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Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006 (No. 76)
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Nashville Technology Council
"Security in Real Time," with Keynote Speakers Gov. Phil Bredesen and the Hon. Howard H. Baker Jr., former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to Japan, details here.


   InfoSec 2006 is up next, and other events are right here...

CONNECTIONS:   BellSouth merger debate, State and Metro broadband, plus Comcast, Tenvera, Airnet, and More...

HEALTHCARE:    TN Biotech, rural health comms, HCA, VUMC, Passport, Carespark, e-Health, Healstream, digiChart, Bearingpoint, Qualifacts (again) and More...

VENTURES:    Avondale, Galen, VC and Angel forums, Nashville Capital Network, Ingram Micro, First Data, dispute, Investment Scorecard, Passalong, Goldleaf, Central Parking and

CIO:  Spheris Inc.'s Joseph M. Degati is the CIO of the hour, here. 

PARTNERS:  Comdata, Digital Reasoning, Axis Accounting, Acxiom, Secure Status, Merasys, EFC, HMS, LBMC, Crowe Chizek, Dell Inc., O'Charley's Emma and More...

SPOTLIGHT:  Nashville-based Bank of New York's VP/GM Donald Enfinger, right here. 

EAST WEST:   Innovation Valley, Angieslist, ORNL, Chattanooga Biotech, Memphis workforce, new leaders at Chatta. Transportation institute ...and 

GOVERNMENT:    Update on U.S. vs Al Ganier, Bredesen supports Metro database, probs in Metro IT contracting, Supreme Court database, update on high-tech economic initiatives in Tennessee, a contracting coin toss and

INNOVATIONS:   Idea incubators, education, research and development, a leading education software leader return to Vanderbilt's Peabody College...and More...

  Charlie Martin donates, Al Gore initiates in Nashville, the IT talent debate, technology for the disabled, and more, all...right here.


State Broadband Task Force meets September 28, 10 a.m. til Noon, Room 12, Legislative Plaza. Earlier story on industry reluctance to provide data, April 20.

FCC Chairman Martin circulating argument for approval of BellSouth - AT&T merger, p. 1E, AP via Tennessean, Sept. 23. BellSouth agreed to stop collecting controversial regulatory fee from DSL Internet customers, AP via Wash. Post, Aug. 26. FCC vote on merger could come as early as Oct. 12. Consumer groups are voicing complaints (e.g., here and here), Cox News Svc. via Tennessean, p. 2E, Sept. 26, not on web.  Related, Wall St. Journal, Sept. 23MarketWatch, Sept. 22.

Center for Public Integrity sues FCC for failure to disclose data related to deployment of high-speed broadband Internet services, despite FoI request, wire report via Tennessean, 2E, Sept. 26, not on web. Release, Sept. 25.

Equinox IS sells ShowCDR usage-reporting product to Sierra Tel in California, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 19.

American Fiber announced expansion of fiber network in Nashville
, Aug. 28 release. Completes acquisition of USCarrier Telecom, Sept. 13.

Metro broadband:  Nashville's Telecommunications Innovation Task Force submitted to Metro Council staff
its report on how best to approach improvement of local broadband infrastructure and services, essentially hewing to relying on the private sector to deliver, in keeping with a draft reported in July.  No word yet on when or whether the report might be officially addressed by Vice Mayor Howard Gentry, who chartered the task force, or by Metro Council or Mayor Purcell.  Metro broadband report, City Paper, Sept. 1. Tennessean, Sept. 2., July 21.  After-action:  ISDN-Net Inc. Co-Founder Ken Russell laments lack of more time and resources in formulating plan to address Nashville's "desperately urgent" broadband deficiencies, p. 47, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 8, not on web. Russell was a member of the Metro Council-sponsored Telecommunications Innovation Task Force, the charter for which ended Aug. 31. Task Force Chair Darrell Freeman has called for Nashville Technology Council to take a role in advancing the broadband agenda, but no one has provided a scenario for such an effort.  Editorial urges further exploration of public-private strategies for expanding Nashville's broadband resources, Tennessean, Sept. 10.

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) next wave of "media-ownership" hearings begins Oct. 3, here.
  FCC's first auction of Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) spectrum licenses ended September 18, 2006.  A total of 1,122 licenses were offered in the auction, and 104 bidder won 1,087 licenses.  Release, Sept. 18.  Bidding in latest round of wireless-spectrum auctioning may end with few new entrants, as bidding surpasses $13 Billion, NY Times, Aug. 28.

Tenvera lands deal for System5 residential broadband in Franklin development
, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 3, Sept. 1.  Company has attracted Clayton Associates investment.

Rowland, the CEO of Lafayette-based rural telco for north central Tennessee, says the Universal Service Fund is threatened, and must be maintained to ensure equitable access to affordable telephone service among elderly, rural and other high-cost, low-income groups, op-ed, Tennessean, Sept. 8.

Knox County board wants more funding from cellular providers for E-911,
Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 30.

Comcast enters local internet phone market
, Tennessean, Aug. 28.  Comcast will deliver Williamson County's first dedicated government-access cable channel for City of Brentwood, Tennessean, Sept. 3. Comcast, CBS VOD will now be free, Wash. Post, Sept. 15. Comcast takes more space at Two Rivers, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 25.

TN Wireless Assn. and Verizon legal counsel speak in opposition to Williamson County restricting number
and location of cellular towers, Tennessean, Sept. 3.

Cell phones with GPS-features let Nashville parents tracks kids' whereabouts
, Tennessean, Aug. 31.

Knoxville-based Scripps Networks is teaming with to offer Unbox digital video downloads, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 12. moving in step with Apple on dowloads, Wash. Post, Sept. 13.

In Chattanooga, Airnet's Campbell extolls city's advantages for fiberoptic communications and role as Internet hub
, thanks to railway infrastructure,, Aug. 23.

Silicon Valley to receive 'vast' wireless network for multi-city area, with IBM and Cisco playing big roles
, NY Times, Sept. 6.

Broadband overtakes dialup, perhaps driven by bundling of services
, InformationWeek, Sept. 20.


