Digital Transformation of Emergency Medicine: How commercial mathematics is helping hospitals adapt to COVID challenges

As travel restrictions began to ease across Australia at the start of 2022, hospitals experienced an increased strain on resources, brought about by a peak in COVID cases.

Planning to expand their emergency department (ED) to compensate for lost space from accommodating COVID query patients, one of SEQ’s largest public hospitals engaged the services of Biarri to ensure they were achieving optimal utilisation of their facilities.

Though the new building was originally designed for the treatment of minor injuries, the impact of COVID, as well as historically high levels of demand on the ED prompted a reconsideration of the design and intended usage for the expansion. 

The hospital needed to understand how they should change the existing ED whilst utilising the beds and resources of this new physical area, to best improve the flow of patients, reduce their waiting times, and treat them as efficiently as possible while continuing to provide excellent patient outcomes.

Over the 4 months in 2021, the average time a patient spent waiting for a ward bed exceeding the expected time of 75 minutes by 25%. 

Within a restricted time frame, Biarri was able to deliver insights based on a custom-built simulation model, that showed the department how best to optimise throughput, maximise their use of space, and minimise the overall time patients spent in the ED. 

Simulation Modelling

You have a problem. You’ve come up with some possible solutions that work in principle, but you want to be certain of their effectiveness prior to implementation. Often, it’s impractical to test them in reality, as they’re either too expensive, too time consuming, or there would simply be too much interference with the normal operation of your business. You may need a simulation

Simulation is a time and cost effective way of testing ideas and theories across a huge number of disciplines, from wind tunnel testing on scale models in the aerospace industry, to predicting animal behaviour in large groups, or recreating the formation of our Milky Way galaxy. 

Because they are easily configured to take advantage of randomness, running a simulation multiple times can produce a wide spectrum of possible outcomes, which sometimes makes them a better choice to model reality than more traditional techniques. 

Using this method of exploring the problem space, a business can develop their operational plans based on a typical or likely day (or month), while also gaining visibility of, and preparing for the worst-case scenarios. 

By representing the allocation and flow of resources as a series of discrete events, simulations can serve as a digital testing ground for a business, and provide the opportunity for fine tuning and optimisation of business processes. 

Hospital Emergency Department – A Case Study

A simulation algorithm was developed for the ED that allowed the identification of bottlenecks in the department, and could be used to explore the impact of reducing wait times, reallocating beds to different types of patients, and expanding the areas reserved for COVID patients. 

The simulation treated patients as individual agents who were tracked from arrival, through to triage, into a particular area in the ED, where they could then either leave after being examined, or be admitted to the ward. 

The algorithm made use of 4 months of historic data regarding the expected frequency of patient arrivals, expected time in triage for each patient type, and processing treatment times by ED area. Expected flows between the areas of the ED, for example the percentage of acute patients admitted to ward were also estimated. 

The outcomes of the simulations were measured in terms of a NEAT score. 

“The National Emergency Access Target (NEAT) stipulates that a predetermined proportion of patients should be admitted, discharged or transferred from Australian emergency departments (EDs) within 4 hours of presentation”

For example, it was found that reducing the time that patients wait for a ward bed could significantly improve flow in the ED. If patients only waited 45-60 minutes for a ward bed, compared to the current average, the NEAT for Resuscitation patients could increase around 25%.

By tweaking the parameters of the simulation, different scenarios could be investigated. In one such scenario, it was found that if the COVID area was not expanded, even 40 additional patients per day would lead to significant queuing, as the current allocation of 10 beds would be insufficient to handle the demand. 

COVID queue length (10 beds)

Length of queue for beds over a two day period for COVID patients in the situation where the COVID area has not been expanded. The green curve represents the “average” (or 50th percentile), the yellow a worst case scenario (95th percentile) and the blue a best case scenario (5th percentile).  

COVID bed utilisation (10 beds)

The utilisation of beds in the situation where the COVID area has not been expanded. Within a few hours there is no longer any capacity for additional COVID patients. 


