Faculty Feature: How Jonathan Reichental Brings 25 Years of IT Career Success into the Classroom
At USF’s School of Management, we provide unique advantages to create an exceptional student experience, from hosting influential guest lecturers, to connecting students with top Bay Area companies. And we're proud to offer an education that's led by world-renowned professionals.
Being based in Silicon Valley means the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program is surrounded by experts in fintech (finance technology) and information systems, and we welcome many of these leaders as MSIS faculty, lecturers, and guest speakers. We're fortunate that one of these innovative minds is Jonathan Reichental, PhD, who teaches analysis, modeling, and design for MSIS.
The MSIS program spans from business analysis through information security, to cloud, social media, and data management – all high-demand career areas. ... We cover both private and public sectors giving students the most comprehensive view of the career marketplace. Oh, and we’ll have a lot of fun too!
USF Instructor Jonathan Reichental
Named one of the 20 most influential Chief Information Officers in the United States in 2016 by CXOTALK, Dr. Reichental is an experienced IT leader with over 25 years of success in driving and achieving organizational goals in the private and public sectors. He has served in a number of key technology positions, including Chief Information Officer (CIO), IT Innovation Director, Software Engineering Senior Manager, and external IT Consultant.
Dr. Reichental 's specialties include IT Leadership, Sourcing, Change Management, IT Strategy, IT Governance (COBIT), IT Consulting, Innovation Mgt, Service Mgt, Business Analysis, Project Management, IT Contract Management, Systems Development Life Cycle, Business Process Management, Software Engineering, Content Management Systems, Mobile, Social Media, Cloud Computing, Web 2.0, Business Intelligence, and Emerging Tech.
In the MSIS program, Dr. Reichental covers some of the most important skills that he's used throughout his own career. "As a technology leader," he says, "being able to analyze issues and help connect problems with solutions, model potential outcomes, and manage change are essential skills." And regardless of what your professional interests are, Jonathan says these skills benefit students across many domains, whether software engineering, project management, or system administration. "As a hiring manager, I look for these skills, and I know my colleagues across industries do too," he adds.
Dr. Reichental incorporates his own 25 years of experience to bring real-world examples into the classroom. "We’ll also cover both private and public sectors," he says, "giving students the most comprehensive view of the career marketplace. Oh, and we’ll have a lot of fun too!"
On why USF's MSIS program is unique, Dr. Reichental says it is specifically designed to teach practical skills that are currently in high demand.
"Careers in the information systems fields continue to evolve, so it’s really important that classes are relevant and timely," he explains. "The MSIS program spans from business analysis through information security, to cloud, social media, and data management – all high-demand career areas. Faculty members are experts in these areas and many still work in their fields in Silicon Valley. These factors, in addition to an incredibly supportive administrative team at USF, make this a valuable and desirable graduate degree program."
eBusiness Class Professor William Kolb Encourages Group Interaction
"One of the most exciting as well as engaging (Information Systems) projects was in the eBusiness class. Our group had to come up with a theoretical company in any industry and provide web design mock-ups and financial forecast reports and deliver a presentation to ask for funding from an angel investor. The class was very engaging, and Professor Kolb encouraged group interaction during every session. The class would spend a good amount of time discussing the project and going over the weekly assignment deliverables. This eBusiness class definitely provided a great framework in understanding the process and workflow of building your own business online." —Information Systems student, Vernon Vergara MSIS ‘16