The Fall 2013 ITM Undergraduate and Graduate Student Handbooks are now available. The ITM Undergraduate Student Handbook at http://www.itm.iit.edu/data/ITMUndergraduateStudentHandbookFall2013.pdf explains the co-terminal degree program, that allows undergraduatesto complete a graduate degree simultaneously with your undergraduate degree, while maintaining your undergraduate status (and tuition rates and undergraduate financial aid!) The ITM Graduate Student Handbook at http://www.itm.iit.edu/data/ITMGraduateStudentHandbookFall2013.pdf now has a section with full course line-ups for all graduate specializations and for the Master of Cyber Forensics and Security degree.
Undergraduates in the Bachelor of Information Technology and Management degree can now complete a graduate degree simultaneously with their undergraduate degree, while maintaining their undergraduate status (and undergraduate financial aid!) In most normal circumstances, students can complete both degrees in five years of study, or in three years for many transfer students. To be eligible for the Co-Terminal Degree Program, students must:
- be a full-time Undergraduate student at IIT
- have completed at least 3 semesters as a full-time Undergraduate student or have 60 or more credit hours of Undergraduate course-work
- have a minimum Undergraduate GPA of 3.25
(This means that transfer students may not apply until during their second term at IIT and cannot commence their graduate studies until their third term)
The degree combinations currently available under this program are:
- Bachelor of Information Technology and Management and Master of Cyber Forensics and Security
- Bachelor of Information Technology and Management and Master of Information Technology and Management
We have a course matrix showing a sample program of study for each option. You may note that three courses are counted towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees; in the BITM to MITM, they are all required undergraduate courses, but in the BITM to MCFS, there are some specific undergraduate electives that must be taken. For more details please see the Co-Terminal Degree information page at http://www.iit.edu/graduate_admission/apply/co-terminal_degrees.shtml. To apply for the program, log in to the my.iit.edu portal, select the Academics tab and navigate to the Graduate Admissions – Student channel, then select the IIT Co-Terminal Degree Program Application hyperlink, or just click on the link right here. Questions? Contact the ITM Associate Chair, Ray Trygstad: firstname.lastname@example.org or 630.447.9009.
IIT’s Ray Trygstad will be a panelist in the Technology Executives Club “Selling to IT” event. The event will be held at IIT’s Rice Campus on Thursday, July 25. Details at http://www.technologyexecutivesclub.com/vendors/events/july2013selltoit.php
IIT Information Technology and Management students presented and demonstrated their Real-Time Communications projects to a crowd of communications professionals on May 1. Students were challenged to conduct research,and test and deploy solutions as part of the project-based learning approach at IIT School of Applied Technology. Unlike a final exam, these students had to provide a working system and defend it in front of a crowd of industry professionals—some with 30 years of experience.
Sponsors of the event included IIT School of Applied Technology, IEEE ComSoc and IEEE Fox Valley Subsection. Professor Carol Davids chaired the sessions and coordinated the student projects. The NG911 project was mentored by Joe Cusimano of Data-TelSystem Solutions. Several former IIT students also attended the event.
By Glenn Ferrell – IIT Alum and owner of gfWEBsoft LLC (http://www.gfwebsoft.com/)
Timing is everything, and students focusing on Information Technology and Management seem to be in exactly the right place at exactly the right time to take advantage of significant growth in cloud computing jobs.
7 Million New Cloud Computing Jobs by 2015
According to a Forbes review of an IDC report, sponsored by Microsoft, demand for “cloud-ready” IT workers will “grow by 26% annually through 2015. IDC expects that as many as 7 million new cloud-related jobs will be available worldwide by that time”. The author of the IDC report (Cushing Anderson) says that “Unlike IT skill shortages in the past, solving this skills gap is extremely challenging, given that cloud brings a new set of skills, which haven’t been needed in the past.”
Cloud-Related Positions Going Unfilled
According to the Forbes article, “lack of training, certification or experience” are the top three reasons cloud positions go un-filled. Anderson says several skill sets are key to building and maintaining cloud capabilities within organizations. These are listed in the table below, along with projected openings for 2015:
|Job Type||Openings by 2015|
|IT systems and operations||630,414|
|Project and program managers||555,591|
|Help desk and end-user support||549,241|
|Application development and maintenance||525,829|
|Network, telecom, security, and web development||481,411|
From IDC Report as Reported in Forbes 12/21/2012
In an earlier article Forbes’ writer Joe McKendrick suggested what IT professionals (future and present) should be learning in order to succeed in cloud-related jobs. His list seems to be right in line with the IDC report:
- Business and financial skills: Know how to make a business case and calculate an ROI for cloud.
- Technical skills: Java, .NET framework skills and knowledge of virtualization are important, and familiarity with open-source tools and languages is also valuable.
