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VANguard and Federated Authentication Service

We recently completed an integration project, where we connected a complex QlikView visualisation and analytics application to VANguard federated authentication service.  VANguard is a service provided by the Federal government that allows government agencies to provide single sign on capabilities to their systems to different agencies. The project itself ended up being much more complex […] Read more

Jun, 01, 2016

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Angular 2 Forms Wrapper – Clean forms

Angular 2 forms are very powerful, the custom validation support is extremely flexible and easy to use.  However, this power and flexibility comes at a cost; and that is boiler plate.  To nicely integrate validations into the user interface you need a lot of ugly boilerplate template code.  This makes the templates hard to maintain […] Read more

May, 23, 2016

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My experience so far with Angular 2

I know it’s still early in the piece for ng2 but we have to date worked on 3 angular 2 projects.  These projects range from very small (5-10 pages/routes) to medium (50-70 pages/routes).  We started on beta1 and we are now here at RC1, here is my experience so far: Bad Parts CSS Frameworks Are […] Read more

May, 20, 2016

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Review of Keras (Deep Learning) Core Layers

Introduction: This is the first part in a planned series of posts which aims to explore the core layers in the Keras source code.  These posts aim to take practical / a non-theoretical approach whereby we use code samples to demonstrate real usages of the Keras layers being investigated. Debug All the code in this […] Read more

May, 16, 2016

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Upgrading from Angular 2 beta 17 to Angular 2 RC1

Upgrading through the angular2 betas has been a bit of a pain with lots of breaking changes but it seemed manageable.  However, upgrading to RC1 was bad…  So in the hopes of helping others here is my step by step guide.  Please note: This works on my project.  If you have other dependencies I do […] Read more

May, 10, 2016

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PredictBench successfully predicts product classifications for one of the world’s largest ecommerce and FMCG companies

As any large FMCG (CPG) is aware, classifying products correctly is critical to having good analytics capabilities.  It is also clear to any global organisation that this is a surprisingly difficult task to achieve.  Most regions use different classifications and combining them on a global scale is a non-trivial task.  It is such a difficult […] Read more

Jun, 02, 2015

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Machine Learning for the FMCG Industry

A detailed observation on the potential benefits of using modern Machine Learning technologies in the FMCG vertical Executive Summary The unique characteristics of the FMCG industry make it an ideal candidate for Machine Learning and associated technologies. These characteristics include very large volumes of transactions and data, and a large number of data sources that […] Read more

Apr, 30, 2015

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PicNet’s PredictBench set to go global

PredictBench has been selected as a participant in the Elevate61 program – a program backed by KPMG Australia and Advance. Elevate61 is a is a unique program designed to enable high performing Australian businesses to fast track their growth into the United States (US) and beyond. It provides participants with facilitated access to an established network […] Read more

Apr, 01, 2015

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PredictBench set to go global

The official announcement of the Elevate 61 participants was release today.  We are very proud to be included in this list.  Our latest offering “PredictBench” has been recognised as being innovative and exciting enough for Advance and KPMG to help us take it to the US!! This means we will be extremely busy in the […] Read more

Apr, 01, 2015

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From a Business Analyst to a Big Analyst

The world of traditional business analysis is well-known. Interesting challenges and state of the art methodologies guide the work of a business analyst (BA) – from the discovery and gathering of requirements through to the design of the business requirements and to the characterisation of a system or technology that supports the business. However, the […] Read more

Dec, 05, 2014

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