OutSystems Empowers Educators to Better Prepare University of Georgia Graduates

Jeffrey Howells
 

Students in my class have a high job placement rate, especially into the Big 5 consulting companies. Hands-on exposure to technologies like OutSystems is a competitive edge over other recruits in the overcrowded talent market. Business analysts, with technology and management skills, are in great demand.”

 

Jeffrey Howells,
Department of Management Information Systems Lecture

 
OutSystems Platform personal environment serves as a valuable DevOps tool for business and IT majors, giving them the technical foundation for becoming business analysts. Students learn how to easily develop enterprise, web and mobile applications and how these applications can be maintained by a range of users who understand what the applications mean to end users and how to customize them when necessary.
 

UGA Provides Rich Education Experience for IT and Business Students

Innovative educational experiences are the norm for students of the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia (UGA). Founded in 1785 as the first state-chartered university in America, UGA prides itself on being a premier higher education institution that nurtures the nation’s intellectual, cultural and environmental heritage.

Given UGA’s rich history and commitment to innovation, it’s no wonder that Department of Management Information Systems Lecturer, Jeffrey Howells, selected OutSystems as the rapid application delivery platform for his technology course for business analysts.

“Graduates entering the workforce must have a clear understanding for how each business function contributes to an organization’s viability and bottom line,” said Howells. “Productive, efficient management of business and IT teams is critical. Leveraging real-world technologies and best practices in the classroom empowers students with the ability to address challenges and make significant contributions as highly skilled employees.”

These sentiments echo throughout the global business and information technology community. The future of software development is not in the evolution of new coding languages. It’s in the ability for enterprise, web and mobile applications to be easily developed and maintained by a range of users who, simply, understand what the applications mean to end users and how to customize them when necessary.

Why OutSystems?

To best educate the next generation of business and IT leaders, Howells searched for an IT development and delivery platform that catered to those with a technical, non-technical and business/process management point of reference. With cloud service revenue on the rise and companies increasing spending on platform as a service, Howells knew he’d found the right fit when coming across OutSystems Platform.

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OutSystems Platform Helps Students
Learn to Build Mobile and Web Apps, Fast

OutSystems provides an enterprise Rapid Application Delivery (RAD) platform that makes it easy to develop web and mobile apps once, and deliver across iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Web; deeply integrating with existing public, private and hybrid cloud and on-premises databases and systems of record.

Explained Howells, “OutSystems empowers both business and IT to deliver solutions, fast, by automating core DevOps and enabling the true visual design of applications, while retaining the ability to weave in existing code and manage the entire app lifecycle.”

The first trial in Howells’ class resulted in 80+ students signing up for OutSystems Platform personal environment. This allowed them access to everything necessary to visually design, develop, deploy and manage personal applications in the cloud. As individual developers using a personal environment, students could build mobile and web applications, and then make them available to the public, for free. Applications were hosted in a securely isolated, shared multi-tenant environment; perfectly tuned for small deployments.

“For eight weeks, students developed, deployed and managed the lifecycle of applications such as X, Y and Z,” said Howells. “They leveraged the general business and graphical modeling skills learned in earlier courses to develop these sophisticated applications in much less time than it would take for them to hard code them.”

Feedback has been very positive. In a recent survey, 85 percent of students recommended that future classes should be taught using OutSystems Platform. Howells expects more than 240 students per year will experience the curriculum centered on OutSystems Platform. He’s mentoring other teachers for use in their classes, as well.

“Students in my class have a high job placement rate, especially into the Big 5 consulting companies,” remarked Howells. “Hands-on exposure to technologies like OutSystems is a competitive edge over other recruits in the overcrowded talent market. Business analysts, with technology and management skills, are in great demand.”

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