Machine Learning Authors: Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan, Carmen Gonzalez, Yeshim Deniz, Zakia Bouachraoui

News Feed Item

Business Students Go Head-to-Head in Pursuit of Invaluable Industry Experience

Students at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business are learning first-hand how to improve the bottom line of company Web sites by acting as actual consultants—something that translates directly into a valuable tool to land jobs upon completion of their degrees.

MBA students Tyler Riggs and J.J. Oliver recently claimed top honors in the 10th Adobe Web Analytics Competition, marking another milestone in the school’s mission to provide the best hands-on business education in the nation. The team analyzed the online performance of DepartmentofGoods.com, a closeout/outlet site owned by Backcountry.com, a Utah-based Web retailer of outdoor recreational gear, clothing and accessories. Riggs and Oliver focused on, among other things, how best to reduce the number of customers who make “shopping cart” product selections, but then abandon the transactions before completing purchases.

University of Utah students claimed another first place finish in the Intermountain University Think Tank contest, sponsored by Intermountain Healthcare (IHC). The Utah student team of Andre Kemeny, MBA/Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) and Suzanne Sigmund, MPH/MHA each earned $4,000 in cash prizes and $5,000 more for the University’s general scholarship fund.

Kemeny and Sigmund contended with other teams from each of seven Utah universities with the objective to “generate creative new perspectives on healthcare delivery that expand the way IHC operates and become the foundation for programs that improve how they achieve their mission.” The student teams were each assigned a mentor from IHC to work with and gave final presentations in front of IHC executives.

For the Adobe Web Analytics Competition, the team of Utah MBA students, Tyler Riggs and J.J. Oliver, competed and won first place, defeating teams from other top universities. With a $15,000 first-place prize on the line, student teams assumed the role of digital marketing consultants. Using Adobe web analytic tools, the student teams were asked to analyze an actual retail website and make recommendations for improving its performance.

Riggs, a second-year MBA student, called participation in the contest “one of the greatest opportunities that I've ever had, not only during my time in the David Eccles School of Business MBA program but throughout my entire career — academically and professionally.”

“The opportunity to work with a major company like Adobe, analyzing a real Web site from another major company like Backcountry.com, and using real data to make recommendations that could actually be used by the client company, was phenomenal,” Riggs says. “The things we do in school and in this competition are things that we will use on the job in the future as digital marketers, and to be able to gain experience doing it in a high-profile setting has been invaluable.”

Oliver, also in his second year of the MBA program, credited the school’s “great professors providing the knowledge base to perform quantitative analysis and ask the critical questions which led to our success.”

Linda Wells, director of the MBA program and the Sorenson Center for Innovation and Discovery, hailed the curriculum developed at the David Eccles School of Business and the competition for providing students with real-world experience and learning opportunities.

“It’s a thrill to see the results of the hard work of our students. They’ve had both curricular and co-curricular programming to help prepare them for competitions. They have invested a tremendous amount of their own time to polish their research and presentations,” says Wells. “We are proud of them individually and we’re grateful that they have so positively represented the school and the full-time MBA Program.”

Business competitions such as those offered by Adobe and IHC are just a few of the opportunities David Eccles School of Business students are engaged in to develop corporate acumen. The school offers the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, a business-plan writing contest; Opportunity Quest, a qualifying competition for the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge; techTITANS, a multi-discipline business idea contest; and the Utah Real Estate Challenge, a real estate development plan competition.

About the David Eccles School of Business

Founded in 1917 in Salt Lake City, the David Eccles School of Business has programs in entrepreneurship, technology innovation and venture capital management. Emphasizing interdisciplinary education and experiential learning, it launched the country’s largest student-run venture capital fund with $18.3 million (the largest in the U.S.), and is home to the Pierre Lassonde Entrepreneur Center and the Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation. Approximately 3,500 students are enrolled in its undergraduate, graduate and executive degree programs as well as joint MBA programs in architecture, law and health administration. For more information, visit www.business.utah.edu.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

CloudEXPO Stories
Because Linkerd is a transparent proxy that runs alongside your application, there are no code changes required. It even comes with Prometheus to store the metrics for you and pre-built Grafana dashboards to show exactly what is important for your services - success rate, latency, and throughput. In this session, we'll explain what Linkerd provides for you, demo the installation of Linkerd on Kubernetes and debug a real world problem. We will also dig into what functionality you can build on top of the tools provided by Linkerd such as alerting and autoscaling.
DevOps is a world surrounded by information, starting from a single commit and ending in roll out to production. In this talk, I'll introduce you to the world of Taboola DevOps data collection, to better understand what goes on under the hood. The system we've developed in-house helps us collect and analyse the entire DevOps process from the very first commit all the way to production. It provides us a full clear view with a drill-down toolset that helps keep us away from the dark side. Our KPI's moved from being abstracted ideas to data driven goals, which we can measure and act upon. We're living in a data driven world when all business components are based on our clients action and reaction, why not doing the same thing within our DevOps eco-system?
After years of investments and acquisitions, CloudBlue was created with the goal of building the world's only hyperscale digital platform with an increasingly infinite ecosystem and proven go-to-market services. The result? An unmatched platform that helps customers streamline cloud operations, save time and money, and revolutionize their businesses overnight. Today, the platform operates in more than 45 countries and powers more than 200 of the world's largest cloud marketplaces, managing more than 27 million enterprise cloud subscriptions valued at more than $1 billion in revenue.
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Mike Johnston, an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io, will discuss how to use Kubernetes to setup a SaaS infrastructure for your business. Mike Johnston is an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io with over 12 years of experience designing, deploying, and maintaining server and workstation infrastructure at all scales. He has experience with brick and mortar data centers as well as cloud providers like Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services, and Rackspace. His expertise is in automating deployment, management, and problem resolution in these environments, allowing his teams to run large transactional applications with high availability and the speed the consumer demands.
Containerized software is riding a wave of growth, according to latest RightScale survey. At Sematext we see this growth trend via our Docker monitoring adoption and via Sematext Docker Agent popularity on Docker Hub, where it crossed 1M+ pulls line. This rapid rise of containers now makes Docker the top DevOps tool among those included in RightScale survey. Overall Docker adoption surged to 35 percent, while Kubernetes adoption doubled, going from 7% in 2016 to 14% percent.