AI Bot Transforming Student Experience at NZ University

AI Bot Transforming Student Experience at NZ University

A New Zealand university is enlisting the aid of an AI student concierge to increase recruitment. Known as NINA, the bot appears around Auckland University of Technology’s (AUT) mega-screens, its presence expanded through scan-coded advertising outside the campus. But NINA is only one facet of the university’s tech-driven Business Intelligence solutions that enhance student experience and make better use of university resources. Representing AUT at the 2018 Business Analytics Tech Fest were Tim Davidson, AUT Manager of Business and Intelligence, ....

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Top 10 Tips for Successful ERP Data Access

Top 10 Tips for Successful ERP Data Access

“How did this happen? We have two ERPs with data we can’t relate to!” It’s the age-old problem. One vendor solves (some of) the data access issues for their application but what about the other applications you own? The companion to that problem: vendors pop up looking to show how easy it is to build a narrow way of consuming data, plus ERP and CRM are complicated and challenging worlds to navigate to bring forward the data which is most ....

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Intelligent Business is the New BI

Intelligent Business is the New BI

For many, the term business intelligence conjures up images of monolithic applications and staid reports, raising the question of what value it generates for businesses facing complex analytical challenges. However, given the expertise developed and extensive historical investments in business intelligence, companies would be unwise to get rid of their existing systems. Instead, how can they evolve their capabilities to tackle opportunities head-on? Ahead of his presentation at Business Analytics Tech Fest, Ryan den Rooijen, Global Director of Data Services ....

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Culture of Innovation Starts with Self-Reliant People

Culture of Innovation Starts with Self-Reliant People

I was invited to present at a data conference in Sydney. As part of the research for my talk, I went online and downloaded dozens of annual reports from many of the companies represented at the conference. The idea was to get a better perspective on how companies view themselves, and how they would like to be perceived by their team members, customers, and investors. As I began to take a closer look, it became apparent how the importance of innovation ....

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5 Valuable Skills to Look for in a Data Scientist

5 Valuable Skills to Look for in a Data Scientist

Data Science is new, so new in fact that most people in the field who have experience are un-credentialed and have shifted from other fields to Data Science. So, it is natural to ask “What the heck is data science?” You have probably seen Venn Diagrams of statistics and math, overlapping with programming and overlapping with domain expertise. Now that tells a story of what data scientists do, but what is Data Science? Unsatisfied with most one-liner explanations I invented my ....

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