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BAC Meeting -- Fall 2004 Department of Computer & Information Technology New Directions in Computer & Information Technology Department Chair: John Seydel, Ph.D. Computing @State Means Business!

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BAC Meeting -- Fall 2004

Department of Computer & Information Technology

New Directions in Computer & Information Technology

Department Chair:John Seydel, Ph.D.

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Computing @State Means Business!

  • Provides the public with recognition of the IT mission of the College of Business

  • Two-fold thrust

    • Develop technical, managerial and educational strengths among our students considering careers in IT

    • Provide a core for the infusion of technology throughout all Business curricula

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Our Mission

We offer students the technological and analytical skills necessary to improve their lives and to be successful in an increasingly complex and globally-oriented world. We support this effort through original scholarly contributions to our chosen fields and by service to the University, as well as to other organizations in the Delta Region and


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Our Vision

We seek to be nationally known as a leading source of knowledge and training for students, professionals, and other practitioners that they might serve as leaders in existing and emerging information technologies.

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Our Values

  • Focus on learning

  • Engagement in scholarship

  • Balance of theoretical and experiential learning

  • Problem solving as important as technology

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Business knowledge and professionalism

  • Ethical behavior

  • Diversity of people and thought

  • Risk taking to expand knowledge

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Our Core Competencies

  • Telecommunications/networking

    • LAN/WAN administration, design, and support

    • Web technologies

    • Server & desktop operating systems

  • Data Management

    • Database technologies

    • Data mining applications (e.g., CRM, IT system analytics, etc.)

    • Data warehousing

    • Knowledge management (a potential strength we seek to develop)

  • Supply Chain Technologies

    • Operations/manufacturing management systems (ERP,

    • Automatic identification & data capture (e.g., bar coding, RFID, etc.)

    • Process modeling and analysis

  • IT Education/Training

    • Educational institutions (e.g., secondary and postsecondary schools)

    • Industry internal needs

    • End-user support

  • Methodologies

    • Project management

    • Systems analysis & design

    • Unified modeling language

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Our Core Competencies (continued)

Note that applications development, often a mainstay of academic IT departments, is not explicitly included in this list. However, far from being absent from what we do, applications development is a competency that we feel runs across all of the above IT sectors.

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The Technology Advisory Board

One of the stated purposes of the CIT Department is to improve the utilization of resources available to ASU's research and instructional mission where information technology (IT) is concerned. A Technology Advisory Board (TAB) is essential for providing a liaison between industry and academia and for providing a means to leverage both internal and external resources. More info . . .

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The New Directions Summarized

  • Become a destination program, not just an opportunity of convenience

  • Build on our existing strengths

    • Telecommunications/networking

    • Data management infrastructure

    • Supply chain expertise

  • Exploit opportunities to add to our strengths

    • Data and knowledge management

    • AIDC

  • Partner with industry for projects, financial support, and research

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Moving in These New Directions

  • Major curriculum revision

    • Undergraduate

      • MIS

      • BTech

    • Graduate: MSISeC

    • Courses offered (e.g., MIS 1503)

    • Degree programs

    • Done in conjunction with the TAB

  • Hire senior faculty member in data and/or knowledge management

  • Build on existing relationship with Computer Science and develop doctoral program