Information Management that delivers tangible outcomes

We help you make better use of your data by combining our team of 90 passionate professionals with our proven Information Management tools.


Our team assists at all stages of the IM value chain to deliver improved business performance…

Managed Services

We manage your data for you – reducing cost and risk while improving efficiency and reliability…


We provide training programs built on exclusive partnerships with industry leaders…

A team that connects with courage, heart and insight

Every single team member is passionate about growing trusted relationships, really connecting with our clients and using our:

courage to tell it like it is and meet every challenge head-on

heart to care passionately about your personal and business results

insight derived from years of industry experience delivering real and positive differences.

In simple terms it means making a firm commitment to our clients and sharing the responsibility of delivering their outcomes.

An IM model that delivers results

A proven approach to turn your data into positive tangible outcomes.

Extensive industry experience

We’ve been providing Business Intelligence solutions to a wide range of industries since 1998, so we have a greater breadth and depth of experience than anyone.


We understand the complexities of data held by utilities companies and have been developing appropriate solutions since 2010…

Higher Education

Over the last 5 years we have partnered with 25 universities delivering strategies, roadmaps, projects and student analyses…


Since 1999, our work with Government departments has covered the spectrum from information management strategy to project delivery…

Financial Services

Our visualisation and data management tools help empower more effective decision-making and increase marketing automation…

Transport & Logistics

This is where we began: we know this industry intimately and continue to provide tailored strategies and solutions to improve business results…


From finance to people, safety to environment, our team has delivered a variety of transformational projects across the property value chain…

A few key facts

We are built on the simple philosophy that people make our business – and yours – successful and we have a unique range of differences to support this.

90 permanent staff committed to your success

Vendor independence
– right solution, not more software

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Our Auckland Team is volunteering with Variety and Cancer Society NZ for Special Children's Christmas Party this year.

The Special Children's Christmas Party, in association with the Cancer Society and Variety - the Children's Charity, provides an unforgettable experience for disabled and disadvantaged children in our community.

Altis has been partnered with Variety – the Children’s Charity, since 2011, as they are closely aligned to Altis' core values and it gives our staff and customers the opportunities to volunteer and participate at a grass roots level in Australia and New Zealand. This is one such event and the team in Auckland have the great pleasure of contributing to help make special memories for special children.

This year’s party will be on Saturday, 5 December and run for three and a half fun-filled hours during which time the children will be treated to a star studded stage show featuring many local, national and international artists. There will be bouncing castles, face painting, merry-go-rounds, petting zoos, pony rides, clowns, dancers, fairies, magicians, hoop shooting contests, bowling alleys, Police and Army displays, and a lot more to provide plenty of fun and entertainment.

Read more about our partnership with Variety.

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Published : Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Author : Altis Marketing

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 do not require onsite infrastructure, and the increasing popularity of flexible working arrangements has seen remote teams become more prevalent. Remote development has necessitated a paradigm shift in traditional team structures and management. It is necessary for remote teams to implement innovative solutions to overcome the temporal and special boundaries.

There are 3 key doors which remote teams must unlock to facilitate a ‘one-team’ approach to successfully achieving project outcomes.

Door #1: Communication & Collaboration

Communication is one of the most important aspects of team dynamics that is impacted when working with remote teams vs an on-site teams. 93% of communication is non-verbal of which 55% accounts for body language, gestures and facial cues. When working with remote team members, you lose the ability to read gestures and expressions that are vital to understanding context of why certain questions are asked or statements made or how your client or peers ‘feel’ about a situation.

Collaboration, although sometimes used synonymously with communication, places more emphasis on individuals working together, feeding off one another and making decisions together for a focused goal. The creative nature inherent in collaboration can be lost when working with remote teams as individuals miss the opportunity to ‘bump into’ each other or come together to whiteboard ideas, there is no “tap on the shoulder” for a quick question or clarification, no overheard conversations that could be contributed to and it is easy to forget to consult with remote team members when making decisions or raising concerns.