Tennessee Biotechnology Assn. annual meeting is later this week (Sept. 28-29), details here. A VC panel, review of Biotech in Tennessee are among highlights.  Nashville biotech plays forced to look beyond Nashville for VC; Pathfinder Therapeutics cited as a company finding it tough slogging to raise a middling $7 million. p. 45A supp., Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 22.

Rural health care funding programs that could help improve providers' access to advanced telecom and info services will be the subject of a Federal Communications Commission hearing, this morning in Washington, DC. Related document, here.

Management shakeup at Bredesen-controlled Qualifacts; Klements now president,, Sept. 12.  Release, Sept. 13. Qualifacts recognized for community development for the company's recent move to SoBro downtown, from farther out. Tennessean, Sept. 25.

HCA SVP for Quality Jonathan B. Perlin, who joined HCA in July, was on Sept. 19 named a commissioner
of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT). Story on Perlin joining HCA,, July 12.

Vanderbilt Medical Center's 5-year strategic plan relies heavily on biomedical informatics
to achieve leadership internationally, according to Keckley, head of Vanderbilt Center for Evidence-based Medicine. p. 34, BusinessTN, Sept. 06, not on web.

"Most Wired" list of healthcare systems effectively employing information technology now includes Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Sept. 06.

TN. Dept. of Health rolls-out Hospital Resource Tracking System
, State release Sept. 12.

Telemedicine:  VU Ophthalmic Imaging Center using e-mailed images, produced via digital-imaging camera, to serve patients in less-developed nations, Tennessean, Sept. 13.

Accord Scientific's Crook discusses the Biotech executive-recruitment industry in Nashville
, City Paper, Sept. 25.

Passport Health Communications adds Loop to board of directors,
release Sept. 11.  Tennessean, Sept. 12. Names Rinck to head client reimbursement services, Tennessean, Sept. 10.

Reeves, 22 veteran of VU Medical Information Services, garners eHealth Information Management Triumph Award from AHIMA, Tennessean, Sept. 10.

Brailer's interim successor is VA informatics officers Kolodne
r,, Sept. 20.

McQuigg announces VerusMed, medical information provider, names Jack Angel to its board of directors
, release Aug. 24.  Mattioli joins VerusMed as vp-sales, from HealthLeaders Inc., Tennessean, Sept. 24.

Polley to HealthStream board of directors, release Sept. 12., Sept. 12. Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 12.  Healthstream signs Cedars Sinai Medical Center in So. Calif., release Aug. 29. Nash.Bus. Journal, Aug. 29. Tennessean, 3E, Aug. 30.

Rick Oliver says healthcare providers and institutions should get 'socially networked' to serve the "MyGeneration," which is accustomed to customized online services, Nash. Medical News, Sept. 06.

Transparency:  HHS Scty. Michael Leavitt met with VUMC officials Sept. 14 to discuss creating a database to enable consumers to learn of hospitals' and physicians' success rates in providing services, City Paper, Sept. 15.  Related:  HHS and transparency, here.

RHIO announces ActiveHealth joins ranks
, release Sept. 15.

Henry County Medical Center adopts McKesson Paragon community hospital information system for EHR
s. Release Sept. 14.

Blue Cross, Caremark continue pressing iScribe e-health initiative,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 12.

Health IT adoption gap and costly admin drag down health system performance
, GovHealthIT, Sept. 21.

Bares of Memphis' BioWorks Foundation wants to see more science-based businesses,
particularly building on city's orthopedic medical-device industry that blooming there, Comm. Appeal, Sept. 24.

National Alliance for Health Information Technology named Spellman vice president of strategic initiatives and member relations. Release NAHIT, Sept. 19.

Update on SharedHealth's efforts to push EMRs in Tennessee and beyond the state
, p. 41A supp., Sept. 22, Nash. Bus. Journal, not on web.  "Health Care 100" movers and shakers are presented in a supplement to Nashville Business Journal, with trend reports on healthcare transparency, e-Health and other topics, Sept. 22. Not on web.

digiChart, Inc., a national provider of OB-GYN-specific technology solutions, announces digiChart Practice, an integrated, Web-based Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Practice Management System (PMS). Release, Sept. 6.

Healthcare Management Systems
software to Val Verde RMS
, Del Rio, Texas. Tennessean, 3E, Aug. 30.

E. TN's Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics adopted Medical Present Value Inc.'s MPV Phynance
contracts and audit-reimbursement technology and services.

Tennessean editorial supports Bush push for more "health transparency,"
editorial, Tennessean, Sept. 9.

BearingPoint wins $13M contract to assist HHS Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
, Wash. Post, Aug. 28.

Covenant Health leads E. TN hospitals in posting healthcare quality data online
, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 19.

NetAlliant Technologies (Medical Technology Sales) offers Chattanooga-area providers tools for transforming
to digital records, from paper, Times Free Press, Aug. 26.

Erlanger, Memorial and Parkridge hospitals in Chattanooga adopt new technology to track available beds
during disaster response, Times Free Press, Sept. 19.  Erlanger signs with Kodak Health for PACS system and IS management, release Sept. 20.

Federal rules change facilitate providers giving technology to physicians as incentive to adopt EMRs,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 25.

As remote patient monitoring expands, telemedicine experts mull what must be monitored and by whom
, given that insurers often don't pay for suchvigilance, NY Times, Sept. 9.


Nashville's Pathfinder Therapeutics and the Discovery Channel are among 16 presenters during the Tennessee Valley Venture Forum in Knoxville, convening tomorrow.

Vanderbilt University has adopted direct-to-cell-phone text messaging services from Dobie Media LLC , the Nashville firm founded by Bruce Dobie, the long-time Nashville Scene editor who stepped away from the alternative weekly nearly two years ago. , Sept. 9.

Nashville Capital Network panel discussion on "Organizing Your Company," Tuesday, Oct. 3, 5:30-7 p.m.  Panel: Page Davidson, Bass Berry & Sims; Alston Hamilton, Miller & Martin; Rob Smith, Petra Capital Partners; Steve Simpson, president/CEO, Spheris Inc.; Joe Hutts, former CEO of Surgis; Michael Devlin, co-founder and managing partner, Pharos Capital Group; Moderator, Tim Petrikin, president/CEO, e+healthcare. Averbuch Auditorium, Owen GSM, Vanderbilt. No charge, no advance registration required. For further information, visit here or phone (615) 322-9016.

