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TNII, ConnecTEN, Metro broadband incentives, and
another voice against Net neutrality and
activities accelerate, Microsoft move into Health
IT commercialization, dozens of stories for the
nation's Healthcare IT
companies erupting in Nashville — as in today's
Rezoom.com announcement, plus leadership changes
and where the money's going and
Tim Choate's Renderosity.com is a sleeping giant
among Nashville's online communities, learn more
and goings, from Infoworks and Q-Track, to Alltech
and Smart Data, and More...
RESOURCES: The full list of VIPs who
now comprise the board of Tennessee Tomorrow, and
update on CITE and the IT workforce, and
Merger of TNII and ConnecTEN?
Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents
(TOSS) says it hasn't had an
official response from the Bredesen Administration
regarding TOSS' concerns that the state
may move to unify the Tennessee Information
Infrastructure (TNII) network (supported
primarily by BellSouth, Comcast and EDS) and the
dedicated ConnecTEN outsourced
network. TOSS fears integration of the
networks will lead to deterioriation of services
for most of Tennessee's 136 school districts,
through the ConnecTEN network currently provided
by Education Networks of merica. TOSS says its
board's June 2 resolution was sent to Bredesen
F&A Commissioner Dave Goetz, OIR chief Bill
Ezell, Education Commissioner Lana Seivers and
others, during the past seven weeks. State Rep. Mark Maddox (D-76) is among
legislators who have indicated that at this stage
they share TOSS' concerns. TOSS was
apparently prompted to declare its concerns as a
result of communications with TNII staff, after
reviewing recent state requests for industry
comment on related matters. TOSS may also have
been spurred to action by the findings and
preliminary recommendations of Gartner Inc.
Gartner's 2005 report for TNII was apparently
neither exhaustive nor conclusive. The TNII
contract was last bid in 1998, when a pre-bidders
conference attracted 36 companies.
The Metro Council
Telecommunications Innovation Task Force
tentatively agreed July 21 to recommend incentives
to induce BellSouth, Comcast and
other broadband incumbents to address
aggressively the need for higher-broadband speed
in Davidson County and better affordability and
availability of computers and broadband services
for lower-income households, NashvillePost.com, July
21. The task force will probably recommend
creation of a Metro chief technology officer
post. The task force plans to submit its
report to Metro Council in August. The group
meets, again, tomorrow morning at Metro
Center's Dr. David Charles argues against
"Net Neutrality," on grounds it's a
disincentive to development of broadband access
required for healthcare access via Telemedicine,
original article here, July 12. Republished
in The Tennessean, July 26. Charles is chair
of a national alliance of researchers.
Related: Dramatic advances in Telemedicine,
electronicdesign.com, June 29. Also: Net
Neutrality: 'a commercial issue with a
layer of emotionalizing', Wash. Post, June
earnings — driven by broadband and wireless,
advance by double digits for three
consecutive quarters, generating nearly $900M in
latest quarterly profits, release July 24. AT&T,
BellSouth earnings, NY Times, July 26. Tenn.
Regulatory Authority endorses AT&T-BellSouth
merger, Tennessean, July 11. Judge's inquiry
could slow merger, Wash. Post, July 26. BellSouth and
AT&T representatives defend proposed merger
before TRA, Tennessean, June 29. BellSouth to test
WI-MAX in lab trials, release June 27.
Tenvera (Franklin) and Crystal
Clear Technologies are among local
companies taking fiber to the home in
residential developments, Tennessean, July
Editorials: All of
Metro Schools students need Internet access at
home, Tennessean, June 25. Educators must be
alert to kids without Web access at home,
Tennessean, July 10.
Partners pushes alliance including Sparkplug,
which has a business wireless broadband
presence in TN, release July
Iris Networks (Tennessee)
is among VoIP core network providers
using MetaSwitch softswitch, release July 25.
County wins Delta Regional Authority grant for
wireless mesh network, with KROW Link
Wireless Mesh Network with Cisco. Fayette County
Review, July 20.
Power survey says Bright House Networks had most
satisfied local/LD voice customers in TN
and rest of Southeast, with emphasis on customer
service, billing, image; J.D. Power/McGraw-Hill release July 12. Bright House
release, July 12.
Commercial Finance supports NewWave
Communications, with operations in TN,
with $182M mezzanine financing for cable-system
buyouts, release July 24.
recently formed Information Technology and
Innovation Foundation, Washington, D.C.,
offers a paper on America's lagging adoption of
broadband telcommunications, here.
has only just begun, says entrepreneur who's
connecting New York City parks, NY Times,
July 14. Sluggish success
of Taipei's wireless network may be a cautionary
lesson for municipalities and another reminder,
"Content is King." NY Times, June 26.
See more broadband items
this issue in East/West and Resources,
Note: See item on broadband
for telemedicine, in Connections,
Bredesen-chartered eHealth Advisory Council meets
in August, the group will consider a business
model and a business-implementation plan,
according to eHealth Initiative Director Antoine
NashvillePost.com July 18 that
technology infrastructure and broadband services
are among the keys to successful RHIO
implementation. Agassi participated July 18 in the
State Level RHIO Consensus Forum. Related:
How RHIOs are being financed, GovHealthIT.com, June 26 and July 20. East Tenn.'s CareSpark
RHIO aims for patient information at point of
care, FCW.com, July 19.