The Key:

  • Find the right technologies to facilitate the communication: There are many communication and collaboration platforms out there that can serve to be great tools in overcoming the above challenges. Go beyond your basic instant communicator and use tools such as Slack, HipChat or Glip, which can be used to house and easily organise conversations to help keep all team members in the loop irrespective of the topic and when discussions take place. Knowledge bases can be co-operatively maintained with tools like Confluence and Yammer so no concept, decision or issue is lost. Don’t underestimate the power of using video calling instead of just voice calls – visual communication makes giving news (good or bad) more credible and the additional human element does wonders in building trust.
  • Instil communication habits within the team: It’s all good and well to get the right technology in place to help team collaboration, but it will be of no use if the team does not use the technology as intended, to its full potential or if it is not used at all. Habits need to be cultivated to ensure that people are using the tools appropriately and to the team’s advantage. For example, ensuring all minutes from meetings are posted in a timely manner for people to make comments, discouraging open ended and ambiguous questions/comments, and encouraging even casual conversations to be socialised with the team – “Can you put that on Yammer?” The goal of the tools is to provide a clear and searchable history of collaboration so all decisions and ideas can be leveraged – make sure this goal is achieved through habits.

Door #2: Project Visibility

It is important from a management and a collaboration perspective, that team members are aware of not only their own responsibilities, but the responsibilities of other team members. Having this level of visibility allows the team to be more self-sufficient and less reliant on the project manager knowing what work is expected, whether it impacts any other team member and if there are any dependencies on others in order for work to be completed. Having a team that is highly autonomous and less dependent on a single person is critical for successful delivery.

Project visibility also encompasses the feeling of ‘presence’ each team member creates. When working with distributed teams, remote individuals may not be available immediately for discussions that are outside organised meeting times. This could be due to working in different time zones, the frequency with which messages and emails are checked and even differences in break times (e.g. when people go out for coffee). Creating a presence combined with understanding and accommodating for each individual’s availability are essential aspects of project visibility.

The Key:

  • Facilitate regular meetings: You don’t have to be running your project in agile to realise the benefits of having a daily catch up. At a minimum, a daily meeting will allow people to verbally state what they are working on and any impact and dependency on others. This should be enough to keep people in check of others are doing and no work is being doubled up or blocked. If further planning meetings are required, then these should be encouraged.
  • Have a visible project tracking mechanism: Using tools like Trello, Jira or ProofHub allow for a transparent and easy way of sharing plans, comments/feedback, task allocations and maintaining progress. The team can be aware of the status of the project anytime.

Door #3: Trust

Underpinning the first two doors and what is ultimately required to successfully work with a remote team is trust. Without trust within team members, it becomes increasingly difficult to collaborate and results in siloed work from individuals. Certain team members may take on less / more work depending on their motivation. Trust needs to be established between the manager and within the team.

The Key:

  • Transparency: This is about making sure that as much as possible is made visible to the team and nothing is hidden. Transparency provides the building blocks of generating trust. Letting other team members know that you are unable to complete a task or experiencing difficulties should be encouraged. Makes for fewer surprises and allows the team to play to their strengths.
  • Encourage more communication: Coming back to communication habits, the team must have a culture of communicating with each other as often as possible. Without physically meeting someone, it adds that additional barrier to trust. The more communication there is, whether it be phone/video calls, instant communication etc. the more the team will be able to trust the individual.
  • Team meetups / outings: Depending on the sparsity of your team, there may be the rare occasion where all team members are brought together. These occasions must be capitalised with a team event to build the relationship and trust within the team. Everyone should be encouraged to attend and get involved!
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Published : Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Author : Altis Marketing

Author: Veronica Coyle, Altis Transport & Logistics Practice Lead

The 2015 Major Accident Investigation Report notes that there has been a 35% reduction in serious crashes in Australia in spite of a 30% growth in freight transport. This is a fantastic result which shows that transport companies have been making great strides in improving safety.

I attended the recent Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit in Sydney and heard some very good first-hand stories about how companies are ensuring they meet their obligations under the National Heavy Vehicle Legislation. The message that all parties in the supply can be held legally accountable for breaches of fatigue, speed, mass, dimension and load restraint laws has smart companies taking action, and data is a big part of the story.

