Gies Business and IMA collaborate to train professionals in latest data analytics and visualization skills

Aaron Bennett
Gies College of Business, University of Illinois
(217) 300-8124 

Giuseppe Barone
(201) 474-1681 


Champaign, IL and Montvale, NJ, May 5, 2020 – The University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business and IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) are proud to announce a collaboration that will help train IMA members worldwide in the latest data analytics and visualization skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Gies College of Business and its world-renowned Department of Accountancy will begin by offering IMA members and the profession at large a single online, self-study course about data analytics in accounting – Beyond the Basics: Data Analytics and Visualization for Accounting Professionals – with additional plans to offer more courses in the future. 

“For accounting professionals to enjoy continued success in a rapidly changing industry, they need to remain up to speed on the very latest skills,” said Brooke Elliott, EY Distinguished Professor of Accountancy and Associate Dean at Gies College of Business. “This provides a great way to deliver leading-edge data analytics training to a broad audience and equip today’s accounting leaders with the tools to succeed for many years to come.”

IMA is committed to advancing the management accounting profession and providing learning and upskilling opportunities to its members. Under this collaboration, IMA will be able to offer its members opportunities to upskill and stay ahead of current trends in business through a discounted, online delivery that will allow learners from all over the world to participate.

“The University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business has an impressive track record of offering innovative education for the finance and accounting profession. Our collaboration will provide our members with relevant and advanced data analytics and visualization training. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance members’ skills regarding emerging technologies in today’s disruptive environment,” said Debbie Warner, CAE, CPLP, Vice President, Education & Career Services at IMA.

About Gies College of Business
For more than 100 years, Gies College of Business has intentionally designed its innovative programs, leading-edge curriculum, and experiential learning opportunities to empower and prepare students to turn big ideas into meaningful actions. Today, Gies faculty prepare more than 7,000 future business leaders, including 3,100 undergraduates, from around the world to put their purpose into practice and provide transformative leadership in a global economy.

About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)
IMA®, named the 2017 and 2018 Professional Body of the Year by The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) and CSCA® (Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis) programs, continuing education, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 125,000 members in 150 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., USA, IMA provides localized services through its four global regions: The Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe, and Middle East/India. For more information about IMA, please visit