Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Free Ascent Career Series goes live for 2015

This week sees the debut of the all-new Free Ascent Career Series (formerly known as the MIS Career Edge). The new name & attitude reflects our excitement about offering MIS students these free interactive, experiential learning opportunities to refresh course knowledge and add exposure to additional topics and technologies to help launch awesome careers.

This series was a big hit in it's former incarnation back in 2011 and we're reviving it, after the Salesforce preview event last December, with a great lineup for this spring.
See this page at the BT250 site for details, tickets, etc.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Salesforce's spring break for students - tell them what you want

Salesforce wants to put on something cool for SJSU students up at their HQ in San Francisco during spring break and they want to get your feedback on what exactly that should be. If you've been reading this blog at all, you know that they're very hot right now (named #1 Most Innovative company by Forbes in 2011) and probably good to know about, especially if you're an MIS student. Anyway, they're trying to reach out, asking what you would like to see & do, so let them know by taking the quick survey they've set up to get your preferences. Then keep an eye out here for the announcement & details once they're nailed down. Should be a great opportunity to actually learn something over break. (Remember, that's ok.)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

great cybersecurity opportunity for MIS student women

Here's a chance for MIS student women interested in Cybersecurity to gather with other women students, faculty and professionals in the field at a national event, sponsored by the National Science Foundation this spring in Atlanta. It's during spring break (March 27-28) so you wouldn't even have to miss classes! They did this for the first time last year (page thru the pics above) and it was a big success so they're doing it again this year.

In their blurb (pasted in below), they say that you can get a free shared hotel room if you sign up ASAP. You would still have to pay your own transportation and a registration of $50 but you would get free meals there. It looks like the airfare would be around $450 but if you're really interested, I think I could probably find some funds to help pay your way! Don't let the cost stop you. If you're interested, please let me know and I'll do my best to find a way to minimize your out-of-pocket cost, ok? But we have to move quickly.

Check out the blurb below with all the links for more info and let me know ASAP if you're interested.

The 2nd National Women in Cybersecurity conference will be held on March 27-28, Atlanta, GA.

With support from National Science Foundation, Award #1303441 (Capacity Building in Cybersecurity: Broadening Participation of Women In Cybersecurity through the Women in Cybersecurity Conference and Professional Development), WiCyS is an effort to bring together women (students/faculty/researchers/professionals) in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry for sharing of knowledge/experience, networking and mentoring. Any individual or organization interested in supporting recruiting and retention efforts for women in cybersecurity is encouraged to participate.

The 1st WiCyS conference was held in Nashville, TN, April 2014. Here are some pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/123349473@N04/sets/72157644386289971/

Although scholarship deadline has passed and scholarships awarded, we can still provide some shared lodging for March 27th at the conference hotel (free of cost) to a limited number of students and faculty who will register ASAP (student rate; $50 and faculty rate: $100). Lodging will be awarded first-come-first-serve basis until capacity is reached.
All attendees will receive free meals for the  reduced subsidized registration fee.
All sponsoring partners receive free conference passes (with lodging) based on level of partnership.

We have limited capacity of 500 attendees: 50% students (at all college levels), 25% educators, 25% professionals.
 The WiCyS conference  will offer:
•             Distinguished speaker sessions        •             Technical presentations
•             Technical workshops                             •             Poster competitions  
•             Birds-of Feather discussions              •             Speed mentoring and networking session
•             Panel discussions                                    •             Lightning talks
•             Career and graduate school fair

We have some excellent speakers lined up and with your participation, we hope to orchestrate a program that will be beneficial to students, educators, researchers and professionals.
Here is a draft outline of the program:

New this year:
·         WiCyS-Facebook travel scholarships for students (up to $500 for 10 students) to defray cost of travel to WiCyS 2015. Only open to WiCyS scholarship receipients.
·         Speed mentoring and networking session
·         Career fair on 1st  day with interview opportunities on 2nd day
We have limited capacity and therefore, please reserve your spot as soon as possible.

Please pass this to peers, help support our cause and spread the word.

Important Links:
Sponsoring Partnership Opportunities: http://www.csc.tntech.edu/wicys/sponsor/

free, tonight & tomorrow: workshops on IBM's Bluemix cloud platform

It's ok to learn something during break. Really.