However, expanding the COVID area into the acute and clinical decision units (adding 12 beds) meant the ED could handle an increase of roughly 70 COVID query patients per day.

COVID bed utilisation (22 beds)


The utilisation of beds once an additional 12 beds have been added, in the case of 70 additional COVID query patients. If the COVID pod was expanded into the Clinical Decision Unit area, this amount of space should be enough to meet the anticipated capacity.

Simulation in Mining and Construction

Biarri has used simulation modelling in a variety of industries, such as modelling the movement of roof supports in longwall mining applications to significantly reduce the time taken for their recovery, transport, and installation. Another application for simulation is traffic and the movement of goods through a network. In the animation below, trucks with a random arrival time move through an underground parking structure to deliver pallets to a goods lift, which might have a randomised waiting time. The bottleneck in the structure acts like a traffic light system to control the flow of trucks through the structure. 


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Speak to an expert today and discover how your business can begin leveraging the power of commercial mathematics and simulation today. 

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Basket Analysis

How to sell below cost price to make a bigger profit

Look into your shopping basket next time you shop and you may discover something. Almost half of your entire basket will most likely be items you never planned on purchasing when you came to the store. No, a store clerk didn’t secretly put them in there to increase your spend – you did it yourself.

According to recent research, depending on the age group, anywhere up to fifty percent of all purchases are based on impulse. These items were only bought because you entered the store today to buy your milk but happened to have picked up three or four other items along the way.

If you think about this for a moment, as long as a retailer can encourage you to choose their store to purchase that milk, then the cross selling can be worth a lot more to them than simply that liter of milk.

In fact, due to your other purchases, maybe the best strategy is for them to give that milk away for free?

Quantifying the power of cross selling

The team at Biarri has deep experience in retail to help make better pricing decisions such as markdowns. So it was natural that we turned our attention to this problem.

Biarri recently completed a year long project with UQ Master of Data Science students to pioneer a way, via Shapley Value Market Basket Analysis, to finally quantify the value of a product based on its power to cross sell in a basket.

Traditionally retailers have used Market Basket Analysis as one of the most common data mining approaches to analyse customer purchasing patterns in retail stores. These techniques provide association rules for the items that frequently appear together. However, they fail to recognise the significance of item quantity and price only helping retailers understand which products are purchased together and which products may lead to the purchase of other products.

How is a retailer to use such information to improve their operations?

Place items that are purchased together closer together? But why? Will this really lead to more cross selling? Who knows.

The only way this information can become valuable is if we actually quantify the cross sell value back to the item causing the cross selling. Then we can tweak the price of the original item to attract more customers and hence more cross selling!

It is only when we begin to quantify this information that we can make useful decisions to improve the operations of retailers.

The Approach – Shapley Value Market Basket Analysis

To achieve this Biarri leaned on an academic field enjoying a resurgence in recent years due to AI. This field provides a core part of the technology used to create some of the shocking deep fakes videos and pictures in the area of Generative Adversarial Networks. The key trick to creating these deep fakes is based on core concepts from this research area of (Non-cooperative) Game Theory such as the Nash Equilibrium.

Similarly, Biarri has leveraged the concepts from Cooperative Game Theory to develop a new way to quantify the true value of items in a shopper’s basket. The new approach utilises the Shapley Value (another concept playing a pivotal role in deep learning) to allocate the value to a set of items in a basket based on the value each contributed to the basket.

What this means in practice is that for all customers of a store, we examine each basket of items purchased. We label each item purchased as a different player (A, B, C, etc in the diagram below) and then look at the total value of the basket. Averaged across all baskets we can find out which items contribute to the purchase of other items and attribute that additional value to the cross selling good and understand what their true revenue contribution is – not just what their sticker price contribution is.