- Enterprise architecture and business needs analysis: Be able to build a “roadmap” for which services should be provided by IT and which by an outside provider. Learn to speak the language of business as well as the language of IT professionals
- Project management skills: Managing scope “creep”, contracts, service agreements and risk exposure are just some of the project management skills critical to implementing cloud. Cloud computing can cause end users to “run wild” with feature and service requests, so scope has to be contained. Also, remembering that cloud is supposed to cost less than equivalent on-premises services, skills in negotiating cloud vendors’ contracts, service level agreements and availability are critical to success.
- Security and compliance: Understanding security protocols is important in all types of cloud deployment. Additionally, regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA have made navigating data-handling laws more complex. IT professionals with an understanding of both can be very valuable.
- Data integration and analysis skills: Inside we have ERP systems, data warehouses, etc. Outside we have cloud-based services. Those who can analyze both sides and implement sound data integration between the two will be in high demand.
- Mobile app development and management: The rise of mobile devices of all kinds has been key driver for the expansion of cloud solutions. A sound understanding of the basics is a valuable skill in cloud-implementation.
So how does the future look for those with a solid grounding in Cloud, Information Technology, and Management? All in all, it looks anything but cloudy.
The 2013 National Conference of Gamma Nu Eta, the National Information Technology Honor Society, was hosted by IIT’s School of Applied Technology on April 5th through the 7th. Industry Professor of Information Technology and Management Ray Trygstad is the Chair of the ΓNH National Board of Directors and the Adviser of IIT’s Beta Chapter. IIT Beta Chapter’s Charter President, Madeleine England–who now serves as the Chapter Administrator–and Beta Chapter President Bill Wesselman are also members of the National Board of Gamma Nu Eta. During the meeting, Bill Wesselman inducted Dr. Gregory N. Hughes, founder of the information technology degree program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, as a Professional Member of IIT’s Beta Chapter of Gamma Nu Eta. Prior to his appointment as the first Vice Provost for Information Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Hughes had a distinguished career as a senior executive at AT&T/Lucent Technologies, and as President of AT&T’s Transmission Systems Business he received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from President George Bush.
The Fall 2013 DRAFT ITM Course Schedule matrix is now available for download. This shows ITM live courses as they are currently scheduled. The full Fall 2013 IIT Course Schedule will be live on the Web on Monday, March 25, 2013, and registration will open for selected students on Monday, April 8, 2013.
In addition to the live courses and their corresponding online sections, there will be one online-only topics course on Mainframe Technologies which will include live labs on an IBM mainframe system. A new course for Fall is ITMO 417/ITMO 517, Shell Scripting for System Administration, which will be taught by Sam Shamsuddin. We will also be offering the UNIX sysadmin course, ITMO 452/ITMO 552, and for Grad students specializing in Systems Analysis, MIS and Data Management, Dean Oob Carlson will be teaching ITMT 531 Object Oriented System Analysis, Modeling and Design, a course you DO NOT want to miss out on. Also at the Rice Campus, we will be offering a Monday afternoon session of ITMS 448/ITMS 548 Cyber Security Technologies as well as the usual Wednesday evening section. ITMS 555 Mobile Device Forensics will run at Rice on Monday evenings. ITMS 443/ITMS 543 Vulnerability Analysis and Control (Ethical Hacking) will run on Tuesday evenings at Rice and will also run online with a requirement to attend the first class session live; we’ll work something out for transportation for Main Campus students for that session. Jeremy Hajek will teach ITMT 492 Embedded Systems and Reconfigurable Logic Design on Wednesday afternoons at Rice. At the Main Campus ITMO 456 Intro to Open Source Operating Systems (Linux+) will run as a live lab course on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons; this will be an acceptable substitute for ITM 302 which is not being offered. ITMO 455/ITMO 555 which will cover iOS development this term will run in the Idea Shop on Monday evenings. Noland Joiner, our authority on healthcare IT, will again teach the Introduction to Healthcare IT course on Thursday evenings. This is the prerequisite for a projected four additional graduate-level courses in Healthcare IT, so if you want to take those be sure to grab this class.
We expect to offer a late afternoon Rice Campus bus as well as the early afternoon bus we currently run, so students only doing an evening course at Rice can come out later. We are planning that both of the afternoon buses will also be available for students who want transportation direct to Main Campus from Rice, but there will be no late bus (after 9pm) returning to the Rice Campus.
IIT’s Ray Trygstad is becoming a ROCKSTAR—ok, not really, just noted as an authority on information technology education. He was quoted in Network World in an article titled “Which tech degrees pay the most from day one?” This is his 3rd article in the last 2 months! The article was on the front page at NetworkWorld.com, and was also the featured article in Network World’s afternoon email newsletter today.
The article contains good news for ITM graduates. Read it at Network World: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/030513-tech-degrees-267324.html
We know it’s sometimes hard to believe in the depths of a Chicago winter, but summer really will arrive in Chicago later this year. When summer comes, so do summer courses. There’s a PDF file online now of our summer courses at http://www.itm.iit.edu/data/ITM2013SummerCourses.pdf Course descriptions are in the Summer Bulletin, at http://summer.iit.edu/pdfs/2013_summer_courses.pdf . Check them out: we think you find something you’ll really like…