Featured Student: Josh Yim

A focus on technology, a comprehensive understanding of business, an accelerated pace and 18 month format creates the perfect fit for earning an MBA for Josh Yim.  Josh began the Technology Management MBA (TMMBA) in January 2010 and he is about to finish his second quarter.

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Josh Yim, Senior Associate at Apptio

Josh is an experienced technology management consultant who specializes in creating and delivering enterprise software solutions. He is currently working for a start-up company that delivers Technology Business Management (TBM). TBM is an emerging category of software solutions designed to help CIOs and IT executives manage and communicate the cost, quality and value of IT Services, and it brings the best practices of financial and performance management evolved for sales and manufacturing and applies those to the complex environment of IT.

Josh has previously architected and implemented enterprise class CRM systems for Fortune 100 companies spanning high-tech, telecommunications and healthcare. And he architected and implemented master data management and order management for a large international healthcare company.

Why TMMBA?

“I discovered that my passion lies in designing and delivering new technology solutions that did not exist previously. Therefore, I want to move from professional services functions to product management. An MBA education provides a broader understanding of the marketplace to help make critical decisions regarding what products to build for current and future markets.

I know I want to stay in the technology sector after getting an MBA. Therefore, focus in technology is a plus. In addition, I did not want to take a break from work. So, accelerated pace – 18 months – evening and weekend schedule provided the perfect match.”

What are some highlights of your program experience?

“The professors are of stellar caliber. It is exciting to engage in intellectual conversations with leading minds in their own disciplines. Each class requires significant preparation beforehand to get the most out of it. And it surely is a considerable effort balancing between a full time job and full time MBA program. However, it is rewarding to exercise the mind and think about new ways to look at managing business.

For career management, we have very knowledgeable and dedicated resources for the TMMBA program. She is very responsive and is willing to strategize a future career plan with you. Furthermore, the access to the alumni network (both TMMBA and general MBA) is great.”

Any advice for those thinking about joining TMMBA?

“If you enjoy learning new ideas and interacting with other talented people, do consider this program.  If you think you know how to manage time well, this program will make you think how to do it better.  If you are thinking of just getting by and pick up a diploma, look elsewhere.  This program will have a significant demand on your time and life. Make sure that you have support from your work and your family.”