Rohit Aggarwal

September 30, 2008

Venture Capitalists’ (VCs’) visits

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 10:44 pm

I am very excited that I was able to get the following VCs as guest speakers:

Feb 12, Thursday – Wayne Cantwell

March 4, Wednesday- Ashmeet Sidana

March 31, Tuesday- David Hornik

April 15, Wednesday- Anurag Chandra

April 29, Wednesday- Tim Draper


I have scheduled all the talks between 4.45-5.45PM as there are no classes at this time. I initially approached these VCs for guest lectures in my MBA class. Realizing that other students would also be interested, I have organized these talks at the school level.


These VCs fund IT related ventures and it would be interesting to know their perspectives on emerging technologies. I believe it is a great opportunity for students to bridge the gap between class room teaching and the real world of private equity financing. 

Rohit Aggarwal


August 14, 2008

Setting Outlook Exchange on iphone or Blackberry

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 11:48 pm

If you would like to sync your outlook exchange server of University of Utah, with your iphone or blackberry then you require the following three information:

1) incoming host server:
2) username:
3) password: <your password>


May 2, 2008

The World’s 100 Most Influential People- Time

Filed under: Blogs — Rohit Aggarwal @ 3:54 pm

Time has come up with their list of world’s 100 most influential people and guess what, who is on the list- Michael Arrington of This is what they right about Michael:

“has become one of the most influential figures on the Web, is the quintessential blogger: intense, passionate, consumed with his subject, opinionated, sleep-deprived, forward-thinking, easy to irritate and apt to air his grudges in public. Arrington’s vast network of Silicon Valley sources—many gained through his legendary parties—allows him to be ahead of the tech-biz curve and often play Web 2.0 kingmaker.”

Good for Michael and Techcrunch. Good for me that this news will be a nice addition to my introduction section of one of my dissertation essays.


March 5, 2008

Office Live vs Google Docs

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 7:20 pm

Nice comparison by ReadWriteWeb. I wish they had included Zoho also.

Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Office Live Workspace vs Google Docs: Feature-by-Feature Comparison  —  Today, Microsoft announced that the Office Live Workspace beta is publicly available for everyone to access.  The site, a free web-based extension of Microsoft Office, lets you access your documents online and share your work with others.

via Techmeme

Lifehacker has a comparison of Google Docs and Zoho.


March 3, 2008

I accepted faculty position at University of Utah

Filed under: Econometrics,Research,Teaching — Rohit Aggarwal @ 5:47 pm

I have accepted tenure track Assistant Professor position in David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah. IS program at University of Utah is growing rapidly. All throughout the country enrollments in IS are down but at Utah enrollments are increasing. IS faculty at Utah such as OliviaPaul and Gautam are really strong in data mining. They have also done a lot of work in recommendation systems. My research tool kit comprises applied statistics, particularly econometrics, network analysis and game theory. You can find a sample of my work here. Our research tool kits are complementary and I am excited over the collaboration possibilities.

Faculty is very vibrant and active at Utah. For instance, they are organizing “2008 Winter Conference on Business Intelligence“, which is a forum for exchanging research ideas/perspectives among IS researchers and business executives. In addition to being a platform for interaction, this forum also gives a good opportunity to enjoy skiing and snow-boarding. I look forward to attending the conference for both reasons :-).


February 1, 2008

Microsoft Offers $44.6 Billion To Acquire Yahoo

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 3:29 pm

via Techmeme

 Ina Fried / CNET Microsoft bids $44.6 billion for Yahoo

Discussion: Kdawson / Slashdot:   Microsoft Bids $44.6 Billion For Yahoo
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:   Terry Semel leaves Yahoo for good, gets street named after him

 DealBook:Microsoft Makes $44.6 Billion Bid for Yahoo 

Discussion:Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:   Microsoft Offers for Yahoo: Welcome to the Land of Neuromancer
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:   Microsoft Offers To Buy Yahoo
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:   Microsoft Wants To Buy Yahoo

Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:

 Associated Press: Microsoft offers $44.6 billion for Yahoo

Discussion:  Shane McGlaun / DailyTech:   Microsoft Offers to Buy Yahoo for $44.6 Billion

 DealBook: Microsoft’s Letter to Yahoo 

Discussion:Matthew Aslett / 451 CAOS Theory:   Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo. Whither Zimbra?

Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:

January 24, 2008

Interesting Videos

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 8:13 pm

This is an amazing video showing fights between crocodile and lions, and lions and buffaloes for a calf.

This one is a funny indian ad.

January 17, 2008

OPIM 204 Schedule

Filed under: OPIM 204- Spring 2008,Teaching — Rohit Aggarwal @ 6:41 am

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

Update: As promised, I have posted the questions and answers of quiz 3 and quiz 4.

