IT BUSINESS / MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS

CERTIFICATE: COURSES

These general business/management courses are fundamental for every manager. Any of the GIIM courses can be included with the following to obtain this Certificate.

 

 IT Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Turn your IT skills into business-building skills. Whether you want to expand your opportunities inside a corporation or build your own company, this course will teach you what you need. This course is geared towards individuals whose future ambitions lie in the spheres of creating business opportunity and corporate innovation management. The course objectives set out to equip candidates with not only the tools and skills necessary for the development of ideas, but to instill a ‘can do’ entrepreneurial attitude for new business enterprises. Participants will learn the core essentials of entrepreneurial management and explore the areas of opportunity evaluation and conceptual business models.

 

The course will prepare candidates to drive and manage innovation in existing companies and establish new entrepreneurial ventures. People with or without work experience, who wish to design, develop and run their own innovation driven globally orientated businesses. This practically oriented course covers the process from generating new business ideas, developing and refining them, designing the infrastructure and launching the business. The course focuses on:

  • The knowledge to apply best practice approaches onto new business proposals to maximize their chances of success.
  • The opportunity to develop and practice skills for making appropriate judgments, regarding the choices in your business development.
  • Opportunities to develop your product and service concepts to a launch level

 

IT Finance

This course introduces candidates to theories, concepts, and techniques useful for making sound financial IT decisions in a corporate context. These decisions can be divided into strategic decisions, which focus on the choice of assets that best help to meet a firm’s risk and return objectives, and tactical decisions, which aim at minimizing the carrying costs of a firm’s assets. The principal techniques studied in this course are discounted cash flow, capital budgeting, and the use of pro-forma statements in financial planning. The relevant theories are the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), the Gordon model of stock pricing, and the theory of optimal capital structure. The course also devotes time to understanding the institutional environment that modern corporations operate in, with particular emphasis on the organization and structure of the financial markets and how they relate to IT.

 

Organizational Behavior

This course exposes candidates to the macro and micro aspects of organizational behavior and theory that are essential to information technology management.  The macro aspects will focus on structural contingency theory as an approach to effective organizational design.  The micro aspects will focus on leadership, teams, and individual behavior (e.g., motivation, job attitudes).  Specific issues and problems which are covered include:  the relationship of the IT organization with the external environment, the influence of the IT organization's strategies, culture, size, and production technology on the organization's design, and strategies for managing organizational processes such as teams, conflict, power/politics and organizational change.

 

Accounting

This course focuses on developing accounting analysis useful for IT managerial decision making purposes. Topics will include an introduction to elements of financial accounting, cost-profit-volume analysis, manufacturing costs and elements of cost accounting, special decision analysis, budgeting, variances and controllability, and responsibility accounting.

 

Statistics

This course is designed for candidates with a background in information technology that have not taken a class in statistics or need a refresher class.  In this class we will apply probability and statistics throughout a system’s life cycle. Topics include the roles of probability and statistics in IT, the nature of uncertainty, axioms and properties of probability models and statistics, hypothesis testing, design of experiments, basic performance requirements, quality assurance specification, functional decomposition, technical performance measurements, statistical verification, and simulation.

 

Economics

This course introduces participants to the essence of business economics – the theories, concepts and ideas that form the economist’s tool kit encompassing both the microeconomic and macroeconomic environments. Microeconomic topics include demand and supply, elasticity, consumer choice, production, cost, profit maximization, market structure, and game theory while the Macroeconomic topics will be GDP, inflation, unemployment, aggregate demand, aggregate supply, fiscal and monetary policies. In addition the basic concepts in international trade and finance will be discussed.

 

Global Innovation Management

With the rapid expansion of global markets, managers are struggling to balance the paradoxical demand to think globally and act locally. They must be more literate in the ways of international customers, employees, service providers, commerce, and competition than ever before.

 

Rooted in the economic drivers and cultural aspects of global business and management, this course focuses on the importance of trade for economic development as well as the potential impact of business on host countries. The course also recognizes the deep connection between global trade, information technology, and innovation. Managing IT and innovation on a global basis is an intriguing and increasingly important challenge.

 

Combining studies in global business and its responsible management with the specialized knowledge of IT and global innovation management, whether employed by an international firm doing business in the U.S. or by a firm expanding globally, this course will prepare you for the challenges ahead.

 

The Essentials of Data Management

The purpose of this course is to impart a comprehensive overview of current and emerging trends in data.  In addition to providing a solid grounding for non-IT professionals it defines some of the essential skills for IT professionals interested in pursuing a career in managing data and business analytics.  The topics covered in this 4-day course include:

 

INTRODUCTION TO DATA 

   - What is data? 

   - What is big data? 

   - What is information?  What is knowledge? 

   - Transaction versus master data 

   - Systems of record vs. systems of engagement 

   - What makes data an 'asset'? 

   - Private data, purchased/licensed data, open data, personal data 

   - Machine data 

   - Data exhaust 

   - Meta data 

   - Structured data 

   - Unstructured data 

   - Video, audio, text 

   - Volatile data 

   - Sensor data 

   - Data in motion vs. data at rest 

   - Data as service 

   - Training data, corpus 

 

LEVERAGING DATA 

   - What does it mean to leverage data? 

   - Real world examples/case studies: 

        - World Cup Germany 2014 uses big data to dominate the tournament 

        - Fraud detection example 

        - New business example 

        - Failed data management example 

 

DATA GOVERNANCE FUNDAMENTALS 

   -What is data governance? 

   - Curation 

   - Laws & regulations 

   - Provenance, lineage, authenticity 

   - Retention 

   - Discovery 

   - Security: authorization, access control, encryption, non-repudiation, auditing 

   - Privacy 

   - Historical data, Data redundancy, archiving, retention 

   - Data standards 

 

DATA MANAGEMENT FOUNDATIONAL PRACTICES 

   - Data quality, profiling, cleansing, defect prevention 

   - Master data 

   - Business glossary 

   - Data sharing 

   - Data integration 

 

ADVANCED DATA MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS 

   - Record linkage 

   - Entity relationships 

   - Ontologies 

   - Context computing 

 

DEALING WITH 3rd PARTY DATA 

   - Licensing private data 

   - Licensing open data (commons) 

   - Data as a service (usage models, licensing) 

   - Managing providers 

   - Data sharing standards -- e.g. JSON 

 

 

SYSTEMS DYNAMICS & DATA STRATEGY 

   - Data driven organization 

   - Data enrichment 

   - Principles of systems dynamics 

   - Applying systems dynamics to data/information architecture 

   - Understanding Business rules 

   - The Information Supply Chain 

   - Data Lifecycle Management 

   - Data architectures & models 

   - Data driven product design 

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