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DataMaster Part 1

Decision support for today, insight for tomorrow


Grow Your Skillsets

Data is the raw material of our time, and it's vastly underutilized. Through DataMaster, you learn how to derive insights from your data to deliver value in ways you've never thought of before.

Course Overview

5 days of coursework


$3,750 USD

How many CEUs are available?

3.6 CEUs

Does this course count as one of the electives for the Master Black Belt and Lean Master programs?

When taken with DataMaster Part 2, DataMaster is an elective course for the Master Black Belt and Lean Master programs.

What analytical methodology and tools does the DataMaster course use?

Among other data analysis techniques, we teach the popular OSEMN methodology:

  • Obtain [your data]
  • Scrub [your data]
  • Explore [your data]
  • Model [your data]
  • INterpret [your results]

Tools you will use include Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Power BI.

How do I receive a DataMaster certifciation?

For more information on DataMaster Certification offered with Part 2 of the course, click here.

There are many who know how to access data, even when buried deep in a data warehouse. What’s proving a significant challenge is teasing the value out of that data—and it’s a familiar story: big IT investment followed by “What now?”

Part 1 of the DataMaster program is a one-week offering designed to rapidly develop the analysts you need. Through the application of an analytic methodology, DataMasters learn how to use familiar tools such as Microsoft Excel (and its powerful Solver and Analysis ToolPak add-ins) to obtain, scrub, explore, model and interpret your data. The DataMaster program will also add new tools to your toolbox, such as Microsoft Power BI.

With this toolset and training, DataMasters gain the skills required to analyze data, build models and create powerful visualizations that lead to valuable insight and better business decisions.

Questions about the courses or want to learn more? Contact our Data Analytics team.

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Course Details
  • Complete coursework for both DataMaster Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Pass all exams.

After completing the DataMaster program, you will be able to:

  • Obtain and process disparate sources of data into a format suitable for your analysis work.
  • Understand and apply techniques to clean data for effective modeling.
  • Analyze, explore and model your data.
  • Recognize where key data might be missing and use creative means to find or generate the data that is needed.
  • Uncover valuable insight from data using statistical methods and exploratory analysis.
  • Communicate data-based findings in visually compelling ways.

DataMasters work on projects that:

  • Draw on data available from varied internal, external and cross-domain sources.
  • Address difficult problems that have not been solved with conventional tools and wisdom.
  • Take complex information and make it easy to understand and communicate.
  • May not have a clearly defined outcome by approaching it with an exploration oriented mindset.

Over the course of five days, you will study the following topics:


Part 1 Agenda

  • Analytics Introduction
  • The Business Analytics Hypothesis
  • Analytical Methodologies
  • Statistics Review
  • Case Study Introduction
  • Obtain and Scrub Your Data
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Linear Regression
    Time Series Forecasting
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Clustering
  • Big Data!
  • Case Study Work

DataMaster follows a guided introduction process along with the completion of an analytics case study.

Excel Solver: Find optimal solutions with Solver
Microsoft Excel includes an optimization tool called Solver. This free tool enables the DataMaster to find optimal solutions for many business problems. Working through a methodical approach, DataMasters will determine the decision to be made, the constraints on that decision and the overall measure of performance. They will return to their employer able to analyze data to maximize profits, minimize overtime, optimize schedules and address other business issues.

Excel Analysis ToolPak: Perform complex statistical analysis
The Analysis ToolPak is a free add-in program that adds extra financial, statistical and engineering functions to Excel spreadsheets. The Analysis ToolPak in Excel provides the DataMaster with tools to perform ANOVA, correlation analysis, regression, t-tests and much more. DataMaster students will work with a case study using various tools to deep dive into the data to better understand relationships and data modeling techniques.

Power BI: See your company’s data in new ways with Power BI
Microsoft’s Power BI is a free cloud-based business analytics service. Microsoft’s leading analytics tool allows you to ask a question and generate a visualization for better and deeper understanding. It is incredibly powerful and easy to use and many find it an impressive alternative to the much more expensive options. The DataMaster student will use Power BI to quickly analyze data and create dashboards and other stunning visualizations to bring data to life.

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