Monday, June 20, 2016

CNN profiles former SJSU MIS student now at Google

Please check out this inspiring video about one of my former students, a star MIS grad who lost her sight while she was in the program and then came back, graduated and got hired at Google to work on improving the accessibility of their tools. We honored Jyotsna back when she graduated in 2006 with the Spirit Award that we give in her honor every year since at our MIS graduation. This year, we honored her again with the Outstanding Alumni Award. See her story in the video. It will make you rethink your life and the effort you put into achieving your goals. Congratulations, Jyotsna!

Hackers fighting ISIS (video)

Just ran across this crazy CNN video interview of a hacker, "WauchulaGhost." He and his pals use their talents to fight ISIS on his own. Really interesting. They take over the ISIS Twitter accounts, etc and post up stuff to irritate them like porn & gay pride images, etc. Not strictly legal but they feel like they're doing what they have to in order to contribute to the war on terror. Check it out.

my lunch at Apple HQ

One of the perks of being a professor–I get to know lots of students who wind up at all the cool places in Silicon Valley and sometimes they invite me over for lunch. It's always fun to see the MIS alums in action and hear about the stuff they're working on (to the extent they're allowed to share.) And the food at these places beats the the pants off the restaurants I go to on my own, so it's an extra treat.

Here's me and recent MIS grad Parth Dhebar at the famous 1 Infinite Loop sign at Apple HQ. Parth was a great student to have in the program and landed his dream job, starting full time at Apple just a couple of weeks ago. He loves what he's working on–dealing with the App Store–and he gave me a nice tour around, including seeing the Emmy Award trophies they've won for their ads, etc. Parth treated me to an awesome lunch of Indian food and smoothies and a visit to the flagship Apple Store with all the latest, coolest stuff like this stunning headphone display case, designed by genius Jonathan Ives:
and this phenomenal mammoth 4k display that cost $2M alone:

I switched from Windows to Mac back in 1992, before Parth was even born, so have been a huge Apple fan basically forever. Meeting, Steve "The Woz" Wozniak a couple of years ago was like one of my lifetime highlights. So visiting the mothership last week was a total treat. Thanks, Parth!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Silicon Valley Legend, Carol Bartz @ SJSU! Sign up now!

MIS students at SJSU get amazing opportunities to interface with top Silicon Valley luminaries. (Back in the midwest, where I'm from, we were lucky to hear from the IT guys at the local tire factory.)

Now's your chance to be in the same room with Carol Bartz, former president and CEO of Yahoo! and Autodesk, the first woman CEO of a major high tech. Forbes has named her one of the Top 100 most powerful women in the world and you get to see her for free and ask her questions, right here on campus, in the Student Union Ballroom on April 18, from 6-7:30pm!

But you have to register at:

Honestly, you don't get a lot of chances like this in your life. (Nor do I). So take advantage of it. Listen to her story and learn from it. She's a great role model for women but men as well. And it wouldn't hurt to mention this in your next job interview - shows you're into Silicon Valley & technology and you have a passion for learning, etc.

See you there!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

MIS opps at the Job Fair: update 2 (Wednesday)

Lots more good opportunities at the fair today. I didn't get to talk to too many because I had to be there before most of them showed up but I did leave the MIS program fact sheets at the tables of a bunch of them so hopefully they are a bit familiar with our program when you get there.

Today, the ones that didn't list MIS but are good bets are:

  • Plantronics (booth 1 - they've hired our students in the past)
  • F5 networks (upstairs; booth 99)
  • eBay (booth  97, upstairs; said "business" but not MIS specifically, they love the project management piece - 119a - and have hired lots of our students before including one who's a top/key leader now)
  • Eli Lilly (booth 16)
  • Electric Power Research Institute (booth 26)
  • x-Scan Imaging (booth 82)
  • Res Power Solutions (51)
  • Relay Health (71)
  • And then a bunch of others who DID list MIS: City of Fremont, Chlorox, Cisco, NetApp, etc.
Remember you can/should try for an internship even if you haven't had that many MIS courses yet. For internships, they generally don't care that much about how much you know already. They just want someone who is motivated and into the technology. Go for it!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

MIS opps at the Job Fair: update!

I just got back from the Job Fair over at the event center. I targeted a bunch of employers to talk to that didn't list MIS specifically but probably wanted our students, based on the other majors they listed, etc. I told them about the program and gave them a fact sheet of what classes you guys take, etc.

All but one said they definitely needed MIS students and wanted me to send them over, so here you go:

  • Proofpoint
  • RingCentral
  • Gigamon
  • Wine Group 
  • Insightly CRM
  • Kohl's Digital
  • Memory Blue
Of course these are in addition to the ones that listed MIS, specifically. Lots of good opportunities. Go talk to as many as you can and see what you can get going with them.

I'll try to do the same tomorrow but I have a meeting that's in the way so will only be able to catch those that are there early. I'll try to post any others I find that want MIS but didn't say so. 

Good luck!

Monday, February 22, 2016

MIS Preview: SJSU Job Fair tomorrow & Wed

All MIS students who don't already have a job or internship lined up should be planning to hit the SJSU Spring Job Fair in the Event Center tomorrow & Wednesday, looking sharp, both in terms of your attire & your resume. It's your chance to hit a whole slew of employers who are looking for SJSU students, specifically, all in two afternoons. Many of the employer reps will be former SJSU students who are there to help give a chance to the next generation from their former alma mater. This puts you at a huge advantage over going online or to other job fairs open to the general public, so take advantage of it now.

There are tons of top employers who listed MIS, specifically, among the majors they're looking for: Cisco, IBM, Netapp, Symantec, Dell, e-Trade, VISA, VMware, and Walmart e-Commerce (a former SJSU MIS student is in charge of that entire operation - all of!)

And there are a bunch of other good places also saying they want to talk to MIS students, specifically. (8x8, A10 Networks, Epsilon, Avantech, Diversant, City of Fremont, and more.)

But, as you should know by now, MIS is an often misunderstood or overlooked major, so there are always employers at these fairs that need MIS students but just don't realize it, so they didn't list it. Don't let that stop you from approaching them! Especially if they are good opportunities, which many are: Gigaton, Plantronics, MemoryBlue, Morpho Detection, etc. If they say Computer Science, etc. and list any Business concentrations then I suggest you give them a try, even if they don't list MIS. For if they list Accounting Info Systems, but not MIS, it's probably just an oversight. Give them a try too.

The main thing is to make sure you help them get what MIS is: 

"Business + Technology" is the short version.

If they're still listening, then tell them you learned (or are learning) "how to find technology solutions–how to to help them leverage technology to do things better/faster/smarter."

And if you took Jensen's Big Data (Data Science Technology) elective, tell them so! That stuff is in very hot demand right now all over.

I will be going to the fairs during the setup time before they open to you guys so I can help promote MIS to some of these employers that seem to have just missed us by accident. So hopefully, if you approach them, they will have been primed by me and my handout about the MIS program and how good you guys would be to hire.

Good luck!