The Problem and Solution

Using the Shapley Value is a novel idea, however, just naively using it won’t work. The computation of it is extremely slow (combinatorially slow) so it cannot be used on anything but toy datasets. So the Master of Data Science students at UQ came up with a clever way of speeding up the calculation so that it scales linearly with the number of items and not exponentially.

This algorithmic breakthrough then made it possible to test the new method on a dataset with 500,000 transactions to come up with a unique set of items which drive additional cross selling revenue for the retailer. When combined with price elasticity calculations, these results can be used to optimally price the goods to maximise gross profits.

The results demonstrated that many items were only worth as much as their sticker price but there were a few valuable gems in the product catalogue which were driving a large chunk of the online retailer’s profits. The below diagram shows the spread of “additional” attributed value (sometimes it is negative when an item is actually worth less than what it is selling for!).

Where to from here?

Using the Shapley Value Market Basket Analysis, Biarri has finally shown how we can answer specific questions on the value of individual purchases. Biarri’s results have been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed International Game Theory Review journal and will be published soon. We’ll update this post once they are available to ensure everyone has access to these breakthrough results.

Announcement: AWS Data and Analytics Competency Partner

Making the world more efficient with a world class cloud platform

Biarri continues to strive for excellence to deliver on our promise of making the world more efficient, as we are proud to announce that we have successfully been listed as an AWS Data and Analytics Competency Partner.

AWS Data and Analytics ISV Competency

“The AWS Competency Program validates and promotes AWS Partners with demonstrated AWS technical expertise and proven customer success.” – AWS Competency Program

Since partnering with AWS and joining the AWS Partner Network (APN), Biarri has been recognised for helping organisations solve complex problems. Biarri successfully demonstrated through our proven track record that we have a ‘deep expertise’ in solving complex data and analytics challenges for large scale organisations, as seen with Alliance and Schweppes

“Being accredited with the AWS Data and Analytics ISV Competency gives our customers confidence. Biarri are leaders in providing data analytics and predictive modelling, and this certification supports that. 

Evan Shellshear – Head of Analytics, Biarri. 

AWS Partner Network

Biarri is proud to be a part of the AWS Partner Network. At Biarri, we offer a suite of cloud based software to help improve businesses and organisations through the power of optimisation. With Biarri’s continual commitment to data privacy and security, partnering with AWS allows Biarri to leverage their market leading technology and cloud services.

Through leveraging AWS services, we have greater confidence in developing tools that align with our mathematical and analytical Biarri approach. AWS provides a platform that is not only quick but secure, giving our clients around the world assurance.

Our tools

Our tools are built from the ground up leveraging AWS services toolkit as part of the solution such as AWS EC2 to run the optimisation workloads, AWS S3 to store application information,  AWS PostgreSQL RDS to manage the workload data tables, AWS EKS to ensure a highly available and scalable workload, and AWS Elasticache to queue and manage tasks. Leveraging the AWS toolkit we were able to create a world class platform to assist our clients. 

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The Technology Investment Boost and what it means for your business

Did you hear?

In this year’s Federal Budget, the government will introduce a technology investment boost that will apply to eligible expenditures. The program is designed to motivate SMEs to invest in digital or subscribe to cloud-based services. 

Here’s what you need to know about this program and how it can benefit your business.

What does it mean?

The Digital and Skills Tax Boost will lower the barriers to going digital by encouraging businesses with less than $50m annual revenue to invest. The technology investment boost enables a ‘bonus’ 20 per cent tax deduction on expenses, including subscriptions to cloud-based services. This means a $120 tax deduction for every $100 spent on digital tools and training. 

A $120 tax deduction for every $100 spent on digital tools and training.

Are there any conditions attached?

A new initiative from the Government, of course, there are conditions! 

Although discussions and measures are still ongoing, the initiative hasn’t yet been passed into law. Even so, given the hype, the time to begin your budget process is now. Kick-off a new project or use this initiative to support an existing business case for digital transformation. 

