Carnegie Mellon Delivers 3rd Australia Awards Data Analytics Course to Support Philippine Government’s Digital Transformation

Posted 5th July 2021

Thirty-two participants from fourteen Philippines Government agencies recently completed a short course on Digital Transformation, Enterprise Architecture and Data Management with Carnegie Mellon University in Australia. Funded by the Australian Awards Alumni and Engagement Program-Philippines (AAAEP-P), the short course focused on five key topics: Data Management and ETL (Extract, Transform, Load), Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, Analytics: Policy and Regulation, Digital Transformation, and Enterprise Architecture.

Delivered remotely from CMU’s Adelaide campus, the teaching methods drew on contemporary knowledge and cases, with a practical focus on ensuring it remained relevant and applicable to participants. The aim of the short course was to arm participants with strategic skills, management techniques and analytical capabilities needed to establish a data governance program for the 21st century for their respective organisations.

Course Director Professor Murli Viswanathan delivered both the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA) module as well as the Enterprise Architecture (EA) module. The BIDA short course combined both theory and hands-on practical sessions with specific tools and techniques for data mining and visualisation, providing an understanding of the issues involved in designing, developing and implementing business intelligence solutions. Enterprise Architecture gave the participants a basic understanding of how EA serves to integrate strategic, business, and technology planning and documentation methods, which supports enterprise-wide information technology resource development and governance in the context of business requirements.

“Dr. Murli Viswanathan is an excellent mentor who has opened us to the wonderful world of BIDA and AI,” shared Penelope Iole Endozo, from the Philippines Competition Commission.

Professor Murli delivers a lecture from C3 Labs in CMU Australia

Receiving similar praise is Dr Zbigniew Zdziarski, whose topic Data Management and ETL gave participants, engaged with the transformative technologies of Artificial Intelligence, automation and advanced analytics, an understanding of the issues involved in data management.

“I just wish we had more time to learn with him. He seems to know a lot specially with technologies needed for agencies,” said Raissa Angeles from the National Economic and Development Authority.

CMU-Head Professor Emil Bolongaita delivered the third module on Analytics: Policy and Regulation together with Professor Tim O’Loughlin. Participants were taught about the different actors, stakeholders, organisations and institutions involved in the shaping and implementation of public policies, with a particular focus on new actors in the digital age. Maila B. Supnet from the Civil Service Commission noted that both were excellent:

“They are both great teachers and shared their knowledge excellently.”

Professor Riaz’s topic on Digital Transformation hit its mark with participants as well.

“Prof. Riaz exhibits his mastery of the course by sharing real-life examples on digital transformation based from his previous work experiences,” observed Driesch Cortel, from the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Having completed their Capstone Project over the month of May, participants are now using their newly acquired skills and knowledge to produce an enterprise data strategy roadmap for their respective departments. Digital initiatives include establishing an integrated security system by using modern technology by the office of the President of the Philippines and a Facebook Chatbot by the Civil Service Commission.

The Capstone Projects being undertaken by agency are listed below.

Civil Service Commission
Creation of a Chatbot: “Bil Serbis, your Virtual CSC Assistant in the Midst of the Pandemic”

Department of Budget and Management

Development of an Online Leave Application System (OLAS

Department of Information and Communication Technology

Leading a Data-Driven Culture: Analytics for DICT Executives
Department of the Interior and Local Government Data Quality Assurance Methodology
Department of the Interior and Local Government – Local Government AcademyManaging Data towards Digital Transformation
Department of FinanceDevelopment of a Business Intelligence and Analytics Dashboard Proof of Concept for the DOF Revenue Generating Bureaus
Department of TransportationPower BI Dashboard on Road Crash Incidents Using Waze Mobile Big Data
Department of Trade and IndustryData Acquisition and Requirement Analysis for the Design of DTI-Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Data warehouse Project
National Economic and Development AuthorityProject DREAMS – DIS Request E-forms and Monitoring System
Office of the President of the PhilippinesCentral Information Security System (CISS)
Philippine Competition CommissionPCC Executive Dashboard
Presidential Management StaffDate Requirements Analysis for the Design of Knowledge Warehouse System Framework
Philippines Statistics AuthorityEnhancement of the Request and Appointment System for Acquisition of Civil Registry Document
Public Private PartnershipsProject PERFORM (PErformance Reporting From Organizational Results Monitoring): An Online Performance Results Monitoring and Reporting System for the PPP Center of the Philippines