Data and Analytics

The Keynote Panel Discussion, “Data & Analytics,” was provided by Emyr James, Head of Information Management Data & Strategy, ANZ Bank, Raf Cinaglia, Head of Information Management, Macquarie Group, Aps Chikhalikar, Director of IT, Optus and moderated by: Alan Eldridge, Sales Consulting Manager – ANZ, Tableau Software.

This Panel Discussion explored the world of Business Intelligence, as more organisations begin to open up data to their employees, allowing more people to see data as an important tool to get their work done. Panelists discussed how the norms about Business Intelligence are evolving, and how as they do, they lead to wholesale cultural change at some workplaces. This change is driven not only by fast-moving technology, but also by new techniques to get value from data. The discussion highlighted what’s currently happening in the industry regarding data and analytics, including a frame and reference around the top BI trends for the coming year.

anznewEmyr James is currently heading the Information Management and leading the Data & BI strategy for Global Markets at ANZ Banking Group. Previously Director and Head of Information Strategy and Architecture at a leading global consultancy Emyr has spent nearly two decades in the Information Management realm.






macqujpgRaf Cinaglia is currently the Head of Information Management at Macquarie, responsible for the development of the IM Strategy and its execution. Raf previous experience extends to large scale business change and technology implementation programs across the financial services in Australia, Asia and Europe for 18 years.

As a trusted advisor to the business, Raf developed key strategies that enabled business outcomes. During his career he has deployed various information management, core banking, channel, voice and integration solutions across the Asia region. An integral key to his success with these various programs was a relentless focus on creating value for his stakeholders and the establishment of long-term relationships with the senior executives.


apsoptusAps Chikhalikar is responsible for the end-to-end management of Optus Business IT with primary focus on maximising value for Optus Business and its customers. Aps manages IT domains and applications including;

-Internal and external customer facing tools and applications (OSS & BSS),
-Online and digital interfaces for internal and external customers, and
-All infrastructure, networks and unified comms.




tableuAlan Eldridge is the Australia/New Zealand sales consulting manager for Tableau Software and is based in Melbourne – the sporting capital of Australia. He supports customers and partners throughout ANZ and the APAC region. Alan has an embarrassingly long history in the Business Intelligence space, having worked at Tableau for 3.5 years, Microsoft for 4 years as a SQL/BI technical specialist and for 10 years at BusinessObjects/Crystal Decisions/Seagate Software.