Master of Science in Information Systems

MSIS Highlights

Business Intelligence & Analytics
Product & Process Management
IT Security
Software & Systems Architecture

Business Intelligence & Analytics

Data analytics refers to the process of discovering patterns, understanding trends, and generating useful information from data to support effective decision making. Business intelligence is a dimension of data analytics that involves transforming industry or company data into information that can be used to an organization’s strategic competitive advantage. Skilled analysts are well-versed in the technical aspects of working with data, and also have domain-specific knowledge (e.g., company, industry, country, etc.) related to the data under examination. Companies rely on analysts to identify inefficiencies, improve operational processes, reduce costs, and enhance revenues.

Data analysts ask: How can we use data driven technologies to generate information that creates a competitive advantage for our organization?

Product & Process Management

Operations managers make decisions about how to design and manage products, processes, and services. They direct the acquisition, development, and employment of the resources their firm needs to deliver the goods and services their clients want. The role of product and process management can range from strategic to tactical and operational levels. Some strategic issues might include determining the size and location of manufacturing plants, deciding the structure of service or telecommunications networks, and designing technology supply chains.

Operations managers ask: How can we most effectively and efficiently produce and deliver our services/products?

IT Security

In the rapidly changing world of technology, IT security poses ever-evolving challenges to businesses, governments, and individuals. Organizations need professionals who understand how to secure their most valuable information assets. This task has become a complex process with systems and processes that need to be continually updated and reviewed. IT security professionals must balance the demands of individual business users with the organization’s need for data confidentiality and integrity. An understanding of IT security is also integral to positions that involve working with big data.

IT Security specialists ask:  What are the cost/benefit analyses of different data security options, considering the competing needs for accessibility, protection against security breaches, and financial constraints?

Software & Systems Architecture

Systems architects design and manage the large and complex systems that support the diverse functions of an organization. Companies today must employ multiple technologies to meet business needs. Lack of integration across technologies creates inefficiencies, increases costs, and exposes an organization to unnecessary security risks.  These are critical challenges in situations where companies are looking to adopt new technology or where organizations have combined as a result of a merger & acquisition. CEOs and other business leaders depend on systems architects, who use their expertise in systems analysis, design and deployment to successfully orchestrate these changes in the technical infrastructure of an organization.

MSIS News

SEC Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar to address David Eccles School of Business students

United States Securities and Exchange Commissioner Michael S. Piwowar will address students on Feb. 3, 2015 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Eccles School’s Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building Auditorium (Room 1110).

Piwowar is one of five members of the SEC. President Barack Obama appointed him in 2013.

Seating is limited, so students are asked to register for the free event here, and they will be admitted based on RSVPs or their place in the day-of standby line. The event is expected to reach capacity quickly.

Professor nominated by President Obama to serve on Federal Reserve Board of Governors

A familiar face at the David Eccles School of Business is expected to become the newest member of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors.

Allan R. Landon, an adjunct professor at the David Eccles School of Business who has taught courses since 2011, was nominated by President Barack Obama on Tuesday to fill an open position of governor on the seven-member board.

If confirmed by the Senate, Landon will fill one of two vacancies on the board, which oversees the Federal Reserve System and plays a significant role in formulating U.S. monetary policy.