Needed: Strategic, Agile Thinkers for the Information Technology Revolution

Technology is constantly evolving, and within that evolution is the changing role of the information technology function in corporations across the globe. Once assigned a supporting role in the corporate hierarchy, IT plays an increasingly strategic role in a company’s competitiveness. This requires IT managers to build agility into technologies and systems from a strategic, cross-functional, and even visionary standpoint.

The MS in Information Technology Management (MS-ITM) program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Lubar School of Business is an innovative, STEM-designated program that combines technical, managerial, and business knowledge to provide students with a unique blend of skills to address challenges in today’s dynamic business environment. Students can also develop specialized knowledge and expertise in areas such as enterprise resource planning, business analytics, and security and risk management.

“The rapid evolution of information technology has changed the rules of the marketplace and can’t be ignored by businesses,” said Arup Dutta, an IT consultant to major corporations and the former Director Global IT Delivery at Johnson Controls, the global leader in building products and technology, integrated solutions, energy storage, and information-based retail solutions. A graduate of the MS-ITM program, he said, “The Lubar IT program provides excellent perspectives on how companies can leverage information technology to their competitive advantage.”

With advanced training and doctorates from leading universities, ITM faculty at the Lubar School of Business offer a breadth and diversity of expertise across the information technology field and are recognized among top IT researchers nationwide. – with expertise across an array of IT topics, including information technology strategy, planning, and implementation, information privacy and security, connected systems, big data, business analytics, healthcare informatics, intelligent systems and personalization, interface design and ontology, service oriented architecture, database management, data integration, data warehousing, and data/text/social media mining.

The school’s ITM faculty are also international leaders in enterprise resource planning expertise, especially through the SAP platform.  The Lubar School is home to one of only two SAP University Competence Centers in North America – and one of only six worldwide.

In addition to offering a high quality education, the Lubar School has a full-service Career Center whose professional staff is dedicated to working with students on obtaining internships and identifying full-time positions at graduation.

Students in the ITM program have the opportunity to work as paid interns during the summer months, as well as during the academic year. Milwaukee – located just 90 minutes north of Chicago – is  the metropolitan center of Wisconsin, providing students abundant opportunities to gain experience at leading companies such as Anthem, Rockwell Automation, Joy Global, Komatsu, TCS, Concurrency, Adient, KPMG, D+H, TDS Telecom, and FIS.

“The professors are very helpful and the courses are well designed,” said program graduate Amruta Gosavi, an SAP Business Intelligence Analyst consulting with Joy Global Inc. “I also got good exposure to companies hiring in my field. “

“The Master of Science in IT Management program was one of the most exhilarating and intellectually strengthening experiences of my life,” said alumnus Joshua Lickteig, Senior Software Engineer at Kohl’s Corporation. “From strategy and vision to practice and prototyping, whether at the organizational or the byte level, this experience merges the analytical with the intuitive, the data-driven with action.”

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