope
new Kyocera phone will enable them to compete with
biggest carriers, Comm. Appeal, Oct.
Knology GM in Knoxville meets End
of Days with cable provider, after
publicly declaring Armageddon imminent, Knox. News
Nashville-based Healthcare Solutions
launched, release Oct. 25.
Related story, City
Paper, Oct. 10. Modern
HCA searching nationally (11/06/05)
for National Director of Information
Systems, employment ad, Tennessean,
Nov. 6. HCA says it will be introducing new
system for employment candidates.
American Healthways inks three-year
agreement with Washington, D.C.-based Center for
Inc., to jointly research and develop the most
effective ways to improve population care and
disease management using the principles of
information therapy. Release
Net-Rx (E. Office, Mt. Juliet)
announced RecRx, a claims-reconciliation service
geared toward pharmacies. RecRx automates
the process of transaction level reconciliation.
Health Forecasts Inc. receives
capital infusion from Charlotte merchant
Banker, VSTH Capital of Charlotte. Nash.
Bus. Journal, Nov. 4.
Sarah Cannon Institute purchase of
Memphis' Summit Research Solutions affords
clin-trials access, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Nov. 4. City Paper, Nov. 4.
Pivot Health (a unit of Phycor
spinoff Aveta spinoff) acquired software/services
firm ClinixMIS (Brentwood), Nash. Bus.
Journal, Nov. 9.
Systems of Hendersonville
will offer stripped-down EMR product to compete
others, as Federal health IT mandates loom, and
investment grows in the category, Nash. Bus.
LifeWings training program helps
reduce medical errors with Career Resource
Management support, Nash. Medical
News, Nov. 05.
Nashville Academy of Medicine
Chairman Lloyd cautions against the
'pseudoscience' arising from some payers'
invocation of term, Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM),
to unduly influence clinical care. Column,
Journal, Nov. 4.
Frisse, director of
Vanderbilt Center for Better Health and regional
informatics initiative, expressed concerns about EHR preparedness
for supporting Katrina victims. Goverment Health
IT report on data and Katrina, Nov.
14. VCBH supports National
Health IT Resource Center, release Oct.
Life Sciences Center – BioMimetic
Therapeutics, VU incubator and Williamson
County Econ. Development anchor first building in
Cool Springs Life Sciences Center, as $80M
campus-building plan by Noblegene developer moves
ahead, Tennessean, Oct.
21. CSLSC Overview,
here. Related story, Tennessean, Wmson. County,
21. Related, WSMV,
20. Are Science-related
jobs replacing manufacturing in mid-TN?
NewsChannel5 WTVF Oct.
20, here. Nash. Bus.
Life sciences, surgery centers
drawing VC interest, despite slump in
investment, Tennessean, Oct.
Cumberland Emerging Technologies
gets NIH grant to address fluid-buildup in cancer
patients, with eye toward
commercialization of palliative treatments,
Tennessean, Nov. 1.
VU Medical Center’s Bill Stead
emphasizes importance of Health IT
roadmap in accelerating adoption,
THE BLUES – Bruce Taffel, M.D., CMO
for Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN’s
SharedHealth, was a presenter Nov. 9 on
“A Business Case for Website Accreditation as
Consumers Demand Evidence-Based High-Tech Health
Care.” Remarks were during conference allied
with URAC. Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN has shuffled
management, including informatics, Release Nov.
9. Times Free Press,
13. Blues go with MetiLinx
vSuite for virtualized environments, release Oct.
18. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tenn. adopts
SOBA, release Nov.10.
Healthcare Management Systems won
Northcrest Med. Cntr. (Springfield) for
full clinical and financial software applications,
Gen. Engineering News, Oct.
20. HMS announced Rich
Johnson to sr. consultant, HMS Professional
Services; Chris Dalrymple, ASP lead engineer;
Mistie Rymer to app. suppt. analyst. Tennessean,
Nov. 6. Healthcare Management Systems made a
dozen staff changes, including Donna Epperson,
programmer analyst; and, Glenda Cox, QA analyst.
For full list scroll here, Tennessean, Nov.
13. HMS case
exemplifies PACS implementation advantages, Health
Data Management, Nov.
Humana announced TN additions, including Evans
Looney, President, TN
market; Robert Pope, VP-clinical innovation; Jeff
Ridgway, SmartSuite consultant. Tennessean, Nov.
Roberta Goodman, principal, Health
Care Analytics, joins Owen Graduate
School of Management as adjunct,
Tennessean, Nov. 6.
Brumit named director
telecommunications in medical technology division
of Nash Lipsey Burch, engineered systems
consulting firm, Tennessean, Oct. 30, scroll
Nov. 7, Nash. Bus. Journal. Healthstream
reverses year-earlier quarterly losses,
here, Oct. 26. Release Oct.
Spheris Inc., medical transcription
company based in Franklin, ranks 16th in Inc.