Announced prior to today's MS
meeting with investment analysts:
Microsoft's purchase of Azyxxi
clinical-software suite signals company's
entry into development of Health IT, NY Times, July 27. Commercializing proven
IT product may be 'proof-point' for Microsoft,
Wash. Post, July 27. MS release, July 26.
Bredesen tells eHealth panel he wants results,
ideas that can be shared with other
states; Goetz asks for legislative and
budget needs, June 27, NashvillePost.com. Gov.
Bredesen addresses first meeting of eHealth
Advisory Council, AP via Times Free Press, June 27. AP via
Tennessean, June 27. WTVF NewsChannel5, June 26. CIGNA's Chattanooga
Healthcare Service Center gets kudos! for
operations, Chattanoogan.com, June 26.
hires VA's Perlin as SVP-CMO; exec reportedly has
reputation for innovation in patient
safety and technology, Tennessean, July 13. Related:
NashvillePost.com, July 12. HCA release, July 12.
taps Whorton as SVP-Sales, Nash. Bus.
Journal, June 27. Tennessean, June 29. NashvillePost.com, June 28.
Recently renamed Informatics
Corporation of America leverage
VU-developed StarChart and StarPanel technologies,
with Jacobson, Stead, Goad among advisors and
investors. Nash. Bus. Journal, July 14. Earlier, related:
Can Nashville become the nation's lab for
appoints Caplan EVP-product development and
marketing, Tennessean, July 18. Release, July 17.
signed into law the state's electronic organ-donor
registry, GovTech.net, July 24.
psychiatrist can treat inmates in Dickson County
Jail, via new videoconferencing system,
Tennessean, July 26.
Linda Rebrovick, Dell Americas VP
for healthcare IT sales, will address Women in
Technology of Tennessee, Aug. 29, 4:30
p.m., at Dell/Nashville campus. Details here.
Iasis Healthcare adopts MCN
Healthcare eDept Training Solution for
11,000 nurses and clinical staff, release July 25.
LBMC eHealth, Tenn. Hospital
Association and eTransX partner to develop Small
and Rural Toolbox for enterprise
intelligence for hospitals, release July 20. Related Tarver
profile, here. LBMC's Tarver cites
need for incentives for providers to acclerate
adoption of electronic medical records, Knox. Bus.
Brentwood's Prison Health
has reportedly signed a contract extension with
CompuMed for cardiac screening, remote
interpretational market. Release, July
Sen. Frist launches MedicalMatters.org in advance of
stem-cell debates, Wash. Post, July 23
(scroll down). Syndicated
version, p. 5A, Tennessean, July 24, not on
MedSolutions SHC Inc.
of Franklin, Tenn., was awarded up to $765K in
contract to provide an outpatient diagnostic
imaging prior authorization program.
Concord (NH) Monitor, June 25.
TennCare's Hickey departs to lead
Qualifacts, a Bredesen technology
company, as CEO. Nash. Bus. Journal, July 7. Tennessean, July 8. COO will handle
marketing and development. TN release, July 7.
Qualifacts relocating to SoBro neighborhood, Nash.
Bus. Journal, July 17; WPLN 90.3 NPR, July 18; City Paper, July
Systems' (HMS) Stephenson sees HMS growth
in clinical IT products, outsource IT and
other categories, cites EMR growth as benefiting
HMS, p. 35, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 23. HMS promotes Peschio to
director of revenue-cycle products, names clinical
and financial apps specialists, Tennessean, July 16. Newberry named
Healthcare Management Systems Inc. systems
engineer, Tennessean, July 23. HMS announces signing
Cornerstone Healthcare Group (Austin) for
financial systems for 14 facilities, Nash. Bus.
Journal, July 10. HMS offers
songstress Naomi Judd as key speaker during HMS'
Fall 2006 user conference, details
Wellmont Health System,
Kingsport, selects CliniComp perinatal
information system, release July
AllScripts says E.TN.
physicians in State of Franklin practice will use
their EHR product, release July 20.
Rx, Inc. was named Certified PBM Partner for the
HR Policy Association Prescription Drug
Initiative, release July 24.
MedEdge from Memphis' Managed
Healthcare Solutions is billed as the 'Expedia of
medical devices', for buyers and sellers,
Memphis Bus. Journal, July 21.
Health Systems (MedAssets), which maintains a key
office in Nashville, announced July 19 its Alliance
Decision Support software won top distinction from
KLAS enterprises. Fresenius Medical Care (parent
of Nashville's former Renal Care Group) recently
purchased Avega Health System's (MedAssets)
Alliance Decision Support system. Release July 11.
Birmingham region must
capitalize on recent sale of tech firm,
Birm. Bus. Journ., July 21. Birmingham's MedMined
Inc., a UA-B spinoff in data-mining technology, is
bought by Cardinal Health (Dublin, Ohio), Birm.
Business Journ., July
MedQuist, the transcription
and documentation company, cites Maury (Tenn.)
