- Original "Techhead" of the Vicker Family.
- But alway a country boy.
- First to always wear cowboy boots in high school.
- First to always wear a cowboy hat to high school.
- Started playing with computers in the late 1970's while studying
Accounting at Southwestern Community College.
- Managed to get a work study at Southwestern Community College
taking care of their two Radio Shack TRS-80 Model Is.
- Started Vicker Programming and Services while still at
Southwestern Community College:
- Started out with a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I
- 3 - five and a quarter inch
- 48 KB of memory
- Provided electronic drug record keeping forms for a local
pharmacy that bundled it with their prescription services to local
- Provided a mailing list service for a state wide equestrian
- Started driving and training ponies in 1975. Still do!
- Paraded a team of 4 ponies throughout most of the western two
thirds of Iowa.
- Exhibited teams of up to 6 ponies in assorted horse shows in
the western two thirds of Iowa.
- Co-driver of an 8 pony hitch in the Iowa State Fair Parade for
- Worked for National Farmers Organization in Corning Iowa from
1982 to 1989:
- Hired as a PC programmer for a project using a Radio Shack
TRS-80 Model III to automate field offices.
- Quickly re-assigned to midrange development to assist in
upgrading from an IBM System 34 and System 3 to a "new technology" IBM
- First major task to undertake on my own was to convert the
- Learned fundamentals of communications when I had to take over
the IBM Series/1 for the programmer that left.
- Became a certified professional when I earned my CCP from the
Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP)
- Earned a second certification as a CDP also from the ICCP.
- The ICCP has since combined all their certifications together
under the CCP with added specialties.
- Attended my first Common conference.
- Instituted a centralized name and address database to
consolidate them from the four separate divisions and provide a better
method of identifying an individual's participation across the
- Worked for Crestland Coop during 1989:
- Provided training on moving from IBM System 36 technology to
the new IBM AS/400 technology.
- Helped redesign the purchasing module.
- Helped install their custom package for coops/elevators.
- Automated collection of purchases from their un-attended self
service fuel pumps.
- Helped install a convenience store management package that
- Worked for Fansteel/Wellman Dynamics from 1989 to 1993:
- Converted custom programs from a Honeywell system to an IBM
- Implemented and customized their new Pansophic PRMS package on
the IBM System 38.
- Tracked down numerous problems in Pansophic PRMS and in many
cases provided the fix code for Pansophic's technical support team.
- Implemented and integrated a bar coded time and labor data
collection system for their production floor.
- Upgraded from IBM System 38 to a new AS/400.
- Implemented Premenos EDI on their IBM AS/400.
- Established their first PC network.
- Restored Vicker Programming and Service from a sideline to
primary focus of business in fall of 1993.
- Implemented the conversion and integration of Software Plus
payroll from a customer's custom payroll module.
- Implemented the conversion from CA's Pansophic PRMS to B&L
Information Systems BLIS ERP system.
- Established and installed PC networks for various customers.
- Established and installed internet connections for various
- Including various hardware and software firewall solutions.
- Including different routing technologies such as Internet
Connection Sharing and hardware routers.
- Converted a custom package from a PC network using an OS/2
server and Citrix networking to an IBM AS/400.
- Provided custom training to end users on various applications
such as IBM Query/400
- Implemented Domino servers on IBM AS/400.
- Implemented domains and mail servers.
- Implemented Apache web server on IBM AS/400.
- Implemented WiFi (802.11) access for customer's networks.
- Background feeder stears on grass starting in 1994
- Started making draft and pleasure driving harness for ponies and
miniature horses in 1995.
- Made first Common presentation during the Fall 2004 conference in
- "Employee Management, a Stockman's Approach."
- Certified Computer Professional since
1987. Participant in Professional Development program (120 contact
of continuing education each 3 year cycle).
- Southwestern Community College Advisory Board Member:
- Business and Computer Science.
- Reality is subject to some individual interpretation. -- Roger
Roger Vicker, CCP
1333 Hwy. 25
Creston, Ia. 50801-8029
Phone: (641) 782-2004
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Machine: (641) 782-8746
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