Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Kelley MSIS students take second place in Vancouver case competition

This is a guest post from Christina Cooper, associate director of student relations for the Kelley School of Business' Information Systems Graduate Programs. You can read more about the programs at http://kelley.iu.edu/isgp/.  

Three Kelley students took second place at the CaseIT Case Competition, sponsored by the Management Information Systems Association at Simon Fraser University. The competition was held March 31 – April 3, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. Joe Castor, Ben Cowles and Michael Sobota competed against 16 other teams which came from four continents: North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Ramesh Venkataraman, Chair, and Christina Cooper, Associate Director of Student Relations for the MSIS program, were the team’s coaches.

The students had 24 hours to deliberate on the case before presenting it to a panel of 12 esteemed judges. The case focused on IBM Canada’s desire to implement a global strategy to reduce costs and improve customer service. The judges were impressed with the Kelley team’s deliverable and overall presentation. The team remained poised under pressure during the crucial lightening round which only the four finalists participated in.

Ben Cowles speaks to the value of the experience: "As an accounting and finance major, competing in a MIS case competition provided me with many opportunities to learn more about how technology and business are related. Specifically, we had the opportunity to discuss cloud computing and its future in the business world with various Canadian executives from IBM and SAP. Learning about these topics has sparked my interest in the role technology plays in business.” Joe Castor and Michael Sobota, both incoming MSIS students at the Kelley School of Business, agreed that it was the ability to work well as a team that contributed to the success.

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The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business is an innovative, professional graduate degree program that prepares students for rewarding and engaging careers as business technologists. Business technologists emphasize the management of--not just creation o--technology. The market-driven curriculum integrates a core of information science knowledge, business foundations, and specific technical skills and knowledge that lead to a career in both traditional and emerging fields. Career paths include general information technology (IT) consulting, IT governance and controls, and corporate IT leadership development programs.

Read about the MSIS experience as described by student bloggers at http://msiskelley.blogspot.com/.

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