Digital Transformation is going to be my only information system elective for my MBA. In general, that is not super interesting. However, there are a couple of reasons why that is odd. First, I enjoy the other information system classes I have taken. Data Analytics 2, another information system class, is one the most enjoyable classes I have taken for my MBA. I find the intersection of technology, business, and data to be fascinating. It is also not like I do poorly in these classes. In general, they tend to be some of the classes I do the best in grade wise. So, why at the end of my MBA have I selected digital transformation? Also, why do I not tend to take information system classes?
The basic answer to this is my background. Prior to my MBA for a little under four full years I worked as a software engineer in the aerospace industry. See Figures 1 and 2 for some of the planes I have worked on. My undergraduate degree is a double major both robotics engineering and electrical and computer engineering from WPI. Electrical and computer engineering is one major, a fact I did not at the time realize with my double major I will probably need to clarify for my entire professional career. The main point of mentioning this is that I have an in-depth technical background and in general I am familiar with a lot of digital business topics.
Figure 1: A220 worked on the engine software as part of my first project.
Figure 2: 777X worked on the flight control system software as part of my final project pre-MBA.
I am going to answer my second question first. That is why I do not tend to take information system classes. I tend to know a lot of the information they cover. To be clear these classes are the exception rather than the rule. Most other classes like marketing, or accounting I am learning a whole new world I have very little if any experience in. They can be really challenging, and it has had me think about busines and problems in a whole new way. That is why I have been taking a lot more additional marketing or operations electives once I covered my core MBA requirements. My personal goal for my MBA is focusing on some of the non-technical areas of business.
So, getting back to the first point, why am I taking this class? The answer is people. Specifically, my classmates and anyone involved with the class. One of the most, if not the most, valuable part of my MBA experience has been interacting with and working with everyone at BC. Even when we have had to move everything online. From study sessions to social events, I have already learned so much from the interactions I have had in the program. One of my central ideas of going to BC was not only to learn about business but get the perspective of people who have worked or are currently working in business. I was very much in a bubble. WPI is heavily engineering focused as seen in Figure 3. My first job similarly had me interacting primarily with engineers.
Figure 3:WPI Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
This class seems to be highly interactive and a lot of opportunities to learn from each other. That is why I am taking the class. This is not the sort of class I would take by myself. So, I am looking to understand about how people learn about digital transformation. I am also trying to get better at communication. One goal of my MBA has been to be able to present and write on technical topics. I want to gain insight from my classmates of how I can use my background to basically be helpful, particularly in a business setting.
I have high expectations for Digital Transformation. The idea that the class will be strong enough to have me take an information system elective is high praise. However, I am also looking for a lot in this class. Given all my experience with BC I am not worried about that being met. I do know that to expect that I need to put in the effort on my end. I fully intend to and hope you will take the opportunity to do the same if you are in the class. I really look forward to this class and working with you all.