SCHEDULED: The Feb. 2
Tech Roundtable on "Web 2.0" at Dyer
Observatory, plus two-dozen events
Bredesen seeks funding for emergency
communications... Report cites inadequacy
of TNII net... Metro wireless and
broadband ... and More...
eHealth coordinator created... Plus
HealthSpring, Healthways, HCA IT&S,
Passport Health, Pivot, Sy.Med, ClinixMIS,
HealthLeader Awards in
Nashville... and More...
VENTURES: NTC Innovation
Conference... Cadre5 and Brandon Tech new to
town... upSnap snaps-up XSVoice...
Plus Verus Financial, Richland, Clayton, Waller,
Viisage, EaseMD, Private Business, O-H, Eastern
C3 Consulting, Check Imaging, EFC Systems,
InfoWorks, CIBER, Qualifacts, Landmark Digital...
Changes at Fedex Kinko's, a death
a Nashville data center, Logic Networks, Idelaire,
AIMS Logistics and More...
GOVERNMENT: Update on the Software
property tax, Dialogic, ECD grants to Tech
INNOVATIONS: Forums on Tennessee's
technology economy... SimCenter... Cyborg
lecturer... VUSE Dean leads U.S. peers... UT
Supply Chain alliances... More...
convergence... career resources... Red Hat in
Nashville... Outsourcing... the growing
Auction Culture... Ajax and web development...
Bredesen announces budget will include millions to
improve State communications among
first-responders to disaster and emergencies,
release Jan. 27. Interoperable system could cost
$25M, with State's $4M used to determine best
approaches. Related story, Nash. Bus. Journal,
30. New Orleans Katrina veteran Honore
to visit Tennessee in February. Related Jackson
Sun commentary, Jan.
29. Nashville Public Television on Jan.
1 announced the launch of NPT2 digital channel,
citing emergency-communications and other
capabilities, release here.
Former NPT President Steve Bass briefed NTC
Tech Roundtable on
this and other potential roles for PTVs in Sept.
2004. An NPT
March 04, described DTV IP and
other capabilities. Metro Nashville
Government plans an Emergency Preparedness
Challenge exercise, April 7-8, details here.
Exercise had been postponed from 2005, due
Magazine's report ("The Dark Ages,"
A. Smirnov, p. 33, 2/06) on Tennessee
Information Infrastructure (TNII) signals
that the state's existing networks are "inadequate
in capabilities and excessively costly to
operate." Some researchers are forced off the net
to other highways. Meanwhile, the Bredesen
Administration may be readying a next-gen TNII
initiatiave. See related information,
Shaffer left Nashville XO
office to join FCC as deputy chief of wire-line
Internet, VoIP meet in Schermerhorn
Symphony Center, p.
13, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 6.
Mayor Purcell, Council Member
Briley recognize progress on wireless in Metro
Libraries; distinction drawn between
hotspots and community wide network, Tennessean,
Jan. 20; City
Paper, Jan. 20. Announcing
campaign for Vice Mayor, Briley notes his role in
launching Metro broadband task force and need for
tech jobs, City Paper, Jan. 19. Related,
Tennessean, Jan. 19. Advocates
of Wi-Fi in cities learn the art of politics,
NY Times, Jan.
Business-class VoIP was the topic Jan. 28
Talk Computers, when
ISDN-Net Founder/President Jerry Dunlap discussed
his firm's new VonX communications services. Audio
Nashville's Converged Solutions
Group's Seifers indicates he'd much rather
Juniper, an Avaya ally, buy Meru Networks
than Cisco, CRN.com,
Thomas Nelson IT VP Rick Proctor
discusses importance of Blackberry, TechWorld,
Verizon V CAST Music Services
enters Memphis, Memphis Bus. Journal, Jan.
Alcoa, TN: Charter
Communications taps Arroyo for Video-on-Demand
Upgrading Emergency Communications
to IP may make nets hardier, more
News, Jan. 13.
Brentwood-based Mobile Solutions
Inc. has tested Palm-linked RouTek
Route Management Systems at Respond
First Systems, and is ready for roll-out to large
distributors; technology improves receivables
income by speeding accounting, Nash. Bus. Journal,
p. 6, Jan. 20, not on web.
Comcast steps into Time Warner's
shoes in Memphis, Memphis Daily News, Jan.
NuVox Communications names Coker
Chief Technology Officer, release
BellSouth part of AOL broadband
access deal with AT&T, Qwest, Time Warner,
Times, Jan. 28.
Implications for broadband
providers and consumers: Does Information
'Want to be Free'? NY
Times, Jan. 15.
New wireless technologies would
enable neighbors to share access to and cost of
DSL or Cable bandwidth, NY
Times, Jan. 16.
Gov. Bredesen creating e-Health
coordinating council, to be led by Spheris/WebMD
veteran IT exec Agassi, Chattanoogan.com,
Release Jan. 27. Related story about support
for CareSpark EMR initiative in E.TN., Johnson
City Press, Jan.
Bredesen Administration announces
$3.5 million grant for Memphis BioWorks will be in
Budget he unveils next week, Gov.
release Jan. 30. Profile: Steven John
Bares, president and executive director,
Memphis BioWorks. Commercial Appeal, Jan. 30.
Biotechnology in middle Tennessee
gains momentum, with gains by Cumberland
Emerging Technologies, Williamson
County Life Sciences
Center and others. Industry observers say
Nashville has all ingredients necessary to become
a signficiant node of biotech activity.
