Data Strategy: Leveraging Data as a Competitive Advantage

Implement a data-driven roadmap to drive business value

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July 25, 2024

Course Duration

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2 months, online
4–6 hours per week

Course Fee

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US$2,900 US$2,465 and get US$290 off with a referral

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Harness Your Organization's Data as a Value Driver

Organizations are accumulating vast amounts of enterprise data. However, its value as a strategic asset is often lost as companies are unsure how to analyze the data, use insights for decision making and measure the impact of data-driven outcomes. UC Berkeley Executive Education’s Data Strategy online program will empower you to generate untapped value from your company’s data to business processes and drive tangible results.

The program is expertly designed to help you:

  • Enhance your expertise in data analytics, strategy, and management, including data architecture, governance, quality, and technologies
  • Explore the future of data, especially new trends such as automation and AI
  • Stay up to date with the latest approaches for developing and implementing data strategies that are innovative and impactful
  • Gain the tools and knowledge to address specific challenges in your organization, including designing a good data strategy or including digital transformation
  • Access practical and actionable learnings that can be directly applied in your work with real-life case studies and examples
  • Position yourself as a data strategy specialist and lead data-driven transformations, opening new career opportunities
  • Acquire specific knowledge and skills to excel in new data-oriented roles and responsibilities

93%

of organizations are planning to increase their investments in data in the wake of potential economic uncertainty.

SOURCE: NEW VANTAGE PARTNERS

64.2%

of companies claim to use data to drive innovation.

Source: New Vantage Partners

25%

faster innovation cycles have been experienced by companies using data analytics.

Source: Chicago Analytics Group

Key Takeaways

Guided by faculty experts and industry best practices, you will learn how successful organizations use data as an organizational asset. By the end of the program, you will be prepared to develop your own data strategy by accomplishing the following:

  • Apply frameworks and methodologies for harnessing data to create value
  • Build a data-focused roadmap to gain competitive advantages in your industry
  • Understand and manage the data lifecycle
  • Assemble a skilled data strategy team
  • Create new value from your data assets

Program Topics

Each module in this two-month program is designed to help you create a high-level data strategy based on insights from the faculty’s years of experience developing data strategies at dozens of organizations.

Module 1:

Introduction to Data Strategy

Apply a value creation framework with four perspectives to generate insights from data and learn to build data-driven products at scale to execute your data strategy.

Module 2:

Developing a Data Strategy

Learn a practical three-step methodology of contextualization, ideation, and prescription to develop a successful data strategy.

Module 3:

Data Management

Identify frameworks for data architecture, data storage, and data operations; assess the data life cycle; and explore the practical uses of three important categories of data: metadata, reference data, and master data.

Module 4:

Data Governance, Quality, and Security

Assess how data governance ensures that data stays reliable and secure; develop an effective approach to data security; and understand the best practices to comply with privacy regulations, such as GDPR, HIPAA and CCPA.

Module 5:

Data Processes and Technology

Organize data technologies into four categories: data generation and acquisition; data integration and management; data analysis; and data operationalization. Identify the technologies and applications for each step of your data process.

Module 6:

Data Organization and Culture

Gain a high-level view of how to build a culture to enable data-driven decision making in your organization; formally structure your organization to create value from your data; and evaluate the importance of roles such as chief data officer.

Module 7:

Data at the Leading Edge

Look to the future of data, discovering what’s possible in data science, AI, and different analytic approaches that can inform your business decisions and automate processes in ways never before possible, including descriptive and prescriptive modeling.

Module 1:

Introduction to Data Strategy

Apply a value creation framework with four perspectives to generate insights from data and learn to build data-driven products at scale to execute your data strategy.

Module 5:

Data Processes and Technology

Organize data technologies into four categories: data generation and acquisition; data integration and management; data analysis; and data operationalization. Identify the technologies and applications for each step of your data process.

