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B.A. in information systems management 

Head of program: DR. Ruti Gafni


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About information systems

Use of information technologies (e.g. computers, communications, websites and smart phones) is proliferating rapidly. Entire industries such as entertainment, medicine, manufacturing, and of course, high-tech are based on information systems.

As the use of these technologies grows, so does the demand for professionals skilled in the systems that manage these technologies. Information systems (IS) deal in the relationship between the information systems themselves and the users (individuals or organizations). Small and large, local and multinational, traditional and innovative organizations, in both the private and public sector employ IS professionals at various levels.

As IS usage grows, the role of IS professionals is shifting from the classic to modern role:

  • The classic role of managing an organization's infrastructure: payroll, inventory, Human Resources (HR), etc.
  • Current role of managing the organization's operations and products, including supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), marketing (e.g., over the Internet) and management of internal relationships (communications systems, Skype, knowledge sharing, etc.).
  • The modern role of information systems brought into practice due to technologies such as the Internet, mobile communications and cloud computing. To understand the meaning of this new role, we can look at complete industries that were transformed because of information systems: the music industry, newspapers, medicine, service, etc. In many organizations, information systems form the core of the business, both in terms of ongoing operations and creating the products and services of the future.

Program Principles

  1. Depth and Relevancy - in-depth basic training in computer science and management, while connecting these to the local industry in Israel .
  2. Innovation and Familiarity - familiarity with the dynamics of innovation and ability to confidently lead innovations.
  3. Leadership and Teamwork - both the ability to lead and make decisions as well as the ability to work well as part of small and large teams in organizations.
  4. Independence - emphasis on "independent learners" who can handle the frequent changes, assess their contribution, and lead implementation of the organizational/business changes required as a result.
  5. Multinationalism - focus on cultures, languages and people of the world. Strengthening foreign language skills as a tool for self-expression and learning.

MTA views the IS program as a multidisciplinary program that prepares graduates for constant change. The program recruits experts to create a faculty that offers academic depth and relationships to the actual IS industry. Students in the program will use some of the most sophisticated classrooms and laboratories in Israel, including a multi-purpose laboratory for simulation.

 

Relationships with the industry


The program has a steering committee made up of industry professionals and headed by Raz Hyperman (COP of Direct Insurance). Members include Gil Bickel (CIO of SAP Labs Israel), Jimmy Schwarzkopf (Founder and Managing Partner of STKI, a leader in information systems), and Dalia Robinson (VP, Director of the Financial Solutions and Technology Division at Matrix).

The program has unique partnership agreements with leading players in the IS industry. For example, MTA has an academic partnership agreement with SAP for ERP training (the only one of its kind in Israel), an agreement with Methoda (developer of development and maintenance methodology) and IBM (concerning the Service Sciences program).

 

In 2010, a beta program will be offered for the first time (Knowledge Products seminar) for the development of IS-based products, providing experience in high-demand fields such as cloud computing (Microsoft Azure, Google, Amazon), mobile computing (iPhone, Google Phone), social computing (Facebook, Twitter) and virtual worlds (Second Life, WOW).

 

A career in information systems: flexibility and stability


Academic College graduates will be able to join - and lead - many of the IS professions such as analysis, implementation and management of business information systems; management of computer network and  people networks, design and management of databases, design and management of computer and information security. Beyond these professions, graduates will be trained to manage computerized information systems in organizations in the future (leading up to positions of Chief Information Officer - CIO). The functions of a CIO include defining the organization’s information needs, purchasing information systems and computers that will respond to these needs, employing and training information systems personnel and ongoing management of the systems implemented.

 

The foundation: Computer science, management and economics


Computer science
refers primarily to the development of algorithms to solve computational problems and programming – both of systems software (such as Windows) and of application software required to perform organizational tasks. In contrast, information systems deals primarily with the relationship between the software systems and the users, as well as the organization and their activities. Information systems professionals decide which software the organization requires, whether it should be purchased or developed internally, how to integrate it into the organization, and they are the ones who manage the working systems. The faculty at Academic College is made up of leaders in the field of computer science, and they will provide students with the foundation required to understand them.

The relationship between information systems and management and economics is bidirectional: On the one hand, IS professionals provide the various infrastructures to the different departments in the organization such as marketing, sales, operations, manufacturing, auditing, finance, personnel, etc. Behind every such organizational function is an information system. On the other hand, IS professionals must calculate the ROI for the various information systems. The in-depth understanding of information systems is also the key to advanced products and services in the modern world (iPhone, telemedicine, communications and entertainment on demand, and cloud services such as those offered by Amazon and Google).

 

 Note about the careers in the field of Information Systems:

The demand for IS professions is expected to experience the most rapid growth in 2011-2020.

A degree in information systems will demonstrate that you have been trained in a profession with one of the highest growth rates. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that five of the ten professions expected to show the highest growth rates in the coming years are among the information systems professions. Data from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics show that salaries in the computer services professions, in which IT professionals work, are among the highest – NIS 16,132 a month, on average. (Labor Force Survey, 2005)


 




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