New program helps participants harness the power of big data

Shidler’s first data analytics training program was filled to max capacity thanks to strong demand from the academic and business communities. Approximately 130 faculty, students, and business professionals registered for the 16-hour course which took place over two weekends in September at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

The course, which was taught by Dr. Kaveh Abhari, provided students with practical skills and knowledge on business intelligence (BI) and visual analytics. Through real-world examples and hands-on experience, participants were able to gain a deeper understanding about Tableau and Power BI; two popular and powerful BI platforms.

“It is nice to see UH taking the lead in making professionals and academics aware of changes in the accounting, auditing, and information technology professions,” commented course participant Edwin Young. “I am very glad I attended the seminars on Tableau, Power BI, and Office 365 Excel. These new applications are the wave of the future and are important tools for analyzing data, meta-data, and decision-making.” Young is the city auditor for the City and County of Honolulu.

“I am very pleased that this program was so well received and the feedback from those who attended was very positive,” stated Hamid Pourjalali, Shidler professor of accounting and accounting department chair. “Many organizations are struggling to capitalize on the overwhelming amount of data being collected through technology. This course really seemed to fill a void for those who want to learn more about harnessing the tremendous power of data and translate it into profitability.”

Click here to learn more about Shidler’s Data Analytics Training Program.