Magazine's 500 fastest-growing private
companies, and topmost among healthcare IT
companies, Tennessean, Nov. 2.
release, Nov. 1. City
Informatics rated IT
companies by healthcare revenues. Ranked companies
with Nashville offices are: Dell, Emdeon, GE, HMS, Passport and
Spheris, with Spheris.
Baptist Memorial Health Care
Corporation, Memphis, in October during
Networking Industry Assn.
Meeting at Orlando won a "Best Practices in
Patient Safety Institute of Plano
will work with E. TN Health Information
Network, using Physicians' Foundation
grant, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct.
Nationwide Health Information
Network: Major HHS prototyping contracts
awarded to four consortia, including
CareSpark and WebMD. Nov.
Vista Radiology of Knoxville among
adopters of Payerpath claims-management
solution, release Nov.
VP-ITS Rick Wilkerson participated in Healthcare
panel on health IT, release Oct.
Stolen laptop at UT Medical Center
contained thousands of patients' medical
information, Knox. News
Sentinel, Nov. 1.
Provectus Pharma. (Knoxville) CEO
Provectus President Timothy Scott, Ph.D.,
Receives 'Distinguished Achievement Award' from
University of Wisconsin, Madison, College of
Engineering, release Oct.
Via Salesforce.com’s AppExchange -
“A.I. Tech Software Inc. is putting the finishing
touches on a health-care application that
fuses its knowledge-management expertise with
sophisticated natural-language search technology
from Inxight Software Inc. to create software that
learns as it's used,” Information
Week, Oct. 3.
Cook County Systems planner says
HHS should be focused on software API-level
interoperability, rather than network
interoperability, Healthcare-Informatics, November 2005.
Dialogic Communications President
Gene Kirby told those assembled
for the NTC-NCN-OEC "Understanding Business
Valuation" seminar, Nov. 10, that his firm is
"being courted quite a bit" by investment bankers,
M&A specialists — in sharp contrast, he
explained, to pre-9/11, pre-Y2K, when Dialogic
"couldn't get any interest." DCC has also upgraded
Nissan North America announcement, release dateline
Nashville Nov. 10. The Tennessean's stories on
Nissan relocation, Nov. 11, here. The City
Paper, Nov. 11, here. Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov.
10. Nissan and partner
Renault are harmonizing information systems, via
Renaut-Nissan Information services, which controls
IT planning, networks and communications and other
functions, Sept. 05 brochure (pdf).
Nissan and Transportation technology developments,
here. Nissan's Vitria BusinessWare
implementation began at Smyrna facilities,
here. Nissan USA management
team. Nissan technical,
telecom and related
centers. Vendor promo says
"Nissan wants to be like Dell," here. Precursor rumor stories, Tennessean and
Times, Nov. 3. Nissan
North America addresses downtime at Smyrna plant
by adopting GE FANUC Automation's Enterprise
Manufacturing Intelligence solution, release Nov.
confirms that the enterprise has relocated
headquarters to Seaboard Lane (Franklin,
Multimedia News, Oct. 19 (Sub).
views positively Southern Growth Policy Board
Southern Technology Council's Venture
South initiative to create fund for ventures in
undernourished Southeast, Nash. Bus.
Journal, p. 4, Nov. 11.
Capital Network, a nonprofit that assists
fledgling companies with early stage angel
investor financing, has for the first time
in its two-year history secured Bank
sponsors. City Paper, Nov. 9. Release, Nov. 8.
Capital Network angels active in Protein Discovery
round. Release, Oct. 25.
Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct.
25. City Paper Oct.
26. PharmaLive, Oct.
25. Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 7.
acquires DST Systems’ Lock/Line subsidiary through
a tax-free merger; DST provides extended
warranties for telecom carriers. Release, Oct.27.
Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct.
28. Related, City Paper,
31. Tennessean, Oct. 29.
CEO Comolli appointed to board of Cellular
Communications and Internet Assn., Sept. 29.
announced Oct. 28 Tom
Gwydir to Chief Information Officer (CIO), Dave
Bauer to Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Dr.
Martin Carmichael to Chief Security Officer (CSO)
and Bill King to Vice President of Asia Product
Management and IT. Asurion wireless clients and
enterprise customers, here.
Business acquires Captiva Solutions
(Atlanta), Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct.
21. Tennessean, Oct.
Earnings drop may reflect concerns over Captiva,
15. More on earnings, Nash. Bus. Journal,
and Massey Burch invest in Travel Holdings Inc. of
Nashville, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct.
26. Pharos also announced
investment in wireless semiconductor startup
Alereon Inc. (Austin), Tennessean, Oct.
Practice provides IT
services to ministers, Baptist Press, Oct. 31. Technology enables
homebound worshippers to "attend" church services,
and enables lives reports from missionaries, Times
Free Press, Nov. 1. A Lifeway spokeswoman says the practice
has a lead tech consultant and two strategy
consultants, and is able to draw on other talent
within LifeWay. The practice has not ruled-out
sells 40 percent stake to frequent partner
KraftCPAs, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct.