Sorry for the short notice but tonight is a great free opp to learn about IBM's cloud platform, Bluemix. Tomorrow night there's also a hands-on Bluemix workshop.

These are introductory so you don't need to know anything about it though they recommend signing up for a free trial and checking it out before you go. (It's cloud-based so nothing to install–just use your browser).

They're both held at IBM's Innovation Center up in Foster City. All SJSU MIS students are invited!

As an MIS student (and eventually a professional), you really have to strive to keep up with what's going on with technology, even ones you may never use yourself, and living here in Silicon Valley makes that a whole lot easier but only IF you take advantage of opportunities like this.

Trust me, when you're searching for your first real MIS job, you need to be able to answer questions about your passion for the technology and telling your interviewer about doing hands-on workshops at the IBM Innovation Center is going to impress.

If you go to their Bluemix Days event page, you'll see they have a bunch of Bluemix events listed, including the Bluemix Meetup tonight, Jan 7, and the Bluemix Hands-on Workshop, tomorrow night, Jan 8. Just click "enroll" to sign up. There's a slot for Company/Professional Affiliation–just select the option for Academia-student. (You might need to create a free IBM id. Not sure. But if so, it's free and no big deal.)

Notice there are also options to do live online workshops as well in case you can't make it to these or don't see this in time.

If you're serious about your career, get out and do this kind of stuff. There will be more opps like this coming up so stay tuned and make the effort to go & learn.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

cool part-time internship opp at startup

This looks like a really fun chance to get involved with a startup this spring. StudySoup says they're a peer-to-peer learning marketplace for college students just like you to buy/sell "high quality study materials".

You might even be a customer already, or someday. But for now, it's a chance to get inside and help them develop the business and market their service through social media–ideal for an MIS student because you're a business student, you know marketing & business, but you're tech-savvy so you know how best to leverage the technologies, like social media, to achieve business goals.

It's part-time so you can keep your classes and it's 10 weeks so it'll be over before the end-of-semester crunch. They're providing mentorship so you won't just be thrown into something with no guidance. That alone could be worth the effort, but they're paying too. And they say you can work remotely or in their cool SOMA office in San Francisco. Pretty sweet. But there's only one slot and they do want someone sharp so put on your best game when you apply.

The details, including how to apply, are pasted in below. Check it out and give it a shot. Let me know if it works out.


StudySoup seeks a 
for immediate employment! (10 week program)

Company Details
StudySoup is a peer to peer learning marketplace for college students.

Our mission is to empower top students to help, and coach their peers to success. It’s a great way for top students to make money while helping their classmates.

We just graduated from a prestigious top accelerator in the bay area, have raised money from top tier investors in silicon valley and are on track to grow 10x (ten times our current size) over the next year.

Our team is comprised of a group of diligent, fun-loving, 20-somethings who are eager to take part in the modernization of education. StudySoup currently has users on college campuses nationwide and is growing its community by hundreds of users each month.

The Opportunity
Your entrepreneurial spirit will allow you to develop and implement new strategies to accelerate the presence of StudySoup’s services to students on campuses across the U.S.  Successful execution of these responsibilities may lead to full-time employment at the young, successful start up.

You will work on a day to day basis with the founders of StudySoup, and will be assigned a mentor who will teach you various tactics and strategies for business development and marketing.

We promise you will walk away with an amazing wealth of knowledge built from your own hands on experience, and all of our past interns can attest to that statement!

Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Fluency with Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin
Ability to attend 30 minute, team meetings once per week
Entrepreneurial, creative, high energy, hard working, fun-loving personality

Time Requirements/Compensation
Time: 10-15 hours per week
Pay: Stipend
Location: Remote or in our awesome office!

To apply, please send the following to info@StudySoup.com

  1. Your resume or Linkedin web address 
  2. A short statement answering the question “What makes you the best fit for this role?” (200-word max)
Applications without a written statement will not be considered.

find me in iTunes?

Hey, I'm famous! (sorta). I'm now a for real podcast guest. (Maybe I can finally get a Klout that's not below zero?)

