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The founders of Complexica have worked together for almost 20 years building enterprise software applications that are “smart” and “adaptive”. Such applications bring together the disciplines of algorithmic science and software engineering, as the “science” enables the "smarts" within the each application. By applying decades of research in automated data mining, analytics, and expert systems, Complexica has developed Larry, the Digital Analyst® – a cloud-based software application that incorporates the latest advances from the field of Artificial Intelligence called Cognitive Analytics.

In general terms, Cognitive Analytics refers to sophisticated algorithms that can manage and analyse big data sets to help people make better, faster decisions. Each day, enterprises collect or aggregate vast amounts of data from very diverse sources and want to analyse these data sets to gain specific insights – for example, to understand how different customer segments respond to different product and service offers, how customer preferences change over time, how customer loyalty is generated and maintained, how promotional campaigns impact volume, margin, and product cannibalization, and so on. The accuracy of such insights can provide a competitive edge.

Based on Cognitive Analytics, the primary task of Larry, the Digital Analyst® is to manage the interaction with internal data warehouses and external data sets, and to automate the associated data loading, handling, and analysis processes. Larry consists of a collection of machine-learning algorithms (e.g. Bayes nets, artificial neural networks, rough sets, classifier systems, support-vector machines, decision trees, genetic algorithms) that are used for various data mining problems and advanced analytics. These include:

  1. Anomaly detection (outlier/change/deviation detection) is used to identify unusual data records that might be interesting or contain data errors that require further investigation. Anomaly detection is of key importance in the process of cleaning (and understanding) data.
  2. Association rule learning (dependency modelling) is used for finding relationships between variables. For example, a supermarket might gather data on customer purchasing habits, and using association rule learning, the supermarket can determine which products are frequently bought together and use this information for marketing purposes. This is sometimes referred to as market basket analysis.
  3. Clustering is used for discovering groups and structures in the data that are in "similar", without using known structures in the data. Data is viewed as points in a multidimensional space and points that are “close” in this space are assigned to the same cluster. For example, an organization may group their customers into micro-clusters for personalized promotional campaigns.
  4. Classification is used for classifying new data to existing categories. For example, an expert system might attempt to classify a credit card transaction into a "legitimate" or "fraudulent" category.
  5. Regression is used to find a mathematical function that models the data with the least error. In other words, regression is a statistical process for estimating the relationships among variables (i.e. the relationship between a dependent variable and one or more independent variables). The discovered relationships aide in understanding how the typical value of the dependent variable changes when any one of the independent variables is varied. A common application of regression is in the area of price elasticity.
  6. Summarization is used to provide a more compact representation of the data set, including visualization and report generation. For example, after clustering is carried out, the clusters themselves are summarized (e.g. by generating the centroid of the cluster and the average distance from the centroid of points in the cluster) and these cluster summaries become the summary of the entire data set.

Larry, the Digital Analyst® is deployed through our sales optimisation software to address a variety of problem domains, such as increasing the sales effectiveness of telesales and in-field reps, maximizing customer loyalty and engagement, capturing new revenue and margin opportunities, influencing customer buying behaviour and preferences, understanding price elasticity – among many others. Because most companies maintain large data warehouses on what their customers bought and when, it’s possible to apply Larry to these problem domains to automate the data analysis process and create actionable insights that generate real value.

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Optimise My Sales

 

"Larry will be our digital expert that will enable our sales team and add that technological advantage that our competitors don't have."

Kerry Smith
CEO, PFD Foods
$1.6 billion in revenue
PFD Food Services

"Working with Complexica has been an absolute dream. With other projects we've completed with them, we're always very, very happy with the benefits."

Kerry Smith
CEO, PFD Foods
$1.6 billion in revenue
PFD Food Services

"Project Larry is all about looking at the particular product categories, running that across the customer categories, to optimise the share of basket and the pricing outcome for the customer. We're all very excited about what Larry will deliver."

Kerry Smith
CEO, PFD Foods
$1.6 billion in revenue
PFD Food Services

"Instead of hiring hundreds of data scientists to churn through endless sets of data to provide PFD with customer-specific insights and personalised recommendations, Larry, the Digital Analyst® will serve up the answers we need, when we need them, on a fully automated basis without the time and manual processes typically associated with complex analytical tasks.”

