The terms “big data,” “analytics,” and “data science” are now ubiquitous. An article in The Harvard Business Review declared “Data Scientist” to be “the sexiest job of the 21st century”. Companies like Amazon and Uber are leaders in the field, and in 2015 Microsoft acquired Revolution Analytics to enhance their cloud and database services. But what exactly is analytics? And how are firms extracting value from data science? The purpose of this program is to discuss a number of analytics and data science concepts how they are used in different organizations, and what is needed to derive value from these techniques.
Join us for one of our upcoming sessions.
Who Should Attend?
- Managers who want to learn how to apply analytics in their own work
- Senior leaders who need to understand the potential and opportunities for applying analytics within their organization
- How to draw insights from data
- Fundamental principles of data visualization
- A framework for analytics
- The meaning of several popular analytics buzzwords such as predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, data mining, and supervised vs. unsupervised learning
- How to use a number of analytics tools and techniques:
- Linear regression
- Data visualization
- Exploratory data analysis
- Participants will be expected to read three cases and two book chapters as background preparation
- The program is Excel-based and will include hands-on workshop sessions where participants can gain practice applying some of the tools covered in class. Some familiarity with Excel is helpful
G.S. (Greg) Zaric: Faculty Director
Greg Zaric is a professor in management science at the Ivey Business School. He previously held the Canada Research Chair in Health Care Management Science.
Greg does consulting work with several companies, such as the London Health Sciences Centre, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, Several Pharmaceutical Companies and Stanford University.
Fredrik Odegaard is an Associate Professor of Management Science at the Ivey Business School, with cross-appointment at the Department of Applied Mathematics, Western University. He received his PhD from Sauder School of Business at University of British Columbia, dual Masters degrees in Operations Research and Statistics from Stanford University, and a BSc in Purchasing and Logistics Management from Arizona State University. While at Ivey Business School he has developed several courses and taught extensively across the MBA, MSc, PhD and HBA programs. Prior to his academic career Dr. Odegaard worked as a Supply Chain Consultant for i2 Technologies and Programme Director at RR Institute of Applied Economics. Dr. Odegaard’s research focus and expertise spans Revenue Management and Health Care Operations. His research has been published in academic journals, such as Production and Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research and Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, as well as in practitioner oriented journals, such as Journal of Healthcare Quality and European Journal of Ultrasound. Professor Odegaard is an editorial board member of the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management and served as the 2015-2016 President of the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS).