I P M A  News

  Information Processing Management Associates January 1997  

Edited By Mary Ellen Bradley

Talent Search | Election Results | December Board Meeting


To our IPMA members and friends,may peace, good will and happiness be with you today andthroughout the New Year.


"A hundred years from now it will notmatter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, orthe kind of car I drove...but the world may be different becauseI was important in the life of a child." —Unknown


Talent Search

Have you noticed that it is more difficultto find and then keep talented programmers, databaseadministrators or network staff? If so, you are not aloneaccording to a recent INFORMATIONWEEK article. The article,written by Marianne Kolbasuk McGee, is called “Stretched tothe Limit” and it describes the problems that companies suchas Federal Express Corp., IBM, PacifiCorp and others are havingin finding qualified people for information technology positions.The reasons for this talent shortage include the build-up of ISdepartments in nearly every industry, the demand for Cobolprogrammers to fix the year 2000 crisis, the fact that lesspeople are graduating from college with a degree in computerscience, and that computer vendors, systems integrators,outsourcers and consulting firms are all competing for the samepeople. Additionally, there is a growing demand for client-serverexperience including people with knowledge in networking, Oracledatabases, Unix, Windows NT, PowerBuilder,SAP R/3, Bann financialapplications, corporate intranets, and the Internet.

The following are the suggestions from McGee on how to"Gain and Retain IS Talent":

  • Seek Students: Develop programs to attract college students. Offer internship programs that put students to work. Start training them before they graduate.
  • Get Hot: Try loosening telecommuting rules to let your employees work at satellite offices or at home.
  • Pay for Talent: Be prepared to bid up salary offices for job seekers with hot skills. You should be willing to offer incentive plans that reward longevity on the job.
  • Train to retain: Invest in training programs that keep skills fresh for the entire staff. Discourage newly trained staffers from joining competitors, perhaps by requiring them to repay training costs if they leave before a set time.
  • Hunt Heads: Get to know people in other firms, universities, and agencies. They can help you find talent.
  • Touch temps: Keep temps around longer by making them feel welcome. Involve them in key projects and social activities. Some temps may become permanent employees.
  • Spin the Web: Develop recruiting programs for the World Wide Wed and online services. Remember that IT people are the job hunters most likely to tap into these services.

—Mary Ellen Bradley

Source: Stretched To The Limitby Marianne K. McGee, Informationweek, December 2, 1996.


Election Results

The following people were elected to serve on the IPMA Boardof Directors for 1997:

Jim Albert—Jim is the Information servicesManager for the Washington State Attorney Generals Office. Hemanages an office of 40 staff that provide technical services to1240 employees. Prior to the AGO position, Jim worked for theOffice of Financial Management where he was an applicationdeveloper and information systems manager for 12 years. Jim hasbeen an active member of the IPMA Fall Forum Committee for thelast three years. Jim believes that IPMA serves a vital andunique function in that it brings state employees, private sectorvendors and educational institutions together with the commongoal of improved public service delivery through the use ofinnovative new technologies.

Jim Albert is newest member of the IPMA Board

Mary Ellen Bradley—Mary Ellen has been withthe Department of Fish and Wildlife for the past 10 years. She iscurrently the software Development Manager where her focus hasbeen developing client/server applications. Before joining Fishand Wildlife she worked at Social and Health Services andEcology. She graduated from The Evergreen State College with a BAin Computer Science and a MPA degree in Public Administration.Mary Ellen has served for the past two years on the IPMA board ofdirectors as the Communication Committee chair. She feels thatIPMA is an organization that promotes inter-agency communicationsand professional development for the IT community.

Dennis Laine—Dennis is the InformationTechnology Architect for Employment Security. Previously, he wasthe Director of Information Services for the Department ofHealth. Dennis first started working for the state in 1968 andhas held programming, analyst, project leader and managerialpositions with many agencies over the years. Dennis served as theForum Committee Chair in 1996.

