By Andrew Bilsdon, Delivery Lead – Altis Sydney The Analytics Industry often promises that we can predict what will happen, or discover hidden correlations between seemingly unrelated variables in datasets. My experience is that we still spend too much time on Operational Reports that tell users what has happened in a single data set or

By Abhishek Kookana, Consultant – Altis Canberra The COVID pandemic brought with it uncertainty, change and the need for a complete reassessment of the work environment. In the midst of the ever-changing landscape, our consultants, along with the team at the Federal Government Department of Health, worked tirelessly to ensure that their client needs were

By Ian Stuart, Data Visualisation Specialist, Altis Consulting UK Introduction What is Data Visualisation best practice, why should I be interested in it, and how do I go about it?  Let us see: What is Data Visualisation Best Practice? Designing attractive reports and dashboards, that best help you to communicate stories with data. That’s the

by Roger Light, Data & Analytics Consultant, Altis Consulting UK Ever spend time fiddling with obscure settings in your reporting tool to get things to look consistent? Sometimes the data modelling and visualisation layout are a breeze compared with ironing out those small distracting details to make your report look good. So why bother? Because

by Anup Ramadas – Principal Consultant, Gordon Sinclair – Managing Consultant & Manan Patel – Senior Consultant Built using over 20 years of experience, the Altis Data Load Scaffolding (DLS) helps Altis’ clients simplify their Data Warehouse development, operation and maintenance. In this webinar, we discussed how the DLS is used to help our clients

by Brook Queree, Senior Consultant – Altis QLD So your organisation has moved its data into the cloud, now what? As businesses realise the benefits behind cloud data platforms such as Snowflake, more and more use cases discovered that would never have been possible before. This is the power of the cloud, adding accessibility and

  At Altis, we are passionate about developing women in STEM, and because of this, we organised a virtual panel discussion with female industry leaders back in February to discuss their career in a male-dominated field. We had an empowering discussion, in which our panellists shared advice on how you too can build a successful career

by Alex Gray, NZ Regional Manager & Margaret Chan, Principal Consultant As organisations look to move data workloads up to one of the cloud providers, they are finding a changing paradigm in how the costs for those workloads are being generated and managed.  It changes from the on premise model of upfront project CAPEX costs

by Samuel Ward-Riggs, Principal Consultant- Altis UK In Part 1 of this blog, we introduced Power BI Embedded, an Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering that enables organisations to securely embed Power BI reports and dashboards within their apps, seamlessly blended with their corporate look and feel. Now, let’s dive into the details of

by Anandraj Jagadeesan – Principal Consultant, Andrew Li – Senior Consultant & Mike Setterberg – Senior Consultant   Organisations, looking for speed, reliability, cost savings and security, are migrating their applications to the cloud. Naturally, the data platforms must take the same path and migrate to the cloud. Altis is a leader in helping organisations

by Samuel Ward-Riggs, Principal Consultant- Altis UK   Data visualisation tools like Power BI, Qlik, and Tableau help us to visualise data to support decision making, but can we provide those same capabilities to our customers? Embedded visualisations place best-in-class analytics seamlessly within your application or website. Analysts within your organisation, rather than software engineers,

by Guillaume Jaudouin, Market Development Leader in Management- Altis Sydney In the most recent episode of AWS Community Chats, our very own Market Development Leader in Management, Guillaume Jaudouin joined AWS’ Aley Hammer. He shares his tips to help you get started with data & analytics and provides insight into the upcoming trends in this

by Mik Panchal, Managing Consultant- Altis Sydney As we welcome 2021, we want to take the time to celebrate our top stories from 2020 and thank our Altis community for the great content. Here are some of our success stories and how we have helped our customers achieve tangible business outcomes. The Importance of Data

By Roger Light, Data & Analytics Consultant, Altis UK   Hans Rosling was renowned for his eye-catching and insightful presentations, using data visualisation as a tool to successfully promote awareness of world health and development issues. Wouldn’t it be great if we could make our own reports as compelling and memorable as his? Here we

  by Andrew Bilsdon, Delivery Lead – Altis Sydney If you are involved in a data project, or the delivery of data as a service, this post is pitched at you. The recommendations are based on my 15 years of experience in data, information and analytics and are intentionally pragmatic. Self-service has arrived Unlike the

by Chris Kearns, UK Regional Manager Air Navigation Solutions (ANSL) delivers air traffic control and engineering services at some of the world’s busiest and most complex airports including Gatwick and Edinburgh Airport. ANSL have access to many and varied data sources but have been limited to analysing this data through largely manual means. ANSL partnered

