Project Examples

The following are a few examples of our MIS Master's Spring projects. They include a overview of the project engagement and clients responses. Ready to Engage? Have Questions?  Contact Rob Owen for details 602.625.5499 robhowen@email.arizona.edu

View details of student projects here. View more client comments here.

IBM

Company overview: IBM is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation that manufactures and markets computer hardware and software, and offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.

Project description:  The MIS student consulting team worked with IBM and their project sponsor located in the UK to extend the Rational DOORS methodology to support the specific needs of multi company development of medical devices.  The key issues addressed included the unique document control and personnel scheduling needs of this scenario.  The specific issues related to appropriate management of intellectual property were given particular attention.

Client comment:  “This group of students came up with a creative idea that my team can use as a foundation for future product capabilities in an area that we were not even exploring.”

Greg Gorman, Program Director, IBM

Kids at Hope

Company overview: Kids at Hope inspires, empowers, and transforms families, youth serving organizations (schools, parks and recreation departments, police and fire departments, etc.) and entire communities to create an environment where all children experience success. They serve over 500,000 students across the US and Canada.

Project:  The project was to create an interactive and content rich website that supports students in their efforts to visualize their future by using the neuroscience concept of Time Traveler.  The Time Traveler guides students in seeing and planning for the future. 

Client comment:  “We are most grateful for this opportunity to advance our work and to have the support of the Eller MIS Solutions Center.  We are extremely pleased with the product.”

Rick Miller, Founder and President of Kids at Hope

Levementum, LLC

Company overview: Levementum is a global demand chain consulting and technology services company. They are the largest SugarCRM solutions provider in the world.

Project:  The student team worked on a proof of concept to develop a cloud based Business Intelligence Solutions for the Health Care industry tied to CRM.  Editor's note: The result of the MIS student project work is allowing Levementum to enter into a new service practice worth millions in future revenue.

Client Comment:  “The student team did very well considering how successfully they adapted to a real world scenario where requirements needed to be further refined, gain a deeper insight on the business need and USE case, and work through numerous blocking factors, setbacks, and learning curves. As an example, they continued to persevere with the data model, which required at least 5 major iterations. Additionally they took the initiative to step up and own/drive a number of the tasks on their own, very much the way our internal consultants would manage a project. Overall it was a great result and significant business value for us!” 

Kevin Wheeler, Customer Engagement Manager 
David Baier, Vice President of Services Delivery
Doug Guilbeau, Managing Partner and EVP of Operations

Microchip Technology Inc.

Company overview: Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide.

Project: The team evaluated project portfolio management tool used by Microchip IT and developed go forward recommendations for greater use and value.

Client comment: "The student led project provided an unbiased review of our current status and adoption of our PM tool. We are now implementing several of their suggestions."

Robert Williams, Director of Global Information Services

Vantage West Credit Union

Company overview: Vantage West is a full-service financial institution.  We offer a wide array of personal and business accounts, ranging from savings and checking accounts, to loans, mortgages, merchant services, consumer credit cards, and much more. With more than $1.1 billion in assets, Vantage West is the largest credit union in Southern Arizona.

Projects:  Two student teams worked on applications and analytics projects that allowed Vantage West to better serve their customers.

Client comment: “The students tackled two projects for us. One project was to build a database for tracking member feedback; the other was focused on our underwriting process and decision outcomes. We were so impressed with the UA MIS program that we are ready for the next round of students to start.”

Jon Bruflat, AVP Enterprise Risk Management, Vantage West Credit Union

Walmart

Company overview: Walmart, is an American multinational retail corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores. The company is the world's third largest public corporation, according to the Fortune Global 500 list in 2012, the biggest private employer in the world with over two million employees, and is the largest retailer in the world.

Project:  Students worked with Walmart to create a website that supported their use and administration of talent resources. 

Client comment:  "The team went above and beyond on the project.  All members were actively engaged. Great Job!"

Project Sponsor, Walmart

Fortune 50 Global Software Development Firm

Projects:  Several teams worked with a Fortune 50 global software developer, where one specific project looked at the productive aspect of IP reuse.  Rather than focusing on the negative aspect if IP reuse, such as plagiarism and theft, this project looked at tracking and enabling the productive aspects of efficiency and effectiveness in the reuse of created IP assets in a company versus the continual recreation.  This project went beyond word or pattern matching and looked at content, structure, use, and style in determining reuse.  Another project looked at creating a new application paradigm that delivers greater value and productivity to the enterprise. 

Client comment:  “The team seemed to work very well together, covering for one another so as not to miss deadlines or drop balls.”  “Overall, the team performed very well.”  “This was by no means an easy project as it was highly exploratory in nature.  Given that, I think the team performed quite well.”

Key Project Sponsors, Global Software Development Firm

Ready to Engage? Have Questions?  Contact Rob Owen for details 602.625.5499 robhowen@email.arizona.edu