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Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115 USA
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Enterprise Computing is the world of computing and data management in large businesses, industries, and other organizations. While other forms of computing are used extensively in various business capacities, mainframe computers play a central role in the daily operations of most of the world’s largest corporations, including many Fortune 1000 companies. In banking, finance, health care, insurance, public utilities, government, and a multitude of other public and private enterprises, the mainframe computer continues to form the foundation of business in today’s e-business environment. From processing stock exchange transactions to managing the inventory and supply chains of some of the world's largest retailers, enterprise systems work behind the scenes to keep high volume, large-scale critical operations functioning smoothly and efficiently. Mainframe computers have been the most stable, secure, and compatible of all computing platforms. The latest models can handle the most advanced and demanding customer workloads, yet continue to run applications that were written in the 1970s or earlier.
Skilled computer professionals with a good understanding of enterprise computing and experience with IBM System z are needed to develop enterprise system applications for multi-national organizations. Our goal in the enterprise computing area is to give students strong foundation in mainframe computing in general and IBM’s z/OS system in particular. Mainframe teaching has been a major strength of NIU’s computer science curriculum from its very inception. With our rigorous training in this area our graduates are happily hired by several large corporations nationwide and have excelled in their profession. With our offer of enterprise computing area we hope to retain and enhance this strength NIU enjoyed for many years.
Since most large organizations do use mainframes as part of their overall computing environment, this is wholly appropriate and valuable. It is predicted that in the next decade, many mainframe-related jobs will need to be filled, and NIU graduates should be positioned well for this job market. At the same time, it is unlikely that anyone will be working exclusively with a mainframe--or exclusively with UNIX or any single platform. The goal of this area is to prepare our students to be versatile and adaptable and to have the background to thrive in the overall enterprise.
A Master’s degree with Enterprise Computing track is designed to prepare students for careers in industry, especially at large companies where mainframe computing is common. With 70 percent of the world’s data maintained on mainframes, learning mainframe hardware and software skills makes a student in the EC Systems very marketable in corporate America.
Sample companies hiring NIU Enterprise Computing students:
Sample comments from companies who have hired NIU Enterprise Computing students:
"NIU students have a strong technical
background that 1) allows them to be productive
'Day One' and 2) provides the foundation
so that they can learn and master new technologies.
Their [courses at NIU] prepare and enable
them to take on substantial responsibility
and not get overwhelmed by it."
Allegiance, McGraw Park, Illinois
"When we hire a Northern Illinois University
computer science graduate, we know we are
obtaining an individual with strong technical
skills who will be able to contribute immediately
to our projects."
Technology Practice Leader, Hewitt and Associates Lincolnshire, Illinois
"Andrew has proven to be the best summer
intern who has worked for this department.
(This is a significant compliment, because
my second-best intern came from Stanford.)
Andrew made several persons remark that
Northern Illinois University must have
an excellent computer science program."
IBM's Santa Teresa Laboratory, California