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The Challenges of Data Analysis

Data analysis can be hard. Whenever my boss used to give me some data and ask me to analyze it and present the findings to him in a matter of hours or a few short days, I dreaded it. I had no clue where to start, what to do, and what to present…

If someone asks me to sort the data, filter it, or add it all up, I understand, and I can do it quickly. These are tangible things that can be easily achieved.

But when it comes to “analyzing data”, I was completely clueless. There used to be no magic formula that could quickly analyze the data in Excel. So I’d stare at the data, hoping to find some hidden insight that would emerge magically.

A frustrated officer trying to analyze data with Excel

You see, one can spend 2 hours or 2 days or 2 months or even 2 years analyzing data, and still be looking for insights. There is no clear indication that the analysis is now complete.

How I Stumbled Upon the Data Analysis Techniques

Back in the early 90’s, there was no Internet, no Google, and really not much help was available. So I’d pour over the F1 Help within Microsoft Excel. I devoured the whole manual a couple times, searching for Data Analysis Techniques. There was no mention of data analysis anywhere… 🙁

But I began to find some formulas that could help me find the things I was looking for. So I experimented with them, and tried many features. With some trial and error, I began to get a hang of it. 

I was wondering, Why doesn’t Microsoft have a section for “Data Analysis” within Excel? 

Actually, Excel has hundreds of hidden features that are extremely helpful in everyday management decision making and data analysis, but they are not labelled as such. 

After all, Microsoft is more of a software company that keeps adding features, but they don’t teach people how to use them, or how to use them effectively for data analysis.

It is up to us to figure out the how…

Microsoft Excel Comes To The Rescue

It is not difficult to learn how to analyze data with Microsoft Excel, once you learn a few tips and tricks, formulas, and hidden features of Excel well.

Actually, as I spent the time looking for insights, I experimented with several Excel features, and began to find amazing results that almost everyone overlooked, or simply didn’t notice.

As I began to find these insights and started to present them to the management, they started to notice. Soon I was consistently generating ideas based on solid data analysis, and not by just “gut feel”.

Others were amazed at how I was able to garner amazing insights from the same dataset that they had, but could not find anything interesting.

As I tried different methods, began to play with data & do all things data – cleanup, reporting, data visualization and began finding insights, I was amazed at how most people ignored the simplicity of Excel and were always looking for the tool that will analyze the data for them.

They did not look at Excel as a Data Analysis Tool. Instead, they went from Crystal Reports to Hyperion, to Informatica, to Business Objects, to SAP, SAS, QlikView, Tableau and Power BI type of “Business Intelligence” tools.

It's Not the Tool, but what you do with the tool that makes the difference.

Sadly, most companies do not have the budget for these expensive BI tools, or the time to learn the intricacies of bringing in the data, creating the “cube”, data model, and creating the reporting views.

As such, the adoption of such BI tools is pretty minimal, and a year later, they are sitting on a shelf. And most people are either looking for an new, simpler tool, or are back at using Microsoft Excel.

The management was impressed by my insights and asked me to teach others in my department. I was already doing it… I was also tasked to setup a Reporting practice within the company, and teach Data Analysis to all Executives and Managers within the company. 

Data Analysis With Excel Training Course

I enjoyed this job the most. I got all the time to find more and better ways to analyze data and loved to share the gems that I found with my colleagues.

Over the years, I rose in this Reporting role to become the Director of Business Intelligence, overseeing a team of over 250 professionals that I had personally groomed into being excellent data analysts that helped our company grow fastest with exponential growth due to its edge in data analytics and information science.

I Can Help You Become a Better Data Analyst Too!

I am here to help you Become a Better Data Analyst.

Yes. Now you can learn to analyze data like a pro and amaze your clients and colleagues too!!!

I’ll teach you the Key Tools, Techniques, Shortcuts, and my Trademark “secrets” that can help you to analyze any data within minutes, and present it like a Pro!

Here, I’d like to Introduce my Data Analysis With Excel MasterClass to You, which has helped thousands of Executives, Managers, and Data Warriors like you over the past 30+ years.

Data Analysis With Excel MasterClass For You

The Data Analysis With Excel is a 6 week live online course where I’ll teach you everything I know about how to analyze data – from importing it, to cleaning & analyzing the data, to converting it into actionable information.

The course consists of weekly lectures and assignments.