28. Tennessean, Nov. 1.
INFOWORKS: Clayton brings
in Ellzey, Parker and Pickler as investor
owners, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Clayton buys-out InfoWorks partner Chase, eyes
change in ownership structure, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Clayton notes that Infoworks has 34 on its
payroll, and projects 2005 revenue at $4.5 million
firm has hired Lawrence Waldman and Associates to
assess its operations management, cash management
and workflow processes. The firm opened a
Cookeville office in September. Seth Steele joined
as an application developer, from MTSU.
iNetStrategy signed an app-integration deal with
Tennessee Orthopedic; and, Morris says they’re
doing app.-development changes for PrePak Systems
Inc and Media Mail Inc. Related
story, Nash. Bus. Journal,
bidding by CEO Daily - City Paper,
12. Nash. Bus. Journal,
11. Earlier gambits:
Paper, Nov. 3. Nash. Bus.
Journal, Nov. 2. IPayment earnings, Tennessean, Nov. 4.
Solutions buys Portland, Ore.-based Mellenia,
expanding W. Coast presence, Tennessean, Nov.
Investments in RAMSAFE Technologies, which has Oak
Ridge R&D presence, by Novak Biddle and Paladin, release Nov. 4.
RAMSAFE wins Tech Transfer regional award from
national labs consortium, Nov. 8.
Clayton Associates among investors supporting
Intechra Holding (Jackson, MS) - RetroBox
merger transaction, Recycling Today, Nov. 9.
Luminetx (VeinViewer) announces
more than $11M funding, Comm.
4. Morgan Keegan served as placement agent in the
capital-raising effort, with Stanford Financial
Group as the lead investor. Other investors
included Elm Ridge Capital, Capvest Venture Fund,
Custer Capital and Diomed
founder Pandey among sources of funding for
contest with cash prizes for winners among
Nashville Business Incubator Center
downtown, Tennessean, Oct.
22. Related, City Paper, Oct.
Group opens Nashville office, lets visitors burn
CDs of indie artists onsite, Tennessean, Oct.
seek congressional funds for M.L. King Business
Solutions Center and incubator, Times Free
Press, Oct. 22.
Tyler has been NTC's key
staff person working with former Presidents David
Condra and current President Ray
Capp, and with many NTC allies,
virtually since NTC's inception in 2000. After
five years' service, she has joined AIM Healthcare
Services Inc. in a pivotal customer-relations
management role. Capp and Melissa Tribble, manager
of NTC Member services, are currently primary NTC contacts, while staffing
requirements are reviewed.
Lott leads technology
improvements across Metro
At the dawn of the 21st Century,
Metro Nashville Public Schools‘ information
systems barely limped along, huffing to
cope with demands heaped onto an antiquated system
that barely pretended to serve the central
administration, much less 4,000 teachers, 300
principals and assistant principals and
then-69,000 students. A then-new Bush Administration promised to
intensify demand for accurate, timely data
throughout the school district, with the
introduction of No Child Left Behind
and related accountability mandates.
In 2001, Lance Lott, now
51, bested other candidates to become Metro
Schools’ first Chief Technology Officer, and today
serves in the Cabinet of Director of Schools Pedro
Garcia, as assistant superintendent for technology
and strategic planning. His responsibilities
span IT, Policy Governance (supporting
the oversight role of the Board of Public
Education), district-wide Strategic Planning,
Customer Service and Quality Management.
Today, Lott oversees a $12
million annual operating budget and about $6
million per year in capital expenditures for
technology-related assets. Nearly $30 million in
IT-related capital improvements have been made in
the past three years. Lott's bailiwick employs 156
FTEs, including seven teams of about 84
professionals deployed in the field to provide
tech support for 132 schools, with the balance
stationed in central administration. Lott's
management team includes Mike Law,
director-technology support; Hank Barry, field
support manager; Vicki Philpot, Director, Enterprise
Development and Integration; and, John Rushing,
Director, Operations and Resource
Progress: Among other
gains, Staff now have access to online
professional-development systems, and the crucial
individual education program (IEP) protocol used
in Special Education has been automated.
MNPS recently activated its first call center,
employing EPIC software and BrightArrow
call-center technology. The district employs
EMC for SAN and NetBackup from Veritas for
District central offices
now have Cisco 3Com quality-of-service-level Voice
over IP telephony within MNPS buildings, and
consumer-grade VoIP has been introduced to some
schools. Beacon Technologies performed
most VoIP-related installation. Also,
on Nov. 1, Lott's team launched an improved district website, using a
content-management system created by Ironpoint / CGI, which also supports an
intranet and provides a template for use
by individual schools.
Lott’s attention is
currently focused on two huge priorities:
Coaxing a still-wet-behind-the-ears district-wide
Chancery Student Management
System (SMS) into sustained stability and
reliability, and quelling user dissatisfaction.
