Transforming Supply Chain Management and Performance Analysis

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Transforming Supply Chain Management and Performance Analysis

Course Description

This course is the first of four courses in the Supply Chain Analytics Professional certificate program. It prepares you to apply leading-edge analytical methods and technology enablers across the supply chain. You’ll learn the dynamics of supply chains, the most relevant planning challenges, and the roles of different types of analytics. Next, you’ll learn about data cleansing, exploratory data analysis, and visualization. You’ll use Python and PowerBI to analyze the causes of underperformance and to build dashboards to visualize supply chain data. You will leave knowing how to gather, analyze, and prepare your data through descriptive analytics before you dig into deeper applications.

This course is also available as a private or corporate offering. Visit the Supply Chain and Logistics Corporate Training page to learn more.

Course Content


  • Overview of analytics transforming supply chain management
    • Introduction to SCM and analytics
    • Most relevant planning challenges across strategic, tactical, and operational levels
  • Different types of analytics
    • Descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, prescriptive
    • How the types relate to each other and to SCM
  • Data preprocessing (cleaning and integrating)
  • Activity: Introduce the Cardboard Company (CBC) case and begin preprocessing CBC’s data


  • Data preprocessing for EDA
  • Why EDA is important
  • Conducting EDA
    • Types of data
    • Pareto concept
    • Basic visualization
  • Activity: understand the data available for the CBC case


  • Various visualization techniques
    • Applying those techniques in PowerBI
    • Best data visualization practices
  • Designing user-friendly dashboards
  • Activity: create a dashboard for CBC sales and deliveries data


  • Identifying KPIs in SCM
    • Common KPIs
    • Identifying additional KPIs
  • Analyzing KPIs
    • Understanding KPI choices
    • KPIs in descriptive analytics
    • Using KPIs to plan analytics projects
  • Activity: identify and add KPIs to your CBC dashboard
Requirements & Materials

Important Information

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  • General supply chain management knowledge
  • General understanding of probability
  • Basic Python/programming experience
  • Basic PowerBI experience*

*Don’t have experience with Python or PowerBI? We designed the courses to apply to both people with experience and without experience in these programs. We will provide resources for installing and getting started with the programs in the weeks leading up to the course. One week before the course starts, we will have a webinar to provide more guidance and provide direct assistance. During the course, we will provide the solutions to the exercises so that participants can choose to write the code on their own, use the solutions as hints, or use the solutions entirely and focus on the content rather than coding.



  • Laptop computer
  • Access to Python and PowerBI on laptop computer


  • Lecture materials provided via PDF in Canvas
  • Optional two-Hour Online Preparation Seminar offered one week prior to course start. A high-level look at the software that will be used during the course:
    • Course software:  Canvas and Video conferencing
    • Python: installation and basics
    • PowerBI: installation and basics

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: All residents of the State of Georgia are eligible for a 50% discount while funds last thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. Use of this discount is subject to verification of GA residency. Enter coupon code SCL-GAAIM at checkout (cannot be combined with other discounts).

    Non-Georgia residents can register and pay for all required courses in a Supply Chain & Logistics certificate and receive a discount of 17% off per course. Enter coupon code SCL-Cert at checkout. Review coupon instructions for more information.

    If you have 3 or more participants from your organization, please contact us for volume discounts at

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for experienced business professionals who perform or want to perform analytics to improve their supply chain management processes. They want to tackle strategic goals and to perform leading edge analytics projects that address the full complexity of supply chains.

Supply chain professionals collaborating during course

What You Will Learn

  • Types of analytics (descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive) and the relationships between them
  • The role of analytics in supply chain management (SCM)
  • Preprocessing (cleaning and integrating) data as it relates to SCM
  • How to conduct exploratory data analysis on supply chain data
  • Best practices for visualizing data and building dashboards
  • How to identify and analyze Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of SCM
Supply chain professionals collaborating in warehouse

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the most relevant planning challenges across the strategic, tactical, and operational levels of supply chains.
  • Learn the difference between analytics types, the links between them, and how to best use them to improve SCM processes.
  • Use KPIs to find causes of underperformance in supply chains and to plan for analytics projects that will address strategic SCM goals.
  • Utilize Python and PowerBI to understand, visualize, and analyze data in order to prepare for deeper analytics.
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The purpose of taking these courses was to advance my career and gain and greater understanding of the role that I am in with my employer. Our group was diverse in all of their roles and came from various industries, so I was able to get information they shared, and I can apply that to what I am doing in my own role.

- Roz Nero
Procurement Negotiator and Proposal Specialist
Roz Nero, procurement specialist


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