Thursday, 24 January 2008 04:50

UTS and Data Agility launch Australian-first BI and IM commercial value research unit

In an Australian first, a new business intelligence and information management commercial value research unit has been established by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and specialist information management services firm Data Agility.

The unit will enable organisations to solve complex business problems through the investigation of data. The research unit will offer leading-edge research and consulting services to address IT-related strategic and operational issues for Australian organisations. The scope of research services will focus on interpreting, manipulating and analysing an organisation’s data to discover new commercial value by leveraging data more effectively.

 Launching the new commercial research venture, Data Agility Managing Director John Neville said, “Organisations are accumulating vast amounts of data and seeking answers to questions buried in their data to boost business performance. “This research unit offers organisations access to leading-edge business intelligence and information management research to investigate and resolve business issues by discovering hidden gems of knowledge available in their data.

“The service will enable companies to test the commercial value of their data ‘theories’ through the design of outcomes before embarking on full-scale data projects. For example: a financial institution with flat revenue growth for a product line could uncover new data insights on customer segmentation and apply this knowledge to further increase revenues,” Mr Neville said.

 The unit will be based within the Faculty of Information Technology’s state-of-the-art facilities on the UTS City campus. Research projects will be overseen by the Dean of IT, Tom Hintz and Professor Eng Chew, and staffed by a cross-disciplinary team of UTS researchers and Data Agility’s principal consultants. Mr Neville said a number of clients have already identified research projects that will commence in the future.

The unit will also target public sector organisations and other corporates. UTS Dean of IT Tom Hintz said, “The research unit combines our internationally renowned research experts in the Business Intelligence and Information Management with Data Agility’s expertise in data management to help firms gain greater customer insights to enhance their business performance.” The UTS Faculty of IT has an international reputation for research in the IT industry, and is recognised as a leader in developing emerging technologies.

It is home to leading research in areas such as distributed knowledge discovery and intelligence and software engineering. The Faculty was responsible for developing a technology to detect fraudulent behaviour with banking records. Data Agility is market leader in providing enterprise information management services to Australian organisations.

It specialises in data warehouse and integration, data migration and conversion, and data-driven insight. Clients include News Limited, NAB, ANZ, Hagemeyer, Epworth Hospital, South East Water and Customer Brand Services.

Further information about the business intelligence and information management commercial value research unit is available by contacting Richard McLean at Data Agility on 02 9911 7702, email, or visiting

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