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ICT Researcher (PhD)

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A researcher searches or investigates exhaustively. Approximately 10% of our students decide to follow a research career after their master's degree. Topics typically addressed in this track are method engineering, research methods and information systems. Research students typically start their research career by working on academic publications throughout the Master's programme.

An example project of the researcher track was recently finished by Wesley Crooymans and Pryanka Pradhan. Together, they analyzed a data set of Dutch software companies, their partners, and the technology they rely on. This work resulted in a conference paper and presentation at the Conference on Software Business in Porto, Portugal. You can find the paper here.

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Analyst

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(previously Business Consultant and ICT Consultant)

An analyst is one who gives professional advice or services on business matters related to ICT, or on ICT matters related to business. Topics addressed in this track are method engineering, knowledge management, ICT advisory, Enterprise architecture, software architecture, business intelligence, and research methods. 

The analyst track was recently followed by a student who developed a security operations center management model for large organisations that have complex IT architectures. He created an overview of all the potential security threats a company faces and derived a management model for security operations centers, and their need. Also, one of our students recently gave advice to a company that built web information systems. He analyzed the duplicate Javascript (client-side) and C# code (server side) and proposed usage of technical frameworks that enable the generation of functionally equivalent code on server and client side.

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Entrepreneur

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An entrepreneur organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise. In the entrepreneurial track the topics addressed are entrepreneurship, game production, and ICT advisory.

Two of our students assisted a start-up that came out of our programme. The start-up had the goal of classifying financial transactions of consumers, to give them a full classification of their expenses. Using very little knowledge (account number, account name, 200 character description, and many non-descript numbers) the students worked on creating an algorithm that could improve both performance and accuracy of the classification. The start-up was recently acquired by an independent software vendor.