The Analytics Education Drive in the Philippines

Article by AAP Business Analyst, Ludilyn Pridas

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) recently conducted a free Master Class last January 15-17, 2018 about the application and use cases of Data Science to different fields. It was also a venue for them to provide more information and some insight about the relevance and competitiveness of their newly proposed course, the MS in Data Science (MSDS) Program. The Master Classes aimed to provide some perspective on role of Data Science in the business world today.

During the second day, AIM focused on the applications relevant to the Finance and Banking sectors. The session which was primarily conducted by the Institute’s MSDS Program Director Erika Legara, PhD. She talked about the place of data science in business and emphasized on the importance of the data scientist’s ability to communicate his/her findings to the business decision makers effectively.  Let me highlight some of the things I found particularly relevant.  A good data science team is crucial to leveraging on company curated data as most often than not, good amounts of historical data are left untouched or under-utilized. This is because people in the business are rarely equipped to handle data, more so transform and use it through modelling.  Aside from this, it was also emphasized that analytical knowledge alone will not be enough to achieve success for the business. A data scientist should also have domain knowledge on the relevant business alongside his/her data analytics skill set and techniques. The combination of both is needed to effectively revolutionize one’s business. To sum it all, AIMs seminar was a great opportunity to get an introduction on data science and its relevance, as we know that the Philippines is now adapting to keep up with the trend.

In 2013, the Commision on Higher Education (CHED) released a memo outlining the guidelines and policies for the launching of specialized courses in business analytics targeted towards students who are taking up Business Administration and Information Technology. The goal of this endeavor is to prepare students for the big global analytics wave which will likely open up a lot of career opportunities. In fact upon the release of the memo, various schools expressed their interest to add this new program to their curriculum such as the University of the Philippines – Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Asia Pacific College and University of Santo Tomas, among others. The visualization below shows the list of schools that have expressed interest in launching their own Data Science and Analytics programs. (Click the visualization below to open and interact with it in a separate tab).

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Similar to AIM and the abovementioned schools, the Analytics Association of the Philippines (AAP) also aims to shed light on the relevance of analytics to businesses and the overall economy. As an enabling organization, we aim to come up with a unified ecosystem in the Philippines where industry, the academe, and practitioners meet and find synergies. By helping mobilize trainings and programs for Filipinos that focus on how to upskill in analytics with strong regard for business domain knowledge, we hope to facilitate the creation of a new breed of data scientists that can really revolutionize organizations.  Quoting the popular magazine-format newspaper, The Economist, the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil but data. In line with this and the objective of the AAP, we serve to help individuals optimize their practice and remain well-informed about the developments of the field to make their work more valuable to them and their respective organizations. We hope to complement the efforts of AIM and other educational institutions as we take on the same objective of upskilling Filipinos. The AAP undertakes this mission through massive and inter-regional projects throughout the Philippines, hopefully reaching the seams, and making it available to all who are eager to learn.

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Hunting For Those Missing Elements – Massive Analytics Upskilling

One of the best things about bringing new people on board is that you tend to get pretty insightful feedback.

Let me show you why I really value a fresh pair of eyes as I try and lead my team of analysts in our advocacy to conduct massive upskill training in the Philippines.

Thanks to Ludz Pridas, a new business analyst on the AAP Analytics Team, for creating most of the content below.

On one hand it’s refreshing to know that all of these observations are things we are actively working on. On the other, it can be little frustrating that we haven’t worked them all out yet to a point where the whole team see the big picture.

So that is my first missing element I need to focus on, upping the level of internal communication. Not easy with a team that works virtually a lot. We use Trello, that helps. We have monthly strategy meetings, but probably need to have them a little more frequently.

Another “missing element for us to do a massive training is the opportunity for advancement, a llack of advances towards other training”… the ecosystems is very fragmented. As the number of training options and academic programs focused on analytics grows, so does the difficulty for someone looking to upskill.

Unification of the ecosystem is a top priority of the AAP as we set up partnership agreements with various other organizations. Advocating for standards built around the APEC Data Science & Analytics Core Competencies Map helps. But we need to do a lot of networking and storytelling to build a successful framework for someone to easily determine which upskill option is the right one for them.

