Abhijith Anand reflects fondly on his introduction to computers as a child. Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Abhijith Anand
The journey may seem the same: Ph.D. student starts their first year. They grow and, hopefully, write papers that get published. Then comes graduation and, if all goes well, they get an assistant professorship at a university. Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Varun Grover
At an academic conference in New York, Paul Cronan, professor in the Department of Information Systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, and David Douglas, emeritus professor of information systems, presented details about University of Arkansas’ blockchain consortia to the SAP Academic Conference. Continue reading Walton College Blockchain Initiative Named SAP Next-Gen Chapter
Paul Cronan, professor in the Department of Information Systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, and David Douglas, emeritus professor, along with Arne Strauss of the Warwick Business School presented “Developing Business Analytics Courses or Curriculum” to the AACSB Data Analytics Summit in Tempe, Arizona. Continue reading Cronan, Douglas on Program at AACSB Data Analytics Summit
David Douglas, emeritus professor in the Department of Information Systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, has been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Decision Sciences Institute, Southwest Region. Continue reading Douglas Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Regional Decision Sciences Institute
Nearly 225 academics and industry experts discussed the potential of blockchain technology and its application to the future of large and small businesses at the Blockchain Conference 2018 on Friday, April 6, in downtown Fayetteville. Continue reading Industry Experts, Academics Discuss Blockchain
The Department of Information Systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the Enterprise Systems Blockchain Consortium are hosting a conference on the basics, value propositions and technology options of blockchain. Registration closes March 30.
Mary C. Lacity, Curators’ Distinguished Professor and International Business Fellow at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the keynote speaker for the event. Her talk on “The Business of Blockchain as the New World Order” will kick off the event at 8:30 a.m., Friday, April 6, at the Chancellor Hotel at 70 N. East Ave. in Fayetteville.
Lacity, in speaking about blockchain to a group of University of Arkansas faculty and students in 2017, defined blockchain this way: “A blockchain is a decentralized, peer-to-peer system for validating, time-stamping and permanently storing transactions on a distributed ledger that uses encryption protocols to authenticate digital asset ownership and consensus protocols to prevent double spending, to add validated transactions to the ledger and to ensure the ongoing integrity of the ledger’s complete history. Some blockchains also use smart contracts that apply rules to automatically execute transactions based upon pre-agreed conditions.”
In her keynote, Lacity will be sharing the findings from her forthcoming book, A Manager’s Guide to Blockchain Applications for Business: Mindshifts, Strategies and Action Principles.
Conference attendees will participate in a daylong series of panels and presentations with industry leaders from members of the Enterprise Systems Blockchain Consortium — ArcBest, IBM, J.B. Hunt Transport Inc., Tyson Foods and Walmart.
Industry and academic experts presenting at the conference include Chris Enslin and Archana Sristy of Walmart, Nikhil Gupta of IBM, Heather Czech of SAP, P.J. Johnson of Microsoft, Nitin Kale from the University of Southern California and Zach Steelman, Beth Keiffer, Ron Freeze and Rhonda Syler of the Walton College information systems department. Attendees also will also have the opportunity to build their own use case, get hands-on with Hyperledger and Ethereum or take a deeper dive into business analytics.
For more information or to register for the conference go to blockchain.uark.edu.
Forty potential transfer students from Northwest Arkansas Community College visited the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas to learn about programs, resources and curriculum in the college. Continue reading Potential Transfer Students Learn About Programs, Resources, Curriculum
Sheree Smith, administrative support supervisor in the Department of Information Systems, has been named employee of the second quarter by the Sam M. Walton College of Business.
Anyone in the college may nominate colleagues for the award, which is given to employees who show superior customer service that enhances the image of the college, above and beyond the scope of that employee’s job description.
This quarter’s nominees were Smith, Pamela Heinzel of the Department of Marketing, Lori McLemore of the Office of External Relations and Amy Moore of the Research and Outreach Centers.
The winner of the award receives a certificate of appreciation and a cash prize. Winners are chosen by Walton College Dean Matt Waller, the associate deans, the assistant deans for undergraduate and graduate programs and the Walton College Staff Council.
The atmosphere was just like working for a company.
In fact, when Ashley Collins began her first career job after graduation, she was grateful that her classes at the Sam M. Walton College of Business mirrored a work environment – one that prepared her to develop software for a large company. Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Ashley Collins