Bob Marlatt —Bob works as the Department ofLicensing Assistant Director of Information Services. He has overseventeen years in data processing, having worked in highereducation, at a local county, in the private sector, and as amanagement consultant. In state government he has experience atWSP, DIS, and Licensing. Bob has been the chairperson of the IPMAtwice. He has bee instrumental in establishing the dataprocessing vocational program at the New Market Skills VocationalCenter. He has also been leading the refocus of the IPMA onInformation Technology community issues. Bob’s goal is tocontinue developing the IT community within the state as wewrestle several important policy issues.

Darrel Riffe—Darrel has been a long timestate employee with 28 years of service. The last 12 years havebeen in his current position as Assistant Director of RevenueInformation Systems. During his state career he has been on theIPMA Executive Board five times, including chairman of theExecutive Seminar. He has demonstrated a solid commitment to IPMAand what the organization has been able to provide theInformation Technology community in the areas of Human ResourcesDevelopment, networking and professional development.

Shelagh Taylor—Shelagh is the Manager ofInformation Services for the Department of Labor and Industries.She is responsible for the delivery of computing, data and voicecommunications, applications development and desktop services toL&I offices across the state. She has worked for over 20years in the computer industry, including the past ten years as amanager of technology within state government. Shelagh has servedas a board member of the IPMA for the past two years. As an ITmanager, she values the IPMA because it is responsive to theissues of the IT community. In these times of rapid change andconstant challenge, it is essential to have a network ofcolleagues willing to engage in discussions of common interest.Shelagh believes the IPMA provides this network.

These new members will begin work January 1 and will serve onthe IPMA Board for two years.

—Mary Ellen Bradley


December Board Meeting

Members Present: Joe Coogan, Bob Monn, Shelagh Taylor, PhilCoates, Al Bloomberg, Jim Andersen, Phil Grigg, Mary EllenBradley, Darrel Riffe, Dennis Laine, Bob Marlatt.

Guests: Jim Albert, Butch Stussy

The Board Meeting was opened by vice-chair Al Bloomberg at7:45 a.m. December 12, 1996.

The minutes for the November Board meeting were approved.

Phil Grigg reviewed the IPMA Board election results. Therewere 125 ballots posted, with a return of 68 ballots. As aresult, the following IPMA members were elected to serve on theBoard: Jim Albert, Mary Ellen Bradley, Dennis Laine, Bob Marlatt,Darrel Riffe, and Shelagh Taylor. Phil reported the electionprocess went well, but that it was hard to find candidates.

With his arrival, Bob Marlatt assumed the role of IPMA Chair,and continued the meeting.

Phil Coates presented the Treasurer’s report which wasapproved. He reported that he is working with the accountant toget 1996 taxes completed.

The following committee reports were made:

Business and Finance Committee—Al Bloombergdiscussed possible investment options available to the IPMA. TheBoard agreed to discuss investment possibilities in more detailat the annual Board planning session scheduled for early 1997. Alalso reviewed budget summary reports developed to track thefinancial activity of major IPMA events.

Communications Committee—Mary Ellen Bradleyreported she would be trying to get the Newsletter out beforeChristmas. Joe Coogan reported there was considerable work doneon the IPMA Home Page. The "what’s new" categoryis up-to-date, and he is pursuing other opportunities to makeinformation available to the information technology community.

Executive Seminar Committee—Darrel Riffeand Phil Grigg plan to have the 1997 Executive Seminar locationand dates identified by the end of January.

Forum 96—The debrief on Forum ’96 waspostponed while Dennis Laine was on vacation, and then ill. Nowthat he is back and healthy, Dennis reported he will bescheduling the debriefing very soon. There was some discussionabout the level of interest for corporate sponsorship. Dennisreported there seemed to be strong interest for Forum ’97.Herecommends the Board review how many corporate sponsors canrealistically be accommodated in the conference facilities.

Professional Development—Bob Monn reportedboth the Project Management class and the Project Estimatingclass were very well received. He believes the classes were notfilled to capacity due to poor marketing. The Board brieflydiscussed other topics which could be featured in the comingyear, and agreed to take this up at the annual planning session.

—Shelagh Taylor


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