The important conditions to note are:

  • Applies to eligible expenditure incurred from 7:30 pm 29 March 2022 – 30 June 2023
  • It is not yet passed into law
  • Keep in mind that the additional deduction on any costs incurred in FY22 cannot be claimed until FY23.

 Also, remember that if you want to apply the TFE, the asset needs to be installed and ready for use by 30 June 2023, so watch out for those lead times on capital assets, and plan ahead!

The time to start building your business case is now. 

Who can get it?

Small businesses (those with an annual turnover of less than $50 million) will be entitled to deduct an additional 20% of the cost incurred on business expenses and depreciating assets that support digital adoption, such as subscriptions to cloud-based services. There is an annual cap of up to $100K, meaning that a maximum spend of $100K will entitle a small business to a $120K deduction. 

What other benefits are available?

This increased digital adoption will ensure SMEs have the tools to remain competitive while securing billions for the Australian economy. It also allows SMEs to invest in technology to better their businesses and remain relevant in industry.  And it will significantly increase funding to assist small businesses to improve their capability and capacity to digitally transform.

If you’ve been holding revamping your outdated legacy rostering or scheduling systems, now could be the perfect time to begin the conversation. Let’s see how we can help streamline your workforce capability and take advantage of this incentive. 

If you would like to find out more about the above or more about how Biarri can digitise your business operations, reach out via the form below and a consultant will be in touch!

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4 Tips To Improving Outbound Logistics

With a fast moving marketplace and the rapid growth in software and technology, keeping up to date with industry trends can be all too much. But for those who are mindful, staying up to date can help keep your organisation competitive and ahead of the proverbial ‘curb’. Here are 4 tips for Operational and Logistics Managers looking to improve their outbound logistics supply chain. 

Investing in outbound logistics technology

We’ve all heard the saying before – ‘the more you put in the more you’ll get out’ but that doesn’t always mean pouring thousands of dollars in the latest tech. Sometimes investing more time can be just what you need. It is important in this ever changing climate for key stakeholders to take a step back and look at their supply chain operation from a holistic view to understand where technology can plug in to replace or improve specific functions. This can be as simple as automating the scheduling and planning process and creating an optimised set of delivery schedules. 

Transparency is Currency

Transparency is key! It sounds simple enough but the benefits of having greater visibility over your operations are endless. From being able to pinpoint deliveries and trucks, to having a deeper level of insight into service outputs; an increased level of visibility removes the speculation when making decisions and allows you to make decisions based on the facts and in real time! Manage your costs more effectively and see where in your supply chain there are inefficiencies. But how can you increase your visibility? See point 1 or speak to one of our team members today to find out how!

Ensure consistency with delivery schedules

The dreaded c word – no, not Covid, but consistency! Ensure a greater level of consistency across your delivery schedules through an automated system of planning. Managing consistency across delivery schedules can be difficult to maintain, especially when it isn’t automated or done by one person day in and day out. Creating a level of consistency doesn’t only benefit your truck drivers and your fleet but it also helps with building and strengthening relationships with customers by meeting SLA’s.

Future proof your operations

With what has unfolded in the last couple of years from circumstances outside of our control, we have seen the need for flexibility and a system capable of dealing with last minute changes and updates. Future proof your outbound logistics supply chain with a well organised system and take the digital transformation. A digital transformation will also help with managing transport logs and align communication channels across all departments.  

Want to know more about these 4 tips? Enquire today and speak to a team member about how you and your business can improve your outbound logistics operation with Scopta Run and Route. From saving you time and reducing operational costs to providing more insight, Scopta Run and Route is the new and efficient way to plan delivery schedules and improve your outbound logistics supply chain!

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AI Driven Business Decisions

AI Driven Business Decisions

As COVID descended upon the assisted care industry, many were unsure how they would survive. Providing education services for children with disabilities such as autism is not something that can be easily carried out remotely. As the healthcare crisis mushroomed into a potential years long drama, people were questioning whether the service providers could even survive.

