Executive Program in Business Analytics by MISB Bocconi

MISB Bocconi recently announced the launch of their new Executive Program in Business Analytics (EBPA) in partnership with Jigsaw Academy. The program focuses on giving participants an understanding of predictive modeling, data mining, big data analytics, marketing, operations and risk analytics, among other analytics areas. On program completion, participants will be capable of data driven decision making and leadership in industries such as retail, finance, telecommunications, healthcare and manufacturing.



“The USP of the course is that it includes renowned international faculty from SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy, together with analytics and Big Data experts from Jigsaw Academy,”

The program involves 120 hours of in-person training to be held over six (6) three-day modules at the MISB Bocconi campus in Powai, Mumbai. In the interim, Jigsaw Academy will also conduct twenty (20) live online classes of three (3) hours each for a total of 60 hours which participants can attend from their home, office or any other convenient location using an Internet connection. In addition to the live online and in-person classes, participants will also have access to over 100 hours of pre-recorded video lectures on data science and Big Data analytics for a period of 12 months.

Learning hours are supplemented by round-the-clock, unrestricted access to the Jigsaw Lab, a cloud-based analytics tool and content library that allows participants to gain hands-on competence with the most in-demand analytics tools and technologies in the industry, including SAS, R and Hadoop. The corresponding data science toolkit is designed to augment participants’ practical exposure to these tools.

To know more about the course; visit -> http://www.jigsawacademy.com/bocconi-business-analytics-program-mumbai/

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Jigsaw Academy Announces their First Data Analytics Competition Results held for Jigsaw Students

Bangalore, India June 30th , 2014

Jigsaw Academy, the online school of analytics and Mortgage Dex, a firm that examines real estate trends, policies & financial implications that impact real estate investment announced the winners of the Data Analysis Competition, held for Jigsaw students. The contest was aimed at helping students strengthen their skills in data exploration, analysis and visualization.

The objective of the contest was to recommend a good place/zip code to buy property based on the data at hand and was aimed at helping students strengthen their skills in data exploration, analysis and visualization. The students were initially asked to share an approach note for a sample data set. Based on this, fourteen students were invited to proceed further and submit within a ten day timeframe, a more detailed analysis of the real estate data shared with them.

The submissions were then evaluated by Jigsaw mentors and Mortgage Dex and the winners were chosen based on the depth of analysis, tools used, domain knowledge and presentation.

On receiving the submissions, Dinakar K , senior data analyst & engineer of Mortgage Dex had this to say, “We see that a lot of hard work has been put in by the students. They seem to have used the right techniques to approach the problem and they have also used some amazing visualizations to explain their insights.”

The winners of this project will each received a scholarship of Rs 15,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively. The top performers in the competition will also get a chance to be interviewed for analyst roles in Mortgage Dex. The first finalist was Shyam Anadkat, second finalist was Parindsheel Dhillon and the third finalist was Balaji Athreya. Also special mention to Vaishnavi Reddy.

“Collaborating with Mortgage Dex for this competition has been a rewarding experience. It was a great opportunity for our students to sharpen their data analysis skills and we thank Mortgage Dex and all the participants and commend them for their excellent effort”, says Gaurav Vohra, CEO of Jigsaw Academy.


About Jigsaw:
Jigsaw Academy is a Bangalore based analytics training company that is run by analytics professionals. Their courses are designed and delivered by industry experts who have applied analytics to solve business problems in a variety of fields like retail, FMCG, financial services, telecom and health care. The instructors use their real-world experiences to teach analytical skills that are most valuable at the work place. Their flagship course called the Foundation course in analytics has been taken by thousands of students across the globe and has helped launch many careers in this new and exciting field. They have recently completed analytics training workshops in B schools across the country, including IIM Bangalore.

Website: http://www.jigsawacademy.com 
Blog: http://www.analyticstraining.com 
Phone +91-9243522277

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SAS Training in Pune

With the growing demand of SAS training in Pune there are a number of institutes that are offering SAS training in Pune.  As you can see from below there are many institutes that are offering SAS training in Pune:


However, there are many more institutes that are not mentioned here that are offering quality SAS training. If you are looking for classroom SAS training in Pune then your options are limited to a select few institutes who offer classroom based training. However, considering the busy schedule of students and time considerations there are many online SAS training courses that you can avail that come with instructor led training as well as online video based courses that you can do at your own pace along with the provision of clearing your doubts by instructor. For a more comprehensive list, you can check the complete analysis on Analytics India Magazine Blog about Best Analytics Training Institutes

On the basis of the institutes mentioned on that list and also from our own analysis we feature the top 5 institutes from that list along with some of their free course material so that you can judge the best SAS training institute in Pune. 

