Tailor made D8A Academy trainings

Members and partners of D8A Directors can bring their years of experience as hands-on training to your organisation.

Are you looking for inspiration, guidance and practical how-to’s in building your data driven organisation?

Some inspiration on topics:

  • Guiding change through enterprise data architecture practice
  • How metadata management enables you to find, understand, govern, trust and share your data
  • Growing a federated data governance in your organisation made practical
  • Where and how to start with data quality management with immediate cost reduction in business operations
  • How to transition the perspectives of data security, privacy & compliance from ‘cost center’ to ‘profit center’ when done right
  • How to organise data products in data mesh
  • How to realize data observability embedded into your data pipelines with databricks and deltalake
  • and other

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your case for a trailor made training!

How to Become a Successful Data Professional

Remi Verhoeven (Senior Manager at KPMG) on: the character traits, technical skills and soft skills required in order to become a successful data profession. Listen to hear about the ways data professionals can improve their skills to increase their chances in the recruitment process.

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Data strategy for small and medium-sized enterprises

Geneviève Meerburg (Director SME Services at van Spaendonck) on: implementing a data strategy within her organisation. Geneviève shares how the importance and value of data organically grew, leading to a concrete need for a data strategy. Listen to hear how van Spaendonck approached truly living through the principles set out in the data strategy and how it helped create new services for their clients. 

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Don’t mention AI!

Bart Rentenaar (Enterprise Data Lead at Athora) on: implementing data innovation within his organisation. Bart shares examples of use cases that inspired him to get start with data innovations, the framework that employs to structure initiatives, examples of data innovations he implemented and the team that made that possible. Listen for tips when starting out with the implementation of data innovations.

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Date with D8A
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Trusted data awareness

Arjan Pepping (Corporate Data Manager at MN) on: creating awareness around trusted data and the role of data in control for a pension provider. Listen for the golden tip on implementing data awareness.

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Good design teams embrace data quality

Marinka Voorhout (Director at Philips) on: data quality in design is becoming a pre requisite for innovations on data. Listen to practical approach tips and ideas to take data quality into account in user interfaces.

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Trailer: Date with D8A

In this trailer of the Date with D8A podcast series, Simone from D8A explains the idea behind the D8A initiative and the what, why and how of the Date with D8A podcast.

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Trailer: Date with D8A
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Owning the use of data

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Why your company needs a Chief Data Officer.

It is time to increase acknowledgement of the importance of a chief data officer.

As companies move towards working data-driven, monetizing data in new and enhanced services and products is essential. Traditionally heavy regulated industries, e.g. financial and health, first focused on bringing their data in control. Their efforts concentrated mainly around data quality management, data privacy, data governance and E2E trusted data lineage. These efforts are often led — or owned — by a Chief Data Officer (CDO).

In this article, we advocate to shift or extend this focus of the chief data officer towards data in control AND data in use.

CDO’s define and communicate the companies vision on data management and data use. Through this vision, the CDO gives direction, guidance, advocates for change and sets priorities for running projects. Most companies CDO’s have to some extent achieved this for data management. The extended focus of Chief Data Officers, which we advocate for in this article, contains standard processes for the design, prototyping, development, productizing and use of data & insights products & services. Furthermore, it is the CDO who defines a standard set of technology to be used to support these processes and create these solutions. Where needed, this is based on the data management foundation as implemented by the CDO in previous years.

The Chief Data Officer ideally combines business expertise, technology background and analytics/BI. Extended by a common commercial sense, understanding of production processes and knowledge of relevant 3rd party partners to cooperate with. Organisations without an ‘extended CDO’ will experience difficulties and potential delays in reaching their data-driven goals — in accordance with new developments in the market. Without strategic guidance and steering, there is an increased risk that departments and units will define their own standard processes, set of technology and data-driven products and services. Making it harder to leverage pre-existing data foundations as well as cross-unit collaboration to enable effective market penetrations. Teams will struggle to escalate and address growing concerns as sufficient C-level representation is missing.

Concluding, companies benefit from a Chief Data Officer with a focus on data in control and data in use. Top-down ownership and alignment of data initiatives, standardisation of processes and data tooling and a clear escalation path for growing concerns are necessary to succeed as a data-driven company.