One of the speakers at the summit observed that having hard data takes the emotion out of discussions with employees and sub-contractors as the facts speak for themselves. Simply being able to call up the details of an event means that discussion can quickly move from ‘what happened’ to ‘what needs to be done’.

There is also an increasing awareness of the importance of hard data should it become necessary to demonstrate that ‘all reasonable steps’ were taken. This means not only recording what happened, but also taking positive steps to identify and address issues. Capturing and storing data is an important tool for identifying where safety improvements are needed. Data can be used to: 

  • Measure current state
  • Identify and manage problem areas
  • Measure the success of improvement programs. 

With good data in hand, companies can measure performance against defined safety goals. This information can be used to identify areas for improvement and to develop targeted programs. Continued data monitoring means that the effectiveness of each program can be measured, and further improvements made.

It’s easy for companies to limit themselves to using the data they are already collecting as they devise and implement safety monitoring and improvement plans. However, it is just as important to consider what data is not being collected.

An important first step is to look at the company’s information supply chain to identify any data gaps and to create a roadmap to address them. For example, driver arrival and departure times could automatically recorded at distribution centres; or photographs can be taken showing load restraints every time a truck arrives or departs. Mobility devices (including smart phones) mean that capturing missing data can be done more easily than ever before.

In order to continue the great strides in improving supply chain safety, companies need to leverage not only the data they have, but to also think beyond current state to identify what they can’t see. The exercise of taking stock of data gaps is an important first step in developing a holistic safety improvement strategy.

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Published : Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Author : Altis Marketing

I had the pleasure of representing Altis at IBM’s Annual Insight convention in Las Vegas on the end of October, to see what’s new with IBM Cognos, Watson Analytics and IBM’s big data solutions, and to give a talk on how we reduce development and maintenance times of IBM Cognos reports using centrally controlled templates and solution libraries. 

During the conference, IBM presented the much-rumoured next version of Cognos – now re-branded Cognos Analytics. Unlike previous upgrades, this isn’t just a bunch of new features on the good old Cognos, but an absolute re-thinking of the product and its uses. In other words, Cognos finally catches up with times. 

What's new?

First of all, there’s a major re-write of the portal (Cognos Connection, as they used to call it). On the long walk from breakfast to sessions, IBM put up some clever signs. One of them read “The 90s called, they want their SharePoint back”. That sentiment does represent the new IBM design – less menus, less buttons, less screens, with all navigation is done on screen, with a very clever usage of ribbon, drop down menus and mouse gestures. The search mechanism was also given a boost, with auto-suggestions and the ability to save searches. On top of it all, the portal (As well as all development screens) is now entirely mobile-ready. It’s not just a face lift – it’s an entirely different approach to user interface. 

On top of that change, IBM added a dashboarding tool that allows the non-savvy end user to easily visualise data by simply dragging data fields on to a canvas. A video demo can be found here. This is a very useful tool that offers smart visualisations on the fly. 

Report authoring has been made a lot easier, with Report Studio getting a whole new look and feel that speeds up authoring (And much to my joy, encourages the use of templates) while remaining one of the most robust, versatile BI authoring tools in the industry. Report consumption is now done through a dynamic viewer that allows the user such interactive features as summarising, grouping, filtering and sorting. This can be seen in this video demo which also demonstrates the all-new predictive search mechanism. 

On top of all that, there’s a new modelling tool that allows the non-savvy user to connect to data, ask a question and get the tables and relations needed to answer that question. You can see a demo of it here

Next steps

The new product will be released by the end of the current year, say officials. I have taken the opportunity to participate in the sessions about upgrades. They will have quite a few caveats, which is why at Altis we are putting together all the information necessary to assist our customers with upgrades and new implementations. Upgrades would definitely require some careful planning beforehand, especially in some scenarios such as where there is intensive use of portal pages, in order to go smoothly; post upgrade, some professional training would allow our customers to maximise the benefits of this upgrade.

Contact our team today to get ready for the next generation of IBM Cognos. 

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Published : Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Author : Rod Avissar

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