Data Analytics and Artificial intelligence (AI) are a big part of Belcorp's strategy. Gopalan, who believes in continuous learning and is constantly in the forefront of technology and its evolution, has over 22 years of leading large-scale transformations for Fortune 100 companies across the globe and has experience of the impact AI can have across different verticals.
“From cost efficiency to revenue increase, AI can have a tremendous impact on a company's financial results and accelerate its growth” he explains.
To be able to explore AI’s full potential, Belcorp first had to modernize its Business Intelligence, democratize its data with a self-service BI, and establish a data culture. The process started in 2018, and that was the beginning of a successful partnership between Tableau and Belcorp.
The project started with a few standard training sessions, and very soon the business teams realized that they no longer required the support of the BI team to perform daily analytical tasks. They were empowered to conduct their own analysis and make data-based decisions. As the adoption rate spiked so did the need to create a continuous learning environment to promote data culture and elevate its results, thus Belcorp Data Academy was born.
Data Academy goes far beyond advanced data training, or the learning paths that until recently, were part of Belcorp's daily life. Data Academy represents a change of mindset. It was conceived by Gopalan, together with the Business Intelligence team, to be the transformation that he expects to see in the company.
Data Academy has a very clear mission and set of values: "To empower business people with technological skills that allow them to make decisions based on data, and for that we provide them with the best analytics development program in the market."
To create the Data Academy, Gopalan and the Business Intelligence team looked for benchmarks in the market, and established partnerships with key education leaders to design a program that catered to Belcorp’s needs.
The program was designed taking in consideration 6 different career paths with specific objectives for each curriculum. It uses gamification as a tool to engage participants and is periodically evaluated using Kirkpatrick’s model.