This feeling of despair was facing most industries as they tried to desperately pivot their businesses to stay afloat. Organisations in sectors like e-commerce were well positioned to grow, others like the assisted care providers less so. 

However, there have been some pioneers who have thrived. We can learn from their successes.

All businesses which have pivoted to digital have discovered one thing – a deluge of data. This deluge of data means that the next phase of growth out of COVID will be defined by two paradigms:

  • Businesses harnessing their digitally generated data to enter a new phase of growth defined by:
    • Cheaper and personalised marketing, 
    • Extended flexibility in delivery of services and products
    • Better operating margins
  • Businesses who are unable to leverage their digital assets and will continue to struggle throughout the crisis praying for it to end unable to meet the challenge.

The AEIOU Challenge

AEIOU is a provider of educational services to children with autism. Their mission is to provide early intervention that enables children with autism to live their best lives. 

In early 2020, it became clear to their dedicated team that the year was going to be different. As the global economy grinded to a halt and social distancing became the norm, the staff began worrying that possible COVID outbreaks in their centres could shut them down.

However, they had a trick up their sleeve – the Little Steps educational platform.

Over the previous nine months, the AEIOU team had been working indefatigably with Biarri to bring a disruptive new technology to the industry which would:

  • Remove the need for large paper folders transported around in trolleys;
  • Improve the efficiency of staff content delivery;
  • Make home based delivery possible and
  • Create a treasure trove of digitally collected, consistent and high quality data to be analysed for deep treatment and progress insights

And it would be this final point which has the potential to not only revolutionise the disability care sector but all sectors.

But how? And why?

AI Driven Business Decisions

Like AEIOU, across the globe many businesses are in the final stages of a planned digital transformation or one brought on by COVID. Those businesses which have already completed this process are now looking for ways to leverage the data being collected by the new digital processes and turn it into value.

So what is the best way to do this?

By combining your data with intelligent analytical tools to help make better decisions.

Having good quality data in a consistent format, collected by digital channels, allows companies to apply powerful analytical tools to this information and use it to help understand:

  • What will the future look like? I.e. make reliable predictions
  • What is the best decision to make? I.e. optimise choices to maximise returns and organisational growth
The Biarri Workbench

The problem is that data driven, decision-making normally begins with the in-house development of low-tech tools to manually solve key business problems. As businesses grow, they must move their Excel sheets to the automation of core business processes via mathematical tools to enable better decision making. Why?

Replacing error prone, slow, manual and insecure processes with robust, fast, automated and secure AI tools enable new phases of growth.

By providing digital tools to make optimal decisions, front line staff can move from manual, repetitive and error prone tasks to high value scenario analysis and answer key questions for senior management around future states and optimal strategies. What does this achieve?

It increases the value output per employee via automation and outmaneuvers competitors with better decisions

The above activities are the core of an AI Driven Business Decisions and form part of an AI Driven Digital Transformation which you can read more about here.

AI Driven Value Creation

By using AI to create value, companies can begin the AI driven digital transformation journey as shown in the below image.

But how can a company climb this curve? The details of this transformation are represented in the following diagram.

With the early learning platform, AEIOU have built the foundation of their digital strategy and the logical next step in their transformation is ground-breaking. By digitally capturing the data on learning outcome improvements for children with autism, they can discover new methods that can transform the journey for some of society’s disadvantaged.

Even greater for AEIOU was that their digital platform, Little Steps, was ready as Australia went into lock down. They were able to leverage it to continue the challenging remote learning regime required to not interrupt the learning process for their children.

This wasn’t the first app Biarri had built to enable companies to thrive during the COVID challenge. Biarri has built over a hundred apps to help companies all along the journey of turning data into value.

What role does Biarri play in this transformation?

Biarri’s main value proposition is to help clients realise operational excellence in the way they run their business. The core of this is excellent, data driven decision making.

How do we do this?

