Through this project, I was able to learn about and discuss big data. I talked about how big data is relevant to MIS 2502 and how it has been applied in practice.
In this project, our task was to scrape a website with notable celebrity deaths and create insights from it. To do this project, we utilized Python to scrape the Wikipedia Page, and Excel to clean and chart our data. Our project URL is http://project.mis.temple.edu/cleansingbigdata/ . I learned a lot from this project. The main thing I learned is Python. Going into the project, I had never worked with Python before, but this project gave me a great introduction to it and gave me the chance to establish a foundation in python if I ever use it in the future. I also learned more advanced excel formulas and functions. While I had strong Excel skills going into the project, I solidified and strengthened those skills through my work. Overall, this was an excellent project and a great way to wrap up my MIS coursework.
- Include the goals, results, project URL (if applicable), and what you learned in a brief paragraph.
- The goal of this project was to create a streamlined, embedded solution for DLL’s vendor sales reps. The current process is slow and involves lots of paper, so the point of the solution was to help take DLL away from paper transactions to fully digitally-funded deals.
- The results after soft implementation saw sales reps being able to fund deals faster, freeing up time in their days to work on more important tasks.
- I learned how to use DocuSign and Excel in ways I haven’t before during the building of this solution.
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The goal of this project was to take a process at a previous job That I found to be inefficient and to design a new system that would improve the process. For this project I created a prototype for a new training process to be used in Walgreens stores as the current process was often the source of frustration while I worked there. This project further reinforced things that I had learned during the class about scoping a project, developing use cases, developing data masters, and creating a prototype.
- Once approved, the description is automatically displayed in a post on your e-portfolio.
The goal of this project was to convert unstructured data scraped from Wikipedia regarding thousands of notable deaths into a data set that is able to be used for statistical analysis. Through iterative sprints, the team and I created project documentation, assigned roles, learned a new coding language, and worked together to create a structured data set. We learned the value of teamwork and research, in addition to the value of communication among team members. We also learned how to leverage each individual’s skills to achieve our goal. This project allowed us to use our knowledge to solve a problem end-to-end through development and project management. Please check out the project website to see further information and documentation.
Marie-Christine Martin’s MIS4596 class
The goal of this project was to earn an industry recognized certification in Project Management. Which, is a great way of distinguishing yourself as a business professional who has clearly demonstrated knowledge of Project Management and has shown the initiative to focus time and energy on this subject outside of the classroom. This goal was achieved by taking the Comptia Project + exam. Having a Project Management Certification demonstrates that you are passionate about this area which is in great demand in industry and can make you stand-out when applying for internships and jobs, which gives you a significant competitive advantage.
My exam results were a 791 out of 900, which is a passing score. Honestly the test was harder than I expected but I learned a lot about project management from it. Specifically about the importance of deliverables and what the key information that needs to be included in project deliverables are. I hope to use my experience with this exam to assist me in my attempts at earning higher level certifications in the future.
On April 11-13, Temple MIS hosted the 10th Annual Association for Information Systems Student Chapter Leadership Conference. Over 180 students and faculty attendees from 33 schools participated in the conference. AIS student chapter leaders and members convened in Philadelphia to exchange best practices, network with students from other chapters and engage with industry experts on cutting-edge topics. Chapter members also competed in four competition tracks in topics such as analytics, AI and blockchain.
Temple was the founding University for AIS student chapters,” says Jeremy Shafer, Temple AIS student chapter adviser. “The first conference was held at Temple in 2010, and we were excited to bring it back to Temple for the 10th anniversary.”
The conference had a full agenda, with nine workshops and panels organized and led by students in topics such as chapter leadership, women in IT, location analytics and ethical hacking. Industry leaders from AmerisourceBergen, NBCUniversal, Alexion and Capgemini spoke to the student and faculty attendees about cutting-edge information technology topics. The conference also featured two keynotes: George Llado, chief information officer and senior vice president of Alexion, and Douglas Robinson, vice president of AmerisourceBergen.
“Bringing the conference back to Temple allowed us to show what we’ve accomplished as a chapter at a national level,” says Justin Kish, MIS ’19, Temple AIS chapter president. Temple AIS Officers Vice President Cara Evans, MIS ’19, and Director of Professional Development Ami Parekh, MIS ’19, coordinated a team of over 50 student volunteers, who greeted and guided attendees around campus.
