Zyan Limited
Zyan Consulting Limited
Zyan Consulting provides specialist information technology advice, guidance, and assistance in Wellington, New Zealand.
The primary areas of operation are:
  • Developing ecosystem analytics
  • Developing and documenting IT strategy
  • Analysing and advising on IT commercial operations
  • Undertaking IT commercial and contract negotiation activities
  • Undertaking financial analysis of IT operations
  • Reviewing asset management across IT operations
  • Providing software footprint analysis
  • Providing software licence analysis and interpretation
Zyan Consulting works exclusively with New Zealand Government agencies. Over the last ten years advice, guidance, and assistance has been provided to public agencies of all sizes while the work has involved complex commercial dealings with almost all major IT vendors operating in New Zealand. Zyan Consulting has proven specialist expertise in complex software negotiations and has regularly provided in-depth analysis and guidance to agencies in relation to many major international software vendors.
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Zyan graphics
World Government Summit 2019
The February 2019 World Government Summit in Dubai asked for visualisations around the theme of 'What makes a "good" Government?'. Here are our two submissions.
  1. A range of provided metrics for each country were assembled into five profiles. These profiles helped establish a view of 'goodness' as well as those things a government more directly controls and those things that it less directly controls (society and economic performance). All countries were then grouped into bands based on their 'Human Development Index' score (calculated by the United Nations).
    Putting these two together (using radar charts) made it possible to see how groups of countries that are at similar stages of development, share characteristics. This then gives insight into how some countries achieve more 'goodness' than others - as well as showing how a country can improve.

  2. The second perspective is more granular and shows how each individual country is doing. The most influential metrics were selected and then mapped for each country, by region. Again, the 'Human Development Index' score is used as a comparator of progress. This visualisation highlights the need for a government to achieve balance across a wide range of criteria - and that the citizens have a significant role to play in determining how their country performs.

These two visualisations show that improving a government's performance is a complicated and interconnected challenge. But, if the right challenges receive focus and governments hold true to governing for the benefit of their people, then countries progress. For those lucky enough to be living in countries with "good" government (such as New Zealand), the visualisations highlight that what has been achieved is fragile and that maintaining prosperity and "goodness" involves a lot of hard work, determination, and shared values.
Voyages around New Zealand
During our spring/summer seasons New Zealand gets a lot of cruise ship visitors. But where do they go when they visit?

The NZ Government helpfully provides a static Excel spreadsheet of the cruise ships and their arrival/departure times from our ports. But that isn't a particularly informative way of presenting such data. So, the obvious thing to do with a list of cruise ships visitors is to map them. So, here's an animated view of all the visits from the 2017 season using augmented NZ Government-issue data. Now we can:
  • Track individually the wide array of ships that visit us
  • See the ships arriving and leaving based on a unified timeline
  • Map their paths around the country
  • Identify the most popular paths
  • See the ebb and flow of visitors
Look out for our largest visitor (Ovation of the Seas), our most frequent visitor (Noordam), our most regal visitor (Queen Victoria), and our busiest month (February).

Click on the image to go to the youTube animated video.

Voyages around New Zealand
Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games' Medal Maps
Different countries have different sporting strengths and achieve at different levels. The Zyan Medals mini-site features charts for 70 countries showing how well they have done at the last five Winter Olympics and/or Commonwealth Games. The charts, radial dendrograms, show which sports and events are strengths for each country by identifying medals they have won.

The charts cover the Winter Olympiads of 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014, and the Commonwealth Games of the same years. Visit the mini-site here: Zyan Medal Maps

New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games
US Goods Trade (2015)
This is the independent Zyan analysis of US international goods trade based on data provided by USA Trade Online, part of the Department of Commerce, as available in February 2017.

The graphic shows the relative importance of most countries to the United States from a trade perspective, it shows the geographical picture of US trade in goods, the nature and scale of the trade balance with other countries, and an insight into the components of US trade.

With a total annual trade envelope of $3.75 trillion and a new administration with strong views on international relationships, the graphic provides a starting point to consider what may happen next.

US Goods Trade 2015
Muslims around the world
This graphic takes readily available data on Muslim populations, by country, and shows how they are spread around the world. It is intended to illustrate that simple solutions to complex problems take considerable thought, innovation, and courage. Solutions also need to reflect local, regional, and global diversity within the overall Muslim population.

And the world needs solutions. We all need to do a lot more to reduce the causes of conflict so that we can better manage all our futures.

Muslims around the world
Some other Zyan sites
This is the independent Zyan analysis of New Zealand Treasury's annual survey across 27 Government agencies on the cost, efficiency, and effectiveness of the agencies' ICT spend.

The site explores that ICT data to present a general understanding of what agencies spend their money on, how agencies compare, and how the ICT ecosystem of the New Zealand Government operates.

With an annual spend of just over $1 billion, it's an important area of government activity and should be open to public observation. 2016/17 is the latest, and final, available data.

The New Zealand Government has decided that transparency of agency ICT spend is no longer relevant. Stupid.
Zyan BASS data analysis
The Amazing Race TV program from CBS takes you on a journey to all sorts of interesting places. But where exactly are those places? zyanraces attempts to place the start/end of each leg on a Google map.

There's 25 of the American Amazing Race editions, four Amazing Race Asia editions, three Amazing Race Australia editions, and two Amazing Race Philippines Editions.
Amazing Race Mapped
Zyan maps plots battles on Google maps with animation so you can see what happened. The first battle available is Waterloo. The Battle of Waterloo occurred 200 years ago this year. It was a monumental struggle involving a huge number of events, participants, and getting even an approximation of the battle on to a Google Map is a challenge. Animating it adds even more complexity. See what you think of our effort and watch events unfold in both time and space. Note it does not run in Internet Explorer.
Battle of Waterloo
Zyan Consulting produced an economic value chain map (EVC) model for the New Zealand Government for software. Here's an interactive version of the EVC.
Software Economic Value Chain