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Deirdre Woods, CIO at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton SchoolDeirdre Woods, CIO at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School

Woods and her IT team soon will roll out enhancements to Wharton's Spike student portal that include mobile features such as letting students use text messaging to reserve study rooms and view course schedules.

InformationWeek Staff

October 28, 2005

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Deirdre Woods, CIO at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School -- Photograph by Dominic Episcopo

Photograph by Dominic Episcopo Deirdre Woods
CIO at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School
Interview by Jennifer Zaino


Fast Times
"People say a revolution or transformation takes a long time. But literally I can remember three years ago on campus, people had cell phones but they weren't talking on them all the time. Now if you walk around on a busy afternoon on Locust Walk, our main drag, they're all on their cell phones, they're all text messaging. That's clearly where a lot of communication is occurring today and will continue."


Past Life
Woods previously worked at an econometric forecasting firm. "We dealt with tons of data all the time to see what drove the economy and foreign exchanges. Sometimes I wonder what that business is like now, ... when there is so much access to information and depth and breadth of information."


Next Phase
Offshoring isn't going away, "but it actually gives opportunities for a lot more different people to be in the profession, because it only makes the work more complex. You have to have someone who can translate business requirements to a development team offshore. [That] will make the job more interesting over time and get folks aligned with the business strategy of the company."


Class Act
One of the most popular electives is Wharton's negotiations class, and Woods has sat in on several sessions. "I've learned something new from each professor I listened to," she says, but the biggest takeaway for successful negotiations is this: "Count to five to yourself before you answer."


Alternative Eats
Besides cafeteria food, there are food trucks on campus. "You can get Korean to French crepes to Vera Cruz-style burritos to vegetarian Chinese food and everything in between." For Woods, it's usually a choice between burritos and Chinese.

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