In-house Development with Kubrick Training Partner, Collibra

Collibra is a data governance platform that allows an organisation to make the data they use as accessible as possible to its users. It has many capabilities such as access restrictions, creating communities and organisational structure, applying enterprise-wide data definitions, and most importantly, allowing data citizens to trust the data they are using. As part of the Business Data Analyst training, we were given two weeks of training by several Collibra instructors who flew from New York to teach us.

Week 1

Our first trainer was Zach Hoffman, who taught us the fundamentals of Collibra and allowed us to get to grips with the user interface. He began with a high-level presentation of the capabilities within the software and ended with the commercial actions it can enable; building on what we had learned during the SQL training in terms of data modelling and entity relationships. The scenarios presented to us were also fun and engaging, which allowed me to gain a clearer understanding of the tasks set throughout the course of the week.

Our final project on the fifth day of training was to build our own driving schools, using the different communities we had created that stored entities such as business terms, definitions, and physical glossaries. This solidified my understanding of Collibra and has given me the confidence to utilise the software autonomously on site.

Week 2

Our second week of training was delivered by Collibra trainer, Jennifer Albu, who contextualised the fundamentals of the software from a business perspective. She shared many working examples of companies that had benefited from the software, and how easy-to-fix data governance problems had been inherent in large companies. This week incorporated more coding; building workflows via Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and Java, and although I found learning the syntax challenging, the SQL training we had received earlier in the course made the creation of workflows far easier. I also found that despite APIs and Java resulting in the same outcomes, such as implementing data attributes in specific communities, coding the solution was advantageous as it proved quicker and more efficient in the long run.

The second week’s project required us to implement an operational improvement to a scenario, whereby product codes from two different regions for a commercial goods company were either missing or contradicting one another. Teams were split by budget and time taken to implement, which was based on a real-world example of how long it would take to change the infrastructure within an organisation. The most challenging aspect of the week was debugging the code, but this became easier with practice.

Overall, I would highly recommend the training and would certainly advise it remains an integral part of the Business Data Analyst course. Both trainers were excellent with their understanding and explanation, and patient with the plethora of technical issues that arose during the training. I now feel confident that I can use Collibra on-site if needed and understand why so many businesses utilise it within their operational functions.”

We are excited about the future of moving our training partnership with Collibra to the next level and are confident that the training our Business Data Analysts receive will be strengthened as a result.

by Sarah Collins

Posted on June 10, 2019