College students can learn valuable data visualization skills at no cost

Lauren Williams's picture
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Professors around the world can integrate SAS® data visualization software into instruction, and students can learn advanced data analysis skills that are in high demand in today's job market, all at no cost. Teradata University Network (TUN) now offers SAS Visual Analytics for higher education teaching and learning.

Easily accessed through TUN's Web portal, the new offering addresses the growing market need for graduates who can understand and communicate complex data. Professors can use SAS Visual Analytics and supporting teaching materials to help them incorporate industry-leading analytics into their classroom instruction.

"These students can hit the job market with the ability to give their management and executives insights they've never had, in a way they'll understand," said Jerry Oglesby, SAS Senior Director of Education. "TUN makes it possible for professors around the world to make this a reality."

The new offering marks the latest milestone of a successful alliance. Earlier this year, SAS and Teradata earned the 2013 ASAP Alliance Excellence Award in the Individual Alliance Excellence category from the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals. Key accomplishments highlighted by ASAP include: governance structure, market impact and innovative programming, including tight R&D integration and a joint Product Advisory Council.

Teradata University Network (TUN), in conjunction with Teradata (NYSE: TDC), gives students a taste of corporate reality through hands-on software experiences and case studies on some of the world's largest companies. Through the TUN website, professors design assignments using databases with millions of records. TUN currently has more than 3,200 registered faculty members, from more than 1,600 universities in 97 countries. TUN is used by more than 45,000 students around the world, majoring in everything from information systems, management or computer science to finance, marketing or accounting.

"Any industry or discipline can benefit from the use of SAS Visual Analytics, as it allows users to explore any amount of data very quickly. Users can spot patterns, identify opportunities for further analysis and convey visual results via Web reports, tablets or smart phones," said Dursun Delen, PhD, Professor, Spears and Patterson Chairs in Business Analytics. "SAS Visual Analytics quickly reads data into memory for ultra-fast processing, analytics and data visualization. Users can then explore and run analytics on billions of rows of data in just minutes or seconds, and present the results in a visually appealing format. It is known that the student with the knowledge and skills in big data, information visualization and analytics will be greatly favored by the employees in the job market."

"A student with data warehousing, visualization and analytics skills can write their own ticket," said Rick Lower, CA-AM, Teradata Alliance Director. "Over the last six years, the SAS and Teradata Partnership has enabled customers to innovate and transform business decisions through their use of data and analytics. Both companies are also committed to empowering professors to give students the most relevant skills for today’s workforce, and the newest offering of SAS Visual Analytics on the Teradata 720 appliance continues the enablement of talent in the marketplace. This is a great way to expand the value delivered by our partnership."

Professors interested in integrating SAS Visual Analytics into their instruction can visit Teradata University Network online to register.

SAS analytics and business intelligence software is used at more than 3,000 educational institutions worldwide for teaching, research and administration. SAS has more than three decades of experience growing the next generation of analytical talent.

ABOUT TERADATA

Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC) is the world's leading analytic data solutions company focused on integrated data warehousing, big data analytics, and business applications. Teradata's innovative products and services deliver data integration and business insight to empower organizations to make the best possible decisions and achieve competitive advantage. Visit teradata.com for details.

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