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!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

IoT opp again–this one by Cisco & on campus

Seriously this has got to be the most insanely great job title ever created by mankind–

Vice President, Emerging Technologies & Chief Demonstration Officer

Geek heaven.

And the lucky guy who gets to be this at Cisco (Jim Grubb - check out his blog) is coming to campus in a couple of weeks to do a presentation on the IoT (Internet of Things) which, as you know, I was just posting about last week as maybe now ready for primetime as the hot new thing.

This presentation is part of the IT Open Forum series of technology talks put on by the Information Technology Services (ITS) group at SJSU–the ones that actually manage the campus' technology. It's free and it's right here on campus in the Engineering building, a short walk from the BBC, so there is no excuse for flaking.

In fact, it's on Webex too, so even if you can't be there in person you can tune in, though I always think it's best to be there in person if you can and to sit up front to really engage, AND stick around after to introduce yourself to the speaker, thank them, etc. These are people we all should be aspiring to emulate and I just think it helps you do that when you shake their hand & look them in the eye. (The time I met "the Woz" was indelible in my memory. So glad I didn't miss that chance.)

Here are the vitals for this one:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
ENG (Engineering Building) 285

but check here for the page with all the details.

And keep an eye out for future meetings in this series that might be worth catching. (I will too but can't always keep up with posting here so don't just count on me.)

See you at this one...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

ThingEvent follow up w/360 vids for Google VR, etc.

So the PTC's ThingEvent turned out to be pretty cool. They showed some amazing Augmented Reality (AR) applications that companies are using today - mainly for facilitating service to equipment.

For example, they showed how a German motorcycle company uses it to help with repairs - a technician with not much training can be helped to do a sophisticated engine diagnosis & repair by holding up an iPad (or wearing goggles) that superimposes labels, color-coded part animations, etc. on actual the motorcycle, showing her/him what part to remove next, what pieces to replace & how they go in, etc.

There was another similar example, an iPad app superimposing repair instructions directly on a piece of medical equipment. With their app, the customers (labs) can actually do the repairs themselves! The manufacturer doesn't have to send out a technician at all. Pretty amazing.

They posted a bunch of 360-degree videos on YouTube, about the making of today's event. Pretty cook but you have to watch them through a Chrome Browser or use the Google VR cardboard app to get the full effect. It's amazing stuff but maybe poised to be the next big thing–PTC is saying so. We'll see...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

free "ThingEvent" webinar on Augmented Reality for the Enterprise

I see a lot of these free webinar things go by but this one caught my eye so I just signed up myself-it's billed as a "ThingEvent" from a company, PTC, that is into IoT (Internet of Things) among other stuff.

IoT is super hot & at an inflection point for going orbital–here's a couple of articles from the Harvard Business Review about how it's going to revolutionize business. These are both co-authored by the PTC CEO, Jim Heppleman, and the famous Harvard Professor Michael Porter whose classic "Porter Model" of the 5 competitive forces you have or will learn like the back of your hand  in 189, 119b and others. PTC is into IoT with their ThingWorx platform. (I went to a ThingWorx workshop  at Salesforce's DreamForce conference last fall &my workstation actually...well, didn't work, but that's another story and the demo was cool.)

This PTC webinar event is focused on Augmented Reality (AR) for the Enterprise which is hard to get one's head around but they claim it is for real (and they appear to be pretty on top of stuff), hence my interest and encouragement for you to check it out, too.

I was delving into VR way back in 1990 when the extraordinarily eccentric & brilliant Jarod Lanier was the boy genius at the pioneer VR company VPL. (I saw him at an insane rave party in SoMA back then.) But VR was too early then. The gear was crude, hard to integrate & too expensive to get decent performance.

So I hadn't paid too much attention after that until some of the AR apps started coming out on the iPhone–like I remember this Dutch company Layar came out awhile back with one of the first I spotted–if you were touring in Amsterdam you could look through your phone & see labels & historical info, etc. superimposed on the buildings around you. I never got the chance to try it out, sadly, but I loved the idea of it.

Now PTC is saying it's time for AR in the Enterprise? Not sure what that would be but guess we'll find out what they're thinking on Thursday, at 12pm. It's free. Sign up.

BTW, any thinking person, especially here in Silicon Valley, should check out Jarod Lanier's critical & insightful ideas about "the poisonous concentration of money and power in our digital network." Here's a brief summary video of his important book "Who owns the future?"