By Chris Kearns, Regional Manager – Altis UK Organisations have no shortage of data available from corporate systems such as Finance, HR, CRM, etc. but the challenge is bringing all this data together to support decision making. There are proven approaches for bringing such data together for use in reporting and analytics platforms but this

By Jason Williams, Delivery Lead – Altis Canberra It’s a common understanding across most organisations that data and analytics are valuable. Most organisations have large quantities of data available to them but don’t access and analyse that information effectively, either through having not collected or stored the information appropriately or the lack of technology and

By Ben Atchison, Delivery Lead, Melbourne Altis has conducted in excess of 50 strategy and roadmap engagements across a wide range of industries and technologies. These 3 factors are important to getting your strategy right: Find a Trusted Partner Effective strategies unfold over the course of months and years, so it is important to think

by Ian Stuart, Principal Consultant – Altis UK In the first blog of this series, I covered the key steps that we need to focus on to ensure that usage of Power BI is effective in our organisations. In that blog I also delved into Training and Governance that provides the foundation for us to

  by Margaret Chan, Principal Consultant – Altis NZ Being able to track and forecast spending on the Cloud Platform is one major challenge in cost management today. While the cloud offers scalability, consumption-based payment model can be hard to keep a tab on. The most common way is to utilise the cost management portal

by Ian Stuart, Principal Consultant – Altis UK In the first blog of this series, I outlined the three key steps that we need to focus on to ensure that usage of Power BI is effective in our organisations. I then delved into Training and Governance that provides the foundation for us to get started

by Jason Williams, Delivery Lead – Altis Canberra Organisations aim to create insights in an efficient way, however, most face problems with data coming from disparate sources or from inadequate access to data. For best results, we need to aim to ensure that all users have access to the same data, to make accurate and

by Ian Stuart, Principal Consultant – Altis UK In the first blog of this series, I outlined the three key steps that we need to focus on to ensure that usage of Power BI is effective in our organisations. I then delved into Training and Governance that provides the foundation for us to get started

by Jason Williams, Delivery Lead – Altis Canberra Data and analytics have become extremely popular in the last few months and for good reason. Being able to embrace Business Intelligence (BI) and having the ability to leverage insights, it’s now possible to make informed decisions. By having the right BI tools implemented and understanding how

by Samuel Ward-Riggs, Managing Consultant – Altis UK We rely on information to do our jobs every day, information provided to us by Data Platforms. But what exactly is a Data Platform, and how does today’s information request turn into tomorrow’s KPI dashboard? Join me at the whiteboard to demystify Data Platforms and the jargon

by Ian Stuart, Principal Consultant – Altis UK We have been working with Power BI since it arrived on the market in 2015.  Since then we’ve worked with a lot of organisations to help them successfully incorporate Power BI into their daily operations. We’ve distilled this experience into 3 key steps that are underpinned with

by Jason Williams, Delivery Lead – Altis Canberra   Since the start of COVID-19 organisations are beginning to realise the importance of data and will begin to consider how to utilise data available to them. As part of this, organisations need to ask themselves, do our staff have the necessary skillset to derive meaningful insights

by Gordon Sinclair, Managing Consultant – Altis Sydney A large proportion of the world’s population has been affected directly or indirectly from the spread of the coronavirus. Using data to monitor and manage the impact in my local context, was a clear benefit to me and to others. During the early stages of reporting on

by Andrew Bilsdon, Delivery Lead –  Altis Sydney   I had the great pleasure of visiting a friend in Northern Tasmania whose family are running a successful dairy farm in the beautiful Devonport region where the grass is green and rain plentiful. Being a desk-bound IT type, I was of little practical help so my

by Dawie Kruger, Azure Practice Lead & Richard Roose, Principal Consultant – Altis Sydney In this webinar, we discuss how you can pragmatically kick start your Data Governance initiative using the Azure Data Catalog. Use this link to view the free webinar, or watch it below.   As “Data Literacy” and Data & Analytics in organisations continues to mature, it’s becoming more

by Neha Kaul, Managing Consultant – Altis Sydney In this webinar, we discussed how you can transform the way you build your modern-day Data Analytics Platform using the Altis Automated Serverless Data Lake Framework. This webinar was attended by a large group who came from varying industries and roles. With a growing emphasis on delivering

by Ian Stuart, Principal Consultant – Altis UK Last year I wrote a blog that described the Power BI Dashboard In A Day (DIAD) programme and how organisations and individuals can benefit from attending this free training. The Coronavirus pandemic has brought about some changes to how the course is delivered, but the broad features

by Mik Panchal, Managing Consultant & Manan Patel, Senior Consultant In this webinar, we discussed how you can accelerate your analytics solution with Azure using the Altis Azure Framework. With more and more emphasis on delivering data in Azure “Cloud” for analytics, there has been a big focus on automating this process in order to

by Garry Farrell, Managing Consultant- Altis Sydney Data lakes are very popular, and I have been helping to extend the framework we use with our clients. Our framework is an important starting point for discussions with our clients. It also doubles as a best practice design for the consultants to get the build done efficiently,

