Building the Solution

The Walmart RPAS Team has just begun the build phase of our project. It is an exciting time when all our work as a team comes together, piece by piece, into a final product. As we move through this process we are meeting unexpected challenges that test our design, project scope, and timetable. Each challenge is different, and the experience we receive while managing them is an important factor in our growth as MIS professionals. The solution we are building will add significant value to how Walmart operates and scales it’s systems.

This project has presented us with many real-world situations. It required bringing together teams across the country, from UA and Walmart, to collaborate on a solution. Through that relationship we began the design of a system that will bring large amounts of raw data and create a centralized source of actual information for Walmart to use in key operational decisions. The team was introduced to state of the art systems and software from the world’s leading manufacturers, whilst they were being operated by the largest retailer on the planet! Now, as we near the end of our project, we can say how much we have learned and how proficient we have become in the many areas MIS given the opportunity to work in.

It has been an eye opening project. There were many hurdles that we managed to overcome. We continue to have an optimistic vision for the future of both our project, and our potential as information systems extraordinaires.

The University of Alabama MIS program allows students to work on real projects that provide real value to real companies. Students learn to leverage people, processes and technology to solve problems and meet the challenges of today’s businesses head-on. For more information, call 205-348-5525 or visit http://cba.ua.edu/mis

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