Case study – Student Attrition

A reporting solution that enabled an education provider the ability to identify student attrition rates, monitor potential student attrition causes and predict students who are likely to withdraw in the future. See more deatils here – exposé case study – Education Provider

Can you predict if a student will drop out? Yes!

Our case study on a Higher Education Institution and the 360 degree student attrition solution we designed and developed. An intelligent way to understand attrition in the past, and using that to predict attrition in the future. It allows the institution to foster relationships at risk students, before the event, ultimately decreasing attrition and avoiding…

Visualisations are the new black

This is the 3rd in a series of 3 articles: First we looked at Colouring with Numbers – can data present a better picture The second showed how a story is worth a thousand visuals Now we conclude with how Visualisations are the new black   In my last blog “A story is worth a thousand…

A story is worth a thousand visuals

Any report can contain information. It’s relatively easy to just place random visualisations together to display information from a multitude of data sources. But without context or structure does this add any value or provide a better experience for the report reader?

The battle of the AMLs – Amazon Machine Learning Vs Azure Machine Learning

As machine learning has become more accessible to businesses and the number of products currently available has risen in the market, the question is regularly asked of us as leaders in data and analytics to recommend, or at least provide insight, into some of those products.  Machine learning has become more accessible and there are…

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…