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Big Data Tools for Professionals

For business in the 21st century, understanding the importance of being data-driven—and collecting large amounts of data—is only the beginning.

What matters is what you do with it.

Learn to mine your data for insight through this executive education workshop, and see the results in the informed decisions you make on a daily basis.

Big data analytics can span routine analysis of financial transactions, customer relationship management, risk and compliance, metrics, and KPIs and performance management, helping managers to transform their business function.

In two days, you will gain hands-on experience in the models, methods, and tools needed to leverage large data sets to predict outcomes and enhance decision-making.

You also will be introduced to the managerial and strategic issues surrounding big data analytics, including governance, ownership, privacy, security, standards, and more.


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Fordham University Lincoln Center campus


$1,950, which includes all course materials and lunch on both days. Participants are requested to bring their own laptops. Fordham alumni receive a 20% tuition discount.

Watch the recorded preview of our Big Data Analytics Workshop master class, led by Professor R.P. Raghupathi

Program details

Your instructors in this workshop will use hands-on exercises in big data analytics on several platforms—including AWS, Cloudera, and IBM BigInsights—to offer concrete, applicable takeaways on:

  • The Hadoop platform, including the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and MapReduce (M/R) framework
  • Big data analytics life cycle, and technology evolution, development, and management
  • Privacy and security
  • Governance

Benefits of attendance

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Select the appropriate tool for the desired analytics
  • Organize, understand, and interpret data to make informed decisions
  • Understand the systems and policies needed to ensure the proper use, monitoring, and control of data with regard to privacy and security

Is this program for you?

This workshop is ideal for professionals working in financial services, marketing, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, telecoms, IT, consulting and associated areas who want to sharpen their technical and managerial skills in data analytics.

This workshop is also helpful for those who work with IT departments in making technology purchasing decisions.


This two-day program was designed with convenience and applicability in mind. Each session includes an introduction, case study, hands-on exercises, and facilitated group discussion.

Sample schedule:

Day 1

  • 9am – 10 a.m.: Introduction to big data analytics
  • 10am – 11pm: Data preparation and management
  • 11am – 12pm: Rapid analytics with Tableau – hands-on
  • 12pm – 1pm: Lunch
  • 1pm – 2pm: Text (unstructured data) analytics
  • 2pm – 3pm: Big data life cycle methodology
  • 3pm – 4pm: Big data analytics in practice (hands-on experience in cloud platform)
  • 4pm – 5pm: Industry guest speaker

Day 2

  • 9am – 10pm: Applications in big data analytics
  • 10am – 11pm: Managerial issues and challenges
  • 11am – 12pm: Data mining/machine learning
  • 12pm – 1pm: Lunch
  • 1pm – 2pm: Survey of special topics: management, compliance, risk, customer relationship, reporting, metrics and KPIs, dashboards and scorecards
  • 2pm – 3pm: Industry guest speaker
  • 3pm – 4pm: Contemporary topics in big data analytics
  • 4pm to 5pm: Q&A and conclusion


W. "R.P." Raghupathi

W “RP” Raghupathi is a professor of information systems and director of the Center for Digital Transformation. He also runs the Gabelli School of Business Innovation Lab. He has published more than 50 journal articles, many focused on analytics, and is the North American co-editor of the International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics.

Additional faculty members will speak on specific topics throughout the workshop.