App helps friends share travel adventures

How often do you find yourself planning a trip and wondering what there is to do when you get there? Brothers Colby Wise (B.S. Finance ’10) and Corey Rizzi-Wise, on track to complete his business data analytics degree in 2016, had the same question. That’s how the idea for their app, Traverse, was born. Both …

Rainmaker: MSIM fuels alum’s career

A Rainmaker is someone who makes something happen: at his company, in his career, in his community. The Rainmaker series showcases Department of Information Systems alumni who are catalysts of growth and change.  Jill Myers knew that she eventually would get a degree from Arizona State University. What she didn’t know was that it would …

PetSitnStay: Student start-up nominated for award

PetSitnStay, a company co-founded by one of our Computer Information Systems students, is a finalist for the Spirit of Enterprise Student Entrepreneurship Award, to be presented on November 21. In the Department of Information Systems, students have many opportunities to develop the soft skills that employers seek — primary among them is the Department of Information Systems …

Alum Margaret Needham: Set up for success

During her years as an Arizona State University student, Margaret Needham (MSIM ’98) contemplated two careers, both of them involving keyboards. In the 1990s, Needham majored in piano performance at Yavapai Community College in Prescott before transferring to ASU to study music education. Her goal was to translate her passion for music into a career …

Trilingual: Conan Shearer bridges business, IT and supply chain management

Conan Shearer graduated with a W. P. Carey MBA and an MSIM degree, but he also learned to “speak” three languages: business, IT and supply chain management. “I can easily sit with an IT or supply chain specialist and get it, and then translate that to real business terms and language,” says Shearer, who was recruited by Exxon when he graduated in 1997 and has been with the company (now ExxonMobil) ever since in a variety of capacities.

The alumni perspective: We are in this together

Mentors help sort through career challenges and choices and help their mentees move toward success. They are especially important during the early years of your career. At the 2014 Association for Information Systems Student Chapter Leadership Conference and Competition, held in Tempe March 20-22, four W. P. Carey CIS alumni spoke about giving and receiving mentorship. The conference was hosted by the W. P. Carey School’s Department of Information Systems and the student DISC club.

Stephanie Gonzales: Paving the way for CIS graduates

Stephanie Gonzales thought the Computer Information Systems program would be boring and didn’t give it a second thought when she first heard about it in about 2003. But a year later, when she was preparing to switch to the Tempe campus and researching business majors, she concluded that CIS was ideal because it offered a variety of job specialties, rapid job growth and the highest entry pay of the business school majors.

Holiday homework: The extra credit is passing IT on

Homework assignments over the holidays are despised. Nevertheless, I have an assignment for you. It’s one you can carry out whenever you are talking with a career-minded young person who has a business interest and a technical acumen.

Talk about careers in information systems.