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Predictive Analytics for Business, Udacity

In 2010, when Forbes forecasted that predictive analytics would become a “game-changer,” very few people had heard of it. Now in 2016, predictive analytics is one of the hottest big data technologies out there, and it has become the go-to approach for businesses who want to use data to make smart business decisions, drive successful strategies, and improve future outcomes. This is great news for anyone pursuing a career as a Business Analyst—job growth is predicted to rise significantly, and salaries are increasing at double-digit rates every two years.

Which is why we are so excited to announce that enrollment for our new Predictive Analytics for Business Nanodegree program is open starting today!

In a recent study from Harvard Business Review entitled “The Untapped Power of Self-Service Data Analytics,” the authors write that:

What’s needed are solutions that are automated, easy to use, repeatable, and scalable enough to process the enormous volumes of data companies now draw from multiple sources, including data streams from both inside and outside the organization. Self-service data analytics tools are the answer.

Our Partners

We are proud to have two amazing partners for the Predictive Analytics for Business Nanodegree program—Alteryx, a leading platform for self-service data analytics, and Tableau, creators of a powerful data visualization tool. Their expertise helps ensure a world-class curriculum, and students will receive free licenses to both tools for the duration of the Nanodegree program, a $2500 value.

With high-profile clients like Levi’s, Verizon, Amazon, and AAA, Alteryx truly is the “leader in self-service data analytics,” and when Tableau refers to their product as “software for anyone and everyone,” they’re referring to customers like Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers, digital food brand Allrecipes, PepsiCo., and LinkedIn!

We are confident that with partners like these, our students are guaranteed a world-class learning experience!

No Programing Skills Required

Predictive analytics is essentially the practice of determining patterns from data to predict future outcomes and trends. The emergence of award-winning self-service solutions like Alteryx and Tableau puts the power of predictive analytics in the hands of business analysts even if they have no programming skills.

This makes our new Nanodegree program an ideal way for anyone to gain mastery of the latest techniques, whether you’re just getting interested in launching a career as a business analyst, are already working in the field, or are a manager seeking to integrate predictive analytics into your company’s data strategies.

In this program, you’ll learn to:

  • Master a framework for solving complex problems with data
  • Identify the most appropriate analytical methodology for a business problem
  • Clean, format, and blend data in minutes vs hours in Excel
  • Implement a variety of predictive modeling techniques, including linear regression, classification, A/B test, forecasting, and clustering models
  • Visualize and communicate data and insights effectively
  • Create data visualization dashboards in Tableau

which will allow you to:

  • Predict customer behavior to develop more effective target marketing
  • Forecast demand to inform production decisions
  • Predict which employees will leave and which will shine
  • Predict the success of a new product launch
  • Develop more useful customer and market segments

Business Analyst Jobs

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, business analyst jobs are expected to grow by 19% by 2022. And, according to PAYSA, the average market salary for a business analyst is $89.4K per year. With Robert Half Technology affirming that business analyst salaries are rising by over 6% per year, now is the perfect time to enroll in this program and get established in the very hot field of predictive analytics!

Enroll today and start learning how to deliver the data-driven business decisions that will make you an in-demand addition to any company!

Predictive Analytics for Business Nanodegree program

Christopher Watkins
Christopher Watkins
Christopher Watkins is Senior Writer and Chief Words Officer at Udacity. He types on a MacBook or iPad by day, and either an Underwood, Remington, or Royal by night. He carries a Moleskine everywhere.