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

2020-10-26T10:07:42+00:00Categories: Data Engineering Curriculum Electives, Data Science Curriculum, Data Governance Curriculum Electives, Stephen Brobst, Executive Curriculum, Data Visualisation, Data Management, Big Data, All Academy Courses|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 I

2020-09-18T02:53:29+00:00Categories: Data Culture Electives, Government, Data Science Curriculum, Data Governance Curriculum, Executive Curriculum, Mark Burnard, Data Engineering Curriculum, Innovation & Tech Curriculum, AI Engineering Curriculum, Financial Risk, All Academy Courses|Tags: , , , |

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.

Leadership and Resilience Skills for Data Professionals

2020-09-18T03:04:04+00:00Categories: Data Science Curriculum, Leadership & Management, Data Engineering Curriculum, Katrina Loukas, All Academy Courses|Tags: , |

Many people today have been developed emotionally and mentally for an era that no longer really exists. This has created a critical soft-skills gap between current workforce ability and business requirements today. In this course participants learn to ‘readapt’ their soft skills so that they are aligned with a thriving 21st century business. They are also given a simple framework from which to continue the self-development so that the training instigates sustainable change.

Data Transformation and Analysis Using Apache Spark

2020-10-19T06:52:15+00:00Categories: Jeffrey Aven, Level 1, Apache Spark Training with Jeffrey Aven, Experienced Analytics Instructor + Big Data Author, Data Science Curriculum Electives, Data Governance Curriculum Electives, Apache Spark, Data Engineering Curriculum, All Academy Courses|Tags: , |

With big data expert and author Jeffrey Aven. Learn how to develop applications using Apache Spark. 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.

Stream and Event Processing using Apache Spark

2020-09-18T03:44:58+00:00Categories: Jeffrey Aven, Apache Spark Training with Jeffrey Aven, Experienced Analytics Instructor + Big Data Author, Level 2, Data Science Curriculum Electives, Apache Spark, Data Engineering Curriculum, All Academy Courses|Tags: , |

The second module in the “Big Data Development Using Apache Spark” series, this course provides the Spark streaming knowledge needed to develop real-time, event-driven or event-oriented processing applications using Apache Spark. It covers using Spark with NoSQL systems and popular messaging platforms like Apache Kafka and Amazon Kinesis. It covers the Spark streaming architecture in depth, and uses practical hands-on exercises to reinforce the use of transformations and output operations, as well as more advanced stream-processing patterns. With big data expert and author Jeffrey Aven.

Advanced Analytics Using Apache Spark

2020-09-18T03:49:00+00:00Categories: Jeffrey Aven, Apache Spark Training with Jeffrey Aven, Experienced Analytics Instructor + Big Data Author, Data Science Curriculum Electives, Apache Spark, Level 3, R Electives, AI Engineering Curriculum, All Academy Courses|Tags: , |

With big data expert and author Jeffrey Aven. The third module in the “Big Data Development Using Apache Spark” series, this course provides the practical knowledge needed to perform statistical, machine learning and graph analysis operations at scale using Apache Spark. It enables data scientists and statisticians with experience in other frameworks to extend their knowledge to the Spark runtime environment with its specific APIs and libraries designed to implement machine learning and statistical analysis in a distributed and scalable processing environment.

Fraud and Anomaly Detection

2020-10-19T06:58:03+00:00Categories: Level 2, Data Science Curriculum Electives, Fraud and Security, R, Dr Eugene Dubossarsky, Financial Risk, All Academy Courses|Tags: , |

This course presents statistical, computational and machine-learning techniques for predictive detection of fraud and security breaches. These methods are shown in the context of use cases for their application, and include the extraction of business rules and a framework for the inter-operation of human, rule-based, predictive and outlier-detection methods. Methods presented include predictive tools that do not rely on explicit fraud labels, as well as a range of outlier-detection techniques including unsupervised learning methods, notably the powerful random-forest algorithm, which can be used for all supervised and unsupervised applications, as well as cluster analysis, visualisation and fraud detection based on Benford’s law. The course will also cover the analysis and visualisation of social-network data. A basic knowledge of R and predictive analytics is advantageous.

Stars, Flakes, Vaults and the Sins of Denormalisation

2020-09-18T04:23:11+00:00Categories: Innovation & Tech Curriculum Electives, Data Governance Curriculum Electives, Stephen Brobst, Data Engineering Curriculum, Data Management, AI Engineering Curriculum, All Academy Courses|Tags: , , , |

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.

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