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  Information Processing Management Associates June 1994  

IPMA Board of Directors

Annual IPMA Membership Meeting
Guest Speaker: Jim Seymour

Yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch!

Plan to attend the annual IPMA Meeting on June 2nd — and, if your annual dues are paid-up, you get your lunch (an $8.50 value) free.

Following the presentation of the IPMA Annual Report, Jim Seymour, a lead columnist for PC Magazine, PC Week, PC Computing, and PC Sources, will discuss where he thinks ‘ihe computer industry is going as it relates to state government. Seymour’s presentation will begin at 1:15 p.m.

Jim Seymour is "the most respected and widely-known commentator on the computer industry" according to The New York Times in a recent story entitled "Whea the Industry Comes to the Mountain." Bill Howard, Executive Editor of PC Magazine, recently said of Seymour, "Nobody—repeat, nobody—has more savyy and insight about how PCs are used, and should be used, within a corporation."

RSVP for lunch by returning your completed RSVP Coupon by May 25. By all means, bring a guest.

—Joe Coogan

Executive Spring Seminar

The 1994 IPMA Executive Spring Seminar will be held June 14 and 15 at the Tacoma Sheraton- Hotel. Executives and managers responsible for planning or managing enterprise-wide information processing functions are encouraged to attend. Cost is $150 for LPMA members and $165 for non-members.

Thought provoking and practical are terms that best describe our guest speakers this year who represent companies that are leading the way globally in telecommunications and information processing technologies.

Featured speakers and topics include: Bert Clark, AT&T, "Future Directions in Telecommunications"; Lynn Gardner, Hewlett- Packard, "Open Systems and the Impact on State, Local & Provincial governments"; Paul S. Nerger, Sequent, "Aligning IT Support of Business Objectives of the Future"; William H. Inmon, Prism Solutions, "Parallel Processing & the Data Warehoused; Ken Kono, Unisys, "Busiiinss Process Re-Engineering"; Lark Allen, IBM," Integrating New Networking Technologies With Installed Networks’~ and Bob Kiass, McCaw Cellular, "The’Wireless Last Mile".

For additional information and to register for the seminar-contact Don Dahl at 586-5771 or Dale Putnam at 586-6396.

—Don Dahl

Join Us For Lunch

The June IPMA Luncheon will be:

Date: June 2, 1994
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location: Tyee Hotel, Coho Room
Speaker: Jim Seymour
Topic: Where The Computer Industry Is Going

Board Meeting

Attending the breakfast meeting were Phil Grigg, Don Dahl, Carolyn Geddes; Phil Coates, Joe Coogan, John Foulkes, and Dale Putnam.

The May 19, 1994, meeting was called to order at 7:35 am. by Chairman -Phil Grigg at the Urban Onion Restaurant.

Minutes of the previous meeting were approved without change, and the Treasurer’s report was reviewed and approved.

Committee Reports

Budget & Finance—A rough draft of a budget for next year was submitted for review.

Monthly Programs—Arrangements have been made to have a nationally known speaker, Jim Seymour, speak immediately following the annual luncheon meeting June 2. The lunch will be free for members and cost $8.50 for non-members. Both members and non-members can attend Jim’s presentation.

Professional Development—The next training to be presented will be in September, with three additional sessions during the year.

Human Resources—Work on the ITS series has been completed and submitted to DOP. The CIC class review has not yet started.

Spring Conference—The conference will be held at the Tacoma Sheraton on June 14-15. A final draft of the agenda was distributed. Speakers have been selected for all sessions.

Forum--The conference will be held October 25-26.

Newsletter—Karen Lichtenstein has advised she will be unable to continue to handle the newsletter. Butch Stussy has agreed to take this on for the immediate future.

Membership—To date, six companies have agreed to provide IPMA members with discounts on products.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m. Respectfully, Dale Putnam, Secretary.

Top Reasons For Failure

Why do small businesses fail? According to Michael Gerber, founder of the Gerber-Business Development Corp; the top ten reasons are:

—lack of management systems that help diagnose what is and is not working;

—lack of financial planning and review~

—lack of vision and purpose;

—overdependence on specific individuals in the business;

—poor market- segmentation or strategy; continued next column

—failure to establish or communicate company goals;

—competition or lack of market knowledge;


—absence of a standardized quality program; and

—owners concentrate on the technical rather than the strategic.

—N. A. "Butch" Stussy

Source: Home Office Computing, May 1994

Discounts For Members

The merchants listed below have indicated they will give IPMA members an additional discount just for showing your IPMA membership card when making a purchase.

Kelly Armstrong
AMOS Computers
2735 Harrison Avenue NW
Olympia, WA 98502
Tel: 786-5112

Hal Cook
Automated Office Systems
2959 Martin Way East
Olympia, WA 98506
Tel: 456-3800

Bruce Beecher
Capital Business Machines
3660 Pacific Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Tel: 491-6000

Fred Thompson
Cellular One
1001 Cooper Point Road SW
Olympia, WA 98502
Tel: 786-1069

Bob Turner
Edge Systems Inc.
715 78th Avenue SW
Tumwater, WA 98501
Tel: 943-3343

Martin Hart
U.S. Micro Sales
3825 Martin Way East
Olympia, WA 98506
Tel: 456-2545

Another reason for being an IPMA member. —Joe Coogan

Memorable Quotes

"I think I’m easy to get along with unless I’m ignored or double-crossed."
—Source unknown

"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative."
—W. Clement Stone

"You can work miracles by having faith in others. To get the best out of people, choose to think and believe the best about, them."
—Source unknown

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
—Charles Dickens

OOPS, It’s Your Future!!!

You’ve seen client/server. You’ve heard about open systems. The information highway is being built and data bases are being distributed. Now how can you actually make use of all this?

The complexity of building applications is impacting our ability to optimize the use of current and future systems. Come and hear how one company is approaching these issues and gain an understanding of the next wave of productivity enhancing tools..

Charlie Tuller, IBM’s Chief Technical Advisor to the Vice President of Strategy, will discuss how Object Oriented Programming tools and practices will change the I/T industry to its core Thursday, June 23 in the Office Building-2 auditorium from 9:00 to 11:00 am.

Please RSVP by June 17 by calling (206) 357-7726.

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