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  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Back From the Future A look back at an issue of today from 1973 A presentation by Rande Robinson
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 The Opinions ( no matter how well thought out they are ) expressed in this presentation are my own and do not represent the views or policies of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, HEEP or any other government agency, foreign, domestic or extraterrestrial. (the fine print - Although they should) THE LEGAL STUFF (The stuff my “bosses” make me add.)
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 35 years ago almost to the day a paper was presented at the 14 th Annual Area 2 meeting in Charleston, South Carolina Does anyone here remember it?
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Engineer In Data Processing By Randall A. Estes, P.E. Alabama DOT Before we get to it It was
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Where were you in 1973? Put picture here I had just turned 13
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Some things that happen in 73 Miami Dolphins win the super bowl VII for a perfect season Richard Nixon begins 2 nd term Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is released Paramount’s Carowinds opens LexisNexis computered legal research service begins World Trade Center is opened Federal Express begins operations Secretariat wins the triple crown Watergate Begins Yom Kippur war Arab oil embargo and the Energy Crisis Endangered Species Act is passed Bosporus Bridge open connecting Europe & Asia for the first time O.J. Simpson rushes for 2000 yards
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 It was not unlike Today War Political “unrest” Oil issues And a interconnected world
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Back to Mr. Estes Paper
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Data Processing in 1973 Mainframes and the high priesthood FORTRAN, COBAL dominate PC is still a dream Slide rule is dying
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Robert Metcalfe devised the Ethernet method of network connection at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. He wrote: "On May 22, 1973, using my Selectric typewriter ... I wrote ... "Ether Acquisition" ... heavy with handwritten annotations — one of which was "ETHER!" — and with hand-drawn diagrams — one of which showed `boosters´ interconnecting branched cable, telephone, and ratio ethers in what we now call an internet.... If Ethernet was invented in any one memo, by any one person, or on any one day, this was it." Robert M. Metcalfe, "How Ethernet Was Invented", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Volume 16, No. 4, Winter 1994, p. 84. IMSAI is founded. In 1973, Bill Millard left his regular job in management to found the consulting firm Information Management Services or IMS. The following year, while he was working on a client’s project, he developed a small computing system using the then-new Intel 8080 microprocessor. He realized this computer might attract other buyers and so placed an advertisement in the hobbyist magazine “Popular Electronics,” offering it in kit form. The IMSAI 8080, as it was known, sold briskly and eventually about 20,000 units were shipped. The company was eventually purchased by one of its dealers and is today a division of the Fischer-Freitas Company, which still offers reproductions of the original for sale to hobbyists. The Micral was the earliest commercial, non-kit personal computer based on a micro-processor, the Intel 8008. Thi Truong developed the computer and Philippe Kahn the software. Truong, founder and president of the French company R2E, created the Micral as a replacement for minicomputers in situations that didn´t require high performance. Selling for $1,750, the Micral never penetrated the U.S. market. In 1979, Truong sold Micral to Bull.
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 No. Some people consider the HP 65, introduced in 1973, a mere calculator, but it was fully programmable; you could even play games on it. HP even called it a personal computer in their introductory article in the HP Journal , but it wasn't the first. Slide rule is quickly becoming extinct. PONG is state of the art
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 The Paper had Three main parts 1. Overview of Engineering 2. ALDOT’s EETP 3. Engineer, Computer DP Manager Relationship
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Funny how the names change but the problem remains (it’s IT now, not DP)
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Mr. Estes points out That the engineer through education and experience approaches problems by some systematic approach. That he works closely with others and is constantly under a deadline. Constrained by his management, legislature, FHWA, AASHTO to name a few. Some thing never change
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 “ When the engineer has encountered the same problem enough times he develops a standard drawing to fit a limited number of situations. And when he has the available the resources and understands a recurring mathematical or statistical problem well enough his standard drawing becomes a computer program.” Isn’t that a security risk?
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 “ Unlike the engineers working shoulder to shoulder, in one large semi-public office, his request and problem statement is turned over to a coder or programmer hidden away for months at a time in an isolated cubby-hole in some lyabyrth of hallways, with humming, snorting, blinking and card chewing machinery. At best his request is handled by someone whose knowledge of engineering is summed up in what uncle Albert once told him about the Panama Canal or cousin Bills trip through the Lincoln tunnel. Now comes the part I love Panama Canal didn’t we own that once?
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 “ This ought not to be the case and in fact should be made illegal by legislative action. But since data processing shops seem to become in some states political footballs, they have not yet reached their peak of organization and efficiency.” He goes on Politics in Transportation give me break
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 He suggests two… So what’s Mr. Estes solution?
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Engineering Liaison Employed by and responsible to the engineering section but with organizational and physical access to the facilities of the data processing shop. Solution #1
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Direct organizational of official line of communication between DP and Engineering And accomplish this by having engineering classifications of either or both operation and management included in the DP Shop Solution #2
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 … to compensate a good and deserving employee for years of faithful service in engineering or technical position he must be moved to into a supervisor or manager slot in order to get a higher salary. This usually happens in total disregard to his ability or inability to handle or deal with his co-workers on a supervisory basis. But the biggest problem is
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 2. Data Processing is an indispensable tool in today's world of engineering, science and finance. The conclusions in 1973 where 1. Engineers & DP Professionals are necessary, important and integral parts of our and all other highly advanced societies. 3. In highway departments and similarly related fields, engineer-data processing teams are essential in extending the usefulness and economy of the department and of adding to the welfare of the public we serve.
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 I left the engineering to solve these problems (although at the time I had higher ideals) but we haven’t. It is funny It is the 21 st century maybe it’s time we leave the 19 th century and re-evalutate the way we do business.
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Where does Engineering begin and Computer End? And can we continue to have this Engineering vs. Information Technology debate? To update this paper to the 21 st Century
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11
    • Politics
    • Education
    • Organizations
    • Professions
    • The fabric of society
    Think about it It is effecting everything from Can let it go on for another 35 years?
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Difference in Supervisors & Managers One last Point
    • A Supervisor is more worker than supervisor.
    • Should think like a worker, have interest and concerns of a worker and associate with his workers more than with management
    • A Supervisor who operate as management is probably the most inefficient worker in the organizaton
    • He gets paid more and produces less than the employees under him (on a unit cost basis a very expensive employee)
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11
    • Their interest should lie in
      • Time management & organization
      • Delegation & Decision making
      • People skills
    • And must have a personal attribute of
    • Motivation and Action
    While Managers are not supervisors
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Thank You for Your Attention .
    • Any Questions, Comments or Derogatory Statements?
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 Feel free to contact me via email at either rjrobinson@ncdot.gov or [email_address]
  • 2008 HEEP Area II Meeting Atlanta, Georgia June 8-11 If you enjoyed this presentation and would like to download it or see what other random thoughts, I come up with check out my blog at: http://rjrcubed.blogspot.com