Regional Healthcare Sys. as Ovation
client, release June
Sumner Regional Medical
Center staff additions: Janet Jones joins
as director of clinical information services; she
was corporate director of medical records at
DaVita Healthcare, Brentwood. Tennessean, July 2.
systems says its lab info systems making
headway in TN, citing Dandridge Family Practice
Cntr., release BusinessWire July
of top revenue generators shows Pathfinder,
Spheris, others advancing, June 2006.
Editorial: Clarksville Leaf
Chronicle supports medial records
network, July 25.
Secretary Leavitt tells Southern Governors
that they should force adoption of Health IT
standards by refusing contracts to
companies that don't comply, AP via Knox. News, July 18. Leavitt announces
post-Katrina Louisiana Healthcare Redesign
Collaborative, with emphasis on interoperable
Health IT, release July
CMS announced July 21 that
WebMD's ViPS division and Capstone Government
Solutions (the Nashville partnership of
Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN and CIGNA) won a
$500K pilot contract to test transfer of Medicare
claims histories to personal health records,
Tennessean, July 22. Capstone release, July 24. Personal
Health Records are on their way and Capstone Govt.
Solutions (BCBSTN/CIGNA) is a beneficiary, Modern
Healthcare online, July 10. Related story, in
context of CMS pilots: iLink System's
Dobbs cautions against giving physicians 'free'
EMR systems that may not have adequate support,
Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 1, July
for Health Information Technology certifies 20
vendors, release July 18. Background presentation
(PDF), June 21. Related:
GovHealthIT, July 19. Government Computer
News, July 20.
Technologies, which offers a variety of
e-commerce, gaming and entertainment technologies,
has quietly grown to 25 FTEs in its
Nashville operations, announced June 28 it acquired
$2.25 million in further investment, and plans to
use the proceeds for such purposes as buying
Lebanon, Tenn.-based Tournament Games, Inc. —
while awaiting a possible reverse merger with CET
Services, Inc. (AMEX:ENV, with July 25 notes
indicating deficiencies re board listing).
The Las Vegas-oriented Zoitech's COO, Safa
Homayoon, lives in Nashville. The company
will soon move from its current Brentwood offices
to space in Cummins Station, according to chief
marketing officer Bayard Saunders, interviewed by
announced its new chairman is former Rivals.com principal Jerry
Cover, entrepreneur says more Rezoom.com
offerings will be announced in coming weeks, BW release July
Healthways gets a Jefferies
& Co. Buy recommendation and a rise in share
prices, AP via Yahoo, June 27. Healthways Inc.
is among firms shifting analysts from Excel to
other spreadsheets and services, like Adaptive
Planning's, to free-up Healthways' analysts' time,
Wall St. Journal, July 24.
David Wilds, managing partner of
Nashville's First Avenue Partners, has reportedly
resigned from the board of troubled Ipix
Corp., the video-surveillance firm that
continues losing money following PE raise. Knox.
News Sentinel, July 21.
changes leadership, technology and targets within
Terra Certa, seeking broader markets for
the former BBX Technologies, NashvillePost.com, July
Development Corp. commits $100K grant for
"Innovation Tennessee" initiative to spur
development of higher-paying jobs, R&D and
broadband infrastructure, among other benefits. NashvillePost.com, July 6. See
related story in Resources,
Battelle Ventures LP, with
links to Eastate's Innovation Valley
Partners, invests in Rajant (nonfixed
wireless), release July
subsidiary raised $6 million in two weeks for
biometrics technology, Comm. Appeal, July 12. Phillips says
Luminetx's VeinViewer as key image for Wired
magazine's NextFest next fall, Memphis Bus.
Journal, June 23.
Bibb IV creates portal for Franklin, Tenn.,
residents at Franklinis.com,
Tennessean, June 22.
Technology Inc., which bought Nashville's Integrated Biometric
Technology in 2005, continues to
roll-up security-technology companies. Viisage
named former FBI director Freeh to its board, July 24. The company's
Nashville IBT division also announced July 10 it won a
sole-source contract with state of Illinois to
provide technology to support database tracking of
commercial drivers who haul hazardous
Ingram Industries buys
Vital Source Technologies, Inc. of Raleigh, and
the company is now part of Ingram Digital Ventures
Group, Tennessean, July 18. City Paper, p. 9, not
on web, July 18. Ingram Micro wins
accolades as CRN's 'Distributor of Choice',
release July 24. Ingram
Micro's Nimax division will distribute IBM
industrial printers, release July 26.
Technologies acquires Westglenn Software Inc. of
Birmingham, NashvillePost.com, July 17. Nash. Bus.
