Nine Hot Topics in the First IS/IT Course: Increasing Our Student Employability

Presenter: Hossein Bidgoli, California State University - Bakersfield Most traditional IT jobs are still in high demand. However, during the last few years some new IT jobs have been created that are even in higher demand and come with substantially higher pay. Examples of such jobs include App Developer, Social Media Architect, Telework Manager, Data Scientist, Cloud Architect, Robotics Engineer, and so forth. The IS/IT students should be given a basic knowledge and familiarity with these new fields that are creating these high paying jobs. This basic training should encourage many of these students to pursue a career in these new fields.

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Presenter: Hossein Bidgoli, California State University - Bakersfield Most traditional IT jobs are still in high demand. However, during the last few years some new IT jobs have been created that are even in higher demand and come with substantially higher pay. Examples of such jobs include App Developer, Social Media Architect, Telework Manager, Data Scientist, Cloud Architect, Robotics Engineer, and so forth. The IS/IT students should be given a basic knowledge and familiarity with these new fields that are creating these high paying jobs. This basic training should encourage many of these students to pursue a career in these new fields.
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  1. Nine Hot Topics in the First IS/IT Course: Increasing our Student Employability

    Slide 1 - Nine Hot Topics in the First IS/IT Course: Increasing our Student Employability

    • Hossein Bidgoli
    • California State University - Bakersfield
  2. Hossein Bidgoli, Ph.D.

    Slide 2 - Hossein Bidgoli, Ph.D.

    • Professor of MIS at California State University
    • Helped set up the first PC lab in the U.S. and served as its first director
    • Author of 45 textbooks, 27 lab manuals, and dozens of technical articles
    • Editor-in-Chief of five major encyclopedia and handbook series
    • Numerous national awards and accolades for many of these Encyclopedias and Journals
    • 2001-2002 Professor of the Year
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  3. Traditional IT Jobs

    Slide 3 - Traditional IT Jobs

    • Operations and help desk
    • Programming
    • Systems design
    • Web design and Web hosting
    • Network design and maintenance
    • Database design and maintenance
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  4. New  IT Jobs

    Slide 4 - New IT Jobs

    • App Developer
    • Social Media Architect
    • Telework Manager
    • Data Scientist
    • Cloud Architect
    • Robotics Engineer
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  5. Goals and Objectives of this Presentation

    Slide 5 - Goals and Objectives of this Presentation

    • Link the IS/IT Course to Current and Upcoming Job Market
    • Encourage Students to pay Closer Attention to these Hot IS/IT Fields
    • Encourage Students to Choose Major or Minor in These Fields
    • Assist Undecided Students to go into these Fields
    • Increase Overall Employability of our Students
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  6. Topic # 1: Business Analytics

    Slide 6 - Topic # 1: Business Analytics

    • What is BA?
    • BA uses
    • Data
    • and
    • Statistical methods
    • to gain insight into the data …
    • Descriptive, Predictive , and Prescriptive
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  7. Business Analytics in Action

    Slide 7 - Business Analytics in Action

    • Match.com
    • eHarmony
    • Blue Cross and Blue Shield System (BCBS)
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  8. Topic # 2: Big Data Analytics

    Slide 8 - Topic # 2: Big Data Analytics

    • What is Big Data?
    • Big data is data so voluminous that …
    • The 3 Vs
    • Volume
    •  Variety
    •  Velocity
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  9. Who Benefits from Big Data?

    Slide 9 - Who Benefits from Big Data?

    • Retail—Customer relationship management, …
    • Financial services—Risk analysis,…
    • Advertising and public relations—Targeted advertising, …
    • Government—National security,…
    • Manufacturing—Product research, …
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  10. Topic # 3: Telecommuting

    Slide 10 - Topic # 3: Telecommuting

    • Reduced costs of doing business
    • Reduced employee turnover and absenteeism
    • Able to find and hire people with special skills
    • Technology support is available for both employees and employers
    • There are some challenges
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  11. Examples of Job Candidates for Telecommuting

    Slide 11 - Examples of Job Candidates for Telecommuting

    • Computer programming
    • Data entry
    • Accountant
    • Advertising executive
    • Bookkeeper
    • CAD/CAM engineer
    • Civil engineer
    • Financial analyst
    • Graphic artist
    • Journalist
    • Stock analyst and many more
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  12. Topic # 4: Business Applications of Social Media

    Slide 12 - Topic # 4: Business Applications of Social Media

    • Facebook- Create a Fan Page
    • Twitter- Connect with customers in real time
    • Pinterest- Showcase product offerings
    • LinkedIn Groups – Seek business expertise
    • YouTube- Create video content and “how-to” videos
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  13. Location-Based Social Media Tools

