As well as reducing the cost of doing intelligent business, Newton says, it also puts services in places where they’re most needed.
The data was pulled form a number of public sources including Census 2013, NZ.Stat population projections, education counts from early childcare statistics and Koordinates.com.
Know your competition
Dr Darius Singh, director of Chrysalis Group which has four childcare centres across Auckland and Tauranga, says big data helps small businesses like his get a better grasp of their competition.
“There is all this information out there,” he said at the event. “You have got to know your competition, know who else is out there and where it is saturated. How else do you do a business plan?”
“Then go and talk to the community, figure out what is missing,” he said. “See if that is in your philosophy for how you want to do childcare. If it matches up you just do it, simple as that.”
Not content with his work in childcare, Alsabiry says he hoped to use similar data to support the medical, retail and hospitality sectors.
“After that, we are looking at what we can do with weather, soil and contour data in the agri context,” he said.