Inspired by data
Discover what data can mean for your organisation and explore great ideas in the Big Data Workshop.
A great place to get started
We've seen time and again that it can be difficult to start using (big) data. The best first step, as we have found, is to collect the thoughts and ideas you and your colleagues have, and together uncover new possibilities. Our method is designed to do just this.
- Gather opportunities
- Identify possible challenges
- Stimulate creativity
- Work on team acceptance
Working with a card game stimulates creativity
To help participants to think in big data terms, we work with an intuitive deck of cards which we developed ourselves. The card game structures the possibilities and stimulates creativity.
Each card describes one data set and explains the possibilities and consequences of working with that data set. Concepts such as structuredness, personal data, and costs are explained in detail.
Solving deer overpopulation with big data
One of our sample cases is called ‘deer overpopulation’ and involves mapping the deer population in the Netherlands and appropriately dealing with overpopulation. While using only animal friendly measures, it is difficult to locate these deer and prevent hindrances they cause. How can the park service (Staatsbosbeheer) utilise big data to monitor and predict the behaviour and location of the deer in the Netherlands without causing them unnecessary harm?
Staatsbosbeheer has a unique data source available to them: extensive data on the family trees of deer in the Netherlands. Aside from this data source, there are various public and private data sources that can be used, such as weather predictions, drone images, thermal cameras, and road traffic information.
A first step that gives immediate results
One of the most difficult challenges with big data is spotting the opportunities; it takes both creativity and in-depth knowledge of company processes. The card game enhances both.
Without sufficient support from within your organisation, a big data project will be of little use. By coming up with ideas together with colleagues, broader support is created.
Improve data quality
In an accomplished data chain, multiple colleagues work together to maintain a high quality of data. This workshop will help colleagues discover their role in the chain, and how they can help improve the data quality.
When does the Big Data Workshop fit my needs?
The big data workshop can be used to expand the skill set of a team, to inspire management, or as a team building exercise. You’ll work on the following:
- Yield a clear overview of specific and appropriate business cases for big data
- Stimulate a healthy, critical attitude
- Work on employee acceptance and bring technique and business closer to each other
Perhaps you’re already much beyond these steps?
What can I expect from the workshop?
The workshop takes (usually) 1,5 to 4 hours and is suitable for a broad audience. Usually there are 5 – 15 participants and we’ll solve one or two cases.
These cases are inspiring examples of how data is used in other organisations. Which one we’ll work on, will be chosen in consultation with you.
How do we prepare the workshop?
A few weeks in advance we’ll discuss with you what direction you believe your organisation should be heading, what problems you’re facing and which data-related ideas you may have. Based on this information, we’ll choose the most appropriate cases and datasets. We can include datasets that are specific to your organisation.
For whom is this workshop best suited?
For everyone! Well… almost everyone. :)
The big data workshop is accessible and interesting for everyone in the organisation, regardless of prior experience with (big) data.
What’s more: the workshop is most effective when the participants are a diverse group that represent many disciplines from within the organisation.
In our experience:
- For business and IT
- For optimists and pessimists (indeed: if both are present, we’ll achieve the best results)
- Definitely for everyone who is (strategically) involved with data already.
I think we're beyond this... So now what?
Data & big data
Data is seen as the oil of the 21st century: data is the future. Organisations have to keep up with the technological advances of our time. By learning how to use your data as a resource, rather than something that only costs resources, new opportunities present themselves. From gaining insights into both your product and end user to learning how to streamline specific processes within your organisation.
Data is big data if it meets the following three criteria:
- Volume: the data has a very large volume, e.g. multiple terabytes.
- Velocity: data changes constantly and has to be analysed quickly.
- Variety: the data comes in various types, such as text and video.