    Slide 13 - Location-Based Social Media Tools

    • Yelp, FourSquare, and Level Up are great for brick and mortar businesses
    • A business should register on these sites to claim a location spot
    • A business should offer incentives such as check-in rewards or special discounts
    • Customer reviews on these sites are very helpful for attracting new customers
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  14. Topic # 5: Mobile Computing

    Slide 14 - Topic # 5: Mobile Computing

    • Mobile computing and mobile apps
    • An app is designed to perform a specific task …
    • Today, there is an app available for just about any task …
    • Many of the apps are free; some must be purchased
    • Security and privacy challenges
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  15. Here are some examples of popular apps in use

    Slide 15 - Here are some examples of popular apps in use

    • EPOCRATES —Gives doctors basic information about drugs, harmful interactions,…
    • ALIVECOR —Produces electrocardiograms when patients place their fingers over the monitor's sensors
    • Google Shopper—Provides information such as prices, reviews, and videos for millions of products
    • RBS —Performs all sorts of online banking tasks
    • Spotify—Streams millions of songs from the Internet
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  16. Topic # 6: Electronic Health Records    "eHealth"

    Slide 16 - Topic # 6: Electronic Health Records "eHealth"

    • Advantages
    • Improve quality and convenience of patient care
    • Increase patient participation in their care
    • Improve accuracy of diagnoses and health outcomes
    • Improve care coordination
    • Increase practice efficiencies and cost savings
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  17. EHSs  the Foundation for Collaborative Patient Care

    Slide 17 - EHSs the Foundation for Collaborative Patient Care

    • Kaiser Permanente successful implementation
    • There are more than 17,000 medical apps to choose from
    • Mobile health apps allow doctors to monitor patients in real time, regardless of where they both are
    • The patients create and transmit their own data using portable ECG machines, blood pressure monitors, and weight scales
    • EHRs and mobile apps are creating a true collaborative environment between doctors and patients
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  18. Topic # 7: Cloud Computing

    Slide 18 - Topic # 7: Cloud Computing

    • Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, says, “You don’t generate your own electricity. Why generate your own computing?”
    • What is Cloud Computing?
    • Cloud Computing incorporates, under one platform, many recent technologies, including the SaaS model, Web 2.0, grid computing, and utility computing …
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  19. Types of Cloud Computing

    Slide 19 - Types of Cloud Computing

    • Public, Private, Hybrid, Community
    • Which one to choose?
    • Cloud computing includes components in the form of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS
    • Common examples: Google Drive, Dropbox, and Office 365
    • Advantages and Disadvantage
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  20. Topic # 8: IoE / IoT

    Slide 20 - Topic # 8: IoE / IoT

    • The Internet of Everything (IOE) processes, data, and things are interconnected….
    • The Internet of Things (IoT) physical objects that are connected to …
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  21. Who benefit from  IoE and IoT

    Slide 21 - Who benefit from IoE and IoT

    • Manufacturing industry is a major beneficiary through:
    • Connected and smart factories
    • Integrated supply chains
    • In-context collaboration and work flows for global design teams
    • Sensor-driven decision analytics
    • Smart homes
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  22. Topic # 9: Applied AI

    Slide 22 - Topic # 9: Applied AI

    • Expert Systems
    • Robotics
    • Case-Based Reasoning
    • Intelligent Agents
    • Fuzzy Logic
    • Artificial Neural Networks
    • Genetic Algorithms
    • Natural-Language Processing
    • Contextual Computing
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  23. Robotics

    Slide 23 - Robotics

    • Their applications are on the rise: Why?
    • According to Gartner by 2025, One in three jobs will be taken by software or robots
    • They do not fall in love with coworkers, get insulted, or call in sick
    • They are consistent
    • They can be used in environments that are hazardous to humans, such as working with radioactive materials
    • They do not spy for competitors, ask for a raise, or lobby for longer breaks
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  24. Intelligent Agents in Action

    Slide 24 - Intelligent Agents in Action

    • SFR, which is a division of Vodafone, uses an IA to facilitate 750,000 conversations a month
    • eBay uses an IA named Louise to assist in over 200,000 customer conversations a day
    • Apple Siri as IA
    • IBM Watson as IA
    • Microsoft's Cortana an IA is able to set reminders, recognize natural voice, and answer questions...
    • Viv is an IA enable to answer a number of queries for the users and becomes smarter as it is being used...
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  25. For additional Current Materials Follow us!

    Slide 25 - For additional Current Materials Follow us!

    • Facebook: 4LTR-Press-for-MIS
    • Twitter: 4LTRPress_MIS
    • LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/4LTR-Press-MIS-4199712
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  26. Please contact me with any questions or comments:

    Slide 26 - Please contact me with any questions or comments:

    • Hossein Bidgoli
    • hbidgoli@csub.edu
    • https://www.csub.edu/~hbidgoli/
    • 661-654-2331
    • Thank you!
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