Dr. Annette Easton
Businesses today face new challenges in structuring their organizations and managing their operations to meet global competition. Goods and services are increasingly produced by world-wide networks of firms, using modern information technology to share information and coordinate activities. To be successful in this information-centric environment, companies must make investments in systems and technologies that maximize the value of their information assets. The principles and techniques covered in the MIS department's programs in information systems (IS) and supply-chain management (SCM) are crucial as companies work to define and execute a twenty-first century business strategy.
Because of the imperative for companies to invest in information systems, there are more people in the U.S. working in information technology today than ever before. The career prospects are outstanding for students who learn how IS and SCM investments interact with business strategy, and who can apply the best tools and technologies to the planning and execution of business processes. At the executive level, these skills are fundamental to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) position, which is responsible for assuring alignment between a firm's IT strategy and its overall business strategy; and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) position, which is responsible for maximizing the value captured from a firm's activities. At the entry level, there are challenging and rewarding opportunities in systems analysis and design, project management, database administration, network management, and information security. Knowledge of information systems and supply chains is frequently a prerequisite for holding a decision-making position within an organization. Our programs provide the foundation to succeed in these careers.
One of the most important qualities a student can possess as they enter the workforce is real world experience.
One of the best ways for SDSU information students to get this experience is through various individual projects that offer a student an opportunity to earn course credit and while gaining valuable IT expertise.
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