“I’d like to speak to the Chef.”

What a find.

This class is a hidden gem within Windows 1.0 UIS and the course description. My skepticism evaporated nearly halfway through the first lecture. Let the record show, courses of this caliber belong to being advertised from the Gasson Hall belfry or across Poets and Quants. While there are other externalities that I think spiced up the experience, such as class makeup and COVID19’s digital transformation effects, laurels must go to the Chef. Dr. Kane adroitly provided both physical, digital, structured, and unstructured environments for students to explore concepts, interact with other classmates, at times express their “passion” directly to their chosen app-based navigation company (@apple I’m sry, ILY)

A few big takeaways for me:

Tech Fallacy: This class could have gone deep into complex topics; it could have also gone par for the course and dropped in 4-5 typical 8pg case studies. I enjoyed the makeup that shifted between the text and readings and, at times,  guest speakers. The selected text was excellent for a capstone-like course because it provided academic insight and rigor and direct statements and used cases from various business and their leaders. Nothing beats tried and true, relevant examples.

Course Structure & Rigor: I enjoyed the readings and liked the percentages course makeup—no other way to state it. I also appreciated the input post in the class presentation. As someone heading into strategy consulting, it was immensely beneficial to hear back in short order about the pros and cons of the in-class presentation. No pain, no gain.

Multi-faceted student opinions: MBA’s are social degrees. This class quickly took the cake in how it fostered a rich environment where introverts and extroverts eagerly engaged with each other during the scheduled session and continually online. Often classes ebb and flow in-between tests or forced group projects. #ISYS8621 maintained a consistent level of interaction throughout the semester.

COVID: We learned that companies aren’t just “digital”. It’s a continual process. I’ve already started to whiteness various clients nearly claim victory due to an executed m&a deal or salesforce or Oracle implementation. I started carrying the text in my work bag in order to pass on the rationale to others and to continually remind myself of the various methods and trains of thought.  I’m now aware that digital transformation is not on or off; it’s a process.

I’ve learned so much about such varying topics ranging from every corner of the classroom. I felt that the environment allowed students to apply their own learnings and analysis to their own passions, careers, or interests. For me, when a fellow student’s passion is evident I buy-in; I looked forward to “coming presentation” or “blog post to follow.” Thanks again to all those who brought their A-game,  our silent hero TA Marisa, and the one and only Professor Kane.

Well done all.

Cheers, SR


  1. abigailholler1 · ·

    Shane, I enjoyed being in class with you and wish you well as a consultant post graduation! I echo a lot of elements you raised above; this course is truly unlike any other I have taken in my two years of MBA courses. The technology fallacy and course structure lends itself well to an enhanced class discussion on how best to apply concepts along a digital journey. To me, digital transformation agreeably not an on or off switch, but rather a thermometer; organizations can move up or down as the transform digitally, but also as the landscape changes. All the best in the future!

  2. therealerindee · ·

    As always, the vocab use in your blogs is on point. I agree with the fact that #ISYS8621 should be advertised in as many places at BC as possible. I’d mark this class as a “must take.” I also love that you carry the book in your work bag. Maybe you should have @geraldckane sign it? That would really prove you are 2Legit2Quit. I’ll miss hearing your thoughts on a weekly basis, so I’m going to start calling you during class time each week.

  3. conoreiremba · ·

    I agree with Erin, your command of the written word is truly a joy to read Mr. Riley, and also if you could make that weekly call a conference call that would be great (please no zoom though!). I think you hit the nail on the head in summarising this class, and I would argue that it should even be rolled out to the core first-year syllabus. 100% back your point about the range of topics and that is especially true for you. From Digital Twins to Smart Power Grids, these are things I definitely would not have learned about if it wasn’t for the teachings of our class engineer (sorry to the other engineers, the votes are in). Stay safe in the consulting world!!

  4. Jie Zhao · ·

    Agree that this class is a hidden gem and willing to sign a petition to add a course as a required class in the MBA program. I appreciated your presentation on digital twins and humor in discussions, which have made this course even more enjoyable… even at 9 PM on a Wednesday night. Just for the record, I am also team Apple, just not their navigation app.

  5. alexcarey94 · ·

    I echo what all the classmates have said above- this class is a great course and should be a requirement for all MBA students to take. Understanding digital transformation is just as pivotal as the core marketing, Data and Finance courses (if not more important because it is seen in every function). I agree with what you said above on the course content- I also really enjoyed the number of videos we had to watch was a good switch up between articles and video content to really grab my attention. I also liked how each tech we explored we saw both the good and the bad to really give an overall picture and let students form their own opinions. And I will close out with team apple!

  6. Thanks for the thoughts. This really has been a special class! One of the absolute best in my 15 years at BC!

  7. xiezo · ·

    Thanks for sharing your takeaways with us! I agree that the heavy workload of reading and blog posts did allow us to learn more and would definitely benefit us in the various industries! Also, great job on your digital twin presentation, and the model you brought to class was awesome!

  8. olivia_levy8 · ·

    Great wrap up Shane to tie up an awesome semester. Love that you carry the Technology Fallacy around and can admit that I have a waiting list to pass it on to family who works in tech as well and have convinced a few friends to buy it. I enjoyed your thoughtful comments throughout the semester and appreciated the unique perspective you bring to the class. Good luck in your future consulting endeavors, I’ll actually be just across the pond at EY doing tech consulting!!

  9. williammooremba · ·

    Shane, what a great blog post to wrap up your great contribution in class. I think one of the most telling things is that you are already starting to follow through with applying the class in your work. To me that is like the definition of a great class. I very distinctly remember when I started applying pricing concepts from my pricing policy and strategy class to my internship last summer. I look forward to applying this class to my future work. Thank you and good luck.

    P.S. @Conor Ryan I think we should consider an investigation into this entire class engineer voting. I have certainly lost confidence in its validity.

  10. sayoyamusa · ·

    Shane, you’ve been really doing great, and I’ve learned a lot. It was you who led and made this class a fully open-minded place. I knew you’re smart, but not only your expertise as an engineer but also your deep insights and business acumen are amazing. AND I’m a big fan of your sense of humor! Thank you for everything. Wish you the best of luck in your new chapter as a consultant!
    Don’t forget to contact me in your future trip to Japan! I’ll be happy and eager to welcome you anytime!!

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