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Phil Carnell


Phil Carnell, CMIS Alum

Application and Data Systems Generalist

Graduating Year: 2007

How have CMIS courses you took at SIUE helped you in your career at Boeing?

I found the programming classes helpful, even though my day to day work does not involve programming. Taking those classes did help me understand some aspects of software development, and definitely helped me in visualizing what is going on behind the scenes of an application. The same goes for the database design class. The ERP software class helped me get an understanding of the role ERP software is playing in today's environment. Also, the networking class helped me gain an understanding of how computer networks function, and that has helped me in my different professional roles.

Is the business component of the CMIS degree important in your work?

Absolutely. I find that understanding the business side of IT definitely helps me realize why I am doing what I am doing. Also, being able to clearly see and state a business need for an IT solution is an important quality to possess.

What is the nature of your job?

My work varies from month to month. I rotate in and out of different IT groups and perform different functions in each area. My work so far has included: analyst, systems integrator, project manager, software configuration, and software test analyst.

Sometimes I perform straight-forward tasks such as testing software. However, I have been put in positions where I need to demonstrate software to customers as well. My work has also included business elements, such as weighing the value gained from the purchase of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products, and improving performance of applications to support paying customers.

Do you travel in your job?

I do some traveling to nearby facilities in the Puget Sound area in Washington state where I work, and I will be traveling to St. Louis later this year. International travel is not out of the question in my position.

What is the most interesting aspect of your job?

I am fortunate enough to be involved with a company that produces some incredible products. Getting to work with software that supports and enhances the usefulness of our products is a very rewarding experience.

Do you feel a sense of reward in your work?

Yes. I have found that in my short time with this company, my coworkers have not shied away from giving me some real responsibility. Knowing that other people depend on my work, and appreciate the effort I put forth, gives me a great sense of reward.