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What are your thoughts about Information Systems as a degree?

planning to take it bc I have opportunities in tech and business but I also heard the degree in data science that's also business and tech?? #information-technology #technology #business-management #business #entrepreneur #college#degree#tech

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Cyndi’s Answer

Hi Shaina,

I'm glad you are asking this question! I actually have a Masters Degree in Information Systems. Information Systems is actually quite a broad world, and it depends on the university that you are looking to apply for, they actually could have very different syllabus. I've seen some universities place more technical emphasis in it, where you need a strong computer science background to be able to code and extract information (like Phyton, PHP), which I felt like is closer to Data Science; whereas some other universities have it as part of their business school's program and are more geared towards business management information system. My background was in Accounting and Finance, so naturally I went for the Information Systems degree that is more geared towards the business side. I concentrated in Data Analytics in my Information Systems degree and generally it was more about extracting information from the data set that was presented to you. I think the world placing more emphasis on what data means to us these days, so I definitely think Information Systems / Data Analytics / Data Science will be getting more demand in the future! If you would like to explore more, please reach out to the universities that you are interested in and find out more details about the program they offer! Good luck!

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Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice. I'm struggling to find a school that offers IS and focuses more on the business side!! Shaina
Thank you comment icon Hi Shaina, do you plan to further your studies in other countries or are you planning to stay at where you are currently? I do know that in the US, there are quite a few business schools that offers IS degree (for example: California State University, Fullerton - which is where I got my degree from). It might also be helpful for you to do some research on Business Schools that offers IS degrees. Good Luck! Cyndi Chee
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Monique’s Answer

Hi Shaina,

Choosing Information Systems as degree is a smart move. As Information System is ubiquitous across any organization or business. Finance, Human Resources, Operations, Information Security, Data Analytics etc..
With a degree in Information Systems you're not pigeon-holed into a specified area, what may have been of interest to you last year no longer holds your attention and you may find a passion in a different area of Information Systems. Because this degree encompasses so many layers your knowledge and understanding will quantify.

Data Science is what allows businesses able not only to thrive, but strive without. As a Data Scientist its your voice, expertise is a definite must. Your leveraging actionable intel gained through metrics to build better companies, either you work for a business or offer your services as consultant.

My professional opinion, the Information Systems degree is the one to go with. Also remember if you don't already, network, network, network. Locate a mentor in your field and if you cannot locate a mentor that's fine, research professional organizations such as ASA or ADaSCI and become a member your mentors are there, surround yourself with like minded individuals.

You will do great things, I know this.


Thank you comment icon Ms. Monique, thank you so much for your advice! Hopefully, I can figure it out! Shaina
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Rodrigo’s Answer

HI Shaina M.

Is a great choice nowadays, in every company now they need a computer scientist, developing apps, mapping technology process, at tech support, and yes, data science too, many companies now have a very specialized section of data science where they manage a lot of data and make analytics with a lot of information using data science tools, business intelligence and even creating machine learning algorithms that predict insighst, if you like this, this career is for you
Thank you comment icon Actually, I don't enjoy coding that much. I would like to focus more on the business side and minor the tech side of Information systems. But thank you for your insight! Shaina
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Grant’s Answer

IT systems are the backbone on how a Company operates and IT is a critical part of business today. The growing need for IT resources helps define the process required for business leaders to follow. Important consideration in the IT world include: change management, program changes, operations, logical security (user access). My brother was an MIS major and he has worked at large public companies performing user acceptance testing/product/program developer on internal systems to enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness for end users.
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Lisa’s Answer

Hi Shaina,
I completed a masters in MIS a long time ago and decided to go back and am currently doing a masters in Business Intelligence and Analytics BIA. I enjoy learning about new technologies like machine learning, predictive analytics. Both areas of study are very marketable and needed in any industry. The classes I am taking for BIA are business and tech, we learn about how to optimize a process with different tools, learn about statics and experimental testing, including managerial decisions and creating dashboards. I really enjoy this major and it applies well with the business analytics I am doing at work. Either major you can not go wrong. If you like to work with data, Data science /BIA is a good option. Best of luck!

Thank you comment icon I appreciate this, thank you for the advice. Shaina
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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Shaina M. Thanks so much for this awesome question!

If I understand your inquiry properly, it seems like you are trying to understand if there is a link between Information Systems, tech and business. It also seems that you may have an interest in data science.

If I have this right, I will share that there is absolutely a link between Information Systems, tech and business. Many, many businesses rely on individuals who have information systems backgrounds and/or training to meet their tech needs. I have been in the data, business and tech space for many years and have seen this combination grow quite rapidly. "Grow" from the standpoint of the number of businesses/projects where there is a need for this work and talent...and individuals who have started and built careers in these spaces.

As for data science, it is, in my opinion, a place where there is an extra-strong link between business and tech. I say this because most growing businesses use the advances that tools in data science can bring them (and the individuals who can create, enhance and use these data science tools) to bring visibility into how they can grow their business...which if you think about it...is generally why businesses are created in the first place...to grow and to build products and services that consumers will find useful.

A bit of a long answer...so now here is the short one...yes all the way on information systems, data science, business and tech, if you are looking for a place to build a sustainable career. :)

Hope you find this answer helpful and best of luck to you!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice. Shaina
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Anthony’s Answer

Please, note the following :-
1. We are in a global world, and let
us consider general concepts
like Business, Technology,
Entrepreneurship, Data Science,
Economics, etc.
2. In each of the above-mentioned
concepts/issues, there is the
need for INFORMATION
SYSTEM to operate, for example,
MIS (Management Information
System).
3. This means that Information
System is needed in all sectors
of development.
4. Best wishes.
Thank you comment icon I appreciated your answer!!! Thank you so much!! Shaina
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