Business Data Scientist

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Creating Business Value Out Of Raw Data

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Business & Decision in collaboration with the Radboud Management University in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) developed a unique course where exploiting the commercial value of data is central

The 2 day workshop, geared at data scientists, BI managers, business analysts and project managers trains people to ask the right questions from a business perspective, judge data for its relevance and to translate it into innovative practices for the organization.

We now offer this unique, compact and intensive seminar, given by a professor business management, a fraud analytics entrepreneur, an information management consultant, and a big data practice leader at the European Data Innovation Hub.

The new extended understanding that the training offers, will make you the asset that every manager requests in his team. Someone who can support fact-based decision making to maximize profit in our resurgent economy. 


Also available as a 8-day Executive Masterclass in Belgium later this autumn.

2 Day Executive Course

What is a Business Data Scientist?

A Business Data Scientist is a role with three core skills:

  • The ability to perform business-relevant analyses on the available data given his/her knowledge of the business. These analyses will then yield knowledge that is relevant to business operations. This component mainly concerns business thinking, i.e. of – the application of - business models, in addition to the ability to quickly become familiar with industry knowledge.
  • The ability to collect, analyse and make accessible data using modern technology. Technology and applications are undergoing drastic developments at the moment (technologies like Hadoop, R etc.). This component concerns the ability to recognise relevant technologies, become familiar with these and apply them.
  • The ability to make the knowledge produced actionable by bringing it to the attention of decision-makers the right way (in terms of format, time and communication method). This component especially concerns the social and interactive capabilities of the business data scientist.

A Unique Vision

The course Business Data Scientist is based on a model with three axes:

  • First, the functional axis of data science. How do you determine the need for information (direction), how do you then collect and analyse the relevant data (collection and analysis), how do you process the data into relevant propositions (interpretation and processing) and how do you then make these propositions actionable (distribution).
  • Next, the social-organizational axis. Each of the functional activities is performed in a social and organizational context in which clients and other stakeholders have an interest. How do you deal with these interests and how do you ensure that the propositions you create as a Business Data Scientist will actually “land” in the business?
  • And finally, the instrumental axis. In order to perform your functional activities and achieve your social-organizational goals you need tools. How do you get the relevant parties involved in the directing activities early on? How do you ensure that the results of the interpretation and the processing are sufficiently easy to grasp and sufficiently appealing for the business. But also: what are the available technologies for the retrieval and analysis of particular types of data? The course will not focus in detail on analytical techniques or coding skills, but rather provide you an overview of different methods to approach certain business problems. 

Who should attend?

  • BI managers,
  • Project managers Data Science/Big Data projects
  • Big Data team leads
  • Business analysts
  • Data scientists seeking to complement their technical skills


The course is meant for professionals working in or aspiring a career in data and/or business analysis. We strive for a balanced group in which various backgrounds are represented.

  • 5 years of professional experience in the areas of business analysis, data analysis, project management or team management
  • Exposure to one of the following domains: Business analysis, Business Intelligence, Information architecture, Data Analysis, Data science, or Data engineering.



What can you expect from this 2-day course?

  • The role and position of data in the business architecture of an organisation
  • The Strategy Board, Ansoff Matrix, and BCG Matrix  to identify and elaborate big data/data science opportunities in various business domains (risk, finance, marketing, hr,..)
  • Hands-on sessions in small groups where you will work with peers on a practical case “Future Company Ltd”, a fictive multichannel retailer aiming to expand his online channels & offerings.
  • Communication tactics based on Simon Sinek’s golden circle method to defend your data science project.
  • Concise interactive presentations by our trainers, alternated with hands-on sessions where you will apply the concepts in small groups.
  • An assessment of your critical thinking style based on the RED model.


Day 1

Module 1: The science of data science

This module focuses on the context of data science. In 2015 data is an important production factor for organizations and as such it must be organized in a dedicated manner. The foundations of data science will be dealt with: What are data, information, knowledge and intelligence? And how do these relate to each other?

What is data science? A process-based approach of data science will offer the student a grip on his or her professional domain.