You've probably heard of Salesforce.com by now. They've taken the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) world by storm with their cloud-based platform that businesses are using for all kinds of applications now, not just CRM. They did a hands-on tutorial last month as a preview to our upcoming Career Edge series (see my post from Nov 6) and I posted my reflections on their Dreamforce conference back on Nov 4. It's an impressive company–Forbes.com ranked it as the most innovative company in America in 2012. 

I've been learning their tools myself and working on integrating some hands-on Salesforce-based lab exercises into 188, the Intro to Business Technology course we teach for all business students that are not in MIS. Anyway, Salesforce caught wind of it and invited me to be interviewed about it in an episode of their ButtonClick Admin Podcast series

I'm mortified to hear my own voice the way other people do. Argh. But I guess most people are, too. I once heard a guy who was a fairly famous radio personality for decades say the very same thing. And he had a great voice, of course. Oh well...

So if you're an MIS student, you're probably wondering how come you don't get to learn Salesforce too? Why just the accounting, finance, marketing students, etc? Well, I'm working on it. We did run that tutorial last month so that was a brief chance, but I want to get all MIS students more exposure, so when I've polished up the labs, I'll post them here so the highly motivated among you can download & try them out on your own. And in the coming semesters, we'll probably be integrating some Salesforce exposure, here and there, into some of the MIS core and elective courses, wherever it makes sense. 

Keep an eye out here for those labs to be posted here soon. Coming sometime later this spring. Maybe it will give you something to do over spring break instead of snowboarding. :-J

Monday, January 5, 2015

new year? it's 1889 all over again!

Just catching up with a bunch of stuff that accumulated while I was too busy with the end-of-semester chaos & then the holidays. First one goes back to last Black Friday & reminds me of the old saying "the more things change, the more they stay the same. "

Here's an "amazin'" pic I saw in a post-Thanksgiving article on BBC.com about how Amazon UK had their busiest day on record:

Workers pack orders on the warehouse floor at the Amazon UK Fulfilment Centre in Peterborough in November. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA
My first reaction: Organized chaos. Vast organized chaos.

My second reaction: I've seen this before...somewhere...not exactly, but...

Then it hit me–I'd been on an architectural walking tour in Chicago a few years ago and they showed us the old Montgomery Ward building on Michigan avenue. They were the Amazon of their day, but using mail and train delivery instead of the Internet & Fedex. It was 1872, for pete's sake!  (14 years before Sears started up to become their rival)

By 1883 their catalog was 240 pages and offered 10,000 items!

In 1889, the cover of the catalog showed a drawing of their building with the outer walls stripped off to show the "beehive" inside–all the workers packing up all the goods for the orders–bicycles, sewing machines, clothing, dishes, etc.–just like today. Here's the picture from a site called "Chicagology":

See the resemblance?
So, Montgomery Ward was the quintessential entrepreneur that innovated the business model, not Jeff Bezos. 125 years went by and about the only thing that changed is the way people access the catalog & order, seriously!

Montgomery Ward was founded by Aaron Montgomery Ward in 1872. Ward had conceived of the idea of a dry goods mail-order business in Chicago, Illinois, after several years of working as a traveling salesman among rural customers. He observed that rural customers often wanted "city" goods but their only access to them was through rural retailers who had little competition and offered no guarantee of quality. Ward also believed that by eliminating intermediaries, he could cut costs and make a wide variety of goods available to rural customers, who could purchase goods by mail and pick them up at the nearest train station.
And get this–he introduced the phrase "satisfaction guaranteed or your money back" to the world and how many times have you seen that since?

They ruled for decades but they basically died in 2000. Amazon will die too someday, hard as it is to believe now. Bound to happen someday.

Anyway, it turns out Montgomery Ward was also a great guy & he basically, single-handedly saved Chicago's Lake Michigan waterfront from being totally developed for business. There's a vast beautiful park there today, thanks to his efforts. Here's me standing under the crazy & stunning, giant mirror-covered bean in the park:

Yeah, it's shaped like a giant kidney bean!
You can see my reflection above me, in the mirror, reversed. But I digress...

Anyway, just a little history repeating for you. Hope you have a great 2015. Cheers.