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Date(s) - 23/09/2015
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Fale Pasifika Complex


Demystifying Analytics

If you’ve ever found that it’s hard to keep on top of all the different tools you can apply to an analytics problem, this session will help!  In the session build a map of analytics techniques and how they fit together.  Participants leave with an idea of what techniques work well for what kinds of problems, and what they need to have in place to get started with those techniques.
Bring your management!  We’re aiming for a different audience at this event than our usual group of experts, so if there’s someone in your organisation who is keen to get started with analytics but can’t quite find their way around, or if there’s some management you’d like to get on the same page as you, please invite them along.



The next New Zealand Analytics Forum event will take place at the Fale Pasifika at the University of Auckland on Wednesday the 23rd of September 2015.

Refreshments for this event are are kindly sponsored by Optimation.


As always, the speakers will be followed by drinks and nibbles and the event is free of charge, but places are limited.

Please register your attendance below.



Pradeep Silva, Principal Consultant, Optimation

Optimation work with large, complex organisations across New Zealand and Australia to provide a full-service offering across the business applications lifecycle, from IT strategy and business design through to development, delivery and long-term support. We are particularly excited by creating business insight and intelligence through unlocking the value of our clients information and enhancing visibility, accountability and decision support across their enterprise.

Pradeep specialises in the areas of Business Intelligence and Analytics, enabling business to unlock the value from their data and BI investments. Pradeep has a track record of embedding evidence based decision making into all levels of organisations; from helping organisations answer key strategic questions to, day to day operational level decision making. His experience spans Central Government, Telecommunication, FMCG and Insurance in New Zealand and United Kingdom.


Kevin Ross, Chief Scientist of Optimisation Modelling, Fonterra

Kevin Ross oversees the development of analytics capability at Fonterra, and in 2013 he founded the New Zealand Analytics Forum. Kevin holds a PhD from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering, and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in Mathematics.

Kevin will discuss how Fonterra uses different analytics techniques in different parts of the business, from forecasting milk volume to production planning.


Felicity Carpenter, Direct Response and Engagement Manager and Katie Bright, Operations Research Analyst, Air New Zealand
In this session Felicity and Katie will follow an Air New Zealand customer through a trip with the airline, from booking to checking in and on to catching the plane, commenting on all the analytics systems they encounter.


Bryan Smith, Senior Data Scientist, Movio

Movio is one of NZ’s fastest growing software companies. Bryan will talk about some of the analytics tools and techniques that Movio is using to understand movie audiences better than anyone else in the world.


George Smith, Workstream Lead – Network of the Future Programme, NZ Post

George is part of the Network Transformation programme at NZ Post. He led the design and implementation of alternate day delivery changes in Urban areas and currently oversights the transformation programme for Provincial areas.
George has a background in strategy development, business case development and leadership of large scale change. He has also led national strategy and systems support teams, with formal training in six sigma, lean and operations management/research (Hons, Canterbury University).


Steve Batstone, Analytics Consultant, Whiteboard Energy and Geoff Leyland, Analytics Consultant, Incremental

Steve and Geoff have spend the last few months talking to experts in a range of analytics techniques and will present what they’ve learned, mapping out techniques and where they fit into an organisation.


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This event is fully booked.