Student Software

Students may feel free to use any word processing application they wish, but the MSBTC exclusively supports the Microsoft Office Suites. In addition to the standard MS Office package, students will be required to download several additional add-ons and applications for their classes. Much of this software is offered for free by Georgetown University.

Microsoft Office

As of September 2013, the MSB officially uses MS Office 2013, but we will still provide support for earlier versions of Office. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of MS Office will work on 64-bit Windows 7/8. The MS Office Professional includes Excel, Word, Power Point, Access, and Outlook.

The Mac version of MS Office is not 100% compatible with the Windows version, and formatting errors often occur accross platforms.

We recommend purchasing MS Office directly from the Microsoft Website, but there are several other vendors from which it can be purchased:

*Note: Prices are subject to change. Please check at the respective sources.


MiniTab is a statistics software package typically used in students' OPIM 174 class. It is available for download for free through the MSB. For instructions on how to install MiniTab, visit our Tutorials page.

For information regarding how-tos, case studies, class projects, a list of companies that use Minitab, and jobs that give Minitab users a leg up on applications, please click here.

If you want to download MiniTab 17, the latest version, please click here  and use your UIS password.

If you want to download MiniTab 16 you must log on to NetStorage, the S: Drive, using your MSB Password.  Then go to S:/MSBTC/MSBTC Software/Minitab.

Decision Tools (@Risk)

The DecisionTools Suite is an integrated set of programs for risk analysis and decision making under uncertainty that runs in Microsoft Excel. The applications our students make the most use of are @RISK for Monte Carlo simulation and PrecisionTree for decision trees. Both of these applications integrate completely with Microsoft Excel for ease of use and maximum flexibility. For instructions on how to install the Decision Tools Suite, visit our Tutorials page.

Langlois Gameplan

Langlois Gameplan Software is available to MSB students. GamePlan is a Windows-based computer software package designed to represent and solve extensive-form and stochastic games. It supports the Nash, Markov-perfect, perfect-Bayesian, and sequential equilibrium concepts.Please click here to download and install the software.

JMP Statistical Discovery Software

JMP ("jump") is a statistical software developed by the JMP business unit of the SAS Institute. Georgetown business students use this software in their MBA classes. For instructions on how to download the JMP software, please visit our Tutorials page.


Zoom is the Georgetown solution to video-teleconferencing. It is free to students, faculty and staff and far more capable than other free options like Skype. Student accounts may connect one-on-one for unlimited times but sessions of up to 25 participants are limited to 45 minutes. On-line instruction is available but we feel you will find the product easy to use.

For more information on using Zoom, visit:
UIS: Web Conferencing Using Zoom


Exam4 is a secure online test-taking application. For tips and instructions on how to install Exam4, visit our Tutorials page.

Enterprise Software

The MSB Technology Center provides and offers support for a variety of software packages available for MSB faculty and staff.


Banner is a sotware application that maintains student, alumni, financial and personnel data for higher education institutions. To access Banner:

  1. File a Banner account request form for the user. You will need a Georgetown NetID and password to login.
  2. Your computer must meet the following requirements:
    • Cisco AnyConnent VPN Client installed and connected, and have the most recent version of the Java application installed.
    • Any updated browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) with the most recent version of Java enabled.
If you are unsure if your computer meets these requirements, contact the technology center.


Cognos is an application used for primarily business intelligence and perfomance management analytics. If you would like to gain access to Cognos, your computer must meet the following requirements:

  • Cisco AnyConnect VPN client and the most recent version of Java must be installed.
  • Any updated browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) with the most recent version of Java enabled. Internet Explorer must be used if you will be running Cognos Reports.
If you own a Mac, you MUST install either a Windows partition via Bootcamp or a VMWare virtual machine capable of running the Windows 7 operating system. Cognos cannot be run by the Mac OS.


The presentation software think-cell serves a single purpose – quickly creating great-looking business presentations. think-cell is a Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel add-in with dozens of features that together enable users to quickly create complex data-driven charts, maintain a presentation's structure with auto-updating agendas, and consistently round numbers in Excel sheets. Using think-cell, it is possible to create professional charts such as Waterfalls, Marimekkos and Gantts within a few minutes, and to further automatically update them directly from linked Excel data. The agenda-building capability is similarly automated – maintaining a complete agenda in PowerPoint functions in the same manner as a table of contents in a good word processor. The Excel add-in enables consistently rounded numbers across both complex calculations and multiple work sheets. For further information on think-cell’s capabilities visit

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Data Services

MSBTC supports many database access services. For a list of database services at MSB and the Lauinger Library please click here. In order to use these services, one must be either associated with a MSB academic program or have an email from an MSB professor explaining the academic program and authorizing acess. Non-MSB students and faculty must pay the $70 MSBTC Technology Fee, though this can be waived under special circumstances.


Bloomberg Financial Consoles are provided in several locations in the business school for students and faculty to research current and historical financial data for either personal use or for any projects that may require this kind of information. If you need assistance with this service, please consult the helpdesk or your professor for specific instructions.

Bloomberg Professional services provide a flexible platform for financial professionals who need real-time data, news and analytics.

Access: Bloomberg data services are open to all MSB users from any of the Bloomberg terminals located in the Hariri Building, as well as the terminal in Lauinger Library. A Bloomberg account can be made directly at the terminals with a e-mail address.