Tennessean, Jan. 30. Kazimi's
partnering skills paying-off for Cumberland Emerging
Technologies, as allies
statewide win grants and science and technology,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 20. Not on web. Earlier
story, Sept. 05.
New Chancellor at UT Health Science
Center at Memphis is physician with interest in
spurring development of
biotechnology, Memphis Bus. Journal,
Nashville IT execs may listen-in on
American Health Information Community
workgroup sessions underway this week,
via audio streaming, for details on EHR and other
here. The National Alliance for Health
Information Technology has created a
Clinical Advisory Group to help
the organization set a course for wider acceptance
and more effective use of information technology
in clinical settings. Release, Jan. 23.
IPO may be launched this week,
Golder Rauner again a big player in Nashville
deal. Buildup to IPO. Nash. Bus. Journal,
20. Greg Allen is now COO for
Healthspring, Tennessean, Jan.
Healthspring appointments, also.
PPO-oriented The Initial Group will
move headquarters to Nashville from
Knoxville, as result of buying
Nashville’s Regional Healthcare Holdings from
Baptist Health Systems, Knox. News Sentinel,
Healthways move to Williamson County said to
be final for 2007 Tennessean, Jan. 15. Move
anticipated, firm may change name to
Healthways.Tennessean, Williamson AM, Jan. 9. Healthways
spokeswoman cites concentration of innovative
healthcare companies, in addition to tax-abatement
incentive, as factors in relocation. American
Healthways' prospects and business environment
reported in BusinessTN, p. 23,
Feb. 06. MyHealthIQ from American Healthways
adopted by Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
in contract extension, release Jan. 9.
Information Technology & Services will move to
$3+ Million property at Metroplex near
airport, p. 6, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan.
13, not on web. HCA Media Relations
Director Jeff Prescott says HCA
patient-safety initiatives have led to
growth of HCA's implementation,
customer-service and education-training
units. Also located beyond main HCA campus
near Centennial Park are HealthTrust Purchasing
(Md. Farms); Patient Account Svcs. Cntr. Hermitage
area); and, a consolidated warehouse operation at
Passport Health Communications
sells claims-submission portion of business to
Bus. Journal, Jan. 10.
Pivot Health LLC (Brentwood) names
Stoll SVP, Tennessean, Jan.
Alana Sullivan named Erlanger
Health Systems chief compliance officer,
Free Press, Jan. 29.
Former Smart Hospital's David
Joiner delighting in Edgehill Studios
venture, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 7, Jan.
Solutions Group looking ahead to summit this
spring, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 6. See
5th online page here.
Health Care delegation meets with
Congressional delegation, March 1-2,
itinerary here. Canada/Brentwood-based Momentum
Healthware is one of the trip's sponsors, as
well as Bass Berry; Boult Cummings; Deloitte; Blue
Cross Blue Shield of TN.
Expansion of Health IT among
Senator Frist's goals, Tennessean, Jan.
LLC is providing design and development support
within Vanderbilt Children's
Hospital Division of Neonatology
vNICU Enhancement Project, which will use
web-based applications to enable more robust
tracking and research of infant-patient data,
following planned implementation this spring. Link
VNICU project lead, Dr. Judy Aschner.
Luminetx (VeinViewer) EVP Darty
discusses how technology is changing the
world, Memphis Bus. Journal, Jan.
Health infrastructure now inplace at
175-year-old Regional Medical Center at
Appeal, Jan. 13. Release
Imprivata, the enterprise single
sign-on (ESSO) appliance company, announced
Gateway Health System, a family of
not-for-profit healthcare facilities based in
Clarksville, adopted Imprivata OneSign as its ESSO
solution for 1,050 physicians, nurses and
administrative staff. Release,
Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN
launches AdminAble services site, using
Edgewater Technology, Memphis
Bus. Journal, Jan. 13.
Sy.Med promotes Hebert to
vp-technical resources from vp-client
services, Tennessean, Jan.
Solutions of Dickson inks pact with MedDirect
to supports HSAs, Nash. Bus. Journ., Jan.
Southern States Regional Forum of the eHealth
Initiative Foundation included speakers Mark
Frisse, M.D., Vanderbilt Center for
Better Health; Jim Bureau, Shared Health of Tenn.;
and, Mark Bengel, Deputy CIO and CTO, OIR Div.,
State of Tennessee, earlier this month in Tampa.
Health EMR names Jim Bureau to extend reach
nationwide, Chattanoogan.com, Jan.
HCA Midwest Health System putting
$7 mil. into EMR, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan.
ClinixMIS promotes McGugin to lead
marketing and sales, Tennessean,
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
enterprise-systems chief hails Agilysys
amid opening of innovation center in Manhattan, release
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
prepares to launch medical bank as Health Savings
Accounts gain attention, Nashville
Medical News, Jan.
Memphis Baptist Memorial uses
SimMan patient simulator, Memphis Medical
Knoxville etHIN chosen for e-Health
initiative by Patient Safety Institute,
E. TN Medical News, Jan.
Dr. Joseph Ketcherside has joined
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare as the chief
medical information officer. Comm.
Etowah's Woods Memorial Hospital
desperately needs new computer systems,
but short of cash and hoping for loans or grants,
Times Free Press, Jan.
Caretaker uses Website to
assist wife recovering from cancer, and other
families under stress, Tennessean,
Healthcare Management Systems
announced several appointments, including
Rady Madison as e-Health systems administrator, Tennessean,
Nashville-based CHD Meridian adds
e-scripts from Chicago's Allscripts
Health Solutions, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan.
