We have finalised an exciting line-up of speakers for the first Analytics Forum event for 2014 to be held in Wellington on the 18th of March.

NEC New Zealand are sponsoring this event on “Analytics for Tomorrow”, where we will be looking to the future of analytics in NZ. We’ll also share what we’ve learned from the membership survey at the end of last year, and to give an outline of what we have planned for the year.

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When and where?

2:15-5:30pm Tuesday, 18th March 2014

Cable Room, Macs Brewery Function Centre, 4 Taranaki Street, Guests please use the main Function Centre entrance located on the Taranaki St side of Shed 22. Venue Map:  http://www.macsfunctioncentre.co.nz/contact.html


2:15pm Welcome from the Steering Group

2:30pm Leonard Dench, Managing Director, NEC New Zealand

             Peter Ellis, Manager Sector Performance, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

3:40pm Afternoon Tea

4:00pm Cyrus Facciano, General Manager, Qrious – a Telecom Digital Venture

4:30pm Wrap-up, survey feedback and upcoming events

5:00pm Drinks and networking, sponsored by Harmonic Analytics

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Places are limited so please register by signing into our Analytics New Zealand Wiggio site and taking the “18 March NZ Analytics Forum attendance” poll. If you are not already a member of our Wiggio site, please sign up.

Our speakers are:

Leonard Dench, Managing Director of NEC New Zealand

On the topic of global innovation in analytics, through a NEC Big Data partnership with Harmonic Analytics in NZ and how this impacts internationally. Key research and development areas for the Big Data Innovation programme will include:  Asset management solutions, social network analytics, predictive analytics, data mining, anomaly detection, market classification and specific NEC big data solutions. 

NEC New Zealand is a leading solutions and service provider of IT and network, telecommunication and identity solutions.. NEC’s state-of-the-art technologies are backed by local technical expertise and are used in various creative applications to enhance the lives of the people in New Zealand every day, from connecting callers to sorting mail items, from providing timely updates via diverse digital signage network to empowering law enforcement agencies with biometric technologies

Peter Ellis, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

On team approaches to data management and visualisation for data-intensive Business Growth Agenda reporting.

Peter is the Manager of the Sector Performance team in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  In December 2013 his team faced a challenge of a type familiar to many analytics professionals – they inherited the task to update the data behind the draft Overview Sectors Report.  Developed to be a high profile Ministerially launched document under the Business Growth Agenda, the Sectors Report is a 180 page PowerPoint document with over 200 individual plots and 50 tables, based on several sprawling Excel workbooks, some of which could not be located. 

This talk will walk through the chosen solution, why and how it works, and include some reflections on issues relating to use of good practice programming and analytics techniques in an in-house public sector environment. The approach facilitated simultaneous teamwork on different aspects of a complex project.  It has now been adopted as the standard method for the Sector Performance team in supporting policy teams working on data-intensive reports under the Business Growth Agenda.

Peter Ellis has a Masters in Applied Statistics from the Australian National University and a Masters in Development Studies from Murdoch.  From 2011 until the creation of the Sector Performance team in April 2013 he was the Manager of Tourism Research and Evaluation at Ministry of Economic Development; before that his career had been mostly in overseas aid including stints as Director Program Evaluation at AusAID and Counsellor Development Cooperation in the Australian Embassy in Dili.

Cyrus Facciano, GM of Qrious, a Telecom Digital Venture

On building a collaborative analytics ecosystem and solving the data transport problem to make insights faster and easier to obtain.

Cyrus Facciano is a creator, innovator and entrepreneur with a passion for technology and people. Connecting innovations in technology with actionable outcomes for real people is what motivates him. As a Psychology graduate from the University of Auckland, Cyrus has gone on to build a career over 17 years in the ICT industry. He has done this across multiple geographies and sectors, in a range of ventures and existing organisations, both local and global. He has worked in a variety of roles from delivery to business development. 

More recently, Cyrus has turned his talents towards the world of data and analytics. Conceptualising, testing and standing up an ambitious platform for innovation to derive more value from data. Going on to lead this business as General Manager for Qrious.



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