Tag: Advanced Analytics

Amazon’s Machine Learning platform SageMaker has been released – First thoughts

December 13, 2017

One of our Melbourne Data Scientists, Jeremiah Mannings, shares his thoughts on Amazon’s 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 Machine Learning cloud environments, improved

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 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

Image Analytics with Machine Learning

September 25, 2017

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

Best Place to Work 2017

August 30, 2017

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

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

Thoughts from Introduction to Data Science – Melbourne – June 2017

June 30, 2017

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

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.

Altis Chatbot

May 11, 2017

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

The world of Bots

April 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Five Signs your organisation needs a data science team

September 8, 2016

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

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

Altis invests in leading predictive analytics outsourcing and training business

May 30, 2016

By 2020, 75% of large and midsize organisations globally will compete using advanced analytics and proprietary algorithms according to Gartner.  So what’s stopping businesses from using analytics and proprietary algorithms to drive their business forward? The biggest hurdle is the availability of qualified and experienced data scientists. McKinsey projects that by 2018 the demand for