March 2001 Monthly Meeting

March 20, 2001

Our Very Own ! 

Barry Diehl and Robert Arce and Ken Frei

Barry Diehl and Robert Arce and Ken Frei are active members of MMSA.

Barry's technical session is called "It's All About Style", a review of Cascading Style Sheets.  Adding style to your HTML can be a lot easier if you use stylesheets.  Because there are several options for implementing stylesheets, some may be more appropriate for your website than others. Come find out why stylesheets can be helpful and how you can best use them.   

Robert's session will be on "Using modules in RPG ILE".  Many RPG developers are still not using RPG ILE.  Is it because they are afraid of using sub-procedures?  Learn to think in modules so you can take full advantage of RPG ILE.

Ken's session is "Macro Baselines".  Baselining a project is easy. Rebaselining a project can be a challenge. The biggest issue surrounding rebaselining involves how to handle schedule slips. The conventional way to rebaseline typically results in a win-lose scenario. Usually the vendor wins and the customer loses, but it is just as easy to address rebaselining in such a way that the vendor loses and the customer wins. In this mini-presentation you’ll learn why this is so, and how to create a rebaselining policy that results in a consistent win-win outcome.


Mr. Barry Diehl is the outgoing Technical Chairman and Webmaster for our user group. He's worked in the IT industry for over 20 years and is a software developer at Perot Systems.  Barry has a BBA in Data Processing from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Computer Information Systems from Boston University.

Mr. Robert Arce has over 10 years of experience in the IT industry.  He holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science, a technical degree in Auditing of Systems, and he is an IBM certified specialist.   As an entrepreneur, Mr. Arce has founded a professional services firm PrismaTech, Inc.  His company focuses on assisting small companies with their IT resource needs.    He has great expertise in developing applications, especially for the manufacturing, sales and distribution environments.  Robert has served as the Programs Director of MMSA.   Mr. Arce is also a member of the El Centro College curriculum committee.

Mr. Ken Frei is a senior project manager with marchFIRST, a global professional services firm specializing in Internet and intranet enterprise improvement solutions. Throughout his career, he has worn a number of different hats, including programmer, system installer, software product manager, and project manager. Although he doesn't get to do much programming these days, he is certified in Visual Basic, Access, RPG and Java. He is also a Certified Computing Professional (CCP), a Certified Function Point Specialist (CFPS) and a Project Management Professional (PMP). Ken is currently the PMO Manager for the marchFIRST engagement at American Airlines.

Ken has been active in the Metro Midrange Systems Association (MMSA) for several years. He has served on the board of directors for the past three years: two years as Program Director and one year as President. He is also an active member in the Project Management Institute and serves as company coordinator for the Dallas chapter. Ken has spoken at COMMON, an international IBM user group, for the last two years and is the SME (Subject Matter Expert) for the Project Management course of study.