In-depth Excel Training, Executive Dashboards & Business Data Analysis




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Register for the upcoming special In-depth Microsoft Excel and Business Data Analysis Training class for sales managers, data analysts, finance professionals and business analysts.

Just 10 slots available!

The business world is now data driven and every business professional must now be fluent in the language of data. William E. Deming had the most accurate way of portraying this new age: "In God we trust; all others must bring data." Without data skills you will have a tough time influencing in the business world. You must learn to manipulate data, make compelling data stories and leverage data for insights.


Microsoft Excel is the world's most used business intelligence tool. Its knowledge is even compulsory for an MBA degree and the investment world depends greatly on it.

This training is aimed at making you extremely good in Microsoft Excel, dashboard making and business data analysis, teaching you with live business scenarios. It's intended for Sales Managers, Financial Analysts, Business Analysts, Data Analysts, MIS Analysts, HR Executives and power Excel users.

You will get lunch, a branded DVD with over 20 training videos and practice files, training notepad with pen, a comprehensive training reference material, a training certificate from us (a registered Microsoft Partner) and free refresher classes.

The training will be facilitated by a Microsoft recognized Excel Expert and Microsoft Certified Trainer who is the only Microsoft Excel MVP in Africa (there are just about 125 in the world). We have had participants of our trainings from Guinness Nigeria, Nigerian Breweries, Schlumberger, Chevron, Periscope, Brains and Hammers, GfK, Palladium Group, First Bank, Citi Bank, Dalberg, PMI, NLNG, GSK, Promasidor, SaveTheChildren, Mobil, FMDQ, NSE, Biofem Pharmaceuticals, Total, Vodacom, Nestle, Nigerian Breweries, Delta Afrik, LATC Marine, Broll, Habanera (JTI), SABMiller, IBM, Airtel, Diamond Bank, ECOWAS, Ministry of Finance, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Nokia Siemens Networks and DDB.

Reach Michael on 0700ANALYTICS, 08089382423, 08063125227 and mike@urbizedge.com or Hannah on 08021180874 and hannah@urbizedge.com to register.

Lagos Date:Friday 20th October 2017 to Saturday 21st October 2017.
Lagos Venue: Kristina Jade Learning Center, 70b Olorunlogbon street, Off Alade Lawal street, Anthony Village, Lagos.

Abuja Date:Friday 27th October 2017 to Saturday 28th October 2017.
Abuja Venue: Hotel Rosebud, 33 Port Harcourt Crescent, off Ahmadu Bello way, Garki area 11, Abuja.

Port Harcourt Date:Friday 13th October 2017 to Saturday 14th October 2017.
Port Harcourt Venue: Aldgate Hotel, 20B King Perekule street, GRA Phase 2, Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

For Kenya, Ghana, Cameroon, Togo and Benin: Kindly contact us on +1-941-312-2194 or email info@urbizedge.com for details of training date. Thanks!

The highlights are:

1) Data Manipulation in Excel
We’ll show you, from a consultant expertise level, how to manipulate data in Excel. From data preparation/cleaning to data formatting the professional way. We’ll cover both the science and the art of data manipulation in Excel, and share very useful keyboard shortcuts and expert tricks that will speed up your productivity in Excel.

2) Data Visualization and Presentation in Excel
A picture is worth a thousand words. And in the business world, it is often the only way to not bore your audience and pass the valuable message you’ve uncovered in your data analysis. We will teach you the foundations of data visualization – from the different types of charts to when to use each of them. Then we will work through business samples to learn the art part of doing data visualization right. You will learn the rules of business data reporting via charts and gain from our industry wealth of consulting for businesses in this vital area.

3) Large Data Analysis: Pivot Table, Pivot Chart and PowerPivot
You should never say you know Excel if you don’t know how to use Pivot Table. It is that important. It is Excel’s premium tool for analysing large data – sales data, inventory data, HR data, transaction data and most business operations data. We are going to cover from the basics to the very advanced use of Pivot Tables. We will show you how to create dynamic reports with Pivot Table; how to overcome some of its layout issues; how to turn off the distracting controls in your final report; how to create calculated fields; how to create Pivot Charts; and the special tricks only a full-time Excel consultant can show youthat will turbo-charge you Pivot Table skills. Then we’ll show you how we analyse data of up to (and even above) 30 million rows in Excel. Yes, in Excel. Heard of PowerPivot?

4) Business Data Analysis
In this section, we teach you the secrets that separate the analysis experts from the people with head/academic knowledge Excel. It is one thing to know the different tools in Excel and it is another completely different thing to know how to expertly mix them together to creatively deliver value at high speed. As full-time Excel chef, we will show you the secret ingredients that make companies consult us even when they have Excel super users in their organization.

