Kathryn Caggiano received a B.S. in Mathematics from the College of William and Mary in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1998. Prior to returning to Cornell in 2007, Professor Caggiano was an Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management in the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of academia, she worked for several years in technology and supply chain consulting with Price Waterhouse and PeopleSoft Supply Chain Solutions. In her current role as Director of Master of Engineering Studies, Professor Caggiano is actively involved in the professional preparation and development of ORIE students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Under her leadership, the ORIE MEng program was selected as a finalist for the 2012 UPS George D. Smith Prize, INFORMS’s flagship award for the outstanding practical preparation of OR students.
Creating Effective Data‑
Driven DashboardsCornell Course
Organizations have a tremendous amount of data at their disposal to help them develop strategic plans and make informed business decisions. Helping people make sense of that data quickly and easily, however, can be a challenging proposition. In this course, you will examine how to use built-in Excel tools and create custom Excel-based dashboards to turn data into a valuable organizational asset.
As you work through this course, you will get hands-on practice implementing a variety of functions and techniques to develop Excel-based analytical tools. By applying intelligent design principles, you will build dashboards that clearly guide user input and provide results dynamically, giving users the ability to specify the data they want to see and providing output in a flexible format. You will implement strategies to create dashboards that can effectively handle many types of data and offer an informative and user-friendly interface with a combination of numeric and graphic outputs. By the end of this course, you will have acquired an assortment of tools, practices, and techniques you can utilize to grow your portfolio of dashboard development skills.
You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
- Making Data Usable
Key Course Takeaways
- Use PivotTables and PivotCharts to get answers to quantitative questions quickly by partitioning, extracting, summarizing, and visualizing data
- Develop Excel-based dashboards with best design practices to promote clarity, usability, and robustness
- Build customized dashboards in Excel to dynamically display numeric and graphic output for data over time
- Build customized dashboards in Excel to analyze frequency data, allowing for inputs on multiple criteria
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Finance professionals
- Data analysts
- Data scientists
- Business analysts
- Managers and executives
- Students who need in-depth Excel knowledge