There are endless examples of techno-geeks and crudebusinessmen who had the potential to turn the world around. They have broughtout numerous inventions, and crazy business strategies which have helped createthe world we live in now. However, they didn’t make fortune with just greycells or just profit margins. At some point, they had to depend on each other; publicity,marketing and right timing was also key to their success and fame. Times havechanged, we have moved from manual to automation and it is very essential now,to cope with the ever evolving technological advances and meet technicaldemands of business world at the same time. Hence, a Master’s degree inManagement of Information Systems is need of the hour for me.
During my undergraduate degree in Information Science andEngineering, several subjects caught my attention. One of the most excitingtopic was Information Systems which had concepts like Information Systems inBusiness, Managerial challenges of IT, Trends in Information Systems,Enterprise Business systems, and several others that made me realize theimportance of managing, technology and business and how they go hand in hand. Database Management Systems was another subjectthat caught my attention. The concepts of Entity Relationship Model and SQLprogramming intrigued me. Analysis andDesign of Algorithms was another area of my interest. Realizing their powerover software programs and their importance in any IT project made me see how goodarchitects can drive the success of any company in today’s world.
My fascinationtranslated into an ‘A’ grade in this subject. In addition, I mastered webprogramming, using PHP languageIn my 4th semester, Ipresented a paper on “Big Data Analytics for Agricultural Development in India”in the 4th International Conference, ICACT (International Conferenceon Advanced Communication Technology) – 2016, held at AMC College, Bangalore.In my paper, I delved into prevailing agricultural conditions and various waysin which Big Data can be used to increase overall produce. To prepare this, Iscoured numerous articles and interviewed farmers to understand their problems.To combat threats of global warming that made seasons unpredictable andcompelled farmers to change the rotation cycle of growing their crops, Iproposed collating data from a large agricultural area, analyze the overallweather conditions, and then decide upon the type of crops to be used inrotational basis. The same principle can be used in collecting soil samples toverify crop suitability. This was one of my most educative experiences.
Ilearnt a number of new concepts and unlearnt some. However, throughout theprocess, one thing that I realized was that there is an abundance ofinformation out there, and huge data are being collated and analyzed fromvarious social websites. What the world lacks today is tools required toanalyze this huge influx of information. Things like Information resourcemanagement and relational databases are far from known, let alone be available.With the help of MIS courses that I learn at your esteemed institutions aidedby my technical acumen, I would like to propagate my ideas and bridge the gapin technology and business.
A course in Management of Information Systems canaid me in developing just such ways and technologies. To increase industry exposurebefore pursuing higher studies, I did a product internship at We-Chat. Duringthe training, I learnt to collate data on app usage, analyze it, and recommendimprovements.
I also learned to handle survey responses that consisted of largeamounts of incomprehensible information we took hours to clean. I created aforum for all interns so that we could discuss our problems when trainers werenot available to guide us. I collated this information at the end of the day,checked with the trainers, and reverted to the team with solutions. In the final year, my project -“Privacy Preserving Cipher Text Multi Sharing Control for Big Data Storage” –was based on the idea of providing increased security and privacy for datatransmission across systems. In a team of four, we aimed to provide doublesecurity to applications used in banks, security, and businesses having a highdemand for security. We encrypted the data twice and transmitted it from a hoaxserver rather than disclosing the sender’s identity. I helped the team inunderstanding the theoretical concepts behind the application and assisted themwith syntax corrections, maintaining projects reports, and presentations. Encouraged by my ‘Information Systems’teacher, I attended an Application Development Training program powered byMicrosoft partner EDUKINECT in 2014.
After understanding Cloud Computing andMobile Apps concepts, I completed a project in ‘Web Designing using C#.’ Later,in the summer of 2014-15, I attended SAP’s launch program seminar on SAP HANAthat also included product exhibitions and tech talks. This gave me anothergolden opportunity to get closer with several successful organizations likeXBOX and SONY and how they use business strategies like pre-analysis of markettrend, market need for their launch product and techniques to cope with theircompetitors. Just something to put me a step ahead in my career as Business Analyst. In last semester, I presented atechnical paper titled ‘Budget-Driven Scheduling Algorithms for Batches of MapReduce Jobs in Heterogeneous Clouds.
