AITP-EDSIG President Welcome to ISECON / CONISAR 2013

Dear Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

This year’s conference is being held in San Antonio, Texas.  The conference hotel is located right on the river walk.  From there you can easily walk to the Alamo, shops, and many fine restaurants and bars.  The conference theme is “Business Intelligence in a World of Big Data”.  We have many workshops and presentations in that exciting and challenging arena. Some of the workshops include: Data Science, Big Data Analytics, Storage & Data Management, and zEnterprise in the IS Curriculum.

We have assembled an exciting program packed with interesting papers, workshops, seminars, and ample opportunity to network and interact with your fellow colleagues. As President of AITP Educational Special Interest Group, I am very grateful to each person who participated in making this conference a success. This conference is a team effort, and I would like to thank all of the session chairs, authors, reviewers, session chairs, and presenters.

The ISECON/CONISAR Conference Committee, led by Tom Janicki and Les Waguespack, have worked diligently on the conference. They have designed an exciting and rich program with special emphasis on Big Data.  Tom has served for the fourth year as our ISECON/CONISAR chair and continues to be the publisher of our proceedings and journals .The amount of work and effort he personally puts into the conference is extraordinary.

Kevin Jetton is the conference meeting planner and works tirelessly to ensure your experience is first class. The papers, panels, workshop and case teams work hard to insure higher quality papers each year. I would like to thank Jeffry Babb and Muhammed who served as our ISECON Papers Co-Chairs, and Scott Hunsinger, who once again served as CONSIAR papers chair. The rest of our entire Conference team also deserves special thanks including Olga Petkova, Anthony Serapiglia Cameron Lawrence, Mike Smith, George Nezlek, Ken Corley, Michelle Louch, Nita Brooks, Peter Wu, Eric Breimer, Garry White, and Brian Reithel.

I hope you have an enjoyable conference experience and I look forward to seeing you in at the conference

Wendy Ceccucci
Quinnipiac University
AITP-EDSIG President