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Gain an Edge With the Data Analysis and Visualization with Power BI Nanodegree Program

Business Intelligence is gaining more popularity in the data-driven world of today. As businesses grow, it becomes challenging to manage the huge amount of information generated by users or customers daily.  This is where business intelligence comes in.

Microsoft’s Power BI is a popular cloud-based tool for professionals  and we are excited to launch the new Data Analysis and Visualization with Power BI Nanodegree program that will equip any learner who wants to develop in-demand skills in data pre-processing, visualization and analysis using Power BI as the primary tool.

Learn Everything About Power BI with Our New Nanodegree Program

The Data Analysis and Visualization with Power BI Nanodegree program enables students to connect Power BI to multiple data sources and processes. It transforms data to prepare it for reporting and visualization, build compelling data visualizations that tell a story. It also employs best design practices, and draw insights from data dashboards and visualizations that can allow for insights and help a business make critical decisions.

This three-month (at approximately five hours per week*) self-paced, beginner-level Nanodegree program is ideal for consultants who must perform data analysis and build visualizations for client projects, aspiring business intelligence analyst, business analyst, data analysts, and any individual in an individual contributor or managerial role that must use and present data on a regular basis in their job.

Designed by industry instructors, the program comes with a well-rounded curriculum that gives both theoretical and practical knowledge to learners.

COURSE 1: Introduction to Preparing and Modeling Data

Project 1: Build a Data Model for Seven Sages Brewing Company

In this project, students will demonstrate an understanding of core data modeling principles, including the ability to clean, organize and structure data in Power Query, to make a date table, to build a data model with the appropriate relationships and filters, and to create a simple report using common visualizations and DAX measures. 

COURSE 2: Creating Visualizations with Power BI

Project 2: Building a Power BI report for a startup

This project will test students on the data visualization and report design skills learned in the course and  also challenge them to implement a variety of interactive features that can enhance the user experience.  

By the end of the project, students will complete a detailed Power BI report with many data visuals that tell the story of how two newly launched products of the startup compare with each other.

COURSE 3: Advanced Data Analysis

Project 3: Market Analysis Report for National Clothing Chain

Through this project, students will demonstrate the ability to use custom M code to import, clean, format, and organize data in Power Query and use custom DAX code to analyze data in Power BI. 

Students will also conduct statistical analysis to understand relationships and probabilities of the data sources, including linear regression, histogram, and standard deviation, and create advanced visualizations to present conclusions and recommendations that are driven by the statistical analysis.

The program is designed by instructors who have spent several years in the field of business intelligence. 

  • Lenore R Flower: Lenore is a Senior Business Intelligence Specialist with a background in finance and a passion for empowering her colleagues to make data-driven decisions — even if the information they have to work with is a little rough around the edges.
  • Sean Chandler: Sean is a Senior Business Intelligence Engineer at Humana, where he oversees an enterprise community of thousands of users & developers. His Power BI work has been featured recently at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit and on Microsoft Mechanics.
  • Joseph Lozada: Joseph works as a client services team leader at Morneau Shepell, where he manages a team of analysts and oversees the data management and systems functionality for his clients. He also works as an adjunct instructor of Excel and Power BI analytics at the Community College of Rhode Island.

Why Power BI?

In a world where we have multiple tools for data visualization and analysis, you might think why you should get skilled in Power BI. It’s a valid question but not when you know it is one of the largest and fastest-growing business intelligence clouds.

According to Microsoft, Power BI has the following advantages over other tools:

  • You can create and share interactive data visualizations across global data centers, including national clouds to meet your compliance and regulation needs.
  • Power BI democratizes business intelligence as it is a free tool which means organizations can implement it in a cost-effective manner.
  • Power BI already has a global community of more than half a million users.
  • Power BI enables non-data scientists to prepare data, build machine learning models, and find insights quickly from both structured and unstructured data, including text and images.

According to Gartner, Microsoft is the Magic Quadrant Leader in analytics and business intelligence platforms for 14 consecutive years In fact,  Enlyft reports that Power BI holds 8.94% market share with more than 35,000 companies using the tool.

Begin Your Career in Power BI Now

A career in Power BI is a lucrative option. The annual average base salary for a Power BI Developer is $ 81,514 which can go up to $108,000. For a Power BI analyst, the average annual salary is $76,402 which can go up to $113,000.

This is the right time to start your career in Power BI. Check out our Data Analysis and Visualization with Power BI Nanodegree program today and get the skills you need to be job-ready.

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Ritika Pradhan
Ritika Pradhan
Ritika is the Content Manager at Udacity and is passionate about bringing inspirational student stories to light. When not talking to the amazing Udacity students, she can be found reading an article or watching a video on the internet.