With the Integrated Large-Scale Enterprise Computing Systems (ILSECS) being used in
almost all Fortune 1000 companies and the majority of the industry’s employees headed toward retirement, the advanced technology has become one of the most highly sought after skills in
undergraduate and graduate students. Illinois State University is one of the few universities in the United States to offer an academic path to this field.
The ECSA is dedicated to bringing the ILSECS technology to the forefront of the School of Information Technology (ITK) at Illinois State University. The ECSA organizes various activities related to ILSECS such as seminars and lectures from expertise
in the field, enterprise data center visits, employment opportunitiws (resume posting board and career discussion), coding competitions, certificate studies,
and hands-on practice using an Enterprise Computing System.
Seminars and Lectures
Seminars and lectures concentrate on the mainframe infrastructure (z/OS, MVS, etc), Linux, UNIX, Websphere, JVM (JAVA Virtual Machine), system security, database, and other enterprise computing system related topics. The ECSA will frequently invite speakers such as ITK professors, and experts/managers from
Fortune 500 companies with decades of experience. This is the one of the
best ways to gain the newest knowledge on Enterprise Computing System.
It also allows you to network with major companies that are always
looking for eager future employees.
Data Center Visit
Data center visits allow students to see first hand how the industry
works and lets them see all the cool new technology that they learn
about in their lectures. The ECSA arranges trips to visit data centers to different
organizations. Visitors can view the infrastructure of various Enterprise Computing Systems, system architecture setup, designs of system security, and network flow as well as the business strategy.
These trips are an excellent way to see how multibillion dollar
organizations receive, store, and maintain the data necessary to run
In the ECSA, activities are organized which relate to employment
opportunity, such as a resume posting board and career discussion. In
the resume posting board, students can upload their resume so hiring
companies may view them. Also monthly career discussion with human
resources/recruiters and/or senior technicians provide resume critiques,
interview tips, and employment information. These activities benefit
students who are looking for internships or full time jobs and often
lead to students to create a network of industry contacts.
Coding Competition, Certificate Study, Hands-on Exercise
Except for the ECSA activities mentioned before, there are additional activities in which
allows students enhance their technical skills such as coding competitions, certificate
studies, and hands-on exercises. On top of this study groups are formed for those who want to obtain
an IBM certificate. Also, students do hands-on exercise on real Enterprise Computing Systems. For the students who complete the ILSECS technology related projects with professors, opportunities to participate in the share conferences.
As the organization grows in size, so will the range
of activities offered to its memebers. Again, the ECSA’s goal is to promote students’ interests in the ILECS field of study, and establish
a strong foundation for further education. Therefore, we believe the ECSA
is a productive and beneficial student organization for students while they are pursuing their educations at ISU.