We also have to both make things simpler and add more complexity. It is even harder to pull this off then it sounds. Most people looking for analytics training are pretty new to many of the concepts used by cutting edge analytics teams. And a lot of people needing the training simply aren’t numbers people. So we need to keep things fairly layman.

At the same time we need to use the framework to help people easily level up and progress. That cant all be done in person. So online tools will be essential, and there are a lot in the works. Also additional resources for self-guided learning need to be developed and shared.

And the final point that Ludz pointed out to me is “the lack of trainers to teach analytics, to guide the audience beyond our standard 2 days of fundamentals. It’s just not enough to learn all the stuff about analytics quickly.”

Yes, that is why we are gonna do a run of the Train the Trainer in Bacolod in Feb and are working to set up a fun of Train the HR Trainer early in 2018, and another run of Train the Trainer in Davao in April. A large part of my time this coming year will be spent growing the numbers of experts.

By my calculations, to train 500,000 Filipinos by the end of 2022, we will need about 10,000 experts to conduct various types of training.

As I said at the top, these are things we know. We just need to get better at talking about them to a point where everyone involved gets it. That’s who advocacies from one man shouting in the wilderness, to a society of learners working together to optimize the use of data across the county.

Interested in helping the AAP achieved our analytics moonshot? I hope so because it gonna take all of us.

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The AAP Analytics Internship Matching Program

Innovating the Data Science & Analytics Internship Experience in the Philippines.

The Analytics Association of the Philippines will offer a Data Science and Analytics Internship matching program for Filipino students and employers. The AAP will serve as a conduit and catalyst bridging theory and application to ensure value to the company as well.

Our program has been developed to address 3 current challenges facing students and employers when it comes to data science and analytics themed internships:

  • students are often given menial tasks that do not apply knowledge / learned theory
  • mechanisms do not address disconnect between areas of interest and areas of need
  • companies are not able to effectively identify parts of the value chain that can be assigned to interns while causing no substantial risk to the business’ operations

By enrolling in the AAP DSA Internship Matching Program, students will be matched with employers that provide opportunities to learn and practice DSA skills that are in high demand in the workforce. Students can also be fast tracked for employment post-graduation by their match in a more continuous process.

By enrolling in the AAP DSA Internship Matching Program, employers will be matched with students that are committed to learning DSA skills that can add value to the employer’s business as well as provide a more seamless path to career placement.

Employers will also be encouraged to take a more active role in providing, business cases, data sets and resource speakers for the programs the students they are matched with come from. By being more involved with their students before and after the internship, the bridge between academia and industry will be optimized.

To this end we have developed the following process that will kick off on January 15,2018:

  • Students apply for OJT matching with AAP
  • Employers apply for OJT matching with AAP
  • AAP Matches students and employers based on profiles
  • AAP conducts orientation for students and employers
  • AAP provides online resources to both students and employers

The AAP will assess partner schools and their respective tracks and courses that could work on analytics (end-to-end of value chain) The AAP will also define areas of expertise of each program based on the APEC DSA Competencies and the AAP DSA Framework. Students will be interviewed and vetted.

Additionally, the AAP will provide a matrix of industry partners and corresponding needs (with parts of the value chain, doesn’t have to be siloed, can cover multiple parts)

As for the employer, they will:

  • Define problems/needs (could be something students can work on parallel to an existing team effort)
  • Define final output (paper/study, running program, a presentation, proposal, working product, solution)

As for the schools, they will:

  • Provide 1-2 professors to assist in mentorship
  • Conduct processing of internship experience to give feedback to AAP

Overall our goal is to offer a unique value proposition by facilitating internships with a view of work as an end-to-end process that involves deep-diving into a specific problem or project of the company. The companies enrolled in our program get real value out of internships besides serving as a marketing tool.

With our network of industry partners, prestigious academic institutions and analytics thoughts leaders, the AAP is well positioned to facilitate significant change in the way analysts and data scientists are born.

Our Analytics Internship Matching Program will go a long way in providing tomorrow’s workforce with in demand skills that employers covet, which in turn will allow the Philippines to be a world leader in analytics talent.

Most of the credit for the content of this post goes to Mel Awit, the AAP Analytics Manager. 

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Upskilling 500,000 Will Require 1,000 Trainers… Where To Start?

