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Migration to R

Are you interested in using the most advanced statistical package available? Do you have several programs working with your current package that you need to be transfered? Are you afraid of the learning curve?
We can help you with that.

R is by far the most flexible and advanced statistical packages. Furthermore, it is free to use. This suggests that by adopting it as their default statistical analysis tool, users can not only save significant amounts of money, but also improve their practice of data analysis. However, many business users are deterred to make the move by its reputation of complexity. Although this argument is no longer true as several user-friendly interfaces to R have been developed, another aspect cannot be overlooked: when one has been using a given package for years, it is often the case that that several programs and procedures have been developed with it to take care of routine analyses. These procedures need to be transfered to the new package to make it a viable solution. If you add to this that there are multiple ways of installing and using R depending on your needs and practices, moving to R can still appear as an out of reach solution.

In order to address these issues, we have developed a training and migration program to accompany you throughout the process of replacing part or all of your current statistical software usage with R.

The process starts with an evaluation of your needs, constraints and targets. Based on the results of this evaluation, we will recommend what we think is the most appropriate R configuration for you as well as the interface that you should use to work with it. We will also setup a migration curriculum and timeline to make the migration as seemless as possible. The program will typically consist of a mix of onsite training sessions to learn the R basics and then more advanced topics, along with adhoc support and regular exercices to make sure that all participants keep the pace on using the new software. At the same time, we will translate your existing data analysis programs into R so that you can start performing these routing analyses with the new software. 

The length of the migration program depends primarily on the time you can make available for it and the level of proficiency that you want to achieve. Based on our experience, this typically ranges between 6 months and 2 years. Once the migration is considered complete, we can offer personalized on-demand coaching so that you are not left alone with your new tool.

It is also worth mentioning that participants to this program have access to our online collaboration platform where they can safely keep track of all information exchanged during the migration process. Of course, the platform access is controlled on a company basis so that confidentiality is not an issue.

Do not hesitate to contact us to learn more or to initiate the setup of your own custom program.