Category: Business Intelligence

AWS re:invent 2017 – Data and Analytics Announcements.  

December 6, 2017

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

Credit Controllers are Data Analysts too

November 27, 2017

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

Watson Conversation Part 3: Further Tips & Tricks

November 21, 2017

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

What we can do with data

November 15, 2017

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

Using Account Intelligence to streamline your Financial Reporting

November 14, 2017

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.

Why Data Visualisation is Great for your Business

November 8, 2017

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

Part 2: Watson Conversation Entity & Dialog Design

November 1, 2017

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

Watson Conversation WCS Intent design

October 19, 2017

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

Effort and BI – Is the Focus Shifting?

October 10, 2017

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

Spark on Windows 10

September 6, 2017

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

TDWI Conference 2017

August 23, 2017

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

Installing Docker on Ubuntu Bash for Windows

July 26, 2017

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

Big data on AWS – a project success story

July 21, 2017

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.

Installing Ubuntu Bash for Windows 10

July 6, 2017

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

Big Data Navigational Aids

June 22, 2017

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.

Who owns your data strategy?

May 25, 2017

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

The Truth about Paragliding and Hang Gliding Incidents

May 18, 2017

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

AWS Summit: moving up the stack and technology convergence

April 11, 2017

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

How do you measure progress in your data and analytics journeys?

March 20, 2017

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

Our experiment with Sentiment Analysis on Yammer

March 16, 2017

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

Will Microsoft Azure meet your real-time analytic needs?

March 2, 2017

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

Are you realising the full potential SQL Server?

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

A Crash Course in Survival Analysis: Customer Churn (Part III)

February 17, 2017

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

Microsoft Ignite

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 and HEPI in the UK publish a Headline News article referencing the success of Altis’ work on Learner Analytics in Australia.

February 9, 2017

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

A Crash Course in Survival Analysis: Customer Churn (Part II)

February 8, 2017

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

A Crash Course in Survival Analysis: Customer Churn (Part I)

January 31, 2017

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

Australian Utility Week – Key Takeaways

January 14, 2017

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

AWS re:Invent

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

Fixed Price Agile Scrum for a Data Warehousing Project – Can it work?

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

Is my team going to make the playoffs?

October 25, 2016

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

Six takeaways from the TDWI Conference

October 19, 2016

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 rely on TM1 for your financial budgeting and planning or reporting?

October 13, 2016

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)

Spreadsheets versus a Data Warehouse – the two sides of the Analysis coin

September 28, 2016

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

Making Data Governance Successful – 5 key principles

September 14, 2016

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.

Power BI – Tips for a successful rollout

August 25, 2016

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

Telling data stories using Melbourne Traffic Infringements data

August 10, 2016

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

MDM and Data Governance Summit

August 1, 2016

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

MDM and Data Governance Summit

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

Where does a Data Lake fit in the Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence landscape?

July 20, 2016

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

First Look at Microsoft SQL Server 2016 SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)

July 12, 2016

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,

What can data science and analytics offer business and government

July 6, 2016

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,

The power of big data and analytics

June 29, 2016

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

Transforming the Energy Sector

Our Utilities Practice Lead, Rhubesh Goomiah shares some insights from Australian Energy Week. I recently attended the Australian Energy Week 2016 conference in Melbourne, a new event designed to gather professionals from the Australian energy sector. It was an excellent opportunity to network with people from a number of organisations, ranging from the traditional energy

Keeping the Power on-premise

June 15, 2016

Microsoft PowerBI generates a lot of interest, as we see customers lining up to give it a try. The combination of superb visualisation, self-service approach and an attractive price-tag make PowerBI a worthy candidate for analytics. However, for some customers, the enthusiasm is soon replaced with disappointment when they learn that PowerBI is a cloud-based

The data sharing wheels of government turn slowly. But they’re turning

April 8, 2016

Canberra based Senior Consultant Paul Priestly talks about his takeaways from the recent ‘Data Management and Sharing in Government’ conference. Recently, I attended this conference in Canberra. It was with some anticipation that I looked forward to this given I had also attended a previous conference on a similar topic  2 years ago and was

Is there a case for federated data models?

April 1, 2016

By Gus Verzosa With so much useful data available to organisations today that doesn’t reside in-house combined with the reality that true data sharing is still a long way off, is there a need to move to federated data models? We believe there is a strong case for federated data models, particularly within the public

Trends in public sector data management and data sharing

March 21, 2016

Altis recently sponsored the Public Sector Data Management, Sharing and Publishing conference held in Canberra from 8-9 March 2016.   Over these two days, Matthew McNamara and two of his colleagues from our Canberra office engaged in some interesting and broad discussions with most of the 50 or so attendees and speakers. A popular topic

Enterprise Reporting in a changing world

March 9, 2016

Gartner’s decision to separate their magic quadrant BI report highlights the changing uses of Business Intelligence in organisations. With modern user-led software is the role of the BI professional going to disappear?   The world of Business Intelligence and Business Analytics has been evolving over the last few years, an evolution which reached another peak

3 Keys to Working with a Remote Team

November 17, 2015

Distributed teams bring additional challenges to delivering successful outcomes in any project. Staying on top of these challenges can be easier if you are holding the right keys. Sourcing expertise who are geographically distributed is sometimes essential to reach the right people for the job. The advent of technologies such as cloud based solutions that