A Memo from Dr. Philip J. Bossert

Editor's Note: Dr. Philip J. Bossert, President of Strategic Information Solutions, Inc., of Honolulu, Hawaii, was one of the featured speakers at CEDPA's fall conference. Dr. Bossert talked about his involvement in designing and implementing the Hawaii Education and Research Network (HERN) that connects educational institutions statewide. The numerous requests for additional information and copies of his overhead transparencies reflect the popularity of his presentation.

TO: CEDPA '94 Conference Participants
FR: Dr. Philip J. Bossert, President
DT: October 25, 1994
RE: Presentation Slides & Assistance

I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with you at the 1994 CEDPA Annual Meeting in Long Beach last week. I found the presentations and conversations very informative during the three days, and I am very glad that I decided to stay for the entire event.

Many of you asked for copies of the transparencies that I used during my presentation on the Hawaii Education & Research Network (HERN) and several of you wanted copies of the "Student Blooper World History" that I read portions of at the beginning of my talk. The good folks over at Ascom Timeplex who sponsored my trip to the conference have generously agreed to make copies of both and mail them out from their offices in Irvine along with additional information on the DEC ChannelWorks RF modems and Ascom Timeplex routers which make the Hawaii DOE's ethernet-over-cable networking possible. Since the Hawaii ethernet-over-cable installation is the first of its kind in the nation, the engineers and systems analysts from Asom Timeplex, Digital Equipment Corp., and Time Warner's local affiliate in Hawaii, Oceanic Cable, have been working closely with the Hawaii DOE Network Services Branch to solve the problems inherent in new technology implementations such as this. It is a good team and an exciting project, so give Kimberley Bone at Ascom Timeplex a call if you are interested in investigating this avenue of telecommunications for your schools.

Also, for those of you who asked if I was available to work with you on technology plans for your schools and districts, the answer is yes. My own area of consulting is focused on strategic technology planning for information and telecommunication systems, but other principals on the Strategic Information Solutions (SIS) team are currently providing planning, design and support in the areas of local & wide area networking, multimedia design and development, ethernet delivery of compressed video, and "smart school" integrated network planning. If SIS can be of assistance to you in any of these areas, give me a call or drop me a note at the number and address above, or send me E-mail at [email protected].

Thanks again for your hospitality, and I hope I will see you again soon either in California or perhaps in Hawaii.

Dr. Bossert can be reached at Strategic Information Solutions, Inc., P.O. Box 37849, Honolulu, HI 96837, phone (808) 537-5523 or fax (808) 524-7211.

Copies of Dr. Bossert's overhead transparencies or his "Student Blooper World History" can be obtained by contacting Kimberley E. Bone, Account Executive, Ascom Timeplex, Inc., 5 Park Plaza, 18th Floor, Irvine, CA 92714, phone (714) 851-2442 or fax (714) 476-1874.