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Monthly Association Meeting

Date: March 5, 1987

Location: Arnold's

Time: 12:00 Noon

Topic: "Networking for the 90's"

Speaker: David Watts
Digital Equipment Corp.

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Table of Contents

Chairman's Message

March 5 Agenda

February 5th Minutes

February 10th Minutes

Barone on Peak Motivation

UofW Computer Fair

Government Technology Conference

NASIS Meeting Update

Chairman's Message
Bob Edwards, IPMA Chairman

There are times when the Board may need to take a position on behalf of the IPMA membership. Such was the case on SB5555, the legislation creating a cabinet-level position for information processing. We urge you to keep in touch with your Board members to ensure you are represented.

The following is testimony I gave on February 18, 1987 to the Senate Government Committee regarding SB5555.

"My name is Bob Edwards. I am here as chair of the Information Processing Managers Association. We are an association of 459 upper level information processing managers from 49 state agencies. Our Association's purpose is three-fold: to insure that the collective needs and concerns of state agencies' information processing is brought to the attention of the appropriate branch of government; to further the professionalism of state information processing; and to serve as a forum for the exchange of information.

I am speaking in favor of SB5555.

The study behind the development of this proposed legislation was a picture of cooperation between state agencies, legislative and judicial staff, and the vendor community. All parties had a chance for comment and review to help develop the proposed legislation.

The merits we see in this bill are that:

  1. The legislature has a greater voice in directing the development of information processing at this opportune time.

  2. Information planning and budgeting are being brought together in an orderly manner.

  3. The open competitive acquisition process so strongly supported for data processing would be extended to telecommunications and office automation.

  4. Agencies will clearly be responsible to manage their information.

  5. The states' chief Information Management executive will be able to speak with the full influence of a cabinet official.

  6. The legislature has recognized an emerging problem and taken timely, effective action.

We believe this bill represents a constructive move in continuing to improve the information processing services of this state.

March 5, 1987

  1. Introduction of Guests

  2. Introduction of Guest Speaker

    David Watts,
    Northwest District Networks Manager,
    Digital Equipment Corporation


  3. Approval of Minutes

  4. Treasurer's Report

  5. IPMA Board Report

  6. DPA Announcements

  7. Old Business

  8. New Business

  9. Correspondence

  10. Other Comments/Announcements

  11. Adjournment

February 5th Meeting Minutes
Submitted by Jim Michal, IPMA Secretary

Chairman Bob Edwards opened the meeting at 12:32 p.m. before 41 IPMA members and guests.

Luncheon Speaker

Program Chairman, John Gerrits, introduced Louie Orlando who introduced Richard Walsh, Director of the Resource Center for the Handicapped (RCH), accompanied by Rachel Cox. Louie took the opportunity to present Mr. Walsh with the annual IPMA RCH honorarium for the amount of $500.

Mr. Walsh described the development of the RCH and mentioned it is the only school of its kind in the United States. Their goal is to train handicapped people to be productive vital factors in the working environment rather than requiring support through State or Federal subsidies. Mr. Walsh stated the RCH emphasized people's abilities versus their disabilities. Five graduates of the RCH, which uses donated computer equipment and software with a cadre of training staff, are currently working in data processing in the Olympia area.

Mr. Walsh pointed out that employment of the handicapped is a significant national problem with 17 million handicapped people capable of gainful employment. This group is subsidized to the amount of $100 billion and with the improvement of devices such as voice activiated computer interaction, many of these disabled people could be generating income instead of requiring assistance. Mr. Walsh challenged us to make sure we accept the disabled in the State job market and to look for opportunities for employment for them.

In conclusion, Mr. Walsh described the activities of the "Business Advisory Councils" which use volunteer help to assist students of the RCH. If you would like to volunteer, give Louie Orlando a call at 753-7335.

Business Meeting

After approval of the minutes of the last meeting, Treasurer Jim Michal reported that the WSECU share balance was $8,288.58 while the checking account balance was $1,058.43. Bill Fischer reported that at the DPA meeting of February 4, 1987, a point-of-sale acquisition for the Liquor Control Board and an upgrade of the IBM 4300 computer at Service Center Three were approved. He also mentioned that a revised acquisition policy and protest procedure were approved. Bill pointed out that HB 562 and SB 5555 have been introduced as a result of the Data Processing and Telecommunication Study. He mentioned potential impact of SB 5486, regarding VDT operational safeguards.