HHS HRSA forms Office of Health
IT, GovHealthIT.com, Jan.
3. Legislation would strengthen ONCHIT Health
IT, GovHealthIT.com, Jan.
5. Culture slows Health IT deployment,
New NIST site helps in healthcare
IT standards development (Healthcare
Standards Lanscape), Govt. Computer News, Jan.
UnumProvident supports Disability
Management Employers Coalition Virtual Education
HealthLeaders Top Leadership Teams
in Healthcare Conference
and Awards event will in Nashville in
June (data TBA). The event features winning
leadership teams, discussing common strategies for
urgent problems besetting hospitals, health plans
and physician groups.
NTC's Nashville Technology
Innovation Conference, March 15 (BellSouth
Auditorium), has opened for registration
and sponsorship. Speakers include execs from
Intel, EDS, IBM, Vanderbilt School of Engineering
and Utah's UTOPIA broadband initiative. Details here. Notes
from the 2005 Innovation conference, scroll
Financial Mgmt. CEO sues FTVentures' CEO,
demanding another $10M; FTV countersues,
31. Verus moves sale to Sage of
England, Tennessean, Jan.
10. City Paper, Jan.
Verus Financial Management moves toward completion
of sale to Sage, but now faces competing offer
from Solidus Networks, Tennessean, Jan. 27
United Surgical Partners (Dallas)
to buy Surgis, Tennessean, Jan. 31.
City Paper, Jan. 31. NashvillePost.com,
Jan. 30. Nash. Bus. Journ., Jan. 30.
Consulting Inc. (IT)
contemplating expanding Nashville
relocate headquarters from Frederickburg, Va.,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 27.
In Nashville, XSVoice (audio
streaming to cellphones) success leads to its $6M
acquisition by North Carolina-based
UpSnap, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 9, Jan. 20.
Partnerships with Associated Press, National
Public Radio, Fox News and others enriched
content. Release Jan. 18.
Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 18. City
Paper, Jan. 19.
NashvillePost.com, Jan. 18.
EDITOR'S QUERY: Would
you like more information on Venture investments,
tech commercialization and related?
with comments. Thanks, Milt
Richland provides $12 million
equity to Intechra Holding Corp., City
Paper, Jan. 12. Intechra
release, Jan. 11. Nash. Bus.
Journal, Jan. 11.
Cybera closes $12.8M round of
Series C financing, City Paper, p. 7,
Jan. 11. Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 11. Release
Viisage adds Indentix to its
armamentarium, just weeks after buying Integrated
Biometrics in Nashville. No. Adover
(Mass.) Eagle Tribune, Jan. 14.
is new market for Knoxville-based
represented here by VP/GM Kent Fourman,
former Gaylord CIO. Cadre5 is part of the
Clayton Associates LLC (Brentwood)
names Richard Rodgers, formerly CFO,
Infrastructure Corp. of America, as CFO,
9. Clayton Assocs. named Richard Rodgers CFO
and Nancy Allen director-finance, 5E, Jan. 15, Tennessean.
Waller Lansden named William Morrow
partner, focusing on mergers and
acquisitions, venture capital and private
equity investments. Tennessean, Jan. 8.
Profile: Sr. Managing Partner Riven of Avondale Partners LLC,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 6, not on web.
Avondale hires four
more analysts, Tennessean, Jan. 27 scroll down.
Dell Inc. executives discussed
Dell's services strategy with investment
analysts, Jan. 9, audio here.
Accompanying Dell PPT presentation. Dell expands
presence in India, NY Times, Jan.
buys Chaput's American Technology
Group, Nash. Bus.
Journal, Jan. 23; Tennessean, 3E, Jan. 12, scroll
arm of Eastman Chemical participated in Series C
round of investment in biotech innovator
(RTI-Durham), Jan. 6 release.
FedEx Institute Business Plan
Competition 2006 is underway, details here.
Morgan Keegan & Co. (Memphis)
appointed Gentry first vice-president IT.
Comm. Appeal, Jan. 29.
Osburn-Hessey Logistics adds
acquisitions pro Weaver to its bench,
Nash. Bus. Journal,
PATENTS: Tennesseans won more
than 700 patents in 2005, Times Free
Press, Jan. 23. U.S.
Patent Office may create patent-quality index,
working with open-source developers to examine
more thoroughly patent applications, to reduce
conflict, NY Times, Jan. 10. IBM again
led in patent awards in 2005, with nearly 3,000.
Trends and Challenges in Data-processing patents:
Update on US Patent & Trademark Office white
paper, Jan. 4.
Quadrascan Technologies (Brentwood)
wins patent for monitoring sealed compartments for
security and safety, City Paper,
Chattanooga launches business
incubator-accelerator within CEG, Times
Free Press, Jan. 28.
Chattanoogan.com, Jan. 27 and
The Southern Appalachian Fund, L.P., a New Markets Venture Capital
Company, has closed seven
venture fund has invested $4.1 million in
companies in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
SAF’s co-investors have invested an additional
$8.9 million in SAF portfolio companies.
Medical devices are hot, with
"sweet spot" close to investors' hearts,
NY Times, Jan. 21.
See related comments by Pathfinder Therapeutics'
Bob Galloway during last year's NTC Technology
Innovation conference here. Agenda for
2006 Innovation Conference (March 15) is here.
Health-care sector still attracting
most of the Venture Cap in Tennessee, and
that trend is likely to grow stronger as next
cohort of funds emerges, Tennessean, Jan. 28. Software,
Media and Telecom got about 12 percent of $66M
invested, according to MoneyTree.
bundling: Private Business Inc. buys
Goldleaf Technologies, Tennessean,
Jan. 25. City
Paper, Jan. 25. PBix buys
assets of P.T.C. Banking Systems,
City Paper, Jan. 25. Private
Business buys P.T.C. Banking Systems (Bradenton,
FL) for banking software, Tennessean, Jan.
19. Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 24. Private
Business announced a new $18M credit agreement
with Bank of America, Jan. 23.
Comcast Interactive Capital is $350M fund for equity investments in
companies in the Internet and other interactive technologies.
Gannett, owner of The Tennessean,
took minor ownership position in mobile search
services firm 4INFO (Louisville),
Louisville Bus. Journal, Jan. 17.
Chaput's American Technology
Group, Nash. Bus.
Journal, Jan. 23.
VCs' blogs may reflect departure
from self-censorship, NY Times, Jan. 27.
One observer notes 'zero incentive' to tell the
Cashing-out: In D.C. area,
many tech entrepreneurs run their companies as
though they're "For Sale" continually, as
cash looks for a new home, Wash.
Software & Consulting is broadening its
Software & Consulting
LLC, 35-year-old Founder-Owner JJ
(right) is intelligent, intense
and cautious, and during business conversation he
seems to run every new thought against the twin
imperatives of results for clients, and the impact
on Atiba's bottom line.
Those traits, plus a youthful
capacity for hard work that's the stuff of
legend, and the broad personal network of
a native Nashvillian who is a graduate
of both University School and Vanderbilt's Peabody
College, have helped bring Atiba to its current
position: With an enviable clientele,
debt-free operation, 15 fulltimers and revenue
figures he won't disclose, except to say they've
risen during each of his 14 years in business.
That growth qualified Atiba for the Music City
Future 50 ranking
each time Atiba was nominated, 2001-2003.
He opens-up on just about
everything else. Greatest challenge?
"Finding programmers who have the skills you want,
and who are the kind of people you want to work
with, with a good work ethic. So, it can take a
long time." At the same time, he says, "the
constant learning curve is a challenge, in
Biggest mistake? "Waiting
too long to hire that first
person." Best decision? He says,
"Apart from 'starting young'," it was hiring his
first employee – programming and networks
specialist Glenn Wilhoite, a linchpin who remains
They're laid-out pretty well on the Atiba website.
"Maintaining a core group of people, so we can be
together over a long period of time, and achieve
the scalability we need to achieve our longer-term
goals." Simultaneously, he explains, he aims to
continuing diversifying Atiba's skill set, to
reinforce its standing as a "one-stop shop."
Microsoft .Net, Java, PHP, and
ColdFusion skills are in short supply.
In the slightly longer term, Rosen explains, he
plans to "start another side of the the company
that will productize software we develop, and
improve the Atiba mix for the long haul."
Meanwhle, in 2005 he hired former SCB Computer
Technology veteran Gary
Ellis to help accelerate
also added a second hosting location, in
the Los Angeles area, for clients who need
Atiba offers custom
software development, network
development and hosting and IT consulting
services. Atiba clients include HCA,
Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, U.S.
Department of Justice, Plumgood Food, NewsChannel
5 (WTVF), Dollar General, Deloitte Consulting, the
Nashville Area Chamber's Partnership 2010, and the
Vanderbilt Medical Center's NICU (See Healthcare,
above). There's always something new in the Atiba
cooker, and right now that includes new clients
The SoundKitchen and BookaGolfLesson.com.
JJ is an avid racquetball player, and
says he often plays drums in his living
room. Rosen, his wife and 2 future drummers,
ages 1 and 3, reside in Nashville.
Nashville again tops! for industry
relocation, Expansion Magazine release
Jan. 25. Nash. Bus.
Journal, Jan. 27.
Tennessean, Jan. 28. City
Paper, Jan. 28. Knox. News
Sentinel, Jan. 28.
digital entertainment companies may be among
targets for growth and recruitment under
Partnership 2010's new 5-year plan, beginning July
1. HCA's Bovender says Nashville
Chamber-affiliated group has a plan to keep
Nashville "the hottest city in America for
business relocations." Tennessean, Jan. 6.
City Paper, Jan. 6.
Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 5.
Music-industry economic impact estimated by
Belmont University and Nashville Area
Chamber, Tennessean, Jan.
11. Chamber release, Jan. 10.
NashvillePost.com, Jan. 10. Nash. Bus.
Journal, Jan. 20. Belmont
(more) Costantine succeeds
Capp at helm of Nashville Technology
Council, begins p. 38, Nash. Bus.
Journal, Jan. 6, jumped to 5th online
Tennessee Biotechnology Association
announced its new Board of Directors,
Jan. 26. Updated list here.
The folks at
(ColdFeet Creative) announced that producers of
program via National Public Radio adopted
Emma. Emma site
says the e-mail marketing service has more than
2,500 users; site indicates additional hiring
underway. Related, Tennessean, p.
3E, Jan. 31.
ClientLogic picks up National
Geographic DVD/VHS fulfillment contract,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan.
Nashville among offices sold: Berkshire Hathaway ($75 Bn., 42 companies, according to one
source) cites increasing corporate transparency
and reporting as factors in future growth of
BusinessWire. Release Jan. 17.
Interesting to note the simplicity of the website
of the company with one of the highest stock
prices in the world, here. Wonder if Warren
maintains this, himself. Note the frugality
reflected in wording of the Webmaster-contact note
at the very bottom of the home page.
Hmmm...there's no blog.
