What is big data analytics?

Big data is the complex process of examining large and varied data sets—or big data—to uncover information including hidden patterns, unknown correlations, market trends, and customer preferences that can help organizations make informed business decisions.  

Teradata University for Academics helps students grow in big data

The Teradata University for Academics wants to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and expert advice you need to get the most out of big data analytics. We'll provide you with the data sets, software downloads, and access to big data experts that will help you grow your skills from beginner to advanced. Here are some benefits of big data with Teradata University:


  • Build analytics skills—Want to grow your analytics knowledge? Start here.
  • College applications—Big data can help you stand out from your peers.
  • Summer internships—Interested in analytics as a career? We can help with that.
  • Enter the competition—Compete on the big stage at Teradata Analytics Universe. 
  • Build a community—Get a big data club started at your local high school.
  • Access to experts—Big data experts at your fingertips—ask questions or request a mentor.

Getting started with big data analytics

Once you log into your Teradata University account, you'll have access to analytics software downloads, challenging data sets, and the ability to interact with Teradata experts.

Learn about big data on your own or get others involved! Teradata University for Academics has outreach templates available to help find interested students just like you. Clubs not your thing? You can also use big data to gain efficiencies within your student organizations.



Student access to Teradata University for Academics requires a Student Access Password that can be received from your Teradata University registered teacher/club sponsor. If you already have it, register here. If you are not working with a teacher, simply send a password request to: AcademicPrograms.Teradata@Teradata.com and include your school name and city and we will send you the PASSWORD.


Frequently asked questions

Where do I start?
Make a Teradata University for Academics account and start teaching yourself a software application. We recommend getting your feet wet with Tableau. Start by analyzing public data available on the internet and from there try your own data collection.

How can I get my classmates involved?
Most people don’t know what big data is, so education is key. Have an elevator pitch ready to explain the value of data analytics and provide details about how they can learn more. Inviting potential members to a meeting or two so they can decide for themselves if the club is for them.
We’ve created some templates to help with those efforts.

Do I have to be good at math?
Although data analytics is based in statistics, no math is required. Teradata University for Academics grants you access to free software that does the math for you. All you need is logical thinking, an interest in solving problems, and a Teradata University for Academics account.

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