Why Use R?

Why Use R?

Course Level: Foundation (3 hours)

This is a 1/2 day session that gives an overview of where and how R is used. Using a combination of lecture-based case studies, and hands-on practicals we’ll cover some of the latest developments in the R world. This course is intended to be interactive and is aimed at an organisation that is considering why (or why not) to move to R.

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Course Details


  • Getting started with R
  • Who is using R in production?
  • Removing the pain of reports, via Automation
  • Creating dashboards in a hurry
  • Question & answer session

Typical questions that arise (and are answered) are,

  • We use Excel, Tableau, SAS, SPSS, Matlab…what is the value of R compared to this?
  • Why ask my team, who are short on time, to learn yet another tool?
  • How to manage the change in-house and how long does it take?
  • Where do we start with the transformation?
  • Is it worth the bother, we will need to spend on training costs at the same time as spending money on licenced software until everyone is up to speed in R?
  • How do you get support if we use it?
  • Is R secure?

Learning outcomes

By the end of the day participants will understand…

  • why R is essential for them and their businesses
  • why many top businesses have R at the forefront of their innovation
  • that R coding isn’t scary!
  • how easy it is to start using R
  • how automating reports will save them and their business time and money
  • new and innovative ways to show their data via dashboards on R
  • how to run R for the entire business via cloud servers

Prior knowledge

There are no prerequisites for this workshop.