Adaptable Enterprise Systems
Alhanof Almutairi, a PhD candidate at the School of Computer Science, is passionate about IT and business.
“My PhD is an essential qualification for me, as it enables me to pursue an academic career.
“I kick-started my career by taking a Teaching Assistant position after completing my bachelors’ degree. I was then promoted to Lecturer after finishing my masters’ degree. As the next step, my PhD will enhance my career life and extend my research. I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship and to be sponsored throughout my studies.
“My research is motivated by the need to support lower-cost and more adaptable enterprise systems choices. It aims to study how early and consistent consideration of adaptability can affect the total ownership cost of an enterprise system.
“In a rapidly changing environment, the enterprise system (ES) of an organisation needs to be open to new interactions, readily adaptable to changes in business logic demand and cost-calculable, without compromising the business performance. To more fully appreciate the importance of adaptable ES, we should evaluate the current state
and adaptability level of the ES from multiple perspectives at multiple
levels within the organisation.
“I’m passionate about IT and business and because most modern businesses depend on technology I want to make valuable contributions in both fields.
“My research involves interacting with members from a range of different backgrounds. I enjoy spending time meeting with and talking with them. Additionally, I can volunteer and become actively involved in university activities.
Being in charge of my own research was a great challenge from the beginning. I was expected to make decisions that would take the research in the right direction. Therefore, it was important for me to have faith and confidence in myself.
“With the aid of my supervisor, who is very supportive and encouraging, and by utilising the resources and services available to me, I’ve gained self-confidence and developed skills to overcome the challenges. Celebrating my successes (both large and small) along the way gave me a sense of accomplishment, which further boosted my self-confidence. I must also mention the significant role of my
family, who provide unlimited support during this stage of my life.
“Because the research direction was unclear at the beginning, the obvious questions were: am I sufficiently confident to start an independent research project? How far can I take it? Where I will end up? Will I get useful results? Will I make a valuable contribution?
“However, I noticed that when we treat ourselves better, speak to ourselves more kindly, and stop looking too far into the future, we empower ourselves and build our self-confidence.
“I hope that this research will have a positive impact and provide valuable information for people working in this field.
“Organisations treat ES implementation as a long-term investment.
Therefore, they are seeking more sustainable and adaptable solutions that will satisfy their needs, achieve their targets and survive in an unpredictable and unstable environment. Improving the adaptability of ES would improve the efficiency, reduce the cost, and increase the global competition of business operations.
“Since my research has a business focus, I have been meeting people from different parties across the University, such as the subject librarian at the Schools of Business and Computer Science,
the Velocity team, UniServices and Career Development and Employability Services (CDES), and have attended many relevant workshops.
“As a current member of the Faculty of Science Post-graduate Staff-Student Consultative Committee and a SciSA PG ambassador, I enjoy cooperating with others to improve students’ experiences at University. We have a great communication model that spans all
departments/schools. The faculty runs different events that bring students together and enables them to benefit from the university’s services. We also have a very supportive community. The faculty expends much effort in providing the appropriate facilities, workshops and resources to science students at all stages.
“The one piece of advice I would give someone contemplating a PhD is -network!
“You will likely feel alone in your PhD studies (we all feel alone during our PhDs), so socialise, build a networking team, and don’t isolate yourself. Join a group and participate in the different events and services provided by the university. The road to PhD completion is long and I’m sure you do not want to suffer from loneliness all
the way to journey’s end!
“Currently, I’m a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at the school of Computer Science. I always intend to add value to other people’s lives and create a positive impact. Being a GTA allows me to work closely with students of different backgrounds, nationalities and cultures, which is a rich and fulfilling experience. I have expanded my horizons! I learn from the students as they learn from me, through handling their questions and digging deeply into topics. I also have gained a greater understanding of many aspects of academia, including my own abilities and skills. I have built a greater networking with many colleagues.
“I personally believe that teaching is one of the greatest ways to give back to our world and community in a meaningful way. Honestly, I cannot explain the amount of happiness I feel when I see the big smile on a student’s face as they learn.”
Please feel free to contact me: Alhanof Khalid Almutairi
Alhanof's superviser is Dr Gerald Weber, Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Science.