Blog

One of our Melbourne Data Scientists, Jeremiah Mannings, shares his thoughts on the recently released Amazon Machine Learning platform, SageMaker. AWS has finally released SageMaker! (https://aws.amazon.com/sagemaker/) catching up in the market to other offerings such as Azure ML Studio. In typical Amazon style, they have taken all the good aspects of other automated ML cloud

Every year, we take a look at the avalanche of announcements made at AWS re:invent and explore the possibilities offered by new Big Data and Analytics products and services.   Following the trend from last year, the focus has been put on the Data and Analytics stack, especially in the Artificial Intelligence and the Machine Learning spaces. But first, before we take a look

Ian Stuart from our London office, has recently had an article published in the Credit Control Journal, one of the world’s leading research journals dedicated to the advancement of asset risk management, credit analysis and corporate risk. Credit Controllers are data analysts too, explains Ian. Yet, most organisations fail to realise the role that Business

By Jeremiah Mannings This is a short article following on from the previous parts relating to intent, entity, and dialog design, check those out if this is the first you are reading! The links are below. This article covers some quick tips and tricks that will help you get started alongside the previous articles in

Altis has been a pay equity ambassador since 2015. To eliminate the gender pay gap at Altis, we started with a survey by role of our consulting workforce back in 2014. We’re committed to closing the gender pay gap, in particular as we are in an industry typically with an under-representation of women. It’s been

In a follow up to his previous article, analysing BHPA (British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association) incidents, Ian Stuart from our London office had another article published in Skywings this month, showing the possibilities that are opened up with good electronic flight logging.  His personal flight logging dashboard is insightful and has attracted very positive

by Garry Farrell, Sydney Consultant   On the surface financial reporting may look simple. However, have you ever tried to create a profit and loss statement or balance sheet using a hierarchy? Typically these reports are built in Excel or other reporting tools, where a complex design is required to get the layout and calculations correct.

By Olu Omodara – Altis London office At its essence, data visualisation is the effort to render data in an accessible, visual, consumable format. This understanding is key to ensuring that your data visualisation strategy contributes to and has the correct impact on your business. Most likely, as an organisation, you are collecting swathes of

The second in a 3 part blog series by Melbourne consultant Jeremiah Mannings  Introduction This is the second part in a series of Watson Conversation API articles that aims to cover the design and development of a finance-based chatbot. To check out the first article here! In this part of the series, we are going to

Read our latest case study and see how we helped RightShip review and improve their data visualisation tools.

By Jeremiah Mannings Consultant in Melbourne Introduction This series of articles is designed to offer a useful overview of the capabilities and functions of the Watson Conversational API to use in your own projects. For the next few articles, a banking/finance type demo will be used to explain the concepts. There will be a number

Neil Randall, a consultant in our London office, shares his thoughts on how technology is shifting the focus in the way data warehouse and BI solutions are being delivered. Platforms such as Microsoft Azure and Amazons’ AWS offering may well be on the way to shifting the balance of where we put our time and

by Jeremiah Mannings Image analytics, deep learning and neural networks are terms thrown around all day on platforms like LinkedIn, but what can they really do for your business? Here at Altis, we have been working to provide an answer to that problem. Sure, the technology is really cool, but it would be even cooler

The third in a series of blogs from Anandraj Jagadeesan, talks us through downloading Apache Spark on Windows 10, using the new Ubuntu environment. About Spark Apache Spark is a fast and general-purpose cluster computing system. It provides high-level APIs in Java, Scala, Python and R, and an optimized engine that supports general execution graphs. It

This is the 8th consecutive year that Altis has been recognised as one of the 50 Best Places to Work in Australia   “This is a testament to our unwavering focus on our ethos of ‘Connecting with Courage, Heart, and Insight’” said John Hoffman, CEO of Altis. “We are passionate believers that an engaged team

Earlier this month, Richard Roose, one of our senior Sydney consultants, attended the TDWI conference in Anaheim. He gives us a recap of the main topics below. As you might expect, a broad spectrum of topics were covered, with some of the hotter ones being around: Self-service BI & Analytics Data Science & Advanced Analytics

Altis Consulting have been proud training partners of Perceptual Edge and Stephen Few since 2010. Over the years, we have hosted over 20 workshops, teaching upwards of 1,100 students. Stephen has decided that it is time for him to take a step back from teaching, and has passed the torch to his colleague Nick Desbarats

Following on from his last blog, Anandraj Jagadeesan from our Sydney office, provides steps to install Docker on Ubuntu Bash for Windows. Background Docker’s ability to provide applications with resource isolation, portability, consistency and support continuous integration & testing makes it a very attractive tool for every software engineer. With Docker, one can run the

An Altis project team in Sydney went live this week, with a new big data solution on AWS for a family restaurant chain with over 900 locations across Australia. What made this a big data project and a success? Typically big data is described in terms of the 3 Vs – velocity, volume and variety.