The meeting adjourned at 1:02 p.m.

February 10th Meeting Minutes
Submitted by Jim Michal, IPMA Secretary

Chairman Bob Edwards opened the meeting at 1:30 p.m. with a quorum present. Members Dennis Jones, Rich Morgan, and Warren Netherland were absent.

Glen Medeiros reported that the Scholarship Committee is beginning organization activities and will be preparing the appropriate application and advertising information. (The budgeted amount for these high school scholarships is $2,000.)

The present CAP 1 register, especially regarding the number and quality of candidates, was discussed. The Board concluded that there seems to be no apparent problem with this register, but Bob Edwards volunteered to investigate the situation.

Dr. Ruben Marti noted that the FORUM '87 Committee is about ready to start activities. After reviewing some of the results of last year, the board concurred with transmitting the evaluations to the vendors when informing them of this year's event. The Board concluded that it is appropriate to budget for somewhat more than break-even in order to cover unfunded items, or potential use for other purposes. They also agreed to retain the present size and orientation of FORUM. The Board also agreed to cosponsor the planned "State-of-the-Art" seminar, scheduled for June 2, 1987. Because this year's theme of "Artifical Intelligence/Expert Systems" is expected to generate a lot of interest, the Board urged Dr. Marti to plan for at least 100 participants.

Meredith Jennings, Director of General Administration -- Purchasing Division, explained the various pieces of legislation regarding personal services contracts and how they may affect information processing. She mentioned the distinction between "consulting" services and quasi-employment situations currently utilized. She speculated that HB 88, developed by a committee she chaired, outlined competitive contracts for all except in emergency situations. She anticipated sole source acquisitions may require pre-approval and that legislation may provide for exclusions where controls presently exist.

The Professional Development Committee has scheduled two "Communicating Supportively" workshops, conducted by Chick Sandifer, on April 28-29, 1987, and again on May 5-6, 1987. Plans are being developed to present a free "superstar" seminar for IPMA members on May 20, 1987, probably in the OB2 auditorium. The Committee is finalizing arrangements with Dick Dooley, founder of SIM, an acknowledged expert on strategic planning. The Dr. Henning management series will resume with four sessions planned for Spring and an evaluation sub-committee has begun planning for a Fall series.

In conclusion, the Board agreed to investigate the potentiai for testifying on the data processing/telecommunications "reorganization" bills, HB 562 and SB 5555. Jim Michal agreed to meet with Arnold's regarding reservations for the monthly meetings. The Board agreed that "marketing" expenses for the Professional Development Committee in arranging seminars be developed as a budget item.

The meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.

Lonnie Barone's Peak Motivation Workshop

Many of you were fortunate to attend Lonnie Barone's workshop on peak motivation after the 1986 Fall Forum. For those of you that were not able to attend, the following article highlights the workshop. The article appeared in the February, 1987 issue of (Editor: This information was omitted from original newsletter.)

When Lonnie Barone, senior v.p. at W.K. Gray, starts talking to the group at his Peak Motivation workshops or seminars, he often quotes one particular seminar attendee. "I always wondered," the guy said, "why I drove to work at 45 miles an hour when the speed limit was 55."

Barone thinks that comment ideally describes someone who is not at Peak Motivation, a term (and a principle) Barone created to indicate the place on the spectrum of human behavior where a person can be expected to operate most efficiently and most productively. That place, like a state of grace, may be easier understood than achieved, because it requires a lot of things to be in balance.

"Most motivational theories," Barone explains, "talk about the inner state of a person. If you're a highly motivated person, they say, you're more or less psychologically healthy. But motivated is often used in a vacuum. Motivated to what? You can't talk about motivation without connecting the individual with the project."

That's what Peak Motivation does, and Barone breaks motivation into three components -- interest, challenge and control. "Where those components intersect," Barone adds, "you find your motivational profile. And those three terms are totally meaningless unless they are connected to something outside the person."

Interest, he says, involves talent, enjoyment and involvement. "Challenge is what gives me a sense of individual risk-taking -- tests me in some way. It also gives me a sense of individual security, because it's implicit that I have the ability, the right, to make mistakes. And control gives me the power of choice. I can make decisions."