Each week, we’ll have a combination of live Zoom lectures, Q&A Office Hours, and homework assignments to help YOU learn the techniques and begin to apply them in your work.

Core Live Lectures will run twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays at 13:00 GMT / 08:00 EST / 18:30 IST / 21:00 SGT. Each live session will have 60-90 minutes of teaching, followed by an open Q&A with me.

All the sessions will be recorded (and you’ll have lifetime access to them) so you can always work through stuff at your own pace if you prefer that approach.

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By the end of the 6-week course...

  • You’ll have learned how to cleanse the data before you begin to analyze it
  • How to use Statistical Techniques to find the trend, and make a better forecast based on the confidence factor.
  • Use several features built into Excel, that you don’t see as data analysis tools, which can help you make sense of the data quickly.
  • Learn several Advanced Formulas and Features that help you analyze data quickly.
  • Master Pivot tables For Fast & Accurate Data Analysis
  • Techniques to Automate the analysis each month
  • Create Simple Dashboards that can help you to consume the results of the analysis
  • Use What If Analysis Techniques built into Excel to reverse engineer and
  • Learn to Solve complex problems with multiple variable scenarios to compare the results and make a better decision based on the outcome.

Here's What Our Past Participants Say About The Training

Before I felt lost. Now I can see. I loved the hidden formulae that are not widely used in our usual usage of Excel. It is amazing how Excel spreadsheet is used to create extensive charts and reports that we are able to apply for our daily work use – Gwen, BHP Billiton

The key takeaways from this training are Vinai’s sharing of experience and how he goes about doing data analysis. Vinai’s personality & way of teaching is great. It helped me analyze data faster and become a star in my office. I have attended 3 different training programs by Mr Vinai, and each one is full of amazing tips and tricks. I learn a ton from each course – Tim Dalton, Vodafone

Vinai is a great trainer, very knowledgeable. It makes the course very interesting. He also included some presentation techniques and skills to make presenting data more interesting – Shashi Kumar, Technical Service Engineer

I picked up several Statistics Analysis Techniques, many new ways to look at Pivot tables analysis. The use of Multiple Scenarios summary was very helpful. The course is very practical, with lots of Lessons, Tips and good, detailed explanations for doing the data analysis – Don Leong, MINDS

There were three things that I found the most interesting:
1) Creation of mini dashboards.
2) Conditional formatting of charts
3) Big picture/helicopter view of issues
– Lin Yuwei, Head, Technical Data Management, Singapore Airlines

The trainer is extremely knowledgeable and easy to connect with. Shares his experience and ability to connect and link the topic and his experience in a very systematic flow. – Muhammad Zulfiqar, Singapore University of Technology and Design

👨🏽‍💻 Who's the Course for?

Beginners in Data Analysis and Experienced Excel Data Warriors. Basically, anyone who is interested to learn more about Microsoft Excel, and get more out of the daily Excel use.

You must know how to use the basic functionality of working with Excel Workbooks.

Prior knowledge of Pivot Table or Advanced Excel Formulas is not really required.

We’ll teach you the required Formulas and a Primer to Pivot tables will be provided for the complete newbies.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced data analyst, you’ll learn new techniques to analyze and visualize data and find hidden gems in your data quickly.

You’ll be able to amaze any audience with your new data skills.

More Success Stories...

We have hundreds and hundreds of testimonials all raving about this training. 

Here’s a sample of companies from where our participants have come from, and Mr. Vinai has trained them personally.

  • ABB
  • AIA
  • Apple
  • Canon
  • Chevron Oronite
  • Cisco Systems
  • Cummins
  • Daikin
  • Danone Dumex
  • Estee Lauder Cosmetics
  • Harley-Davidson
  • KFC
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Leica Geosystems
  • Marina Bay Sands
  • MasterCard
  • NatSteel
  • Panasonic Healthcare
  • Roche
  • Schneider Electric
  • Sennheiser Electronic
  • Sony Electronics
  • Sumitomo Rubber
  • The Body Shop

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📘1. What's in the Course?

Practical Lessons, Lectures, Exercises, and Homework Assignments to hone your Data Analysis Skills.