Second, Metro Schools is moving to the Oracle
PeopleSoft EBS system for human resources, payroll
and benefits, and plans to go-live with that
system by April.
In prospect: a
Spring 2006 pilot of Edusoft (Houghton-Mifflin), to
provide teachers and administrators near-real time
data on students’ individual education progress.
Also during the next eighteen months, Lott expects
to secure IT contractors for implementation a
food-services management system and for textbook
Lott also plans to deliver a 3- to
5-year strategic plan for technology by
February. The plan will probably address how to
move the district from its continuing dependence
on data silos, toward true data warehousing; the
roles of laptop computers, and other key issues.
A believer in IT measurement and
assessment, Lott plans to enter Metro Schools in
the first stage of Baldrige-type assessment
conducted through the Tennessee
Meanwhile, demand for
bandwidth in Lott‘s world is growing
rapidly. Lott is forging ahead to strengthen Metro
Schools’ infrastructure, explaining, “We’re
turning into one of the largest Microsoft SQL
Server shops in town, with a powerful new data
center, relying on EMC storage networks, and
leasing infrastructure from BellSouth via
Education Networks of America (ENA)." Lott expressed
hope that the Telecommunications Innovation Task
Force recently established by Metro Council
will produce findings that benefit public
Metro Schools teacher now has a PC on the
network, and each has a telephone with voice-mail,
resources that were only dreams a few years ago.
He plans to have 25 schools on 100-megabit fiber
connections within three months. Not until such
connectivity is universal can Lott focus more
attention on the grand objective, enabling
teachers to have unprecedented access to knowledge
about the best teaching practices and other
Homestead , Fla.
, area. Earned B.S. in Business
Administration, with emphasis on management and
accounting. Served HCA 1977-1986, with duties
including controller roles, internal audit,
financial-systems management, IT support services
and vice president, HCA Health Alliance. He then
served 1987-1993 as chief information executive
for HealthTrust, following its spinoff from HCA.
Earlier this year, Lott earned his
license and a Master’s in Education at
. In 1993, Lott
founded InfoAdvantage Inc., a systems-consulting
firm specializing in collaborative technologies,
including groupware and workflow applications. (At
the time of InfoAdvantage’s recent sale to Xebec, Lott owned a
small portion of the firm.)
currently CEO of No. Va.-based Apogen Technologies
Inc. (a wholly owned sub of iQinetiQ
defense and security contractor), and Vice
Chairman of the Northern
Virginia Technology Council, will succeed Jack
Faris as President/CEO of Nashville-based
Natl. Federation of Indep. Business
February, release Nov. 7, Tennessean, Nov.
9. Washington Post, Nov. 6.
joined Cisco and is responsible for worldwide IT
Networking operations for Deloitte Touche
Tohmatsu. Elkins also supports
Nashville's healthcare sector, Tennessean, Nov. 6.
Guitar Corp. (MaGic) and Cirrus (Cobra) in
partnership for digital network solution,
Advisers CEO Art Rebrovick announced that
Jim Marks has joined NMG
as Principal. Among other achievements,
Marx was co-Founder of Synaxis Group, which
quickly grew from startup to status as a leading
P&C insurance broker.
Attention IT is graduating from
the Knox County incubator at the Fairview
Technology Center and moving to new
office space at 1704 Schaefer Road off Lovell
Road. The company has developed software for the
management of radiological, hazardous and mixed
waste. Knox. News Sentinel, Nov.
Emma (spawn of
ColdFeetCreative) has named its Emma 25
nonprofits that have won free Emma e-mail campaign
accounts. Winners have until November 30 to claim
Networks does distribution deal with CD
Baby, p. 21, Nash. Bus. Journal, Nov. 11, not
(Hendersonville) will produce video on
demand, inflight downloads, and other
services, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 7, Nov. 11, not
Equinox IS licensed
Collector Telelink mediation software applications
to Nex-Tech (KS, CO)., Nash. Bus.
Journal, p. 27, Nov. 11. Release
National Corp. (First Tenn., other units) win
3rd Information Week 500
membership for tech innovation, release Oct. 20.
opens call center in Texas, Nash. Bus.
Journal, Nov. 9. ClientLogic
declares initiatives in Tourism and Financial
sectors, Nov. 14-15.
Group will provide Franklin
Road Academy Meru Wireless Network's
infrastructure, to enable FRA to deliver
wireless access to students and faculty
Shmerling was named vice chairman/treasurer of TN
Performing Arts Center. Shmerling is EVP,
Kroll Inc. (Marsh & McLennan) and chairman of
Marsh Kroll's Background Screening Group.
Tennessean, Nov. 6.
Louisiana-Pacific rebranding name
underway, using Buntin Advertising, Nash.
Bus. Journal, Nov.
