BSE Institute has signed a MoU with IIT Madras to offer a joint course in business analytics. \u201cIt will provide opportunities to students who aspire for an optimal learning environment, with a diverse peer group, and a global, lifelong network of trusted connections,\u201d BSE Institute said in a statement. Business analytics enables working professionals with in depth understanding of the key technologies used in analytics\u2014data mining, machine learning, visualisation techniques and statistics. The programme, IIT Madras added, is designed on a schedule that minimises disruption of work and personal pursuits, spread over one year (part-time), focusing on overview of the field of analytics. \u201cThe use of business analytics has grown in all areas, including financial services, healthcare, government, retail, e-commerce, media, manufacturing and services. This has led to an increase in the demand for employees with an analytical approach to management who can utilise data, understand statistical and quantitative models, and are able to make better data-driven business decisions,\u201d said Ambarish Datta, MD & CEO, BSE Institute. \u201cAs we enter the digital era, data holds the key. It is the next generation oil to fuel the economic growth of any organisation. This certificate course will introduce and train one on the fundamental building blocks required for high-end data analytics across all disciplines of applications,\u201d said V Kamakoti, professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Madras.