Sylvia Howes has been with Altis Consulting for three years, a BRW Employer of choice every year for the past decade. She’s passionate about using data to create change and has just moved into the full-time role of Data4Good Lead. Altis founded Data4Good to encourage corporations to use data to make a positive impact on the world. Her extroverted,

by Mik Panchal, Managing Consultant- Altis Sydney This Blog is a step-by-step guide to build the integration pattern used to extract JSON data from an API using Azure Data Factory. Using an API to extract data in a JSON format has become a common method for extracting data into Azure SQL Database or Azure Blob.

by Garry Farrell, Managing Consultant – Altis Sydney Do you have files that you would like to combine and develop into reports?  I once worked with a client who was transforming and combining files, by hand, of different formats and structures. Her mission was to merge 7 files from 7 different financial institutions. So, it wasn’t a simple

by Andrew Bilsdon, Delivery Lead – Altis Sydney I am writing this in May 2020, as some countries are starting to relax the restrictions put in place to manage the pandemic we have been dealing with. I was motivated into writing this blog by a recent LinkedIn post. It received many comments and confirmed my

by Lynn Naing, Managing Consultant – Altis Sydney As Data Lake popularity grows, the common fundamental question we get asked from clients is ‘How to best design a Data Lake Storage?’. There is no silver bullet for ‘Best’ design as different clients have different requirements and use cases. However, there is a good common foundational

by Kent Teague, Managing Consultant – Altis Melbourne Did you guess Data LakeHouse? And, no I’m not talking about the latest episode of Grand Designs. Although like Kevin McCloud in his quest to follow design projects from laying the foundation through to the building of dream homes. We’ll be looking at the foundation of the

by Charmaine Loratet, Head of People & Culture For many of us working, we are finding ourselves in uncharted waters as we adjust to the new normal whilst faced with a global pandemic. For us here at Altis Consulting, we have continued to focus on our core business values of ‘Connecting with Courage, Heart and Insight’.

by Andrew Li, Senior Consultant – Altis Sydney Agile & Scrum methodology has no doubt seen widespread adoption across software teams. However, many teams in areas like data and analytics have yet to catch onto this trend and its benefits. This post provides a brief case study of the benefits of the Agile approach at

by Andrew Heinceslater, Consultant – Altis Melbourne Starting a new job can be a stressful time. No matter how many times you go through the experience, it doesn’t get any easier. This is number 11 for me, and let me tell you it isn’t always the first day that is the toughest. It’s the following

It’s been a tough time for all, as we deal with the outcomes of COVID-19. Our daily lives have drastically changed and will continue to do so for some time. To help support our community we have put together some tips & words of advice to guide us during COVID-19.   Please feel free to

by Charmaine Loratet, Head of People & Culture Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the way a lot of us live & work has drastically changed! We’ve heard all the advice from experts on social distancing & making sure we wash our hands. What seems to be discussed less is the psychological disruption working from

by Nate Wang, Consultant – Altis Melbourne Using both Azure SQL Database and Power BI as Business Intelligence tools in your company? Then this easy, but often neglected, functionality might help you supercharge your reports’ performance with no additional cost. Sounds good? Read on! This blog post will cover: The background What is the Azure

by Andrew Bilsdon, Delivery Lead – Altis Sydney I frequently engage with clients as a Tech Lead. My habit is to always clarify what is expected from me so that I am set up for success. Now the beauty to the role is that it is extremely flexible and broad, so not surprisingly so is

by Mythili Baker, Head of Innovation – Altis Sydney After attending the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in Sydney last week it’s clear that data governance isn’t going anywhere and it’s still a major challenge for organisations. The first main theme behind this I see is the growth of self-service. Tools such as Tableau, Qlik

by Andrew Bilsdon, Delivery Lead – Altis Sydney ‘Understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed.’ So why would we bother writing a blog about this, how can we understand something before it happens? My thoughts are not related to the order in which we do things, I am going to