Intelligent Recognition Suite adoption by EFC
Systems of Nashville to automate remote
check deposits, release Nov.
streaming business growing as colleges and
universities outsource, Campus
Associates announced the
recruitment and appointment of Mike Mancini as
VP-Sales for Mailnet
Services, Inc. (Cool
leading Internet list-processing services
player in the database-management
Green will manage LBMC Strategic
Staffing's Knoxville office, release
Logistics lands Zildjian, City Paper,
1. OHL signs Scotts Co. (Fontana,
Calif., sub. of Scott'sMiracle-Gro), Nash. Bus.
Williamson Works named new board
members, including these familiar Tech
faces: Bob Iannacone, Williamson County
Econ. Dev.; Rick Dreves, Acuity Marketing; Jim
Lackey, Passport Health; Saul Komisar, Protherics;
Sam Lynch, BioMimetic. Tennessean, Nov.
Centerstone named Charles Johnson
director-IS applications, Tennessean,
Gannett named Stacey Martin VP-IT
for Nashville-area papers, including The
Katherine McElroy joined C3
Consulting LLC as principal consultant,
from Nashville Management Group (NMG Advisers),
Jon Henshaw joined Sitening as
senior designer and Web-marketing
strategist, Tennessean, Nov.
Stephanie Fields is technology
consultant for RE/MAX Premier Properties,
First Horizon again earns spot on
Information Week 500 ranking, release Oct.
20. Background on 500,
Dell Inc. announces DataSafe
automatic backup for PCs, CNET, Oct.
Griffin Technologies cranks-out
another iPod enhancement, with iTrip
receiver to enable playing iPod cache via
open point on radio dial, Nash. Bus. Journal,
New Voice at Core BTS -- Chip Hoback joined
Technology Solutions (Nashville office) as an account manager.
Hoback previously served Visionary Medical Systems
and other technology firms in a variety of sales
and management positions. He is widely recognized
as the public-address announcer for Vanderbilt
football and Men's basketball, the Nashville
Sounds, The Tennessee Valley Raptors Arena
Football, The Ohio Valley Conference Basketball
Tournaments (OVC) and NCAA Tournaments. He is the
producer/host of the syndicated "OVC Radio", and
is the voice of The Opry Spotlight on Grand Ole
Opry Live on GAC.
Technologies Inc. (CEO Paul McCulloch) rolls-out
Remote Deposit Express aimed at cashing
in on Check 21 and has picked up an Independent
Community Bankers of Americas endorsement. Nash.
Bus. Journal, Oct.
announced officers: President - Andy
Novobilski - UT Chatta. School of Computer
Science; VP-Fin. - Tim Andrews - Hamilton County
Railroad Authority; Chris Daly - Healthcare
Business & Technology Consulting; Secretary -
Dan Saieed- Hamilton County Development; Treasurer
- Steve Powell - Smart Furniture.
Technology Council names Navigator awards
winners, Knox. News Sentinel,
finalists here. IdleAire Technologies and Oak Ridge
homeland security technology firm Target
Instruments won "Technology Company of the Year"
awards for large and small companies,
respectively. Joe Matteo, founder of Nanotek in
Walland, received the "Outstanding Entrepreneur of
the Year" award. Nanotek develops instruments and
software for the pharmaceutical industry.
Community service awards went to Pro2Serve
Professional Project Services in Oak Ridge and
Advance Resource Technologies in Oak Ridge.
Science Applications International Corp. received
a President's Award for supporting the technology
council and technology efforts.
headquarters will be at Enterprise South,
Negotiations underway or DeSoto
County mapping project, Comm. Appeal,
New media will play role in
expanding audience for Knoxville-based Home &
Garden TV (Scripps Networks), says new
CEO Judy Girard, who also led expansion Shop At
Home audience after its purchase by Scripps, Knox.
News Sentinel, Oct.
25. HGTV launched "My
First Place" on the web, before launching on cable
tv, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct.
24. Girard promotion at
HGTV, Tennessean, Oct.
Hewlett Packard gets letter of
warning on compliance with Memphis payment in lieu
of taxes agreement, Comm. Appeal,
UT-Chattanooga SimCenter adopts
Ibrix's technology for accelerated access to
massive data sets, release Nov.
Knoxville's Environmental Systems
Corp. will shift to
workers who could
join spinoffs for environmental monitoring and
plant performance assessment, Knox. News Sentinel,
Inc. announced Rick
Talbert is VP-Planning and
Development, Nov. 9.
(Memphis) teams with Terabase (Boston)
for Industry Eyes Aviation Portal for
aviation and defense
Alcoa Foundation grants $10K to
CASA computer upgrade, to help neglected
Ridger, Oct. 26.
Chattanooga Ford dealer selling
more cars internationally via the Web,
Times Free Press, Oct.
22. Related story on
dealers’ using Internet, NY Times, Oct.
Johnson City-based Saratoga
Technologies, which also has a Knoxville office,
has been named a Top 50 information
technology vendor by Service Provider
Weekly. Knox. News Sentinel, Oct 31.