Companies that want to present Jan. 31-Feb. 1 during first Southeast Venture Conference must submit applicaitons by Oct. 15, details here.

Angel investor and LinkedIn CEO Hoffman discuss high-tech angel investing,, Sept. 19.

Cumberland Emerging Technologies expands Nashville biotech incubator, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 20.

Customers of Ipix Corp., now in bankruptcy, hope that someone buys the Oak Ridge-developed software to enable 360-degree views on web and other applications, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 18.

Dialogic Communications Corp. sells to PlantPMC, after holding out for sale to a public company,, Sept. 12; Tennessean, Sept. 13

Adrenaline Nation Entertainment relocates from Clearwater to Nashville, leases from Film House on Dominican Dr., p. 5, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 15. Release, Sept. 7. Tennessean, Sept. 13.

Gateway, Inc. deflects Hui offer for retail unit, statement Sept. 1. Related, article on Harbert/Firebrand approach to Gateway on 'sharedholder value', here.

Franklin-based chief Clarke says Goldstein inflated value of firm he sold to, Goldstein denies it through his lawyer, Tennessean, Sept. 13.

Six-month-old Fident LLC consulting group (3200 West End) is touting its new website, here. The FTE complement is the three original founders: April Aden, Joey Dunagan and Larry Powell. The three were previously with North Highland.

Viisage, Identix merger could expand IBT employment in Nashville
, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 30.

Jim Marks rolls-out OneApp Agency insurance software product
, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 30.

Profile:  Art Rebrovick and NMG Advisors, p. 17, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 8.

Printronix and Ingram Micro in distribution deal for printing supply chain technology, Aug. 30 release.

Nashville-based Patrick Vaden, founder of Nashville-based First Data Systems, has been named president and CEO of PropertyInfo Services Corp., a real-estate information services holding company within Stewart Information Services Corp. of Houston. Vaden will remain in Nashville, and will travel to PropertyInfo portfolio companies in Texas, Arkansas, Illinois and elsewhere.  First Data is located on Vultee Blvd. Release Sept. 6., Sept. 6.

Avondale Partners adds six associates and analysts,, Sept. 6.  Former Investment Scorecard project manager Coppeans joins Avondale Partners LLC, Tennessean, Sept. 17.

Landstreet departs Avondale Partners for newly relocated companies controlled by Arthur Laffer
, who recently transplanted from San Diego. Tennessean, Sept. 25.

Investment Scorecard wealth-management offering rolled-out
, Tennessean, Sept. 15. Release, Sept. 13.

Automation of ticket-paying is helping Central Parking Corp. cut costs
, Tennessean, Sept. 6.

Nashville's Bass Berry & Sims PLC provided legal counsel in Intergraph Corp.'s $1.3 billion sale to Hellman & Friedman LLC and Texas Pacific Group, release Aug. 31.

Performance:  Dollar General inventory management must become more efficient, says Lehman Bros. analyst Adler, p. 2, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 8.

PassAlong Networks creates PassAlong Mobile, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 1. Related release, Sept. 14. Oppenheimer joins Passalong,, Sept. 15. Oppenheimer to PassAlong Networks as chief scientist, guiding licensing and acquisition of new technologies, Tennessean, Sept. 17.

Goldleaf Financial Solutions shares move from Small Cap to NASDAQ Global Market,
Tennessean, Sept.12. Goldleaf amends credit line, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 5.

Shop At Home broadcast affiliates are still on the sales block
, p. 11, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 8.

Battelle Ventures joins investors in High-G for active RFID technology for control
of physical assets and sensitive materials, release Sept. 11.

Galen Capital Group LLC (McLean, Nashville, LA) names new director of investment banking
on W. Coast, release Sept. 14.

Silicon Valley Leadership Group says valley in trouble, ranks hubs
, Mercury News, Sept. 1. Report and survey.

Technology firms' often foster 'illusion of success' to woo investors
, Wash. Post., Sept. 14.

Publicly held Google is on an acquisitions spree, Wash. Post, Sept. 14.


Spheris Inc.'s Degati has key role in strategy

Despite losing money on operations and $200 million in corporate debt, Spheris Inc. is pinning its hopes for future profits on improving its technology, writing more profitable contracts with customers -- and, possibly, enlisting further help from investor Warburg Pincus LLC to establish a role in the emerging electronic health records (EHR) arena.  Earlier report on Spheris' finances at, here.

Spheris Chief Information Officer Joe Degati (above, left) explained in an interview with Aug. 7 that in October during an AHIMA event, Spheris will roll-out a new suite of technology tools under a new product brand, complementing efforts to meld Spheris' tech platform with that of Vianeta Communications, a provider of clinical-documentation technology that Spheris acquired, earlier this year. 

Degati, 42, joined Spheris about 16 months ago.  He manages a 120-person group of IT professionals, including more than 30 dedicated to applications.  Focal-points include workflow improvement, integration of acquired companies and application development.  Spheris employs a wide range of tools, including .Net, SQL Server and Oracle, and C++.  Spheris maintains data centers in Franklin and in Sterling, Va.  Degati did not provide information on his IT operating budget or capital expenditures.IT staff are based primarily in Franklin, Tenn.; Sterling, Va.; and, St. Petersburg, Fla. Only eight Spheris employees reside in India. 

Degati said Spheris seldom employs IT consultants or staffing firms on a long-term basis, but has used several firms, including CORE BTS, for specific assignments.  Spheris plans to relocate its headquarters to Primus Building C, 9009 Carothers Pkwy., Cool Springs, not later than Dec. 31. Related stories:  Spheris Inc. wins University HealthSystem Consortium contract for more than 200 potential users of clinical-documentation technology, release Sept. 11. Robert Z.  Hensley named to Spheris Inc. board of directors, release Aug. 21. Tennessean, Aug. 27.


Bank of New York Nashville IT exec keeps low profile

Relatively few locals are aware that Donald Enfinger, 50, is vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Processing Center of  The Bank of New York, Inc. (BNY), the 120-year-old Wall Street institution, which here in Nashville employs about 145 FTE professionals and five administrative staffers.