Journal, July 17. Tennessean, July 18. City Paper, July
19, p. 9, not on web. LBMC receives
Microsoft Strategic Business Excellence award for
investing in its relationship with Microsoft,
release July 5 and Tennessean, July 16. See, also, LBMC news in
Healthcare section, this
Chattanooga launches new Capital Connection for
early-stage companies and
State grant supports
biotech business startups in East Tennessee
Innovation Lab, Tri-Cities Bus. Jrnl., July 24.
commercialization: Birmingham and Huntsville
are pressing hard to create funding for tech and
biotech ventures, Birmingham News, July 9. Technology Fund
Management Co. LLC (Bham) and Hudson-Alpha
Institute (Huntsville) attract additional
In Franklin, French
and Phillips launch Mt. Knox Availability
Services, release July
BioMimetic execs on road-show
circuit, wants analyst attention at the level of
that accorded Smith & Nephew, p. 3,
Nash. Bus. Journal, July 7.
student discipline- and intervention-tracking
software developed and copyrighted by Fairview
High (Williamson Co.) assistant
principal, Tennessean, July
Ozburn-Hessey Logistics makes
trio of acquisitions in Pennsylvania and
Georgia, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 7. OH release, July 6.
Pharos Capital Group LLC
(Dallas, Nashville) named Kovolkova VP in
Nashville office, NashvillePost.com, July
24. Release, July 17. Pharos invested
in VeriCenter Inc., a Houston IT company.
Simultaneously, Jim Phillips, a Pharos partner,
joined VeriCenter's board. Tennessean, July 18. Pharos added Matthew
Mariner and Ryan Shelton as financial analysts.
Release July 17. Related item, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Financial Services is prepared to use tax credits
to help finance projects in Tennessee and
Alabama, p. 3, Nash. Bus. Journal, June 30.
(from Draupnir) and Hayes (from UBS) are now VPs
with Gen Cap America Inc., Tennessean, July 16.
Companies Inc., parent of Harpeth Capital,
launches Harpeth Consulting, Nash. Bus.
Journal, June 23. Release June 27.
capital conference Oct. 10-11 reviews biotech
venture proposals during Musculoskeletal New
Ventures Conference at Memphis, Memphis
Bus. Journal, July 7. Memphis BioWorks and
MBVentures collaborate for the event. Related:
InMotion Musculoskeletal Institute receives
nonnprofit tax status, Comm. Appeal, July
Venture investments nationwide
at highest in four years, AP via Wash.
Post, July 25. NVCA release, July 25. Northern Va.
tech/venture community is abuzz with potential of
the future, Wash. Post, July 17.
draws animators from Joplin to
Nashville's Bondware Inc. says its
digital-art community now has 475,000 registered
users in 134 nations, with intense usage in the
U.S., Japan and Europe.
(at left), Bondware founder and CEO, as
well creator of six-year-old Renderosity, told
NONT recently, "we don't really have any
downtime," explaining that usage now follows the
Sun: As usage in the Americas tails-off each
day, usage in other regions of the globe
Renderosity's regular users total more
than 300,000, up from the 250,000 he estimated two
years ago. Choate said total registered users of
all Bondware-affiliated and customer e-commerce
sites have surpassed the 750,000 mark. He
revealed that one of Bondware's most recent
clients is the Washington, D.C.-based Consumer Driven Healthcare
Bondware is also developing an
e-mail marketing technology platform for
mailings driven by databases. Bondware's chief
Nashville-based rivals for such e-marketing
products and services include ColdFeetCreative's
Emma; Acuity Marketing Communications
Inc.'s AcuWeb suite; Acxiom Direct; and, Sitemason's
Infoworks, Inc., management and
IT consulting, adds five execs with experience
with Sprint PCS (Thene Sheehy), SAIC
(David Halitsky), Accenture (Celeste Hutton), plus
recent CS grads (Brett Kelley, Kristen Heggie),
release July 24. Infoworks CEO Jim Clayton
told NONT Tuesday the firm's FTE ranks
are about 36. He said there are a 11 shareholders
working for the firm, today, and one outside
investor, up from five total shareholders last
Software developer Insequence
Corp. is hiring 30 for supply-chain ops,
adding officed space in Smyrna, Tennessean, July 22. Release, July
Depot reportedly engages in practices that cast
doubt on faithfulness of product
descriptions sold via eBay. WSMV Channel 4, July 13.
Q-Track Corporation President Jerry
Gabig in Huntsville tells NONT his firm is
looking for partners and licensees in
Tennessee for electromagnetic ranging technology
with applications in hospitals, supply chain, etc.
Here's his video.
Data Strategies of Franklin named David Doyle,
former CIO for TN Dept of Transportation, as
SVP-CIO, July 20 in GISuser.com.
Profiled: Mark Montgomery,
CEO, echomusic, Nash. Bus.
Journal, p. 15, July 14, not on
Alltech Inc.'s Glenn Gentry says
his firm has been chosen to represent
OpenMFG, a provider of open source-based
enterprise software solutions (ERP) for small
manufacturers and distributors, in TN, Ala.,
Ky. Alltech is also home to local CIO Council convenor Pat
Dell Inc. Healthy Community
grant of $50K goes to Vanderbilt Children's
Hospital, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 6. Dell's 'Literate
Community' grants include Tennessean, release, July 19. Dell Inc. works
to restore its image for customer service, in the
wake of reports of 'exploding' laptops, NY Times,
July 10. Dell Inc.
launches IT service plan using Google Earth, AP
via Wash. Post, June 28. Dell expands global
recycling efforts, release June 28. Dell announces
Platinum-level customer support for storage
systems and servers, release June 28.
fills newly created e-commerce position for
Tractor Supply, NashvillePost.com, June 26. Nash. Bus. Journal, June 26. Tennessean, June 28.
named VP-Interactive Media for MindReactor (Gish
Sherwood div.), Tennessean, July 23. MindReactor (div. Gish,
Sherwood and Friends) says former HCA Internet
apps specialist has joined as Web
designer/developer, and Derek Hollis is a junior
web designer, Tennessean, July 2.
promoted to VP-client advocacy for The Rehab Documentation
Co., Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 19, July 14,
not on web.
