MSIS Sponsored Capstone Projects

You may know I’m now running the Sponsored Capstone Projects at the University of Utah.  What you may not know is this could be of value to your organization.

One of my responsibilities is to bring new projects to my students. This means I can help organizations get important, but unbudgeted, projects done. These are graduate IS students with an average of 5 years work experience. A project team can complete projects that require hundreds of man hours. But these are not “free” projects to the sponsoring organization. While there is no hard dollar cost today, we do require sponsors allocate staff resources to interface with our project team as well as executive sponsorship. In some cases, software or cloud services are needed and provided by the sponsor (ownership retained by sponsor after project is completed).

A Sponsored Capstone Project is a long running, complex IT project executed by students for a specific organization (“sponsor”) that provides them real-world experience that makes them more attractive to potential employers. Sponsors benefit from the completion of important IT projects and vetting potential employees while giving back to the community.

Example projects include security audits, compliance assessments, mobile/web application development, network/systems design and documentation, data warehouse, database design, business intelligence and data analytics.

The typical engagement is about 6 – 9 months. A standard 3 student project is about 300 man-hours, give or take 50 hours. Many times these projects are not sponsored by the IT Department, it is the business units (Marketing, HR, Compliance, etc.) that are most interested in sponsoring a capstone project.

If you have a solid project in mind, please let me know and I’ll send you more detailed information.  Feel free to bounce ideas off me. I look forward to hearing from you to discuss possible projects for future semesters.

Author: Dave Norwood

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