Enfinger (at right) says that the TPC supports the entire BNY enterprise
, and "was created to enhance the geographic diversification of The Bank of New York's worldwide operations.  It is one element of a global support structure that is considered a model without financial services for business-continuity planning."

BNY's estimated $120 million investment on Brick Church Pike in Nashville has a strong logic behind it, it seems:  NONT's research shows that just months after the infamous 9/11 Attack, The Bank of New York in 2002 provided comment to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank System on reducing bank data center vulnerability, particularly threats against telecommunications resources. Nashville is mentioned. A federal interagency report on diversity of location of assets and other factors in security and resilience was produced in 2003. 

Notes on local ops:  Enfinger indicated that national agreements satisfy most of BNY's needs, including multiyear arrangements with IBM, HP, Sun, Cisco and EMC, among others.  All vendor sourcing is coordinated through corporate purchasing office. Note: BNY Senior Executive Vice President and CIO is Kurt D. Woetzel.

Online jobsites suggest a steady stream of hiring for BNY in Nashville.  Enfinger says he views the local talent pool as well stocked, though the company has also recruited from Atlanta, Memphis, Cincinnati and Louisville "for some specialized IT positions..."

Prior to joining BNY in 2005, Enfinger was vice president-IT technical services for Fifth Third Bankcorp, based in Cincinnati.  Earlier, He was vice president-IT operations for Checkfree Corp., in Norcross.  From 1976-2000, his IT posts included such employers as Vanstar/Inacom Corp., Businessland/JWP, Kroy Inc., Computerland of Phoenix and Computer Management Systems. He was recently named a member of Tennessee's OIR Information Systems Council.

Born and reared Pensacola, Fla.  He studied computer science
for more than two years at Pensacola Junior College.  Hobbies include travel, digital photography, golf, DIY projects, He and wife Sonya live in Fairview. Two adult sons and their families live in the Cincinnati area. ♦ 


Brentwood-based Comdata Corporation has named Rod Katzfey senior vice president and general manager for Comdata Processing Systems, which issues payment cards and provides payment-processing services for transportation, retail, service, restaurant and hospitality industries., Sept. 18.

Digital Reasoning Systems (Brentwood) names Jensen to head federal marketing, release Sept. 1.

Duncan joins Fleet One LLC as Webmaster, Tennessean, Sept. 25.

Axis Accounting Systems added Whitfield and Saunders as consultants, Tennessean, Sept. 24.  Release Sept. 14.

McLoud will supervise all programming and systems engineers at Insequence Corp
., Smyrna. Tennessean, Sept. 24.

Secure Status LLC (Hendersonville), with IT Director Jim Porter and four FTEs, has released, a secure platform intended for those who want to communicate with less fear of spam, phishing, etc.

System Improvements has named Edward J. Skompski as vice president of Software Development. Skompski has been with the firm for more than 10 years and is a partner. He will manage software project development, technical support,Wweb development and e-commerce activities. Knox. Bus. Journal, Sept. 18.

Nashville-based Acxiom Direct has named Senior Strategist Larry Martin to lead Acxiom's fresh push into Sports-Entertainment markets, with new joint offernig with Turnkey Sports Alliance meant to provide leverage. Release Sept. 20. Martin is NYC-based.

Merasys LLC announced yesterday Matthew Wiley, a 2004 Lipscomb grad, will lead a new strategic accounts division. 
While in college, Wiley interned with Trifecta Entertainment and Universal Records. He wrapped up his internships with Birdwell Insurance Group, earning his Life and Health Insurance license, and continued with the company as an employee.  After graduation, he was employed by Netstreet Brokerage as an Internal Marketing Representative. Earlier story on youthful Merasys, here.

Cold Feet Creative rebrands as Emma
, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 25.

Kritsch, former Shop at Home operations chief, is now in charge of broadcast operations
for Great American Country, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 25.

EFC Systems made Mason and Danser vp's of sales, with emphasis on pushing payments and remote-deposit capture products, including RDC 30(TM) and RDC:Enterprise(TM) for banks, corporate depositors and third-party processors. Release, Aug. 28.  Tennessean, Sept. 3.

Genworth Financial in Brentwood named Farmer to IT team, Tennessean, Sept. 17.

Oasis Center's board appointments included tech execs:  Jason Dinger, VP of St. Thomas Health Services, is now Oasis board past-president; and, Carl Grimstad, president of iPayment Inc. Tennessean.

Healthcare Management Systems announced appointments in software development
, application analysis, technical implementation, support and related functions, Tennessean, Aug. 27.

Kenneth Raetz joined LBMC Technologies as manager-software development; he was previously with Shop At Home, p. 17, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 15, not on web.

Future50 honorees include Tech execs from Altair Data, ASE Technology, Avankia,, Concept Technology, Cybera, Digichart Digital Connections, Emma, ESS Inc., Freedom Communications, Optimum Technolog Sols., Paramore/Redd Online Marketing, Passalong Networks,, Puresafety, Rustici Software, Snappy Auctions, Sysgenix Resources, Rehab Documentation -- Tennessean, Sept. 14.

Angela Wright promoted by Parthenon Publishing to director for Web development, and Greg Siedschlag joins from Synaxis Polk & Sullivan, handling Web content. BusinessTN, p. 23, Sept. 06.

Capital Confirmation and AuditWatch team to offer CPAs account-balance information during audits, Tennessean, Sept. 16

Carrier-neutral G Squared Wireless stresses asset management, bill optimization
, procurement and other sources of savings, p. 13, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 15.  Duckworth joins G Squared Wireless as account manager, Tennessean, Sept. 17.

NBC and its new National Broadband Company (NBBC) wade into on-demand video market, NY Times, Sept. 13.

Lightning Source Inc. (LaVergne), names former McGraw Hill and Ingram Book
exec Powers VP-sales-service, Tennessean, Sept. 12.  On-demand printing counts Nashville companies among
its pioneers, p. 6, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 8.

