In the Capstone Project course (ISBA 4797), students build a portfolio-worthy project to solve a real business problem by integrating business and technical knowledge and skills. For employers, it represents a clear snapshot of a student’s understanding of the subject matter and their ability to identify a meaningful project and exercise initiative. It also presents students with first-hand experience to develop project management, teamwork, and communication skills critical for an IT career. 

Drew Hontz '13

Drew Hontz graduated from the AIMS Program in December 2013. Throughout his education, he expressed interest in system and database administration as well as general purpose programming. While studying at LMU, Drew held many positions ranging from computer lab manager to leading an e-commerce project at the university. In his spare time, he enjoys various outdoor activities from camping and hiking to surfing and biking. Drew currently works in the Integrated Defense Systems division of Thales Raytheon Systems as a Systems Administrator.

Drew Hontz '13

Drew's Project: A Centralized E-Commerce Solution for Business Operations on Campus

The problem was concerned with creating a centralized e-commerce site to streamline the business operations of the various departments on campus to meet mandated Federal Government data security standards. Prior to this project's implementation, various departments across campus tackled their business operations or transactions without any uniform guidelines, and were mostly not in compliance with Federal Government data security mandate. The primary task involved determining the credit card payment system to choose to implement with the requisite data security standards to enable the university to comply with the federal mandate on data security. The next step involved evaluating various e-commerce sites to determine which site would be able to integrate suitably with the university's general leger accounting system. The final step in the implementation involved using the MBA office to field test the designed solution. The field test proved successful and hence the decision was made to go ahead with the full implementation of the e-commerce solution at a future date.