A degree in Management Information Systems is based on more than technical expertise and human-computer interaction. Instead, it's about understanding how businesses operate and utilize technology to develop effective business solutions. This process has helped 1995 MIS alumnus Bryant Bonner achieve 20 years of success in the professional world.
Since October 2014, Bryant has worked as the Territory General Manager for SAP - a market leader in enterprise application software that helps companies of all sizes and industries run better - based in San Antonio. In this role, he oversees all SAP sales operations in South Texas and Louisiana for their General Business, as well as works with the SAP Partner ecosystem and internal SAP organization to create innovate business processes and operations for mid-market companies.
Before establishing himself in the industry, though, Bryant had to rely on his education to make an impact. This included using the skills he learned in college to network with companies and feel comfortable offering beneficial solutions.
"My education allowed me to realize the big picture and help companies create innovative solutions to problems," he said. "When I first started, I would sit down with representatives from companies and map out how they would do business in the future. From there, I was able to see that success in this profession is much more than understanding how technology works."
Bryant still uses those skills today, and he encouraged students who are pursuing a future in MIS to develop a keen acumen on how technology and business coexist.
"Success in this industry means you'll have to balance business knowledge and technology. As an MIS professional, you are a translator, and you have to know both languages," Bryant said. "Technology can enable new innovative operations, and it's your job to transform the way businesses run."
About Bryant Bonner
Bryant offers 20 years of experience leading transformations for SMB and global Fortune 500 companies; including 15-plus years of management consulting, and 11 years of operations management, business development and sales. Notable companies he's worked for include: Ernst & Young, Textron, Blue Fish Development Group, Bramasol, and SAP.
His background includes multi-industry experience and the use of best practice management techniques across international boundaries. In addition to his degree from Texas Tech, he also possesses an MBA from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.