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Data visualization tools like Kibana can help you analyze, interpret, and gain insights from your data. Learn Kibana with online courses and programs delivered through edX, and discover how to create interactive dashboards, charts, and graphs.

What is Kibana?

Kibana is an open-source data visualization tool from the software company Elastic. Users can build custom dashboards and use the drill-down capabilities to perform deeper analysis. Visualization options include line graphs, pie charts, scatter plots, and more.

Professionals often use Kibana in conjunction with Elasticsearch and Logstash, a group of tools that together form the ELK stack. Elasticsearch serves as an analytics database that can store huge volumes of data, while Logstash acts as a pipeline that can ingest data from different sources. With Kibana, users can query Elasticsearch and get a complete picture of their data.Footnote 1

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Kibana tutorial curriculum

When you learn Kibana for data analysis and visualization, you add a valuable skill to your professional toolkit. An introductory Kibana course may teach you to:

  • Install and configure Kibana.

  • Import sample datasets.

  • Filter, search, and drill down into data.

  • Create and customize a Kibana dashboard.

  • Share reports of saved visualizations.

Once you grasp the basics, you can move on to a more advanced Kibana tutorial, which may cover topics like how to:

  • Perform a geospatial analysis to uncover patterns.

  • Use machine learning analytics for anomaly detection.

  • Add and monitor data logs from different sources.

  • Install and configure various plug-ins.

  • Use Kibana logs to troubleshoot issues.

Build the knowledge you need to work effectively with tools like Kibana. edX offers a range of learning pathways, from accelerated boot camps in data analytics to more extensive programs that allow you to pursue a bachelor’s degree in data science. 

Advanced learners can enroll in a master’s degree program from a leading university to expand their knowledge. Busy professionals can also opt for executive education courses that fit into their lifestyles. Explore different learning opportunities and find the right pathway for you.

Explore jobs that use Kibana

Data visualization allows companies to gain actionable insights from their data. Roles that may use tools like Kibana include:

  • Software developer: Can use Kibana to analyze data logs and gain business insights into their applications. Programmers can also create visualizations to track application performance and identify optimization opportunities.Footnote 2

  • Cryptographer: Uses algorithms and ciphers to secure sensitive information. They may use tools like Kibana to analyze security-related data and create visualizations to document their findings.Footnote 3

  • Network administrator: Ensures their organization’s network runs efficiently, and can use Kibana to detect anomalies and quickly troubleshoot issues before they escalate.Footnote 4

  • Cybersecurity specialist: Helps organizations protect data stored on electronic systems. With Kibana, they can monitor data from intrusion detection systems and identify behaviors that could indicate a breach. They can also advise on potential solutions to close any security gaps.Footnote 5

  • Data analyst: Collects, organizes, and analyzes large volumes of data. Kibana can be utilized to create visualizations to track key performance indicators (KPIs) and report findings to inform business decisions.Footnote 6

Research potential roles to determine the educational requirements. This will allow you to align your learning with your professional goals. For example, if you wish to become a software developer but lack the skills, you can enroll in a coding boot camp to fill the knowledge gap. If a position requires a cybersecurity background, you can develop your skills with an intensive cybersecurity boot camp. Discover relevant learning opportunities from edX.

How to use Kibana for data visualization

Companies generate massive amounts of data, but much of it goes unused.Footnote 7 Knowledge of Kibana can prove valuable as companies look for people who can make sense of their data. For example, data analysts can use Kibana to identify trends in customer behaviors, while IT technicians can use it to monitor systems and respond to issues.

If you’re interested in using Kibana for data visualization, it can help to enroll in a Kibana course to learn the platform. You’ll learn how to connect Kibana to Elasticsearch and create visualizations to explore your data. 

Grow your professional skills with online programs from edX. Gain practical, hands-on experience with an accelerated data analytics boot camp or consider a computer science bachelor’s degree to build a strong educational foundation.

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