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Professors Dave and Susan Dischiave to present at IBM's SHARE Expo

Director of the Master of Science in Information Management program Dave Dischiave and Professor of Practice Susan Dischiave will be featured speakers at the IBM SHARE Technology Exchange Expo in Orlando, Fla., on February 24-29, 2008.


At the request of IBM and the SHARE officers, the Dischiaves will present “Head of the Class,” a discussion of technology education for today and tomorrow. “We’ll address how our curriculum has changed to help students learn what they need to be successful in the 21st century,” Dave Dischiave says.


The Dischiaves aren’t just going to the conference because it will be promoting the iSchool and what it is doing; they are also going for networking purposes. They want to find speakers to come to SU and to find opportunities for internships and jobs for students. “We are like the Trojan Horse,” Dave Dischiave says. “We are going in as speakers for SHARE but coming back with more valuable information for the school.”


Typically about 6,000 people attend a SHARE conference and more than 65 enterprises will exhibit at the Orlando conference, including EMC Corporation, DINO Software Corporation, Fischer International System Corp., and Luminex Software, Inc.


SHARE is a user group for people who work with large IBM enterprise technology in their organization. This conference, which is held twice a year, gives these users the opportunity to provide IBM feedback on its technology. Organizations send professionals to see what new technology is available, share with other organizations about how they use current products and equipments, and swap techniques to solve glitches in the technology.


SHARE is the oldest information technology user group for professionals, it was started in 1955. It consist of more than 20,000 individual computing specialists with more that 2,000 of IBM’s top enterprise computing costumers. SHARE has members from many of the top international firms, banking organizations, IRS, and other government organizations.


Neither of the Dischiaves is a member of the SHARE user group, but they do participate in the IBM Academic Initiative. Through their relationship with IBM, the Dischiaves have been able to secure access to a virtual machine—which enables the iSchool to access and use a portion of a mainframe in Dallas. In 2006, IBM honored the Dischiaves with its Faculty Award for innovating new curriculum to address the shortage of large-scale computing professionals, and they discuss this new course in a recent cover article in IBM’s EnergiZe Magazine.

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