Since pioneering one of the nation’s first ManagementInformation Systems (MIS) curriculums three decades ago, the Eller College of Management’s MIS Department at The University of Arizona has become a leader in IT education and research. For more than 20 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the school’s MIS program among the top five in the United States.
To have open source tools within real-world enterprises.
To help both faculty and students assess for themselves the value of open source software solutions, Jaspersoft has provided its full suite of BI solutions to the University without charge, under the Jaspersoft Scholars Program- an educational license that stipulates the software cannot be used for commercial purposes. For the two in-depth BI case studies, students typically use Oracle tools for one and Jaspersoft tools for the other.
Working with the Jaspersoft BI suite, students walk away with a number of advantages. Using Jaspersoft’s iReport Designer to define operational reports and JasperAnalysis to create OLAP solutions, for example, students learn when to apply traditional, SQL-based tools and when to use OLAP. The practical experience lets them give real-world examples to recruiters.
We try to do a lot of research in the same areas we teach, then let students simulate some of the same experiences. Having state-of-the-industry tools on hand for them to use is also essential. We’re very pleased that providers like Jaspersoft have made them available to us and our students.