Module 2:

Developing a Data Strategy

Learn a practical three-step methodology of contextualization, ideation, and prescription to develop a successful data strategy.

Module 6:

Data Organization and Culture

Gain a high-level view of how to build a culture to enable data-driven decision making in your organization; formally structure your organization to create value from your data; and evaluate the importance of roles such as chief data officer.

Module 3:

Data Management

Identify frameworks for data architecture, data storage, and data operations; assess the data life cycle; and explore the practical uses of three important categories of data: metadata, reference data, and master data.

Module 7:

Data at the Leading Edge

Look to the future of data, discovering what’s possible in data science, AI, and different analytic approaches that can inform your business decisions and automate processes in ways never before possible, including descriptive and prescriptive modeling.

Module 4:

Data Governance, Quality, and Security

Assess how data governance ensures that data stays reliable and secure; develop an effective approach to data security; and understand the best practices to comply with privacy regulations, such as GDPR, HIPAA and CCPA.

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Capstone Project

Throughout the program, you will work on a capstone project that allows you to apply the frameworks and tools you have learned to a real-world challenge that your organization is currently facing. This hands-on experience is an opportunity for you to create a plan for developing and implementing a comprehensive data strategy in your organization. As part of the project, you will:

  • Understand the context of your organization's data and define the use case for your data strategy
  • Manage and govern your data and generate insights from it
  • Select the right technology and leverage data science and analytics
  • Create strategies toward building a data-driven culture

At the end of the capstone project, you will produce a portfolio piece that you can use to showcase your skills to potential employers.

Who Should Attend?

The program is ideal for technology leaders, professionals and consultants who are seeking to:

  • Set organizational strategy or shape business decision-making based on data insights
  • Identify and implement best practices in their data projects and think strategically about building data-driven products at scale
  • Provide comprehensive data solutions to their own or their clients’ enterprises
  • Make a career pivot into data strategy

Program Experience

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Video sessions

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Live webinars

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Live office hours

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Interviews with guest experts

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Application exercises

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Moderated discussion boards

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Knowledge checks

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Personalized and peer-review feedback

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Industry use cases

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Polls

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Prereadings

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Try-it activities

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Crowd-sourced activities

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Demonstrations

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Reflections

Case Studies

Real-world examples can help you fine-tune your organization’s data strategy. Learn how top global brands create positive results from data management, data technology, and strategic methodologies.

Majid Al Futtaim

Explore the analytics-driven transformation of lifestyle conglomerate in the Middle East and North Africa, and how it used data governance and a test-and-learn methodology to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, open new sources of growth, and generate customer value.

IBM Watson

Discover how IBM Watson navigates the promise of new AI technologies while facing the reality of a healthcare market with demanding requirements for usable products.

RIMAC

Learn how this Peruvian insurance company scaled up AI across the enterprise, overcoming numerous organizational and cultural challenges, institutionalizing changes, and creating new business models.

ShotSpotter

Learn how ShotSpotter, a US data-as-a-service company, combines data, IoT, and AI in a novel service to city governments and law enforcement organizations to address social and business issues while navigating ethical, political, and privacy issues.

Program Faculty

Richard Huntsinger

Professional Faculty in Operations & IT Management, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Professor, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Fortune 500 operations executive, and management consultant, Richard Huntsinger has broad international experience leading programs and projects in operational excellence... More info

Faculty Member Girish Venkatachaliah

Girish Venkatachaliah

Chief Technology Officer, agilon health

With deep experience in developing data strategy in healthcare and other industries, Girish Venkatachaliah has spent two decades in a variety of leadership roles in data and AI, including a role as chief technology and product officer for Decision Resources Group... More info

Thomas Lee

Associate Adjunct Professor in Operations & IT Management, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Thomas Lee is a research scientist and associate adjunct professor in the Haas Operations and Information Technology Management Group at the Haas School of Business. He teaches and conducts research... More info

