On the day that Fordham’s Graduate School of Business Administration and IBM announced a collaboration on a new business analytics curriculum, representatives from both groups gathered at the Lincoln Center campus for a wide-ranging discussion of the importance of the field to businesses both small and large.
“Smarter Education: An Era of Opportunity,” a colloquium on Dec. 9 that also was webcast live from the Lowenstein Center’s 12th-Floor Lounge, featured presentations by:
• Ambuj Goyal, general manager, business analytics and process optimization at IBM;
• W. “RP” Raghupathi, Ph.D., professor of information systems at Fordham;
• Kamal Bherwani, CIO, New York Health and Human Services;
• Jonathan Bowles, director of the Center for an Urban Future.
Part of the push for the partnership, noted Goyal, is that a recent IBM Global CIO Study found that 83 percent of respondents identified business analytics—the ability to see patterns in vast amounts of data and extract actionable insights—as a top priority.
“Companies that use business analytics at the point of impact—not just to do the analysis, the graphs, the scatter plot, leveraging that in the context of making a business decisions—are 15 times more effective in terms of high performance,” he said. “Another way of saying this is: We found, in high performing companies, 15 times more effective use of business analytics at the point of impact.”
Raghupathi, in announcing the collaboration, noted that beginning in spring 2010, students who enroll in the course “Business Analytics for Managers” will gethands-on training in business intelligence, data warehousing, data mining and online analytical processing techniques. The course, he said, aims to close a gap between what the private sector is searching for and what has traditionally been offered in academia.
“Analytics can vastly improve our lives and provide new job opportunities for college students entering the workforce, Raghupathi said. “With this effort, Fordham is preparing students with marketable skills for a coming wave of jobs in healthcare, sustainability and social services, where analytics can be applied to everyday challenges.”