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Become a Data Architect

Nanodegree Program

Learn how to plan, design and implement enterprise data infrastructure solutions and create the blueprints for your organization’s data success.

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04Days06Hrs56Min34Sec

  • Estimated time
    4 Months

    At 5-10 hours/week

  • Enroll by
    September 28, 2022

    Get access to the classroom immediately upon enrollment

  • Prerequisites
    Intermediate Python, SQL, and basics of ETL/Data Pipelines

What you will learn

  1. Data Architect

    Estimated 4 months to complete

    In this program, you’ll plan, design and implement enterprise data infrastructure solutions and create the blueprints for an organization’s data management system. You’ll create a relational database with PostGreSQL, design an Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) data model to build a cloud based data warehouse, and design scalable data lake architecture that meets the needs of Big Data. Finally, you’ll learn how to apply the principles of data governance to an organization’s data management system.

    Prerequisite knowledge

    1. Data Architecture Foundations

      Learn about the principles of data architecture. You will begin by learning the characteristics of good data architecture and how to apply them. Next you will move on to data modeling. You will learn to design a data model, normalize data, and create a professional ERD. Finally, you will take everything you learned and create a physical database using PostGreSQL.

    2. Designing Data Systems

      Learn to design enterprise data architecture. You will build a cloud based data warehouse with Snowflake. You will evaluate various data assets of an organization and characteristics of these data sources, design a staging area for ingesting varieties of data coming from source systems, and design an Operational Data Store (ODS). Finally, you will learn to design OLAP dimensional data models, design ELT data processing that is capable of moving data from an ODS to a data warehouse, and write SQL queries for the purpose of building reports.

    3. Big Data Systems

      Learn about how to help organizations with massive amounts of data, including identification of Big Data problems and how to design Big Data solutions. You will learn about the internal architecture of many of the Big Data tools such as HDFS, MapReduce, Hive and Spark, and how these tools work internally to provide distributed storage, distributed processing capabilities, fault tolerance and scalability. Next you will learn how to evaluate NoSQL databases, their use cases and dive deep into creating and updating a NOSQL database with Amazon DynamoDB. Finally, you will learn how to implement Data Lake design patterns and how to enable transactional capabilities in a Data Lake.

    4. Data Governance

      Learn how to design a data governance solution that meets your company’s needs. First, you will learn about the different types of metadata, and how to build a Metadata Management System, Enterprise Data Model, and Enterprise Data Catalog. Next you will learn how to perform data profiling using various techniques including data quality dimensions, how to identify remediation options for data quality issues, and how to measure and monitor data quality using data quality scores, thresholds, dashboards, exception and trend reports. Finally, you will learn the concepts of Master Data and golden record, different types of Master Data Management Architectures, as well as the golden record creation and master data governance processes.

All our programs include:

  • Real-world projects from industry experts

    With real-world projects and immersive content built in partnership with top-tier companies, you’ll master the tech skills companies want.

  • Technical mentor support

    Our knowledgeable mentors guide your learning and are focused on answering your questions, motivating you, and keeping you on track.

  • Career services

    You’ll have access to Github portfolio review and LinkedIn profile optimization to help you advance your career and land a high-paying role.

  • Flexible learning program

    Tailor a learning plan that fits your busy life. Learn at your own pace and reach your personal goals on the schedule that works best for you.

Program offerings

  • Class content

    • Real-world projects
    • Project reviews
    • Project feedback from experienced reviewers
  • Student services

    • Technical mentor support
    • Student community
  • Career services

    • Github review
    • LinkedIn profile optimization

Succeed with personalized services.

We provide services customized for your needs at every step of your learning journey to ensure your success.

Get timely feedback on your projects.

  • Personalized feedback
  • Unlimited submissions and feedback loops
  • Practical tips and industry best practices
  • Additional suggested resources to improve
  • 1,400+

    project reviewers

  • 2.7M

    projects reviewed

  • 88/100

    reviewer rating

  • 1.1 hours

    avg project review turnaround time

Mentors available to answer your questions.

  • Support for all your technical questions
  • Questions answered quickly by our team of technical mentors
  • 1,400+

    technical mentors

  • 0.85 hours

    median response time

Learn with the best.

Learn with the best.

  • Ben Larson

    Data Architect / Analytics Consultant

    Benjamin has over 15 years of experience working as a data professional in fields including medicine, telecomm, and finance, in roles ranging from data architect to data scientist and analytics consultant. He holds a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences, where his research was focused on rare event detection.

  • Shankar Korrapolu

    CEO at OK2

    Shankar Korrapolu is the co-founder and CEO of startup OK2, a cross-platform mobile gaming engine that builds games cheaper and faster without compromising quality. For over 30 years he has offered his data processing services to organizations in investment banking, pharma, government and education sectors.

  • Shrinath Parikh

    Senior Data Architect

    Shrinath is an entrepreneur and Data Architect passionate about helping enterprise companies transform and engineer their big data analytics applications on Cloud. He has worked with AWS, Google and Microsoft cloud platforms, has over 15 certifications and an MS in Computer Science from The University Of Texas at Dallas.

  • Vijaya Nelavelli

    Founder & Principal Data Architect

    Vijaya is the Founder and Principal Data Architect for Great View Data Corp., which provides Data Architecture consulting and implementation services. Vijaya has extensive experience with creating architecture strategy and roadmaps, establishing frameworks and best practices, and Data Management.

  • Rostislav Rabotnik

    Principal Data Architect

    Rostislav is an Enterprise Data Architect and Data Management Leader whose expertise covers data governance, architecture, and integration practices across a diverse range of technologies. He has worked at companies of all sizes and in various industries. His musings can be found at learndataarchitecture.com

  • Nicholas DeGiacomo

    Data Scientist

    Nick has built and managed teams of scientists and engineers for political campaigns, social media, and supply chain companies. With experiences ranging from startups to Amazon, he balances speed and scale. In his free time, Nick enjoys teaching graduate statistics courses at both Columbia and Yeshiva Universities.

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