WKRN 2 (ABC) is breaking ground with journalists
doubling-in-brass as both videographer
and reporter, resulting in increased story count,
and supposedly more freedom to develop deeper
coverage, Wash. Post, Jan. 28. Same
story, Tennessean, 1E, Jan. 28, not on web.
Related, Broadcast Engineering, July 11, 2005.
EFC Systems adds
Bank of KY for imaging
systems, Nash. Bus.
Journal, Jan. 17.
Check Imaging Solutions cited among solutions for
businesses depositing checks remotely,
Tennessean, Jan. 18.
create website to help families of military
personnel returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom
know when their men and women will land,
reducing uncertainties associated with covert
movements of troop transports, release Jan. 20.
of LifeWay Christian Resources sees technology as
tool for evangelism, Tennessean,
names Memphis-based Harvey to EVP/CIO
role, release Jan.
Jeff Duncan, VP, CIO and director
of technology for LP Corp., was elected
to the board of Nashville Area Habitat for
Humanity, 5E, Jan. 15, Tennessean.
David Klements, formerly of SunGuard
(previously Inflow) is now VP-Sales &
Marketing, Qualifacts Systems
ubiquitous Jeanine Martin, formerly of Oasis
Software, has joined Microsoft as Solutions
Professional, Provider Healthcare
Industry. Ms. Martin was founding
president of Women in Technology of Tenn., among
Gibson Guitar Teams with Microsoft,
Intel and Cakewalk in Launch of Gibson Digital
Guitars.com, Jan. 4.
artists, promoters and venue managers are now
linked by Crossdogs.com marketplace, here.
Creative (Cookeville, Nashville) won a Silver
Davey Award for its creative contribution to SESAC's website.
MMA's site says the firm has also done
work for Bredesen reelection campaign and Asurion,
among others. Release Jan. 13, here.
subscription "Insider" feature for streaming-video
on-demand site, City
Paper, Jan. 9.
CMA launches 2006 Country Music
Festival website for June 8-11 event, here.
Tennessean, 3E, Jan. 17. CMA names Whitaker to
head strategic planning, administration, City
BMI’s Landmark Digital Services
prepares for office move to One American
Center, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 13, not
on web. Related BMI release,
Aug. 05. Related NONT, Sept.
Janet Miller, staff chief of
Partnership 2010, a project of the Nashville Area
Chamber of Commerce, was named National Sales
Person of the Year by the Sales &
Marketing Executives Intl., Tennessean, Jan.
PayMaxx acquirer CompuPay opens
Franklin sales office, Nash. Bus.
Debbie Gordon launches Snappy Sales
Solutions, S3, to complement global reach
of eBay auctioneer franchise started here in
Nashville, p. 1, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan.
13. Profile Q&A of Gordon, p. 9, Nash.
Bus. Journal, Jan. 13.
Nelson says the most important lesson he’s
learned it to “always following your gut
instinct,” and notes that competitiveness
requires “leveraging all assets,” particularly
employees. Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 11, Jan.
13. Earlier NONT profile of Nelson here.
Brian Bowman joined
C3 Consulting as principal, after running
an enterprise PMO for AIM Healthcare, Tennessean,
Herrman named vp-marketing for
Infoworks, Inc., City
Paper, Jan. 11.
Reeves' Mouse Calls Computer
Services scurries all over mid-state from Bellevue
'You Stupid Computer' entrepreneur
Trombo makes house calls, offers aid via web and
book, Tennessean, Jan.
Vergne-based Ingram Entertainment Inc. named Bob
Geistman SVP sales and marketing. He was
SVP interactive media and business development. Tennessean,
Paul Hawkins is now consultant with
Carnes Group LLC (Franklin), Tennessean,
Ruchi Gupta is consultant with
Cumberland Consulting Group (Franklin),
DPRA Defense Systems Group
(Knoxville div.), gets $3.3 M Pentagon
contract, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan.
due-diligence and fairness in vendor selection,
IHL Consulting's (Franklin) RAPID POS
Project Toolkit attracts notice in context of
retail federation's RFP framework, Jan.
East TN Economic Development Agency
and Jobs Now! partnership market the business
location advantages of the 16-county
Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley, Knox. News
Tennesseans rank high with respect
to In-sourcing employment within foreign-owned
Jan. 13. City Paper, Jan.
13. ECD Commis. Kisber statement on
CIBER Inc. Memphis
facility will support Gate Gourmet,
Memphis Bus. Journal, Jan.
Forums in E. TN. focus on creating and keeping
technology jobs, results will feed into
So. Growth Policy Board work, Oak
Ridger, Jan. 26.
Memphis' Buckman Laboratories
adopted WebFOCUS from Information Builders
for enterprise business intelligence and
reporting, release, Jan.
Federated Department Stores will
boost online sales with distribution
center in Robertson County, Tennessean,
FedEx Kinko World Production Center
at Memphis is the production arm linked to FedEx
Kinko docStore, Comm. Appeal, Jan.
14. Kinko's division chief Kusin departs as
margins and service levels remain inadequate, Comm.
Appeal, Jan. 10. FedEx Kinko's Office and
Print Services CEO will be Kenneth May, following
Kusin departure, Memphis Bus. Journal, Jan.
Tennessee's federal-funds inflows
are result of prominence of Tennessee Valley
technology corridor, particularly Oak
Ridge NL. Times
Free Press, Jan. 9.
Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid
combustion-electric auto will be produced at
Smyrna plant, rolling-out this summer,
Memphis-area zoning for medical and
technology park approved, Comm. Appeal,
Nashville's Bank of New York
data-processing facility on Woodfolk Ave.:
elevator technician from Nashville
Machine Elevator Co. was killed and another
injured Jan. 6 when an elevator fell on them.
Tennessean, Jan. 6. USA Today, Jan.
Landmark GIS wins two NE TN Tech
Council Tech Star awards, Times-News, Jan.
Senate, Corker cites technology among successes in
Chattanooga, Kingsport Times-News, Jan.
Web increasingly used in
Knoxville-area campaigns and
e-government, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan.
East Tech Co. plans expansion of
computerized numeric manufacturing and
tool-design operations. Times Free Press,
11. Chattanoogan.com, Jan.
Oak Ridge - Hackers drain $70K from
Y-12 Credit Union site in 90 minutes,
Knox. News Sentinel, Jan.
Internet-linked kitchen ovens are making a
splash among upscale homebuilders, Ft.
Wayne Journal Gazette, Jan.
17. Chatta. Chamber release, Aug.
04 here. Related CEO appearance, May
Parsam Technologies launched its
Account-to-Account (A2A) Funds Transfer Service
(FTS) solution for Memphis Area Teachers'
Credit Union, Memphis Bus. Journal, Jan.
Chattanooga home to Gospel Network
via satellite for Church of Christ
churches, Times Free Press, Jan.
Online version of Knoxville
Business Journal.com went live Jan.
17. Related Column, Jan.
15. Knoxville News Sentinel editor launches
his blog, partly due to blows against mainstream
media, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan.
22. KNS adds readers' blogs to its YourHubs
community websites, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan.
Officials praise Idelaire's
nationwide expansion plans, Knox. News
Transcript of discussion by
Knoxville-area leaders regarding imperative of
improving U.S. K-12 education to compete
globally, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan.
Memphis workforce crisis: Youth
must gain skills that count toward certification
of some kind, Memphis Bus. Journal, Jan.
Knoxville's Logic Networks and
Catalyst part ways after brief joint
venture, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan.
Jana Simmons has been promoted to
director of operations for AIMS
Logistics. Comm. Appeal, Jan.
New crime-stopping database in
Memphis is being rolled-out, as cops step-up
efforts to thwart bad guys, Comm. Appeal,
Tennessean reports surge in youths
blogging in mid-Tennessee, Jan.
Greeneville (Tenn.) High School
remodeling gave more weight to
technology, Greene County Online, Jan.
Shelby County Schools announce
EdLine 24/7 information for parents,
Comm. Appeal, Jan.
POLICY WATCH: TAX
Board of Equalization delays action on proposal to
tax applications software as personal
property, Tennessean, Jan.
Times Free Press, Jan.
President Jeff Costantine sent report to Members,
Businesses worry over proposed property tax on
software, with Board of Equalization hearing Jan.
23, Tennessean, Jan.
Bridgestone-Firestone among companies speaking
out. At least one
bill filed in the General Assembly would
have the effect of preventing applications
software from becoming taxed as tangible personal
The State Comptroller has invited
of IT vendors qualifications for
development of Debt-Management Software,
with responses due-in Feb. 13.
TN Bureau of Investigation is
creating E-Gov enterprise out of selling
background checks to the general public,
Comm. Appeal, Jan.
Metro Schools RFP
06-09 calls for proposals for textbook
management and inventory system, due Feb.
Tn Economic & Community
Development provides $25K sponsorsips to regional
technology councils, ECD Release,
Online application for
heating-payment assistance will speed Metro
response to the needy, reduce traffic in
commission office, The Tennessean, Jan.
Metro Night Court's
Videoconferencing technology arrested for
Video-arraignment may not be as effective in
practice as the old perp walk with an audience,
Chattanooga Police put accident
reports online using DocView, Times Free
Chattanooga Housing Authority Board
chairman puts new emphasis on website,
prepares for launch of chattanoogarents.org, Times
Free Press, Jan.
GAO ruling on state, local taxation
of internet, CNET, Jan.
BIO-key International Inc. and
Cingular Wireless have been awarded a contract
valued at more than $270,000 to equip a
seven-county consortium of fire, police and EMS
agencies with public-safety communications
software. Release, Jan.
Cheatham County adopts Dialogic
Communications' Reverse 911 web tool for emergency
notification, Tennessean, Jan.
Proposed law would put more
pressure, backed by fines on Tennessee government
to ensure Open Meetings, Times-Gazette,
28. (Ed. Note: Related legislation
could prove invitation for streaming video to
ensure "public view.")
FedEx executives' tips on how to
improve Tennessee Drivers Licensing
operations are now in the hands of
Department of Safety, according to comments
attributed to Gov. Bredesen, Times-News, Jan.
TVA continues its winning ways in
jobs creation, tools include community grants for
technology, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan.
Star Students software implemented
by Century Consultants (Nashville) is reportedly
drawing criticism statewide, Dickson
Herald via Tennessean, Jan.
13. IS issues slow Shelby County report cards,
Commercial Appeal, Jan.
schools using Notification Technologies offering
to alert parents to school changes, City
Metro Police remain involved in
eBid bidding controversy, Tennessean, Jan.
Gov. Bredesen participating in
forum on youth obesity; convenor America
Speaks using technology to provide
same-day analysis of participants' opinions, Comm.
Surveillance cameras may be
installed in some Metro Parks, City
Paper, Jan. 18.
Meth Offender Registry is important
tool in war against crime, Editorial,
Knox. News Sentinel, Jan.
