Sudha Ram

Anheuser-Busch Chair in MIS, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Professor of Management Information Systems

Director of INSITE: Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics

Sudha Ram

McClelland Hall 430J
1130 E. Helen St.
P.O. Box 210108
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0108

Areas of Expertise

  • Business intelligence and web analytics
  • Social media analytics
  • Enterprise data management
  • Data provenance and semantic interoperability


PhD., University of Illinois, 1985

Sudha Ram joined the Eller College of Management in 1985 after earning her PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois. Prior to academia, she worked as an assistant systems analyst for Tata Consultancy Services. Her areas of expertise include business intelligence and web analytics, social media analytics, enterprise data management, Data Provenance and semantic interoperability. She is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Association for Information Systems (AIS).


  • MIS 531 Enterprise Data Management
  • MIS 587 Business Intelligence
  • MIS 586 Big Data Analytics

Publications (partial listing)

  • Kunpeng Zhang, Sudha Ram, and Sid Bhattacharya, “Large Scale Network Analysis for Online Social Brand Advertising”, forthcoming in MIS Quarterly, Special Issue on Transformational Issues in Big Data and Analytics for Networked Business, 2015.
  • Sudha Ram, Wenli Zhang, Max Williams and Yolande Pengetenze, “Predicting Asthma Related Emergency Department Visits Using Big Data”, Featured Article, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics”, Special issue on Big Data Analytics in Health Care, July 2015.
  • Sudha Ram and Devi Bhattacharya, “RT @News: An Analysis of News Agency Ego Networks in a Micro-blogging Environment", in press, ACM Transactions on MIS, 2015.
  • Yun Wang, and Sudha Ram, “Prediction of Location Based Sequential Purchasing Events Using Spatial, Temporal and Social Patterns”, in IEEE Intelligent Systems, Special Issue on Big Data and Predictive Analytics, May/June 2015 pp. 2-9.
  • Sudha Ram, “Spurring Innovation Using Big Data Analytics: Directives and Examples from HealthCare”, forthcoming, Journal of Information technology Theory and Application, 2015.
  • V. Khatri, Sudha Ram, R. Snodgrass, P Terenziani, “Differentiating Telic-Atelic Data Semantics in Conceptual Design”, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2014, pp. 528-548.
  • Sabah Currim, Sudha Ram, Alexandra Durcikova, Faiz Currim, “Using a knowledge learning framework to predict errors in database design”, Information. Systems, 40, 2014, pp. 11-31
  • Paolo Atzeni, Christian S. Jensen, Giorgio Orsi, Sudha Ram, Letizia Tanca, & Riccardo Torlone, “The relational model is dead, SQL is dead, and I don't feel so good myself”, SIGMOD Record 42(2), 2013, pp. 64-68.

Research Grants

  • “iPlant Collaborative: Empowering a New Plant Biology”, funded by National Science Foundation, 2009-2013, $50,000,000
  • Asymmetric Threat Response and Analysis Program (ATRAP) IV, funded by US Army, $1,790,664, September 2010-2012.
  • “Measuring data Quality using Provenance”, funded by Science Foundation of Arizona, $540,000, September 2009-2012.

Professional Associations

  • ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • INFORMS (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences)
  • AIS (Association for Information Systems)

Awards and Honors

  • IBM Faculty Research Award, 2013
  • Best paper award, WITS 2010 “Who Does What: Collaboration Patterns in the Wikipedia and their Impact on Data Quality”