IT’s News: Updates from the Department of Information Systems

January 08, 2013

An app for that

Need to find your phone? Want to make your videos more exciting? App developers continue to find ways to assist and intrigue us, and Marilyn Prosch showed Phoenix Channel 12 some of the best apps from the year gone by.  Prosch also talked to the media about the latest generation of shopping check in apps, such as Shopkick. "In a sense, (check-in apps) are the ultimate personalization of targeted advertising, delivering the savings while you are literally in the store or close by," said Prosch.


Degree of understanding

Big data and business analytics are the hot topic right now in business and higher education, so when the new Master of Science in Business Analytics degree was announced just before the holidays, the news made the rounds, as noted in BloombergBusinessweek’s Twitter round up. U.S. News &World Report also mentioned our degree in an article about the discussion in higher education about what the next generation of leaders needs to learn about using those massive banks of data.  The new, 9-month W. P. Carey MS-BA is a joint offering of the information systems and supply management departments at the W. P. Carey School. Applications are now open for the program, which is designed to deepen quantitative and analytical skills and teach students to derive value from data, lead data-driven analyses, and create a business advantage across markets and industries.

Elsewhere in the media, department Chairman Michael Goul discussed Intel's late entry into the tablet market in an interview in the Arizona Republic. Intel's strength is its wide portfolio of products, Goul said, but the company needs to move fast. "The competition is really heating up," Goul said. "We're in for more wars."


Food for the hungry

The faculty and staff of the department of information systems started a tradition in 2011, inaugurating a food drive during the holiday party. Associate Director Angelina Saric reported that in 2012 the tradition picked up steam. In December faculty and staff increased their generosity and brought more food to work than they did the first year! Donations were delivered to the United Food Bank in Mesa.


Moving On! 

Student services coordinator Emily Galindo Elvira has moved her desk to W. P. Carey’s School of Accountancy, where she is the program manager for the Master of Science in Accounting and the Master of Science in Accounting in Taxation.

This is a sort of homecoming for Emily, who was on the staff of the School of Accountancy and Information Management before the department split six years ago.

“My favorite part of my job in IS was seeing the excitement of the new freshmen and their parents, working with them and getting them through to graduation,” she said. “I was there for the excitement at the beginning and the end.”

Now she’s looking forward to working with the accounting master’s students, especially since most enter the program immediately after their senior year, and many were dual CIS majors. 

“Emily has been instrumental in building a small community experience for our information systems students – and that is very important for student success in this large university, said department chairman Michael Goul. “Every senior who has been through our IS program in the past 10 years will attest to Emily’s dedication to readying them for important business careers. Her shoes will be hard to fill. On behalf of the faculty and students, I wish her the best in her new, very important W. P. Carey School role.”