The picture above represents excerpts from this Wednesday’s five student team presentations in the University of Notre Dame Strategic IT course led by Dr. Corey Angst. SAP sponsored the student project this semester. Students choose a specific wearable and an industry (or a specific firm) and identified places within the entire supply/value chain of the firm where a specific wearable could yield benefits. The class exercise served as an opportunity to test some of the design thinking concepts that we hope to incorporate in the full semester Collaborative Product Development class. I had the pleasure of observing the final team presentations and providing feedback to the students through discussion and written comments. The teams presented business strategies for emerging wearables technology including sensors in sports equipment, smart textiles for healthcare, disposable lifestyle trackers, smart lenses for health tracking, and Google Glass in addressing Autism care.
The Notre Dame course catalog description of this course is as follows:
- Strategic IT: While Amazon and Dell used the internet to create new retailing business models, that same technology was instrumental in destroying the business models of the telephone and music industries. What caused the difference? We’ll examine how to use IT for competitive advantage in a digital economy. We’ll explore how IT improves problem solving, productivity, quality, customer service, and process reengineering. We’ll also examine how to apply current technologies in innovative ways to impact an organization’s bottom line.
Engaging with students and faculty to explore real world topics related to SAP technology is always interesting and fun. It was a pleasure to work with this class on this unique challenge.