August 12, 2003 (No. 6)

Nashville TECHNOLOGY News and Events
Summary supported by NTC Sustaining Sponsor:
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC;
Edition Sponsor: Oracle Corporation.

The week ahead in Nashville:

Registration early-bird discounts end Aug. 18, for NTC's "Overall Security 2003," Nashville Convention Center, being held Tuesday, Aug. 26th. Speakers include execs from ITAA, AIG, TN Homeland Security, Cable & Wireless, HCA, FBI, Akonix, SANS, Praemunio, NIST, CTG Healthcare Solutions, HMD, Willis, Microsoft and others. Latest Agenda, details here.

Through Aug. 13, dozens of high-tech businesses (as well as Corrections Corp., et al) are exhibiting at Opryland Convention Center for the American Correctional Association's Congress of Correction. From Internet and Linux to Locks, CCTV to interComs, Telecom to Training, Security to Surveillance. Link, here.

The CAD work forNashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Hall should be 50% complete by Friday, Aug. 15, according to Paul Scarbrough, Principal, Akustiks Inc. of Norwalk, CT; and, Hall construction bidders should get their first packages in October. Concerts begin in 2006. Scarbrough told NTC this week that Grozier's Scale Modeling software has been used by Akustiks (to test the Hall's design); the Hall's design team employs a Trane tool for coping with air-handling system noise; and, Insul software helps isolate sound in the design. The goal? Take every structural seam, every audience trait into account, to create the quietest possible space, affording the Symphony conditions for achieving its greatest "range of expression." Please check your winter coat, so sound-dampening outerware cannot rob the room of sound. Tech also shapes Hall's lighting, flooring, seating.

The Faculty Innovation Profile Project website is up, promoting exchange of tech and related ideas with commercial potential. Expect site expansion, September. FIPP involves Vanderbilt University, Carnegie Fdn., Columbia, U. Texas, MIT, Northwestern, Penn. State, Texas A&M. Details at FIPP.

News summary:

Internap Network Services partners with Speakeasy for Nashville T-1 market, here.

Knoxville-based InRAD uses NIST grant to for "Automated Knowledge Discovery Systems" that enable U.S. industry to mine government data to develop competitive consortia. Knoxville News Sentinel, Aug. 11, here.

Asurion CEO Bret Comolli will address the Oct. 29-30 "NETWORK Showcase of Business & Technology," Oct. 29-30, according to announcement by co-hosts Nashville Technology Council and Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Asurion has marketing, operations and call center in Davidson County. For more on Comolli, click here (select Management & Board). For more on NETWORK, here.

21e CEO Rick Davis seeks $6 million for new online network in '04. SESAC CEO Bill Velez is reported informal advisor. Nashville Business Journal, 8-8/14, p. 1, here.

RCA Label Gp. parent BMG uses Moviso to get entertainment to phones. Moviso, here. BMG, here.

The Oct. 22 agenda calls for keynote address by Governor Phil Bredesen, plus eight speakers, during the State of Tennessee OIR's Information Services Conference in Nashville; conference, here. OIR RFPs, here.

Nashvillian Ken Perry's Bulldog IT gives healthcare providers better access to info, Tennessean, 8/7, here.

Nashville's American Learning Solutions and Memorial University-Newfoundland allows RNs to obtain a Bachelor of Nursing degree online, Aug. 4, details, here.

Nashville Post magazine (Aug 03, p. 8) reports Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) may be secondary target for Discovery Life Sciences Fund (Vanderbilt, MDS Inc., Clayton Associates), which concluded first-round funding in June, raising $1.5 million, with plans to secure $75 million to $100 million in second fund. Chris McKinney, VU director of tech transfer/enterprise development, told NTC this week the fund's partners are "busy charting the course for the fund on a larger scale," (and no web presence has not yet been established for DLSF). McKinney says his point-person for DLSF is Tom Noland. VU Tech Transfer background, here.

Tennessee Technology Centers' students will benefit from Tenn. Lottery, Tennessean, 8/10, here.

Merger? Competition may benefit customers, as PeerMark and Xceligent battle on mix, price and margins in the market for commercial information exchange (CIE) services and research. Nashville Post magazine (p. 28, Aug 03). Peermark, here. and Xceligent, here. March 2003 City Paper story on rivalry, here.

Internet-driven political "meetups" popping-up in middle Tennessee, 23A, 8/10, Tennessean, here.

Computer-technology camp for college students results from NSF grant grant to Vanderbilt Engineering ISIS institute, UC-Berkeley, Univ. of Memphis, Tennessean, 8/9, 6B, here. Related story, here.

Flight simulator "Bluemax" visits Adventure Science Center, The City Paper, 8/8, p. 26, here.

BellSouth data network service outage, The Tennessean, 8/6, p. 6B, here.

iPayment buys Card Payment Solutions, Inc. (BW 8/6). The Tennessean, 3E, 8/7, here. The City Paper, 8/7, here. Also: Nashville Post magazine (p. 12, Aug. 03) reports iPayment CEO Greg Daily denies iPayment pursues merchant-portfolio revenue stemming from pornsite operations.

