The University of Sydney’s Business School has adopted SASVisual Analytics in the Cloud to help meet the ever-increasing demand for business graduates with an analytical approach to decision making.
Using SASVisual Analytics, students at the University of Sydney’s Business School can explore how data is collected and managed, and learn how to apply analytics to establish effective connections, from both within and beyond a given organisation, to uncover valuable insights. According to Sydney University Associate Professor Dr Olivera Marjanovic, most organisations now view the ability to derive value from data as a competitive imperative.
“Employers want graduates equipped with ‘thinking tools’,” Marjanovic said. “They want them knowing not only how to find answers to existing questions, but how to ask brand new questions and deal with complex problems in a holistic way. We use SAS’ visual analytics tools to develop shared understandings across disciplinary boundaries and show how strategies and co-created solutions can be communicated effectively.”
“The University is addressing what is currently a very big skills gap,” added SAS Australia and New Zealand Managing Director David Bowie. “Business leaders everywhere now accept that their data is amongst their most valuable assets and they want people on board who can extract value from it.
“This doesn’t only apply to graduates who will become their organisations’ specialist ‘data scientists’. Increasingly, anyone in a decision making position is going to have be data-driven and understand what analytics can do for them.”
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