Media Inc. has created an iTunes podcast
directory for local auto dealer, City
Paper, p.11, July 17.
Kurts leads installation and maintenance for Avaya
in TN and northern MS, Tennessean, July 16.
Larson joined Dalco as senior technology
consultant, Tennessean, July 16.
Hall says university saves at least $75K per year
in bandwidth costs by reducing illegal
downloads on campus network, Wall St. Journal, July 7. (No mention of potential
legal costs avoided.)
Edward "Eddie" Pearson has joined HealthStream
Inc. as senior vice president. He assumes
responsibility for the development and growth of
the company's research products group. Pearson has
more than 22 years of experience, most recently as
president and CEO of DigiScript. Tennessean, July 2. Earlier coverage
of Pearson move to HealthStream, here.
Public Television CEO Curley comments on role of
digital TV in station's future,
Tennessean, July 9. Curley indicates that
using digital-television capacity for "public
safety and security purposes," City Paper, July 3.
Business Journal's new publisher announces opening
access to most print content via web for
NBJ subscribers, reduces content availability for
nonsubscribers, p. 4., Nash. Bus. Journal, July 21. Bloggist Hobbs
Leifeld tells Downtown Rotary that "expansion of
the newspaper's online capabilities" is
part of her plan, Tennessean, June
Narrowcasting via Podcasts
is important new media outlet for entertainers
in Nashville, Tennessean, July 8.
Publications, Inc., of Nashville announced online
sales of its eBooks for educators and
school administrators. Incentive previously sold
only through resellers. June 28 ebooks
Jeremy Peach joined Axis
Accounting Systems LLC as software
architect, release July 18.
Spivey has been named vice president of European
operations at GEIBM Inc., a Tampa,
Fla.-based electronic data transfer company.
Spivey will be based in Nashville. Tennessean, July 2.
Hill's iTouch/iView enterprises are automating
homes at more affordable prices,
Profile: Laurie Cook,
president/CEO, Accord Scientific LLC,
recruiter for clinical-research and life-sciences
talent for biotech firms, p. 15, Nash. Bus.
Journal, July 21, not on web.
Karla Alvarado has joined
Franklin-based Carnes Group LLC as a
consultant. She specializes in
infrastructure, networking and training in
Microsoft environments. Tennessean, July 2.
is director of computer services at Nashville
State Community College, here.
and XML for beginners, release July 20.
Duthie, founder/chairman of Duthie Associates, is
among new members of Juvenile Diabetes
Res. Found., Tennessean, July 23.
Vaden & Associates named Jinkins to customer
support, was with MDX Medical Practice
Software and for Health Network. Tennessean, July
Hagen, CEO of Curatorial
Management System, named to national appraisers
group, Tennessean, June 24.
security tech: Franklin's Universal Safety
Response Inc. (USRGrab.com) is building
business by adding over-speed detection to barrier
products, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 7, July 21.
Inc. adquired Germany's NovaSoft AG, release July
Butera of ITS
Techs (Hendersonville) discusses computing and
mobility, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 13, July 14.
others extoll economic impact of Gateway Inc.
computer siting for Davidson and
Rutherford counties; questions remain unanswered
about relationship between Gateway and colocated
Quanta Computer Inc., Tennessean, June 22.
Memphis, Accuship supply-chain CEO Rau sees global
opportunity, Memphis Bus. Journal, June 23.
entrepreneur Compton went from Sofamor, to Snappy
Greetings to Vontoo, where he's into
customized permission-based commercial voicemail
messages, Memphis Bus. Journal, June 23.
Trust Bank for Savings adopts Metavante Banking
Solutions, Memphis Bus. Journal, July 13.
adds former White House staffer and GTx executive
to its board, Knox. News Sentinel, June
Chamber retains Howard Baker and firm to
help with economic development, Chattanoogan.com,
expands its Applications Laboratory for testing
cleaning processes, chemicals in controllable
environment, EMS Now, June
Knoxville cultural alliance begins online
sales of events tickets at lower prices
via KnoxTix.com, Knox. News Sentinel, July
Tennessee Farmers Mutual
Insurance Company selected Princeton
Softech Optim for management of
enterprise application data, release July 24.
