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Data Science for Business Leaders

Executive Program

Master the strategic decision-making skills for the people, platforms, and processes required to leverage the power of Data Science in your business.

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  • Estimated time
    4 - 8 Weeks

    At 5 hours / week

  • Enroll By
    June 7, 2023

    Get access to the classroom immediately upon enrollment

  • Skills acquired
    Data Science Strategy, Data Science Business Context, Data Science Roadmaps
In partnership with
  • Alteryx
"Throughout my career, I have seen data science projects succeed — and I've seen them fail. Udacity’s Data Science for Business Leaders Executive Program will help guide business leaders toward building successful artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data initiatives."

Ed WileyProgram Instructor & Senior AI and Data Science Executive

What you will learn

  1. Data Science for Business Leaders

    4 - 8 Weeks to complete

    This course provides business leaders and managers with strategies and guidelines for how best to solve the human capital, technological, and management challenges of building data science into the business. Students will gain skills in identifying opportunities for data science across many functional areas of the business, as well as learn the tools to prioritize and execute on those opportunities as part of a data science initiative.

    Prerequisite knowledge

    To optimize your chances of success in this Executive Program, we recommend prior exposure to statistics and probability, as well as experience in business decision-making in an IT or technical environment.

    1. Introduction to Data Science

      Businesses often suspect that they want Data Science capabilities, and may even sense a need for Data Science capabilities, but many are not sure where to start. Learn exactly what Data Science is, who Data Scientists are, and what's possible through Data Science.

      • Business Case for Data Science

        Creating a data science strategy isn’t a standalone activity; it must be driven by a business's overarching operations and strategy. This course will cover how to articulate a business’s strategic objectives and identify opportunities for data science-based transformation, a critical starting point for any data strategy.

        • Human Capital of Data Science

          The human capital component of Data Science is critical to delivering on a data science strategy. Learn how to recruit, hire, and train for a Data Science organization, and how to structure that organization in order to deliver value to the business. Asses ways to leverage data and data science to foster a data-driven culture throughout the business.

          • Data and Machine Learning Infrastructure Strategy

            Technology needs are specific to each business; they depend on the types of data to be leveraged for Data Science, the form and magnitude of that data, the types of data science models that a business plans to create, and the overall scale of operations represented by those data science models. This lesson investigates the parameters that must be considered both in creating a Data Architecture Strategy and in building a Machine Learning Architecture to support Data Science initiatives.

            • CAPSTONE PROJECT - Build a 100-Day Data Plan

              Draw on all of the skills learned throughout the lessons to create a Data Science strategy that drives transformation in the business during your first 100 days.

          Learn with the best.

          Learn with the best.

          • Ed Wiley

            Chief Technology Officer, Enveda Therapeutics

            Mr. Wiley has over 20 years of experience building, leading, and advising world-class machine learning, AI, and data science teams at companies at stages from startup to Fortune 50, holding titles such as CIO, CTO, and Chief Data Scientist.

          All our programs include

          • Real-world projects from industry experts

            With real-world projects and immersive content built in partnership with top-tier companies, you’ll master the tech skills companies want.

          • Real-time support

            On demand help. Receive instant help with your learning directly in the classroom. Stay on track and get unstuck.

          • Career services

            You’ll have access to Github portfolio review and LinkedIn profile optimization to help you advance your career and land a high-paying role.

          • Flexible learning program

            Tailor a learning plan that fits your busy life. Learn at your own pace and reach your personal goals on the schedule that works best for you.

          Succeed with personalized services.

          We provide services customized for your needs at every step of your learning journey to ensure your success.

          Get timely feedback on your projects.

          • Personalized feedback
          • Unlimited submissions and feedback loops
          • Practical tips and industry best practices
          • Additional suggested resources to improve
          • 1,400+

            project reviewers

          • 2.7M

            projects reviewed

          • 88/100

            reviewer rating

          • 1.1 hours

            avg project review turnaround time

          Data Science for Business Leaders

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            • Learn

              Drive transformational change by unlocking the potential of Data Science.

            • Average Time

              On average, successful students take 4 - 8 weeks to complete this program.

            • Benefits include

              • Real-world projects from industry experts
              • Real-time classroom support
              • Career services

            Program details

            Program overview: Why should I take this program?
            • Why should I enroll?

              A study by the McKinsey Global Institute reports that data-driven organizations are now 23 times more likely to acquire customers, 6 times as likely to retain customers, and 19 times as likely to be profitable as a result. McKinsey also reports that the creation of a strategy now ranks as the number one challenge to (and reason for) companies’ success with data and analytics.

