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Helping others and helping ourselves

Every semester I try and help out by participating in some way at a Business of IT course taught at the University of North Texas. Last night, I was an active audience member as groups of students presented their final presentation. This usually means we ask them relevant questions about their papers as they are presented to see if we can get them off-track or at least out of their depth. The philosophy is that it is better to falter in this in a relatively safe environment, rather than have their first real exposure to a truly animated customer be in their first job presentation.


The presentations last night were based on some current and relevant topics:

1)      How to become and remain a great CIO

2)      Managing Bring Your Own Device

3)      IT Security: What Boards and CEOs need to know and do

4)      Effective Communication of IT to the Business in ‘Business Terms’

5)      From the Enterprise Today to the “Information Age Enterprise”


All the students presented information based on the coursework covered during the year (e.g., COBIT, Zachman) in the context of their subject of interest. Other review team members were a CIO, a SCRUM certified project manager and a recent graduate of the course (at least relative to when I was an undergraduate), so it was varied enough to pursue them through any rat hole that may open up.


I try to participate in these opportunities, because they give me a chance to look at problems from a different perspective. It is relatively easy to see the students fall into certain traps. It is a bit harder to see how I’ve fallen (or continue to fall) into similar ones. Supporting others and performing self-examination can be quite cathartic.


The areas that I were a bit suprised were no covered were Cloud Computing and Big Data. Maybe they were banned as being too much of a buzzword.

Labels: Context| security| Youth
jim.c.cooper | ‎04-26-2012 03:56 PM



I think the talent emerging from Universities today is quite impressive.  I'm doing similar work with Indiana University's Kelly School of Business Masters of Information Management Systems program.  We <HP> acted as shepherds for 4 projects - BYOD, Photon Engine, User Segmentation, and using Social Networking for Support.


The students were not only well versed in ITIL, CoBIT, but also with business analysis to determine market potential.  With such talent I'm very curious where the IT industry will be 10 years from now.



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