Thursday, April 29, 2010

MSIS students take first place in SUIT Showdown case competition

This is a guest post from Christina Cooper, associate director of student relations for Kelley's Information Systems Graduate Programs.

First place accolades were earned by a team of MS in Information Systems (MSIS) students from the IU Kelley School of Business while competing in the first annual Strategic Use of Information Technology (SUIT) Showdown case competition. The case competition was designed for graduate students majoring in management information systems from across the US. The competition was held on April 9 and hosted by the Center for the Management of Information Systems and the Department of Information and Operations Management in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Scott Brier, Sanjay Joshi, and Cerena Olsen, all current MSIS students at Kelley, beat out 9 other teams that hailed from Texas A&M University, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Arizona, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas at Dallas, and University of Washington.

Sanjay Joshi recounts his experience, “We were exhilarated to win first place in the competition! In their feedback, the judges applauded not just the content of our presentation, but also our presentation style as a team. I attribute a lot of this to the MSIS program, which focuses highly on inculcating skills that help us bridge the technology-business divide.” Cerena Olson echoes Sanjay enthusiasm for the experience and describes the attributes that helped the team win: “The judges emphasized the impact of the cohesiveness and compatibility of our team as we worked together to convey our presentation. My team and I were very honored to have won the case competition, as we were competing against world-class universities and very talented teams.”

The SUIT Case Competition focused on recommending a strategic revamp of a web media company using IT. The case allowed the students to utilize the skills they have learned in the MSIS program. As Joshi recalls, “Our team, did not turn it into a purely technical case. We focused on analyzing the ‘business pain points’ described in the case, did a root cause analysis of both strategic and IT misalignments, and finally exhibited how technology could fix those pain points both in the long and the short term. I think this proved to be our differentiator against other teams, most of which focused on technology implementations alone.” This case competition was the first of its kind to bring together graduate student studying management information systems from around the country.

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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 of--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.


  1. Wow! I congratulate MSIS students for winning the Strategic Use of Information Technology showcase competition. Competitions like this harness the skills of the future competent IT specialists in the country. The works of these students who joined the competition may lead to possible innovation in technology like what the students did in Houston. Computer network support keeps innovating to keep up with the demands of the market and also to keep up with the competition within Houston computer support service industries.