All about the MISB Bocconi and Jigsaw Academy Executive Program in Business Analytics (EPBA)- Big Data Analytics for Professionals


Last week MISB and Jigsaw Academy proudly announced the launch of their Executive Program in Business Analytics (EPBA) – Big Data Analytics for Professionals. This is really a very special step for Jigsaw. Over the last year or so, many of you have talked to us about the need for a long term program that focuses on Big Data industry relevant skills. In particular all you Mumbai folk, told us that it would be great if there was such a program in your city, and that you wanted a flexible learning environment that allowed you to pick up the Big Data skills you needed, from experienced industry experts and global faculty.

Well, we heard you….and this is the result. Ladies and Gentlemen, and the people from Mumbai, we, along with our proud partners MISB Bocconi, present to you the Executive Program in Business Analytics (EPBA) – Big Data Analytics for Professionals.

First off let’s tell you a little bit about MISB Bocconi. Located in Mumbai, it is the world’s only offshore presence of Università Bocconi, one of Europe’s premier universities. They offer Post-Graduate program in Business and Executive Education, designed and taught by the faculty of SDA Bocconi, Milan, Italy. SDA Bocconi, the management school of Università Bocconi, is one of the select business schools world-wide to have received, for its MBA program, all three of the prestigious international accreditations—AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), and AMBA (Association of MBAs).

MISB Bocconi’s key differentiator lies in the wide-ranging practical and academic expertise of the SDA Bocconi faculty; pro-active learning pedagogies include industry interaction, job-oriented internships, and projects to prepare students for global leadership. International exposure is integral to the program through the dual-campus student exchange between Milan and Mumbai and immersion across three continents.

Now let’s tell you more about the Executive Program in Business Analytics (EPBA) – Big Data Analytics for Professionals. The ten month executive program will be India’s first long-term course, blending general management, with Big Data and Business Analytics and will begin in March 2015.

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 completion of the program, participants will be capable of data driven decision making and leadership in industries such as retail, finance, telecommunications, healthcare, and manufacturing.

We at Jigsaw really believe and actually see firsthand that Business analytics is gaining prominence as a must-have competency in many professions today. More and more organizations are building Big Data and analytics practices internally. The skill gap is a huge problem and though many business analytics courses have been launched across the country, the problem is that most of these courses look at traditional techniques and business analytical tools. We saw this unserved need in the market for an executive program which enables working professionals to learn conventional analytics tools and Big Data techniques., and this is what prompted us to partner with MISB Bocconi to develop the EPBA program which not only looks at the conventional tools but also at Big Data techniques, to prepare you for the future.

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This is what Himanshu Rai, Dean of MISB Bocconi, had to say about the program, “With our courses at MISB Bocconi, we aim at helping our participants with developmental skills and trainings pertinent to the demands of the market. Bocconi has been shaping leaders for several decades all over the world. Through this program MISB Bocconi continues this tradition and strives to create leaders who understand analytics and can use it strategically to transform their organizations. To ensure this, the program will be delivered by the world class faculty of Bocconi, which is adept at addressing issues faced by the industry, corporates, public sector and government service.”

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 sixty (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 twelve (12) months.

Some of the main USP’s of this course is its curriculum, which is a unique blend of analytics and big data as well as the fact that the course faculty includes renowned international faculty from SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy, as well as analytics and big data experts from Jigsaw Academy. This industry relevant curriculum prepares tomorrow’s leaders and is a unique blend of analytics and big data – ideal for managers of the future that not only looks at the conventional tools but also at Big Data techniques, to prepare you for tomorrow and not just today!

Some of the other key features of the program are:

  • Unique methodology specially designed for working professionals – This program is specially designed for the busy working professional for whom time is at a premium. A combination of online and offline classes allows participants to work around their busy schedule, making for a flexible learning environment.

    Other similar programs involve coming to the campus once every 2 months or so but there is a learning gap when the participants are not on campus. Jigsaw academy,with its focus on online learning, fills this learning gap for the Bocconi participants who will have access to not only live online classes but also a digital library with over     100 hours of pre-recorded video lectures that will supplement the campus learning.

  • Real world case studies from various industries such as Finance, Retail, FMCG, Telecom and Healthcare – Jigsaw Academy has been collaborating closely with the industry for over 5 years now. This allows us to get access to proprietary data sets from various companies. Our case studies are based on real world business problems and use real business data sets. Participants will get a chance to work on real case studies from different industries such as FMCG, retail, Banking, e-commerce, healthcare and many others. These are actual problems that data scientists at companies such as Citibank or P&G would have solved using analytics at work. The participants will for examples work with a Singapore based telecom company’s data to predict which of their customers are likely to leave their service in the next 90 days. They will work on an Indian retailer’s data, an international FMCG company’s data and many more.

  • Hands on exposure to most popular analytics tools and technologies-  Learning hours are supplemented by around the clock, unrestricted access to the Jigsaw Lab, a cloud-based analytics tool and content library. The Jigsaw Lab 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.

The curriculum of the program is divided into five primary modules:

  • An introduction to Data Science, which includes an overview of data analysis, analytics, and data science, Technology and tool landscape in Big Data Mining, A framework for tackling Big Data Analytics projects and Case studies on application of data science across industries and functional areas.

  • Data Science ToolKit, which includes the language of SAS for data manipulation and modeling, R and R Packages for data manipulation, visualization, and data mining, Descriptive Statistical concepts for business data analysis, Decision making with inferential statistics and hypothesis testing.

  • Predictive Models and Machine Learning, which includes Regression models with R and SAS, Clustering algorithms with R and SAS, Time Series Forecasting with R and SAS, Machine Learning techniques with R and SAS.
  • Big Data and Implications, which includes understanding “Big” Data, Overview of Big Data processing and storage systems – Hadoop, Integrating R with Hadoop for Big Data Analytics and Data Mining and Visualization with Big Data systems

  • Business Application of Data Science, which includes Data Science in Retail, Data Science in Financial Services, Data Science and Unstructured Data Analysis, Future trends and industry focus in Data Science.

All those with a Bachelor’s degree and who are proficient in oral and written English, with at least two years of full-time post qualification work experience* will be eligible for the program.*For applicants with exceptional qualification and/or industry experience, an exception to the minimum eligibility criteria may be considered.

Applications are being accepted until February 25, 2015.

Admissions will be conducted on a rolling basis. The faculty panel will review all applications and shortlist candidates based on their profiles. The shortlisted candidates will then be interviewed either in person or over video / telephone.

The program is priced at ₹3,60,000 + service tax which includes tuition fee, learning materials, and twelve (12) month access to the Jigsaw Lab (this does not include Board & lodging for the in person modules held at MISB Bocconi in Mumbai).

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