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Training Courses, Workshops and Seminars

Leadership and Resilience Skills for Data Professionals

2021-03-12T03:59:37+00:00July 23rd, 2019|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 Governance II

2022-09-16T07:41:39+00:00December 2nd, 2020|Tags: , , , |

This one day course builds on the foundation of Data Governance I, and dives deeper into selected areas that are designed to provide the most practical and real-world applications of data governance. It includes the change management journey to the “data-driven” organisation, and implications of the necessity of model governance in the context of data science, AI/ML initiatives and RPA/IPA .

Advanced Analytics Using Apache Spark

2021-03-12T03:57:56+00:00February 28th, 2019|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

2021-03-12T03:57:53+00:00February 11th, 2019|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

2021-07-23T01:03:47+00:00May 13th, 2019|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.

Data Transformation and Analysis Using Apache Spark

2022-02-16T04:17:23+00:00February 21st, 2019|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.

Best Practices in Enterprise Information Management

2021-07-23T00:58:54+00:00May 17th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

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.

Stream and Event Processing using Apache Spark

2021-04-13T03:39:51+00:00February 21st, 2019|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.

Deep Learning and AI

2021-07-19T01:53:31+00:00February 28th, 2019|Tags: , |

This course is an introduction to the highly celebrated area of Neural Networks, popularised as “deep learning” and “AI”. The course will cover the key concepts underlying neural network technology, as well as the unique capabilities of a number of advanced deep learning technologies, including Convolutional Neural Nets for image recognition, recurrent neural nets for time series and text modelling, and new artificial intelligence techniques including Generative Adversarial Networks and Reinforcement Learning. Practical exercises will present these methods in some of the most popular Deep Learning packages available in Python, including Keras and Tensorflow. Trainees are expected to be familiar with the basics of machine learning from the Fundamentals course, as well as the python language.

Text and Language Analytics

2021-10-22T01:05:45+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Tags: , |

Text analytics is a crucial skill set in nearly all contexts where data science has an impact, whether that be customer analytics, fraud detection, automation or fintech. In this course, you will learn a toolbox of skills and techniques, starting from effective data preparation and stretching right through to advanced modelling with deep-learning and neural-network approaches such as word2vec.

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