MIST 7500 - Internet Technology exposed me to many new business theories and technologies, and set a solid groundwork for the scope of the MIT course. While the course is geared towards the technological side, it also integrates business principles and techniques which are needed for future IT leaders to be successful in the business world.
We started with business modelling and how IT is integral in the success of modern businesses. Using Porter’s 5 Forces and tools like the business model canvas, we were able to breakdown the components of a business and analyze its strengths and weaknesses. Using the canvas really opens your eyes to the assets and liabilities of a company and industry.
We switched gears and studied the history of the internet and how it works from the hardware and communications aspect. We were shown how protocol standards will help enhance the internet as new ideas and technologies are integrated into “Web 3.0” and beyond. We did some basic web design and CSS styling to finish out the internet portion of our studies.
We ended the semester focusing on basic java development and cloud computing. We created a few basic programs using Eclipse IDE and activated cloud accounts using AWS (Amazon Web Services).
We also were exposed to numerous speakers that work in various segments of the IT field. From entrepreneurship to web search standards to cloud computing, we were able to interact with people working in our future fields.
In retrospect, I think the best thing that I can take away from this class is that there is a huge demand for tech-savvy, business-minded professionals to steer the future of technology and its place in society. This class will benefit me because it allowed me to experience hands-on, the various aspects of web-based technologies and set the building blocks to succeed in IT.