From operational challenges to a modern, automated and simplified organisation – Our Business SA case study

An Exposé case study around our advanced analytics solution for the ‘voice of business in South Australia’,  Business SA. The solution was an important component of a large digital transformation program that saw Business SA transition to a modern, automated and simplified organisation which was underpinned by the following technology changes; • A cloud-first strategy which…

Test drive AWS QuickSight

As part of our commitment to deliver the best possible business outcome for our Advanced Analytics customers, we ensure that we remain across the technologies that enable us to deliver such outcomes. This test drive of AWS’ QuickSight BI tool and its underlying parallel processing engine (SPICE) is part of that commitment to our customers and…

From watercooler discussion to corporate Data Analytics in record time

For those who have been involved in conventional Business Intelligence projects you will be all too familiar with the likely contiguous chain of events and the likely outcome. It typically goes something like this: The idea is incubated by someone (very often this would be within ICT), a business case for a project is written,…

Strategic Segmentation

Preface Market segmentation is a common practice in marketing and sales in order to better understand – and therefore be better able to target – customers. This same principle, though, can be applied to any business problem where the division of a diverse population into sub-populations based on similarities (or differences) would be advantageous. Fortunately,…

Connecting to Big Data Clusters from Excel

Connecting to big data clusters from Excel is now relatively simple. But those who have tried would have noticed multiple ways to achieve what seems to be the same thing. This article aims to clear these muddy waters a bit. I am using Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus (Excel 2013) updated to 15.0.4719.1002 Power Query…

Power BI and Microsoft Azure – what’s all the fuss about?

This blog provides a journey starting with Excel and its promotion to BI, it moves on to Power BI version 2 and concludes with a much larger Azure analytical story. Let’s start this journey with some topical statistics. US$97bn the projected annual dollar spend on BI services by 2016. Good 19% the percentage annual growth…