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Innovative Columbia University E-Commerce Track Provides Technology Management Skills Not Typically the Focus of MBA and Computer Science Programs, According to its Chair

    NEW YORK, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Michael Drapkin, Columbia
University's Advanced Information Technology Management Program has instituted
a new E-Commerce track to provide training in day-to-day technology management
not typically emphasized in today's MBA and computer science degree programs.
    Michael Drapkin, who heads the E-Commerce track of Columbia University's
Continuing Education and Special Programs, said the E-Commerce track has been
launched to develop management skills necessary for today's technology
workplace and not typically the focus of MBA and computer science degree
programs. See
    "With technology transforming the business world, you can't run a
successful business today without having managers who understand technology
and technologists who understand business," said Drapkin, also principal of
technology management consulting firm Drapkin Technology and acting CIO of and  See
    A "real-world" program, class theory in the Columbia University's
E-Commerce track is supplemented by live case studies presented by guest
speakers such as Dan Marovitz, CEO for Deutsche Bank's Internet Bank, Jonathan
Seelig, one of the founders of Akamai and Anna Copeland Wheatley, editor of
AlleyCat News. Because the students are employed during the day as managers,
classes are held during the evening. The E-Commerce track runs one-and-a-half
to two years and students receive a certificate.
    Though only a year old, the E-Commerce track has attracted a diverse group
of students who are managers from well-known technology-driven companies such
as AOL,, Societe Generale, Modem Media and Standard & Poor's,
according to Drapkin.
    "Columbia's E-Commerce track accelerates the training of tomorrow's
Dot-Com leaders in an Ivy League setting," said Drapkin. "It is gratifying to
leave the daily rat race to sit down with bright students and discuss your
passion.  These are smart kids -- techno-savvy, in-the-trenches,
finger-on-the-pulse smarts.  It's where the action is."
    The culmination of the course of study is a business plan that students
present to a panel of industry experts.
    Drapkin said, "Many of the students aspire to be CIOs."

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