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Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...
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Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

Skills you will gain

Business IntelligenceData AnalysisData Visualization (DataViz)Microstrategy
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Decision Making and Decision Support Systems

Module 1 explains the role of computerized support for decision making and its importance. It starts by identifying the different types of decisions managers face, and the process through which they make decisions. It then focuses on decision-making styles, the four stages of Simon’s decision-making process, and common strategies and approaches of decision makers. In the next two lessons, you will learn the role of Decision Support Systems (DSS), understand its main components, the various DSS types and classification, and how DSS have changed over time. Finally, in lesson 4, we focus on how DSS supports each phase of decision making and summarize the evolution of DSS applications, and on how they have changed over time. I recommend that you go to Ready Made DSS sites and use some of DSS that are listed for various types of decisions. You will need to install MicroStrategy Desktop to analyze three stand-alone offline dashboards in a peer-evaluated exercise....
Reading
5 videos (Total 36 min), 19 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Overview of Decision Making Video Lecture5m
Conceptual Foundations of Decision Making Video Lecture11m
Decision Support Systems Video Lecture8m
Decision Making Support in Practice Video Lecture8m
Reading19 readings
Optional Text Book10m
Additional Resources - Course Overview10m
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 1.110m
Additional Resources Lesson 1.110m
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 1.210m
Additional Resources Lesson 1.210m
Periodicals10m
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 1.310m
Additional Resources for Lesson 1.310m
Additional Web Resources10m
Vendors and Software Companies10m
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 1.410m
Additional Resources for Lesson 1.410m
Ready Made DSS Products and Services10m
MicroStrategy Desktop Software Download and Installations Steps for PC and MAC10m
MicroStrategy Desktop Connections to Oracle VM on PC and MAC10m
MicroStrategy Desktop Welcome Training Video10m
Dashboards Demonstration Videos10m
Q & A and Errors Knowledge base10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1 Practice Quiz10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Business Intelligence Concepts and Platform Capabilities

Now that you understand the conceptual foundation of decision making and DSS, in module 2 we start by defining business intelligence (BI), BI architecture, and its components, and relate them to DSS. In lesson 2, you will learn the main components of BI platforms, their capabilities, and understand the competitive landscape of BI platforms. In lesson 3, you will learn the building blocks of business reports, the types of business reports, and the components and structure of business reporting systems. Finally, in lesson 4, you will learn different types of OLAP and their applications and comprehend the differences between OLAP and OLTP. You will need to use MicroStrategy Desktop to create effective and compelling data visualizations to analyze data and acquire insights into business practices in a peer-evaluated exercise. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 52 min), 11 readings, 3 quizzes
Video5 videos
BI Platform Capabilities Video Lecture7m
Training Video for Microstrategy Desktop BI Capabilities23m
Business Reporting Video Lecture7m
BI OLAP Styles Video Lecture5m
Reading11 readings
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 2.110m
Additional Resources for Lesson 2.110m
Training Video for Connecting Data in MicroStrategy Desktop10m
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 2.210m
Additional Resources for Lesson 2.210m
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 2.310m
Additional Resources for Lesson 2.310m
Training Videos for Connecting to Spreadsheets, Joining Datasets, and Data Blending in MicroStrategy Desktop10m
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 2. 410m
Additional Resources for Lesson 2.410m
Training Video for Wrangling and Profiling Data in MicroStrategy10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Module 2 Practice Quiz10m
Modules 1 and 2 Graded Quiz #130m
Week
3
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Data Visualization and Dashboard Design