The members of Temple AIS truly showed their dedication to the organization,” says Parekh, “The enthusiasm of our student volunteers made the conference a memorable experience for everyone.”
Matthew Nelson, executive director of AIS and Matti Rossi, past president of AIS, attended the conference. Nelson was impressed with the quality of the conference. “The quality of the competitions, the professionalism of the students and the enthusiasm and networking between students and universities is at the heart of AIS’ mission.”
“The 10th AIS Student Leadership conference demonstrated once again the liveliness of our student chapters and the health of the information systems field. AIS is very grateful for the support of Temple and the Fox School of Business and Department of Management Information Systems for organizing this year’s event,” says Rossi.
Back in 2006, JaeHwuen Jung, assistant professor of Management Information Systems, had something in his back pocket few other people had access to at the time. As an IT application architect at the largest telecom company in South Korea, he had a smartphone with unlimited data.
Almost immediately, he saw the future. “I knew this was going to change the way people shopped, did business, and lived their lives.” It changed his behavior, says Jung. For example, he became a comparison shopper, checking out the items he wanted in a bricks-and-mortar store but making the purchase online, for the lowest price.
After almost seven years in that job, what he saw inspired him to earn a Ph.D. in MIS. Today, he researches the impact of new channels and digital platforms on consumer behavior.
Jung’s paper “Love Unshackled: Identifying the Effect of Mobile App Adoption in Online Dating,” published in MIS Quarterly in March 2019, explores the impact of one such channel—mobile apps—for those in search of romantic partners. His paper shows that accessing dating apps via mobile phone results in users not only increasing their access but also getting better matches than they would have using a desktop version alone.
Why? It all has to do with the way a mobile device affects behavior. “As we rarely share our mobile phone and use it in more private places such as bathroom, it feels more private than a computer,” says Jung. So when people use a dating app on their phones, they are honest, more impulsive, and less inhibited. All these things add up to more time spent using the app and better matches.
Jung’s new research looks at how to optimize the referral program. He’s testing different referral incentive designs and learning surprising things. “If the company rewards the existing customer, there’s some guilt involved because they get something and the friend they are referring doesn’t,” he explains. But if the friend benefits, people are willing to make more referrals, and to closer friends.
In the classroom, Jung teaches data analytics to MIS majors and minors. He shows how businesses can efficiently store and retrieve data as well as how to analyze increasingly complex datasets. “Today, companies can track user locations. They know more about user behavior. With all this data comes marketing opportunities,” he says.
Bryce Buffaloe, MIS ’10, is a product manager with Google. “The job is like being the CEO of your own product,” says the Management Information Systems program graduate. And it’s hard to imagine a more exciting place for that kind of work than Google, whose past products have transformed the business world and our everyday lives.
Buffaloe recently added product manager to his responsibilities at Google, where he is also a Swarm engineer. Among other things, he works closely with current and potential clients to tackle their business problems with technology-based solutions. “Often they didn’t know the technology they needed, and I would be able to come back to them with tools that met their needs,” says Buffaloe. “A lot of business goals can be achieved using Google cloud.”
Before coming on board with Google in 2017, his career path took him to The United States Attorney’s office, where he worked on litigation support database management, and to Accenture, an information and technology services company in the San Francisco Bay area. “All my work has to do with data and application development. It’s just at Google, I have different tools to solve problems,” he says.
At first glance, the path from Temple to The U.S. Attorney’s office to Silicon Valley might not be obvious, but Buffaloe says the skills he honed at Temple work to unite his resume. He started studying to become a civil engineer before eventually transferring to the Fox School. There, Buffaloe connected with an academic advisor who helped him see that his interest was squarely at the intersection of computers and business–MIS.
By graduation, I was very well prepared for the real world. My teachers all brought the industry into the classroom,” he says.
One issue he’s working on now is a serious one with far-reaching implications: The opioid crisis. “It’s a complex problem, but it’s a problem that has a lot of data points. There are socio-economic areas, there are patterns to how people get help and how they get drugs,” says Buffaloe. There’s a large amount of anonymized data that, if it can be properly analyzed, can potentially make a major impact.
Google analyzes the datasets to, among other things, identify specific neighborhoods where there’s no local center or outreach for opioid users or at-risk populations. “It’s similar to the problem of food deserts. People may not be getting help because there’s nothing near them,” he says. But soon, thanks to projects like these, help could be on the way.