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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

Published : Thursday, October 19, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Monday, September 25, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Author : altis

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.

Published : Friday, July 21, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Thursday, July 06, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Monday, July 03, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Friday, June 30, 2017

Author : altis

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.

Published : Thursday, June 22, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Thursday, May 25, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Thursday, May 18, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Thursday, May 11, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Thursday, May 04, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Monday, May 01, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Thursday, April 27, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Monday, March 20, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Thursday, March 16, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Thursday, March 09, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Thursday, March 02, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Thursday, March 02, 2017

Author : altis

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

Published : Friday, February 17, 2017

Author : admin

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

Published : Friday, February 17, 2017

Author : admin

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

Published : Thursday, February 09, 2017

Author : admin

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

Published : Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Author : admin

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.

Published : Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Author : admin

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

Published : Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Author : admin

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

Published : Saturday, January 14, 2017

Author : admin

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

Published : Saturday, January 14, 2017

Author : admin

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

Published : Saturday, January 14, 2017

Author : admin

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

Published : Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Author : Altis Consulting

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

Published : Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Author : Altis Consulting

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

Published : Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Author : Altis Consulting

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)

Published : Thursday, October 13, 2016

Author : Altis Consulting

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

Published : Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Author : admin

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.

Published : Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Author : admin

Today saw the conclusion of our Analytics Roadshows, where Isaac Reyes, Altis Head of Data Science presented on the “Five signs your organisation needs a data science team – assembling the right mix of data savvy professionals for the changing nature of business data”. Our roadshows were held in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and the final

Published : Thursday, September 08, 2016

Author : Altis Consulting

We are very proud to announce that for the 7th year in a row, Altis Consulting has been recognised as a fantastic workplace by the Great Places to Work survey for Australia. This award is an accolade to the wonderful team at Altis who make our culture and workplace so successful. What makes Altis unique?

Published : Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Author : Altis Consulting

The Power BI toolset from Microsoft is changing the game in the data visualisation space. With major monthly releases building on the functionality and rapidly incorporating new features, combined with its competitive pricing we are seeing many clients dipping their toes into the world of Power BI. Altis surveyed some of our Power BI users

Published : Thursday, August 25, 2016

Author : Altis Consulting

Lindsey Abot and Rhubesh Goomiah from Altis’ Melbourne office noticed how often the traffic camera at Flinders and Williams Street was flashing and wondered how many infringements it recorded each year. They found the answer on the Victorian Government’s ‘cameras saves lives’ website (http://www.camerassavelives.vic.gov.au/) which has the statistics for the top 50 cameras in Victoria

Published : Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Author : Altis Consulting

Amir Zaki recently attended the MDM and Data Governance Summit in Sydney and he shares some of the key takeaways.  The MDM and Data Governance Summit this year covered a wide range of topics; from the Keynote by Aaron Zornes (Chief Research Officer of The MDM Institute) discussing the emerging trends to the pros and

Published : Monday, August 01, 2016

Author : Altis Consulting

Amir Zaki recently attended the MDM and Data Governance Summit in Sydney and he shares some of the key takeaways.  The MDM and Data Governance Summit this year covered a wide range of topics; from the Keynote by Aaron Zornes (Chief Research Officer of The MDM Institute) discussing the emerging trends to the pros and

Published : Monday, August 01, 2016

Author : Altis Consulting

In this Altis white paper, Anastasia Voinou from our Melbourne office talks about Data Lakes and their place in an Information Management architecture. There is a lot of talk in the market about Data Lakes and how enterprises should be implementing a Data Lake, “Where does a Data Lake fit in the Data Warehouse and

Published : Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Author : Altis Consulting

Michael Betterton from our Canberra Office talks about some of the changes in Microsoft’s SQL Server 2016 SSRS and how you can leverage these. With the recent release of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2016 in June this year, many people have posed the question of how has Microsoft’s Business Intelligence (BI) Stack changed in this release,

Published : Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Author : Altis Consulting

Thousands of businesses collect vast quantities of data, yet they struggle to turn the potential knowledge and insights into business advantage. Although the task can seem massive, the benefits can be great, allowing organisations to unlock additional sources of revenues and efficiencies. For some organisations such as those in the utilities and human services sectors,

Published : Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Author : Altis Consulting

Nadine Hamilton recently attended an Australian Computer Society event and she shares her key takeaways from this event. On a frosty Canberra morning last week, the Canberra branch of the Australian Computer Society welcomed Ian Opperman, the newly appointed Chief Data Scientist and CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre to present on “The power

Published : Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Author : Altis Consulting