Modern and emerging technologies, analytics, design thinking, digital innovation, and project management keep businesses and organizations running efficiently and competitively in today’s marketplace.
In order to prepare future leaders for the new face of business and economics, Edinboro University is launching a new Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – focusing on the Intelligent Enterprise.
This new concentration in the School of Business lies at the intersection of business and computer science and is designed to create the next generation of highly valued business talent.
“Edinboro students will receive a broad and deep education from understanding how enterprise systems run businesses to configuration, project management, analytics, and digital innovation,” said Dr. Douglas Battleson, academic program manager of the Intelligent Enterprise track. “Graduates will be prepared to use enterprise systems on day one, which greatly accelerates company-specific training and employee value-add.”
Edinboro University is a member of the SAP University Alliances program, which provides access to enterprise system technologies to learn and practice within the classroom. In addition, students are introduced to the SAP ecosystem where industry certifications can be earned beyond the classroom.
This affiliation, combined with Edinboro’s comprehensive business curriculum, allows students to acquire the knowledge and skills that industry partners need when they consider next generation talent. Edinboro’s program is designed to ensure students understand business processes and how companies execute these processes using the SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and other current and emerging technologies and methodologies.
Though students will utilize SAP technologies in these courses, these are highly transferable skills that translate to other enterprise technologies.
The degree track in Intelligent Enterprise introduces students to the integration of core business processes within the SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. From there students learn how to maintain the business and enterprise system through configuration, implement these systems with project management skills, gain insight through analytics, and innovate with digital transformation.
The Intelligent Enterprise concentration is also ideal for other business majors such as Accounting and Marketing and many more as all business professionals use enterprise systems.
“Our new Intelligent Enterprise program is a wonderful addition to our current programs in Accounting, Economics, Marketing, Finance, Personal Financial Planning and Comprehensive Business,” said Dr. Michael Engdahl, chairperson of the Department of Business and Economics. “I have no doubt that it will become widely popular and tremendously successful.”
As part of the major, students may complete an internship before their final academic year. Other experiential learning opportunities include the Intelligent Enterprise Student Club, the Intelligent Enterprise Online Resume Book, and participation in industry events such as the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG).
Dr. Douglas Battleson is an Edinboro University alumnus and returns after military service and extensive industry experience including the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential. He is an award-winning teaching faculty member and has published research in the European Journal of Information Systems, IT Professional, and Engaged Management ReView. Battleson is a research associate at Georgia State University’s Center for Engaged Business Research and an SAP alumnus.
For more information about programming in Edinboro’s School of Business, visit www.edinboro.edu/business.