Business Intelligence Summit


2015 Business Intelligence Summit:

From project initiation to implementation, analytics and beyond

Back for 2015, the Business Intelligence Summit is a challenging event that looks at how leading New Zealand organisations measure, analyse and utilise business data for better business outcomes.

Join us to network with peers and gain insight into the business intelligence realm.

> One of the largest gatherings of BI practitioners in New Zealand

> Case studies from innovative companies including BNZ, Frucor, Kiwibank and The Warehouse

> Presentation topics ranging from project implementation and self-service reporting through to data-driven decision making and creating data-warehouses

> Meet with vendors, peers, experts and practitioners, hear their stories and learn from their experience.

Case studies, insights and presentations from:

2degrees Mobile | ACC | Auckland Council
BNZ Frucor | Grant Thornton | Kiwibank
KPMG | PGG Wrightson | Synlait Milk Limited
NZME | The Warehouse Group | Theta

Separately Bookable Workshop:

Building effective BI strategies and roadmaps
26 February 2014, 9.00 - 4.30pm, Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland


Agenda: Day 1


Registration & Coffee


Opening remarks from the Chair

Stephen Wearing, Team Leader BI Reporting, Auckland Council


Emerging trends and BI futures

• Business Intelligence in NZ – where to next?
• Rise of visual data discovery and self-service BI
• Cloud, Mobility and Big Data – interactions with the other technology mega-trends

Gary Blumgart, Head of BI, Theta

Presentation will be available soon


Unlock insights From any Data

Join Myles to see and hear how to help your people get the insights they need - to compete, innovate, streamline operations, and tap into new market opportunities. Microsoft is helping organisations access the competitive advantages hidden in internal and external data.
• Inspire innovation by empowering professionals in your organisation to discover new insights
• Accelerate decision making by making real-time access to massive data sets a normal part of your employees’ day-to-day activities
• Learn from and share insights easily by enabling anyone to create and publish rich visualizations of real-time data—right from the tools they already use

Myles Matheson, Data Platform Specialist, Microsoft New Zealand

Presentation will be available soon


The evolution of Business Intelligence

Anton Desi, Manager – Business Intelligence Services, ACC


Morning break and refreshments


The information transformation

The end goal for Business Intelligence is to deliver information transformation. Matt has coined the term 'information transformation' which is a paradigm that challenges people to think differently about information and consider the power of information as an agent of transformation. It is about helping people to learn to utilise information better and in different ways and realise how profoundly transformational this can be.

Matt will explain how you can use the information transformation paradigm to deliver on your organisation's strategic outcomes while gaining strong buy-in from your senior leadership teams and key sponsors. He will explain where this fits into your overall business intelligence strategy

Matt O'Mara, Business Information Expert


Case study: Lessons from BI project implementations

• Partnership between the business and BI
• BI governance and engagement models
• The level of collaboration during all project phases
• What to do when projects take the wrong direction

Lydia Bandzo, Business Intelligence Delivery Manager - Projects, BNZ
Pramod Regonayak, Business Intelligence Delivery Manager - Support and Infrastructure, BNZ

There is no presentation avaliable for this session


Case study: NIWA & BI – more effective management through Business Intelligence

• Information vs data – right information to right person at right time
• Our BI journey – Productivity and Profitability
• The impact on the business and what’s next on the BI journey

Rachael Hayton, Finance Manager – Planning & Analysis, NIWA

There is no presentation avaliable for this session




Case study: From small scale to the Enterprise BI, and what does it mean to customers

• The journey from a small team to an Enterprise BI
• BI team through transition
• Customer focus and BI solutions
• How does it all come together

Ingrid McClymont, Business Intelligence Manager, Auckland Council
Vesna Saric, Team Leader Data Warehouse, Auckland Council
Stephen Wearing, Team Leader BI Reporting, Auckland Council


Business-driven BI capability-building: Building momentum and empowering executives to act

• Defining business priorities for BI decisions, controls, analytics, measures and events
• Capturing and managing IT requirements for delivering business BI priorities
• Balancing the delivery of business benefits with building the underlying BI infrastructure

Iain Sanders, Business Intelligence Manager, PGG Wrightson


Unleashing advanced analytics and visualisation with External Data

For many years organisations have been challenged by collecting and managing their external data and aligning this with their internal data. Managing external data used to be very time consuming and required specialist resource so that powerful data resources often ended up in the too hard basket. Now with advances in technology and the wider availability of external data this is no longer the case!

Nick will be demonstrating examples of cool things you can do with external data and tools such as Alteryx and Tableau without the need for specialist or advanced programming skills.

