As the new Chair of the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics (IS/BA), I would like to welcome and acquaint you to the field and our programs.
It is becoming unimaginable to see careers that do not in one way or another use computers. Computers are now very deeply integrated into our personal as well as professional lives. The knowledge of Information Systems and Technology enables you to enhance your career opportunities and advance your professional life.
Modern organizations are now faced with vast amount of data due to advances in computer technology. There is a dire need to turn these data into useful and insightful information. Business leaders need to make important decisions, better, faster, and cheaper in order to remain competitive. The PricewaterhourseCoopers (PwC), one of the most prestigious accounting firms in the world, did a survey of 1,135 senior executives across industries, in 2014. The study indicates that 90% of senior executives believe that Big Data has changed or will change decision making at their organization. Firms like PwC, utilize analytics in their functions such as accounting, tax, auditing, and consulting. As per McKinsey Global Institute, “there will be a shortage of talent necessary for organizations to take advantage of big data. By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.”
Business Analytics is the intersection of business and technology, offering new opportunities for a competitive advantage. Business analytics unlocks the predictive potential of data analysis to improve financial performance, strategic management, and operational efficiency.
Graduates will be equipped to influence decision-making, strategy and ultimately drive better business results by gaining the ability to transform data into a powerful and predictive strategic asset. Business Analytics is critical in preparing organizations to solve 21st-century business challenges and participants of this program will have exposure to innovative methodologies that support data driven decision making
Currently, we offer undergraduate majors in Information Systems (IS) and Business Analytics (BA), and minors in Information Systems Information Systems and Business Analytics (IS/BA), and Business and Design. Whether you are majoring in a business or a non-business related area, you may take advantage of our minor programs. A minor in IS or IS/BA along with any other major, will enhance your knowledge and can lead into a more successful career path. At the graduate level, we offer MBAs in Information Systems, Business Analytics, and Quality Management. We also offer Master of Science Programs in Information Technology and Business Analytics.
Dr. Hak J. Kim, Chairperson and Associate Professor
Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics