Excel to MySQL: Analytic Techniques for Business Specialization


Date: On request

Type: e-learning

Category: Business/Management

Language: English

City: Online

Training Description:

Formulate data questions, explore and visualize large datasets, and inform strategic decisions.

In this Specialization, you’ll learn to frame business challenges as data questions. You’ll use powerful tools and methods such as Excel, Tableau, and MySQL to analyze data, create forecasts and models, design visualizations, and communicate your insights. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply your skills to explore and justify improvements to a real-world business process.

The Capstone Project focuses on optimizing revenues from residential property, and Airbnb, our Capstone’s official Sponsor, provided input on the project design. Airbnb is the world’s largest marketplace connecting property-owner hosts with travelers to facilitate short-term rental transactions. The top 10 Capstone completers each year will have the opportunity to present their work directly to senior data scientists at Airbnb live for feedback and discussion.

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Duke University

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Business Metrics for Data-Driven Companies

Commitment: 4 weeks, 3-5 hours per week

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

About the Course

In this course, you will learn best practices for how to use data analytics to make any company more competitive and more profitable. You will be able to recognize the most critical business metrics and distinguish them from mere data. You’ll get...



Mastering Data Analysis in Excel

Commitment: 6 weeks, 8-10 hours per week

Subtitles: English

About the Course

Important: The focus of this course is on math - specifically, data-analysis concepts and methods - not on Excel for its own sake. We use Excel to do our calculations, and all math formulas are given as Excel Spreadsheets, but we do not attempt to cov...



Data Visualization and Communication with Tableau

Commitment: 5 weeks, 6-8 hours per week

Subtitles: English

About the Course

One of the skills that characterizes great business data analysts is the ability to communicate practical implications of quantitative analyses to any kind of audience member. Even the most sophisticated statistical analyses are not useful to a... 



Managing Big Data with MySQL

Commitment: 5 weeks, 8-12 hours per week

Subtitles: English, Korean, Russian, Chinese (Simplified)

About the Course

This course is an introduction to how to use relational databases in business analysis. You will learn how relational databases work, and how to use entity-relationship diagrams to display the structure of the data held within them. This knowle...



Increasing Real Estate Management Profits: Harnessing Data Analytics

Current session: Sep 24

Commitment: 8 weeks of study, 8-10 hours/week

Subtitles: English

About the Capstone Project

In this final course you will complete a Capstone Project using data analysis to recommend a method for improving profits for your company, Watershed Property Management, Inc. Watershed is responsible for managing thousands of residentia...


Jana Schaich Borg

Jana Schaich Borg

Assistant Research Professor

Daniel Egger

Daniel Egger

Executive in Residence and Director, Center for Quantitative Modeling


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