Thursday afternoons: Time to boost your MIT data reporting know-how

05/11/2017

Reporting at MIT typically uses the MIT Data Warehouse as the data source. The MIT Data Warehouse is a central, read-only database that combines information from various Institute administrative systems in one easy-to-access location. Authorized users can access this data using reporting tools like Cognos and Tableau. Users can export the results to manipulate locally or to join with local data.

Given this wealth of data and the many ways you can handle it, authorized Data Warehouse users may benefit from training or help with specific questions. That’s where Thursday afternoons come in.

The Reporting User Group has been meeting on Thursday afternoons for a few years. These sessions run from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in NE49-3098 (Little Cayman). Reporting Team members from Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) are available for hands-on help. You’re welcome to drop by to discuss issues you might be having with a report – just bring along anything you need to demonstrate the problem, including your Duo device. You can also meet other Data Warehouse users and share information and tips with them.

New this spring: Third Thursdays

Third Thursdays are a new training option for MIT faculty and staff who use the Data Warehouse. On the third Thursday of each month, staff from IS&T’s Reporting Team will hold a training session during the Reporting User Group time slot. These sessions will cover Cognos and Tableau basics, tips and tricks to make your reports more useful, and user-suggested topics.

The topic for the upcoming Third Thursday session on May 18 will be: Tableau – Working with data sources. Future topics will be listed on the Data Warehouse & Reporting Support Resources page.

Sign up isn’t required for the Third Thursdays trainings, but is recommended since space is limited. To register, suggest a future training topic, or ask a question about the Data Warehouse, send email to reporting-help@mit.edu.

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