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BZU Concludes 1st Course in 4th International Information Technology Summer School - News

August 9, 2011
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The BZU Faculty of Information Technology concluded the 1st course in their International Information Technology Summer School, which was held for the fourth consecutive year. Both international and local professors in advanced topics in information technology participated.

The course was entitled "Enterprise Modeling, Service Strategic Planning & Data Governance.” It began with a module on "Business Process Modeling" given by Dr. Mahmoud Al-Saheb from the Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron. The module introduced Business Process Modeling with the goal of improving process efficiency and quality.

The second module, given by Dr. Derar Elayyan from the Department of Computer Science at BZU, was entitled "Enterprise Modeling.” The module explained Business Systems Modeling as a framework for change, and emphasized skills in models and simulation using System Dynamics.

The third module, entitled "Service Strategic Planning & Data Governance," was given by Professor Carlo Batini and Dr. Gianluigi Viscusi from the University of Milano-Bicocca in Italy. The module introduced the complexity of strategic planning of information systems for services in countries characterized by different cultures, technological readiness, and legal framework. The module also introduced data governance as a formal orchestration for people, processes, and technology to enable an organization to leverage data as an asset, and discussed issues such as data modeling, data architecture, schema abstraction, schema integration, and data quality.

The visit by Professor Carlo Batini and Dr. Gianluigi Viscusi came as part of their work on a project called "Interoperability of e-Governmental services," or "GovSeer," which is funded by the Italian government and coordinated by Dr. Mustafa Jarrar from the BZU Faculty of Information Technology.

The second course in the International IT Summer School begins on Saturday 9 July, with a module given by Professor Hany Ammar from the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University in the United States. The title of his module is "Software Architecture." It will be followed by a module about "Service-Oriented Architectures" given by Professor Adel Taweel from the University of King's College in London, England.

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