So when I start talking about the AAP Analytics Moonshot of up skill training 500,000 Filipinos in Data Science and Analytics skills over the next 5 years, one of the central questions I face is who will do the training?

Well, that’s easy. People who are right now doing analytics everyday. The hard part is getting the ready to be trainers. To know how to present material, assess if the material is being understood, handling questions and managing the training environment are not things a lot of professional analysts are used to doing.

So we basically take the Fundamentals of Analytics, and we turn the course into a train the trainer exercise, where we apply teaching methods and training skills to the 1,000 DSA experts. Then they can go forth and conduct trainings on a scale that gets us to the 500,000 goal.

So what is the Fundamentals of Analytics? Well, its a method I developed to teach fresh grads and young professionals the basics of business analytics in a short period of time.

The course material, when combined with case studies and hands on exercises, can take some quite unfamiliar with analytics and get them to shift their mindset to thinking data first.

I call my method, Getting IT: The 3 I’s and the 3 T’s of Analytics.

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I borrow the concept of the 3 I’s from a book called the Accidental Analyst. 

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To train someone to be an analyst you need to make them aware of how to find the right data, how to analyze it and how to share it. The 3 I’s.

For analytics to work, you have to have a combination of good talent, technology and technique.

It’s really that simple.

As you discuss any analytics case study or approach any hands on exercise using real data, you plan the 3 I’s and you assess how to use the 3 T’s.

Now take someone who is already an analyst and get them to be able to explain this concept, have them draw from their own experience and their own set of skills, and you have the recipe for a moonshot.

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Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to discuss a uniquely tailored strategy to ensure you are the top of your game when it comes to Analytics Leadership.

I Need Analytics Training. Where Do I Start?

If you put yourself in the mind of the typical Filipino professional looking for analytics training, it is not easy to figure out where to start.

The ecosystem is not very unified, with a hodge podge of public training solutions available and only dozen or so schools offering analytics.

To someone who is relatively new to using big data to solve business problems, it can all seem very nosebleed inducing as well. Data science, predictive analytics and machine learning can all sound complicated and expensive.

So where do I start? That is a very common question I get asked when I talk about analytics in the Philippines.

The answer comes in three parts. First we need a framework to set certain standards and definitions of what a Data Science and Analytics enabled professional should know.

We base that on the set of 10 DSA competencies as defined by APEC’s Project DARE,

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(Props to my fellow AAP board member Sherwin Pelayo for the awesome images)

Since few people need to know everything about everything, it is best to figure out which competencies you want to focus on first.

Once you have an idea of where to start, then the next step is determine what kinds of job skills match the competencies you are looking to develop.

This can be done by determining where in the data life cycle you are looking have an impact,

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Once you have a firm idea of the skills you want to build and where they fit into the analytics life cycle of your business, then it is a matter of planning out how to level up.

This is where the AAP has take APEC’s competency list  and broken then out across the various job functions along the analytics life cycle by level of skills required.

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This allows us the ability to determine where we are in terms of analytics maturity and design the appropriate plan to level up.

And that will lead you to one of the AAP member companies for the appropriate type of corporate training or to one of the AAP member schools for the right higher education solutions.

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And that is how you can get a better idea of what type of analytics training is best for you and your business to get started with.

Analytics Leadership – DMAIPH is a founding member of the Analytics Association of the Philippines (AAP.PH) and specializes in arming the Data-Driven Leader with the tools and techniques they need to build and empower an analytics centric organization. Analytics leadership requires a mastery of not just analytics skill, but also of nurturing an analytics culture. We have guided thousands of Filipino professionals to become better analytics leaders.

Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to discuss a uniquely tailored strategy to ensure you are the top of your game when it comes to Analytics Leadership.

 

 

My Big Data Initiatives for 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, I plan on spending the last few weeks of the year thinking about what comes next.

Priority #1 is expanding the advocacy for more data-driven decision-making in the Philippines.

There are two components to this effort; talking about analytics to as many Filipinos as possible and continuing to hit the road and spread the advocacy to as many provinces as possible.

Priority #2 is something new.

After six years of being pretty much 100% focused on analytics in the Philippines, I will be spending some of my time back in the United States. I will be volunteering time to help educate and empower the electorate to make more data-driven decisions when it comes to exercising their vote.

