By Don Gaber
Three teams comprised of UW-Eau Claire information systems and computer science students recently competed in the Target Global Technology Case Study, funded by a $4000 grant through Target Corporation. Jessica Lozano-Williams, Campus Recruiter for the Human Resources department at Target, coordinated the competition with Information Systems faculty member Don Gaber, and the College of Business Coordinator of Instructional Technology Dawna Drum.
The students were provided with information about actual problems that Target experiences in working with their global partners, which include issues such as language, culture and bandwidth. Teams were asked to present a proposal to Target Technology Services on how Target could better position itself to leverage global business systems to address these issues. To accomplish this, students had to employ more than just their technical skills. Students were required to write a paper as well as formally present their solution to a panel of Target judges. Creativity, written and oral communication skills, and business strategy all played a part in judging the final solutions.
The following students who took third-place received $200 each: Andy VanZeeland, Brian Troy, Taylor Laehn, and Robert Edge. Second-place team members who received $300 each were Jason Nicol, Josh Goldner, Josh Ellingson, and Adam Ferry. First place team members who each received $500 consisted of Blia Xiong, Bryant Seppelt, Ryan Koehler, and Kristen Bomber.
A group of 12 UW-Eau Claire information systems and computer science majors competed in the Target Global Technology Case Study. Front row from left to right: Jessica Lozano-Williams (Target), Taylor Laehn (CS), Brian Troy (CS), Adam Ferry (IS), Josh Ellingson (CS) Second row: Dawna Drum (UWEC), Bryant Seppelt (IS), Kristin Bomber (IS), Blia Xiong (IS), Jason Nicol (IS) Third row: Robert Edge (CS), Ryan Koehler (Marketing and IS), Andy VanZeeland (CS), Don Gaber (UWEC), Josh Goldner (IS)