5) Executive Dashboards and Reporting
This is the level self-knowledge will not get you to. How do you create an uncrowded insightful visualization for a report with 37 rows? Then how about for your sales analysis report of many rows and columns? How do you show the different interactions in your data? In short, how do you bring your data to life and take it from a boring confusing mass of text to an interactive exciting visualization? You have to come to get the answers.

6) Excel to PowerPoint
Management level reports are best presented in PowerPoints. When you’ve got a delicate story to tell, you have to guide your audience through a one idea/insight a slide PowerPoint. We won’t teach you how to design slides but we will teach you how to make your chart slides speak very loud. You will also learn the tricks of linking your PowerPoint charts to Excel. It will help cut down the hours you spend on weekly/monthly PowerPoint reports. We will also show you how to embed Excel files in your PowerPoint slide. No more sending separate Excel files when you can embed them right on the very slide you reference their data.

7) Excel VBA
Forget about all you’ve heard about Macros or VBA. Let’s show you how easy and exciting it is to break into the Excel VBA world.



Reach Michael on 0700ANALYTICS, 08089382423, 08063125227 and mike@urbizedge.com or Hannah on 08021180874 and hannah@urbizedge.com to register.


The training outline is:

1) Data Manipulation in Excel
a. How Excel handles different data types
b. Data consistency, starting with the end in view
c. Building Datasheets that can easily scale
d. Sorting
i. Cascaded sorting
ii. Sorting across rows (left to right sorting, not the usual up to down sorting)
iii. Sorting and Conditional Formatting to identify trends
e. Filtering
f. Data cleaning
i. Removing duplicates
ii. Text-to-column
iii. Grouping
iv. Data Validation
v. Conditional Formatting
g. Data formatting
i. Using Tables (and when to convert to tables)
ii. Formatting for printing
iii. Formatting for email
iv. Data Review and formatting for 3rd party use
h. Named Ranges

2) Charts
a. Chart types
i. Line chart and when to use it
ii. Column chart and when to use it
iii. Bar chart and when to use it
iv. Pie chart and it’s dangers
b. Combining charts; when and how.
c. Dynamic Charts, using filter.
d. Best practices when making charts
e. Sparklines
f. Power Map and Power View (Excel 2013 and Excel 2016 only)

3) Pivot Table, Pivot Chart and PowerPivot
a. Pivot Table
i. Default Pivot Table
ii. Tabular Pivot Table
iii. Pivot Table Filtering
iv. Making a very dynamic regular table from Pivot Table
v. Calculations and Formula use with Pivot Table
vi. Advanced Pivot Table tricks
b. Pivot Chart
i. Pivot Chart and its limitations
ii. Dynamic Pivot Charts
c. PowerPivot (for Excel 2010, 2013 and 2016 only)

d. Power BI for dynamic dashboard and analysing millions of rows of data

4) Business Data Analysis
a. Linking sheets
b. Duplicating sheets (better than copy and paste)
c. Inserting sheets, labeling and coloring the professional way
d. Freezing Panes and splitting windows
e. Conditional formatting
i. To identify patterns
ii. Using formulae
iii. To make extremely intelligent reports
f. Lookup functions
i. Vlookup
ii. Hlookup
iii. Looking up the last data or pattern in a particular row or column
iv. Overcoming the limitations of Vlookup and Hlookup using index and match functions
g. Power Functions
i. IF, IFERROR, AND, OR, ISBLANK, and others in the same family
ii. TEXT manipulative functions to make a completely automated Dashboard
iii. COUNTIFS, SUMIFS, AVERAGEIFS and others, to make dynamic summary tables
iv. MATCH and INDEX to do the impossible
h. Other Functions
i. Math Functions
ii. Text Functions
iii. Logical
iv. Others
i. Formula Auditing
j. Goal Seek, Scenario Manager and Solver
k. Excel Web Query
l. Most useful Excel keyboard shortcuts

5) Executive Dashboards and Reporting
a. Best Practices
b. Executive Dashboards
i. Executive Dasboards
ii. Dynamic Reports
iii. Determining the KPIs and tracking them
iv. Strategic Insights & Analysis
c. Data Visualization
d. Having the audience/recipient in mind
e. E-mails and Excel reports

6) Excel to PowerPoint and Word
a. Linking PowerPoint/Word Charts to Excel
b. Embedding Excel sheets in PowerPoint/Word
c. Making a Powerful PowerPoint Presentation

7) Excel VBA
a. Recording Excel macros
b. Introduction to editing Macro codes


Reach Michael on 0700ANALYTICS, 08089382423, 08063125227 and mike@urbizedge.com or Hannah on 08021180874 and hannah@urbizedge.com to register.

