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Coventry University

Financial Analysis and Decision Making with Xero and Tableau

Coventry University , Tableau and Xero via FutureLearn Program


Being able to make data-driven decisions is key to success in business.

On this 12-week course, created in partnership with leading business accounting platform Xero and business intelligence (BI) experts at Tableau, you’ll discover key decision-making techniques and processes that will help you take your business to the next level.

Boost your financial planning and analysis

Xero and Tableau are two of the most important financial planning and analysis tools available. This financial analysis course will give you the skills you need to analyse finances to improve performance and get ahead of the market.

You’ll get to grips with using the world-leading business accounting platform, Xero, to manage your workload and increase productivity. You’ll learn how to conduct financial performance analyses, and do budget planning and forecasting.

With job postings calling for data visualisation growing by 540% over the last five years, you’ll build the skills to use key data visualisation tool Tableau.

Access professional training on Tableau and Xero

How can I use data analysis skills?

Data analysis skills let you tackle finance-driven business challenges, as well as letting you manage, analyse, and communicate insights from finance data.

You’ll be able to use financial frameworks to monitor performance and improvements, and learn how to make informed decisions on application to new market opportunities, business casing, and cost management.

Grow your confidence, as you learn how to visualise and communicate your financial data to drive actionable value from your decisions.

Are data analysis skills in demand?

As a result of digital transformation and the ubiquity of data, the finance sector is experiencing an analytics skills shortage.

61% of UK finance and insurance sector organisations reported skills shortages in 2019, and of the shortages faced, analytics is consistently reported as one of the most in-demand.

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Financial Analysis for Business Performance
-Learn how to use Xero accounting software for budgeting and finance analytics and drive business performance using data.

Course 2: Financial Analysis for Business Decisions
-Discover data visualisation with Tableau and make investment decisions with business case analyses and new market strategies.

Taught by

Molly Bridge


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