              The opportunity to generate critical business insights grows alongside the massive amounts of data being created by companies and consumers alike, but so does the challenge of managing all that data effectively. The Data Science for Business Leaders Executive program addresses that challenge in an organization’s data transformation journey by helping managers and executives make better strategic, data-driven decisions.

              Upon graduating from the program, business leaders will be able to identify and assess data science opportunities, develop a human capital plan for staffing and structuring a business’s data science team, and evaluate strategic technical decisions around data architecture. These are critical skills for any leader looking to unlock the massive potential that big data offers.

            • How do I know if this program is right for me?

              This Executive Program teaches the strategic and technical foundations of data science in the 21st century. It is intended for business leaders and managers who are responsible for making strategic decisions regarding these technologies, and want to equip themselves to formulate and evaluate proposals involving data science, data architecture, and machine learning technologies to impact their business.

            • What jobs will this program prepare me for?

              This program is designed to train business leaders tasked with determining the strategic decisions to equip their company with the latest advancements in data science.

              If you're asking any of the below questions about your role or your business, this program is what you're looking for:

              • What are our greatest opportunities to use data?
              • How do I prioritize projects and manage a project pipeline/portfolio of data projects?
              • How do we build up data expertise across the variety of roles/capabilities (i.e. Data Scientists vs. Data Engineers vs. Data Analysts, etc.)
              • How do we deploy our different data roles to maximize business value from our data?
              • Do we change something at the platform level or do something smaller?
              Professionals in roles that involve high-level strategic roadmapping are well prepared to excel in this Executive Program.
            • What is an Executive Program? How is it different from a Nanodegree program?

              Executive Programs are intensive, strategically-focused programs that empower business leaders to rapidly understand complex and technical concepts, like data science, cybersecurity, and AI—and apply these concepts to high-stakes decision-making in real-world business scenarios.

              Executive Programs focus on weighing implications related to strategic decision-making that affects an entire organization or department. Unlike a Nanodegree program, which goes much deeper on the technical execution of specific technologies, Executive Programs focus on the fundamentals of a particular technology and go deep into the key questions business executives should be considering around the application of those technologies.

            • What is included in an Executive Program?

              Every Executive Program includes career services including project reviews from industry professionals, technical mentor support so you can get help when you need it, and a flexible learning plan so you can learn at your own pace.

            Enrollment and admission
            • Do I need to apply? What are the admission criteria?

              No application is necessary. This Executive Program accepts all applicants regardless of experience and specific background.

            • What are the prerequisites for enrollment?

              This program is intended for students who have spent time in a business setting, had exposure to business decision making, and have potentially worked on technical or IT projects.

              In addition, a well-prepared learner will have:

              • Basic knowledge of mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, etc.)
              • Basic Statistics (Able to calculate the mean, median, and mode from a data set)
              • Prior exposure to statistics and probability in an academic or professional setting
            Tuition and term of program
            • How is this Executive Program structured?

              This Executive program is comprised of content and curriculum to support one capstone project. Once you enroll in an Executive program, you will have access to the content and services for the length of time specified by your subscription. We estimate that learners can complete the program in four to six weeks, working approximately five hours per week.

              The Capstone project will be reviewed by the Udacity reviewer network. Feedback will be provided, and if you do not pass the project, you will be asked to resubmit the project until it passes.

            • How long is this Executive Program?

              The Executive Program can be completed in 4-8 weeks, working 5 hours per week. Two full months of access to the learning environment is included in your enrollment in the Executive Program. See the Terms of Use for other policies around the terms of access to our Executive Programs.

            • Can I switch my start date? Can I get a refund?

              Please see the Udacity Program FAQs for policies on enrollment in our programs.

            • How much does the program cost?

              The Executive Program takes 4-8 weeks to complete, and costs $1599 (variable if purchased during a promotion) for two months access to the program. If you don’t finish the program before your two months of access are over, you will shift over to a monthly subscription plan, which will be $399 per month if you purchased the program at full-price, and a variable amount if you purchased during a promotional period.

            Software and hardware: What do I need for this program?
            • What software and versions will I need in this program?

              You will use Google Sheets and Google Slides, or similar spreadsheet and slides software, and Google Forms to facilitate more practical exercises in the lessons and Capstone project. Jupyter Notebooks, which are embedded in the Udacity classroom, are used for some exercises and short explorations into code.

              You will not be asked to write code in this course, so you will not need to have a Jupyter Notebook on your own computer.

            Data Science for Business Leaders Executive Program

            Master the strategic decision-making skills for the people, platforms, and processes required to leverage the power of Data Science in your business

            Enroll Now