Of course, too much or too little or any of these things is no good. Like a mountain, Barone says: there's a peak, and everything else is downhill.

"Take volunteers. Volunteers are free help if you can get them, but then it's usually hard to keep them. Why is that? It's because they usually get tasks that offer too much control, like filing things in alphebetical order, or counting money. If you have too much control, everything's predictable, there's no challenge. Which pushes the energy down. You lose interest."

At peak, he says, there's a balanced investment of time, energy and focus. Move toward apathy, for instance, and the focus is fine, but energy is lost. Move toward obsession and energy is fine, but focus is lost. And so on.

When off peak, employees begin to feel that they've outgrown their jobs; employers start to worry that the worker is losing interest; salespeople worry that they're losing their enthusiasm. 'Whey're probably all correct," Barone says, "but what they usually don't realize is that with relatively minor fine tuning -- over which they have a lot of control -- they can increase their motivation. After all, as you get better at any job, you're going to be less challenged."

Since Gray has been offering its Peak Motivation program, it has nm the gamut from large seminars (among them BlueCross/Blue Shield's national association and the State of Washinton) to ICUs (intensive coaching units, concentrated 90minute workshops limited to two attendees at a time).

"Managers love the seminars," Barone says, "because it gives them a lot of insight into their people. On the other hand, salespeople are in many ways responsible for their own time, so we help them plot their own motivational profiles, do a further analysis to determine the causes of the imbalance, then review the results. Then we talk about causes and cures.

"Sometimes," Barone says, "as in the case of marketing or sales groups, there is no problem. They just want more insight into motivation per se."

The good news is that Barone's findings contradict much of the mythology often associated with the American workplace. "What our Peak Motivation model has shown us," he says, "is that workers in this country, by and large, like their jobs, and that their problems are ususally fixable."

Submitted By: John Long

University of Washington
March 18 and 19

Plan to join the 10,000 professionals who attend the University of Washington Academic Computing Services' Computer Fair, now in its 13th year.

This year's Keynote Speaker will be Steve Wallach, computer design engineer featured in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Soul of a New Machine. He played a major role in designing Data General's 32-bit minicomputer, the Eagle, and subsequently co-founded Convex Computer Corporation.

The Fair will also feature 100 displays ofcurrent computer technology. Every yearFair visitors see products displayed for thefirst time in the Northwest, such as theMAP/TOP network protocols displayed atlast year's Fair. Many new first-timeexhibitors, such as the San Diego Supercomputer Center, have alreadyreserved booth space. Displays are in theHUB Ballroom. There is no charge foradmission.

In addition, visitors can attend free seminars. These have been so popular in the past, that the seminar program has been expanded to three concurrent tracks. There is still no admission charge, and attendees will have the opportunity to preregister to ensure seating for certain talks.

Seminars of General Interest

No registration is necessary for the following seminars, except as noted:

Wednesday, March 18 in the HUB Auditorium

12:15Keynote Address. Steven J. Wallach, co-founder and Vice President for Technology, Convex Computer Corporation, will talk about creating a new class of computers -- the affordable interactivesupercomputer -- to fill a gapin the market. He will discussthe types of problems whichcan now be solved by thesecomputers. Mr. Wallach is oneof the principal engineersdescribed in the best-sellingbook, The Soul of a New Machine.

Wednesday, March 18 in HUB 209AB

1:30 ETA Supercomputer Architecture. Kent Steiner, Director of International Sales, ETA, will discuss their new line of computers.

2:30Assembling VME Bus Systems. Bart Besseling, Technical Support Manager, Microprojects. Pros and cons of assembling VME Bus systems versus buying complete systems.

3:30Image Analysis on PC/AT and XT. Dr. Michael Weisman, President, Microscience Inc. A demonstration and explanation of video input, processing, and analysis

Thursday. March 19

HUB Auditorium: General Interest Seminars

9:00Integrating Computing and Communications from a Management Perspective. Daniel Fannin, Chief, Office of Information Systems, Washington Department of Social and Health Services.

10:30Forces Against Innovation.Dr. Frank de Libero,Biometrician, WashingtonDepartment of Fisheries.Observations on why people resist sharing data and using information systems.

