a. Paper Development Workshop (PDW)

This will be held on the morning of Wednesday the 18th of May. The workshop will be in a round-table format. Selected papers from the conference have been invited to participate in the PDW. The following senior scholars will be serving as mentors:"

  • Professor Alta van der Merwe, University of Pretoria
  • Professor Fred Niederman, Saint Louis University
  • Professor Patrick Chau, University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Anol Bhattacherjee, University of South Florida
  • Professor Robert Davison, City University of Hong Kong

Papers selected for the PDW will be channelled to the following journals that are supporting Conf-IRM 2016:

  • Information and Management
  • Information Technology for Development
  • African Journal of Information Systems
  • Journal of Information Security and Applications
  • Electronic Journal of IS in Developing Countries.

This is a closed event - strictly for authors of selected papers.

b. Journal Editors Panel

Scholars with editorial responsibilities in four information systems journals will lead an Editors Panel on the afternoon of Wednesday the 18th of May:

  • Gerald Grant, Associate Editor of Information Technology for Development
  • Irwin Brown, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Information Systems
  • Patrick Chau, Editor-in-Chief of Information & Management
  • Robert Davison, Editor-in-Chief of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries

All registered Conf-IRM participants are welcome to attend this panel.

c. CIO Symposium

  • Gerald Grant, Carleton University, Canada
  • Heiko Gewald, Hochschule Neu-Ulm, Germany
  • Maureen Tanner, University of Cape Town, South Africa
This will be held on the morning of Friday 20 May. By bringing CIOs and researchers together, this symposium will allow participants to learn about the realities that CIOs face in practice. It will also allow researchers the opportunity to share with practitioners what researchers have found in their studies of the CIOs roles and how some of the challenges and opportunities they face may be addressed. The exchange will give CIOs new insights as to other possible approaches and actions they may take in executing their roles. Researchers will benefit from practical insights CIOs will provide and in so doing find new opportunities for researching issues that will advance both research and practice.

All are welcome.

d. Big Data Technologies and Visual Analytics: Resources for Business Analytics Research and Teaching

This will be held on the afternoon of Friday 20 May. The purpose of this workshop/tutorial is to present the advances in big data technologies and visual analytics that can be used by academics for teaching and research in business analytics. The session will begin with an overview of big data technologies and the vast academic resources available on Teradata University Network (TUN). TUN is designed as a rich site of resources for faculty and student covering topics related to data and analytics.

An overview of free resources made available through TUN partners (i.e. BI and Analytics companies) such as MicroStrategy, SAS and Tableau that can be used to support analytics and visualization will be covered. Target audience is any faculty teaching, or planning to teach, in the areas of databases, data warehouses, BI, analytics and visualization.

All are welcome. NOTE:

  • Attendees are requested to bring their own laptop if they want to follow through with the activities. Live access to data and performing analytics will be dependent on speed of internet access available in the room.
  • Faculty are requested to register with Teradata University Network (no cost) if they are not already a member ( Registration in TUN portal is required for using SAS VA which is available for free only through TUN. Faculty registrations are verified and hence we recommend establishing the account a few days before the conference workshop.
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