There is more to Excel than Just Spreadsheets


Anand Gopal, the author of this post, is the co-founder & product head of, a revenue management solution for premium digital publishers. Voiro helps publishers drive and execute innovation in their sales and monetization strategy. His background is primarily in analytics and Big Data, including experience with Sabre Airline Solutions as a Senior Analyst.

Excel has a ubiquitous presence in the business world, and it isn’t hard to see why. It’s fast, intuitive, powerful and has a format that’s easy to share. It brings a level of understanding and feature-set that can appeal to analytics enthusiasts as well as the not-so-analytically inclined who, simply put, need to get a job done and convey a message via data.

Our Analytics with Excel course is structured in such a way that it covers concepts at both the basic as well as the advanced end of the spectrum. If you’re someone who’s new to Excel and needs to pick it up super quick to be able to get ahead at work, then the course will be a good companion for you since it starts with some simple fundamentals and then ramps up to intermediate and more advanced concepts.

Along the way, there are a couple of themes that should stand out.


One – the course not only teaches you specific concepts, but gives you some critical skills to be able to find help online regarding new functions and features, engage with online forums and troubleshoot issues on your own.

This, in my opinion, is a key skill for any analytics professional to have in his/her repertoire. With the internet at your disposal, it’s imperative that users be able to leverage the vast expanse of web resources to discover new tricks and skills, engage with the online community and solve issues quickly on your own to be able to navigate through any analytics challenge.

Two – the course is peppered with real-world examples and case questions that make each technique and module more relatable. These examples have been hand-picked and cover various domains, thereby appealing to various professionals who might use this course.

Excel has been around for many years and is a common language of communicating with data both vertically as well as horizontally within any organisation. The course equips you with the ability to wrap your head around a problem, understand one or more datasets, perform simple to complex descriptive and predictive analytics techniques and (most important) visualize, chart and convey your results effectively. With the help of the course content, examples and Jigsaw’s excellent faculty and support, you’re well on your way to mastering Excel and the world of analytics.