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4th Annual Nextrio Network Design Case Competition

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Location: Berger Auditorium, Eller College of Management, 1130 E Helen St. map
Time: 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Cost: Free but does require an RSVP

For the fourth year running, Nextrio is graciously sponsoring the MIS Network Design Case Competition for our MIS Master’s students. The Nextrio case competition benefits local non-profits who are in need of IT solutions that will help provide efficiencies and improvements in their daily processes.

These cases provide students the most hands-on, realistic simulations of what it would be like to take on a specific role in a company. Plus, they give companies an opportunity to see potential employees for full-time or internship fulfillment.

This year Master’s students in Dr. Jesse Bockstedt’s MIS 543 Business Data Communications & Networking class will be helping the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (CFBSA).

MIS Nextrio Case CompetitionMIS Master’s students have been charged with developing plausible IT solutions that will provide an immediate impact on the

  1. Efficiency of CFBSA’s food intake and sorting processes
  2. Speed and quality of CFBSA’s food distribution process

The students have been working on the case all semester and have been analyzing the CFBSA's existing IT environment, the two current processes, budget constraints and preliminary requirements for the new solutions. They have been broken into 20 teams and each team will be presenting on November 21st. Judges will rate each team’s presentations and the top three teams will compete on Friday afternnoon.

The public is invited to experience the excitement and watch the final three teams in action. Stay for refreshments and networking with students, faculty and local IT business professionals afterwards!

The event is free but does require an RSVP.

About Nextrio

Nextrio is a privately-held technology solutions provider headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. The company was founded in 2002 to provide professional IT network services by friendly, approachable people with highly technical knowledge. Today, Nextrio is the trusted IT advisor for more than 1,000 small-and-medium-sized organizations throughout the Southwest. Thier network architects, engineers, and systems administrators operate as the sole “IT Department” for many businesses and supplement the in-house IT resources for larger companies providing additional support, expertise or help with special projects.

About the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (CFBSA)

CFBSA provides Pima County, Arizona with education and food services. CFBSA specializes in assistance programs for hungry families and children. They manage forty programs and services that supply food to families and individuals in need of food. Every month 225,000 people in Southern Arizona receive assistance through their programs.


Questions? Please contact Wendy Wienhoff.