Anandraj Jagadeesan, a Managing Consultant with Altis in Sydney, shares his experience of installing Ubuntu Bash in a Windows 10 environment. For the last few years as a big data developer I have been using a Mac at work and a Linux desktop for my personal needs. I recently started using a Windows laptop at

UK public Sector Organisations can now buy Services from Altis from the Digital Marketplace as part of the new G-Cloud 9 Framework.  Altis are very excited to be able to now offer services on this framework. Altis have registered two of our services: BloomThrive – a cloud based, low cost learner analytics product for tracking

A team in Melbourne recently completed our Introduction to Data Science course with Altis’ Head of Data Science – Isaac Reyes. In this interview Richard Marris,  a consultant from our Altis Canberra office, shares some of his takeaways on how analytics is adding to the skills and techniques that a modern analyst needs. What is

Altis’ CEO, John Hoffman, shares some insights into how to successfully navigate the Big Data landscape. I am sure many of you flinched when you first saw this graphic on the Big Data landscape when it was published by Matt Turk in April. For those of you who missed it, have a look and weep.

Our UK Country Manager, Peter Hopwood, was recently interviewed for an article “Who owns your data strategy and how do you define it effectively” written by Michael Gilmour from Michael Page Technology. Here is what Peter had to say in the article: Peter Hopwood, Altis Consulting UK Regional Manager, has been working in BI for

Ian Stuart, one of our London based consultants, used the BHPA’s incident database to reveal some interesting insights. Free flying is exhilarating but it comes with a health warning.  We recently published our analysis of incidents in “Skywings” – the membership magazine for the British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association (BHPA).  We looked at some

In our previous blog on “The World of Bots” we discussed some use cases for Bots.  In this blog we will talk about a Bot that we created internally, the Altis Chatbot and some of the lessons we learnt in developing the Bot. The Altis Chatbot is a resource and skill planning solution.  It has

After obtaining AWS Redshift Service Delivery Accreditation earlier this year, Altis has obtained a further two accreditations for AWS EMR and AWS Lambda. Altis was the first AWS Consulting Partner in ANZ to obtain this recognition for RedShift and for EMR.   In combination, these three AWS services represent the backbone of modern big data

Altis Consulting ranked 13th in this year’s Great Place to Work list of best workplaces in Asia   Altis Consulting has been named by Great Places to Work as one of the Best Workplaces in Asia in the Best Small and & Medium category. We’ve been ranked #13 in the region for our continued focus

We are starting to see the real-world application of artificial intelligence and in particular Bots becoming more common in the business world.  Often when meeting with our clients the conversation turns to Bots and what and how can they help businesses. In fact, according to Gartner’s top 10 near-term predictions for technology By 2020, “the

Our AWS Practice Lead Guillaume Jaudouin attended the latest AWS Sydney Summit last week. Read on to hear Guillaume’s key takeaways from this event. As is becoming usual, the AWS Sydney Summit was packed (6,000+ attendees), loud and intense. The keynote line up was impressive and the summit was the place to be for anyone

Altis have been helping our clients advance their data journeys towards making better use of information to drive efficiencies, profitability and other tangible outcomes for 19 years. We’ve seen how measuring current state and revisiting maturity assessments over time help an organisation prioritise and achieve their future visions. That’s why we’re excited to launch our

Big data is pervasive today but many organisations are still struggling to understand where it fits into their technology and business landscape and to define a suitable use case to get started with Big Data. At Altis, we’ve been exploring different use cases for Big Data and our team have built a Sentiment Analysis tool

Altis joined FiTT (Females in IT & Telecommunications) at their Celebrating the Digital Frontier luncheon as part of events celebrating International Women’s Day. We were excited to be joined by some of our clients who are successful women in IT in their own rights. It was a great event to promote and encourage diversity in

Sara Handel, one of our Melbourne consultants, recently undertook a Proof of Concept  for real-time streaming analytics on network sensor data for a utility client using Microsoft Azure Streaming.  In this blog Sara shares some of her key takeaways from this project. Microsoft Azure Streaming is straightforward and you can quickly setup a streaming solution

