MIS Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

Fall 2019 MIS Fall Advisory Board Meeting


  • Introduction – Maric Boudreau and Hugh Watson
    • Introductions around the room
  • MIS Department Updates – Maric Boudreau
    • BLC has been completed
    • Phase III- Ivester and Orkin Hall
    • New faculty
      • Terence Saldanah- teaches Systems Analysis and Design
      • Karim Jetha- teaches Business Intelligence and MIST 2090
    • Program Updates (Graduate Programs)—Maric Boudreau
      • MSBA: 36 students (at least 3 as MIS/ MSBA DoubleDawg)
        • Some of the best students are MIS graduates
      • MADA/ KPMG: 15 students
      • MBT: 76 students
      • PhD: 9 students
    • MBT Enrollment—Mark Huber
      • 13 students graduated in Spring 2019
      • 34 students starting the second year
      • Looking for projects (6-7)
      • Completed Fall 2018 projects:
        • Jittery Joes
        • UGA Development Office
        • UGA Chemistry Department
      • Current projects:
        • Lighting Approaches
        • Energy Demand
        • Anesthesiologist Related Mobile Application
        • Counseling Assistance Program Management System
        • Piecework Management Application
        • Programs Updates (Undergraduate)—Maric Boudreau
          • Certificate in FinTech
            • Will start accepting students once hiring of Mr. Thidi is completed
            • 35 students currently enrolled in BUSN 3700
          • Undergraduate Major
            • 671 as of Fall 2018 (33% female)
            • Areas of Emphasis: (open to any UGA students, most likely MIS and CS)
              • Data Analytics- 108 students
              • Information Security- 30 students
                • This area of emphasis is currently not well known
              • Undergraduate Enrollment
                • Has been increasing over the years. Roughly 700 students currently.
              • Ranked #8 out of Popular Degree Majors at UGA (Fall 2018)
              • Top Employment (Class of 2018)
                • Big 4
              • Undergraduate Placement (Timeline)
                • 81% before graduation
                • 96% 3 months after graduation
                • 99% 6 months after graduation
              • MIS Student Organizations—Lauren Stone
                • Society for MIS
                • Women in Tech
                • Society for Cyber Security
                • Society of Business Intelligence
                • Terry Student Consulting
                • Women in Business
                • The MIS Student Advisory Board
                • More information on how to get connected on each website (google uga + student org name) or contact us and we will put you in touch with the right people.
              • MIS Coffee Series—Lauren Stone
                • More intimate setting between students and MIS professionals (MIS Professors and Advisory Board members)
                • Informal setting where you give your background information and then have a Q&A
                • Email Hugh Watson if interested in participating in a coffee series
              • MALC 2020—Maric Boudreau
                • April 2-4, 2020, hosted by the MIS Department, at the BLC
                • MIS Department heads and other leaders to discuss curriculum issues and a variety of topics
                • 9th year, coincides with 50th year of MIS Department
                • Anticipating roughly 100 guests
                • Keynote speaker: Bill Franks (Al & Big Data)
                • Reception, debate, tailgate
                • Great opportunity to show off MIS Department, the BLC, and UGA
                • Support from Bob Trotter and Gartner
              • Giving Opportunities—Maric Boudreau and Hugh Watson
                • State Farm Gift- Sandeep Davalbhakta and Sabrina Robinson
                  • Provided a $5,000 grant to support department and it’s initiatives
                • 50 for 50 Coin Campaign—Mark Huber
                  • Celebrate 50th year anniversary
                  • Donate $50 or more, get a coin
                    • Most of the donations go right back to students through scholarships
                  • Coin Design competition between students
                  • Point of contact for donations: Kathy O’Brien
                    • Goal: $90 million
                    • Reached: $121 million


“Reinventing the Workforce and Generation Z”

Bob Trotter presenting Gartner research

  • Workforce over the generations
    • Key issues:
      1. Sociological traits of centennials as compared with millennials
      2. Differences between millennials and centennials at work
      3. How to attract centennials
      4. How to lead centennials
    • Issue #1: Sociological Differences with Millennials
      • Centennials prefer products, not experiences (unlike millennials)
      • Want to play a bigger role in changing the world
    • Issue #2: Differences at work
      • Motivations at work:
        1. Millennials: motivated by purpose, work-life balance, corporate spirit, money does not compensate to work hard
        2. Centennials: motivated by security and money, no strong distinction between work and life, entrepreneurial spiriting, seeks reward for hard work
      • Socialization at Work
        1. Millennials: collaborative, teamwork, email communication
        2. Centennials: competitive, work alone, face-to-face communication
      • Issue #3: How to attract centennials
        • Millennials: offers via internet
        • Centennials: offers via mobile and social media
      • Issue #4: How to lead centennials
        • Set clear how they can add value
        • Give high level of autonomy
        • Explain whole picture, but also give short milestones
        • Become a mentor-boss to them
        • Provide regular feedback
        • Offer flexibility at work
        • Teach benefits of single-tasking
        • High level of Digital Workplace
          1. Videoconference is a must!
        • Arrange Hackathons
      • Prediction: Gen Z will reshape how organizations approach remote work
      • Prediction: Management skill could disappear, but instead will be more important than ever
      • Prediction: We can build a better society, and better companies, with new entrants to labor market

Discussion: Emerging Technology Trends

Led by Rick Watson

Topic 1: Robotic Process Automation

  • Documenting business process for client is the biggest challenge for RPA engagement
  • Record function that allows us to watch users and what they do in the system
  • Have had better success using operational people because no code is involved
  • Focus on user experience and how we can make it less tech-heavy and more attractive to the customers
  • Have to lead into the RPA- can’t introduce the shiny new tool without explaining and understanding it
  • Business is driving the technology
    • Business users are the ones that come for help with the automation
    • 4 Indicators: Operation efficiency, customer experience, end user experience, customer success
  • Good example of using RPA:
    • Fraud example at bank- very successful (details to come soon)
    • NCR example- useful for routing algorithms (tracking site visits, etc.)

Topic 2: Artificial Intelligence

  • Need to ask how math-heavy do we want to go, rather than business survey perspective, in these types of classes
  • Need to focus on the humanistic side of AI
  • Strategic-focused approach rather than just “checking off the box”
  • Should be more focused in core classes, rather than being available only in an elective
  • Radical versus incremental approach to changing course content?
    • Summary: need an incremental strategy
  • Important to know the essentials (vocabulary) of AI in order to run a project, more than knowing the actual code
  • What students learn in class isn’t the end-be-it-all. It encourages them to further develop the skills they’re interested in.
  • What is done in the undergraduate program need to set up the graduate program

Topic 3: Low or No Code Development Platforms

  • Proof of concept
  • In the process of hiring look for not just experience with coding, but understanding it
  • Those who are experienced in programming can move to the low or no code platforms but it would be more difficult the other way around
  • Technologies going to change, thus we should focus on problem-solving skills
    • Coding helps you practice problem-solving skills because it causes you to think
  • Being able to learn how to code is the foundation. Skipping those steps would cause students later in the workforce having to take steps backwards.

Other Emerging Technology Trends?

  • Teaching Design Thinking would be a good idea


Meeting Minutes Prepared by Esther Kim and Hugh Watson