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Harness the Power of Data

Business Analytics and Data Visualization

Learn how to interpret and share data insights to make more strategic business decisions.

Turn data into actionable insights and learn how to solve everyday business problems using customer demographics, sales numbers, operations reports, inventory reports and marketing metrics. Data is powerful when you know how to leverage it. In this program, you will:

  • Gain a solid understanding of the analytics process
  • Learn to create a narrative with data
  • Find out how to apply descriptive statistics and dashboard instruments as you present and promote ideas and influence decisions at work


Abbey Welle

Program Manager
Phone Number
(651) 962-4616
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Is This Program Right For You?

Our Business Analytics and Data Visualization program is great for people who:

  • Work with data and need to create better visuals to enhance their data storytelling
  • Want to use data insights to solve common business challenges
  • Are in a role (or considering roles) where understanding how to analyze complex data sets and communicate data insights is critical to success

Common program participant job titles include:

  • Supply Chain or Quality Manager
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners
  • Buyer
  • Demand Planner
  • Insights Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Nurse Manager
  • Office and Budget Manager
  • Operations Director/Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Sales Manager

Benefits of This Program

Make Better, More Informed Decisions

When you know how to interpret your organization's data, you can put it to work for you. Gain a framework for making business decisions using the analytics process.

Use Data to Tell a Story

The ability to present data in an engaging way is valuable. Use the analytics process to present your data in a digestible format based on your audience.

Create Clear, Focused Presentations

Lengthy, wordy PowerPoints can be boring and confusing to your audience. Discover how to use data and the right visuals to convey an idea more simply and effectively.

Practice Using Analytics

Using case studies, you'll practice using the analytics process and presentation skills in an environment where the fate of your business isn't on the line.

Hone Your Data Presentation Skills

Learn how to craft and deliver presentations that connect with your audience and help to drive positive change. Get constructive feedback from your instructors and peers.

Build Your Professional Network

Connect with professionals who share your interest in analytics, and can serve as a source of ongoing support after the program ends.


You have a lot of data. Now what? This module teaches you how to ask the right questions to frame your business problem, so you can use data to solve it. Learn about the business analytics process step by step. Then, practice each step using actual business examples. After completing Module 1, you will be able to:

  • Ask better questions to more accurately frame the problem or opportunity
  • Identify the correct data to address the problem
  • Convert raw data into actionable insights
  • Consider your audience and their needs as you present your business solution
  • Use a data narrative to tell your story with confidence

Pie, line, bar, heat map... how do you choose the right visuals to accurately tell your data story? During Module 2, you will:

  • Explore the anatomy of visualization
  • Understand the function of each chart type and how it can accurately display your data
  • Use both visuals and numerical data to help sell your message
  • Practice creating data visuals in Microsoft Excel

Brush up on statistics to ensure that you're telling a factual story. In Module 3 you will:

  • Explore why descriptive statistics is an critical component in the process
  • Construct dashboard-like instruments
  • Learn what your data is telling you
  • Understand how data impacts your organization

You gained a foundation for data analysis and interpretation in the first three modules. Now, it's time to get comfortable with these tools and techniques, so you're ready to apply them at work with greater confidence. In Module 4, you'll use case studies and sample scenarios to practice what you've learned.

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