Integrated Data Solutions opens
headquarters at Chattanooga, release
Memphis attorneys using more
technology in presentations, Comm.
Appeal, Nov. 8.
LAN party attracts gamers,
Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 8.
Work ethic sadly lacking in E. TN,
story Kingsport Times News, Nov. 6; related editorial,
Kingsport Times News, Nov. 6.
TradeWind at Oak Ridge introduces
plug-and-play RFID reader for handhelds,
release Nov. 4.
Knoxville's Scripps in trials with
wireless companies, Nov. 4. UPI.
Regal hopes 3D digital technology
will bring movie-goers back to theaters,
Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 5.
Toshiba American Consumer Products
cuts 279 workers in Lebanon, Tennessean, Nov. 3.
Wachovia Corp. has selected
technology developed by Memphis' Software Earnings to
track image-based corporate deposits and incoming
and outgoing Image cash letters. Memphis Bus. Journ., Oct. 25.
NE TN Tech Council's "Tech Star"
Award winners, TriCities Bus. Journal, Oct. 24. Kingsport Times lists
Online Development's (Knoxville)
xCoupler enterprise-transaction technology (links
business systems with plant-floor operations)
chosen as finalist in Plant Engineering magazine's
product of the year contest, with results
to be announced in January. Release here.
International Monetary Systems,
company that bought Eagle Barter Exchange of
Chattanooga says its global-barter
revenues continue to rise, release Oct. 20.
Georgia CIO Leadership Association
names CIOs from Georgia-Pacific, Lanier
and Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta as tops in
their field, Atlanta Bus. Chronicle, Oct. 21.
Eastside Partners (Huntsville)
makes inaugural investment in Torch
Technologies, which does performance
analysis for Defense technologies, systems, Birm.
Bus. Journal, Oct. 24.
Hosting.com (Louisville) expands
data center in new space, Bus. First, Oct. 21.
FedEx Institute of Technology
launches intelligent kiosks initiative,
Comm. Appeal, Oct. 25.
Memphis Chamber CEO Moore says
workforce is greatest challenge in economic
development, Memphis Comm. Appeal, Oct. 27.
Gresham Smith partner praises
technology in “no surprises” design, So.
Central Construction, Oct. 25.
Bredesen Budget hearings for
2006-07 available live
Cole became Metro
Government Information Services Interim
Director/CIO, Oct. 7,
succeeding Richard McKinney, who joined
Questell named director
State E-911 services (TN Emergency Communications
Board), after serving
as interim director, Times Free Press, B3, Nov.
More than two-dozen IT and
Staffing firms showed-up for the Nov. 3
pre-proposal conference for the State's ITPRO
317.03-127), from Avankia, SAIC and
CIBER, to eTransX, Spherion and Zycron. List of
attendees here. Proposal deadline is Nov. 30.
for proposals for "Edison" ERP implementation
317.03-134 will lead to contracts
for integration and software vendors, to replace
fragmented legacy-systems environment. State of TN
benchmarking of all administrative operations is
underway, in parallel to preparations for Edison
ERP implementation. Proposal deadline Dec. 16,
software demos follow, with decision projected by
Feb. 28, 2006.
refuses to hear case of Nashville IT telecommuter
who faces New York State taxes, City
Paper, Nov. 1. CNET, Nov. 2. Related, FedSmith.com, Nov.
Electric Service launched new
designed by Utilities specialist
Site includes tree-trimming page.
warned by Metro Legal about improper
e-mail, City Paper, Nov. 3.
Tennessee will also fight Meth war
with database, Tennessean, Nov.
funding proposal would provide moneys for
Tennessee science, technology, education,
law enforcement and related, if passed by House
and Senate, Chattanoogan.com, Nov. 9.
advisory committee on quantum-computer regulations
met Nov. 9, with Oak Ridge NL's Zacharias
Today, Nov. 10.
UT Library gets
grant to digitize Tennessee' historical
artifacts, Johnson City Press, Nov. 7.
advocates regulating political advertising on the
Web, Tennessean, Nov. 9.
New REAL system
enables TN Wildlife Resources Agency to track
rutting, kills, licenses, Knox. News
Sentinel, Nov. 6.
computer and radio systems contributed to problems
in routing ambulance in Knox County,
Knox. News Sentinel, Oct.
surveillance: Universities, Educause, other allies
resist FCC order extending wiretap
provisions to Internet connections, which
would cost postsecondary institutions $7 billion
or more, NY
Times, Oct. 23. (and NYTNS
via Tennessean, Oct. 23)
Conte joined Iris Beckwith
of the national Internet Keep Safe Coalition to
launch an internet safety educational campaign for Tennessee.
Related story, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct.
crucial to FEMA performance: Chertoff,
Dpra Inc.'s Knoxville division will perform much
software-development work for U.S. Dept.
of Transportation, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct.
