Kelley MSIS graduate students win competition

Dec 09, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Three students in Kelley's Masters of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program took the top prize at the International Case Competition on the Strategic Value of Information Technology Management, sponsored by IT management firm CA, Inc. The competition was held November 16-17, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Scott Albin, Joseph Powell and Nanditha Ram beat out 9 other teams of MBA and masters of information systems (MIS) students from around the world to take home a $10,000 prize. The faculty coach for the team was Keith Dayton.

Kelley MSIS graduate students win competition

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This case competition was one of the first of its kind to focus on issues that lie at the intersection of business and technology. Professor Ramesh Venkataraman, chair of Kelley's information systems graduate program, says there is a growing demand for professionals who can bridge the business-technology gap, which is the focus of Kelley's MSIS program.

Daniel Smith, dean of the Kelley School, said, "We are very proud of the students for their victory in this competition which featured students from a very capable set of international institutions. We have long received glowing feedback from companies that hire students from our MSIS program. Team Kelley's performance in this case competition is further evidence of the high quality of the program and the students that graduate from it."

Students were given two weeks to work on a case focused on measurably improving the lives of New York City residents through information technology in the health and human services division of the city government. Executive leaders from the city's real project team as well as CA participated as judges.

The judges were impressed with the Kelley team's poise under pressure. The amount of time the team put into the case was evident from the depth and breadth of their content, the judges said.

Team-member Joseph Powell said, "I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and sharing ideas with MIS students from across the world. Speaking with teams from Helsinki to Singapore was a great way to understand how MIS programs are evolving. The case, along with the support shown from CA executives and New York City officials, also made me realize the immense relevance of the skills being taught at the Kelley School of Business's MSIS program."

"It was a humbling experience to be amidst such intellect. I was in awe of the people I have met for they aren't just great achievers but more importantly people who believe in learning about new ideas even if they are coming from someone who is inexperienced or less than half their age," remarked Nanditha Ram.

Teammate Scott Albin noted, "This case competition, more so than any I had ever seen, provided a truly real experience with a case that was happening right now and affected the future lives of New Yorkers. The involvement from the 'client' was also astounding. Never have I been judged by someone who was actually living the case daily, nor had I had the pleasure of seeing the answer, as it currently stands, presented by the person tasked to solve it."

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The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business is an innovative, professional graduate degree program that prepares students for rewarding and engaging careers as business technologists. Business technologists emphasize the management of--not just creation o--technology. The market-driven curriculum integrates a core of information science knowledge, business foundations, and specific technical skills and knowledge that lead to a career in both traditional and emerging fields. Career paths include general information technology (IT) consulting, IT governance and controls, and corporate IT leadership development programs.

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