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Meeting Agenda

Arnolds Restaurant
December 2, 1982
12:00 Noon

1. Introduction of Guests

2. Presentation of Guest Speaker -- Katherine Aschner

3. Approval of Minutes

4. Treasurer's Report.

5. ADPM Board Report

6. DPA Announcements

7. Old Business

-        Personnel Liaison

-        Office Automation

8. New Business

9. Correspondence

10. Other Comments

11. Adjourn


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Agenda of the December 2, 1982 Meeting

Minutes of the November 4, 1982 Meeting

December Guest Speaker -- Katherine Aschner

Program Notes from Cliff Cotey

Human Resource Development Belvedere

Data Structured Information Systems Data Models

 

Association of Data Processing Managers

Minutes for Meeting of

November 4, 1982

The meeting was called to order by the chairman, Dick Applestone, at The Evergreen State College.

INTRODUCTION OF GUEST SPEAKER:

Cliff Cotey introduced the guest speaker, Chuck Porter of Arthur Anderson & Co. Chuck has worked in data processing for 14 years and during his eight years with Arthur-Anderson he has primarily had responsibility for the development of large scale, on-line data base systems. Today he will be presenting the "Programmer - Workbench", a concept he uses to increase productivity in systems development.

CHUCK PORTER:

Goals that led to the development and implementation of the Programmer - Workbench were:

In a recent project at Far- West Federal Savings this workbench concept has been employed. They have a large IBM system with 3278 type terminals and a large range of software. A loan servicing system was to be developed and the Programmer- Workbench was installed as part of that project.

When a programmer signs on to the Workbench, it looks like signing on to ROSCOE but instead of the regular menu, a programmer-menu appears on the screen. All functions available to the programmer are shown.

The EDIT has three options:

The COMPILE & LINK options have hidden function. They transparently force the use of Panvalet to prevent programmers from using their own private source libraries. The obvious functions allow the programmer to select from various options such as executing a compile and link or generating a map-set.

Testing facilities allow for- executing test jobs and the Generate Data facility uses shell test data to assist programmers to develop, comprehensive test data with relatively little effort, Other miscellaneous options allow for viewing output, entering ROSCOE (frowned upon at Far West), and logging on and off.

Two options to support good communications between project team members are provided. One allows a team member to store a message on a broadcast file. The other allows team members to view those messages.

At the bottom of each screen are notes to the programmer showing the names of the last four modules he/she has worked with. These can be selected by entering a single character and helps avoid problems caused by keying errors and/or memory lapses (in the programmer).

A Workbench like this achieves a lot of results. What they are depends on perspective. From the perspective of the programmer, it's an opportunity to focus attention on the things they need to know to get the job done. Rather than stifling creativity, it channels creativity toward solving the problems programmers are being paid to solve.

The user and the project both have their own, different perspective of the advantages. At Far West, they spent 325 days integrating the off-the-shelf tools, developing a few custom tools and developing a Programmer Assistance manual. That's the bad news. The good news is they experienced tremendous benefits in terms of the reduction of effort. For the design phase, using shell programs and other design aids, they see a 15 percent productivity improvement. For programming, the people are developing 48 percent more than they would have expected without a workbench. Their goal for the integrated testing phase is to see a 10 to 20 percent improvement. It's still too early to see if that goal will be achieved. These savings translate to people who cost less and a reduction of the time is takes to build systems.

In conclusion, productivity is more than a workbench. A system solution is a combination of many small things put together intelligently. A workbench which has been tailored for the job you want it to do and the environment it fits into helps. We, in-data processing, need to begin to use the tools of bur trade, like the Programmer Workbench, to help us to become more productive.

ADPM BUSINESS MEETING

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

The minutes of the October 7, 1982 meeting were approved.

TREASURERS REPORT:

Reported in Oct . . . . . . . . . . .              $2,178.74

Forum flyers 318.68- Dividend, Sept 7.23

Current Balance . . . . . . . . .                              $1,867.37

We are anticipating charges from the Evergreen State College for set-up fees which will be a little more than $888. The Department of Personnel will be covering about $488 of that cost.

ADPM BOARD REPORT:

The board held one meeting. Items discussed:

DPA ANNOUNCEMENTS: There was no meeting.

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS: None.

CORRESPONDENCE: None.

The meeting was adjourned. .


"DECEMBER GUEST SPEAKER"

Katherine Aschner

Our speaker for the December 2nd meeting is Katherine Aschner, President of Arcadia Associates, office systems consultants serving clients in the United States, Canada, and the Middle East. Her expertise spans the design of automated office systems for Fortune 500 companies, as well as the implementation of WP/DP systems for small businesses. She is also a certified Records Manager. Ms. Aschner is the author of "The Word Processing Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Automating Your Office." A second book on records and information systems will be published in 1983. Arcadia Associates are editorial consultants to the Auerbach Reports on the Electronic Office.

Office Automation - The Changing Role of the DP Manager

Office automation users tend to view hardware and software as a single package, and it is important for DP managers to understand their concepts of packaging requirements: powerful dialogue capabilities, .local applications programs, document generation and finishing capabilities, and broad communications services. This session will discuss how vendors have positioned their super micros, word processors, professional workstations and local area networks to match up with users' specific needs. The explanation of how users view and select office systems will clarify the role data processing must play in interacting with office automation.

PROGRAM NOTES

The subject for the next series of programs will be "Managing and Controlling This Emerging End User Technology into Organizations". The technologies to be addressed are personal computers, micro-computers and office automation. We will have a series of speakers, each qualified to address this subject from a management perspective. If you have an interest in these areas and how they may relate to the current data processing structure, then I believe you will find this series of presentations very informative.

Cliff Cotey
Program Chairman