One of our Sydney consultants, Dawie Kruger, shares some of his thoughts on the features and functionality available in Microsoft SQL Server that he feels are being underutilised by organisations. I was privileged enough to attend Microsoft Ignite 2017 this year on the Gold Coast. There was considerable talk about the new features that will

Joshua Cortez, a member of our Data Science Team, has put together a series of blogs on using survival analysis to predict customer churn. This is the third and final blog of this series. Survival Regression Knowing how long customers stay is all well and good, but what if we want to know the factors

Two of our consultants, Michael Betterton and Dawie Kruger, are attending Microsoft Ignite on the Gold Coast this week, and in this blog they share some of the insights from the event. The opening key note delivered by Scott Guthrie, the VP of cloud and Enterprise for Microsoft had a strong cloud message to the

JISC – a not-for-profit organisation that encourages Higher education institutes to adopt digital services and solutions, and HEPI –  a UK think tank devoted to higher education, published a news article earlier this week entitled ‘Reducing drop-out rates with Technology: Learning from Australia.’ This article reviewed best practice approaches across the world, and referenced the

Joshua Cortez, a member of our Data Science Team, has put together a series of blogs on using survival analysis to predict customer churn. This is part two of the blog series. Survival Curves The survival curve is fundamental in survival analysis. It tells us the probability that a customer will still be subscribed to

On the back of delivering a number of successful AWS RedShift projects to our clients, Altis has been officially recognised as an AWS RedShift Service Delivery partner. If you need assistance with an AWS RedShift implementation, reach out to our AWS practice lead Guillaume Jaudouin, who will be more than happy to assist you.

Joshua Cortez, a member of our Data Science Team, has put together a series of blogs on using survival analysis to predict customer churn. This is part one of the blog series. Introduction Customer churn is familiar to many companies offering subscription services. Simply put, customer churn is the event of a customer opting out

Our Utility Practice Lead, Rhubesh Goomiah, attended The Australian Utility Week 2016 conference held in Sydney last week. The conference focused on the theme of ‘Building the Digital Utility’, in this post Rhubesh shares some of his key takeaways from this event. This was my third consecutive attendance at this event and this year Matt

This week, Guillaume Jaudouin our AWS Practice Leads takes us through some of the announcements made by AWS during the re:Invent week. As in every year, the AWS re:Invent week came with a host of new announcements, of which you can get the complete list here. At Altis Consulting we focus on data and what

Alok Joshi from our Melbourne office shares his insights on whether Agile Scrum can work on Fixed Price Data Warehouse projects. I’ve often heard the argument that Agile Scrum cannot fundamentally work with a fixed price project due to the nature of the predetermined scope of work. Aside from the price, what are you actually

Altis is pleased to announce that Amir Zaki has been appointed to lead our Data Management practice.   Our Data Management Practice will enable us to further assist our clients who are planning or implementing a Data Management solution, whether it be Data Governance, Data Quality, Master Data Management, Data Migration or Data Integration. The

Joshua Cortez, a member of our Data Science Team, looks at using analytics to predict sports leagues outcomes. You are half way through a particular sport season and you want to know where your team will finish.  Here is a statistical way to determine that.  This framework was inspired by a blog by Daniel Weitzenfeld

James Black from our Sydney office recently attended the TDWI conference “Analytics across the Enterprise” earlier this month in San Diego, California. Here he shares his key takeaways from the conference. The main theme of the conference was developing insight-driven organisations that succeed in using analytics to create real business impact.   As with all

Do you know that on 24th November 2016 all TM1 servers will stop working? This is due to the SSL certificates expiring on this day.  In order for you to have TM1 up and running you will need to ensure that new SSL certificates are in place. What are your options: • Disable SSL (insecure)

Ash van der Spuy from our Sydney office shares his thoughts on how IT and business can work more closely to bridge the gap of familiar spreadsheet analysis vs reporting from a data warehouse for Financial Analysts. Spreadsheets have been the mainstay of the Financial Analyst for decades, and its blank canvas and powerful calculation

Amir Zaki from our Sydney office, who has performed numerous successful data governance projects, shares the 5 key principles for driving successful Data Governance initiatives. Although “Data Governance” is an important factor for any organisation to improve data quality, and drive ownership and accountability of critical data assets across their lifecycle, it is often unsuccessful.