FCS IBA congratulates MS/PhD Students

FCS IBA congratulates MS/PhD Students for becoming EMC Certified Data Scientists!

EMC Data Scientist Associate Certification (EMCDSA) provides hands-on practitioner’s approach to the techniques and tools required for Big Data Analytics. The certification, also mentioned in the famous Harvard Business Review’s article “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century”, covers the role of the data scientist, the data analytics lifecycle, initial and advanced analysis topics on theory, methods, technology and tools, along with operationalizing an analytics projects and data visualization techniques.
The stated objectives of the certificate suggest that the holders of the certificate should be able to:

Immediately participate and contribute as a Data Science Team Member on big data and other analytics projects by:
1) Deploying the Data Analytics Lifecycle to address big data analytics projects.

2) Reframing a business challenge as an analytics challenge

3) Applying appropriate analytic techniques and tools to analyze big data, create statistical models, and identify insights that can lead to actionable results.

4) Selecting appropriate data visualizations to clearly communicate analytic insights to business sponsors and analytic audiences.

5) Using tools such as: R and RStudio, MapReduce/Hadoop, in-database analytics, Window and MADlib functions.

Explain how advanced analytics can be leveraged to create competitive advantage and how the data scientist role and skills differ from those of a traditional business intelligence analyst.

7 students of the IBA’s Big Data Analytics course (as well as the course's instructor) appeared in the EMC Data Scientist Associate Exam during October-November and all of them are certified associates now. This is a unique achievement for IBA as it becomes the first university in Pakistan to achieve this fate. The certification cost is $200 per individual which was reduced to $20 through the academia-industry alliance program.