My call to action for 2018 will center around three #hashtags:

#DataRockPinas

#AAPMoonshot

#BetterBringData

More to come.

Analytics Leadership – DMAIPH is a founding member of the Analytics Association of the Philippines (AAP.PH) and specializes in arming the Data-Driven Leader with the tools and techniques they need to build and empower an analytics centric organization. Analytics leadership requires a mastery of not just analytics skill, but also of nurturing an analytics culture. We have guided thousands of Filipino professionals to become better analytics leaders.

Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to discuss a uniquely tailored strategy to ensure you are the top of your game when it comes to Analytics Leadership.

 

So What Is #DataRockPinas?

It is a movement.

It is an advocacy.

It is a great cause.

#DataRockPinas is all about taking analytics training out of Manila and bringing it to the provinces.

#DataRockPinas is all about taking what has traditionally been an expensive, corporate only training and delivering it to hundreds of thousands of Filipinos.

#DataRockPinas is an initiative of several member companies of the Analytics Association of the Philippines. http://www.aap.ph

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  • Data Night UM (University of Mindanao)
  • Big Data 101 Davao
  • Davao Analytics Executive Roundtable
  • Mindanao Analytics Freelancers Meet Up

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  • Big Data Analytics & Data Value Chain
  • Train the Analytics Trainer
  • Data Night Bacolod

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  • Big Data 101 – Iloilo
  • Visayas Analytics Freelancers
  • Data Night Iloilo

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  • Big Data Analytics & Data Value Chain
  • Data Night Cebu 2018

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Analytics in the Philippines – The Philippines is at the center of the action when it comes to solutions to the global need for analytics. Blessed with a solid foundation of young, educated and English speaking workforce, companies around the world are look for Filipino analytics talent to fill analytics positions.

Analytics Leadership – DMAIPH is a founding member of the Analytics Association of the Philippines (AAP.PH) and specializes in arming the Data-Driven Leader with the tools and techniques they need to build and empower an analytics centric organization. Analytics leadership requires a mastery of not just analytics skill, but also of nurturing an analytics culture. We have guided thousands of Filipino professionals to become better analytics leaders.

Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to discuss a uniquely tailored strategy to ensure you are the top of your game when it comes to Analytics Leadership.

Moonshot: Unifying the Analytics Ecosystem Across the Philippines

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For most of the past five years my efforts to upskill train Filipinos in analytics have been focused on Metro Manila.

A few times a year I’d get a chance to conduct a training, speak at an event or attend a conference outside the National Capitol Region, but for the most part analytics adoption has been slower in the provinces.

That has significantly changed in 2017 and the analytics focus around the provinces is primed to explode is 2018.

As I sit here today in Batangas for the mid week holidays, I can’t help but feel proud for the recent string of partnerships we have been able to build outside the nation’s capitol.

We were just in Cebu twice for a Data Night, a Big Data 101 training and an Analytics Freelancers Meet Up. We followed that up with a Data Night and several speaking engagements and media appliances in General Santos (Gensan to the locals).

Next month we will replicate these events in Davao with the contacts we made in Gensan. In December we will do the same and even add a Train the Analytics Trainer event with a key business partner in Bacolod.

And just yesterday we started laying the ground work for a Data Night and a Big Data 101 training in Iloilo for January.

Our plan for 2018 is to spend one week a month in a different province promoting our analytics advocacy, signing up members for the Analytics Association of the Philippines, conducting trainings with companies like DMAIPH, Cirrolytix, BagoSphere, and Spectres Solutions, using co-working spaces like A Space, the Mabuhay I.T. Park and Dream Space, and working with schools like the University of Mindanao and ACLC Davao.

At the same time we are building upskill training relationships back in Manila with companies like Wells Fargo, Accenture and Emerson, teaching analytics at schools like College of St. Benilde, University of Asia & Pacific, Enderun College and the University of the Philippines just to name a few.

We are also orchestrating the OJT experiences for students from schools like UST, De La Salle, Ateneo, Informatics, and URS in Rizal. Again, that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Simultaneously, we are building relationships with influential organizations like IBPAP, CCAP, PSIA, Young Engineers and HIMS to give talks on analytics followed up with upskill training for their members.