BoardEx services include biographical information and relationship analysis on the world’s top business leaders. Collectively these individuals have identifiable and measurable connections through over 150 million current and historical organizational overlaps. A robust analytical framework is applied to this data allowing you to quantify both the strength and characteristics of your relationship capital with regard to any business objective or target initiative. The analysis provides both a narrow view of relationship capital for tactical use as well as a company-wide view to support strategy and overall client management.

Access: BoardEx data can be accessed through a web interface at To obtain a username and password, contact the Tech Center through e-mail at and make a request for a personal BoardEx account. The Tech Center will authorize an account creation and reply with user credentials when the process is complete.


Factiva provides access to licensed business and financial news and information. The data is indexed and searchable, providing a means to target specific material.

Access: The MSB maintains a generally accessible account that can be reached from anywhere within Georgetown’s addressable network. Users can access the service through Factiva’s website: . Username is ‘mcdsb’, password is ‘library’. Administrator access details are on the T: drive. A hot-link can be provided and scripted into an intranet.

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is a web-based business data research service from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Developed in 1993 to support faculty research at Wharton, the service has evolved to become a common tool for research for over 290 institutions around the world. WRDS is the de facto standard for business data, providing researchers worldwide with instant access to financial, economic, and marketing data through a uniform, web-based interface. WRDS provides access to COMPUSTAT, CRSP, IBES, NYSE-TAQ, Bureau van Dijk, Global Insight, OptionMetrics and other important business research databases.

Access: Register with a valid e-mail address at Select ‘Georgetown University’ for institution affiliation. Your request will be submit for approval and a response will be sent to the address provided.

Datastream: Datastream Advance\DfO

Datastream integrates economic research and strategy with asset analysis in one application to seamlessly bring together top down research with bottom up analysis. The service has a broad range of global financial data. Thomson-Reuters custom information and intuitive charting come together to improve workflow and generate greater revenue by helping you find those profitable insights from a deluge of data.

Access: Datastream can be accessed through a client, or be integrated into Microsoft’s Excel as an add-in. The software can be downloaded through Thomson-Reuters Customer Zone by registering with a Georgetown address: Users can add Datastream Advance and DfO into ‘My Products’ and download from there. To connect to the database, through Tools\Options under Communications, enter the username ‘ZGEO003’ and the password ‘CLOUD963’. The software can also be found on the T:\ drive under Software\Workstation\Datastream. DfO requires Microsoft Visual Studio 20120 Tools for Office Runtime.

Datastream: SDC Platinum

As the world's foremost financial transactions database, SDC Platinum is a source for a thorough and accurate account of the global financial marketplace. SDC Platinum provides users with a robust database for analyzing investment banking and deal trends, identifying comparable deals, monitoring deal activity, and generating industry-leading league tables and market-share analysis.

Access: The software can be downloaded through Thomson-Reuters Customer Zone by registering with a Georgetown address: Users can add SDC Platinum to their ‘My Products’ list and download from there. The software can also be found on the T:\ drive under Software\Workstation\Datastream.
     After installation, run SDC Tools. Under Account enter username ‘gumsbpc’ and the password ‘hoya99’. Under Administrator Info tab the name is ‘MSBTC’ and the phone is ‘2026874721’. Next, select Users and create a user profile (Initials, Name and Email are required). Use the Update function to obtain the most current database data. Close SDC Tools.
      Open SDC Platinum and enter the newly created user initials.

Gartner Group

Georgetown University contracts research and advisory services from the Gartner Group. These services include analysis published by Gartner in research areas such as Application Development and Management Strategies, Enterprise Network Strategies, Health Care Technologies, and Integrated Document and Output Management among others.

The published research consists primarily of short commentaries on industry news, new products, best practices, and strategies with occasional long in-depth Strategic Analysis Reports which go into specific application and/or technology areas.

Published analysis and research is available to current Georgetown students, faculty, and staff by using the login link on this page and entering a valid University NetID and password. You must use the login link located on this page to initiate access to the Gartner web site.

Important Notices:

In order to provide access to published research, we supply limited personal information to Gartner. The information released consists only of your first and last name, and Georgetown e-mail address. If you do not wish this limited personal information to be released to Gartner, do not login.

Gartner Group, Inc. holds the copyright for all documents made available through this service. These documents are available to Georgetown students, faculty, and staff through a licensing agreement between University Information Services and Gartner. These materials may not be distributed to other persons without specific permission from Gartner Group. Gartner will grant permission under appropriate circumstances. Write to should you wish to obtain such permission or require additional information.

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Mobile Applications

The Salesforce Mobile App is now available on Android, iPhone, and iPad devices. For a complete description of the Salesforce Mobile App and its services, please visit our Salesforce Mobile App page.

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Salesforce is a cloud-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application that allows Georgetown McDonough School of Business (MSB) to store, track, manage, and build better relationships with constituents from one place. It provides a picture of what our engagements look like with our contacts (alumni, current students, and external relations). With Salesforce, Georgetown McDonough can discover countless ways of cultivating these relationships and finding unique and valuable opportunities.

For more information about Salesforce, including FAQs, updates, and compatibility checks, go to our comprehensive Salesforce page.

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Georgetown Google Apps

In August 2012, the McDonough school of business transitioned away from its own individual google apps domain and joined the other colleges in adopting a new, university-wide domain. Georgetown students now have access of all of the applications Google provides including Mail, Calendars, and Google Drive.

To access Google Apps, please go to Georgetown Google Apps.
To access Google Apps from your mobile device, please refer to the Georgetown Google Mobile Setup Site.

To get the most out of your Georgetown Google Apps experience, explore the Georgetown Google Help Site.

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