ASSOCIATION OF DATA PROCESSING MANAGERS
FEBRUARY 2, 1984
Association of Data Processing Managers
Minutes for Meeting of
January 5, 1983
The meeting was called to order by the chairman, Dennis Jones at Arnolds restaurant.
Introduction of guests
Joann Adams, Data Processing Manager for Thurston County, was introduced by Galen Schmidtke.
Jean Simmons was introduced by Dick Nelson.
Don Brown became aware of a project the Olympia School District had taken in investigating how they could utilize personal computers. Involved in this study were the two persons he asked to speak to the group today. Don introduced John Mitchell, Senior Marketing Representative for IBM and an employee for IBM for the past fifteen years. John explained, a year ago Pat Gill, assistant superintendent for curriculum in the Olympia Public Schools, called Lo try and put together a group of people to look at Computer Education in the Olympia Public Schools. It is the result of this they will talk about today. Together they presented the background, what the computers would do, and what the staff did toward a program in the Olympia Public Schools. John introduced Pat Gill who explained until about 1980 there was nothing in the schools for Data Processing and Computer education. In 1981 there was interest in this area by students and in 1982 and 1983 a ground swell of pressure began to rise and questions were being asked.
1. What are the schools doing.
2. How can they get up to speed in the Computer area.
In looking around the State the school districts were doing two types of things.
1. Buying computers, throwing them in schools and letting the chips fall where they may.
2. Doing a lot of deliberative planning and not much more.
Wanting to do a good job and have a good product when complete the following process was stepped through. This took many hours of time and effort by the entire advisory committee. Attached are the documents showing the:
o Philosophy and Rationale
o Planning Process
o Citizens Advisory Committee
o Program Goals and
o Staff Committee
Everyone was impressed with the scope of the project and agreed the committee had put together a very good study. If anyone not at the meeting would like to have copy of the document that was distributed, please contact Mary Swarthout.
ADPM BUSINESS MEETING
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Jim Michael made a correction to the minutes. The new staff member should be Jerry Wolfson not Jerry Wilson as reported in the minutes. Minutes were then approved.
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ADPM BOARD REPORT:
DP Professional/Technical series, John Lawson, Chairman
Larry Seaberg reported in John’s absence.
The group is still working toward having something in hand by the end of March. They were having another meeting on Monday the 9th. Tim Seth added he recognized it was a difficult task trying to find an appropriate tool for the Data Processing Administration and still have one satisfying the role of the Department of Personnel in control. He understands that each Data Processing shop needs to get the best people possible but sees the problem of escalation of positions without control. He stated that he is going through the cq’s and looking for trend data. What is the new weighted range as compared to present weighted range? Fine tuning needs to be done. Tim expressed that he is encouraged that something will be complete by the February target date.
Data Processing Authority Report
Jim Michael reported for the Data Processing Authority. The updated long range plans have been approved by the board. The DPA put together an information systems plan for publications and distribution. ADP policy manual now contains revisions in acquisition procedure. New resending language in the standards. Coming up with an information resource Management Policy. Staff have set in motion Training Sessions for agencies. Data Processing Community and ADPM.
The DPA has received the long range plans from all except eight of agencies and service centers.
Susan Mersereau, Director of Corporate Telecommunications at Weyerhaeuser Corporation, has been appointed as a member of the Data Processing Authority Board. She is also a member of the State networking subcommittee.
Bob Payne and Jerry Wolfson are now working with the DPA. Bob Spreier is working as an associate for a six month period.
The Service Centers 1 and 3 have both reported rate reductions.
A memo has been sent to all Data Processing Managers requesting them to designate which service center provides the primary service for their agency.
Office Automation Subcommittee
Report on the microcomputer resource center concept. The current direction is toward having all service centers provide one resource center for use by all state agencies.
There were no major acquisition requests this month. Next month Eastern Washington University Data Center will be requesting an 1106 on which to run Mapper. Presentation of Employment Security's office automation plan was delayed.
The DPA Network Subcommittee is headed by Dennis Carlson of Safeco Insurance. This subcommittee has been working with General Administration to gain the support of the agencies, the Governors Office and the legislature for the development of a comprehensive statewide networking plan. It is proposed that an outside consulting firm be hired to rview the networking studies that have been done. The DPA appreciates the number of agencies that have sent in endorsement letters for this.
Tom Bennett announced the tenth annual University of Washington Academic Computer Fair in March. A list of the dates and speakers is attached.
Meeting was adjourned.