Microphonics searches for new CEO, as Gayle departs, 8/6. The City Paper, here. Tennessean, here. Nashville Business Journal, 8/8-14/03, here.

TSU program with IBM, Sun gives students leg-up on JAVA, Nash. Business Journal, 8/8-14, here.

PENCIL Partner Dell Computer staff delivered school supplies to Paragon Mills Elem. School, Tennessean, P.3, DAM, not on web. PENCIL partners history, here.

State of Tennessee relies on eGovernment by NIC for online tax payments, BusinessWire 8/6, here.

Equinox Information Systems (Nashville) snags Tampa's Z-TEL for Protector 10 fraud product, here.

TSU announces grant to study minority representation in science, engineering, Tennessean, 8/6, p1 DAM. Minority Sciences & Engineering Improvement program, studies why some HBCUs are better at graduating sceintists and engineers. Click here. Nashville Business Journal, 8/8-14/03, p. 19.

"CBTS" or Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions is now the identity for Nashville staff of former Broadwing Technology Solutions, after sale of Broadwing Communications, The City Paper, p. 22, 8/8, not on web. CBTS has offices in six cities. Broadwing was bought by CIII Communications, LLC, a j.v. majority-owned by Columbia, Md.,-based Corvis Corporation and minority owner Cequel III of St. Louis.

HCA eMar meds admin introduced at Centennial MC, Nashville Med. News, Aug 03. Available via link.

Med language SNOMED CT for e-systems developers, Nash. Med. News Aug 03, here. NHSIA, here.

Also of interest:

Nashville Post magazine reports HCA's termination of its Millennium Accounts Receivable System (MARS) project, notwithstanding "sunk costs" in software development, was an unusually smart and agile move for a large company. HCA found a better solution in moving hospitals' nonclinical processes through shared-services model, Nashville Post, p.16, Aug 03. HCA's May 03 MARS announcement, here.

Oracle Sales Consultant Mark Rabne told the Aug. 7th NTC Tech Round Table that Oracle Collaboration Suite addresses the problem of employees having "too many places to look for" e-mail, voice mail, files, conferencing, and other functions. "Employees have really become the point-of-integration for all the applications that IT has thrown at them." Rabne and AdviseX partner Chris Karl gave the NTC gathering an overview of OCS 2.0 capabilities and some hints about 3.0 (tentative March '04 release). Rabne explained Oracle Collaboration Suite delivers a "universal in-box" and has "the only real-time calendar on the market"; voice/text translation and search; and, OCS "migrates organizations from costly proprietary voicemail services to the OC Suite." The team mapped Oracle's approach to integrated virus scanning and security, wireless connectivity, reducing use of e-mail for file-sharing, and more. Asked how small a customer can be and still qualify for the $60/person license, Rabne responded, "One." Following the evening presentation, Rabne told NTC, "Oracle application staffers are continually balancing a list of required feature enhancements and will eventually uptake the Oracle Collaboration Suite in a future version of the E-Business Suite." During the presentation, Rabne had mentioned development of applications in response to Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA mandates among priorities vying for development resources. Analysts' upgrades of Oracle, Adobe lifted stock market, NY Times, Aug. 12, here. Oracle, here. Also, Infoworld, here. Loc. Oracle contact, here.

Been there: "Paperless office" lecturer found himself with lawyers in a community auditorium, with no prior arrangement for I-net connection, (sub), here. Related, TN Bar Assoc., here.

TV News Archive digitization, 8/8: The City Paper, here. The Tennessean, p. 5B, 8/8, not on web.

Healthstream statement shows push toward web-based Learning Center, 7/29, here. HealthStream earnings, Tennessean, 7/30, click. Elsewhere: WebMD seeks capital for acquisitions? NY Times, 8/8, here.

Tennessee Mat Company (Nashville) cited as Epicor B-Connect EDI solution user, Rel. 8/4, here.


TN cities' economic development: Nashville emulates Memphis' Downtown initiative? Tennessean, Aug. 10, here. Marketing Chattanooga - Chattanooga Area Chamber asks execs' views in image survey, here.

Technology replacement, upgrade a major factor in capital spending, NY Times, 8/10, here.

As Telecom rebounds, eyes are on Cisco, New York Times, 8/10, here. Cisco 4Q results, here.

Ernest & Young "Reboot" study (Nov. 2002), by Stephen Almassy, Global Vice-Chair, Technology, Communications, Entertainment, Ernest & Young, here. How to survive and thrive amid retrenchment.

Widespread dissatisfaction with tech support, CNN, 8/8, here.

Thomas offers advice on outsourcing medical billings (column), Nash. Med. News, Aug 03, soon, here.

Videogames: After 21 years, Disney issues "TRON," the game, CNN, 8/8, here.

