In the last 3-5 years there has been an explosion in the jobs in Analytics. To provide adequate training and coaching, we now have a long list of institutes which run courses on Analytics. So which course works best?
My take is ‘it depends’ . It depends on your requirement, the experience you have and what you want to achieve by doing the course. I am putting down the 5 courses which I would explore if I had to do undergo training in Analytics :-
THE NEW ENTRANTS
1. ISB Biocon Certificate Programme in Business Analytics :- ISB Hyderabad
This is a new 1 year course and, as with all things ISB, it has a very robust curriculum . It covers not only the concepts and practical in a very interesting mix of physical classes and online assignments (which can be done from home). It is focussed on people with a minimum of 2 years work experience and fresher’s with Analytical bent of mind. It covers a plethora of software (SAS , MATLAB, XLMINER, ARENA etc.)
2. Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics) :- NUS National University of Singapore
This 4 years programme offers a common two-year broad-based inter-disciplinary curriculum where all students will read modules in Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Accounting, Marketing, Decision Science, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Computer Science and Information Systems. After the first two years of studies, students will be equipped with the necessary foundational knowledge to take more specialised modules in their third and fourth years
THE OLD AND ESTABLISHED COURSES
3. Advanced certificate program for Business Analytics :- IIT Bombay
This is a 1 year course (class on Sundays 3pm – 6pm) it focuses on enterprise analysis and requirements analysis, documentation and implementation. Participants learn the ins and outs of the data modeling, the power of entity relationship diagramming and best practice in system design, solution implementation and impact communication. Taught over the ground breaking Interactive Onsite Learning Technology, it helps participants to attend lectures without compromising their daily routine and at the ease of their own locations.
The sessions are delivered on Hughes HughesNet Global Education interactive learning platform. Students will be awarded an Advanced Certificate in Business Analytics from Shailesh J Mehta School Of Management, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
4. Business Analytic & Data Mining- ISI Mumbai
Business Analytic & Data Mining program is designed to guide business analytic professionals in analyzing large quantities of data in order to extract previously unknown interesting patterns such as groups of data records (cluster analysis), dependencies (association rule mining), classification of data, reduction of data dimension and predictive analytic. Participants are expected to have knowledge of basic statistical techniques, application and interpretation and some experience in analytics is preferred.
5. Foundation Course – Jigsaw Academy (online) :- A personal favourite in the online learning space , aimed at beginners
The Foundation course has been designed by industry experts who have applied analytics to solve business problems in a variety of fields like retail, FMCG, financial services, telecom and health care. The instructors use their real-world experiences to teach you analytical skills that are most valuable at the work place. Teaching is of statistical concepts, analytical skills and analytic tools (Excel and SAS language). The aim is to be able to make business decisions based on statistics. The biggest draw is that no prior knowledge of Statistics, SAS or analytic techniques is required. The Videos make it easier to study (much less boring)
This is a three month course with classes on Saturdays and Sundays.
6. Executive program on managing business decisions- IIM ,Calcutta
This course aims to equip practitioners with key concepts and tools of Modelling and Business Analytics. The program assumes that the participants would have working knowledge of basic management functions and hence would focus mostly on application areas of management. Applicants should be working professionals/self-employed (Need to submit supporting proof), with minimum 3 years of work experience post completion of graduation is required .The program is delivered through classes held at NIIT Imperia Centres for Advanced Learning once a week on Sunday (2.00 PM to 6.00 PM)
7. Master of IT in Business –Analytics (MITB-AT):- Singapore Management University
SMU MITB (Analytics) is Asia’s first professional master’s programme to meet this demand (1 year full time course / 2 years part time course) . Co-designed by leading global and regional sector firms from hospitality, tourism, supply chain, retail, healthcare, public sector and telecommunications, it promises a robust and systematic understanding across processes, operations, data, technology solutions and management supervision. It is aimed at professionals with a background in Computer Science, Information Systems, IT, Engineering or the Sciences. A GMAT score is a must. This is a course which is well recognised in the industry .
If you want to discuss which course would suit you or share feedback on the article, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org , 9731107798.