Dollywood installing Virtual
Queuing system from Lo-Q (England) to
that enables park visitors to reserve place in
line at attractions while doing other things,
release July 19 via LifeStyle
First Tennessee Bank increases security to deter
phishing fraud. Chattanoogan.com, June 28. Comm. Appeal, July 25. First Tennessee
banking on new digital ATM that takes cash and
checks without envelopes, Memphis Bus. Journal, July 7.
deposit capture technology for businesses is
lifting both First Horizon and Software
Earnings in Memphis, Comm. Appeal, July 1.
names Bomhoff leader of its Oak Ridge
manufacturing site, Reliable Plant, July
Cleveland, Tenn.'s Lee
University has chosen Datatel Colleague
ERP solution, release July
Kingsport's Eastman Credit
Union selects Open Solutions technology
platform for numerous functions, release July
Knoxville's FileKeeper Inc.
appoints Lee Martin to board, July 11.
Packrat Automatic Data Protection offers backup to
smaller customers, Comm. Appeal, July 19.
Daniel Dixon has
been promoted to manager of process innovation at
Consolidated Products Inc., which
provides bar coding, radio frequency
identification and related services. Knox. Bus.
Technology Group USA appointed Dennis Lange to
lead system engineering. Lange was with
Pomeroy Computer.. Knox. Bus. Journal, July 17.
Heritage Planetarium (Blount
Co.) goes all-digital, Knox. News
Sentinel, July 26.
News Sentinel makes executive changes, in part to
accelerate multimedia adaptation, Knox.
News Sentinel, July
Multimedia rights contract
with Host Communications (Lexington), including
online ad component, brings UT Athletics
$83 million over 10 years, plus revenue sharing,
Knox. News Sentinel, July
is buying Sweetwater wireless-security,
which says it has TN customers, release July
Commission looks at energy technologies,
energy supply chain to foster energy economy in
the region, Knox. News Sentinel, June 28.
exposes personal information of 36,000 persons
associated with University of Tenn.,
Knox. News Sentinel, July 7.
schools adopting podcasts to communicate with
parents, Comm. Appeal, July 4.
Oak Ridge NL scientist's NeighborhoodScout.com
venture names former MapQuest.com CEO to
its advisory board, release June
The 1st NONT
Irregular Award for public information in
E-Procurement goes to whomever within
Metro Government thought to add new links for new RFPs, RFPs
in Review and recent RFPs
Technology Development --
The State's Economic Growth Board is due to
reconvene Sept. 11, 2 p.m., 11th Floor,
Economic and Community Development. ECD Technology
Director Eric Cromwell might join the group, as
announced during the board's previous meeting, to
discuss Innovation Tennessee. Cromwell,
whose appointment to lead the new Innovation
Tennessee initiative has never been confirmed, is
also scheduled to discuss related topics during
the Sept. 27-28 annual meeting of the Tennessee Biotechnology
US Rep. Jim Cooper
(5-D) faces challenge from candidate who is a
Toshiba software programmer, Tennessean,
Elections: Blue and Nevill, both execs with
tech-centric companies, are stepping
aside after years' service on Metro Board of
Public Education, Tennessean, July 16.
Law's Blumstein files complaint against posting
suspected prostitution customers' photos on Metro Police website, triggering Metro review of
1974 order and spurring open-records advocates'
concern, Tennessean, July 18.
Tourism-promotion campaign includes substantial
Internet advertising, Tennessean, July 26.
of Homeland Security fails after one year to find
Cybersecurity candidate with strengths in
both telecom and information technologies, Wash.
Post, July 13. Fears of shifting
emphasis from physical security and perhaps
political screening may have contributed to
Judge refuses to dismiss
class-action suit against AT&T for security
surveillance, Wash. Post, July 21. USA Today takes
back some of its NSA phone-data reports, which
BellSouth had denied, Wash. Post, July 1. USA Today
acknowledges confusion and uncertainty in its
reporting of allegations that BellSouth and
Verizon contracted with National Security Agency
to provide call records, USA Today, June 30.
Decision July 26: Patient
Tracking and Billing Management Info. System
(PTBMIS) decision is due out after RFP
NO BIDDERS was the
apparent result in response to RFP 335.02-709 for systems to
support examinations of insurance companies
and HMOs by the State of Tenn. The RFP
coordinator said next steps are
Metro Nashville seeks
bids on Coding Accuracy Support Software,
due Aug. 1, here.
Center and Fulfillment Services for Tourist
Development agency, RFP 326.01-701. Proposal
deadline Aug. 1.
State OIR (for
Dept. of Safety) seeks proposals for Integrated
Point of Sale and Inventory System, RFP 317.03.141.
Software (and support), peripheral hardware,
training and support for TN Dept. of Safety
(Websphere 6.0 J2EE compliance environment).
Deadline Aug. 24. System may be later extended to
other state agencies.
Oak Ridge NL
information-services contract award still hung-up
in Washington review circles, Knox. News
Sentinel, June 23.
ROUNDUP: Rutherford County
introduces electronic voting machines, Daily News
Journal, July 9. Hamilton County using
most sophisticated voting machines,
Chattanoogan.com, July 8. Sumner County using new
voting machines, Tennessean, July 24. Knox County using
eSlate this week for electronic voting, Knox. News
Sentinel, July 15 and July 14. Shelby County
introduces Diebold voting technology, in an
election with a very long ballot - slowdown
predicted, Comm. Appeal, July 14. Williamson County's
early voting hits bumps due to new voting
equipment, Tennessean, July 15 and July 14. Ivotronic touch-screen
election system being introduced in Williamson
County, Tennessean, June 30. Touchscreen
voting with no paper trail leaves some Hamilton
County voters anxious, Times Free Press, July 12. Ivotronic
touch-screen election system being introduced in
Williamson County, Tennessean, June 30. Commentary: 'No trade
secrets if electronic voting to succeed',
ComputerWorld, New Zealand, ETSU prof, July 18.
