A new IT professional association will emerge this spring as CompTIA, home of the A+, Linux+, and Network+ certifications absorbs the Association of Information Technology Professionals. From these pieces the new association will emerge, and students have the opportunity to get onboard at the ground floor with a very minimal expense: twenty-nine bucks! See the full details at http://www.land.certification.comptia.org/CompTIA-IT-Pro-Association.
Free books are always nice. There are a fair number of textbooks released regularly under the Creative Commons or GNU Free Documentation Licenses, and not surprisingly many of them are on IT subjects…oh, and on discrete mathematics. (We hear ITM students may need a little boost there.) These books may be a good supplement to a course or may just help you learn something new on your own. Read more…
A new ITM Graduate curriculum has been approved by the university and will be effective as of the Spring term, 2015. This has been the result of hard work on the part of the Department Curriculum Committee to create a curriculum that provides clearer guidance to students and has maximum focus and relevance to ensure students are well prepared for their selected career options. The ITM Bulletin excerpt containing the new curriculum is available here at MITM/MCFS Bulletin 2016-2018 approved – Effective Spring 2015.
Starting in fall of 2014, the undergraduate Specialization in System Administration will see a significant change. The existing curriculum features two six-credit-hour courses, ITMO 451 and ITMO 452. ITMO 451 is essentially a Windows system administrator course, while ITMO 452 has been a UNIX sysadmin course taught using Solaris UNIX. As of fall, ITMO 456, Introduction to Open Source Operating Systems, will replace the existing ITM 302 Hardware and Operating Systems II requirement for all students and will form the foundation of the System Administration specialization, which will add three new three-credit-hour system administration courses (a similar change will be reflected in the Graduate specialization as well.) The revised undergraduate specialization will then look like this:
Focuses on the administration and management of servers.
ITMO 441 Network Applications and Operations
AND select two courses from the following:
ITMO 450 Enterprise End-User System Administration
ITMO 451 Enterprise Server Administration
ITMO 453 Open Source Server Administration
AND select two courses from the following:
ITMO 417 Shell Scripting for System Administrators
ITMO 444 Cloud Computing Technologies
ITMO 454 Operating System Virtualization
ITMS 458 Operating System Security
ITM Adjunct Industry Professor Bill Slater knows data centers. With years of experience as a data center manager at BP and a stint as the first manager of Microsoft’s Northlake Data Center, which was the world’s largest data center when it opened, Professor Slater now passes along his knowledge and wisdom to graduate students in the ITM graduate specialization in Data Center Operations and Management. He also knows that industry events such as the 2013 Data Center Dynamics Conference are a good place to learn the latest and greatest developments in the field. With his encouragement and assistance, several of his students attended the conference, which was held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, on October 1, 2013. ITM students Girithar Anthay Suthakavan, Shikha Srivastava, Samah Sallam and Adem Maksuti spent the day at the world’s largest peer-led data center conference & expo attending educational sessions and meeting vendors–and prospective employers! Conferences such as this are common in IT subject areas in Chicago, and we encourage students to attend to learn and network. And thanks go to Professor Slater for making this a great experience for our students.
IIT’s Institute of Design (ID) is a world-renowned school of design. ITM professor Alon Friedman is also the Director of Information Technology for ID, and in the Spring 2013 term, he will be conducting a 3-credit-hour joint ITM-ID workshop course with two ID faculty members, Stan Ruecker and Anijo Mathew. The only prerequisites are ITM/ITMD 411 and an eagerness to work with designers to learn the communicational challenges and successful strategies for taking an agile methods approach to the creation of online prototypes of experimental human-computer interfaces. The course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, and is great opportunity for graduate students to work with an interdisciplinary team in a real-world-style setting.
The workshop will be on Thursdays from 2pm-5:30pm at the Institute of Design, on the 4th floor at 350 North LaSalle Street, Chicago. This is a a 20 minute trip on the Green Line to Clark&Lake with a short, four-block walk to ID.