City of Hendersonville plans
contract with IT firm to help move City Hall
network, Tennessean, Jan.
Rep. Davis (R-Va.) criticizes
congressional ignorance of information
technology, citing IPv6 network
protocols, Govt. Computer News, Jan.
E-Government: Wikis may be
best way to spread government information to the
public, enabling public to provide
context in a free-range layer of information atop
stable government info, Govt. Computer News, Jan.
Oak Ridge NL's national-security
workload is growing rapidly, Knox. News
FTC announces $15M settlement with
ChoicePoint over data disclosure, NY
27. Wash. Post, Jan.
Research, Commercialization and Universities
Gov. Bredesen will unveil Education
Budget proposal Friday, Feb. 3,
during meeting of Knoxville Area Chamber
Partnership. Governor also reveals plans for
funding first phase of new Science Building
at Middle Tenn. State Univ. Releases,
Jan. 30. Governor plans Math/Science
residential academy, Tennessean, Jan.
Want a say in "Building the
Innovation Economy" in Tennessee and the
mid-South? Participate in February
10 or other forums: Visit
select the “Register Now – Online” option under
the Training Courses heading on the left side of
the home page. Once there, select Economic
Development Courses and then choose the
“Innovation & Technology: Making Choices for
Your Community” session that best fits your
calendar. To register, you will need to
click on the Register button at the right of the
screen and follow the directions as they appear.
Sciences short of women, Times Free
offers combo MS and MBA in five years, Knox. News
31. Provides, e.g., computer scientists with
As State Board of Education and
Board of Regents contemplate raising Math
requirements for high schools, some say
the extra requirements make no sense for
non-college bound, Tennessean, Jan.
Sen. Alexander, et al, push
for Presidential backing for math, science
education as they introduce legislation
in U.S. Senate, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 26. Alexander
release, Jan. 25. Times Free
Press, Jan. 26. Related,
TopTechNews.com, Jan. 25.
education gets low marks for return on investment
from Center for Higher Education
Times Free Press, Jan. 30.
VU Engineering Dean Kenneth
Galloway is chairing the 2006 Engineering Deans
Public Policy Colloquium Feb 14-15 in Washington, D.C.
"Engineering Colleges in Service to
SimCenter will test new hydrogen-producing
fuel-cell prototype for Ion America,
Tennessee Science Bowl
competition is Feb. 25.
County students videoconference with peers in
England, City Paper, Jan. 27.
invention, math and science are at the center of
fun at Adventure Sci. Center, City Paper,
from the Challenger disaster:
Chattanooga-linked science-education centers are
sprouting, thanks in part to Commander
Scobey's admiring widow, Times Free Press,
Science labs in
some Metro Schools will be improved, using funds
obtained via federally sponsored bonds,
Tennessean, Jan. 28, scroll down here. City Paper,
Cyborg Kevin Warwick, British professor of
cybernetics, appears Friday at FedEx Institute of
Technology (Memphis), details here. FedEx Institute launches
robotics center, Jan. 18
Related story, Jan. 9, Memphis Bus. Journal.
Warwick is also on Memphis Philos. Grad.
program this week.
Southern partners with UT Supply Chain pros to go
global, Knox. News Sentinel,
Supply Chain institute will help military get
supplies to U.S. soldiers more quickly,
Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 15.
senses that Oak Ridge Associated Universities
earned its unchallenged role in recent
bidding to manage Oak Ridge Institute for
Science and Education, Knox. News Sentinel,
Institute marks first year in E. Davidson
County, Tennessean, Jan. 13.
schools receive e4TN e-learning grant for
challenging studies, Comm. Appeal,
Chattanooga schools acquire computers,
Times Free Press, Jan. 16.
educator provides fresh evidence that college
students learn better when instruction includes
interactive games, Times Free Press,
Academy uses Tablet PCs, City Paper,
President Bush delivers State of the Union
Address tonight, 8 p.m., arrives Nashville tomorrow for
limited-access gathering, Tennessean, Jan.
27. Related, Tennessean, Jan. 31. Iraq,
Energy, Healthcare among expected emphases.
Feds' attempt to get data from
Google could lead to larger threats to privacy,
self-expression, First Amendment Center
Tennessean, Jan. 30. Surveillance of Web behavior
and patterns grows, NY Times, Jan. 25. Anonymity
available for Internet users via technologies like
Anonymizer.com, NY Times, Jan.
EVENT: InfoSec 2006's joint NTC-ISSA working
group has begun designing this year's
popular information-security event, which will
probably be scheduled in the
Thoresen of Acumen Management asks
whether your company places a premium on
effective sales management, Knox. News Sentinel,
Jan. 15. Note:
Thoreson will moderate NTC's April 6 Tech
Roundtable, addressing C-level views on hiring,
incentivizing Tech sales and marketing
(Feb. 23) Nashville Area
Chamber workshop: Joe Calloway,
Indispensable: How to Become the
Company Your Customers Can't Live
Without, details here,
Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt, 7:30 a.m.
Connection is online collaboration among Wall
St. Journal, Information Week, et al, for IT
Leaders to discuss using technology to
drive innovation, Boardroom Connection.
Just like major IT projects:
Scientists determine that each Black Hole
has an event horizon, a point of no
return, Physorg.com, Jan. 9.
Memphis-based Microsoft exec
discusses financial savings that can be produced
by software asset management, Memphis
Bus. Journal, Jan. 27.
