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Dec 5th 2016

Foundations of strategic business analytics (Coursera)

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You will find this course exciting and rewarding if you already have a background in statistics, can use R or another programming language and are familiar with databases and data analysis techniques such as regression, classification, and clustering. However, it contains a number of recitals and R Studio tutorials which will consolidate your competences, enable you to play more freely with data and explore new features and statistical functions in R. With this course, you’ll have a first overview on Strategic Business Analytics topics. We’ll discuss a wide variety of applications of Business Analytics.

From Marketing to Supply Chain or Credit Scoring and HR Analytics, etc. We’ll cover many different data analytics techniques, each time explaining how to be relevant for your business.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for students, business analysts, and data scientists who want to apply statistical knowledge and techniques to business contexts. For example, it may be suited to experienced statisticians, analysts, engineers who want to move more into a business role.

We’ll pay special attention to how you can produce convincing, actionable, and efficient insights. We'll also present you with different data analytics tools to be applied to different types of issues.

By doing so, we’ll help you develop four sets of skills needed to leverage value from data: Analytics, IT, Business and Communication.

By the end of this MOOC, you should be able to approach a business issue using Analytics by (1) qualifying the issue at hand in quantitative terms, (2) conducting relevant data analyses, and (3) presenting your conclusions and recommendations in a business-oriented, actionable and efficient way.


Foundations of strategic business analytics is course 1 of 4 in the Strategic Business Analytics Specialisation.

This specialization is designed for students, business analysts, and data scientists who want to apply statistical knowledge and techniques to business contexts. We recommend that you have some background in statistics, R or another programming language, and familiarity with databases and data analysis techniques such as regression, classification, and clustering.We’ll cover a wide variety of analytics approaches in different industry domains. You’ll engage in hands-on case studies in real business contexts: examples include predicting and forecasting events, statistical customer segmentation, and calculating customer scores and lifetime value. We’ll also teach you how to take these analyses and effectively present them to stakeholders so your business can take action. The third course and the Capstone Project are designed in partnership with Accenture, one of the world’s best-known consulting, technology services, and outsourcing companies. You’ll learn about applications in a wide variety of sectors, including media, communications, public service,etc. By the end of this specialization, you’ll be able to use statistical techniques in R to develop business intelligence insights, and present them in a compelling way to enable smart and sustainable business decisions. You’ll earn a Specialization Certificate from one of the world’s leading business schools and learn from two of Europe’s leading professors in business analytics and marketing.