Insight Session

Analytics Leadership – Driving Government Transformation

InterContinental Wellington
May 22, 2018
New Zealand

Analytics Leadership – Driving Government Transformation

Event Date:
May 22, 2018
Ellen Quek
Event location:
New Zealand

OpenGov, in collaboration with SAS, is bringing Ms Karen Harfield, General Manager of the Information Debt and Appeals Division for Australia’s Department of Human Services, to Wellington for an exclusive Breakfast Insights Session.


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Venue Location

InterContinental Wellington

2 Grey Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
New Zealand
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Who should attend?

·       Chief Information Officer
·       Chief Data Officer
·       Head of IT

Topics Covered

Event Summary

American author, Michael Lewis, wrote in his book, “Moneyball”, about how Billy Beane, the general manager of an American professional baseball team, used statistics and data analysis to determine which key performance measures contributed to winning baseball games. Beane used the information to guide his decisions on whom to draft, sign, and trade, to form a highly competitive team on a tight budget.

This story reflects how big data and evidence-based decision making can allow one to make informed key decisions, and it is not only applicable in baseball, but also in other sectors from healthcare to retail sales, and increasingly in the public sector as well.

From the vast amount of data that government acquires daily, they are expected to manage and analyse them in a way that:
·       Will benefit the public
·       Facilitate government transparency

However, it can be difficult to consolidate, manage, and extract insights from these large and diverse data sets.

Better access to the mounds of information given will enable the government to make better and more informed decisions. Government leaders have called for investments in Big Data analytics capabilities to modernise government services and aid their economies, and they have recognised the benefits of using analytics.
In selecting the right solutions to meet their needs, government leaders need to look for technologies that are in line with other imperatives.

New Zealand is a world leader in harnessing the benefits of digital technologies. The latest findings in the Digital Evolution Index (DEI) from Tufts University’s Fletcher School showed that,

“Out of 60 countries assessed, New Zealand was one of only three ‘stand-out’ nations.”

This standing is no accident as it is the result of decisions and initiatives of successive governments over many years. The new government is also committed to things like creating the position of a national Chief Technology Officer, maintaining emphasis on investment in their digital infrastructure, and ensuring the market for supply of digital technologies is open and competitive. Embracing digital technology is fundamental to New Zealand’s future competitive advantage and place in the global economy.

Just recently, the government has announced that they are officially adopting the International Open Data Charter. This can ensure that government-held data is used to achieve better outcomes for New Zealanders.
By opening public agencies’ data, the government is encouraging openness as the default setting for government agencies to make non-personal, unclassified and non-confidential data freely available to anyone to use and share, hence providing transparency about the data the government holds, equip agencies with better tools and resources, and connect citizens and government.

There is also an emergence of inexpensive, massive and readily available computing power, as well as mountains of data available to train machines, form patterns and produce insights. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has played a key role in maximising productivity.
For example, Auckland Airport has deployed its first ever digital biosecurity officer called Vai, which stands for Virtual Assistant Interface (Vai), for duty. While nothing can replace human interaction and relationships, Vai helps to free up officers’ time and allow them to deal with more important aspects of their role, especially during peak hours.

Having said all that, what are the other forces that shape analytics? How else can the government and future leaders accelerate the use of analytics?

OpenGov, in collaboration with SAS, is bringing Ms Karen Harfield, General Manager of the Information Debt and Appeals Division for Australia’s Department of Human Services, to Wellington for an exclusive Breakfast Insights Session to discuss these issues.

This is a closed-door, invitation-only, interactive session with New Zealand’s top government agencies and industry experts.

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