Next Meeting 19 September 2018

More details to come soon!


Next Meeting 22nd November

Our next meeting will be on 22nd November. Sign up now!

Ian Stuart – Altis Consulting, Principal

  • Consulting in & Delivering data based solutions since 1995
  • Lead numerous data management projects and teams
  • Experience in a range areas including:
    • Information Management Strategies
    • Data Warehousing
    • Architecture
    • Reporting
  • Worked with a range of industries:
    • Higher Education, Health, Construction, Pharmaceuticals, Insurance, Property, Retail, IT
  • Passionate about design

The Truth about Paragliding and Hang Gliding Incidents

Free flying is exhilarating but it comes with a health warning. Ian Stuart of Altis Consulting recently published his analysis of incidents in “Skywings” – the membership magazine for the British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association (BHPA). He looked at some hypotheses to see if he could spot any correlations. The findings surprised Altis’ resident paragliding pilot!

Young, experienced pilots flying in good weather are at a high risk of having an incident – or so it may seem. To read Ian’s article outlining how he came to this conclusion click here.

In this talk, Ian will demonstrate the Power BI visualisations that went into the article and explore the data on the fly (excuse the pun) with the audience. He will then go on to demonstrate his personal paragliding log book dashboard (again built in Power BI) and explain the potential for improving safety in the sport.


10-15 Minute Sessions

Chris Green – SKORE

Chris is a process geek. He’s worked with a variety of organisations helping them either understand their current ways of working or designing for a new world. Whether it’s for the likes of Nestlé or a ten-person start-up, the approaches and tools he uses put the people at the heart of the change.  

Session Overview: An introduction to how Skore builds a picture of your business and provides insights for everyone.


Neil Randall – Altis Consulting

Neil Randall has 20 years experience in Data Warehousing within the Higher Education,Energy and Telecoms sectors. He is now exploring the new possibilities that cloud services  give us in delivering faster and more efficient solutions.  When not glued to a keyboard Neil is a keen guitar player and strategy gamer.”

Session Overview:  Achieving a  (near zero) Cost of failure in Data Warehouse Projects using AWS

Next Meeting 20th Feb 2017


Next meeting confirmed for 6:30 pm on Monday 20th Feb at Blake Morgan, Tollgate, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 3LG. We’ve two great sessions lined up:

  1. Michael Kightley, Avalanche Partners. Michael is going to give us a demo of Tableau in all its glory
  2. Owen Ireland, BOARD. Owen is going to demo BOARD, a decision making platform for organisations of any size.

Plus the usual great company and free pizzas! New attendees welcome.

Please register on the following link, see you there!

Gareth and Ian



Next Meeting 7th December 2016

Hi, there’s time for one more meeting before the end of the year, and we’ll be meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday 7th December at Blake Morgan, Tollgate, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 3LG.

We’re pleased to welcome Anthony Coombes, who will present:

Back to Basics – The Importance of the Fundamentals in Successful Data and Analytics Driven Marketing

Over the past decade there have been significant developments in the data and analytics driven marketing industry with a plethora of tools and sources of data available to help drive campaigns. Despite all these developments with customers being far more enlightened the importance of the fundamentals for example ‘Test and Learn’ remain as important today as they were twenty years ago, if not more so.

Then a break for pizzas.

Welcome to our second speaker, Greg Anderson from Sword Group, who is presenting:

Cortana Intelligence Suite – A new way to think about BI

Gain an understanding of how you can use CIS to do your data science. We will outline how to plan for and utilise CIS and contrast this with traditional techniques usually associated with Business Intelligence.  We will cover the following topics as part of the discussion:

  • Azure Data Factory
  • Azure Data Lake
  • Machine Learning
  • Cognitive Services

Register now at

All welcome!

14 September Meeting Details

The next session will be on 14 September at 6:30pm in the same location (Blake Morgan, Tollgate, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 3LG).

We’ve two excellent sessions lined up:

Session 1: BI Office and Power BI on-Premise Integration: Richard Osbourn (Pyramid Analytics). Richard will show the ease of use and deployment capabilities available for advanced Collaborative BI rollout’s using the Microsoft Data Platform.

Richard is an experienced Business Intelligence practitioner. Prior to joining Pyramid Analytics as VP Customer Success in 2015 Richard spent 9 years with Hitachi Consulting managing and delivering large scale Business Intelligence solutions across multiple industries.

 Session 2: An open, round table discussion focusing on the need for speed in the world of reporting and analytics asking questions like; Why does speed matter? What could you do if you could see all of the data? Why sample when you don’t need to? Are you using aggregates – and why? Is all of the data that you need available to your reporting tools?  Is a data warehouse necessary?  Is the Cloud right for you?: Duncan Wyeth and Dave Shuttleworth (Exasol).

 Dave Shuttleworth is a recognised authority in database technology, parallel processing in the database field, data warehousing and data mining techniques.

Duncan has spent almost 30 years in the field of business management systems working primarily with Sage and SAP to deliver ERP, CRM and BI solutions across the globe and has consistently delivered solutions to the day-to-day challenges that business face.

Pizza available as normal thanks to our sponsor Randstad Recruitment!

Register now at:

If you would like to speak at a future event then please get in touch with us!

Gareth and Ian

Next Meeting 14 September

Thanks to all who attended last night, to Randstad for the copious amounts of pizza, and of course to our speakers Keiran Wood and Adrian O’Brien.

As promised Keiran has kindly shared his slide deck and it can be found below:

The next session will be on 14 September at 6:30pm in the same location (Blake Morgan, Tollgate, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 3LG).

Agenda to follow, but registration already open at:

If you would like to speak then please get in touch with us!

Enjoy the summer!

Gareth and Ian

Inaugural Event Success!

Last night we held our first ever meeting at Blake Morgan in Eastleigh.

We had an excellent turnout despite the rain, and two excellent sessions.

Peter Gill from Thomson Reuters talked through some of the organisation’s CRM challenges, and was then joined by his colleague Colin who provided a demo of their innovative CRM solution that mines a wide range of data sources including mailboxes to build up comprehensive intelligence on people and businesses.

After a networking break and copious amounts of pizza kindly supplied by Computer Futures, it was the turn of Roland Dexter from QGate and his colleague Elizabeth who provided an excellent demo of Qlik Sense. Elizabeth’s demo included importing and modelling data, then building a great looking interactive dashboard from scratch in the session.

Gareth and I are committed to another event very soon, so watch this space for an announcement!