Ozburn-Hessey Logistics has added an executive position for oversight of its information technology and integration strategy on mergers and acquisitions. Supreet Manchanda has been hired as executive vice president and chief technology and corporate development officer. Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 28. OH release, Aug. 30. Tennessesan, Sept. 3.

A 'MySpace' for Christian Music set:, for sharing music, photos, etc.  Tennessean, Sept. 12.

Community Federation of Middle Tennessee named to its board of directors Linda Rebrovick
, Dell Inc. vice president-healthcare sales and immediate past-chair of Nashville Technology Council, Tennessean, Sept. 17.

CPA Technology Advisor names Brian Fox, of Brentwood-based Capital Confirmation In
c. to its first 40 Under 40 list, Tennessean, Sept. 17.

TN Chapter of Microsoft Certified Partners named officers, including Ed Carnes
, president (Carnes Group); Sanford Comeaux, VP (Journey Team-Nashville); Jan Perry, secty. (Core BTS); Steve Miller, treas. (CIO Office); LeiannCohen, at-large dir. (BCG Sys.); Jim Jamieson, at-large dir. (Axis Accounting Sys.); Gerald Branim, at-large dir. (iNet Strategy). Tennessean, Sept. 3.

Crowe Chizek's Enterprise Sols. Gp. announced promotion to IS senior staff for Kim Victory and Jimmy Poynter
, Tennessean, Sept. 3.
Tennessean Reader Editor Gibson invites online comments on stories and explains more demographic information will be required for free registration to Tennessean online, Tennessean column, Sept. 17.

Transcore ITS LLC of Memphis is upgrading Fog-warning system on I-75 near Hiwassee
, Tennessean, Sept. 17.

ModusLink gets state grant for worker training; firm provides supply-chain and "kitting"
services to technology players, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 1

DELL:  Michael Dell shoulders some blame for Dell's troubles, NY Times, Sept. 13.  Dell Inc. announces new manufacturing plant in India, Houston Chron., Sept. 14.  Dell Inc. announces delay in filing quarterly earnings, citing ongoing SEC investigation into accounting practices, release Sept. 11.  NY Times, Sept. 12.  Dell's computer-recycling effort net 80 tons of equipment, including about 1,200 computers, Tennessean, Sept. 10. Results of Dell job fair, Tennessean, Sept. 12. As Dell Inc. sales slow, customer service gets more attention, Bloomberg via Tennessean, Sept. 10.
Editorial calls attention to model of Dell Inc. recycling of electronics, Tennessean, Aug. 31.

PureSafety now offers more than 100 online courses for Spanish-speaking workers
, release Sept. 6.

Nashville Electric Service partners with Exxon and TIO Networks Corp. to accept payments for instant posting, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 5.

Centresource has launched new websites for both Qualifacts and Digital Reasoning Systems.

Cellular Renewal, phoneset refurbisher, takes space in Berry Hill
, p. 8, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 1.

Profile:  Network Solutions Group's Mike Finlin
, p. 12, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 1.

Digital Reasoning Systems, which provides technology for intelligence analysts with Army's National Ground Intelligence Center
and other agencies, moves its Nashville headquarters from West End to Maryland Farms, p. 14, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 8.
De Wet named CIO at O'Charley's, succeeding retiring CIO Jim Gray, effective Sept. 25.  Release, Sept. 7;, Sept. 7.  Tennessean, Sept. 9 and Sept. 17.

Bates named senior account executive for ISDN-Net
, Tennessean, Sept. 10.

Brentwood-based Tallent Communications deploys its "screenserver" technology in partnership with Sports Illustrated to launch "mySI" -- mag site's 1 million+ users per month can set up free desktop application that brings sports news from across the web, customized to focus on favorite teams.  Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 7. Tallent also offers MercurySports Network to push content to fans, here.

Innovation Valley Technology Council's (formerly the East TN Technology Council) "Navigator" awards include five technology firms in E. TN, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 15. begins in Knoxville, for locating and rating contractors and service companies, Aug. 29,

Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley -- the Jobs!Now campaign -- is getting increasing national and local attention
, Oak Ridger, Sept. 7.

Memphis-based Translators Inc.'s eMorph software provides translated and tested for accuracy for websites
, packaging, purposes, Comm. Appeal, Sept. 5.

Shrunken Shop-At-Home is increasing live sales to men
, Tennessean, Sept. 5.

Stolen or lost USB device could compromise health and employment data at Erlanger
Med Center in Chattanooga, Times Free Press, Sept. 24.

Knoxville Area Transit's General Manager Mark Hairr is leaving his post to manage programs for the Advanced Technologies
for Transportation Research Program in Chattanooga. Hairr, who has held his current position at KAT since July 2001, submitted his resignation effective Sept. 15.  Frierson now executive director of ATTI,, Sept. 26.

Chattanooga should make Biotech push, says eSpin Technologies' Doshi, commenting on TVA study emphasizing the opportunity. Times Free Press, Sept. 10. Study of Chattanooga workforce, education and need to attract or grow higher-paying tech jobs, Times Free Press, Sept. 18.

Young Kingsport-based ProtoKraft LLC defense contractor leads the pack on BusinessTN's Fast 50 list
, Aug. 2006. Protokraft release.

FedEx Corp (25) and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (43 and highest in healthcare) are ranked among 500 most innovative users of IT
, according to Information Week.

Information International Associates has appointed new leaders for its Biodiversity Informatics Group
, which will oversee IIA's major biodiversity informatics contracts with the U.S. Geological Survey. Knox. Bus. Journal, Sept. 20.

PIPs Technology takes Innovation Drive space in Knoxville for development, manufacture, marketing of license-plate recognition technology and related services for intelligent-transportation and law-enforcement sectors, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 20.

ProTec (Memphis) sees hardware and cabling business booming, Memphis Bus. Journal, Aug. 25.

Columnist Courtney discusses online real-estate information
, City Paper, Sept. 8.

Memphis-based Packrat is providing data-backup and security to growing number of hotels, Memphis. Bus. Journal, Aug. 25.

New sites: includes among other content an "Ask Moses" guidance feature
; not affiliated with Related, Tennessean, Sept. 16.

Truck-driving simulator begins operations in training center in Davidson County, Tennessean, Sept. 15.

