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Data Literacy for Everyone

With the advent of automation, humans’ role has become to do what computers cannot. Many more white-collar workers—perhaps all of them—will end up “working with data” to some extent. This course for managers and workers without a strong quantitative background introduces a range of skills and applications related to critical thinking in such areas as forecasting, population measurement, set theory and logic, causal impact and attribution, scientific reasoning and the danger of cognitive biases. There are no prerequisites beyond high-school mathematics; this course has been designed to be approachable for everyone.

AI and Data Science for Managers and Executives

This one-day workshop is aimed at current or aspiring leaders and managers of AI / machine learning teams and functions. The focus of the course is on the key concepts that are required to avoid the most common and far too frequent failures in AI projects and initiatives.

Fundamentals of AI, Machine Learning, Data Science and Predictive Analytics

Our leading course has transformed the artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and data science practice of the many managers, sponsors, key stakeholders, entrepreneurs and beginning data analytics and data science practitioners who have attended it. This course is an intuitive, hands-on introduction to ai, data science and machine learning, it's your artificial intelligence 101. The training focuses on central concepts and key skills, leaving you with a deep understanding of the foundations of ai and data science and even some of the more advanced tools used in the field. The course does not involve coding, or require any coding knowledge or experience.

Data Science and Big Data Analytics: Leveraging Best Practices and Avoiding Pitfalls

Data science is the key to business success in the information economy. This workshop will teach you about best practices in deploying a data science capability for your organisation. Technology is the easy part; the hard part is creating the right organisational and delivery framework in which data science can be successful in your organisation. We will discuss the necessary skill sets for a successful data scientist and the environment that will allow them to thrive. We will draw a strong distinction between “Data R&D” and “Data Product” capabilities within an enterprise and speak to the different skill sets, governance, and technologies needed across these areas. We will also explore the use of open data sets and open source software tools to enable best results from data science in large organisations. Advanced data visualisation will be described as a critical component of a big data analytics deployment strategy. We will also talk about the many pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Data Governance 1

This two day course provides an informed, realistic and comprehensive foundation for establishing best practice Data Governance in your organisation. Suitable for every level from CDO to executive to data steward, this highly practical course will equip you with the tools and strategies needed to successfully create and implement a Data Governance strategy and roadmap.

Data Transformation and Analysis Using Apache Spark

With big data expert and author Jeffrey Aven. The first module in the “Big Data Development Using Apache Spark” series, this course provides a detailed overview of the spark runtime and application architecture, processing patterns, functional programming using Python, fundamental API concepts, basic programming skills and deep dives into additional constructs including broadcast variables, accumulators, and storage and lineage options. Attendees will learn to understand the Apache Spark framework and runtime architecture, fundamentals of programming for Spark, gain mastery of basic transformations, actions, and operations, and be prepared for advanced topics in Spark including streaming and machine learning.

Stars, Flakes, Vaults and the Sins of Denormalisation

Providing both performance and flexibility are often seen as contradictory goals in designing large scale data implementations. In this talk we will discuss techniques for denormalisation and provide a framework for understanding the performance and flexibility implications of various design options. We will examine a variety of logical and physical design approaches and evaluate the trade offs between them. Specific recommendations are made for guiding the translation from a normalised logical data model to an engineered-for-performance physical data model. The role of dimensional modeling and various physical design approaches are discussed in detail. Best practices in the use of surrogate keys is also discussed. The focus is on understanding the benefit (or not) of various denormalisation approaches commonly taken in analytic database designs.

Best Practices in Enterprise Information Management

The effective management of enterprise information for analytics deployment requires best practices in the areas of people, processes, and technology. In this talk we will share both successful and unsuccessful practices in these areas. The scope of this workshop will involve five key areas of enterprise information management: (1) metadata management, (2) data quality management, (3) data security and privacy, (4) master data management, and (5) data integration.

Agile Insights

This course presents a process and methods for an agile analytics delivery. Agile Insights reflects the capabilities required by any organization to develop insights from data and validating potential business value.Content presented describes the process, how it is executed and how it can be deployed as a standard process inside an organization. The course will also share best practices, highlight potential tripwires to watch out for, as well as roles and resources required.

Data Driven Management

This course is for executives and managers who want to leverage analytics to support their most vital decisions and enable better decision-making at the highest levels. It empowers senior executives with skills to make more effective use of data analytics. It covers contexts including strategic decision-making and shows attendees ways to use data to make better decisions. Attendees will learn how to receive, understand and make decisions from a range of analytics methods, including visualisation and dashboards. They will also be taught to work with analysts as effective customers.

Data Driven Decision Making for Executives and Managers

This course is for executives and managers who want to leverage analytics to support their most vital decisions and enable better decision-making at the highest levels. It empowers senior executives with skills to make more effective use of data analytics. It covers contexts including strategic decision-making and shows attendees ways to use data to make better decisions. Attendees will learn how to receive, understand and make decisions from a range of analytics methods, including visualisation and dashboards. They will also be taught to work with analysts as effective customers.