This module continues on the top job responsibilities of BI analysts by focusing on creating data visualizations and dashboards. You will first learn the importance of data visualization and different types of data that can be visually represented. You will then learn about the types of basic and composite charts. This will help you to determine which visualization is most effective to display data for a given data set and to identify best practices for designing data visualizations. In lesson 3, you will learn the common characteristics of a dashboard, the types of dashboards, and the list attributes of metrics usually included in dashboards. Finally, in lesson 4, you will learn the guidelines for designing dashboard and the common pitfalls of dashboard design. You will need to use MicroStrategy Desktop Visual Insight to design a dashboard for a Financial Services company in a peer-evaluated exercise....
Reading
6 videos (Total 57 min), 12 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Data Visualization Guidlines and Pitfalls Video Lecture6m
Comprehensive Training Video for Showing Data Visualization Steps6m
Performance Dashboards Video Lecture8m
Dashboard Design Guidelines and Pitfalls Video Lecture9m
Comprehensive Training Video for Creating Dashboard Using Advanced Visualization17m
Reading12 readings
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 3.110m
Additional Resources for Lesson 3.110m
Training Video for Visual Insight in MicroStrategy Desktop10m
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 3.210m
Additional Resources for Lesson 3.210m
Training Video for Exploring Data in MicroStrategy Desktop10m
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 3.310m
Additional Resources for Lesson 3.310m
Training Videos for Creating Dashboard in MicroStrategy Desktop10m
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 3.410m
Additional Resources for Lesson 3.410m
Training Video for Sharing a Dashboard in MicroStrategy Desktop10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 Practice Quiz10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Business Performance Management Systems

This module focuses on how BI is used for Business Performance Management (BPM). You will learn the main components of BPM as well as the four phases of BPM cycle and how organizations typically deploy BPM. In lesson 2, you will learn the purpose of Performance Measurement System and how organizations need to define the key performance indicators (KPIs) for their performance management system. In lesson 3, you will learn the four balanced scorecards perspectives and the differences between dashboards and scorecards. You will also be able to compare and contrast the benefits of using balanced scorecard versus using Six Sigma in a performance measurement system. Finally, in lesson 4, you will learn the role of visual and business analytics (BA) in BI and how various forms of BA are supported in practice. At the end of the module, you will apply these concepts to create a dashboard, blend it with external datasets, and explore various visualization capabilities to find insights faster in a peer-evaluated exercise....
Reading
5 videos (Total 48 min), 11 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Performance Measurement System Video Lecture6m
Balanced Scorecards Versus Six Sigma Video Lecture10m
Training Video for MicroStrategy Desktop Business Performance Analysis12m
Business Analytics Video Lecture9m
Reading11 readings
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 4.110m
Additional Resources for Lesson 4.110m
Training Videos for Enriching and Modeling Data with MicroStrategy10m
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 4.210m
Additional Resources for Lesson 4.210m
Training Videos for Connecting to MDX and Excel Files and Creating a Mashups in MicroStrategy Desktop10m
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 4.310m
Additional Resources for Lesson 4.310m
Powerpoint and Lecture Notes for Lesson 4.410m
Additional Resources for Lesson 4.410m
Training Video for Connecting to Social Media Sources in MicroStrategy Desktop10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 4 Practice Quiz10m
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Top Reviews

By NAMar 25th 2016

The Course is well laid out with plenty of assignments that allow you master the BI by using Microstrategy. Thanks to professor Karimi, it was by far the best BI course that I have ever taken.

By GLJul 22nd 2017

Very good course , with very explanatory and additional material. Deep diving with exercises and especially the last assignment where total understanding was required in order to fulfil it.

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Jahangir Karimi

Professor
Information Systems University of Colorado Denver

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About the Data Warehousing for Business Intelligence Specialization

Evaluate business needs, design a data warehouse, and integrate and visualize data using dashboards and visual analytics. This Specialization covers data architecture skills that are increasingly critical across a broad range of technology fields. You’ll learn the basics of structured data modeling, gain practical SQL coding experience, and develop an in-depth understanding of data warehouse design and data manipulation. You’ll have the opportunity to work with large data sets in a data warehouse environment to create dashboards and Visual Analytics. You will use of MicroStrategy, a leading BI tool, OLAP (online analytical processing) and Visual Insights capabilities to create dashboards and Visual Analytics. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply your skills to build a small, basic data warehouse, populate it with data, and create dashboards and other visualizations to analyze and communicate the data to a broad audience....
Data Warehousing for Business Intelligence

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