Businesses today face new challenges in structuring their organizations and managing their operations to meet global competition. Goods and services are increasingly produced by world-wide networks of firms, using modern information technology to share information and coordinate activities. To be successful in this information-centric environment, companies must make investments in systems and technologies that maximize the value of their information assets. The principles and techniques covered in the MIS department's programs in information systems (IS) and supply-chain management (SCM) are crucial as companies work to define and execute a twenty-first century business strategy.
Because of the imperative for companies to invest in information systems, there are more people in the U.S. working in information technology today than ever before. The career prospects are outstanding for students who learn how IS and SCM investments interact with business strategy, and who can apply the best tools and technologies to the planning and execution of business processes. At the executive level, these skills are fundamental to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) position, which is responsible for assuring alignment between a firm's IT strategy and its overall business strategy; and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) position, which is responsible for maximizing the value captured from a firm's activities. At the entry level, there are challenging and rewarding opportunities in systems analysis and design, project management, database administration, network management, and information security. Knowledge of information systems and supply chains is frequently a prerequisite for holding a decision-making position within an organization. Our programs provide the foundation to succeed in these careers.
The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree prepares you for a leadership career in Information Systems. The job of the information-systems professional is to understand and improve the ways organizations derive value from information. Information-systems professionals have a variety of roles and responsibilities. Business leaders (including Chief Information Officers, or CIOs) focus on ways to nurture and exploit information assets to gain competitive advantage in their industries. Technical practitioners focus on the specification, development, and deployment of new information-related capabilities.
For 20+ years, I have been teaching cybersecurity, computer networking, and business intelligence (data warehousing & data mining, statistics) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and San Diego State University. I have published 30+ research articles in top quality journals such as MIS Quarterly, IEEE Transactions Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Communications of the ACM, Journal of Association for Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Management Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Information & Management, and Decision Support Systems. My recent research efforts have been all about the technical side of cybersecurity on such subjects as cyber threat intelligence. I have authored the very practice-oriented book "A Practical Introduction to the Enterprise Network and Security Management" (CRC Press, 2017).