Ankur Agarwal has been instrumental in helping various organizations in a never-ending battle of managing the E&P data for more than a decade. He achieved his CPDA credential in 2019.
Tell us about your data management professional journey.
It has been 14 years since I started my journey as a Business Analyst, and today I am still trying to
figure out how to better manage “data”. Professionally I have seen more technological advancement,
automation, and analytics, yet I still see the same problems with the data. I am in constant pursuit to
acquire new skills related to Business Intelligence, Big data, and Cloud technologies. My goal is to be
able to combine my understanding about oil and gas data with newly acquired to skills to better position
myself personally and professionally.
Tell us why taking the CPDA exam became a priority out of the professional certifications you wanted
The CPDA is the only globally recognized data management certification designed to test the knowledge areas
aligned with the E & P industry data lifecycle. Being a Certified Petroleum Data Analyst has helped me to
quantify and qualify my skills in Oil and Gas data management.
What tangible and intangible benefits have you gained from having your CPDA
Being a part of the CPDA community at large, and having the ability to learn and share my knowledge have
been the key benefits gained from my CPDA credential.
You are an active volunteering member of PPDM. Tell us how serving on a committee with PPDM has
elevated your level of knowledge in the data management profession.
I am an active member of the PPDM Communications Team with a goal of increasing the user engagement rates on
social media platforms. As we come up with monthly content focused for discussion on PPDM's social media
platforms it has increased my knowledge in the DAMA DMBOK and CPDA competency areas.
If you could be the CEO for a day in an E&P company, what is one piece of advice you would
communicate to your leadership about data management?
In the recent times the compounded annual growth of data owned by organizations has increased by 69%. “Good
Quality” is the foundation required for any organization to succeed. I would work with my leadership team to
inoculate a data driven culture which would be built on the 3Ps (People, Process and Predictive) with data
quality and data governance experience as a centerpiece.