This week, I attended ICIS 2013 as a guest. Obviously, the conference topic may be way of my interests, but I did get to enjoy quite a few presentations and had a few interesting interactions.
One Phd student, in particular, that approached us, and after me explaining him that my background is not of an academic nature and the only relation I had with IS is from the industry’s point of view. He made a remark about not being easy to pick up ideas at such a conference and couldn’t understand my presence. And from his point of view, that was true. From my point on the other hand was quite easy to spot that some underlying ideas behind a some papers were already applied at an industry level. Which actually says a few things about how students think. Like …they seriously need to speed up some processes, realizing that creating a bridge between theoretical and practical applications, is at some cases applicable.