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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Published : Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Author : admin

Altis is pleased to announce that due to significant demand we have created technology practices for AWS and Microsoft.     Guillaume Jaudouin James Mitchell Guillaume Jaudouin has been appointed to lead our AWS practice, while James Mitchell has been appointed to lead our Microsoft practice.  These new practices will enable us to further assist

Published : Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Author : admin

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

Published : Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Author : admin

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

Published : Monday, May 30, 2016

Author : admin

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

Published : Friday, April 08, 2016

Author : admin

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

Published : Friday, April 01, 2016

Author : admin

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

Published : Monday, March 21, 2016

Author : admin

Altis Consulting ranked 19th in this year’s Great Place to Work list of best workplaces in Asia   The sense of family and community is just one of the reasons our team love working at Altis. There are many others, as recognised by Great Place to Work’s  Best Workplaces in Asia 2016 list released today.

Published : Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Author : admin

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

Published : Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Author : admin

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

Published : Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Author : admin

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

Published : Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Author : admin

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.

Published : Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Author : admin

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

Published : Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Author : admin

Daley Davis, our UK Business Development Manager, talks about the adaptation and adoption of data driven marketing in the financial services industry, noting “Those that embrace true Data-driven marketing will be the winners.” Read this informative Adobe Insight Report to find out how organisations that embrace data-driven financial services and use analytics to transform their

Published : Friday, September 11, 2015

Author : admin

In most organisations, BI reports are a strange animal from a user experience perspective: Although the technology behind them has been changing constantly, and continues to change, their look and feel and behaviour remains more or less constant. Despite the fact that with most BI tools today reports are essentially web applications (Or local applications

Published : Thursday, September 10, 2015

Author : admin

We’re at the Association for Learning Technology’s annual conference in Manchester…   ALTC15 is currently underway at Manchester University until 10 September, so stop by our stand or go to the ALTC15 site to book a meeting with Daley Davis, our HE Business Development Manager.   http://info.ulcc.ac.uk/meet-us-at-altc15 Author: Altis Marketing. | Date: {tag_blogpostdate}

Published : Monday, September 07, 2015

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Peter Hopwood, our UK Country Manager, sits down for an interview with University of London Computer Centre, to discuss Higher Education in both the UK and Australia. Peter shares his insights with Altis’ breadth of experience with over 25 university clients and how Altis is building bespoke systems to cut attrition from 18% to 12%

Published : Monday, September 07, 2015

Author : admin

At Altis Consulting, we know that we’re one of the best places to work but we never get tired of being nominated, shortlisted and then recognised as one of the Best Places to Work in Australia. It’s an achievement we pride ourselves on. For the past six years in a row, Altis has been recognised

Published : Monday, August 31, 2015

Author : admin

How do you find the right data and use it effectively to achieve tangible business outcomes? These are common concerns that have been challenging the data world for decades; the quest for right data and the effort needed to turn it into information and ultimately into intelligence. Ever changing business scenarios, requirements, attitude of data

Published : Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Author : admin

Altis Consulting has been recognised on the 2014 BRW Best Places to Work Study for its excellence and leadership in programs that have built and maintained a culture of high performance and great team engagement. Altis supports the professional and personal development of our team through a comprehensive career development and training program, and social

Published : Monday, September 08, 2014

Author : admin