Information help the organization make effective strategic decisions. Even

Information Systems have become the backbone of every organization. Advancement in the way in
which information is stored, maintained and effectively utilized to make important decisions has
invariably helped the organizations increase their productivity and simplify the daily operations. My
current experience of working in an ERP System has made me realize the importance of Information
System in the organization and how any data pertinent to the business is stored and maintained on the
system and can be effectively analyzed to help the organization make effective strategic decisions. Even
though my experience has helped me gain confidence in my technical ability, I wish to gain the required
business knowledge and technical expertise in the field of Business Intelligence that would help me in
my goal of becoming a BI Analyst. I feel that a Master’s degree in Information System Management with
BIDA concentration would help me in achieving that goal.
My love of computers and technology started in high school when I was first introduced to C++ and
microprocessor 8085. Following that, I completed my Bachelors of Engineering in Information
Technology from the University of Mumbai. During the four years of my engineering, subjects like
Computer Programming, Data Structures, Algorithms, Internet Programming, etc. helped me strengthen
my programming and problem-solving skills. While studying subjects like simulation and modeling, and
mathematics, I realized how statistics and probability can be used to predict and estimate various
scenarios in the real world. Courses like Database Management, Data warehouse, Data Mining and
Business Intelligence provided the fundamental understanding of database systems and SQL queries and
how the stored data can be analyzed to identify interesting patterns and assist the organizations in
devising strategies.
Not wanting to restrict myself to just the classroom lectures and curriculum, I started reading various
technical papers and magazines based on topics such as data mining, text mining and artificial
intelligence. For my final year project, I chose to implement plagiarism detection software where we
aimed to identify the similar portions of the code between two or more Java programs and calculate and
display the percentage of plagiarized content between the two codes. After extensively researching
various techniques using which this could be achieved such as finding similarity in lexical tokens, parse
tree graphs, data graphs, control graphs, etc., we finally chose the lexical similarity technique to
implement our project. My teammate and I also published a technical paper titled “Plagiarism Detection
in Source Code” in the ‘International Journal for Innovative Research in Science and Technology’.
After graduation, I wanted to get hands-on experience in the IT industry to test and apply my knowledge
in a practical scenario before venturing for a master’s degree and hence, I commenced working with
Infosys Limited in August 2015. During the first few months at Infosys, I was given a formal corporate
level training where I gained proficiency in Python, Java, SQL, Hibernate ORM, HTML5, CSS3 and Java
Server Faces. As part of the training, I developed two applications – PyChat, a chat application using
Python and JCart, an online shopping website using Java, JSF, and Hibernate. The training period also
involved learning tableau software where I learned how to visualize, represent and analyze data to
generate reports and dashboards that would ultimately help a business in making important strategic
decisions.
Post completion of training, I started working as a Senior Systems Engineer at Infosys. I am currently
working on JD Edwards ERP system. Initially, I was a part of the analysis team responsible for identifying,
reporting and resolving data quality issues that affect the business processes. After that, I moved to the
technical team where my primary responsibility was to understand and analyze the changing business
requirements and provide the most efficient solution. My responsibilities also include developing and/or
incorporating any enhancements in the existing application modules to meet the changing business
requirement and coordinating with the cross-functional teams such as ARIBA or Redwood to identify
and resolve issues related to data or interfacing programs to ensure smooth interfacing with JD
Edwards. My frequent interactions with the business users while working on this project has helped me
understand business processes and has enhanced my ability to provide new and efficient business
solutions.
My long-term goal is to work as a BI Analyst and later, as a Consultant helping an organization to identify
existing/non-existing trends by analyzing the business data and thereby, helping them strategize and
plan the future of the organization. As a step towards achieving that goal, I wish to gain the necessary
technical skills and business expertise. I feel that the Masters in Information System Management with
the concentration in BIDA track offered by the Carnegie Mellon University is most aligned with my goals.
Courses like Machine Learning for Problem Solving, Unstructured Data Analytics, Organizational Design
and Implementation, Decision Making under Uncertainty and Accounting, Programming R for Analytics,
Data-Focused Python and Finance Foundations would help me develop my technical and managerial
skills and business knowledge. I’m looking forward to working on the Data Analytics Capstone project
and Summer Internship which would help me gain hands-on industry experience.
My educational and professional background would help me in utilizing the resources and facilities
offered by your university to the best of my ability. I look forward to being associated with Heinz College
as a student for the “MISM-BIDA” track, Fall 2018.

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