This article was written by: John Peng, Industry Liaison, CISSA
Last night was the conclusion of the ACS Victoria sponsored IT Industry Case Challenge, which was organised by the Computing and Information Systems Students Association (CISSA) at the University of Melbourne.
Eight teams from the University of Melbourne pitched their final ideas at the offices of SMS Management and Technology in Melbourne’s CBD. The challenge scenario centred around refreshing knowledge management and enhancing communication across an organisation. The pitches took a variety of approaches; including the adoption of novel smart search techniques blended with disruptive technologies such as machine learning and AI.
The winning team, Analyse That, won $750 in cash prizes. Their holistic proposal addressed both the technical and human aspects of the problem. Their proposal comprised of improving meta-data while re-architecting towards an enterprise wide SOA. Importantly the team also considered the human aspects, with respect to change management involved in realising the proposal.
A special mention also goes to the 2nd place team, Spark, who won $500 for their solution, which employed gamification strategies and recommendations for a more disciplined taxonomy. 3rd prize ($250) went to team SWIFT who took a fresh approach in their recommendation for the deployment of a mixture of new platforms such as Bloomfire and slack for enhanced communication.
Congratulations to all participants, who worked hard researching, analysing and refining their solutions over the past month. Their passion for problem solving in technology brought the competition alive and the experiences gained from participation will certainly stand them in good stead in their budding professional careers.
ACS Victoria would also like to thank CISSA for organising the case competition, which encouraged students to apply practical skills in cross-disciplinary teams in order to develop creative solutions.