‘ Scheduling Algorithms was something I hadlearnt in my Operations Research course already. Now, I concentrated ontask-level scheduling algorithms with respect to budget and deadlineconstraints for a batch of Map Reduce jobs on a series of heterogeneousmachines in cloud platform. The paper talks about heterogeneity that is basedon “pay-as-you-go” model where there are different charges depending upon theservices required. This presentation was a good way to delve deeper into cloudcomputing techniques through literature survey of the latest IEEE papers. Upon completion of my studies, Ijoined Amazon from campus as an investigator in their TRMS (Transaction RiskManagement Systems) Department.
I accepted this position for two reasons.Firstly, I saw the learning potential this job offered. I investigatefraudulent activities taking place on the platform and develop solutions forthe same in the form of algorithms. The quick decisions I take affect theentire business.
This challenging and interesting profile has expanded myanalytical and creative thinking that is imperative for success in graduateschool and beyond. Secondly, this job broughtexposure to the working of an e-commerce giant. I was able to see how suchbusinesses harness the information systems like enterprise data management,auditing of information systems aided with statistical tools like R, SQL andBusiness Intelligence and Analytics tools like SAS and software packages likeSPSS Statistics to gain advantage in the market. In the past two years, I havecomprehended its actual model and developed several contacts within teams andprocesses centered on information systems and management.
As part of a pilot team in theLexis-Nexis Bridger project, I prepared an SOP document for every investigatorto refer to in order to solve cases. Eventually, I also brought together an SOPdrafting committee where we documented our doubts with their respectiveanswers. The project gave me hands-on knowledge of Visual Basic and Exceldeveloper macros. I completed several small projects and created certain toolsfor the benefit of the management as well. For example, I devised a reportingtool wherein the investigators can feed their work and automatically save it ina cloud repository that is updated regularly. These innovations earned me twoElectra Awards given to employees who deliver beyond their daily work metrics. At Amazon, I have learnt that asolution in IT world is one big code of programming language and often needs tobe built in parts that are integrated later. I have gained an understanding ofthe problems companies face, client demands, and how simple yet creativesolutions can work wonders! At this juncture, I want to dive deep into thesubject of my interest – Information Systems – again so that I can start myjourney as a Business Analyst.
An MS in MIS will be the best route tostrengthen my fundamentals (since my undergraduate major was different) whileacquiring specialized knowledge and internship opportunities in myspecialization area. After completing my masters, Iwould like to work in an IT company and use skills and knowledge that I gainduring my course and help them solve problems like planning and forecasting,trend analysis, and cloud maintenance, developing and defining the businesstrends to management and partner teams. Use my knowledge to model data and createdashboards for data mining and business process management. CMU is among the premierinstitutes in the world and provides quality education that would set me wayahead in my career in MIS. While browsing through the university website, Ifound courses like Economic analysis, Financial Accounting, and technical subjectslike Database Management and Object Oriented Programming, which would provideme with best of both the worlds and give me a hands on knowledge withmanagement as well as the technical aspect of a business. After gaining aptknowledge and experience in this field, I would like to open a business orsmall firm of my own, where I can use my potential and harness the power thatInformation Systems hold.
As I had stated previously, I would like propagatethe “techno-business” and help people understand their business, use strategiesand manage information systems to gain an edge in the market. The 21 month track, Global MISMdegree would give me an exposure to multiple job markets and help carve a nichefor myself. Added to this the research being carried out would give me a chanceto delve deeper in the subject of my interest. In particular, Dr. ProfessorRahul Telang, whose area of specialization lies in the field of piracy andinformation security. As we know, the world today is plagued by theft ofintellectual property and copyright infringement, and it’s become everimperative to protect our data and prevent further damage.
Professor Telang,through his project, IDEA – Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics –researches how, though the recent technologies have provided new ways ofdistribution in the Entertainment Industry, have also given rise to severalchallenges like counterfeiting and aims to curb these malpractices and help industryget rid of these problems. It would be an honor to work under him and contributeto his ongoing research. Given a chance, I would like to provide more ideas andunder his guidance and the immense knowledge he possesses, I would be able tobring them into reality, too. With the knowledge that I gain atthe Carnegie Mellon University, and my perseverance and hard work, I wish tounleash the power that Information Systems holds in the technological world. Itis a universe waiting to be uncovered and I want to be at the forefront of thisrevolution.