Experiment shows "six degrees of separation" in cyberspace, too. CNN, Aug. 8, here.

Computer Associates', other companies' governance ranked, City Paper, 8/7, p.15. Related, here.

Patent wins creator $30 mil from eBay, Wash. Post, 8/7, click. Also:MercExchange, here.


(Aug. 14) Intellectual Prop. Basics, Boult Cummings Conners Berry, PLC and Williamson Works, click.

(Aug. 14) AITP Chapter Meeting - Sheraton Music City Hotel - Certification Testing, Kevin Williams, Transcender Corp. Contact Mary Simpson, 615-367-8083,, or click.

(Aug 15) Global Trade Opportunities for TN Business, Opryland, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Opryland Hotel, 7:30a-Noon. Free, but registration strictly required. Click here.

(Aug. 15-17) Chattanooga Software Symposium, JAVA, Chatt. Convention Center, click.

(Aug. 15 Deadline) TN Tech. Development Corp. calling for ven-cap proposals for 7th Annual TN Venture Forum, Nov. 17-18, Chattanooga. Due by Aug. 15. Presenters will be announced week of 9/29. Visit, here.

(Aug. 16) 'Let's Talk Computers' radio topics, click.

(Aug. 20) - TN Biotech Assn - Life Sciences Program speakers include U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, reps from ORNL Tech Transfer, UT Research Foundation. At SAIC, Knoxville, details, here.

(Aug. 22-23) Growing & Managing Biotech Enterprise - Cert. Program, Owen/Vanderbilt, details.

(Aug. 26) 2nd Annual NTC/ISSA 'Overall Security 2003 Conference', Nash. Conv. Cntr., details click.

(Aug. 26) Women in Technology of Tennessee, Dennis Fennessey, CIO, Deloitte & Touche, details.

(Sept. 2-3) Governor Bredesen's Conference on Economic Development, Nashville Convention Center. More info, here. Note: Use conference ID number: 277UTS

(Sept. 4) NTC Technology Round Table - Carter Andrews, "Little Planet Learning: How an idea went global from Nashville." Details, here.

(Sept. 10) Nat'l Assoc. of State Procurement Ofcls, Hilton Suites, Nashville, includes e-procurement, here.

(Sept. 11) AITP - Sheraton Music City - Trends in Software Design, Larry Boldt, Borland. Details, here.

(Sept. 16-17) Winning with Technology, 8th Annual Tech'y Conf/Expo, Knoxville, Tech 2020, click here.

(Sept. 18) Music City Future 50 Awards, Opryland, register here. 50 List, Tennessean (7/20), here.

(Sept. 29) Six Sigma Leadership Workshop, Owen GSM at Vanderbilt, details here.

(Oct. 1-4) Biomed. Eng. Soc. in Nashville re bioinformatics, bioengineering, details.

(Oct. 2) Tennessee Biotech Assn., Fall Membership meeting, Nashville, details, here.

(Oct. 2) NTC Tech Round Table - Donna Hoffman and Tom Novak, Co-Directors, Sloan Center for Internet Retailing, Vanderbilt, discuss "Managing the Customer Chain: From Theory to Practice." Hoffman, Novak will discuss Center priorities, research findings. Round Table link, here.

(Oct. 5-7) TN Valley Corridor Summit, "Putting Science, Technology to Work," Chattanooga, click here.

(Oct. 14-15) "Mid-market Healthcare M&A conference," Loews, Oct. 14-15. Visit, here and here.

(Oct. 16) AITP -Sheraton Music City - Solving Small Business's IT Problems. Details, here.

(Oct. 22) State of TN, Infor. Systems Conference, Nashville Public Library conf. center, here.

(Oct. 29-30) NTC / Chamber - Annual "NETWORK Showcase of Business & Technology": Networking, educational tracks -- more than 100 exhibitors already signed, click.

(Nov. 5-7) Nashville Technology Council, "Management Skills for IT Professionals," Jay Ress of TMA Seminars, TN Economic Development Center, 8:30a-4:30p., click.

(Nov. 6) NTC Technology Round Table, "Sarbanes-Oxley: Risk Assessment and IT responsibility," Steve Tisdell, Principal, Nashville Management Group, register, here.

(Nov. 10-11) Innovation Strategy: Identifying Barriers to Business, Owen GSM, Vanderbilt, here.

(Nov. 10-12) Healthcare Delivery Solutions Congress, co-sponsored by NTC, for details, click.

(Nov. 17-19) TN Venture Forum, by TN Tech. Development Corp., Chattanooga, details, here.

(Dec. 3-5) Tennessee Education Technology Conference, details here.

(Dec. 4) NTC Technology Round Table, Richard Rognehaugh, Deputy Commissioner - Office of Information Resources, State of Tennessee, reception and dinner. Related resources, here.

For information about Nashville Technology Council programs, services and sponsorships:
Milt Capps or Phone: (615) 743-3168
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