Transportation Authority chooses Doron
driving-simulation tech, release
INNOVATIONS: Research, Commercialization and
Supercomputing Ranking Time – UT’s
Dongarra at UT Center for
and colleagues are to release rankings today that
will show IBM Blue Gene (L) again in the lead,
according to yesterday’s San Jose Mercury
will enter high-performance computing
fray, NY Times, Nov. 15.
Quantum dots that produce white
light could become light bulb's
release, Oct. 20. Nanotube light sources can be
brightened, Nov. 7. Other Vanderbilt Science news.
years at UT Space Institute at Tullahoma, COO
Caruthers will retire in June.
Tennessean, Nov. 15.
Sci-Tech Communications: Oak Ridge
NL’s Sci-Tech Info Director Warnick named to
AAAS for contributions to broadening
access to government information, Knox. News
Oak Ridge NL’s Center for Nanophase
Materials Sciences began
Oct. 1. A release: “Although the first research
proposals are just
entering the final stage of the review and
approval process, the nanoscience center's bank of
computers--the theory cluster--is up and running.
The theory cluster will provide nanoscience center
researchers and users with computing resources for
modeling the theoretical simulations developed in
the nanoscience center's Nanomaterials Theory
Institute.” Nanosciences research gets a
boost at five Tennessee universities, via NSF
EPSCoR grant, City
Paper, Nov. 1. ORNL
Nanotechnology triggers galvanic response in small
tissue fibers, EurekAlert, Oct.
UT economic study shows
Tennessee Manufacturing falling
dramatically, report here. Related, Nash.
Bus. Journal, Nov. 10.
The Advanced Distributed Learning
Workforce Co-Lab is hosting the first annual
eLearning Summit November 15th-19th at
the FedEx Institute of Technology in Memphis.
Additional information regarding the summit can be
found at www.adlnet.org and at www.elearningsummit.org.
Tennessee colleges' compliance with
law-enforcement communications law requires
technology expenditures, Times Free
Oak Ridge HS renovation bids
surpass estimates by $10 million, due largely to
post-Katrina labor shortage; but,
Foundation and industry supporters pledge forward
march, OakRidger, Nov.
10. Oak Ridge High School research team is
one of 30 best in nation, via Siemens Westinghouse
Competition in Math, Science & Technology,
Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 6. Perot Systems donation to Oak
Ridge HS, Oak Ridger, Oct.
Oak Ridge NL accepts MOU with MTSU
to improve research, MTSU
Sidelines, Nov. 9.
Oak Ridge NL's Wadsworth inducted
to Natl. Academy of Engineering, Munger
column, Knox. News Sentinel, Nov. 4.
Tennessee will introduce more
online learning, City
Paper, Oct. 31.
Tech training biotech to go
statewide, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct.
Chattanooga 21st Century Academy
student repairs classroom computers when
no other help available, Times Free Press, Nov. 15.
Formerly "at-risk" youth learn web
design and business through Tribe One in
Knoxville, Knox. News
Sentinel, Oct. 30.
Teachers at Tennessee High School
propose online courses, TriCities.com, Oct.
ETSU College of Business and
Technology Hall of Fame celebrated,
TriCities Bus Journal, Oct.
UT breach of security of student
records, Knox. News Sentinel, Oct.
METRICS (Dec. 1) Nashville
Technology Council Technology Roundtable,
"Meaningful Metrics in Information
Technology," with Tom Dugger,
HealthStream; Larry McCoy, CAT Financial; Ryan
Staggs, HCA; Kathy Harris, Analyst, Gartner. 4:30
p.m. - 6 p.m. Location: HCA Building One,
Auditorium. One Park Plaza (37203). $15 Members,
$25 non-Members. Register online http://www.technologycouncil.com/
or phone (615) 743-3160.
Vanderbilt School of Engineering
Management of Technology student teams seek
sponsors for corporate marketing
projects, details here.
Results of CapGemini, Ga. Southern,
U. Tenn. study of 3rd Party Logistics,
STANDARDS -- Nashville-based Janice Reese
has been working closely with Paul Van
Hoesen to form Network
PDF, with a
mission of helping companies implement
XML-based standards that connect
players in the publishing, advertising and
graphics-arts supply chain, from desktop to
production, while integrating technology
components into business processes. Reese says she
is investing heavily in building bridges from
Nashville to IDEAlliance, which
is a standards organization, internationally and
domestically. Adobe is Reese's chief development
and marketing partner, as well as industry
associations. Reese is on the advisory board of
CIP4 which is an international association to
connect the graphic arts industry, globally.
Metrics: Forrester study for Compuware
puts emphasis on end-user satisfaction with
applications, Oct. 31.
Tenn. State University grad Joseph
Cleveland is Lockheed Martin CIO and president of
its enterprise information-systems group
-- and an African-American who believes in
mentoring, Wall St. Journal (Sub), R5, Nov.
