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Tools & Applications

E-learning and other resources for applications managed by the WashU IT Data Management team.

Standard Reports
Resources for users of prompt-based premade reports, such as HR Reporting and University Financial Reporting (Box login required)

Learn@Work Classes
Online learning modules are available for convenient, self-paced training in Cognos Analytics. All classes are open to users at any level and can be retaken as a refresher. Details about topics covered and course objectives are available on each module’s page in Learn@Work. The following modules are now available:

  • Cognos Analytics: Essentials is recommended for all Cognos users
  • Cognos Analytics: Basic Reporting is for users who run, but do not write, any reports
    (Pending updates: user interface may differ slightly from the screenshots in this training)
  • Cognos Analytics: Query Studio is for former Query Studio users using it as a legacy app in the Cognos Analytics environment
    (Pending updates: user interface may differ slightly from the screenshots in this training)
  • Report Author: Essentials for all report writers, an introduction to the new report-writing tool
    (Pending updates: user interface may differ slightly from the screenshots in this training)
  • Report Author: Remapping Packages and Fields for more advanced report writers, learning to point existing reports and fields to different data packages
    (Pending updates: user interface may differ slightly from the screenshots in this training)

Advanced Training
Users who wish to expand their knowledge beyond what our in-house training offers are encouraged to explore third-party resources. This YouTube series is presented by IBM Business Analytics and is a next step for those who have completed Report Author: Essentials.

Site Administrator Training

Publishing to Tableau Server

WashU IT does not offer training for Tableau Public or Tableau Desktop. For additional resources, visit the Tableau Users Group page here.

TM1 has been upgraded and now uses the name Planning Analytics. The following resources are designed for users of these applications.

Annual Budget

Consolidated Financial Reporting (CFR) InternalBox login required
Consolidated Financial Reporting (CFR) External – Box login required

PAX (Planning Analytics for Excel)Box login required

WUSM Planning (Resources maintained by the School of Medicine)

If you are interested in customized group training for four or more users in your department, please complete this form to request a consultation with our training specialist.

Advancing Data Science & Analysis

Learn more about data science as a discipline and how to advance your analytical thinking with classes offered by third-party providers. Share your feedback to help us improve these recommendations and our own training offerings for the future.

Learning Data Analytics (LinkedIn Learning)
Every person that works with analytics, from data mining to business intelligence, has to start with the raw data. The goal of this training course is to teach analysts and nonanalysts alike the basics of using data for analysis and reporting. 35 min.

The Essential Elements of Predictive Analysis and Data Mining (LinkedIn Learning)
A proper predictive analytics and data-mining project can involve many people and many weeks. There are also many potential errors to avoid. A “big picture” perspective is necessary to keep the project on track. 88 min.

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Data Visualization: Best Practices (LinkedIn Learning)
Learn how to put data into visual and textual context to ensure it is accurate . This course, developed and led by Killer Infographics CEO, Amy Balliett, walks you through the ins and outs of creating accurate and compelling data visualizations. 75 min.

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Excel 2016: Managing and Analyzing Data (LinkedIn Learning)
Large amounts of data can become unmanageable fast. But with the data management and analysis features in Excel 2016, you can keep the largest spreadsheets under control. Extract the most important information from your data, in the shortest amount of time. 3 hrs.

Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis with Pivot Tables (Udemy)
Pivots allow you to quickly explore and analyze raw data, revealing powerful insights and trends otherwise buried in the noise. Learn to use PivotTables and PivotCharts to streamline and absolutely revolutionize your workflow in Excel. 6 hrs.

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We will be expanding this section as our team reviews more course offerings, and invite you to share what resources you have found useful as well. If you have taken a data-related class with LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, or another provider and would like to recommend it to other users, please email our training specialist to have it added to this website.

LinkedIn Learning and Udemy are third-party providers and not affiliated with Washington University in St. Louis. All Washington University students, faculty, and staff can access LinkedIn Learning free of charge.