Data Strategy: Leveraging Data as a Competitive Advantage

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Data Strategy: Leveraging Data as a Competitive Advantage

Implement a data-driven roadmap to drive business value


2-month online program | 4-6 hours per week

Successful organizations don’t simply manage data as a cost driver; they harness data as a value driver. If your team has less expertise in leveraging data than it does in accruing it, you’re not alone.

Our Data Strategy program presents practical, strategic advice and case studies so you can develop and implement a data strategy to deliver on your business objectives by leveraging data management, data governance, data technology, data analytics, and a data-driven culture.

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

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Features, Dates, & Cost


  • World-renowned Berkeley Haas and Executive Education Faculty 
  • Video lectures from Berkeley Haas faculty
  • Interviews with guest speakers
  • Live, interactive sessions (also available as recordings)
  • Peer discussions, exercises, and crowd-sourced activities
  • Industry use cases and case studies 
  • Personalized and peer-review feedback
  • Capstone Project
  • Live office hours with faculty 
  • Exclusive online network-building opportunities 
  • Access to the program alumni community 
  • Data Strategy: Leveraging Data as a Competitive Advantage Certificate of Completion 
Jan 18 - Mar 21, 2024
To register for the program, visit our partner's website by clicking on the Enroll button above.

Week 0 starts on January 18th. The last day to enroll is January 25, 2024 at 9:59 AM.

Who It's For

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

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."



Certificate of Completion

Signal your professional achievement to your network and get recognized for your completion! Upon successful completion of the program, UC Berkeley Executive Education grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants that you are encouraged to add to your profiles.

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 directly. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of UC Berkeley Executive Education.

Earn a certificate

This program counts toward a
Certificate of Business Excellence
Curriculum Days 
Strategy & Management

Participants in the Certificate of Business Excellence (COBE) program will earn a mark of distinction from a world-class university, gain access to a powerful global network, and enjoy the flexibility of completing the program in up to three years. A UC Berkeley Certificate of Business Excellence allows individuals to create a personal learning journey structured by our four academic pillars to gain management essentials in Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and Finance to drive both personal and organizational development.

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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.