Email Professor Friedman (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a permit to register for for 3 credit hours in:
25895 ITM 497-135 Special Projects (Undergrads)
25766 ITMT 597-135 Special Problems in IT (Graduate students)
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Our own Information Technology and Management Organization challenges IIT students to learn, build and create cloud infrastructure and applications in an event they have named IIT on da Cloud. In this four-day event open to all students at IIT, students can learn about cloud computing, build the infrastructure of a private cloud, and create applications that can run on it. Recently, cloud computing has been used as a popular marketing term to attract a target market, which has led to many misconceptions and misunderstandings about what cloud computing actually is. ITMO’s goal is to help educate students about cloud computing and give them hands-on experience using this technology. Rumor has it that there may be a team competitive aspect to the event! For more information and to register, visit the IIT on da Cloud website at http://itm.iit.edu/iitCloud/.
HACK NIGHT! “Me, My App, and Twitter”, August 27, 2012 at the IIT IdeaShop, 7 – 9pm
Yes! A Hack Night!
A place to learn the magic behind coding. On this night we will have a two hour introduction to APIs and using Twitter to build a simple app.
Who should be there?
Everyone is welcome! Come if you’re interested in building something awesome or want to learn how to make your ideas a reality.
Which means that?
You really need to attend. We have food! No Walk-ins. Please register before coming.
Upcoming Hack Nights:
Aug. 27: Me, My App, and Twitter
Sept. 11: Building a Facebook App
Sept. 27: Karaoke with Twilio!
Oct. 11: People’s choice
Overnight Hackathon Challenge:
3pm October 20 – 4pm October 21
Over $5,000 in prizes!!!
We added two new courses to the Fall ITM schedule today.
ITMM 581, IT Entrepreneurship, is taught by the School of Applied Technology’s Dean Bob Carlson; the course will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:30 pm in Perlstein Hall room 109.
ITMM 470 and ITMM 570, Fundamentals of Management for Technical Professionals, will be taught by Adjunct Industry Associate Professor Madeleine England, who is also the ITM Program Manager with her office in Perlstein 223. This class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:30 pm at a Main Campus location yet to be determined, and will also be offered online.
Neither course has a prerequisite!
Check out the resume workshops ITM sponsored last term.
Creating Employment for Yourself in a Tough Economy: Proactive strategies, tools, and tactics
If you confine your career strategy to jobs that are posted, you’re already behind the curve, together with most other job seekers—because you’re all chasing the same jobs. Learn to get hired before a job is advertised. Learn tools and tactics that will help you to create employment and construct a career—not just keep applying for job after job after job.
We are offering a series of 3 seminars outlining this proactive approach. Our instructor, Gabe Heilig, has been a personnel recruiter, manager of the downtown Washington, DC office of a national resume company, and owner of his own career services firm. In 1993, he won a nationwide RFP to open the only commercial resume service ever granted a lease to do business in the Pentagon. He has coached and written resumes for more than 5,000 professionals—from janitors to admirals, for CIA spies, the Director of White House Cyber Security, and the most recent Secretary of the Army.
Session 1: The Proactive Resume: What it is and how to write one
What makes a resume effective, or ineffective? We will examine this, using resumes attendees have submitted as well as “before and after” examples of resumes the instructor has written for his professional clients. He will provide a partially written, pre-formatted template that you can use to rewrite your resume, and we will review some of these rewritten resumes in Session #3.
Session 2: Creating employment: Niches, nodes, methods, probes, traps, moves, metaphors, paradigms, frames
Learn to think your way to the career you want. Whether the kind of job you want is advertised, or not, there are ways to create this type of employment. That’s what we will explore in this session. We will cover a lot of ground—from looking at the emerging Post-Job, Problem-and-Project Economy, to understanding how to escape the “cubicle horizon,” to learning how to interview effectively.
Session 3: Critiquing Your Rewritten Resume
You will have from February 3-7 to rewrite your resume, using the template given to you in Session 1. You are invited to bring your rewritten resume to Session 3, when we will critique as many as we can in the time we have.