Thursday, July 10, 2014

newest, hottest MIS elective premieres this fall - register now

If you're among the living, a fair assumption for those reading this blog, then you're well aware that the hottest thing to come along in the tech world the last few years is "Big Data". It's a Big Deal and last year we hired a new professor, Scott Jensen, to bring Big Data expertise into the MIS Department here at SJSU. (You may remember my blog post from last fall welcoming Professor Jensen to the department. He left one of the leading Big Data "think tanks" in the country, the Data to Insight Center at Indiana University, to join us!)

The big news now is that he's putting together a new MIS elective in Big Data to be offered this fall but space will be limited to no more than 45 students so get registered ASAP if you can, assuming you have any interest, which you would have to be insane not to. See the short blurb below and/or see the full description web page and then get on the system and sign up.

McKinsey has estimated that we face a shortage of 1.5 million managers and analysts that have the know-how to understand and make decisions based on Big Data; but what is Big Data, and what are the Big Data challenges that businesses are grappling with?  Although the focus in the press has often been on statistics and data analytics, two aspects of Big Data that businesses implementing such projects have identified as significant are (1) getting the data ready for analysis (a.k.a. “data wrangling”), and (2) understanding and communicating the business proposition and value. In this course we will explore how different industries and the public sector are using Big Data, the Big Data life-cycle and data characteristics, operational issues relating to developing the business proposition, ethical considerations, and communicating the outcomes.  We will also look at current data wrangling and visualization tools.

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