Business analysts lead efforts to define needs and design solutions that deliver value to businesses and organizations; they are agents of change and take a disciplined approach to introduce and manage change within businesses and organizations.
In order to master the skills necessary to qualify for this in-demand position, you’ll take courses that focus on key knowledge areas so that you are well-equipped to apply a wide range of business analysis techniques to any future endeavor. Earning a certificate in both Data Analysis and Power BI will help you start or enhance a career in a strategic role. Job titles for business analysis practitioners include (but are not limited to) not only business analyst, but also business systems analyst, systems analyst, requirements engineer, process analyst, product manager, product owner, enterprise analyst, business architect, management consultant, business intelligence analyst, data scientist, and more. Many other jobs such as management, project management, product management, software development, quality assurance, and interaction design rely heavily on business analysis skills for success.
What should I take first? Data Analysis or Power BI? Can I take them at the same time?
If you are comfortable with statistical data and have subject matter experience, taking both courses at the same time should be fine. However, if you are new to statistical data, earning your Data Analysis certification should be the first series to take, followed by Power BI.
What will I learn?
Data Analysis is focused on the fundamentals of reading and analysis of data. You will be using Microsoft Excel to explore data and learn skills needed to process data and then use it to make strategic observations. You will also learn how to perform inquires that will be useful for your business operations.
Power BI is focused specifically on the application of data skills to the Power BI software program. This will allow you to take your foundational data skills and then use them to make effective communication tools like visualizations and custom dashboards for yourself and your organization.
Who are the certificates recommended for?
- Anyone looking to increase employment marketability
- Professionals who need to use data analysis in their current job
- Managers and sales professionals looking to enhance data management skills
Data Analysis Certificate
Data analysis is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after skills in the workplace. Companies have vast amounts of data, but it is rare to have someone with the ability to analyze that data to see trends and make predictions. Add a whole new skill set to your portfolio and make a big difference in the success of your organization by acquiring data analysis skills. You will gain a basic understanding of how to analyze data in a business setting and learn how many of your business decisions involve comparing groups for differences. You will learn the statistics behind these group differences and relationships. Finally, you will find out how to perform inquiries that will be useful to your business or organization and build the skills necessary to communicate these results through graphs and text that your fellow employees will understand. Whether your business is home-based or a large company, this certificate will take you to the next level in important decision-making. Registration closes three days prior to the class start date.
Power BI Certificate
Gain insights into your data using business intelligence software – Power Business Intelligence. Power BI is a widely used business analytics service offered by Microsoft. Power BI Desktop is a complete data analysis and report creation tool that you install for free. Discover the process of creating interactive reports. Integrate financial, marketing, or any other source data in your accounting system, Excel, or on the Web. Streamline the data to what is needed using Power Query. Create charts, maps, and other visuals to see your data in real-time. Delve further into Power Query to ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) your data. Build the Data Model using relationships and DAX (Data Analysis Expressions). Utilize Time Intelligence functions to view YoY or YTD reports. Add user-friendly features to enhance your reports and analyze your results. This certificate will enhance your skills in data analysis, giving you greater insight into your organization’s performance and allowing you to make more informed decisions. Registration closes three days before the class start date.
Can I get Power BI for free?
Yes. There are three kinds of Power BI per-user licenses: Free, Pro, and Premium Per User. Which type of license a user needs is determined by where content is stored, how they’ll interact with that content, and if that content uses Premium features. Where content can be stored is determined by your organization’s license type. You may download the free version directly from the Microsoft website at https://powerbi.microsoft.com/.