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Tableau Partners with Swinburne University of Technology to Narrow Australia’s Gap in Data Skills

SYDNEY, 23 MAY  2018 - Tableau Software, the leading analytics platform, today announced it has partnered with Swinburne University of Technology to launch a hands-on course in business analytics and data visualisation. The course will be offered through the university’s Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE) as part of the Master of Digital Business Management (MDBM) degree.  The partnership aims to raise awareness about the use of data analytics in everyday business scenarios and help to narrow the gap when it comes to data skills among Australian graduates and the ever-increasing requirement for data driven decision making.

Research from the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia claims that workers with high data literacy are able to enjoy beneficial financial rewards. Analytics professionals, including data scientists, earn a median salary of $130,000 compared to the average median salary of $84,000 and are employed across all industries.  Deloitte Access Economics also claims that Australians with big data skills will earn almost $20,000 more on average over the next four years than they do today.  At the same time, the number of data scientists will grow at an annual growth rate of 2.4 per cent over the next four years.

Swinburne courses align with contemporary industry needs and are designed to develop entrepreneurial leaders and innovative thinkers who are equipped to succeed. Swinburne’s educational approach is seamless fit with Tableau’s flagship Tableau Academic programme which provides free Tableau licenses and learning resources to instructors and students to support data and analytics education. Fuelling the next generation of data workers, the program to-date has helped over 500,000 students and instructors globally see and understand data in the classroom.

Swinburne students will study a foundation unit in business analytics, including an introduction to self-service analytics for businesses, critical evaluation of the role of tools and platforms in data analytics, business analytics reporting, data storytelling and data visualisation.  Tableau has worked with the university to co-create the module and will provide guest speakers, deploy software for use by students in class and participate in panels to assess student work.

Dr. Paul Scifleet, Course Director of the Master of Digital Business Management, says that, “by collaborating with Tableau to teach Business Analytics and Visualisation, we are shifting data science from an inaccessible horizon of future work to the desktop of today’s postgraduate management students. As leaders of digital change, they are learning how to ask the right questions of data, to better inform the decisions they make to address current, real world and applied business needs.” 

The MDBM was launched earlier this year and brings a management approach to digital business that incorporates learning about the processes of digital disruption and digitalization.  It includes units on new and emerging technologies and business models, incorporating cyber security, business innovation and transformation, information systems principles in enterprise IT architecture, digital asset management, IT and data governance, systems development and professional IT services management.

Nigel Mendonca, ANZ Country Manager, Tableau, said, “The demand for talent with data literacy skills continues to rise in Australia, and with severe shortages in this area there is a burning need to look at ways to narrow this gap. Collaboration between the government, private sector and educators is essential to up-skill the workforce of today and embed data literacy in the workforce of tomorrow. We look forward to working with Swinburne to empower more Australians with analytics skills to make rapid, insightful decisions at a time where the growth in data is exploding and will continue to do so in the years ahead.” 

About Tableau Software

Tableau (NYSE: DATA) helps people see and understand data and explore with limitless visual analytics. Customers can build dashboards and perform ad hoc analyses in just a few clicks. They can share their work with anyone and make an impact on their business. From global enterprises to early-stage startups and small businesses, more than 74,000 customer accounts around the world use Tableau to turn data into actionable insights, and more than 300,000 people use Tableau Public to share public data in their blogs and websites. See how Tableau can help you by downloading the free trial at 

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About Swinburne

Swinburne is a world-class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.


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