Richard Cohen
CIO, PFD Foods
$1.6 billion in revenue
PFD Food Services

"70% - 80% of what we do is about promotional activity, promotional pricing -- essentially what we take to the marketplace. This is one of the most comprehensive, most complex, one of the most difficult aspect of our business to get right. Once we've completed Project Automate with Complexica, we will be best in class - there will not be anybody in the market that can perform this task more effectively or more efficiently than we can."

Doug Misener
CEO, Liquor Marketing Group
1,400+ retail stores
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"The key thing that makes such a difference in working with Complexica is their focus on delivering the business benefits and outcomes of the project."

Doug Misener
CEO, Liquor Marketing Group
1,400+ retail stores
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"There is no other company we work with that we have the same level of trust as with Complexica."

Doug Misener
CEO, Liquor Marketing Group
1,400+ retail stores
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"Australia needs smart technology and people, and it has been a great experience for me to observe Complexica co-founders Zbigniew and Matt Michalewicz assemble great teams of people using their mathematical, logic, programming, and business skills to create world beating products. They are leaders in taking our bright graduates and forging them into the businesses of the future."

Lewis Owens
Chairman of the Board, SA Water
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"Having known the team behind Complexica for some years ago now, I am struck by their ability to make the complex simple - to use data and all its possibilities for useful purpose. They bring real intelligence to AI and have an commercial approach to its application."

Andrew McEnvoy
Managing Director, Fairfax Media - Digital
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"I have worked with the team at Complexica for a number of years and have found them professional, innovative and have appreciated their partnership approach to delivering solutions to complex problems."

Kelvin McGrath
CIO, Asciano
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“The goal of Project Automate is to increase the quality, timeliness, and effectiveness of our promotional campaigns, as well as the financial outcomes achieved by our retail stores. We see the project as a key stepping stone to becoming best in class when it comes to promotional effectiveness at a retail level."

Gavin Saunders
CFO, Liquor Marketing Group
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“Working with Complexica to deliver Project Automate has been a true partnership from the initial stages of analysis of LMG’s existing processes and data handling, through scoping and development phase and onto delivery and process change adoption. The Complexica team have delivered considerable value at each stage and will continue to be a valued partner to LMG."

Gavin Saunders
CFO, Liquor Marketing Group
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“Complexica’s Order Management System and Larry, the Digital Analyst will provide more than 300 Bunzl account managers with real-time analytics and insights, to empower decision making and enhanced support. This will create more time for our teams to enable them to see more customers each day and provide the Bunzl personalised experience.”

Kim Hetherington
CEO, Bunzl Australasia

"The team behind Complexica seems to routinely develop software solutions that are at the cutting edge of science and technology, always focussed on the opportunities to deliver a decisive competitive edge to business. It has always been a great experience collaborating with Matthew, Zbigniew and co."

Mike Lomman
GM Demand Chain, Roy Hill Iron Ore
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"The innovations that the Complexica team are capable of continue to amaze me. They look at problems from the client side and use a unique approach to collaborating with and deeply understanding their customers challenges. This uniquely differentiates what they bring to market and how they deliver value to customers."

John Ansley
CIO, Toll Group
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"Rather than building out an internal analytics team to investigate and analyse countless data sets, we have partnered with Complexica to provide our sales reps with the answers they need, when they need them, on a fully automated basis. We are excited about the benefits that Larry, the Digital Analyst will deliver to our business.”

Peter Caughey
CEO, Coventry Group
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“Complexica’s Order Management System and Larry, the Digital Analyst will provide more than 300 Bunzl account managers with real-time analytics and insights, to empower decision making and enhanced support. This will create more time for our teams to enable them to see more customers each day and provide the Bunzl personalised experience.”

Kim Hetherington
CEO, Bunzl Australasia

"As an innovator in the packaging industry, the Detmold Group is always seeking new ways to deliver maximum value and service to our growing base of customers. Given the rise of Artificial Intelligence and big data analytics in recent years, we are keen to explore what’s possible in this exciting new field using the cloud-based software applications developed by Complexica."

Alf Ianniello
CEO, Detmold Group

Some of our Customers

  Boehringer Ingelheim Dulux Group PFD Food Services Coventry Group Pfizer