Biarri catalyses AI driven business decisions by employing its cutting edge Workbench platform. The Workbench platform empowers Biarri’s customer base in the form of value-creating production tools. 

In the words of businesses we work with, the benefits of a data driven approach leveraging mathematics are that it:

  • Helps make better decisions
  • Improves efficiencies & saves time
  • Reduces cost
  • Improves a business’ core product / service delivery
  • Is easier to use than alternatives (e.g. better than Excel)
  • Allows real time and scenario planning abilities

In AEIOU’s case we built a digital platform with plug and play analytical capabilities. This could tap into automated and optimised rostering tools and lead a true AI driven digital transformation. In the words of their CFO:

The development process with Biarri has been a great success. The team went above and beyond to deliver on our requirements and were engaged, helpful and responsive in understanding the complex needs of our business. The challenge Biarri solved was complex, however, the entire process from development to operation was collaborative and professional and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them.

Matthew Walsh, CFO, AEIOU

Does this apply to me?

Biarri delivers solutions to a wide range of industries. The mathematics which powers our AI knows no boundaries and one powerful model can underpin the efficiency gains in profoundly different industries, from aviation through to the healthcare.

To discuss how you can leverage your data and turn it into value, with AI Driven Business Decisions, reach out with the form below.

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Biarri Workforce New Feature Release: July Edition

With the end of the Financial year coming to close, and as Businesses continue to adjust to our new normal, the team behind Biarri Workforce continue our commitment to improve and simplify workforce rostering and planning. With our users in mind, our development team has updated and created additional functionality to equip you the user with the necessary tools to improve the way you:

  • View KPI’s and create reporting for exporting;
  • Manage your employees work schedules across multiple rosters 
  • Improve visibility of rosters when planning with simplified user interface functionality and
  • The way employers manage employees fatigue and qualification compliance 

Read on to see how Biarri Workforce continues to simplify and prepare your workforce scheduler to create optimised workforce rosters and work schedules. 

  1. Roster Export Additional Employee Columns  

Reduce confusion and assure your employees with the option to increase your employees visibility with additional ‘Employee Fields’. When downloading or exporting your roster, you have the choice to include or exclude the following employee details from your roster. Better manage your employees’ details with the new employee columns. 

2. Include shifts from non-primary roster

Better manage individual employee rosters by being able to include shifts from non-primary rosters. When downloading rosters, include or exclude shifts from non-primary rosters with Biarri Workforce’s new toggle option. Perfect for employees who work across multiple departments and perform multiple functions, keep track and improve the way you plan and organise their roster.


3. Customisable report titles

Create clearer reports and configure ‘titles’ and ‘subtitles’ before downloading your roster. With the ‘Suggested Titles’ selector – correctly title and label your rosters based on intelligent suggestions.



4. Roster KPI’s – Paid hours/ total days sub totals 

Make more informed decisions with Biarri Workforce’s improved ‘RosterKPI’s’. With the enhanced KPI functionality, users will have the option to view the sub-total paid working hours and total days. Helpful and useful when dealing and managing fatigue, increase your workforce planners and users visibility over working hours, ensuring employee hours do not exceed CBA regulations.

5. Powerful roster view filters

Improve your user experience with the new Biarri Workforce filter options. By clicking on the following ‘filter’ icon dropdown in the Rostering’ tab, your user will now be able to organise and switch views by selecting the necessary filters, creating a more clearer and purposeful roster.

6. Fatigue and Qualification Compliance Reporting 

Found in the ‘Admin’ tab, users will now be able to export fatigue and qualification reports under the ‘Roster Validation’ sub header.
Make compliance and safety a priority by ensuring you have the correct employee with the correct qualification, to perform the necessary tasks. With Roster Validation’ reporting, your Workforce Planners and users will be able to stay up to date with employees who do not satisfy the requirements to perform specific tasks and roles. From alcohol tests to site compliance, roster validation will highlight when employees are in breach of rule specifications outlined.

