Journal of International Information Management


The development of web-based, electronic commerce software has grown significantly in recent years. These software development applications have challenged information technology departments in business organizations to implement mission critical, strategic applications for their organization. That in turn creates a significant demand for the technology personnel to support the development process. This research conducts a pilot survey of industry professionals to determine the necessary skills and training required of an undergraduate computer information systems professional seeking an entry-level position in a web-based application development environment. Respondents were asked to provide their opinion relating to the market importance and student competency for a list of technical and conceptual skills relating to the development of web-based applications. The difference between the respondents' scores (market importance V5. student competency) were compared to determine whether students attained a level of competency that was equivalent to the skill's importance in the marketplace. The results of our study suggest that information systems graduates do not possess a high level of competency in several web-based development skills considered important by the marketplace. For the twenty-eight skills included in the survey, fourteen of the skills showed significant differences in the respondents' scores. Specifically, the respondents believed that JAVA was the web development skill as having the largest gap between the market importance and the level of competency possessed by a graduating student.