# Upcoming workshop: From Excel to R

Discover how to use R to break free from Excel’s limitations at Mirai’s From Excel to R workshop.

Excel’s lengthy formulas and complex macros, files that take forever to open and crash as frequently as you try to update them, major mistakes due to a max rows / columns limit, and work that cannot be automated are the daily nightmares of the Excel user.

We understand your frustration and, with the first workshop of our new series of hands-on events, we would like to help you discovering how R can make your life easier. From Excel to R is a great opportunity to learn from R experts and start off with the best practices of a data science professional.

But why is R a great choice for such a life improvement?

We all know that half of data science power comes from being able to communicate the story behind the data clearly and effectively, so that decision makers can take informed decisions. In R the storytelling of your work becomes really easy and fun: you can create your custom report, presentations and dynamic notebooks, to ensure automation and traceability of your work while leveraging on R computational power, easy data manipulation and publication-ready visualizations. Way better than Excel isn’t it? On top of that, you can easily create a web application fully in R, enriching your analysis with a user interface, thus enabling also non-R users to play with the data and easily gain insight.

R is an open source software, originally developed by statisticians for statistics, but since its first appearance in 1993 (OMG just realized R is a Millennial!) it nowadays finds applications in a huge variety of domains, both because of its extended offer of tools for statistical analysis and outstanding visualizations, and for its easy data wrangling, manipulation and reporting.

Finally, R’s great power lies in its ever-growing active community, which, with more than 2 millions users from both academia and industry, keeps expanding R with new features, varying from problem-specific tools to paradigm-changing approaches. Turn to the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) and the R community and you are sure to get some tips for making your work easier.

Have we convinced you yet to transition from Excel to R? Has your curiosity been tickled?

Join us on Tuesday November 3rd at 14:00 CET, and learn from the experts the basics of programming with R in order to reproduce and replace your xls report and improve your data science workflow!

If you want to know more about the pros of using R for data science, have a look at this article; afterwards it won’t come as a surprise if you end up registering for our workshop immediately!