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Date(s) - 30/06/2016
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Auditorium, Ministry of Social Development, Charles Fergusson Building, 34 Bowen Street


‘The next event for the Wellington Analytics Forum is set for Thursday 30th June 2016, starting at 4:30pm.

The topic for the evening will be ‘Committing to Data’ – this is a theme which is centered around two sides of the same issue – on the one hand there is the organisational change side, and how you get the structures in place but on the other hand there is also the very real struggle of people who are doing the analysis. Often when you are moving from a data-sparse status quo to a data-rich environment there is a lot of resistance met with to any new insights which contradict long-held assumptions. So even if the structures are in place there is still work to be done before the people making the decisions in the organisation are really committed to data.


Our Speakers

Ross Farrelly – Chief Data Scientist for Teradata Aster. The Alpha and Omega of Analytics.

  • Observations from the field on key ingredients that are often missing from analytics projects.
  • The importance of ensuring data collection is part of the analytical design process.
  • The necessity of experimental design to verify the impact of analytic insights.
  • Beyond BAU – designing new business models around innovative analytics

At Teradata Aster, Ross is responsible for data mining, analytics and advanced modeling projects using the Teradata Aster platform. Previously Ross ran Datamilk, an independent bespoke data mining consultancy specialising in data mining and advanced predictive analytics. Ross is a six sigma black belt and has had many years of experience in a variety of statistical roles including Business Development Management at Minitab and as a SAS Analyst at New Frontier Publishing.

Ross has a Master of Applied Statistics and a first class honors degree in Pure Mathematics. He has a keen interest in a number of data mining techniques especially social network analysis and random forests.

In his free time Ross regularly competes on Kaggle, an online forum where data scientists match their skills against their global peers including experts in statistics, mathematics, and machine learning. Ross is also an active member of the Sydney users of R Forum (SURF).

Click here to read blogs by Ross.


Rendy Sugiarto – Online Insights & Analytics Manager at Bank of New Zealand. Data Driven Transformational Change.

  • Rendy will discuss the challenges of getting hold of data and getting buy in from the executive, with a lot of insight on how to do that successfully, and give an overview of where his work is at, and where it might head next.


Over nearly 5 years at BNZ, Rendy has lead the bank’s online presence from a point where there was very little information about how the website and Internet Banking were being used at all to a point where end-to-end tracking and democratisation of analytics are standard practice and machine learning models are ready to make real-time decisions about customer needs.


Emily Mason – Lead, Evidence and Insights at Social Investment Unit.

  • As analytic techniques using integrated data give us unprecedented insight into the performance of the public services we pay for, organisational culture is being challenged to learn and adapt. In this presentation, Emily will discuss how lessons learned from failure are informing new models for partnership to drive change in public sector decision-making and culture

Emily is passionate about bridging the gap between data science and policymaking in order to help those in the social sector learn “what works for whom, at what cost”. This focus is the result of 15 years’ experience in policy and analytics teams working to turn data into useful information for decision making.  Emily has worked in strategic and operational roles across central government and is a thought leader in the use of data science to build a fairer and more evidence based social sector.  Emily is currently working with the Social Investment Unit to investigate how data and analytics can better inform decision-making from the front line to the Beehive. Her past experience includes the Ministry of Education, ACC, and Statistics New Zealand.  Emily has an MPP from Victoria University and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Public Policy Prize (VUW) in 2004.


The venue for the meeting on the 30th will be:

Level 3, Bowen State Building
(not the Charles Fergusson Building as previously noted)
Ministry of Social Development
34 Bowen Street


Our sponsor – Teradata


We are privileged to have Teradata as our event sponsor. Teradata helps companies get more value from data than any other company. Their big data analytic solutions, integrated marketing applications, and team of experts can help your company gain a sustainable competitive advantage with data.  Teradata helps organisations leverage all their data so they can know more about their customers and business and do more of what’s really important. Visit www.teradata.com.au for more details.


Our venue has a limit of 120 people. Register below now to ensure that you get a seat at this event. We will be running a waitlist for those that do not manage to register before the 120 seat cut-off.


Please note: The event is free but requires a booking. Due to the limited number of seats available, we recommend that you book early and request that you make this unique opportunity a priority. If after booking you are unable to attend, please cancel your booking so that others can participate.


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