Report examines management and
public perceptions of nanotechnologies,
Emerging Technology Project, here. Commercialization
may be racing ahead of management, policy and
Changing Careers? Tennessee's
new fast-track-to-teaching program lures a former
IT director and engineers among first
class to replenish K-12 Math and Science ranks,
16. Related: More jobs being found online,
NY Times, Jan.
column says Internet porn raises liability of
employers, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 15.
Law firms use
of IT continues evolving, Coffey column,
p. 16, Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 6.
Corporations increasingly monitor
blogs for influence on brand, sales,
Jan.3. Socialtext.net/bizblogs is Wiki gateway for
monitoring blogs by workers with Fortune 500
firms, NY Times, Jan. 7.
Seigenthaler Wiki incident
(more): Letter writer extolls
virtues of Tennessee Electronic
Library, compares and
contrasts it with flawed Wikipedia, Tennessean, Jan. 5.
In West TN., libraries offer online access to
markets for potential antique treasures, Comm.
Appeal, Jan. 5.
Digital Universe seeks to harden quality of
information on web, through Wiki-like
collaboration, Wash. Post, Jan. 19.
Blogging awards approach; taxonomy
of blogs grows in importance, Wash. Post,
GS1 US (formerly Uniform Code
Council) will hold its annual U Connect
Conference, June 6-8, in
Nashville, focusing on critical issues in
supply-chain management and technology. Release Jan. 16.
Red Hat Summit in
Nashville - May 06.
Outsourcing to India now includes more
top-management functions, Wash. Post, Jan.
Cybercrime rising at
institutions everywhere, but going largely
unreported, Physorg.org, Jan. 24.
Pornography said to be an
important driver of adoption of each new
digital-media format, NY Times, Jan. 21.
Author Nissanoff predicts online
auction culture will soon explode, changing
consumer culture, Wash. Post transcript
of online chat, Jan. 26.
Recommendation software can raise
sales, or hackles, NY Times, Jan. 22.
AJAX sets-off Web development
tools race, CNET, Jan. 26.
Convergence has media businesses
trying to figure out the sweet spot,
NY Times, Jan.
31) President Bush: State of the Union Address. 8
p.m. CT/9 p.m. Eastern.
* (Feb. 1) The Citizens Panel for a
Community Report Card
on Metro Schools issues a progress report and
record card grade for Metro Schools, 8
a.m., the Adventure Science Center.
2) NTC Tech Roundtable, program: Web 2.0,
presentation by Scotte Hudsmith, LBMC
Technologies, registration closing soon,
details here. 4 p.m. Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory.
* (Feb. 6) Gov. Bredesen "State of
the State Address," 6 p.m., may be carried by
(Feb. 6) NETNTech Council and ETSU sponsor
presentation by Bob Robinson, who served
on GTE-Bell Atlantic merger-approval team, in
transaction that led to formation of Verizon.
For infor, please contact Mitzi at
email@example.com or 423-439-7444. Meeting in Johnson
City ETSU Innovation Lab, 5 p.m.
(Feb. 9) Innovation Valley Nano Alliance
Monthly Meeting, 8 a.m., ETN Tech
Council, with Warren Oliver, MTS Nano
Instruments. There is no fee to attend. RSVP
to Technology 2020 at 865-220-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The
Innovation Valley Nano Alliance will meet on the
2nd Thursday of every month.
* (Feb. 10) Innovation and
Technology: Making Choices for Your
Community, Clarksville, Austin Peay
University. See INNOVATION section or visit
* (Feb. 15) Innovation and
Technology: Making Choices for Your
Community, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., UT Outreach
Center, 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge.
See INNOVATION above or visit
(Feb. 19) Engineers Week, national and state.
22) Nashville Capital Network educational
event on raising outside capital.
(Feb. 22-23) 4th National Medical Banking
Institute in Nashville. Details
(Feb. 23) Intro to Web technologies for user
assistance, Mid-TN chapter Soc. for
Technical Communications, here.
(March 1-2) Leadership Health Care
delegation to Washington, D.C. Details here.
2) NTC Tech Roundtable,
program: Content Management Systems, HCA
Auditorium, Chris Pair, HCA; Jim Parker,
Vanderbilt; Nicholas Holland, Centresource, others
TBA. Details here.
6-9) Major Software Engineering process
at Nashville, via Carnegie
Mellon Software Engineering
* (March 7)
TN Soc. of Professional Engineers Day on Capitol
Hill (Legislative), Details here.
15) 2nd Annual NTC Technology Innovation
Conference, IBM, Intel, EDS, Vanderbilt,
UTOPIA execs. BellSouth Auditorium. Details
Excellence Conference at MTSU, March 16,
2006. For info, write here.
(March 18) State MATHCOUNTS
Competition. TN Soc. of Professional
Wood Hall, Adventure Sci. Center.
(March 19-22) HDI Annual Conference in Nashville
for help-desk professionals,
* (April 3-4) "Security Risk
Assessment, Mitigation Seminar," by VU
Civil and Environmental Engineering and the
International Association of Professional Security
Consultants. For Security, IT security, Risk
managers, others. Details here
18) Leadership Music Digital Music
Summit, Belmont University. NTC
Members get discount
registration. Details TBA.
(April 27-28) PMI Nashville Spring Project
Management Symposium, with PDUs.
2) Tennessee Digital Government Summit.
(May 3-5) HIMSS
2nd Annual NHIT
Summit, HiMSS TN
(May 16) Tour - Comcast facility, Society of
Manufacturing Engineerings SME Nashville,
17) 6th Annual Technology! Nashville
conference. Hilton Suites Downtown.
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