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Award win highlights promise of analytics for social good

Award win highlights promise of analytics for social good

Services for at-risk kids has been improved though the use of Azure cloud anaytics

Left to right: Philip Goldie (Microsoft), Travis Barker (Stellar), Tauha Te Kani (Stand), Rob Gordon (Stellar), Nicholas Glanfield (Stellar), John McDermott (Stellar), Veronica Bennett (Stand), Grant Broadbent (Stellar), Chris du Toit (Stellar), Barrie Sheers (Microsoft). Photo: Microsoft NZ

Left to right: Philip Goldie (Microsoft), Travis Barker (Stellar), Tauha Te Kani (Stand), Rob Gordon (Stellar), Nicholas Glanfield (Stellar), John McDermott (Stellar), Veronica Bennett (Stand), Grant Broadbent (Stellar), Chris du Toit (Stellar), Barrie Sheers (Microsoft). Photo: Microsoft NZ

A winner at this year's Microsoft Partner Awards is showing how data can help transform social services.

While the lead government social services ministry has launched an investigation into a privacy breach that tarnished central government's data programme, Stand Children's Services is already using advanced analytics to improve outcomes for at-risk kids.

Stand, a charity providing home and school social services to children aged five to 12, was one beneficiary of Microsoft's Cloud for Global Good programme, receiving analytics software and implementation from Microsoft partner Stellar Consulting.

Not-for-profits such as Stand hold rich but often untapped datasets that are vital for measuring and improving community outcomes, Stellar consulting partner Travis Barker said. Most lack the resources and capability to leverage technology to its full potential.

Stellar worked pro bono to help Stand utilise the analytics capabilities of Microsoft's Azure cloud platform.

The output is a series of dashboards that provide insights into the effectiveness of Stand's activities and programmes and allow these to be fine-tuned to boost effectiveness further.

Improvements in children's behaviour and parental attitudes can be monitored and outliers targeted for further investigation.

“Now, it’s very quick for us to spot the outliers and high-risk cases, and we can also tell where we have bottlenecks in our organisation that are impacting our front-line services,” said Stand CIO, Richard Parry.

“We see clients faster, deal with them much more efficiently, and their outcomes will be better because we can spot potential problems before they happen.”

Partner awards were made across 22 categories last week.

“The winners of this year’s Partner Awards are high-calibre technology companies and have demonstrated proactive and innovative forward-thinking to help Microsoft deliver on its global mission of empowering people and organisations to adapt to digital transformation,” said Microsoft New Zealand’s newly-appointed director for small, midmarket solutions and partner group, Phil Goldie.

The full list of winners:

Cloud CRM - Magnetism

Cloud Productivity - Kinetics

Communications - Spark Digital

ERP - Theta

Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions - IT Engine

Cloud Platform - Provoke

Enterprise Mobility Solutions - Datacom

Managed Service - Lucidity

Windows and Devices Deployment - Fujitsu

Cloud Packaged Solution - Crossware

Data Platform and Analytics - UXC Eclipse

Internet of Things - Datacom

Learning - Ripped Orange

Licensing - Spark Digital

Market Development - Ingram Micro

Modern Marketing - Intergen

Partner Seller - James David, Datacom

Rising Star - Inde Technology Ltd

Solution Sales Specialist - Nick Westbrook, Provoke

Public Sector, Education - PCMedia

Public Sector, Education - New Era IT

Public Sector, Government - Information Leadership

Technology for Good - Stellar Consulting


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