12:15CD/ROM -- Experiences with New Technology. David Andresen, Marketing Manager, Western Library Network. How one organization uses CD/ROM to distribute information to its customers.

1:30Managing MicrocomputerSupport. Sheryl Blix,Manager, AcademicComputing ServicesMicrocomputer Support Group. How to help people use microcomputers most effectively.

2:30Desktop Publishing. Dr. Terry Denton, Publisher, North Seattle Press. How a company uses electronic and traditional methods in innovative ways to produce a weekly newspaper, catalogs, and many other items.

3:30Network Technology and Beyond. David Plummer, Senior Consulting Engineer, Digital Equipment Corp. Present reality and future trends in networking.

HUB 309A: Human/Computer Interaction (registration needed)

A group of seminars especially for software developers, end users, trainers, and others who need to make computers deliver information effectively and efficiently. The seminars will cover how adults assimilate information, how software can present information most effectively, and what types of equipment and environment are best.

All seminars are free, but to guarantee a space, call (206) 543-6309 to register. People who are not registered will be admitted on a "space-available" basis.

8:30Accelerated LearningApplications and NewTechniques. Dee Dickinson,Coordinator, New Horizons for Learning. A review of current research on development of the brain/mind system. How adults can improve memory, creative thinking, and problem solving.

9:30Teaching Strategies for the Adult Learner. Dr. Pat Guild, owner, Pat Guild Associates. Strategies for information transfer and "learning how to learn", plus effective ways to format content especially for adult learners with different learning styles.

11:00Take the Plunge: CAIAuthoring Systems. Larry 8:30Buttness, ComputerDemonstration Coordinator, Educational Service District#189. A detailed demonstrationof a state-of-the-art authoringsystem for developing and 9:30producing effective Computer-Assisted Instruction.

1:30Choosing the Right Medium. Heidi Johnson, Computer Curriculum Coordinator, UW Extension. How to analyze the costs and benefits of CAI, interactive video, print, and other media.

2:30Creating and Designing a Learning Center. Elaine MacKenzie, President, ETC, Inc. How the learning environment enables good interactive products to deliver information effectively.

3:30Making Computers Usable. Dr. Stephen Kerr, UW College of Education. A panel of UM faculty members discuss current research in human/computer interaction.

HUB 200ABC: Supercomputers for Research & Engineering(registration needed)

A group of seminars for people in all areas of science and engineering. These will cover an overview of supercomputer uses in all major disciplines, and an indepth look at specific disciplines where the research methods used are common to many fields.

All seminars are free, but to guarantee a space, call (206) 543-6309 to register. People who are not registered will be admitted on a "space-available" basis.

8:30Uses of Supercomputers. Dr. John AIdag, Cray Research, Inc. An illustrated overview of new applications in many different disciplines.

9:30The Computational Microscope -- Supercomputing in Astrophysics. Dr. George Lake, Univeristy of Washington. How supercomputers bring us new knowledge by modeling the univerise.

1:30The Computational Test Bed - Supercomputing in Engineering. Edward N. Tinoeo, Lead, Computational Fluid Dynamics Lab, Aerodynamics Research, Boeing Commercial Airplane Company. Practical ways a manufacturer uses modeling on a supercomputer to speed up testing and reduce risk when designing aircraft.

2:30Tomorrow's Networks for Research Computing. Dr. Steven Wolf, Program Director for Networking, National Science Foundation. NSF's program for high-speed networks to access supercomputers and other "point" resources, to distribute information among researchers, and to connect scientists with one another.

3:30Future Developments in Supercomputing. The day's speakers return and are joined by representatives of Convex, Cray, and ETA to discuss what is needed and what can be expected in supercomputer technology and services.

Complementing the Fair will be a two-day seminar on computers in manufacturing, in which users will discuss their experiences in factory automation from technical, management, and human relations points of view. There is a nominal charge for this seminar. For registration, call Ruby Olson at (206) 246-5629.

For more information about the Computer Fair, call Tom Bennett at (206) 543-5728.

Submitted By:
Thomas H. Bennett, PhD.
Academic Computing Serv.

Government Technology Conference

Plan to attend the first ever Western States Government Technology Conference '87 slated for May 19 - 21, 1987 in the Sacramento Convention Center.