County leads 8-county group to develop online e4TN
curricula to meet No Child mandates,
Times Free Press, June
Tennessee educators will be
able to take PRAXIS certification tests
online, Tennessean, June 25.
automated electric-meter reading system may cost
$150 million, Comm. Appeal, June
Chattanooga mayor seeks
more funding for 3-1-1 service, Times
Free Press, June 24.
County Purchasing Division is using podcasts to
promote supplier diversity, Knox. News
Sentinel, July 19.
County schools tech director Semore would like
multimedia platform everywhere, adequate
training for teachers; plans tech upgrade in
coming year, Tennessean, July 12.
Research, Commercialization and
UT School of
Information Sciences establishes advisory board,
OakRidger, July 5. The SIS hopes to leap from 16th
to Top 10 in library and info-sci ranking, OakRidger, July
Tech2020's Rogers commends
Rep.Wamp for help in getting House support for new
E. TN. nanoscience commercialization
facility, OakRidger, June
effort by State of TN, UT, ORNL pays-off in
landing Jeremy Smith for UT-ORNL Joint
Institute for Biological Sciences, Knox. News
Sentinel, June 23.
Camilla Benbow, dean of Peabody College at
Vanderbilt, nominated by Pres. Bush to six-year
term on National Science Board.
Townsend, as president of
Oak Ridge Associated Universities and director of
the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and
Education, sees growing importance of
science-math-engineering role of organizations,
Knox. Bus. Journal, July
names Riedinger interim vice chancellor for
Research, OakRidger, June 27.
appointed first director of UT-ORNL Institute for
Biological Sciences, Knox. News Sentinel,
at Vanderbilt adds Kurtulus to teach operations,
supply-chain, Tennessean, 5E, July 9.
honors three Oak Ridge NL scientists who hold
dozens of patents among them, Knox. News
Sentinel, July 11.
Ridge NL scientists win half-dozen research and
development awards, Knox. News Sentinel,
July 6. ORNL release, July 5. ORNL security practices
coverage, July 12 here and here.
increases promotion of computer-science classes,
using National Science Foundation grant,
Memphis Bus. Journal, July
Chattanooga State Comm.
Coll. and TransMarkets Technologies LLC
have partnered to provide college-credit
courses for truck drivers via InCab University
online services, release July
Vancouver's Eloquent Systems
Inc. gives much credit to University of
Tennessee and Humanities Tennessee in
telling of development of its VisualSearch
geospatial search tools, release July
IBM supports Brian College
(Dayton, Tenn.) with software, instructional
support, Times Free Press, July 8. Goal of program is
to prepare more people for IT jobs, as demand
UT Chatta. EE students build
and maintain electronic gaming machine,
Times Free Press, July
National Endowment for the
Humanities provides grant for cataloging TV news
special coverage, including programs from
Watergate and 9/11 aftermath, City Paper, June 26,
p. 8, not on web. VU release June
Shelby Scholars Summer
Institute takes kids deeper into science, ecology,
space and more, Comm. Appeal, June
Cumberland University will
start math, science, technology degree
academy, p. 4, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Volunteer State Community
College increases online course offerings 10
percent for 07 schoolyear, Tennessean, June
Technology cited as factor
driving high-school reform through state's High
School Redesign Project, Tennessean, July
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TECHNOLOGY
and workforce-oriented Tennessee
Tomorrow Inc. picks Joe Barker, formerly
an ECD assistant commissioner, to lead in the
footsteps of George Yowell, NashvillePost.com, June 29;
Tennessean, June 30. The
heretofore unpublicized board of
SECTOR: Chairman: Gov. Phil
Bredesen. Also: ECD Commis. Matt Kisber; TVA
SVP-Econ. Dev. John Bradley; F&A Commis. Dave
Goetz; TBR Chancellor Charles Manning; Labor &
Workforce Commis. James Neeley; TDOT/Safety
Commis. Gerald Nicely; UT President John Peterson;
THEC Exec. Dir. Dr. Rich Rhoda; Educ. Commis. Lana
Seivers; Spallation Neutron Source Comm.-Outreach
Director Billy Stair. PRIVATE
SECTOR: Co-Chair: Marty Dickens,
Pres., BellSouth of Tenn.; Sam W. Bartholomew Jr.,
Partner, Stokes & Bartholomew; Gregory
Duckett, SVP/Counsel, Baptist Memorial HCC; Vicky
Gregg, Pres.-CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of TN; Herb
Hilliard, EVP, First Horizon Corp.; Julius
Johnson, CAO, TN Farm Bur.; Christine Karbowiak,
VP, Bridgestone/Americas Holding, Inc.; Tinker
Kelly, Pres., VEBA; Mike Kopp, Partner, MMA
Creative; Wayne McCreight, CEO, Hamilton Ryker;
Stuart McWhorter, Co-Founder, Clayton Associates;
Aubrey Preston; Bryon Smith, CMO, Asurion Inc.;
Kyle Spurgeon, Pres., TN. Industrial Dev. Council;
Steve Taylor, VP, FedEx; Dennis Vonderfecht,
Mountain States Health Alliance; John Williams,
Pres/CEO, Jackson Energy Authority; Katie
Winchester, Chair-Pres., First Citizens Bank;
Tracy Woodard, Sr. Mgr., Nissan North America,
Nashville Technology Council's
Jeff Costantine says IT staffing demand is
probably higher than reported openings,
p. 6, Nash.Bus. Journal, July 7, not on
capital ranks 21 of 53 cities in Nash. Bus.
