Senior Van Nguyen has also seen the opportunity in Big
Data to launch a fast-paced career in business analytics.
As a Marketing major, with a minor in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Van’s academic and career interests synthesized to give him a versatile background. This
helped him to land a prestigious summer internship at
UTC Aerospace Systems in North Carolina. The company
was so impressed with his expertise that it offered him
a part-time position with the UTC
Aerospace Systems’ location in Windsor Locks, CT, while he completes his
“To me, the most interesting ele-
ment of Big Data analysis is that you
can understand exactly how a com-
pany is performing by simply paying
attention to the details and the trends of the data,” Van
said. “Big Data analysis is extremely practical and can
be applied to every aspect of life.”
Van took advantage of courses that integrated the en-
terprise resource planning software SAP into the College
of Business curriculum.
SAP is used worldwide to maximize efficiency throughout the various departments within an organization.
Western New England University is one of only 10% of
schools in the nation that include SAP in its curriculum.
Last year, about 40% of Business graduates received certification in SAP.
SAP expertise gives graduates a competitive advantage because it is expensive for companies to provide
new hires the broad training required to become fluent
in the software. Even if a company uses a program other
than SAP, our students are better equipped to adapt and
quickly learn a different program.
“Since UTC has recently adopted SAP as its main business information system, I quickly became an asset,” he
explained. “By utilizing my
knowledge in SAP, I was able
to immediately generate accurate reports and instructions to help to my colleagues
with their assignments. This
knowledge was a big factor in
the success of my internship.”
As a marketing analyst at UTC Aerospace Systems,
Van said his coursework prepared him to learn to navigate various analytical software programs such as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and SAS
(Statistical Analysis System), as well as advanced Mi-crosoft Excel techniques.
“One important lesson I learned from my internship at
UTC Aerospace Systems is to think and execute by looking
at the bigger picture,” Van said. “Western New England
University provided me with a tremendous amount of
resources to prepare me for this industry. The best part
is that my skills are also transferable to other fields.” n
With the increasing focus on Big Data,
content so large it must be analyzed differently than general data, major corporations have used
the constant flow of numbers to their advantage in such diverse fields as cancer research and
sports performance. Big Data is generally gathered from cloud, mobile, and social technologies,
and has driven the traditional analytic software model to evolve, and has also offered unparalleled
opportunities to expand and improve the standard business plan.
“One important lesson learned from
my internship at UTC Aerospace
Systems is to think and execute by
looking at the bigger picture.”