The Department of IT, Analytics, and Operations offers an undergraduate major in information technology management and an MBA concentration in Business Analytics. Beginning in the fall of 2017 the department will add an undergraduate major in Business Analytics, and an MSBA degree available in a dual-degree MSBA/MBA program. Information Technology faculty research interests include the business value of technology, diffusion of healthcare IT, mobile commerce, network neutrality, and the pricing of information goods. Analytics faculty research interests range from machine learning to network analysis and to quantitative methodologies. Operations faculty research includes lean manufacturing, outsourcing, product recalls, quality management, and management of supply chains and service operations.
The McKinsey Global Institute has estimated that "the United States alone faces a shortage of ... 1.5 million managers and analysts to analyze big data and make decisions based on their findings." In response to this growing demand, the ITAO department will launch a new Business Analytics major in Fall 2017, thus making it available to the class of 2019 and beyond. As a BAN major, you will learn how to be a global leader in scientific, data-driven analysis and research concerning all aspects of business operations. You will learn about the synergy between data governance, data analytics and the optimization of operational systems and processes. Additionally, through coursework, you will become adept at making sound, ethical and well-grounded business decisions.
Ranked #1 by USA Today in 2016, this major is designed to prepare students to become leaders in the use of information systems for the benefit of organizations and society. This program of study focuses on educating the students about the development and use of information systems as decision-making and problem-solving tools. The program also is intended to develop an understanding of the managerial issues encountered in the operation or introduction of information systems in organizations, particularly, how these tools can be used to gain a competitive edge and to re-engineer an organization.