And last but not least we are having conversations with provincial LGUs, with central government entities like CHED, DeptEd and TESDA as well as with key members of the Senate to promote the large scale adoption of analytics across the Philippines to keep our workforce competitive in the increasingly data driven world.

I could go on and list more. The names above are just a sample.

When you set out to facilitate the upskill training of half a million people, you have to think big. And thing big is what we do.

That’s our moonshot.

Putting a man on the moon took a national effort from all parts of society to build a space age ecosystem capable of the previously unthinkable.

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Analytics Leadership – DMAIPH is a founding member of the Analytics Association of the Philippines (AAP.PH) and specializes in arming the Data-Driven Leader with the tools and techniques they need to build and empower an analytics centric organization. Analytics leadership requires a mastery of not just analytics skill, but also of nurturing an analytics culture.

We have guided thousands of Filipino professionals to become better analytics leaders. Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to discuss a uniquely tailored strategy to ensure you are the top of your game when it comes to Analytics Leadership.

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Upskilling the Next Wave Cities in Analytics

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SO what have we been up to with the DMAIPH and the AAP?

Take a look:

Data Night Cebu  – Sept 8, 2017 – 60 Attendees

Big Data 101 – Cebu – Oct 16, 2017 – 40 Attendees

Visayas Analytics  Freelancers – Oct 16, 2017 – 25 Attendees

Data Night Gensan – Oct 18, 2017  – 50 Attendees

Big Data Conference 2017 – BGC SM Aura – 300 Attendees are Expected

Data Night University of Mindanao – Nov 24, 2017 – Expecting 200 attendees

Big Data Strategy for HR Managers – Ortigas – Nov 28-29 – Expecting 40 attendees

Big Data 101 – Davao – Nov 25, 2017 – Expecting 30 Attendees

Analytics Freelancers Mindanao – Dec 8, 2018 – Expecting 25 Attendees

Big Data Analytics & Data Value Chain – Bacolod – Dec 8, 2017 – Expecting 25 Attendees

Train the Analytics Trainer Batch II – Bacolod, Dec 11, 2017 – Expecting 15 Attendees

Data Night Iloilo – January 12, 2018 – Expecting 100 Attendees

Big Data 101 Iloilo – January 12, 2018 – Expecting 30 Attendees.

And that is how you start the ball rolling to upskill train 500,000 Filipinos by 2022.

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We have guided thousands of Filipino professionals to become better analytics leaders. Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to discuss a uniquely tailored strategy to ensure you are the top of your game when it comes to Analytics Leadership.

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One Of The Key Differences About The AAP… Our Strong Ties to Academia.

It’s not a coincidence that the Analytics Association of the Philippines has such a strong focus on skills building and talent development.

In fact the majority of our founding board members either are currently or have in the past taught in higher education.

The reality of the current analytics landscape in the Philippines is that we need large scale initiatives to both upskill the existing workforce as well engage with the government and with academe to ensure a steady stream of analytics savvy graduates.

Some of the initiatives we have in the works include:

  • Upskilling training as many as 500,000 Filipinos currently working in the IT-BPO sector whose jobs are at risk do to AI
  • Facilitating a series of academic conferences to empower analytics educators with more tools and resources
  • Conducting train the trainer classes to build up the necessary number of analytics experts who can assist in both the massive upskilling and the teacher conferences
  • Working with a wide range of associations and organizations to offer targeted analytics training for their members
  • Bringing together analytics training providers, academic programs, industry leaders and government officials to unify the analytics ecosystem.

To meet the founding board members of the AAP, interact with many of the 30+ companies already working with the AAP, and to learn more about Big Data Analytics here in the Philippines, check out the following event:

https://conferences.enderunextension.com/conferences/big-data-analytics-summit-2017

It’s a holiday for many of us, but learning about analytics never stops.

See you there!

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Analytics Leadership – DMAIPH is a founding member of the Analytics Association of the Philippines (AAP.PH) and specializes in arming the Data-Driven Leader with the tools and techniques they need to build and empower an analytics centric organization. Analytics leadership requires a mastery of not just analytics skill, but also of nurturing an analytics culture. We have guided thousands of Filipino professionals to become better analytics leaders. Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to discuss a uniquely tailored strategy to ensure you are the top of your game when it comes to Analytics Leadership.