The Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics successfully concluded its Strategic IS Conclave where 45 students competed in groups to become the ‘Ultimate Information Systems (IS) Consultants’ of 2019-2020. The event itself was conceptualised in October 2019, when nine students started working with nine industry mentors from IBM, Emirates, DP World, Landmark Group, Al Tayer, Procter & Gamble, SAP, DoodleWorld and Emerson. The event was part of the Strategic IS module for BSc Business Information Systems and BSc Information Technology students.
Each group prepared their analysis, findings and recommendations for the company they worked with and presented their reports in the Oasis Theatre on 5 & 12 February 2020. Their presentations were judged and evaluated by the industry mentors who played a critical role in providing constructive feedback and assessing the feasibility of group recommendations for the firm.
One of the key ideas behind this initiative was to expose students to real industry problems and get live feedback from senior corporate prrofessionals. Corporate mentors for this conclave were: Alia Badreldin and Roy S (Data Centre Manager, IBM), Munira K (Senior Financial Analyst, Emirates), Prakash Rao (Group Supply Chain Head, Landmark Group), Aarti Dange (Digital Transformation Manager, Emerson), I. Chitra (Product Manager, Al Tayer), Bhawana Sahu (Marketing Manager, DoodleWorld), Karim Lokhandwala (AMA Corporate, P&G), L. Janarthanan (Chief Commerical Officer, DP World) and Wissam Kadi (Global Director, SAP Labs).
Team DoodleWorld (Pear Soares, Devika Sujith, Anjali Sreekumar, Yash R, and Lubna Shakoor) emerged as the overall winner, with Ashar Iqbal being awarded for Best Presentation.