We will be working with SAS Enterprise Miner tool for the Data Analytics part. To do this, you need to create an account with SAS. The instructions are provided here (click here).
The registration is free but it takes SAS a couple of days to approve your account (and verify that you are a student). So make sure to complete your registration AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
SAS OnDemand requires that you have the Java Runtime Environment installed on your computer. The labs have this, but your home PC may not.
Mac users: Java should come pre-installed with OSX. Check here for more information.
So first, get the right version of the Java environment here (you can also get it from the Java web site by going through the setup instructions, but this is easier).
Then follow the instructions step-by-step to create your account. It’s not difficult, but there are a lot of steps and you must follow them carefully.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Here are some tips to follow while posting on the course blog:
1.Participation mainly consists of writing a comment on a blog post (such as lecture materials, news articles, and questions)
2. You’ll need to login using your accessnet id and password to leave a comment.
3. Read others’ comments before posting your own comment and avoid unnecessary repetitions.
4. Avoid copy and pasting or quoting verbatim from the internet. Try to paraphrase in your own words.
5. Comments will be disabled for posts older than 14 days.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
This is Kevin and I’ll be your instructor for MIS2502. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you to the course, and hope that you enjoy your time in this class while learning about the unique opportunities provided by data analytics to enhance firms’ competitiveness.
A copy of the syllabus is posted on the blog. Please take a moment to read it and familiarize yourself with the content and format of the course. The syllabus is subject to updates and modifications as the course progresses, and I’ll announce any changes to the syllabus in class.
Here are a couple of announcements for now:
1. There is no required textbook for the course. The main mode of teaching is lectures, in-class exercises, and computer labs.
2. We’ll use a course blog instead of the blackboard. The URL for is http://community.mis.temple.edu/mis2502sec012s12 . All announcements, lecture slides, assignments, grades and other course related material will be posted on the course blog and not on the blackboard.
Please feel free to contact me in case of any questions. I’ll look forward to seeing you on Monday.
Here are the slides for the first lecture on data.
Another slide on Information Architecture will also be discussed. please read the slides before class so you have a general idea of what we will be talking about.
It turned out we have only about 6 weeks instead of 13-14 weeks for regular sessions, so we need to condense the class – therefore two lectures on data and information of a firm will be discussed on May 21. Yes we have a challenge, but I believe with hard work and active teaching and learning, you will rise to the challenge!
I also posted couple of interesting article from magazines about why data is so important, and how data can enhance firm decision making and competitive advantage.
Answer one of the following questions as a comment on this post.
- What do you think is more important to an organization: data or information (don’t say “both” – choose one!!)? Explain why.
- Give an example in your own experience where you saw data turned into information. For example, Amazon takes individual purchases (data) makes suggestions about what you might want to buy (information).
- Have you ever used data to make informed decisions? For example, when you buy things on Amazon or eBay?