Module 2: Data Analytics 

This module will focus on data, data-analysis and tooling. We will look at different types of data, the process of data processing, different types of analyses, tools and applications.

We will discuss choices to be made: when do you use which technique. Different ‘levels of maturity’ are distinguished in this respect. We will also look at the ethics of data processing and the use of data

For more detailled program, refer to the brochure

Day 2

Module 3 - Business analytics and Tactics of the Data scientist  

This module will focus on the role of business models in information and analysis processes. From an information science perspective, the role of (theoretic) models will be discussed and illustrated by means of practical examples. How can information or knowledge be produced using models? In addition, relevant business models will be looked into. First, we chose to look at models that offer a ‘strategic’ perspective on the organization. Thus, models will be discussed that are used for internal (product portfolio) analysis, as well as models that are suited for external (environmental) analyses. As in the other modules, the acquired knowledge will be applied to the case straight away where participants will present their case to the Board.

For more detailled program, refer to the brochure

Practical Information


The costs of the course is € 1500 (VAT exempt).
This price include readers/materials, and catering.

When & Where


Monday 27 June, 2016
Tuesay 28 June, 2016


European Data innovation Hub
Vorstlaan 23, 1170 Brussel 

Group size

The maximum group size is 15 students. The course will only take place if there is a sufficient number of participants.


Upon the successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate from Radboud  Management Academy, subject to your active participation in all the meetings.

Contact information

Mrs. Ann Cnop

Phone: 02/774.11.50


Key Tutors

Combining the views and experiences of Belgian and Dutch professionals. The course is taught by tutors who have extensive experience in this domain. 

Tames Rietdijk

Tames Rietdijk

Tames is an entrepreneur and currently managing partner of Business Forensics, a company specialized in data-driven fraud detection using network analysis and anomaly detection. He is responsible for the design and development of the various BusinessForensics propositions applicable for the banking, investment and insurance industries. 



Alex Aalberts

Alex is a senior information management consultant specialized in guiding organizations from their business strategy to information roadmap. Alex helps creating focus and integrates traditional approaches (reporting, data warehousing) and legacy systems with big data requirements that emerge from increased digitization and new business models. 




Arnaud Piccin

Arnaud is a practice manager Risk, Finance & Big Data at Business&Decision. He has long-standing experience in Credit Risk Modelling, Risk analytics and managing quant teams. 





Egbert Philips

Egbert is an independent strategy consultant specialized in market intelligence and information management. He has long-standing experience in Food & Agri sector, Pharmaceuticals, Chemical Industry, Financial Services and Process automation. Egbert is assistant professor at Radboud University. 





Radboud Management Academy

Radboud Management Academy (RMa) is an academic learning environment where managers, professionals and scholars enter into a dialogue about society today and tomorrow, and about the organizations and institutions within it. Here, they debate the ever more complex problems they encounter and look for an approach for contributing to possible solutions from multiple perspectives.

Radboud Management Academy offers short and long tracks, in the form of a Master of Science programme, a post Master or an individual course.

In addition, we offer tailored solutions. All programmes are entirely focused on your actual practice. Since 1991, Radboud Management Academy (RMa) is the business school of the Management Sciences Faculty of Radboud University Nijmegen.

For more information (in Dutch only):

Data Innovation Hub

The Brussels based European Data Innovation Hub is the premier networking space where business, startup, academic and political decision makers meet and discuss policy and best practices about big data, open data and data innovation.

Our Brussels based hub connects European data professionals, enterprises, startups, government, non-profit organizations and the academic world active in the data innovation ecosystem.
We create and manage a vibrant environment where they share best practices, learn about and drive data innovation in the EU.

The European Data Innovation Hub supports data professionals with networking activities, infrastructure for training, co-workers and startups, resources for community management.




Business & Decision

Business & Decision, a global consulting and systems integration Group, is a Gartner-recognized leader in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and a major player in Business Intelligence & Analytics. We leverage a unique combination of technical, functional and industry specialization, as well as partnerships with all of the key software vendors, to deliver maximum-value projects and help clients break through barriers to innovation such as Big Data and Digital Transformation.


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