Guest Speakers

Faculty Member Jonathan Ballon

Jonathan Ballon

Chief Digital Officer, Electric Last Mile Solutions

A veteran deep tech executive and recognized thought leader on Industrial IoT, Ballon brings more than 25 years of experience driving transformation at global technology companies. He is currently responsible for the overall digital technology strategy at Electric Last Mile Solutions. He was most recently VP & GM of Intel’s Internet of Things Group, where he pioneered AI and deep learning hardware and software solutions and oversaw a global, multi-billion-dollar P&L. Earlier, Ballon was Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of GE Digital, GE’s global software and analytics group. At GE, he launched the company’s first cloud-based software and infrastructure platform, Predix, and scaled the organization to support GE’s multi-billion-dollar software & services business. He previously spent more than a decade at Cisco Systems, ultimately serving as Corporate Vice President leading the Office of Strategy and Planning across the fastest growth areas of the business.

Faculty Member Philip Kim

Philip Kim

Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Public Storage

Philip Kim is Chief Data and Analytics Officer of Public Storage, leading the analytics strategy that enables the use of data as a competitive advantage, leading a group of data scientists and data engineers that work on optimizing and developing algorithms to advance the business. He brings over 25 years of leadership and analytics experience and was most recently at Under Armour, where he established and led the global analytics function for six years. Previously, Mr. Kim served critical transformation roles in companies that include Amazon, Alcatel Lucent, and General Electric. During his tenures, he established global teams that built and delivered analytic capabilities to grow revenue, optimize operational efficiency, and expand profit margins. Mr. Kim holds MBAs from Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wright State University.

Faculty Member Karthik Suri

Karthik Suri

Chief Digital Officer, Invitae

Karthik leads Invitae’s Data and Digital platform strategy, delivery, GTM, security, and operations. He also has responsibilities in Information Security and Information Technology to drive cyber security and productivity across the organization. Previously, Karthik served as chief operating officer at GE Digital and COO for GE’s Industrial IOT & Data Platform. In addition, he has held leadership roles in platform technology companies including PayPal, eBay, Magento, Yahoo!, and Barclays following his early career at GE. In addition, Karthik serves on the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Digital Platform & Ecosystems group and also on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Northern California. He holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's in Chemistry from BITS, Pilani, India; a Master's in Industrial & Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University; and a dual MBA from Columbia Business School and University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Faculty Member Johannes Scholtes

Johannes Scholtes

Chief Strategy Officer & Chairman, ZyLab; Professor in Text-Mining and AI, Maastricht University

Johannes Scholtes holds the extraordinary Chair in Text Mining from the Department of Data Science at the Department of Science and Engineering of the University of Maastricht. From 1987 Scholtes has been at ZyLAB, starting as President & CEO and since 2009 as Chairman and leader of the Data Science team. He has been involved in deploying in-house e-discovery software with organizations such as the UN War Crimes Tribunals, the FBI-ENRON investigations, the EOP (White House), European Commission DG OLAF (anti-fraud), Akzo-Nobel, ING Bank, and many other organizations worldwide. Earlier, Scholtes was lieutenant in the intelligence department of the Royal Dutch Navy. Scholtes holds a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Delft University of Technology and a Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics from the University of Amsterdam. He holds 9 patents in text-mining and machine learning.

Faculty Member Sham Chotai

Sham Chotai

Chief Digital Officer, New Context

In a career that spans over 25 years, Sham is a seasoned entrepreneur and innovator who is passionate about bringing technology solutions to market that deliver tangible outcomes. Alongside his role with New Context to construct and execute Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0 strategies, Sham advises large and small firms on digital transformation driven by big data, analytics, and AI. Previously, Sham served as Barrick’s Chief Digital Officer—a role designed to drive forward the mining company's transformation into a digital enterprise. Sham joined Barrick from GE, where he served as Chief Technology Officer and Head of Software for the company’s Power & Water and Transportation divisions. Prior to GE, he was Vice President of Cloud Computing for Hewlett-Packard. Mr. Chotai also led the development of a patented predictive analytics platform for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries at DecisionView Software, a company he co-founded.