"It is the aim of the Government Technology Conference to provide a common meeting ground for all levels of government from around the western states to exchange ideas and experiences," said Ruben Turner, Government Technology Committee Advisory Board chairman and past president of the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils. "Currently there is no event of this kind in the western region."

The spring 1987 event has three major purposes, according to Robert Graves, conference director:.

A series of seminar tracks has been established for the conference. Each track will feature seminm for a particular group of government professionals who are facing an increasing demand to keep pace with technology.

Coordinated Registration Offered

A $25.00 per person discount is available for those agencies/departments registering 10 or more participants (full conference pass only). To take advantage of these savings the WDPSC will be happy to handle conference registration for you. (Your agency will be billed directly by the GTC registrar.)

Contact Connie Rossi at 753-0937 to handle your registration. She has registration packets, plus information about hotels. Also, DNR has a few spots available on its plane if you are interested. Connie also has information regarding the flight schedule.

GTC '87 Seminar Program Prices

A. Full Conference Pass                                    $125*         Includes admission to Keynote Address, all              $100 if       Seminars, Product Demonstrations and                    more than   Exhibit Floor.                                          10 register                                                                                                                                                B. One Day Pass                                            $75          Includes admission to Keynote Address, one                            day of seminars, and unlimited attendance to                          product demonstrations and exhibit floor.                                                                                                                                                                           C. Keynote Session Pass                                    $20          Includes admission to Keynote Address and                             unlimited attendance to exhibit floor and                             product demonstrations.                                                                                                                     D. Exhibits/Demonstrations                                 $10           Covers admission to exhibit floor and                                 product demonstrations for full 3 days.                        




7:30 AM


9:00 AM

11:00 AM


11:30 AM


1:30 PM

3:00 PM

Management In The Information Age: The Government Executive's Challenge  Special Technical Session: Connectivity, LANS -- Issues & Problems Choosing A Database To Fit The Job
3:15 PM

4:15 PM

New Communications Technologies: What This Means For Government Panel Discussion -- LAN Applications In Government Turning Your Problem Into An Information Technology Solution
4:30 PM

5:30 PM

Executive Information Systems LAN Panel Discussion (continued) Next Generation Of Word  Processing Systems


8:00 AM


8:30 AM

10:00 AM

Management Of The 1990's -- A Report From The MIT/Sloan School Of Management Artificial Intelligence: What It Means For All Levels Of Government An Orientation To The Automated Office For The Non-Technical User
10:15 AM

11:45 AM

Information Master Planning For Government Organizations Telecommunications & ADP -- Integration Directions & Strategies Field Automation -- How Laptop Computers Make Dollars & Sense For Government
2:00 PM

3:00 PM

Video Teleconferencing & The Role Of Video In Government Information Systems System Prototyping & Fourth Generation Languages Will You Be Working From Home In The 1990's? A Look At Telecommuting
3:15 PM

4:15 PM

Electronic Record Management An Overview Critical Aspects Of Information And Physical Security Using Presentation Graphics Software Effectively
4:30 PM

5:30 PM

Panel -- Information Resource Management & Technology Applications Tech Update: Geographic Information Systems Special Technical Users Session: The Programmer's Workbench
6:00 PM



8:00 AM


8:30 AM

10:30 AM


New Directions In PC And Workstation Technologies

Panel Host: Enzo Torresi, Executive Vice President, Businessland

SPECIAL APPLICATION: Desktop Publishing In Government
12:30  PM

3:00 PM


Panel Discussion: The Challenge And Opportunity Of New  Technology In Government

Presenters: To Be Announced

3:00 PM


NASIS Meeting
March 23 - 24

The West/Midwest Regional Meeting of the National Association for State Information Systems (NASIS) will be held in Seattle on March 23 and 24 at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza. IPMA members are invited to attend the meeting, which will include presentations on a number of topics of interest to data processing managers:

Other highlights of the conference are a boat trip to Blake Island for an evening salmon bake and a tour of the Boeing plant in Everett.

If you would like registration material and additional information on this interesting and entertaining event, please call Rick Stablein at the Data Processing Authority, 753-5445.

Submitted By:

Rick Stablein
Data Processing Authority