Please check back after the conference for the presentation

Nick Lupis, General Manager, Webranz Ltd

There is no presentation avaliable for this session


Afternoon break and refreshments


Case study: Creating a data driven business

• Moving from ad-hoc to data driven decision making
• What are we replacing or improving?
• Our experiences with creating a useful, BI system that helps the business deliver its objectives

Paul Sieberhagen, Financial Analyst, NZME


Case study: Driving the business forward

• Working towards ensuring that business information is SAGE
• Ensuring that best practice for business visibility is rolled across the group
• Ensuring data and dashboards are meaningful, accessible, and a powerful decision making tool
• Providing multiple examples of how data has been displayed using different methods to ensure the business gains the insights it needs

Kevin Rowland, Business Information Manager, The Warehouse Group


Going beyond forecasting with Optimisation Analytics

Going beyond forecasting with Optimisation Analytics
In this session, Pierre will explain what Optimisation Analytics consist of and will give some example applications. He will also discuss:
• Why Prescriptive analytics (including Optimisation analytics) are the next stage of Business Intelligence maturity
• How Optimisation will support the decision-making processes and use cases for a variety of industries and organisations
• What Optimisation will look like for data consumers

Pierre-Alain Liegeois, Senior Manager - Advisory, EY NZ


Summary remarks from the Chair and Networking Drinks

Agenda: Day 2


Breakfast Session: Keeping Advanced Analytics Relevant and Profitable

There continues to be much enthusiasm regarding the business value of advanced and predictive analytics, but we don’t often hear about the failures – those companies that invested heavily in these technologies only to see little or no return on those investments. One approach to help ensure that investment in advanced analytics is profitable is to tie the analytics directly to the strategic plan. When strategic planning is done effectively, it will involve defining business objectives that are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, time-bound and aligned with relevant key performance indicators. Business objectives with these characteristics can be readily translated into definitions for analytic solutions. Defining analytic solutions this way ensures they will have business relevance because they will be directly supporting the strategic plan through the business objective. This presentation will outline a framework for defining and interpreting business objectives in a way that will help ensure investment in advanced and predictive analytics is profitable.
• Effective business objectives – the key to keeping advanced analytics relevant and profitable.
• Requirements for effective business objectives.
• Translating business objectives into definitions for analytic solutions.

Andrew Peterson, Principal Data Scientist, Soltius


Opening remarks from the Chair

Stephen Wearing, Team Leader BI Reporting, Auckland Council


Understanding requirements gathering for BI Projects

• Investigating the requirements of the business and technology and how you can get the best insights
• Getting prioritisation of functional and non-functional requirements right
• Translating requirements into technical documentation

Mike Rankin, Business Information Manager, Kiwibank


Case study: BI strategy to delivery - Reboot

Richard Raj, IT Manager, Frucor
Mark Palmer, Business Intelligence Manager, Frucor


Morning break and refreshments


Can self-service reporting be a reality?

• Evaluating the business appetite for self-serve
• Getting the technical environment right
• Selling your self-service “product” to your business customers

Alex Moffatt, Information Solutions Manager, 2degrees Mobile


BI Tools – From vendors promises to the reality of implementation

•Quick look at some BI Vendors
•Dashboard/Reporting starting point and best practices
•Report creation, distribution, ownership and usage

Marc-Andre Dion, Business Intelligence Analyst, Landpower New Zealand


The Internet of Things and what it means for In-store Analytics

Chris Auld, Chief Technology Officer & Executive Director – Business Intelligence, Intergen




Making governance part of your BI strategy success

• Ensuring the data is right – avoiding insufficient or inaccessible data, excessive or “wrong” data and untrustworthy data
• Are the capabilities up to scratch?
• Maximising the effectiveness of BI projects by having processes pertaining to report creation, distribution, ownership and usage

Ram Narasimhan, Manager – Advisory, KPMG

There is no presentation avaliable for this session


Case study: The challenges involved in creating a Data Warehouse from an Object Oriented Database

• The principles inherent in an Object Oriented Database
• The challenges in converting this data to a Relational Staging database
• How dimensions, fact tables and cubes were organised in the final delivered data warehouse
• Lessons learned

John Stewart, Business Intelligence Manager, Synlait Milk Limited


Closing remarks from the Chair and end of Conference

Who will attend?


Building effective BI strategies and roadmaps

26 February 2014; 9.00 – 4.30pm, Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland

BI initiatives tap into every part of an organisation and, if they hope to succeed, require commitment from a broad spectrum of stakeholders operating at many levels.  In this workshop we will focus on how to use a comprehensive strategic framework to tie the various work-threads together into a combined effort that never loses sight of the underlying business objectives.

Topics will include:
• Creating a BI Strategy Framework – Align with the business and decide what success looks like
• Building a Roadmap – maps help you go places, so what should the road map look like?
• BI Governance – Why it’s so important
• Data availability, reliability and completeness
• Political Realities – Why buy-in is not the same thing as commitment
• Using the right tools and getting the right mix of partners for the job
• Steady the Ship - your strategy needs to be adaptable and remain top-of-mind whilst being anchored by good governance and maintenance practices

Facilitated by: Warren Ross, Lead Consultant, Theta


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