Stratpoint Technologies has once again planted its seeds for the future of IT in the Philippines. With a goal to develop the data skill pool of the industry, Stratpoint partnered with De La Salle University in an academe-industry initiative. Under the tutelage of Stratpoint Data Architect Hajie Sarmiento, 40+ DLSU students went through a 4-month data engineering course covering big data technologies such as Hadoop, Apache Spark, and Python.
The program was a combination of lectures, lab work, and a group project, ranging from the foundations of big data, building a log analysis application, to a practical coding exam. Apart from technical know-how, the students got to learn about real-world applications of data in business: how data helps personalize customer experiences, equips executives to make informed decisions, and allows organizations to find new opportunities for growth. Sarmiento shared his experience in actual projects, challenges, and how data engineers work with other members of the Stratpoint team to overcome them. Upon completing the program, the students are expected to be armed with the basic skills and mindset that could widen their prospects as they enter the job market.
MR dela Cruz, Stratpoint CEO, says, “If data is the new oil, we need the right talent to harness it and use it to grow businesses, to enrich experiences, and, very importantly, to use it in a safe and ethical manner. Working with big data is now a norm and not an exception. This is why we believe in starting the skills development of future IT professionals right inside the classroom. We’re very pleased that we were able to do so inside the hallowed halls of DLSU. We are looking forward to reaching more students, our future data and IT leaders, in the coming days.”
Stratpoint has also forged an industry-academe partnership with PHINMA Education, in the field of software development. For both programs, Stratpoint hopes to close the gap between the education received by fresh graduates and the industry’s expectations from entry-level professionals.