Friday, May 21, 2010

Winners of International Case Comp on Strategic Value of IT Management Announced

CA Technologies, the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, the School of Business Administration at Oakland University, and Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona announced May 19, 2010 the winners of the second International Case Competition on the Strategic Value of IT Management. The winners were chosen and announced at CA Technologies’ user conference, CA World 2010, in Las Vegas.

The International Case Competition on the Strategic Value of IT Management brought together students from business and information technology disciplines to demonstrate and evaluate the strategic value of IT management for an organization. Twelve teams participated from different regions around the world. The teams included three graduate students with at least one student pursuing a degree in information technology (IT) or information systems (IS).

The winners of the competition were:

• First Place: Stephan Brostrøm, Theis Malmborg and Christian Øhrgaard from Copenhagen Business School were awarded first place and $10,000.
• Second Place: Ankit Jagwani, Bethany Lipton and Bedanta Talukdar from Texas A&M University were awarded second place and $5,000.
• Third Place: Priyanka Chandrasekaran, Jelanna Olivera-Morgan and Dan Resnick from Indiana University's MSIS Program and Ian Cruickshank, Kenneth Lee and Jason Robertson from University of British Columbia were tied for third place and both teams were awarded $2,500.

Prior to arriving at CA World, the students were presented with a business challenge similar to what today’s CIOs face. In this particular case, the “CIO” of a global financial services organization was concerned about the value proposition of moving an in-house application to a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model in a cloud environment. The students were asked to analyze the proposal, the security and data issues inherent with such a move, and provide a recommendation for action. The featured case study and judging support was provided by Citigroup, Inc.

“We were incredibly pleased with the quality of work and dedication demonstrated by the winning students,” said Connie Smallwood, senior director of Innovation and University Programs at CA Technologies. “It is critical to the technology industry that we engage students early on and give them the experience of confronting real-world problems that are similar to ones they may face after graduation.”

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s business leaders,” said Antonio Di Caro, senior vice president, AXA Technology Services North America. “The competition presented significant lessons that will be beneficial to the professional growth of the students and their ability to link IT and its strategic value to business.” Mr. Di Caro, along with other industry professionals and academic leaders, participated on the judging panel for the competition.

For additional information on the International Case Competition on the Strategic Value of IT Management, please visit http://www.sba.oakland.edu/cacase.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Visit with the Sage of Omaha

This is a guest post from Travis Selmier, visiting clinical professor of finance and Investment Management Academy co-director.

Members of the Investment Management Academy and their fellow MBAs visited the Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffet, in early April. Mr Buffet was in rare form, offering wisdom on topics ranging from Coca-cola ("bathe in it, as long as you use it") to See Candy ("Mirror, mirror on the wall, how much should I raise the price this fall") to progressive taxes (he said he pays a riduculously small amount of income in taxes) to aging (wisdom is worth the price of aging). We all benefited from WB's quote of IBM founder Tom Watson Senior: "I'm no genius, but I'm smart in spots, and I saty in those spots".