Announcing Prophecy University

Announcing Prophecy University

Inaugural course addresses the growing data engineering skills gap through agile, self-paced training

Inaugural course addresses the growing data engineering skills gap through agile, self-paced training

Mei Long
Assistant Director of R&D
Texas Rangers Baseball Club
April 3, 2024
April 3, 2024

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At Prophecy, we want to make data transformations simple and accessible for all data professionals. That's why we're excited to announce Prophecy University and the launch of our first course, self-paced Prophecy for Data Engineering now available on Udemy.  

Prophecy University will also be hosting workshops led by instructors to provide additional hands-on experiences starting with a workshop on Building low-code Spark data pipelines. Our goal is to offer excellent education and support to help data practitioners make the most of their Spark or Databricks platform. 

Closing the Data Engineering Skills Gap

Prophecy was founded because the creators realized that the existing data transformation platforms were not suitable for modern AI and analytics projects. Data transformation has been the bottleneck to making more data accessible for many years, and some organizations have attempted to solve it by relying solely on coding. However, this approach created new challenges, particularly for data practitioners who couldn't easily work with the data themselves.

Prophecy University’s first on-demand course "Prophecy for Data Engineering: Low-code Data Transformation" is designed for students who are interested in speeding the creation of  data pipelines to deliver data products using a user-friendly drag-and-drop interface. The course has over 5 hours of material and covers the basics and advanced use cases of data engineering using Spark and Databricks.

During the course, students participate in building a data cloud data platform for a e-commerce company. This hands-on experience will help students apply their newly acquired knowledge in a real-world setting.

By completing the "Prophecy for Data Engineering" course, students will gain the foundational skills needed to work with data transformations and build data products on Spark and Databricks.

Additional courses for both beginner and experienced data practitioners will be introduced soon.

Developed by Experts for Everyone

The Prophecy for Data Engineering course was developed in a unique way. As a startup, we understand the importance of moving quickly and efficiently.  Training should be no different, especially in the fast changing data world. So we took a disruptive approach and decided to create the course with data professionals in the field. This included inviting Andreas Kretz, the Founder of the online academy Learn Data Engineering, to create the Spark and Databricks fundamentals course modules.

The main question is how can we create and update educational content quickly without compromising its quality? The solution lies in crowdsourcing and peer education. Instead of relying solely on a traditional top-down approach to education, we encouraged our subject matter experts to create content following a set standard. This allows for continuous development and a peer education process, where everyone contributes to a shared knowledge repository.

To ensure content quality, we implemented a peer review process. All the material goes through an evaluation by other experts to maintain its accuracy and integrity. This approach empowers everyone in our company to be both a teacher and a student, fostering a culture of continuous learning and knowledge sharing. This sped the content creation process and enabled our data experts to directly share their knowledge with our students.

A New Education Approach

In my 20 years of experience working with data and distributed systems, I have created many education programs for both big tech companies and startups. These programs covered a wide range of technologies, from traditional MPP systems to Hadoop, Spark, and Kubernetes. Through my experience, I have come to realize that the way we build and deliver education needs to be modernized.

In the past, education programs were often developed over long periods of time and required significant resources. This was because traditional data technologies, such as Oracle, DB2, and Teradata, didn't change as frequently. Additionally, large enterprises were able to charge a high price for classes that lasted weeks and were taught by instructors on-site. However, this traditional model doesn't align well with today's technology landscape. It is outdated, expensive, and slow.

We need a new approach that is more agile, cost-effective, and responsive to the fast-paced nature of technology. This is especially true in the data field, where advancements happen rapidly. By modernizing the way we build and deliver education, we can ensure that learners have access to up-to-date and relevant knowledge without the constraints of a monolithic, expensive, and slow traditional model.

We created Prophecy University to deliver this new approach. Our goals are to:

  1. Offer valuable education of the highest quality to our users at a low cost.
  2. Make  our training available whenever and wherever users needed it. That's why we chose to make it on-demand and self-service on Udemy, a public platform.
  3. Deliver the training quickly and continuously, so that learners can acquire the new skills in the latest data technologies.

Get Started Today

These goals represent Prophecy's dedication to offering easy-to-understand, valuable, and effective education to assist you in excelling in data engineering. Our aim is for Prophecy University to be the ultimate destination for you and your organization to acquire comprehensive knowledge about data transformation and migration.

To commemorate the launch of Prophecy University, Prophecy is offering a special promotion. For a limited time, you can enroll in courses at Prophecy University with a discount. Register up here and receive your coupon to start your learning journey at Prophecy University.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in the classroom soon!

Ready to give Prophecy a try?

You can create a free account and get full access to all features for 21 days. No credit card needed. Want more of a guided experience? Request a demo and we’ll walk you through how Prophecy can empower your entire data team with low-code ETL today.

Ready to give Prophecy a try?

You can create a free account and get full access to all features for 14 days. No credit card needed. Want more of a guided experience? Request a demo and we’ll walk you through how Prophecy can empower your entire data team with low-code ETL today.

Get started with the Low-code Data Transformation Platform

Meet with us at Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in Orlando March 11-13th. Schedule a live 1:1 demo at booth #600 with our team of low-code experts. Request a demo here.

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