Journal study, p. 6, Nash. Bus. Journal,
June 23, not on
Urbancore initiative in
Chattanooga develops young IT talent, Times Free Press,July
GeeksForRelief, a consortium of
independent online data backup service
providers, has been formed to provide
free backup services to businesses and households
in hurricane-prone areas.
Computer-systems analysts could be
among those reclassified as supervisors,
say critics of NLRB, City Paper, July
Nashville ranks only 40th in
iJacking risk (identity theft), release July 11.
IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
special-interest group formed in
Nashville, p. 8, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 21. NONT's earlier ITIL
coverage, June 22, here.
Workforce Improvement: The Center for
Information Technology Education (CITE)
at Nashville State Community College was created
in 2002 to improve the region's IT workforce, by
working with IT employers, postsecondary
institutions and K-12 educators. A total of
approximately $2.2 million in National Science
Foundation and related funding formally ends Aug.
31, 2006. In recent discussions, CITE
Director David McNeel said CITE has received
additional commitments for a total of nearly
$100,000 in funds from EDS Foundation and Ford
Motor Fund, and has partnered with other
institutions to win a shared grant, in order to
continue its work for another year or two.
McNeel says that additional grants for longer-term
sustainable funding are being pursued. However, he
explains that NSF and other grantors are moving
away from funding broader "umbrella" programs, and
CITE's current operations are now "more focused"
and more "project-oriented." CITE's return
to a more aggressive programming posture depends,
McNeel says, on getting more local support for
sharply defined projects. Meanwhile, Nashville
State Community College, CITE's host, is also
underwriting a portion of CITE salaries. Under the
circumstances, said McNeel, "I think the real
challenge is not going to be 'keeping the lights
on', but doing something that has real impact."
* (Aug. 15) Inaugural Network
Managers Roundtable, Nashville Technology Council,
* (Aug. 16)
Chatta. Tech. Council program on Da Vinci surgical
robot, 11:30 a.m., details here.
23-24) "The Next Industrial Revolution:
Nanotechnology & Manufacturing," Pollard
Center, Oak Ridge. Society of
Manufacturing Engineers, Oak Ridge National
Laboratory, East Tennessee Economic Council,
Technology 2020, Y-12 National Security Complex,
Knoxville/Oak Ridge Innovation Valley and UT. For
* (Aug. 29)
WiTTN program, 4:30 p.m., speaker: Linda
Rebrovick, Sales VP Healthcare, Dell
NTC Tech Roundtable:
Sarbanes-Oxley, Legal / Regulatory
(Sept. 11) Tennessee Board for Economic
Growth, 2 p.m. meeting at TN Dept. of
Economic and Community Development.
(Sept. 11-12) Gov. Bredesen's
annual Economic Development
(Sept. 13-14) eHealth initiative Privacy and Confidentiality
(Sept. 14) Richard
M. Russell, Assoc. Dir. for Technology in
OS&TP, The White House, is keynote for 2nd Navigator Awards.
(Sept. 28-29) Tenn. Biotechnology Assn.
annual meeting meeting.
* (Oct. 4) NTC-ISSA InfoSec
Information Security Conference. Details
(Oct. 13) Software developers and other converge
for DevLink 2006 at Lipscomb University, details here.
2) NTC Tech Roundtable: Business
Intelligence / Data Warehousing
(Nov. 2-3) Business and Technology Expo and
business matchmaking scheduled in Knoxville,
sponsored by Chamber and Greater Knox. Business
(Nov. 15) 1st Annual NTC Technology Leadership
Awards dinner, Downtown Hilton Nashville, Keynote
Speaker: Nissan USA VP/CIO Robert Greenberg.
(Dec. TBA) NTC Holiday party, details to be
* (January 2006) NTC Tech
Roundtable, presentation by Sitening on Search
Engine Optimization. Details to be
Damien Creavin became
chairman of the board of directors of
Nashville Technology Council (NTC), July 1,
2006. He is senior vice president and CIO
with Emdeon Business Services (formerly
WebMD). Prior to joining Emdeon in June
2004, Creavin was SVP/CIO at Primedia. Earlier,
1995-2000, he was director-advanced technology
and general manager of Time Inc.'s Internet
technology group. Ireland-born Creavin earned
his MBA at New York University's Leonard N.
Stern School of Business, and earned a degree in
mathematics and engineering science at Trinity
College, Dublin. ♦
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