10 Things I’ve learned in this class to become a better person:
For me, this is an introduction for my next step to fulfill my major, which is an Information Systems and Operation Management.
Earlier we heard from Doug Vogel, President of AIS, discuss international opportunities that exist for our MIS students. Munir Mandviwalla,Temple, followed with a summary of the IS career outlook, looking at data that is currently being collected to quantify salaries, jobs, and roles that our students are pursuing. These beg the question of what students pursuing MIS degrees have to look forward to when they graduate and in their career development. Repeatedly throughout our conference, we have heard the need for LEADERS. Our keynote speaker, Fumbi Chima, Vice President of International Integrations for Walmart, emphasized this, in addition to the alumni panel that spoke earlier in the conference. Leaders need to innovate. We must ask what and why. Our focus must be on people. And on doing the right things. We must develop. Inspire trust. And always challenge the status quo. Don’t tell what could be done, rather act. What types of jobs will there be for MIS / ITM majors? MIS majors are routinely put into just about every category out there – somewhat known as the jack of all trades where the opportunities represent a huge salad bar with every option out there. So where do they fit? Not really ‘technology’ and not library science, rather somewhere in between. According to TechRepublic, The future of IT will be reduced to three kinds of jobs: consultants, project managers, and developers. Our jack-of-all-trades are our systems and business analysts who are at the center of all communications. Communication. Perhaps the most important key trait for all MIS grads. IS professionals provide a bridge between the organization, technology, and the customer. The systems analyst is always asking questions and communicating, providing this bridge. And when viewpoints differ, must come to resolution and clarity on how to remedy. MIS grads will need to solve problems more effectively through abstraction. They will do this through Computational Thinking. Critical Thinking + Technology = Computational Thinking. Computational Thinking represents away of solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior and applying technology to understand the world. Solving problems has taken on an entirely new perspective with the use of analytics. We can and are able to predict outcomes before diving in. Analytics will guide decision-making, by predicting, forecasting, and optimizing via the use of statistical analysis. This is quite more pervasive due to bigger data, better computers,and wider familiarity. Let me paint a picture of how some of these are already in use today.Living in Southeast Michigan, it only seems appropriate to use a car as my example. I borrow this example from Eric Siegel (1). First, in order to open the car door, we have incorporated anti-theft devices that use biometrics to determine your identity. Assuming you have successfully gained access to your vehicle, for your vehicle, for your entertainment, Pandora chooses music it thinks you will like. In traffic, our navigation system suggests alternate routes and bases speed on hills in order to optimize the fuel economy. Breakfast? An en-route system suggests restaurants based on your daily food preferences. Socially,your social techretary offers to read you select Facebook feeds, voicemails, and match.com that it has already filtered predicting your likes. Actually driving the car, we have now incorporated collision avoidance systems that vibrate when it senses you are distracted or there is an obstacle (e.g. a dog or child) that may be in the way. Predictive analytics has not conquered itself. But we can confidently predict more prediction. Every few months another big story about predictive analytics rolls off the presses. We're sure to see the opportunities...
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