Date Quizzes Topic Chapter Assignments Slides, Other Material
23-Jan   Introduction to OM Ch. 1 Solved Problems (SP) Sl, Ex
28-Jan Operations Strategy Ch. 2 SP of Module A Sl
30-Jan Decision Analysis Module A A.16, A.19 Ex
04-Feb Quiz 1 Forecasting Ch. 4 SP Sl
06-Feb     Quiz
11-Feb   Capacity Planning Supp. Ch. 7 SP of Ch 7. Supp. & Ch. 7 Sl, Ex
13-Feb Class Cancelled due to weather
18-Feb   Facilities Layout Ch. 9 SP Sl
20-Feb Quiz 2 Location Strategies Ch. 8    
25-Feb   Review      
27-Feb   First Exam Theory QuestionsExtra Problems  
03-Mar   Project Management Ch. 3 SP, 3.6 Sl
05-Mar   Project Management Ch. 3
17-Mar   Normal Distribution,   How to
find probability?
to find a point?
19-Mar   No Class  
24-Mar   Statistical Process Control S.6 S1, S4, S5  
26-Mar  Quiz 3 Supply Chain Ch. 11   Quiz 3
31-Mar   Simulation Module F SP  No, F13
02-Apr Quiz 4 JIT & Maintenance/Reliability Ch. 16 &17 Ex3, SP17.2 Quiz 4
07-Apr   Linear Programming Module B    
09-Apr   Second Exam Theory Questions  
14-Apr   Linear Programming Module B Module B
16-Apr   Transportation Models Module C Module C
21-Apr Quiz 5 Aggregate Planning Ch. 13 Quiz 5  Module C 
23-Apr   Inventory Management Ch. 12 Regression; Regression 2 Regression 3
28-Apr   Inventory Management Coefficient Interpretation 
30-Apr Quiz 6  Waiting Line Models Module D Quiz 6
05-May   Review      

10-May   Final Exam  Room 204 1-3 PM  Regression 

Disclaimer: – I reserve the right to modify the course schedule at any time during the course.

Operations Management- OPIM 204 Spring 2008

Filed under: OPIM 204- Spring 2008 — Rohit Aggarwal @ 6:28 am

Office Hours: 10AM – 6PM on any day (exception if I am out of town)

Office: BUSN 407


Phone: 860-486-6485 (shared line)

Description: Operations Management (OM) can be viewed as the central functional component of any business organization, governing the transformation of resources or inputs (materials, machines, labor, and capital) into outputs (products and services). The focus of OM is to produce high quality output at low cost, while interacting with the other functional components of the business organization (marketing, financing, and human resources) to achieve company goals.

With the advent of the Internet, e-commerce, and global-sourcing, it is becoming more and more difficult for a company to maintain a competitive-advantage based on location, access to local resources, and retailing services. Modern businesses must instead base their ability to compete and generate profit on the systematic management of resources, and on their ability to produce quality output more efficiently than competitors. In recent years this pursuit has developed into a science, and a host of quantitative tools and sophisticated software packages are available to the savvy operations manager.


  • To understand the fundamental OM concepts and quantitative tools required for the efficient production of goods and services
  • To understand the usage of OM software for business decision-making, including the accurate interpretation of quantitative business models and software output

Required text: J. Heizer and B. Render. Operations Management. Prentice-Hall, eighth edition.

Computer requirements: A laptop is required for every class meeting. You will need to install the Excel OM Software.


There will be two exams and a non-cumulative final exam.

Homework problems will be assigned and discussed in class but will not be graded. It is however, strongly recommended that each student complete each homework in preparation for the quizzes, which will be graded. These quizzes will be based directly on recent homework assignments and will usually be announced in advance.

Here is the breakdown of how grades will be evaluated:

  • First examination: 25%
  • Second examination: 25%
  • Final examination: 25%
  • Quizzes: 25%

December 24, 2007

IS academic job market for 2008

Filed under: Research,Teaching — Rohit Aggarwal @ 2:10 am

This year job market for tenure track faculty position in Information Systems is good. The job market has not been good since the dot com bubble burst. Looking at the discouraging market over all these years,  job candidates applied to even those schools where they most likely would not go. For example, I know candidates who have publications in MISQ and ISR but still they applied to pure teaching schools with no AACSB accredition. Looking at the job market it is easy to see that such candidates would end up in good research schools.

But the interesting part is many recruiting schools do not realize this and they believe that they can pick the top candidates of the market. So I compiled the following list of research schools in the market for a reality check.

Wharton 1
Minnesota 1
UC Irvine 1
Univesity of Rochester 1
Maryland 1
Indiana University 1
University of Arkansas 1
UT Dallas 1
Clemson Univ 1
University of Connecticut 1
Boston College 1
Hong Kong University of Science & Tech 1
National University of Singapore 1
University of Calgary 2
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 2
Iowa State University 1
Temple University 1
University of Utah 1
Case Western Reserve 1
Virginia Tech 1
Boston University 1
Total 28

Note:- Universities are not in any order and this is not an exhaustive list.

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