Faculty Member Ralph Aceves

Ralph Aceves

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, HackerStrike

Ralph Aceves is the Co-Founder and CEO at HackerStrike, leading the development of an AI-based technology to stop ransomware and provide autonomous self-healing across all devices on the network. Prior to HackerStrike, he was the Founder and CEO at Ovalpath Corporation, where he developed a mobile workforce management system to increase field staff efficiency. The company was acquired by Curtiss-Wright Corporation in 2013. Previously, Ralph was the President and CEO at Vianeta Communications, Chief Operating Officer at Levient Corporation, Vice President of World Wide Operations and CIO at Informatica, and Vice President of Financial Operations at Addison-Wesley. Ralph holds an MBA from Golden Gate University, and a BSc from San Jose State University.

Faculty Member Matthew Howard

Matthew Howard

Managing Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

Matt brings over 30 years of experience in marketing, product management, engineering, business development, and sales in a wide range of technologies to Norwest Venture Partners. He focuses his efforts on mobile, security, rich media, cloud-based services/applications, and infrastructure-related sectors, and has appeared on the Forbes Midas List as a top 100 investor for three years and was recently recognized by Business Insider as one of the “19 Best Enterprise Tech Venture Capitalists.” He was also featured on AlwaysOn’s list of “Power Players in the Cloud.” Previously, Matt was an early employee of Cisco, where he established Cisco’s security and VPN strategy, situated Cisco as the leading firewall appliance manufacturer, and launched the first load-balancing product. In addition, Matt has held various positions at Vertical Communications, Digital Equipment Corporation, BDM International, and Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN) Communications Corporation.

Path to Alumni Benefits

Enrolling in the Data Strategy: Leveraging Data as a Competitive Advantage program can become your first step toward pursuing the UC Berkeley Executive Education Certificate of Business Excellence (COBE). The Certificate of Business Excellence gives individuals the opportunity to acquire and hone new skills and do it on a timeline that works with your busy schedule. Participants will earn a mark of distinction with certification from a world-class university, and enjoy the flexibility of completing the program in up to three years.
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Networking and events

  • Join local alumni chapters or clubs in your region
  • Participate in the annual Berkeley Haas Alumni Conference
  • Attend select Berkeley Haas and Berkeley Executive Education Networking events open to the COBE community

Exclusive Berkeley Resources

  • Activate an @haas.executivealumni.berkeley.edu email forwarding address
  • 15% discount on the list price of future eligible Berkeley Executive Education programs.
  • 30% discount on the list price of future eligible programs after completion of your Certificate of Business Excellence.
  • Public visitor access to select campus libraries and university database services

News and communication

  • A one year complimentary digital subscription to California Management Review
  • Berkeley Haas Alumni newsletter
  • Berkeley Haas Alumni Jobs e-Newsletter featuring job postings from distinguished employers
  • Haas Insights offering the latest research and thought leadership from industry speakers and faculty

Note: All benefits subject to change.

Certificate

Certificate

Upon successful completion of the program, UC Berkeley Executive Education grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants. Participants must complete 80% of the required activities including a capstone project (if any) to obtain the certificate of completion. This program also counts toward a Certificate of Business Excellence.

Successful completion of this program fulfills two curriculum days (minimum requirement of 17 curriculum days) towards the UC Berkeley Certificate of Business Excellence (COBE).
Learn more on how it works here.

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Note: This program results in a digital certificate of completion and is not eligible for degree credit/CEUs. After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of UC Berkeley Executive Education.

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Curriculum Days: Two days

Pillar(s): Strategy & Management

A UC Berkeley Certificate of Business Excellence gives individuals the opportunity to create a personal plan of study structured by our four academic pillars. Participants will earn a mark of distinction with certification from a world-class university and enjoy the flexibility of completing the program in up to three years.

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