MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – Penn State Harrisburg will offer a new degree program in Fall 2023 aimed at preparing professionals to solve organizational problems through enterprise technology solutions.
The Enterprise Technology Integration (ETI) degree from the School of Business Administration at Penn State Harrisburg provides students with expertise in analyzing, designing, integrating and evaluating IT solutions to meet the needs of businesses. Understanding the IT needs of organizations driven by the advent of cloud computing and database technologies; and helping companies adapt their business processes to become more competitive.
“Investment in enterprise digital transformation efforts and cloud migration efforts has increased significantly during the pandemic,” said Roderick Lee, associate professor of information systems. “To remain competitive, companies must leverage cloud computing to support the digitization of business-critical services such as sales, customer engagement and supply chain management.”
“The ETI program is primarily intended for students who want to pursue careers in application systems integration, cloud engineering, business technology analysis or IT consulting,” said Jesse Middaugh, assistant professor of information science and technology
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 15% growth in computer and information technology jobs over a 10-year period through 2031. Middaugh added, “ETI graduates possess the technical and soft skills needed to help organizations solve problems through highly integrated solutions.”
The program’s interdisciplinary curriculum combines foundational coursework in areas such as information technology and business with specialized courses in cloud computing, advanced database technologies, supply chain management, and business analysis. Students also choose from a 12-credit course suite in a focus area—such as Application Development, Cybersecurity, Health Informatics or ROTC, Intelligence, and Cyberwarfare—to gain deeper knowledge of enterprise-wide systems integration in a specific area.
In addition to advanced knowledge of cloud computing and advanced database technologies, “The ETI degree is consistent with all of our IT offerings as it is infused with impactful practices – such as: Such as a first-year seminar, service learning, writing—intensive course, internship, and a final experience—that significantly increase student engagement, learning, and development,” Lee said.
“The ETI program expands the school’s portfolio of interdisciplinary information technology degrees, which include recent additions to Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations and Human-Centered Design and Development, and an overhaul of the Information Systems degree. The ETI program is also a timely complement to our programmatic offerings as companies implement enterprise resource planning systems to integrate their supply chain networks,” said Angappa Gunasekaran, Director of the School of Business Administration. “Additionally, the ETI program enables the college to continue to deliver distinctive and effective technology curricula that enhance experiential learning and respond to industry needs.”