With Grokster quelled by Court,
Music industry should emphasize innovation and
collaboration, Editorial, Tennessean,
Sony will suspend making antipiracy
CDs that may give hackers hiding places,
AP via WaPost, Nov.
11. Trojan horse exploits
Sony Data Rights Management (DRM) copy protection
vulnerability, release Nov.
Tennessee's blogging prominence includes
formation of first state-level
association and free blogs, Knox. News
Sentinel, Nov. 4.
Employers need policies to cover
employees' blogging, p. 30, Nash. Bus.
Online Publishers Association
reports spending on legal downloads is major
boost for online spending, release Oct.
Warner will release some artists
online, rather than via stores, Wash.
Blog: Slice of Life amid the "IT
Crush" in Bangalore, India, Wash.
Post, Oct. 26.
has advantage in this week's debate of control of
the Internet, NY Times, Nov. 15.
author: The playlist has replaced the full-length
CD as the fundamental unit of music
Times, Nov. 4.
BellSouth Chairman Ackerman urges,
“The South must undertake a discussion of the
challenges it faces in becoming more
innovative and develop a plan for the region's
future.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct.
TN Manufacturing Summiteers see
erosion of base, with education only
remedy, Tennessean, Nov. 9.
Inventor and Hopkins prof West says
America is losing its innovative juices;
article notes Natl. Academy of Sciences report,
Storm." NY Times,
NAS. Related Augustine
(ret. Lockheed CEO) statement,
here. Related, from
Amer. Insti. of Physics, Nov.
Sen. Alexander joins Democrat
colleague in pushing to restore American
knowledge-intensive fields, Knox. News Sentinel,
Alexander, Bingaman push math-sci
ed with report, Times Free Press,
Astronauts and Cosmonauts in Association of Space Explorers
urge stepped-up efforts to track possible
collisions with near-Earth objects, Oct. 14 statement here. Earlier
statement of concern by NASA-linked scientists,
Carter suggests letting CEO know CIO
personally, Information Week, Sept.
Technology companies’ growth
rates have slowed to 1995 rates, though software
remains a standout, Information Week, Oct. 19.
Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM)
developed at Oak Ridge Natl. Lab. is freely
available network clustering software
that provides a scalable network for parallel
processing among work stations. Dr. Dobb’s Journal, Nov.
(Nov. 15) "Five Dysfunctions of a Team," PMI
Nashville, Speaker, Marty Paslick, HCA
IT&S. Details here.
* (Nov. 16) David Scobey,
President, BellSouth Small Business
Services, Nashville Business Journal,
Small Business Leadership Series, 7 a.m., Allen
Arena, Lipscomb Univ., register online
or call (615) 248-2222. BellSouth
release on recent Scobey accolades,
Nashville program, “What’s new in
E-Learning,” with Bob Duthie, Duthie
Learning, 4 p.m. at Dollar General.
Duthie has also agreed to serve on the ASTD board
* (Nov. 17)
InfraGard, 1:30 p.m., Massey Center,
Belmont, Susan McGrew, Sprint/Nextel re
IDEN security and hurricane response.
"WebJam," prelude to Webdesign International
Festival in France, in Chattanooga. Webdesign International Festival
preselection countdown. Related story, Times
Free Press, Nov.
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 information,
(Dec. 6) 3rd Annual Leadership Health Care Forum
with Humana's Chief Innovation Officer
and SVP Jack Lord, Nashville Health Care Council,
*(Dec. 8) NTC Annual Holiday Party.
Dan McGuinness Pub. Details TBA.
(Dec. 14) Bill Archey, President/CEO of
AeA, will address Chattanooga Technology Council
(January) NTC Tech Roundtable,
program: Blogging. Date and Details TBA.
* (Jan. 12) Death March
Projects, AITP Nashville, speaker: Gary
Ellis, Atiba Software. 5:30 p.m.
* (Jan. 19)
Nashville Health Care Council Health Care Industry
Analyst Panel Discussion, details TBA.
2) NTC Tech Roundtable, program: Web 2.0,
(February) Date TBD, Nashville Capital Network
educational event on Angel
(March 1-2) Leadership Health Care delegation to
Washington, D.C. Details here.
2) NTC Tech Roundtable,
program: Content Management Systems, details TBA.
6-9) Major Software Engineering process
at Nashville, via Carnegie
Mellon Software Engineering
(March 15) 2nd Annual NTC Technology Innovation
Conference, tentative date. Details
Excellence Conference at MTSU, March 16,
2006. For info, write here.
(April 18) Leadership Music Digital Music
Summit, Belmont University. NTC Members
will get discount as result of partnership.
Details TBA. NTC members have discount
(May 2) Tennessee Digital Government
Summit. Details here.
4-5) 2nd Annual NHIT
Summit, HiMSS TN Chapter,
* (May 17) Technology! Nashville
annual NTC conference. Date tentative. Details
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