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December 2013 newsletter

Thanks for your interest in our newsletter, please forward it to colleagues that may benefit from it. Please join us for our upcoming webinar next Monday on common analytic issues and mistakes in Tableau 8.

Eileen and I are excited to share our new courses on Tableau, Microstrategy Analytics Desktop (a free alternative for visual analytics and dashboards), SAS programming and data exploration and visualization are all available for on-site instruction.

We are booking engagements with clients for on-site training and strategic consulting projects throughout Q1 and into Q2 of 2014, please let us know if we can help you in 2014!

Data Management and Visual Analytics with Tableau (2 days)
January 28th-29th, 2014—Chicago, Illinois
Everyone can benefit from learning a reliable, flexible and repeatable method to analyze real-world data. Combine this with a solid grounding in the flow and core features of Tableau to achieve great returns with this course. In just two days, you will complete multiple real-world case studies with Tableau paired with supporting data management capabilities of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access.

Data Management and Visual Analytics with Microstrategy Analytics Desktop (2 days)
Microstrategy Analytics Desktop is an exciting new offering of Microstrategy, an established leader in business intelligence. Available as a free product for both personal and professional use, Freakalytics considers this new product a good alternative to other leading products in visual analytics and analytic dashboards. It is capable of working with local data sources such as Excel, text files and Access databases in addition to remote, big data sources such as SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL and Hadoop.

Everyone can benefit from learning a reliable, flexible and repeatable method to analyze real-world data. Combine this with a solid grounding in the flow and core features of Microstrategy Analytics Desktop to achieve great returns with this course. In just two days, you will complete multiple real-world case studies with Microstrategy Analytics Desktop paired with supporting data management capabilities of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access.
SAS Programming for Data Management and Analytic Data Preparation (2 days)
In this course, we uniquely combine learning about data access, data review, data cleaning and data management with the SAS programming language. The SAS language provides unique capabilities to manage data that can benefit data analysts in a wide range of activities.

This course follows an innovative approach to learn how to effectively use the SAS programming language—it is about solving real-world problems with proven approaches in a compact, two-day format. You can reference SAS books and online manuals for all the details, but this course will guide you across some of the most critical methods, approaches and techniques to begin harnessing the SAS language to address your real-world data management needs.

Data Exploration & Visualization (2 days at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and INFORMS Conference on Big Data)
March 28th-29th, 2014—Boston, Massachusetts and June 25th-26th, 2014—San Jose, California

Eight common analytic issues and mistakes in Tableau 8
Free webinar next Monday

In this webinar, Stephen reviews common shortcomings and misunderstandings that can prevent effective use of Tableau. These issues can result in misleading or just plain wrong answers being presented to your analysis audience, most without any warning messages or signs.

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All the best,
Stephen and Eileen

Stephen McDaniel
Chief Data Officer Advisor, Faculty at INFORMS and at the American Marketing Association
Decades of success using data to make better decisions and greater profits

Eileen McDaniel, PhD
Director of Analytic Communications and Faculty at INFORMS
Simplifying data and analytics for better decisions
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