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A one-day workshop on how to use SQL to access specific information from relational databases that drive strategic decision-making

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According to an MIT Technology Review article written by Antonio Regalado, the amount of digital data being created globally is doubling every two years. Yet only about 0.5% of that data is ever analyzed.

Specifically, having a keen understanding of SQL is important as a great deal of corporate data is stored in tabular format . Being able to efficiently work with very large tables to access key information can help professionals add unprecedented value to their organizations as they can better answer various strategic questions after accessing such data. Such information can help organizations develop and sustain competitive advantages . As a result, employers often rank SQL skills as one of the most important skills for today's professional .

In this hands-on training, participants will learn introductory SQL concepts and queries, which will help them effectively work with relational databases.

Attendees can use either a Mac or Windows computer for this workshop.

This class is often taught in a two-day sequence with Advanced SQL since both courses are related.

Course Duration
1 Day
Course Prerequisites


Understanding of Databases

An overview of relational and nonrelational databases and where SQL fits into the story

Hands-On SQL Experience

This classes use hands-on exercises to help students apply theory to practice. Students write their own SQL queries during the workshop

Problem Solving Strategies

Understanding of how to use SQL to answer key strategic questions

Exposure to Database Management Systems

Understanding of what database management systems exist and how to pick one for your organization

Collaborative Exercises

Participants will have opportunities to work with other attendees on in-class exercises & tap the expertise of his/her Cognitir instructor on individual SQL-related projects

Support Beyond the Classroom

All Cognitir participants receive course notes, a certificate of completion, instructions on how to add the course to their LinkedIn profiles, and post-seminar email support


This class is relevant for professionals in FP&A, business intelligence, corporate strategy, corporate development, PE/VC, data analytics, and data science roles.

No prior programming experience required.

Not sure if this is the right course for you? Contact us.

What Past Cognitir Participants Say

"Easy to jump in with little to no knowledge of topic, learned a lot."
– Andrew K.
"The training was great!"
– Amit S.
"Instructor was extremely helpful and patient."
– Grace M.
"Very informative & accessible; helpful for executing my research."
– Margaret S.

Course Specific Questions

Do I need experience with databases and/or computer programming to join this course?

No, you do not need any prior experience with databases or experience programming to take this course. While some exposure to databases might be helpful in internalizing the concepts, there are absolutely no prerequisites. Attendees with and without database experience have greatly benefited from taking this course.

How is this course different from Introduction to Data Science?

This course focuses on helping professionals access information from relational (tabular) databases. This means that all information must be in table form in order to use SQL. We do not cover data science theories or nonrelational database querying in this class. Python can absolutely be used with SQL for advanced functionality, but we do not cover this specifically in the introductory course.

How is this course different from Advanced SQL?

This course provides the core SQL foundation but is not able to dive deep into every topic given timing constraints. Advanced SQL provides deeper dives into certain queries and provides more challenging query practice to train participants to handle any query task on the job.

Do I have the right laptop for this course?

You will need a PC (Windows Vista or newer), Mac (OS X 10.7 or newer), or Linux (Ubuntu, RedHat and others; CentOS 5+). Please contact us if you are planning to use a different setup for this course.

Do I need to install software prior to the class?

We will provide you with detailed information on any software installations that you need to complete prior to the start of the course. Please note that you will not need to buy any additional software - all the software that needs to be downloaded will be free and/or open-source.

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