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Academic Professional Development Workshops

SECTION TITLE: Big Data and Location Analytics I: Concepts and Recent Developments

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Big Data and Analytics have recently emerged as important areas of investigation for MIS researchers and students. Increasing interest has also been witnessed in industry and federal agencies, as evidenced by the recent White House initiative on Big Data, opportunities created by it, and value added by analyzing Big Data. At the same time, proliferation of sensors and location sensing devices such as smartphones have created an abundance of geographically referenced data. This workshop will focus on Big Data location analytics; as geo-services global annual revenues approach $300 billion, this workshop will renew attention to Big Data and Analytics theories, concepts, and technologies, and how Geographical Information Systems (GIS) enable visualization and analysis of the location component of Big Data to create added value to make better decisions. Spatial Big Data tools such as SpatialHadoop that leverage the power and sophistication of traditional Big Data enabling technologies such as Apache Hadoop will be presented and discussed. Big Data opportunities in different industries that are known to leverage geotechnology will be presented.

This is part I of a two-part workshop on Big Data and Location Analytics. The conceptual foundations of Big Data and Location Analytics presented in this part of the workshop will be followed at 11:00 am by Part II of the workshop, which will focus on Location Analytics tools/solutions for Big Data. Both workshops are of interest to MIS academics and practitioners and the topic is consistent with the “Blue Ocean IS Research” theme of this year’s AMCIS conference.

Workshop leader(s) information

Name: Dan Farkasa, Brian Hiltonb, James Pickc, Hindupur Ramakrishnac, Avijit Sarkarc, Namchul Shina

Affiliation: a Pace University, b Claremont Graduate University, c University of Redlands

SESSION DAY: August 13, 2015

SESSION TIME: 9:00 -10:30 a.m.

FEE: N/A

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SECTION TITLE: Big Data and Location Analytics II: Applications, Opportunities, and Challenges

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Part II of the workshop on Big Data and Location Analytics will provide a thorough overview of location analytics solutions for Big Data. As businesses and organizations increasingly deploy powerful analytics solutions to better understand and analyze Big Data to make decisions, the location or geographic component of Big Data is often left mostly unexplored. Location Analytics solutions seamlessly integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based analytical methods with enterprise BI platforms to deliver high impact analytics solutions. Such solutions provide a unified view and often real-time information about organizational assets, facilities, and resources, help to identify patterns in georeferenced data, and assist with evidence and data-driven decision-making. One such location analytics solution that is built on a leading BI platform and developed by Esri, the world’s leading organization in geotechnology will be demonstrated. Use cases will be presented by an industry keynoter and value addition aspects of location analytics will be discussed in detail. While this workshop is a follow-up to Part I of the Workshop on Big Data and Spatial Analytics, attendees with some prior knowledge of Analytics and GIS may attend this part (II) of the workshop only. The workshop is of interest to MIS academics and practitioners and the topic is consistent with the “Blue Ocean IS Research” theme of this year’s AMCIS conference.

Workshop leader(s) information

Name: Dan Farkasa, Brian Hiltonb, James Pickc, Hindupur Ramakrishnac, Avijit Sarkarc, Namchul Shina

Affiliation: a Pace University, b Claremont Graduate University, c University of Redlands

SESSION DAY: August 13, 2015

SESSION TIME: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

FEE: N/A

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SECTION TITLE: Storification, Social Media & Salesforce: Business Systems

Lab Engagement for the iGeneration

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Get a hands-on introduction to how we engage non-technical iGen students on their own terms, leveraging their social media sensibilities and their appetite for “storification” in an innovation-centric business systems lab series built on Salesforce.com’s cloud-based platform, Force.com. Like traditional labs, these are designed to supplement conceptual systems content with self-driven discovery. But in a departure designed to resonate with post-millennials, the exercises are cast as blog entries, posted by a fictional student peer. Through the blog, the main character relates the story of her chance involvement in a Silicon Valley startup and invites readers to follow along as she develops a basic business system to support their venture capital funding search. Over the story arc, students uncover both the “how’s” and the “why’s” as they create a simple mobile app, develop and embellish a basic data model, customize views, reports and dashboards, experiment with data validation, explore CRM features, implement business rules and apply process automation in just six 75-minute sessions. Unlimited free lifetime accounts with browser-based access and Saleforce’s “clicks not code” approach make Force.com a zero-cost, device/platform-independent solution for easy-to-administer exercises that integrate painlessly into systems curricula. Subjective feedback confirms student engagement, enthusiasm and self-efficacy.

Workshop leader(s) information

Name: Timothy R Hill

Affiliation: San Jose State University

SESSION DAY: August 13, 2015

SESSION TIME: 9:00 -10:30 a.m.

FEE: N/A

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SECTION TITLE: Opportunities & Challenges for End-User Development Activities in Information Systems Curricula

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End-user development (EUD) activities where the end-user assumes a central role in creating or modifying software artefacts have the potential to offer meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students in IS courses. By providing hands-on exposure to technology platforms in the context of business problems and requirements, EUD activities can help bridge the gap between education and experience in a rapidly evolving IT landscape. Traditional examples of EUD in IS courses include student activities such as using spreadsheet & database applications, working with simulations, and web development. More recently, tools such as mashups and cloudstreams have become a popular choice for creating user-centric applications. This workshop will discuss recent trends in EUD technologies and highlight opportunities for their purposeful integration in IS courses. Workshop participants will be invited to pilot and appraise various EUD-based tasks and tools, and to provide their assessments about the efficacy of such activities in IS courses.

Workshop leader(s) information

Name: Umar Ruhi

Affiliation: Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

SESSION DAY: August 13, 2015

SESSION TIME: 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

FEE: N/A


If you have any questions, please contact the AMCIS 2015 Academic PDW co-chairs.

Luiz Antonio Joia – Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration at Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio der Janeiro, Brazil (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Likoebe Maruping – J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)