The New Zealand Analytics Forum is a community of over 2,000 professionals who apply analytics to solve business problems. We explore analytics and data science across different industries, and seek to have a positive influence in New Zealand. We formed in 2013 and gather together on a regular basis in. Our regular events are open for anyone to attend. Events for your Calendar Analytics in Agriculture, in partnership with the joint Operations Society of NZ (ORSNZ) and The New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA) Joint Conference @ Massey University, Palmerston North. When: Thursday 29th November 3:30pm – 5:10pm, followed by drinks and nibbles until 6pm Where: Massey University, Palmerston North in the AgHort lecture block Analytics in Action – bought to you by Nicholson Consulting Will focus on operational analytics showing us how analytics is embedded in ACC claims processes, protecting our borders and advice on taking a data product to market. When: Tuesday 27th November, 2018 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Talks will begin at 5:30pm with time for networking over drinks and nibbles before & after. Where: Cable room Mac’s Brewbar Function Centre, 4 Taranaki St What is Analytics? Analytics is the application of modelling, optimisation, and data analysis for fact-based decision making. Analytics includes both a complete business problem solving and decision making process, and a broad set of methodologies that enable the creation of business value. Analytics forms a common umbrella that includes mathematical and data modelling activities undertaken in NZ by, amongst others, NZ Data Futures Partnership, the Operations Research Society of NZ, the New Zealand Statistical Association and the Institute of IT Professionals NZ (formerly the NZ Computer Society). Analytics is also supported internationally by INFORMS. Definitions on this page come from the INFORMS Analytics Section. Descriptive analytics focuses on analysing historical data to identify patterns from samples for reporting of trends. Predictive Analytics predicts future probabilities and trends and finds relationships in data that may not be readily apparent. Prescriptive analytics evaluates and determines new ways to operate by targeting business objectives and satisfying constraints. See the menu at the top for upcoming event information, and a list of our volunteer steering committee members.