Course Description

This course is the first in the four-course Supply Chain Analytics Professional certificate program. It prepares you to apply leading-edge analytical methods and technology enablers across the supply chain. You’ll learn the dynamics of supply chains, the most relevant planning challenges, and the roles of different types of analytics. Next, you’ll learn about data cleansing, exploratory data analysis, and visualization. You’ll use Python and PowerBI to analyze the causes of underperformance and to build dashboards to visualize supply chain data. You will leave knowing how to gather, analyze, and prepare your data through descriptive analytics before you dig into deeper applications.

Who Should Attend

Experienced business professionals who perform or want to perform analytics to improve their supply chain management processes. They want to tackle strategic goals and to perform leading edge analytics projects that address the full complexity of supply chains.

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the most relevant planning challenges across the strategic, tactical, and operational levels of supply chains
  • Learn the difference between analytics types, the links between them, and how to best use them to improve supply chain management (SCM) processes
  • Use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to find causes of underperformance in supply chains and to plan for analytics projects that will address strategic SCM goals
  • Utilize Python and PowerBI to understand, visualize, and analyze data in order to prepare for deeper analytics

What Is Covered

  • The role of analytics in SCM
  • Types of analytics (descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive) and the relationships between them
  • Preprocessing (cleaning and integrating) data as it relates to SCM
  • Conducting exploratory data analysis on supply chain data
  • Best practices for visualizing data and building dashboards
  • Identifying and analyzing KPIs of SCM
  • Hands-on practice with these skills using data from the (fictional) Cardboard Company (CBC)