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Hamilton Public Lecture Series


Tue 21 May 2019, 5:15pm–6:45pm

Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: Adults Only

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Members of the public are invited to attend a free public lecture being held at the University of Waikato on Tuesday, 21 May, called ‘I invested a million dollars in business analytics but what did I get for it?' - by Professor Rajeev Sharma.

In the digital era, business analytics has emerged as a ‘superhero tool’ in the manager’s arsenal for helping organisations to develop innovative new products and processes that will add to the bottom line.

Analytics can be used to ‘splice and dice’ real-time data from multiple sources - using sophisticated techniques such as algorithms, artificial intelligence and machine learning - to uncover deep insights about business performance and the wider world. However, it’s not a silver bullet solution.

Professor Rajeev Sharma, an academic at Waikato Management School with expertise in management information systems, will explain why analytics doesn’t always live up to its full potential – and what organisations can do to fix that situation.

This event is part of the Hamilton Public Lecture Series, which introduces the University of Waikato’s newest professors to the community and gives them a chance to demonstrate how their work is having a real impact on the world around us.

Professor Sharma and his colleagues have identified a four-step ‘winning formula’ for organisations to realise the true value of their business analytics.

“The problem is that analytics is not a killer application,” he says. “To innovate successfully, an organisation’s senior managers must show a sustained commitment to actioning those data-driven insights through ongoing investment in second-stage innovation projects. You also need talented, experienced staff who demonstrate a high level of technical and entrepreneurial skills, and have the competency to evaluate risk and make good business decisions.”

A former electrical engineer, Professor Sharma has more than 20 years’ international experience in research and consulting work in India, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. He has ranked as one of the world’s top 10 research scholars in the field of management information systems and his publications have over 2,500 Google Scholar citations.

This 30-minute public lecture will be held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, starting at 5.45pm. Complimentary drinks and nibbles served from 5.15pm. Free parking is available on campus via Gate 2B, Knighton Road, Hamilton.

Registration is essential.

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