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New year, new heights: MIS is now Analytics and Information Systems

Friday, January 26 2018 12:00am

Department updates name to reflect changing industry and new programs

When management information systems Professor Thom Luce started in the College of Business at Ohio University in 1987, the subject he taught was very different than the one he teaches today. “If you think about the technology alone, our field has changed dramatically,” says Dr. Luce. “Over time we’ve gone from computer systems processing to more mainstream programing and systems analysis. Our curriculum now has an even greater focus on data and the role of analytics in business.”

From digital advertising to in-depth analysis of athletic statistics, the rise of big data and the ability to use analytics to make better decisions has impacted nearly every facet of business operations. Take supply chain management, for example. According to a report by The Hacket Group, 66 percent of supply chain leaders believe that over the next two to three years advanced supply chain analytics will become increasingly important to improve the accuracy and performance of forecasts, transportation, and product returns.

So, it came as no surprise when Gabriel Giordano, Robert H. Freeman Associate Professor and department chair, announced this week the formal approval of the name change for his department from Management Information Systems to Analytics and Information Systems. “This year we launched a new minor in business analytics and next year, we’ll enroll our first class in the new online Master of Science in Business Analytics,” said Dr. Giordano. “As the industry we work with continues to evolve, so have our programs. Our department’s name now reflects that important shift.”

Giordano, who formally assumed his role as department chair this year, says that occupational growth and demand for talent continue to grow in analytics and information systems. “Our field has always had strong growth. For example, over the last ten years, the role of analytics manager has grown 30 percent and the median pay is now $108,000. It’s just a really exciting time to be entering this discipline.”

Over the next several weeks the department will begin to socialize the new name in the College of Business, with alumni, and across campus. “It might take some time to catch all of the places we’ve used the former MIS department name,” says Giordano. “From email signatures to signage and promotional materials, we’ll eventually make sure the new department name is just as popular as our former name.” Giordano notes that although the department has changed its name, it will keep the name of its undergraduate major, management information systems.

Newly admitted students to the College of Business can learn more about the department and its offerings at several upcoming spring recruitment events on campus including OHIO Up Close.