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Dec 4–5, 2017: Training
Dec 5–7, 2017: Tutorials & Conference

The value of a data science center of excellence (COE)

Benjamin Wright-Jones (Microsoft), Simon Lidberg (Microsoft)
4:15pm4:55pm Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Business leaders, architects, and program and project managers

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with the center of excellence concept (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Understand the value of a center of excellence
  • Explore a framework that will enable your business to successfully deliver data science and analytics outcomes


As organizations turn to data-driven strategies, they are also increasingly exploring the creation of a data science or analytic center of excellence (COE). Benjamin Wright-Jones and Simon Lidberg outline the building blocks of a center of excellence and describe the value for organizations embarking on data-driven strategies. Using real implementation examples from around the globe, Benjamin and Simon discuss capability frameworks, the challenges encountered, and lessons learned to help you understand and leverage a data science center of excellence to drive successful analytical outcomes.

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Benjamin Wright-Jones


Benjamin Wright-Jones is a solution architect at the Microsoft WW Services CTO Office for Data and AI, where his team helps enterprise customers solve their analytical challenges. Over his career, Ben has worked on some of the largest and most complex data-centric projects around the globe.

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Simon Lidberg


Simon Lidberg is a solution architect in Microsoft’s Data Insights Center of Excellence. He’s worked with database and data warehousing solutions for almost 20 years in a various of industries, with a more recent focus on analysis, BI, and big data. Simon is the author of Getting Started with SQL Server 2012 Cube Development.