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SUNZ 2016

Join us for a jam-packed day of analytics. The 35th annual SAS Users of New Zealand conference will take place 9 February in Wellington. Following last year’s sold-out success, SUNZ 2016 will again feature in-depth technical sessions and inspirational keynotes from today’s top analytical minds.

With a conference theme of "how to change perceptions with analytics," you’ll come away knowing how to see your business more clearly and apply the right levers to deliver successful change. Seating is strictly limited – don’t miss out. Register now for only $275.

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Call for speakers

The SUNZ Committee is now accepting submissions. Whether it's a 45-minute technical session or a 20-minute SUNZ talk, this is your moment.

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8.15am - 9.00am
9.00am - 9.15am
Opening remarks from SUNZ Chairman
9.15am - 10.00am
Keynote Presentation: How NZ Rugby Used Analytics to Help Win the Rugby World Cup
Presented by Jason Healy, NZ Rugby Performance Analysis Manager
10.00am - 10.45am

Keynote Panel: The Purposeful Data Play: How to Extract Meaning for Business
Presented by CIO and Computerworld

- David Habershon, CIO, MSD
- Carmen Casagranda, CIO, Cigna
- Claire Govier, Head of Transformation, Strategy and Architecture, Kiwibank
- David Bowie, Managing Director, SAS
- Moderated by Divina Paredes, Editor, CIO Magazine

10.45am - 11.15am
Morning Tea
Stellar Business Stream
11.15am - 11:35am
Analytics and Human Systems
Jeremy Scrivens, Futurist
11:35am - 11.55pmThe Analytics of Purpose
Amanda Sterling, Independent Advisor
11:55am - 12:15pmAnalytics, Innovation and Making Work Better
Tim Kastelle, Associate Professor, University of Queensland School of Business
12:15pm - 12:35pmThe Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Heard: The Pachyderm Philosophy
Stephen Clarke, Information Manager, Transpower
12.35pm - 1.35pm
1.35pm - 1:55pm
Becoming a Master of Analytics
Leo Paas, Professor/Program Leader, Massey University
1:55pm - 2:15pmMarketing Automation: A Simple Data Approach for Any Size Business
Guido Stark, Data Architect, Xero
2:15pm - 2:35pm Stakeholder Engagement: Selling and Delivering on a Data Vision
Mark Topham, Data and Insights Program Manager, ANZ
2:35pm - 2:55pmBuilding the Plane in the Air
Jan Sheppard, Manager of Business Information Services, TEC
Lab360 Technical Stream
11.15am - 11:35am
What Makes Us Happy?
Milo Davies, SAS 
11:35am - 11.55pm  Transforming Your Unstructured Data into Actionable Insights
Troy Kusabs, SAS

11:55am - 12:15pm Analytics in the Cloud: SAS Hosts the Party
Wayne Bryant, SAS
12:15pm - 12:35pm The Modern Analytical Architecture
Phillip Higgins, SAS
12.35pm - 1.35pm
1.35pm - 1:55pm
Analytics and Searching for Alternatives
Pieta Brown, Chief Analytics Officer, Lab360
1:55pm - 2:15pmSharing Your Analytics Journey
Joe Robins, Analytics Manager, Kiwibank
2:15pm - 2:35pmCorporate vs. Start-up Analytics
Kat Greenbrook, Independent
2:35pm - 2:55pmVisual Analytics and the Art of Storytelling
Colin Jackson, Knoware
Helen Baxter, Mohawk Media
3.00pm - 3.30pm
Afternoon tea
3.30pm - 3.50pm
SUNZ Talk: David Bowie
Managing Director, SAS Australia and New Zealand
3.50pm - 4.10pm
SUNZ Talk: The Credit Analytics Journey
Peter Thomas, Chief Credit Officer, BNZ
4.10pm - 4.30pmSUNZ Talk: Successful Analytics in 2016 and Beyond
David Eaton, CTO, HPE
Matthew Buchanan, Big Data Platform NZ Country Lead, HPE
4.30pm - 4.50pmSUNZ Talk: Implementing Social Investment in NZ
Dorothy Adams, Programme Lead, Social Investment Programme, NZ Government
4.50pm - 5.00pmClosing remarks from SUNZ Chairman
5.00pmNetworking Drinks

Agenda tentative and subject to change





Networking Drinks

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Media Partners


Interested in sponsoring SUNZ 2016?
Please contact SUNZ Sponsorship Manager Rob Ellis at (04) 917-6822 or rob.ellis@sas.com

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Conference Venue

Te Papa

Wellington | 9 February

Te Papa Museum
55 Cable Street

SUNZ 2015

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English speaking at SUNZ 2015
Wiki New Zealand founder Lillian Grace presenting at SUNZ 2015
Sold-out crowd in the SUNZ 2015 showcase area

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