"Michael [UrBizEdge] was instrumental in getting our staff up to speed on basic Excel, as well as more advanced skills that have already started to improve the back end of our programs. He was flexible, accommodating, professional, friendly, and was able to tailor our training to exactly what we needed. We could not have been more happy working with him, and he truly has helped our organization increase our effectiveness and comfort with database work."
-- Beth M., Program Manager for Kentucky YMCA, USA.


"Every area of the training was perfect. I enjoyed most the part on data formatting and charts. My reporting system will improve as I introduce the use of charts in all my reports."
-- Oluyemi Patrick, SaveTheChildren.


"What I liked most about the training was the materials. I plan to apply what I have learned to improve my reporting techniques."
-- Chijioke I.


"I liked that the trainer used work related examples. The training will enable me to improve on my daily routine and reporting function."
-- Olusesi S.


"The training was very practical and interactive. I can now do my reports in Excel and print it the way I want."
-- Azubuike L.


"By practicing and effectively using what I have been trained on, so many aspects of my work that are done manually can now be automated which will definitely reduce stress and time used up in doing them manually."
-- Olabiyi F.


"I enjoyed the step-wise training style. My work is heavily dependent on Excel on a daily basis and this will definitely have a huge impact."
-- Ayinla O.


"The training materials are well organized and I liked that practical examples were used during the entire training."
-- Ebele O.


"I learnt the calculation part of Excel that made my work difficult before now. I will now be able to work smarter and also proffer solutions to some of the challenging tasks in my unit that require Excel skills."
-- Adeyemi T.


"I like the training methodology. My work will be greatly improved as I work a lot on datasheets."
-- Kingsley M.


"I liked most the training material and that it includes video for referencing. The training will help me be better at data analysis."
-- Yewande.


"The example used were very realistic and the mode of delivery was fantastic. It will positively impact my work by reducing the time taken to complete tasks."
-- Somtochukwu N.


"I love the trainer's humour."
-- Leke O.


If you prefer, you can also sign up for our online Excel training class. Reach Michael on 08089382423, 08063125227 and mike@urbizedge.com or Hannah on 08021180874 and hannah@urbizedge.com for registration details.



You can also call us for special jobs, like helping you clean and make sense of your operations data and automating some of your data driven processes.



Reach Michael on 0700ANALYTICS, 08089382423, 08063125227 and mike@urbizedge.com or Hannah on 08021180874 and hannah@urbizedge.com to register.

Access our free training Videos and Practice-along File
Below are the Excel training video links and the practice-along files to give you a tip of the value to expect.

Video 1: Introduction to the Excel Training and Trainer
Practice File 1: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo1

Video 2: How Excel handles different data types
Download the companion file here: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo2

Video 3: Data consistency, starting with the end in view
Download the companion file here: http://bit.do/ExcelVideo3

Video 4: Building Datasheets that can scale
Download the companion file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo4

Video 5: Sorting in Excel 
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo5

Video 6: Filtering in Excel
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo6

Video 7: Data Cleaning in Excel 
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo7

Video 8: Data Formatting in Excel
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo8

Video 9: Making Charts in Excel
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo9

Video 10: Pivot Table, Pivot Chart and PowerPivot in Excel
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo10

Video 11: Excel Training -- Business Data Analysis, part 1
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo11 

Video 12: Excel Training -- Business Data Analysis, part 2 
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo12

Video 13: Power Excel Functions
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo13

Video 14: Protecting Workbook; Protecting Worksheet and formatting for Printing in Excel
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo15

Video 15: Named Range, Goal Seek, Scenario and Solver in Excel 
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo14

Video 16: Creative Excel Features/Use
No Practice File

Video 17: Excel Web Query   
No Practice File

Video 18: Mail Merge
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo18 

Video 19: Creative Excel Use
No Practice File

Video 20: Excel Keyboard Shortcuts
Download the well compiled keyboard shortcuts by Exceljet: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo20  

Video 21: Data Visualization in Excel 
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo21

Video 22: Excel Reports And Presentation
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo22

Video 23: Excel Macros (intro and small project)
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo23  

Video 24: Userform and more Macros 
Download the practice-along file: http://tinyurl.com/ExcelVideo24
Video 25: Excel vs Python vs R for Data Analysis: Making the Right Choice 

Video 26: Turbo Charging Your Reports With PowerPivot 

Video 27: Data Cleaning With Excel 

Video 28: Learn Excel Macros: Custom Functions (UDF) 

Video 29: Learn Excel Macro: Birthday Reminder 

Video 30: Enable Developer Tab In Excel 2016 for Mac 

Video 31: Getting Comfortable With Microsoft Excel VBA 

Video 32: Useful Add-ins You Should Be Aware Of In Excel 

Video 33: Carrying Out Predictive Analysis Using Microsoft Excel 

Video 34: The New Features In Microsoft Excel