Principles of Data Analysis

How To Do Data Cleanup

  • Bring in data into Excel / Methods To Import Data
  • Data Cleanup Functions of Excel
  • Simple exercises for Data Cleanup
  • In-built Tools for Data Cleanup
  • More Complex Data Cleanup Techniques & Practical Examples

How To Do Data Analysis

  • Creating & Using Tables For Data Analysis
    • Creating Tables
    • Using Sorting, Filtering & Slicing Options
    • How Tables Can be Used For Data Analysis
    • Q& A
    • Homework Assignment
  • Using Conditional Formatting Effectively
    • What is Conditional Formatting
    • How to use Hidden Options in Conditional Formatting
    • Using Conditional Formatting For Data Analysis
    • Q&A
    • Homework Assignment
  • Pivot Tables For Data Analysis
    • Pivot Table Primer
    • Advanced Features in Pivot Tables
    • Exploring Advanced Options in Pivot Tables
    • Data Analysis With Pivot Tables
    • Customizing Pivot Charts For Analysis
    • Q&A
    • Homework Assignment
  • Statistical Data Analysis Techniques
    • Correlation & Regression
    • Statistical Functions & their Interpretation
    • How To Get the Vital Statistics For Any Data
    • Using Data Analysis Toolpak for Advanced Data Analysis
    • Exploring 3 Ways to Use this Tool For Quick Data Analysis
    • Q&A
    • Homework Assignment
  • What-If Analysis Tools For Analyzing Data
    • Using Goal Seek
    • Using the Scenario Manager
    • How to use Data Tables
    • Introduction to the Solver
    • Application of What-If Analysis Tools in Everyday Situations
    • Q&A
    • Homework Assignment

Data Visualization

  • Creating Simple Dashboards To Visualize Key Information
  • Data Preparation Techniques
  • Data Visualization Techniques
  • Q&A
  • Homework Assignment

PROJECT: Clean, Analyze & Visualize Data 

  • Apply all the concepts learned to sanitize the data, analyze it with different techniques, and visualize it in a creative way.


What Will You Learn in This Workshop?

By the end of the course, you’ll have a clear idea of how to analyze the data quickly, and present it in a way that makes it easy to understand. Through our core live lectures (Mondays and Thursdays 1300-1430 GMT) we’ll cover these concepts in greater details.

The detailed course outline and session details will be mailed out once we begin the course enrollment.

💡Be Prepared to Do the work. The lessons are very interactive and practical. Have your Excel ready to work on the exercises in the class as I show you the techniques. 

🎬 2. Homework Assignments

The Homework Assignments are the single most important part of the course.

If you can’t (or won’t) commit to put in some time to apply the techniques learned each week, this course isn’t for you. You won’t get much value out of it. It would be like signing up for a gym class, showing up to watch the tutorial, and not doing any exercise. It might be interesting, but it wouldn’t get you any results.

You can’t learn to analyze data without actually spending some time exploring the tools within Excel and begin playing with them.

Each week, we’ll give you a homework assignment, which will involve data cleanup or data analysis or data visualization. You’ll do the assignment, and upload your results on our community platform so that everyone can comment. We’ll provide detailed feedback on every assignment that is submitted.

💡The Homework Assignments and Projects will stretch you. But this is where real learning happens. When you apply the knowledge learned, you begin to appreciate the functions and features of Excel, and become better at the Art & Science of Data Analysis.

👨‍👧‍👦 3. Support

In each of the 6 Zoom calls (once a week), there’ll be ample opportunity to ask me any and all questions you need to. We will support you to the end. Do clarify any questions that you may have at the earliest. We are here to help you.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee - Money-Back Promise

We want the investment in this course to be an absolute no-brainer for you. So, if you watch the video lessons, complete the homework assignments, and still don’t find the course useful, drop us an email and we’ll happily refund your full payment within 30 days of the start of the course.

However, please note that the money-back guarantee only applies if you actually do the work and complete the assignments. If you don’t do the work, you won’t get any value from the course. 🙂

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the course last?

This course is for 6 weeks, and during this time, you’ll have ample time to watch the lessons, do the exercises, try out the live assignments and do the homework to hone your data analysis skills.

What if I can’t watch the live lessons?

No worries. The session is recorded and uploaded in the Member’s Area within 24 hours. You’ll have access to it so you can watch it anytime.

What if I can’t do the homework assignments?

We recommend that you do all the exercises to get the maximum benefit from this training. Plus we also provide feedback on your data analysis, so you’ll miss out on getting personalized advise on improving your data analysis skills.

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