1. Jigsaw Academy:  Jigsaw Academy has been awarded for 2 consecutive Year i.e. in Year 2013 and Year 2014 the “Best Academy for Analytics Courses” by brands academy awards. It is also in partnership with Great Lakes to offer its analytics training to Great Lakes students. Apart from that, its course material has been judged at par with the ones offered by IIT’s or IIM’s. Jigsaw Academy’s foundation course in Analytics is the best introductory course in the field of analytics. Following is the introductory video by Jigsaw Academy:

2. Edvancer Eduventures: The business analytics course is designed to provide a hands-on, practical experience with over 15 real world case studies and data-sets. At the end of the classroom course there will be a multi-session, hands-on simulation of an analytics solution to an actual business problem. The online self-paced learners will view videos discussing the problem and depicting the solution. Following is the video about SAS language fundamentals by Edvancer available on YouTube:

3. Orange Tree Global: With a team of the country’s top Analytical Minds, OrangeTree Global is credited to have one the most comprehensive and progressive programs in India. With over 12,000 trained Analytics Professionals placed over India’s top Analytics Organisations, India’s leading organisations prefer to team up with us due to our ability to provide professionals with a skill set ordinarily not available in the industry and in line with their professional and business requirements.

If you plan to attend classroom based learning then in Pune they are located at Bremen Chowk, Aundh.

4.  Learning Hub: Located at Magarpatta city in Pune, Learning Hub is also an institute that you can try for classroom based SAS learning in Pune.  With the most advanced technology of Class Room Learning which gives you the benefit of SAP Training , Learning Hub also provides its exclusive support to its students with the help of various guidance sessions conducted from time to time by senior SAP experts from various Industry backgrounds. Simply we are one of the best training Institute in Pune for quality of trainers and training being provided in SAP. Following is one of the videos of Learning Hub available on YouTube:

5. Edupristine:  Business Analytics is a specialized course designed to deliver knowledge on application of statistical concepts in real world scenarios. This course is designed to equip professionals working in Finance, Marketing, Economist, Statistical, Mathematics, Computer Science, IT, Analytics, Marketing Research, or Commodity markets with the essential tools, techniques and skills to answer important business questions.  Following is a case study video on Binomial distribution provided by Edupristine:


Do let us know your thoughts about these institutes in the comments section.

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WPS – An Alternate to SAS

“WPS as an alternative to SAS or rather say a good player in the market”

SAS software is expensive and carries high, unpredictable, annual licensing costs. SAS software is difficult to use, hard to understand the application use, and it drives users toward dependency on only SAS-specific solutions such as their proprietary data warehouses. To overcome with those problems, World Programming Company came up with an alternative approach to ease the programming with SAS language.


WPS is a SAS code interpreter clone and is simply another way to run SAS programs. It is beneficially used to reduce the SAS licence costs and enables the user to write the SAS program without any change in their SAS code. To interpret the SAS code using the World Programming System (WPS) is a great solution to access SAS features with less limited cost. Similar to SAS, WPS is available on multi-platforms and can smoothly handle bigger data. If you learn the SAS language then you should be able to run your code in WPS. However I must mention that some functions and procedures, are yet to be implemented in WPS. Since WPS has some issues reading/writing .sas7bdat format for datasets, it is advised to use WPS own format dataset. One can easily transform .sas7bdat to WPS format ‘.wpd’.

WPS Workbench is better than SAS Enterprise Guide 4.2 because of its ease to access, at least for coding/debugging. Just like SAS support team, WPS also provides its online support team which is a very helpful and professional source.

One of the best features of WPS is its easy navigation in the WPS Workbench. It also supports the connectivity with standard databases like MySQL, Oracle, Netezza, Sybase, Teradata and many others. WPS is even proved itself capable of handleing different file formats. Even with the help of WPS, we can access all standard data file formats. To add more advantage over SAS, WPS can use programs written in the language of SAS without the need to translate them into any other language. In this regard, WPS is compatible with the SAS system. Thus we can say that WPS interprets the SAS program and produces similar results as SAS.


WPS can also provide many ways to perform SAS facilities-


–          CLI (Command Line Interpreter)

–          Workbench (IDE/GUI)

–          Remote Server Connectivity


In conclusion, we can say that WPS is the easiest way to make a SAS program run without using SAS. In order to gain SAS knowledge, WPS should be preferred as a generic alternative or a replacement and has legally won the case over SAS to be used worldwide.

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SAS Institute and SAS Enterprise Miner Product Overview

History of SAS

SAS Institute is a US based developer of analytics software. They own the largest market share for advanced analytics and SAS institute is the world’s largest private software company.  SAS started in North Carolina as a research project to analyze agricultural data. In 1972, the grant from the university that was supporting SAS project stopped and because the funding stopped the founding professors left their respective universities to found SAAS. From 1972 till now it has been an incredible journey for SAS. As of 2011 SAS had more than 50000 customer site and 200 products.

