Corporate Data Management Expert Speaks to Information Systems’ Students

IS6041 students with Dr Hassna and HMSA guest speaker

In support of the HPU College of Business mission to produce globally prepared and market-ready business graduates through a strong interface with the community, business, and professional organizations, Assistant Professor Ghazwan Hassna, Ph.D., invited Donna Hargrett from Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) as a guest speaker to his IS6041 Business Analytics for Big Data Revolution course.

Hargrett is a cross-functional professional with experience in financial systems, business intelligence, enterprise reporting, master data management, and data governance, working for reputable organizations such as Deloitte, Equifax and HMSA.  At HMSA, she is responsible for corporate data management and governance.

During the session, Hargrett presented several interesting use cases, demonstrating how data is being used to support business reporting and decision making. She explained several concepts and techniques and highlighted many interesting challenges and best practices related to the data environment, data warehousing technologies and architectures, data storage and structures, master data management, and data governance. Hassna concluded the session by facilitating an open, engaging discussion involving the students.

Hassna believes that this kind of engagement is of great importance to the academic and professional training and development of his students.  Through these opportunities, his students not only gain firsthand knowledge and skills from industry professionals, but they also build connections to the professional community, which can help them later in landing good jobs and progressing in their future careers.

Professor Hassna, who teaches IS6006 Information Systems management, IS6041 Business Analytics for Big Data Revolution, and IS6281 Data Mining for Big Data Analytics, believes that any successful IS program should always take into consideration four components, curriculum, technology choices, professional certifications, and community engagement. He works on aligning these four components in all the courses that he develops and teaches. To learn more about professor Hassna, click here.