Agile Transition

This course describes the cultural and organisational aspects required for an organisation on the digital transformation path. A healthy corporate culture around data awareness is imperative to leverage the potential and value of data to the benefit of a company's business model. The organisation needs to reflect the culture and reward those who add value to a corporation by using data and analytics. Content presented explains personality and skill identification, how to prototype an agile analytics organisation and describe how to validate change capabilities, close gaps and execute a transition strategy.

Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency

Blockchain is one of the most disruptive and least understood technologies to emerge over the previous decade. This course gives participants an intuitive understanding of blockchain in both public and private contexts, allowing them to distinguish genuine use cases from hype. We explore public crypto-currencies, smart contracts and consortium chains, interspersing theory with case studies from areas such as financial markets, health care, trade finance, and supply chain. The course does not require a technical background.

The Future of Analytics

This full day workshop examines the trends in analytics deployment and developments in advanced technology. The implications of these technology developments for data foundation implementations will be discussed with examples in future architecture and deployment. This workshop presents best practices for deployment of a next generation data management implementation as the realization of analytic capability for mobile devices and consumer intelligence. We will also explore emerging trends related to big data analytics using content from Web 3.0 applications and other non-traditional data sources such as sensors and rich media.

Agile Data Management Architecture

This full-day workshop examines the trends in analytic technologies, methodologies, and use cases. The implications of these developments for deployment of analytic capabilities will be discussed with examples in future architecture and implementation. This workshop also presents best practices for deployment of next generation analytics.

Innovating with Best Practices to Modernise Delivery Architecture and Governance

Organisations often struggle with the conflicting goals of both delivering production reporting with high reliability while at the same time creating new value propositions from their data assets. Gartner has observed that organizations that focus only on mode one (predictable) deployment of analytics in the construction of reliable, stable, and high-performance capabilities will very often lag the marketplace in delivering competitive insights because the domain is moving too fast for traditional SDLC methodologies. Explorative analytics requires a very different model for identifying analytic opportunities, managing teams, and deploying into production. Rapid progress in the areas of machine learning and artificial intelligence exacerbates the need for bi-modal deployment of analytics. In this workshop we will describe best practices in both architecture and governance necessary to modernise an enterprise to enable participation in the digital economy.

Modernising Your Data Warehouse and Analytic Ecosystem

This full-day workshop examines the emergence of new trends in data warehouse implementation and the deployment of analytic ecosystems.  We will discuss new platform technologies such as columnar databases, in-memory computing, and cloud-based infrastructure deployment.  We will also examine the concept of a “logical” data warehouse – including and ecosystem of both commercial and open source technologies.  Real-time analytics and in-database analytics will also be covered.  The implications of these developments for deployment of analytic capabilities will be discussed with examples in future architecture and implementation. This workshop also presents best practices for deployment of next generation analytics using AI and machine learning. 

Cost-Based Optimisation: Obtaining the Best Execution Plan for Complex Queries

Optimiser choices in determining the execution plan for complex queries is a dominant factor in the performance delivery for a data foundation environment. The goal of this workshop is to de-mystify the inner workings of cost-based optimisation for complex query workloads. We will discuss the differences between rule-based optimisation and cost-based optimisation with a focus on how a cost-based optimization enumerates and selects among possible execution plans for a complex query. The influences of parallelism and hardware configuration on plan selection will be discussed along with the importance of data demographics. Advanced statistics collection is discussed as the foundational input for decision-making within the cost-based optimiser. Performance characteristics and optimiser selection among different join and indexing opportunities will also be discussed with examples. The inner workings of the query re-write engine will be described along with the performance implications of various re-write strategies.

Social Network Analysis: Practical Use Cases and Implementation

Social networking via Web 2.0 applications such as LinkedIn and Facebook has created huge interest in understanding the connections between individuals to predict patterns of churn, influencers related to early adoption of new products and services, successful pricing strategies for certain kinds of services, and customer segmentation. We will explain how to use these advanced analytic techniques with mini case studies across a wide range of industries including telecommunications, financial services, health care, retailing, and government agencies. 

Capacity Planning for Enterprise Data Deployment

This workshop describes a framework for capacity planning in an enterprise data environment. We will propose a model for defining service level agreements (SLAs) and then using these SLAs to drive the capacity planning and configuration for enterprise data solutions. Guidelines will be provided for capacity planning in a mixed workload environment involving both strategic and tactical decision support. Performance implications related to technology trends in multi-core CPU deployment, large memory deployment, and high density disk drives will be described. In addition, the capacity planning implications for different approaches for data acquisition will be considered.

Real-Time Analytics Development and Deployment

Real-time analytics is rapidly changing the landscape for deployment of decision support capability. The challenges of supporting extreme service levels in the areas of performance, availability, and data freshness demand new methods for data warehouse construction. Particular attention is paid to architectural topologies for successful implementation and the role of frameworks for Microservices deployment. In this workshop we will discuss evolution of data warehousing technology and new methods for meeting the associated service levels with each stage of evolution.