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Management Information Systems
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The University of Texas at Dallas School of Management

January 2009

Curriculum Spotlight: Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence and Data Mining

The UT Dallas School of Management is pleased to announce a new certificate program in Business Intelligence and Data Mining. The certificate program emphasizes knowledge, skills and abilities associated with the design, delivery and use of business intelligence and data mining techniques in organizations. According to a recent article published in Information Week, organizational data storage is growing in excess of 50 percent per year. Students who successfully complete the program will be well positioned to support the growing need for professionals to extract meaningful information from organizational data repositories through application of structured processes.

The certificate program requires courses in business perspective, statistics, data preparation and data mining leading to a joint SAS Institute/UT Dallas certificate in business intelligence and data mining. A total of four semester long courses are required. Students gain hands-on experience with SAS, the market-leading advanced analytical software platform.

The program is open to degree and non-degree seeking students. Students already enrolled in a degree program in the School of Management are automatically eligible for enrolling in the certificate program. Non-degree seeking students may apply online.

Work and Travel: A UT Dallas Student's Perspective

MIS students gain interesting work and travel opportunities. In this edition of the newsletter, we profile M.S. in Information Technology and Management major Srinath Sivaramakrishnan. Sivaramakrishnan had a summer internship as a product management intern with Kronos Inc., an employee management company based in Boston, MA. His duties included data collections and analysis, and strategic preparation of product planning, putting the data to good use in linking the engineering part of the process with the marketing initiative sides. He closed the internship with the preparation of a product assessment determining the optimum level of investment in a new product.

When asked to describe a typical day at his internship, he said every day was different and he was never bored, adding, "I performed a multitude of activities ranging from interviewing stakeholders, updating product road maps, collecting product information and attending meetings with other product managers to understand how my product fits in the suite." He described his managers and co-workers as helpful and supportive, giving him good work experience.

Upon entering the workforce, Sivaramakrishnan has learned some useful strategies. "Professionalism and regular follow-up have been key factors for success. Eagerness to learn new things and to innovate have been equally important," he says. This is a balance of applying knowledge, gathering information and maintaining a focused energy level while on the job.

Sivaramakrishnan not only maximized his work experience to its fullest advantages, but he also benefited from the opportunity to travel. During his internship, he had the chance to explore the city of Boston. He enjoyed the natural beauty of the region, too, hiking and going on cruises.

Students interested in pursuing an internship should speak with their academic adviser or a career services representative today.

Career Spotlight: Industry Research Data on Careers in IT

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics makes strongly positive projections for information technology careers, noting a shortfall of required IT employees in the future.

While many students are concerned about off-shoring and the economy's impact on job growth, these concerns are directly contradicted by research data performed in the IT-specific industry marketplace. In fact, there is a shortage of available IT professionals. In a recent survey of 251 CIOs and chief technology officers conducted by the McKinsey Group, the top priority in the industry is finding well-trained IT talent.

Projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics highlight the growth of careers by 2016, including:

    •Computer Systems Analyst positions show growth of +27 percent, with median salaries of about $63,000

    •IT Managers are set to increase at a rate of +9-17 percent growth, with median salaries around $94,000

    •Network and Computer Systems Administrators show a +27 percent growth rate, with a median yearly salary of nearly $65,000

For more information on careers in any of the above fields, please visit Information Systems and Operations Management.

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