Chattanooga-based Kenco Group seeks to evolve business by reaching "further into the supply chain
for existing customers" while adding global partnerships, BusinessTN, p. 14, Sept. 06.

Touchstone Wireless in Bristol will add 100 and second shift for cellular repair
and remanufacturing, BusinessTN, p. 18, Sept. 06, not on web.
Memphis Chamber establishes database for workforce data, Memphis Bus. Journal, Sept. 15.

Mallory Alexander International Logistics is one of the Top 100 Third Party Logistics companies, according to Inbound Logistics magazine.  Comm. Appeal, Sept. 13.

Saratoga Technologies names radiologist Johnson to chair information-technology firm, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 13.

KnoxViews blogger reports on visitor
s' opinions, demographics in E. Tn., Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 12.

Reference databases and online reserve system are changing operations of Knox County Library
, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 12.

EDS closes Spring Hill call center and lays-off 47
, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 28.

Cherokee HS gets interactive-learning grant from UT-Battelle
, Tri-Cities Times News, Sept. 5.

House Blend coffee shop in Dickson introduced Wi-Fi, Tennessean, Aug. 30.

RFID changing retailing in Knoxville
, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 1.

First Data Corp.'s Money Network signs with ADP, Memphis Bus. Journal, Sept. 1.

Tennesseans' automobiles increasingly equipped with 'event-data recorders', Times Free Press, Sept. 5.

West Tennessee Industrial Assn.
creates online inventory of industrial sites
, Memphis Bus. Journal, Sept. 8.

Wi-Fi spreading in Birmingham, B'ham. Bus. Journal, Sept. 8.


Update on U.S. vs Al Ganier:  On Wednesay, Sept. 20, members of the U.S. Attorney's Nashville office and attorneys defending Sundquist-era contractor Albert Ganier III were allotted 15 minutes each before a panel of three judges in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to present arguments pro and con the Feds' petition to include potentially incriminating evidence against Ganier.  As of Friday afternoon, the judges had not ruled in the matter.  The wait could be days or months. Related: Education Networks of America CEO David Pierce notes company never accused of wrong-doing and has Ganier long departed, City Paper, Aug. 28.  BusinessTN magazine, April 2006. Background on Ganier trial,, Aug. 2, 2005.

Metro Dept. of Gen. Services audit says computer-services contracting not adequately rigorous
, editorial, City Paper, Sept. 8.

TN Supreme Court uphold DNA database of felons, AP via Tennessean, 6B, Aug. 31, and Sept. 6. TN Supreme Court will ask F&A OIR to issue RFP for bids on pilot E-filing systems for appellate courts, Aug. 1.
website promotes constitutional amendment to provide a tax break to older residents
, Tennessean, Sept. 26.

RFP 317.15-040 issued for CoverRx TennCare pharmacy-assistance program includes broad information systems component
s, due Oct. 2.

Tennessee victims of identity theft have no government agency to which they can plea, Times Free Press, Sept. 7.

BellSouth exec says action is needed on "caller ID" spoofing, which is now legal, and over which telco has no power, Comm. Appeal, Sept. 7. Related story, Sept. 6.

Metro Nashville's Historic Renovated Court House will have a high-tech multimedia conference room
, in keeping with this request for proposal.  Project details, here.

Gov. Bredesen supports Metro Sheriff's request for access to immigration-data system and staffing,
Tennessean, Sept. 6.  Opinion: editorial in favor of supporting data access, Tennessean, Sept. 6.

The state and the U.S. Department of Agriculture partnered to launch a new Micro Loan Progra
m for micro-enterprises, during the state's first-ever Tennessee Entrepreneurship Conference at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.  Tri-Cities Bus. Journal, Aug. 30.

$40 million in additional grants for Tennessee State University Avon Williams Campus downtown mean, among other things, new concentrations in e-Business, Supply-chain methodology and MIS. Release Sept. 21. Tennessean, Sept. 22 and 21; City Paper, Sept. 22; Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 21.

Evolving government:  IBM Center for the Business of Government, "Six Trends Transforming Government."

Small business winning significant share of federal IT contracts, Memphis Bus. Journal, Aug. 25.  Will more contractors target State of Tennessee government IT contracts? As Federal spending decelerates, big contractors will be looking to make their nut elsewhere. Wash. Post, Sept. 11.

ITAA lobbyist and former 3Com exec named nation's first assistant secretary for cybersecurity and telecommunications
, Wash. Post, Sept. 19.

Sen. Frist allied with prominent bloggers on Left and Right to force Sen. Stevens to acknowledge blocking legislation to make federal contracting more transparent, Kansas City Star, Aug.  31.  (Synd. version, 6A, Tennessean, Aug. 31.) Related blog posting, Aug. 30.

Sen. Frist says he will push Internet-gambling ban when Congress reconvenes
, AP via Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 1.

State Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber told NONT Sept. 14 that final arrangements for operational launch of Innovation Tennessee, the organization that will push for growth of technology and other higher-paying jobs, is still weeks away, given that ECD has yet to "design what it is we want Innovation Tennessee to accomplish" and then translate that mission "into a proposed contract between [ECD] and Tennessee Tomorrow, the likely host organization, led by a former ECD deputy, Joe Barker.  No agreement has been reached, either, regarding whether Eric Cromwell, Kisber's director for tech-sector development, will take the reins of Innovation Tennessee; and, Kisber's still not sure when the long-awaited strategic assessment of the state's greatest knowledge-driven opportunities will be released. Related story:  State's research institutions would get better fiber-optic infrastructure through Bredesen 'Next Steps' jobs-creation and innovation program, Comm. Appeal, Sept. 20.  See earlier reports regarding Innovation Tennessee funding and background.  Gov. Bredesen outlines Four-point economic development plan, including provision for support of broadband-infrastructure development, Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Sept. 14. Related coverage:  State may propell new tech ventures, here. Tennessee Technology Development corp. approves $100K grant for "Innovation Tennessee," here.

E-Voting:  Irrera, a Brentwood IS director sounds-off on paperless voting technology and its risks,
Tennessean, Nashville Eye, Aug. 30. Lawsuit by former candidate for Shelby County office seeks to invalidate August elections in Memphis due to alleged malfunctions in Diebold systems, Tennessean, Sept. 6.  Voting:  More trouble may lie ahead in 2008, as states continue to grapple with counting votes, NY Times, Sept. 5.

