Re: Digital Titles
Actually I can see MIS being very relevant today. I am not the only one; even MIT still has a MIS program. You need to keep in mind that MIS is a business college program, not college of computer science/engineering program. Seems to me there has been an awful lot of press in recent years about the need for IT people to have business skills and for IT people to be embedded in the business units. I picked up my MS in MIS from the University of Arizona in 1991. The reason I picked this program was I already had a business degree and did not have to take any undergraduate business classes to prepare. Plus it allowed me to concentrate all my graduate classes in technical (like C/UNIX), theory (like CASE), and hybrid (like structured programing – come on this is 1989-1990) courses. I wanted IT training for the business environment and that is what I got. If I went the computer science route, I would have had to spend a lot more time and money taking math and other engineering undergraduate courses to prep for the graduate classes. I was not looking for a job designing radar systems like my PHd in Electrical Engineering brother. Did it pay off, yes, big time. Current title on the statement of work (govt. contract) is Senior Database Management Specialist. I work with the customers (users), developers, and the engineering level technical staff and share the same privileges as the other database administrators that manage many of this agency's databases. I still see a need for people who can Manage Information Systems, especially if they can facilitate communication and cooperation between different entities.