Irina Mironova

Country of origin: Russia

MI Delivery Lead (Downstream), BP, Malaysia

I am currently working for British Petroleum Business Service Centre in Malaysia, managing global SAP BW Deployment for BP's refining and marketing.

Before studying at LUMS I was working as Head of Sales in a Russian IT consulting company which provided SAP implementation services for oil and gas companies in CIS. So I can honestly say that what I learnt at Lancaster gave me the opportunity to pursue a truly international career and participate in major ERP implementations on a much bigger scale than I had been doing before.

Before coming to the UK for the MSc ITMOC programme I had already been working for more than ten years as a SAP project manager and account executive in Russia. However, my initial education was in business management, so I wanted to add an IT-related degree in my portfolio to be able to serve my customers better.

I chose the ITMOC programme at LUMS because it provides a good balance of technical disciplines with business touch, knowledge management and organisational change. As a practitioner I believe that no major IT system can be implemented without careful business process optimisation and strong change management.

Another plus of the programme for me was an opportunity to do a corporate-based project for my dissertation. The faculty search for and select several projects each year which ITMOC students can apply for for the summer term. I and two of my classmates were chosen for a project with IBM on social business in higher education.

Studying at LUMS allowed me to access the latest ideas and research in IT management area, through communication with LUMS faculty, invited professionals and my classmates from all over the world. It also gave me access to the fine online library facilities provided by Lancaster University. So overall, it was a well-rounded and highly stimulating learning environment.

I really enjoyed my time in Lancaster. It was a great time to learn, make friends and explore UK. It was a wonderful year!