Florence Nightingale may not be the first person who springs to mind when you think of big data, but in fact it's not such a strange pairing as you may initially think.
Did you know that before Florence became a nurse she trained as a statistician? And prior to the Crimean War she became a successful hospital manager. During that war she combined her nursing and statistics to reduce death rates in military hospitals from 42% to just 2%, and used infographics to ensure that politicians couldn't ignore the figures.
This shortBBC ideas videodirected by James Quinnencourages us to think about what Florence might think of the vast volumes of data available to us today, and the opportunities that we have to use that data to make the world a better place.
Our Qlik Academic Program aims to give University students the ability to read, work with, analyse and argue with data to bring about positive change, regardless of their discipline or area of interest. And the program is also open to University academics who want to bring this teaching into their classrooms. To find out more or to sign up visit:qlik.com/academicprogram, and maybe you could be the next Florence Nightingale!
The Qlik Academic Program has been working with professors for many years, in fact, this July marks our 8th year supporting professors and students!
In the last 8 years we have worked hard to create resources that provide a very feature rich program to our members. The program currently offers a year of FREE training, the opportunity to take a Qualification exam for a Qlik Sense certificate, 3 courses that professors can use to help teach analytics and visualizations and our most recent addition, theProfessor Toolkit!Everything we offer is 100% FREE, all thetime!
The toolkit was created to provide professors with guidance on how and when to use our resources and offer suggestions on how to build their courses. Throughout the toolkit we provide unique suggestions about how professors can incorporate what we offer into their classes. We have also created 3 example syllabuses that our professors can use as a base for their own courses.
At Qlik, our goal is to provide our professors with the tools they need to ensure the addition of Qlik is seamless, easy, and fun!
Professors and students canvisit us today to apply!
The market for sports analytics is expected to reachalmost $4 billionby 2022,so if you are considering a career in this field, there could be a wealth of opportunities open to you if you have the right skills. From baseball to basketball, and football to tennis, it seems the use of in-game statistics and video analysis is becoming increasingly common place. Video analysis helping Lincoln city to top the league in 2017 is just one example of this.
But it’s not only on the pitch that analytics is making an impact. Data from customer engagement both online and in the stadium can help to boost ticket sales and even to sell more merchandise on game day. Back office functions such as supply chain management and logistics can also benefit along with player trading, as there are now more data points per individual than ever before. You can read the full Forbes article on this here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2019/01/31/how-data-analysis-in-sports-is-changing-the-game/#7babff0c3f7b
So, if this is an industry that you would like to break into, getting to grips with an analytics tool and theoretical concepts is key. And that’s where the Qlik Academic Program can help. If you are a University student or academic, you qualify to apply for our completely free program which gives you access to our analytics software and training resources. Not only can you learn how to use Qlik Sense and earn a qualification, but there is also training on general theories and concepts in data analytics too. Sign up today to get started on your path to sporting analytics glory! qlik.com/academicprogram
For the 2nd year in a row, Qlik was asked to visit ProfessorKollikkathara's MBS course for students studyingData Analytics and Visualization at Montclair State University in New Jersey. We were joined by our Partner, Chris Ferrara at SDG group who provided a wonderful presentation about how analytics affects life sciences in today's world. The students learned more about what makes Qlik unique and at the end of class they applied to the Academic Program for free software, training, and more! The students will use their membership in the program on their final project with Qlik Sense!
If you are teaching analytics and want to enhance your course, you and your students should sign up for theQlik Academic Program! Membership grants free software, a year of training, a chance to receive a Qlik Sense Certificate and more! Don't miss out, apply today!
Last month on thedataliteracyproject.orgour Chief Learning Officer Kevin Hanegan talked about how having the best analysis tools isn’t enough on its own to ensure solid data-informed decision making. We also need to use a variety of hard and soft skills to help us to interpret the information and to make the best decisions.
Data-informed decision-making is the ability to transform information intoactionableandverified knowledge to ultimately make business decisions. And there is a concern that companies are not developing the hard skills and particularly the soft skills that are required to collect, transform and truly evaluate this information. If you can work on the four soft skills below, you will be well on your way to data-informed decision making success.
Collaboration – Everyone will approach a decision from a different angle bringing different insights and knowledge, so it’s vital that we work with others to consider all aspects of the decision.
Creativity and curiosity- Before you go ahead with a decision, you should first explore the reasons why your decision could possibly not work. This requires creativity and curiosity to come up with multiple scenarios and questions, in order to find the right solution.
Critical thinking and self awareness -Bias often occurs subconsciously in our decision making as we are guided by our preferences, regardless of data to the contrary. We can reduce this bias by using the two soft skills above, and also by reflecting on our own personal views, and identifying if these are getting in the way of a decision.
Analytical Storytelling - The process of bringing data to life to tell a well-constructed narrative. Communicating your insights to others in an effective way is a vital skill to ensure that you get the key messages from the data across.
You can ready Kevin's full article here:https://thedataliteracyproject.org/posts/what-is-your-data-eq
Alongside developing these soft skills, our Academic Program can also help you to improve your data informed decision making abilities, by getting you hands on with our industry leading analytics software, and giving you access to a wealth of training materials. The program is open to all University students and academic globally, and you can sign up today by visiting qlik.com/academicprogram.
Long lazy summer holidays are great, there’s no denying it! But in case you’re a student finding yourself with just a little too much time on your hands and you want to learn some new analytics skills, then we have just the thing for you. The Qlik Academic Program allows you to study in your own time, at your own pace and it offers a whole wealth of resources. Just take a look here at what's available:
Hands on experience with our industry leading analytics software. You get free access to either the desktop or cloud version of our Qlik Sense software along with interactive training videos and other learning resources; allowing you to get to grips with the functionality in no time.
Once you have mastered your Qlik Sense skills you also have the opportunity to earn yourself a qualification where you can demonstrate your new skills to future employers. If you pass successfully you will earn yourself a digital certificate and badge that will look great on your CV or Linked In profile.
And if you want training in the theories and concepts behind visualisations and analytics, we have that too! Our Data Analytics Curriculum provides product agnostic training on topics such as "the psychology of design" and "data story telling."
Still want more?! Our free Data Literacy Certification measures your ability to interpret business requirements, understand and transform data, work with visualisations and act on results. And the Data Analytics Certification measures your analytic and statistics knowledge from a basic to advanced level. To find out more about the prerequisites and recommended preparation for these courses visit our certifications page.All of the above is completely free to students and academics at all accredited Universities globally.So stop watching the Friends re-runs and scrolling through Instagram, and get signed up for the Qlik Academic Programtoday!
Students from Virginia Tech’s MBA Program were on a two-week study abroad program studying Products & Processes in Scandinavia (in Finland, Sweden, and Denmark) and they had the opportunity to visit the Qlik Lund office! Students enjoyed a tour and presentation from Henric Cronström Qlik's Vice President of Products.