Why SQL?

Top Reasons for a Student to Learn SQL

Better Time Management

  • Improves data organization, unlocks data that is trapped in spreadsheets and relational databases, helps prioritize activities

Better Grades

  • Prepares you for Upper-Level Classes (Statistics, Computer Science, Research, Communications, Engineering, etc.) by improving your data access and information presentation skills

Better Opportunities

  • Differentiate your skills when pursuing an internship (pre-graduation) or your first job (post-graduation)

Top Reasons for a Business Person to Learn SQL

Better Communication

  • SQL unlocks data that is trapped in spreadsheets and relational databases

Better Career Opportunities

  • Data analysis permeates all areas of business, supports data-driven decisions and improved communication, more opportunity to manage your career

Better Financial Awards

  • Portability of your query library, increased likelihood of promotions including additional responsibility, and career flexibility

Top Reasons for a Public Sector Employee to Learn SQL

Better Access

  • Discover information by unlocking data that is trapped in spreadsheets and relational databases, improves data transparency and presentation

Better Support

  • Improve organizational leadership and strategic initiatives by providing actionable intelligence

Better Career Opportunities

  • Data Analysis is a portable skill that you can develop and use throughout your career; develop a portable asset library that can be used in future positions

SQL Foundations for Business Intelligence Class

SQL for Business Intelligence helps you make your data meaningful. Using Structured Query Language (SQL), you will learn to write queries that retrieve, organize, and present data from databases and spreadsheets.

Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding and using primary SQL commands
  • Including functions in your SQL statements
  • Extending SQL using math calculations
  • Getting data from one or more tables – Joins and Subqueries
  • Grouping and Filtering data in a results set
  • Making data meaningful, accessible, and actionable

Attendees will also learn how to create highly engaging dashboards containing Business Intelligence (BI) components such as charts, tables, maps, and pivot tables. By the end of the class, students will be able to develop a dashboard that includes drill-downs between BI components using their own database or spreadsheet(s). 

No experience necessary, just an interest in learning a valuable new language. Upon completion of  the class, you will receive free, a one-year subscription to BIF’s business intelligence tool, BrainJack ($300 value).