Google Cambridge Tour

By Kelly Judge

On December 1, 2017, the OIM Club had the opportunity to travel to Cambridge, MA and tour Google. Students were able to learn about the exciting work environment that Google has to offer, along with how they keep their employees engaged while relaxed throughout the day.

The Cambridge office is set up to model the T train lines, with each stop having something special to be remembered by. The office is divided into different sections including each colored line. Each colored line has a specific focus of work. Along these colored lines, there were many different “stops” with special rooms that reflected different stops. One of these stops included a miniature Boston Public Library, with private, sound-proof reading rooms for employees who enjoy extreme silence.

The many rooms are able to allow different types of learners to relax in a way that suits them. They had a music room, a room with the latest video games, and a room that had two nap pods, similar to the ones in the movie The Passengers. They even had computers attached to treadmills so that people could move as they worked instead of sitting at a desk.

Google also strives to minimize food waste. In their cafeterias, they had a live data tracker keeping track of how much food has been wasted during that day at that moment in comparison to the live time the day before. Doing this allows employees to see what they are wasting and encourage people to only put what they will eat on their plate.

Visiting Google was an exciting experience for the OIM Club. It was valuable for us to see what large technology companies have to offer in their work spaces. Technology companies such as Google are changing traditional work spaces to make them more inviting and welcoming atmosphere for their employees.

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Cyber Security Panel

Last Wednesday, November 9, the Operations and Information Management Club, in conjunction with the ACM Cyber Security Club, hosted our first Cyber Security Panel. The night was filled with good pizza, good people, and amazing speakers. The panelists were, Bruce Bonsall, an Independent Cyber Security Consultant and IANS Executive Research Faculty, Diedre Diamond, Founder and CEO of CyberSN, and Justing Peavy, Chief Information Security Officer at Wellington Management.  We were lucky enough to have such experienced speakers who were able to educate students on what it was like to be a part of one of the most important industries in today’s day and age.

The panelists discussed everything from the need for more talent in the cyber security field, to the strategies behind cyber war. Panelists also opened up about what it takes to be successful in the industry, reminding students to work on their soft skills to go alongside with their technical skills, as a big aspect of the work revolves around being able to communicate with others. Additionally, they touched upon why cyber-attacks are becoming more prevalent in third world countries, claiming that there is a lack of regulation and increased opportunity for individuals in countries where there is no particular authority. Overall, the clubs came together to run a fantastic event and I look forward to attending it next year.

By Matthew Bukobza

Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Jeff Bessette, Talks Healthcare and Data Analytics with OIM Students

This past Wednesday night, O&I Club was fortunate enough to host Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Jeff Bessette. Mr. Bessette has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare, technology and life sciences industries with a strong background in predictive modeling, statistical analysis, data mining, and outcome evaluations. 

FTI Consulting provides services for a multitude of industries including aerospace and defense, environmental, financial institutions, healthcare, insurance, transportation, and more. Mr. Bessette specializes in the healthcare and life sciences sector of the firm, focusing on litigation and hospital operations, specifically the supply chain. He typically reviews labor analytics, as well as evaluating strategy in hospitals in order to improve processes. 

Three important talking points Mr. Bessette spoke about included personalized medicine and genomics, system automation such as APIs, and appliances, devices and SMACKs. He discussed how we could gather data from wearable devices such as a FitBit, and then analyze the information to make predictions about our future. A FitBit can track your heart rate, and it can detect an irregular heartbeat pattern.

Mr. Bessette predicts that soon devices such as this will be able to tell people if they are going to have a heart attack prior to actually having one. He discussed how easy it is now to gather data and how helpful it can be for the future, especially in the healthcare arena.  Mr. Bessette also covered some important skills that he believes all graduates heading into the workforce should acquire before leaving college. Getting a solid foundation of the database management system, SQL, before beginning your first job is vital. Most companies train employees on their particular relational database management system upon arrival, but you will stand out amongst your peers if you already have a basic knowledge of the program. Although technologic advancements move at such a rapid pace these days, Mr. Bessette also stressed the importance of keeping up with current trends in the tech space. In order to stay ahead of outsourcing and offshore reaping, it is necessary for corporations and decision makers within those companies, to remain adaptable to the new ways of technology. 

Currently, ninety percent of business is based off of analytics and the highest paying job out of college is a data scientist. Due to this spike in analyst jobs, several companies are hiring, but the competition for these jobs is increasing as well. Mr. Bessette discussed how to differentiate oneself from other candidates in the workforce. First, the most powerful tool you have is your LinkedIn profile. Expanding your connections are important and companies often use LinkedIn as the first way to get to know someone. Companies will check all social media, so it is important to make sure Facebook profiles, Twitter pages and other social media is clean. Above all, Mr. Bessette strongly emphasized to be a sponge at your place of work. Take everything in and learn as much as you can, whenever you can. It is important to be eager, optimistic, and positive because people will notice and it can help you to move up in a company in the future.