Professional & Continuing Studies

Head shot of Joe Messick, Optimizing Big Data/Analytics Certificate program graduate
“There is an explosion of data that can be found in every industry and government agency around the globe. The trick is to be able to take this data and turn it into information to drive better decisions.”

“Working at one of the largest professional services firms, my role is to ensure we’re bringing the latest thinking to help advance our clients’ business interests. Recently I saw a major opportunity to better serve my clients in the new and rapidly advancing field of data analytics. Before I could engage my clients and capitalize on this new opportunity, I needed to first invest time in understanding the key data analytic tools and methodologies and how to apply them to a variety of situations.”

“There is an explosion of data that can be found in every industry and government agency around the globe. The trick is to be able to take this data and turn it into information to drive better decisions, whether from the board room, the shop floor or the public at large. While many understand this concept at the 50,000-foot level, there will be a huge demand for people who have the talent, understanding and experience to actually work with the data.”

“I was extremely pleased with the knowledge and tools covered in the program. The course grounded me on the various data analytic methodologies and gave me hands-on experience with the tools and the types of problems that lend themselves to a data analytics approach. In the end, I have used this knowledge to meaningfully engage my clients and colleagues, structure project opportunities and help advance my clients’ business interests through data analytics.”

“The program instructors really brought the concepts and ideas to life. They were organized, answered student questions and shared real-world perspectives from their own work experiences. Although a very highly educated group, we were never bogged down in theory and proofs. Instead, our instructors focused on how to understand and apply these concepts in the real world. Very pragmatic!”

Joe Messick completed the University of Delaware’s Certificate in Analytics: Optimizing Big Data.