UW COMPUTER FAIR — March 7 and 8, 1984
ADPM members and their associates are invited to attend the Tenth Annual computer Fair, sponsored by the University of Washington Academic Computing Center. In addition to 100 displays of computer-related products and services, this year’s Fair will have a separate display room devoted entirely to software. Exhibits in the HUB Ballroom and Room 209 will be open from 10 am to 8 pm Wednesday, March 7 and from 9 am to 5 pm Thursday, March 8, 1984. A free shuttle bus will run between the Montlake parking lot and the HUB building on the University of Washington campus.
Attendees are also invited to the following seminars in the HUB auditorium:
Wednesday, March 7:
9:00 am Keynote Address. Dean Edwin Stear, Director, The Washington Technology Center. An introduction to the new era of joint University-industry cooperation for research in cutting-edge technology.
10:30 am Management Expectations of CAD/CAM Technology. Managers discuss what gains, such as productivity or improved human factors, they would like to achieve from implementing computer-assisted design and manufacturing systems.
1:30 pm The Far East: New Markets and New Suppliers for Northwest Industry. Professor Richard Moxon, Director, UW Pacific Rim Program. A panel discussion of how to benefit from world trade.
3:30 pm Microcomputer Software: What’s Needed, What’s Available, and What Works. Professor Joseph Felsenstein, UW Department of Genetics. A panel of experts assess the state of the art in software.
Thursday, March 8:
9:00 am VUT Operator Stress Problems and Solutions. Gene Sams, Owner, Evergreen Business Sales. Representatives from OSHA and industry will discuss reported problems, research findings, pending legislation, and some proposed solutions to VDT operator stress.
10:30 am Artificial Intelligence: Is It For Real? Professor Steven Tanimoto, UW Department of computer Science. A panel discussion of what artificial intelligence is and in what form it is likely to be commercially available.
1:30 pm The Information Society: How We Get There From Here. Professor Edmond Mignon, UW School of Library and Information Science. A panel of experts present new ways of disseminating information for people and computers.
3:30 pm Preparing the Industrial Environment for computer Integrated Systems. A panel discussion of practical aspects of implementing computer systems in an industrial environment.
There is no charge for the exhibits of the above seminars. For more information, call Dr. Thomas Bennett at (206) 543—5728.
Complementing the Fair will be a two-day conference on computer-aided design and manufacturing. For registration information about this conference, call Arnie Grambush at (206) 773-3500.
BOB SPREIER JOINS DPA
AS “STAFF ASSOCIATE"
Bob Spreier began a 6-month special assignment as a “Staff Associate" with the DPA on January 1, 1984. In announcing this appointment, Rick Stablein, Executive Director, DPA and Galen Schmidtke, Assistant Director for Information Services, DOL, expressed pleasure with this unique cooperative arrangement between the DPA and the DP community. It brings needed staff resource to the DPA and is expected to return long range benefits to DOL.
Under terms of the agreement between DOL and DPA, Spreier’s salary will be paid by DOL with the DPA providing office space and supervision. Stablein pointed out that this is in contrast with DPA Service Center Coordinator program where a DPA staff member is assigned to a Service Center with the Center paying the staff salary. Stablein indicated, however, that both programs have similar goals-enhancing communications and cooperation between the DPA and agencies. Schmidtke reports that DOL is pleased by •the potential for contributing to the accomplishment of selected DPA projects such as the “Networking" and “Micro Resource Center! efforts, as well as expanding the experience of one of DOL’s key staff’ members. Spreier stated that he is looking forward to his new assignment at the DPA. The DPA Board, itself, commended the DPA staff and the DOL for this creative and progressive use of State DP talent. Other agencies have also expressed interest in participating in the Staff Associate program.
ADPM SPEAKER’S BUREAU
The ADPM Board of Directors has identified a broad range of subjects for potential. presentation by ADPM members. These include coverage of technical matters, application of computer, educational concerns, social impact of computers and general management Issues.
The Board believes that several groups both within and outside of state government would benefit from such presentations by our members. Potential audiences include: State agency executives; Legislative committee and staff; state employee professional organizations such as, Fiscal officers, Personnel officers, Word Processors, Auditors and Professional Engineers; School Administrators, teachers and students; private sector organizations such as professional organizations, clubs, associations, Boards and advisory groups, and Chambers of Commerce.
Over the next several weeks the Board will be finalizing plans to launch this new program. Please complete the questionnaire on the back of this newsletter and send it to Bob Payne, Mail Stop: GH-31. This is your opportunity to help your Association achieve its goals and to broaden your horizons.
Please Mail this questionnaire today!
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