Gov. Bredesen is accorded an 'A' in Science and Technology in BusinessTN magazine's report card on his first term
, p. 47, BusinessTN, Sept. 06.

Chattanooga Metro getting more SmartWay Internet-linked traffic-surveillance cameras, Sept. 20, Times Free Press.

Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center provides technology-centric training,, Sept. 14.

Internet could help break down "racket" of exhorbitant pricing of textbooks, says author, Comm. Appeal, Aug. 31.  Sen. Frist is empaneling study group on text books pricing.

Franklin school board votes budget and tax increase, partly to cover technology, Tennessean, Aug. 31.

Young Leaders Council support drive for computers for Jere Baxter Alternative Learning Center, Tennessean, Sept. 20.

McGavock Elementary upgrades computers, Tennessean, Sept. 15.

Edison and Granbery Elementary Schools win Dell computers through PTO/PTA membership, Tennessean, Sept. 20.

Ideas to improve technology and transportation in City of Hendersonville introduced, Tennessean, Sept. 6.

$135 million in IT services contracts -- in one case, two years after RFP bids submitted
-- now up in the air at Oak Ridge NL for public/private organizations, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 4. NOLA Computer Services is incumbent for the smaller contract.  Tennessee Emergency Management Agency takes next step toward high-tech operations, Tennessean, Sept. 7.

Three Dickson County police departments get small grants from State, partly to add technology
, Tennessean, Sept. 6.

State Homeland Security gets "fusion center" for melding vital intelligenc
e, Tennessean, Sept. 10.

Franklin municipal radio will cost more than previously estimated, Tennessean, Sept. 8.

Strong Angel III Exercise:  Disaster response training for IT included industry cooperation
, wireless-network data-jams and more, NY Times, Aug. 28.

Mandate for next-gen Federal IDs may spur boom in biometrics
, Wash. Post, Aug. 28.

Hypervigilance:  Billions moving in security-technology realm, Wired News, Sept. 4.

How police emergency staff handle 911 calls from cell phones, column, Comm. Appeal, Sept. 3.  Chattanooga and Hamilton County integrate their 911 systems, Times Free Press, Sept. 7.  Chattanooga 911 operations unification update, Times Free Press, Sept. 14.

NASA selected Lockheed Martin Corp. to build $8 billion Orion spacecraft, aiming for Moon landing by 2020, and Mars missions beyond, NASA release Aug. 31.

Germantown decided on winning bidder for computer technology on the basis of a coin toss, after vendors came in with identical bids, Comm. Appeal, Aug. 31. Venture Technologies was winner, So. Computer Warehouse the loser.

Metro police cleared in e-bidding probe, but Chief urged to incorporated prohibitions into policy
, Tennessean, Sept. 5.

 INNOVATIONS: Research, Commercialization and Universities 

In cities that become Biotech hubs, labs play a vital role in culture, students show deep enthusiasm for learning, Wash. Post, Aug. 28.

Vanderbilt School of Engineering Professor of Computer Science Douglas C. Schmidt has been appointed to a committee of the National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board project, studying "Advancing Software-Intensive Systems Producibility." The committee will assess national computer software research needs.

VU Engineering Professor of Electrical Engineering Jimmy L. Davidson co-chaired the Conference on Nanocarbon and Nanodiamond Technology Sept. 11-15 in  St. Petersburg, Russia. The event attracted more than 100 specialists from 20-plus nations. Study says U.S. has the lead in nanotechnology, need for more educated students and workers cited, NY Times, Sept. 26.

Nashville Technology Council President Jeff Costantine reports that Jere Baxter Alt. Learning Center's Computer lab has new Dell computers and Cisco wireless access points, thanks to those companies. Vanderbilt engineering researchers shaping the future of smart systems for spacecraft, Aug. 28.

UT Chattanooga professor wins grant to look for water on Mars, Times Free Press, Sept. 25.

VU bio sciences prof Catania wins MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Award of $500K, Tennessean, Sept. 19. VU release Sept. 18.  U.S. News & World Report, Sept. 24 online.

Physicists express further concern about shortage of American students entering physical sciences, American Institute of Physics, Aug. 25.

Yesterday, Oak Ridge NL announced the official completion of its Oak Ridge Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, release here.

Vanderbilt Insitute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) aims to carve leading role in nano sector , Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 3, Sept. 22.  State's Kisber says State ECD wants to see VU, ORNL and other instate research institutions collaborating more, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 3, Sept. 22. Haglund's work on vanadium may yield faster optical switches, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 22.  Work on Quantum dots could yield better lightbulbs, NBJ here; and, faster virus detection, here.

MTSU adopts Thunder Virtual Flip Chart System on campus, release Sept. 20., Sept. 22.

Stratford High School Information Technology Academy gains supporters,
while challenging students.  Tennessean, Sept. 1.

Enterra Solutions
, LLC, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) announced Sept. 5 Enterra CEO Stephen F. DeAngelis
has been named a visiting scientist with the Laboratory, exploring among other things advanced information technologies and knowledge management approaches.

Dell Inc. "Connected Community" grants go to Nashville Public Television for online education, as well as to Oasis Center, St. Luke's Community House and Girl Scouts Council of Cumberland Valley. Release Sept. 20.

Hamilton County school system deploying SPSS Predictive Analytics software for student information, release Aug. 28.

Nashville-based High-School Interns program has begun its collaboration with Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Jaguar/Baker advance:  Oak Ridge supercomputer speed slated to rise manifold, on its way to Petaflop status in 2009 (1,000 trillion calc. per sec.). Oak Ridge NL release, Aug. 25.

Tenn. Technology Center at APSU may get more construction funding from state, Leaf Chron., Sept. 18.

Educational software pioneer Ted S. Hasselbring returns to Peabody, VU release Sept. 11.

Update on the UT-Battelle partnership and the huge asset that is Oak Ridge NL, UT Alumnus Magazine, Fall 2006.

Atmospheric Glow Technologies wins prestigious Tibbetts awards through SBIR
, release Aug. 29.