If you want to know more about any of the features mentioned above, we invite you to leave your contact details in the contact form below and one of our team members will get in touch with you. Or if you want to know more about Biarri Workforce follow this link.

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A night to ‘Raise the Roof’ with the AEIOU Foundation for children with autism

On the 12th of June, the team at Biarri were invited to attend and support the ‘Raising the Roof’ Gala Ball held by the AEIOU Foundation at the Emporium Hotel in Southbank, Brisbane. The night was filled with great food and drink and fun as the team stood in solidarity with AEIOU’s efforts in raising funds for Australian children and families living with autism. Through a silent auction and many generous donations, AEIOU managed to raise over $100,000 dedicated towards the construction of their new learning centre.  

The Biarri team treated to a five piece band and illusionist as they enjoyed their exquisite 3 course meal

AEIOU Foundation for children with autism was founded in 2005, with a mission to provide early intervention that enables children with autism to live their best lives. Since 2005 and the establishment of their first centre in Moorooka, the Foundation provides early intervention learning programs for children aged between two to six across Queensland and South Australia. Fast forward to the present and AEIOU continues to make a positive impact on Australian families with autistic children through their educational services.

The Biarri Team Enjoying Themselves

Biarri and AEIOU partnered in 2019 and worked in tandem to change the landscape of how AEIOU delivered their learning programs. Challenged with managing their clinical data and limited staff, AEIOU approached Biarri to create a streamline application to digitally capture children’s data for clinical assessment and create a platform to deliver their learning programs. Through Biarri’s ‘Little Steps’ educational application, parents and carers are now supported with an intuitive application that:

  • Improves the efficiency of staff content delivery; 
  • Streamlines generating reports;
  • Removes manual large paper folders and records and 
  • A centralised data hub to be analysed for treatment and progress insights 

Biarri would like to extend a warm thanks and congratulations to the team at AEIOU Foundation for their continual work in creating awareness and raising funds to assist children with autism. Biarri champions ‘Positive Impact’ as one of our core values and we take great satisfaction in being able to assist great causes. We look forward to continuing our partnership and are excited to see the positive changes the new learning centre will bring to children and families.

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Data Challenge

Australia’s Data Analytics Challenge

As companies enter 2021 with a focus on returning to some form of normality, the strategic momentum continuing from 2020 into this year is the importance of data and digital. 

However, in spite of many companies upgrading their data and digital capabilities, much opportunity has not been realised and organisations we are talking to, especially the people in the senior data and analytics roles, are deeply dissatisfied with the current state of affairs.

They talk about data and analytics being paid much lip service but little or nothing happening on that front or at best once off activities to “tick a box”. So the question is, what is holding Australian companies back?

To answer this question, Biarri and McGrathNicol went out and interviewed senior executives in data and analytics roles across a variety of organisations in Australia. Our findings and results are presented in this video.

If you’d like a copy of the deck or any further information, please reach out to Evan Shellshear as shown in the video or use the contact form below to get in touch.

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Biarri Workforce New Feature: Updated Shift Swaps

At Biarri we understand the challenges that Workforce Planners and employees face when rosters are published. We understand that circumstances outside of work may change and affect the ability for an employee to complete a shift, conversely, Workforce Planners’ and Managers’ pain point of finding a replacement to cover a shift or reconfiguring the roster to suit. 

We have listened, and Biarri is excited to introduce the new enhanced Shift Swap feature on our Biarri Workforce Mobile App.

Created out of necessity, employees can now more simply either Swap Shifts or Offer Shifts to other available employees.

When swapping a shift, we’ve removed the stress of trying to identify which employees are available. Instructed by the rules engine, the Biarri Workforce App generates a list of compatible  employees to cover a shift. These compatible employees comply with rules defined in the Admin Tab, ensuring employees are compliant with skills & qualifications, fatigue and availability rules. 

See a step-by-step walkthrough of how simple swapping shifts has become.

 

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