For the second year in a row, Nextrio, founded by Eller Executive MBA alumna Cristie Street, sponsored a network design case competition for MIS Master’s students at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Business. The competition was part of the MIS 543 Business Data Communications and Networking class.
Classroom theory was combined with practical application by using a real-world complex business problem provided by Tucson non-profit Pima Council on Aging (PCOA). 80+ master’s students were divided into teams and were assigned to come up with the best networking solution for PCOA.
The team’s solutions included customized software and networking recommendations, strategies for data backup, remote access and disaster recovery – all while taking costs into consideration. The student teams presented their results to a judging panel of local professionals on November 30, 2012.