UT Space Institute added Scott W. Van Zandbergen as special assistant to UTSI COO
Donald Daniel, Tennessean, Sept. 3.

Chattanooga-area faculty consider pros and cons of  technology in teaching and learning in Wi-Fi Times, Times Free Press, Sept. 1.

iTunesU Learning Initiative expands at UT-Martin, The Pacer, Sept. 5.  Williamson County Schools' podcasting resulted from a student's class-project idea, Tennessean, Sept. 5.  Related, Tennessean, Aug. 31.

Middle Tennessee State University will use a $700,000 grant from NASA to complete enhancements at the university's new observatory. Tennessean, Sept. 4.

Oak Ridge Micro-Energy says it's proceeding to partner with Euro firm on thin-film battery
, as Colorado's Infinite Power Sols. announces investment and plant plans, NY Times, Sept. 6.

ORNL High-Flux Isotope Reactor:  The world's scientists are impatient for resumption of HFIR isotope production
for materials research, cancer-fighting applications, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 4.

TSU Avon Williams Campus gets new computer lab, e-trading room, multimedia facilities
, Tennessean, Sept. 4.

Tech2020 will manage private-sector development:   Oak Ridge nanotechnology park taking shape on national lab land, Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 7.  Rogers explains business-building role of Tech2020, with emphasis on Nano,, Sept. 8.

Oak Ridge NL computer scientists among those working on Petascale Data Storage, UC Sta. Cruz release Sept. 11.  AP via, Sept. 12. Supercomputer center at ORNL now being used to predict weather a century from now, WBIR TV Knox., Sept. 12.

Regional technology alliance spans Oak Ridge to Huntsville and beyond:  Rutherford County:  Chamber, Tenn. Tech., MTSU, UT Space Institute, Williamson County, Oak Ridge NL are among participants, p. 1, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 8.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has the lead on five projects funded through the Department of Energy's Scientific Discovery
through Advanced Computing program and has supporting roles in seven other projects. Release Sept. 7. Related DOE release, Sept. 7.  Related, predictions of increased precision in modeling, ORNL release, Sept. 7. Knox. News Sentinel, Sept. 11., Sept. 11.



NY Stock Exchange Survey of CEOs shows belief in growing impact of technology for efficiency and effectiveness, NYSE magazine, Aug-Sep 06.
PUBLIC GOOD:  Entrepreneur Charlie Martin's donation, plus moneys from the Ingram and Turner foundations translate into state-of-the-art teacher training center for Metro, City Paper, Sept. 7. Tennessean, Sept. 7.

LIGHT UP A LIFE:   the Technology Access Center has gained support of Caterpillar Financial Services
, HCA Foundation, Nashville Gas, Fox 17 News, the Nashville Scene and the Predators for "Light Up a Life," fundraiser to use tech to "help people learn, communicate, carry out activities of daily living, control their environment and work."  During the Light Up a Life fundraiser, Nov. 21-Dec. 31, candles are lit in Caterpillar office-tower windows on West End, as donations are received.  Contact: (615) 248-6733.

NASHVILLE TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL's 2006-07 Membership Directory will roll out in November, after a pilot in October. For information, write here.

YW ACADEMY for Women of Achievement, with Oct. 17 awards banquet, included FCC Commissioner
and former TRA Director Deborah Taylor Tate among honorees. Dell Inc. has been named the YW Academy corporate honoree for 2006. Tennessean, here.

  Local universities see sharp drop in CS majors; some see glut, some see shortages that prompt IT-sector concerns about furether offshoring. Companies cited include Optimum Technologies Solutions, Robert Half Technology, Ignify, others. Tennessean, Sept. 25.

   Nashville-based nonprofit The Climate Project -- in which Al Gore is the driving force -- this week begins training 1,000 or more volunteers to conduct educational presentations centered upon global warming and Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."  Related story, Washington Post, Sept. 20.  Jenny Clad, wife of Roy Neel, former Gore chief of staff, is the Nashville-based Climate Project director. The project is apparently supported via a fund set up in association with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, but operates independently of the foundation.  About 50 trainees (most from out of state) are due here for the pilot two-day session, to prepare them to lead sessions on global warming around the nation.  Other sessions are to be held in Nashville through the winter.  (The documentary's DVD release is set for November, and Gore's CurrentTV recently announced a YouTube-type initiative with Yahoo.)  Related, Climate Crisis site. AP via Tennessean, Sept. 22.

Postpone computer maintenance at your own risk
, column by Butera of ITS Techs of Hendersonville, p. 13, Nash. Bus. Journal, Sept. 15.
Local bankers discuss how law and regulation are driving technology adoption, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 25.
BMI sues Portland (Me.) nightclub, Tennessean, Sept. 3BMI revenues from new media increased 35 percent to $16 million, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 28.

NY Times uses technology to exclude terrorism story from British website
, to avert sanctions under British press law, NY Times, Aug. 29.

Online massive multiplayer "Warcraft," born in the USA, ontrack to earn $1 billion
from millions of worldwide subscribers, NY Times, Sept. 5.

Westburg Inc.'s Shapiro sees RFID penetrating more of the packaging business as costs come down, City Paper, Sept. 11.

Brentwood/Franklin-based Sharepoint Solutions is expanding Microsoft training offerings, release Sept. 5, background here.

Braithwaite on making smart IT spending decisions, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 11, Sept. 1.


* ( Sept. 28-29) Tennessee Biotechnology Assn. annual meeting, Union Sta. Hotel, Nashville, details here (scroll down for link to agenda).

(Oct. 4)  NTC-ISSA InfoSec Information Security Conference. Details here.

(Oct. 13) Software developers and other converge for DevLink 2006 at Lipscomb University, details here.

* (Oct. 19)  InfraGard General Chapter Meeting at Cisco at Brentwood, 11:30 a.m. Details here.

(Nov. 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 Journal (KNS).

* (Nov. 9) AITP Nashville, "Healthcare and IT Trends at Vanderbilt," Nancy Proctor, CIO and director of information systems, Vanderbilt University Hospital.

(Dec. TBA) NTC Holiday party, details to be announced.







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