Various SAS Products

SAS has products for specific things like Social network analysis, Text miner, BI server. SAS also has domain specific tools like SAS financial management, SAS anti money laundering and many more other tools. Their solutions cover statics, BI tools and also predictive modeling. SAS also refers to SAS language a 4th generation programming language.

SAS global Certification:

The SAS global certification program established in 1999 is one of the most popular certificate programs in data analytics. There is certification on base and advanced SAS, predictive modeling, administration, data management and business intelligence.  At the beginning of 2005, the program had issued 5000 certifications and as of 2011 more than 35000 certifications have been awarded in 77 countries.

SAS Publishing:

SAS is also into publishing. SAS publishing has an online publishing and an in-house writing staff that develops product documentation of all SAS products and features. By 2010, more than 160 books were published by more than 250 authors so this is one of the things that distinguishes SAS from other products as it has a comprehensive help support in the form of books that explains in-detail not only about SAS as a tool but also various SAS products.

SAS global Forum:

SAS global forum is a worldwide user conference held in a different city each Year to promote education, training, networking and professional development. The event is held by SAS global user group. An email list called SAS-L was started in 1980’s and is still active today. In 2007, SAS global user group, announced the formation of an online SAS community (www.sascommunity.org ) an online SAS community with Wikipedia style collaboration and information sharing. SAS employees are also invited to contribute and there events, articles and even a SAS0pedia.

SAS Enterprise Miner:  Most Versatile and one of the most Expensive Tool

Of the 200 odds products that SAS has, SAS Enterprise miner is the one that is most popular. SAS Enterprise miner is GUI based analytics software and is one of the most versatile and user friendly tool that is currently available in the market and it is also one of the most expensive tools in the market.  A lot of new comers in data analytics field wonder why most of the analytics tool involve coding and why can’t they be made more user friendly?  The problem lies in the tradeoff between user friendliness of a tool and its scalability. This is why many GUI based products work wonderfully well with limited data but are unviable for large data sets.

The SAS enterprise miner is one of the very few products that have successfully tacked this issue. The product is not only very easy to learn but it works well with large data sets. The enterprise miner is an end to end solution for most business needs. Users can access various formats of data and they can perform many kinds of data exploration, summarization and preparation processes such as data sampling, partitioning and outline detection and a variety of statistical tests and some more advanced analytical functions. The SAS Enterprise miner comes with 100’s of algorithms for predictive modeling techniques like regression, decision trees, clustering, market basket analysis, survival analysis, neural networks and many more predictive modeling techniques.

With SAS Enterprise miner the whole process analytics becomes very simple to perform. However, this does not take away the fact that the results derived for SAS Enterprise miner still need to be interpreted and meaningful and useful insights need to derived from a data analyst who understands the business.

SAS Enterprise miner is a very powerful and versatile tool that could have been a lot more popular than it is today. The reason why SAS Enterprise miner popularity does not match its popularity is because of the high price it has. Very few companies have the ability to afford this product.

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Why is learning SAS important?


SAS is one of the most popular analytic tools in the world. It is used in a variety of different fields like financial services, retail, healthcare, telecom, entertainment, hospitality, travel and sports. If you are looking to develop analytical skills and build a career in the field of business analytics, then SAS is your tool of choice.

There are many advantages to learning SAS -

  • Learning SAS increases your CV value. By learning SAS you have picked up a skill that is very much in demand today. You have, therefore, made yourself more marketable.
  • SAS skills will enable you to analyze any kind of data, derive insights from it, and use those insights to do your job better. By picking up SAS skills, you can perform better in your existing job
  • Analytics is a fast growing field. There is tremendous demand for skilled people. This demand is expected to continue to grow. And it is expected to grow faster than the supply of analytic professionals. Analytics professionals can therefore rest assured that they will stay in demand for some time to come. By picking up SAS skills, you are future proofing your career.
  • SAS is easy to learn and there is a lot of support available for it. There are numerous SAS help sites, forums and discussion boards where you can get all kinds of SAS support.
  • SAS is very suitable for big data analysis. SAS is designed to handle large amounts of data and does a good job of it. In today’s world, there is so much data around us that big data analysis tools like SAS are going to continue to be in demand.

How can you learn SAS online?

Online learning has become hugely popular in the past couple of years. Innovations in communication technology, increased connectivity and high speed internet connections have made virtual classrooms a reality.

In today’s fast paced world, it is difficult to make time to go to a classroom on a daily basis. This is especially true for working professionals. Online learning provides convenience and unmatched flexibility to participants.


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