Columnist | ComputerWorld HK
President at Qualex Asia Limited
Andrew Pearson is the President of Qualex Asia, a leading implementer of data warehousing, data modeling, predictive analytics, data visualization, digital marketing, mobile, social media and cloud solutions for the gaming, insurance, finance, healthcare, oil and gas, telecommunication, hospitality and retail industries. With a degree in psychology from UCLA, Pearson has had a varied career in IT, marketing, mobile technology, social media and entertainment. In 2011, Pearson relocated to Hong Kong to open Qualex Asia, bringing its parent company's experience with such vendors as SAS, IBM, SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft to the Pacific Rim. Pearson is a noted columnist, writing on such topics as mobile, social media and cloud technology. His book The Mobile Revolution is on its second edition and is available at Amazon.com. Double Down on Your Data, a book about marketing in the casino and hospitality industry that Pearson edited is on its third edition and will be published by Tate Publishing in the summer of 2012. Pearson was also recently invited to write a chapter in an upcoming book on mobile technology. The book, which will be co-authored by several leading industry figures, will also be available later this summer.
Industry Expertise (9)
- Social Media
- Gambling and Casinos
- International Trade and Development
- Travel and Tourism
- Computer Software
- Hotels and Resorts
- Information Technology and Services
- Media - Online
Areas of Expertise (19)
Hitachi Big Data and IoT Executive Roundtable (professional)
Hitachi Big Data and IoT Executive Roundtable
IoT and Big Data are revolutionizing the gaming industry. The sheer volume of data that is constantly being generated by daily casino operations provides a tremendous opportunity for gaming companies to drive revenue growth, excel in customer service, as well as increase business security.
The Mobile Revolution (professional)
Wrote the book The Mobile Revolution, which is available to buy at Amazon.com.
Speaker - ICT Forum (professional)
One of the speakers at the Macau ICT Forum, which was a unique event held in Macau, SAR China, aimed squarely at senior IT management and business manager from various booming industries. The Forum is where enterprise tech decision makers gain the knowledge, tools and insight required to lead IT in 2012 and beyond.
Double Down On Your Data (professional)
Editor of the book Double Down On Your Data, a book that was written to show casino management how to best cull through their in-house patron data to discover who their most profitable patrons are, and also to show them how to market to these individuals to create a long, lasting and highly profitable relationship. The book will be published in September 2012.
Mobile Foundations and Futures (professional)
One of the authors of Mobile Foundations and Futures, a book that will be published by InfoToday Group in December 2012.
Sunday Macaroni Club (professional)
Zoetrope Quarterfinalist screenplay.
Going Mobile: Going Social (professional)
Going Mobile: Going Social reveals how businesses of almost any type can benefit from mobile and social media technology. Social media is about more than just connecting with friends on Facebook or uploading videos to YouTube or photographs to Flickr. It is more than just making comments on a blog or firing off a tweet on a microblog.
Speaker Big Data Business Analytics Forum 2014 (professional)
Speaker: Healthcare World Asia 2014 (professional)
BetWatch™ - utilizing Big and Fast Data to help sports books manage risk (professional)
Developing a real-time, risk management solution for sports books that can help mitigate risk as well as provide a first-class customer experience. Built on SAS, SAP HANA, and ITRS’s Valo, BetWatch segments customers via relevant wagering metrics applicable to the customer, i.e. the sports book (SB), so that meaningful segments are created. The solution attempts to understand a bettor’s gambling habits and, more importantly, how they affect the SB’s fiscal bottom line.
Journal of Digital and Social Media Marketing (professional)
I write for the Journal of Digital and Social Media Marketing on subjects that include mobile and social media, BI, predictive analytics, in-memory computing, amongst others.
Journal of Business to Consumer Marketing (professional)
I write and am an editor for the Journal of Business to Consumer Marketing.
University of California: Bachelor of Arts, psychology 2009
- American Association of Psychology
- Advanced Analytics Association of Macau
- Grow uP eSports
Media Appearances (6)
Macau eager to pull into eSports world
Macau Business Daily print
Article in which Andrew Pearson is interviewed about the eSports association that he and some fellow Macau locals formed to bring eSports to Macau. Mr. Pearson is quoted throughout the article, including these quotes:
“In Macau, eSports is still not big but it is in Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and is huge in China - where there are around 50 million eSport players. There’s a lot of development yet to be made in Macau,” Pearson told Business Daily.
Pearson is a published author on topics such as casino marketing, mobile technology and social media and is the managing director of Qualex Asia. Together with other eSport enthusiasts Pearson founded Grow uP eSports in August last year as an electronic sports association based in Macau with the intent of promoting a competitive eSports culture through various tournaments and events in the territory. Grow uP aims to attract both world-class competitors as well as their fans from all over the world to Macau and is affiliated with Grow uP Gaming, a well-known Portuguese eSports Association that has been operating since 2002.
“We’re currently trying that our Association becomes a member of the partnership with the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) in South Korea to help us expand further into other Asian countries and take a Macau team to the eSports 8th World Championships in Jakarta. Meanwhile, we will organise more future events and chose the best to send to the competition,” says Pearson.
Spam free in five years?
ComputerWorld HK print
Article rewritten for ComputerWorld HK regarding Big Data.
From dice to predictive analytics
ComputerWorld HK print
Article about predictive analytics in the gambling industry.
Truckload Authority print
An interview regarding mobile technology in the trucking industry.
Big Data: use it or lose it
Global Gaming Business Magazine print
Andrew Pearson quoted in an article about casino analytics.
BetWatch™ - utilizing Big and Fast Data to help sports books manage risk
Developing a real-time, risk management solution for sports books that can help mitigate risk as well as provide a first-class customer experience. Built on SAS, SAP HANA, and ITRS’s Valo, BetWatch segments customers via relevant wagering metrics applicable to the customer, i.e. the sports book (SB), so that meaningful segments are created. The solution attempts to understand a bettor’s gambling habits and, more importantly, how they affect the SB’s fiscal bottom line. This is a data reduction exercise that will provide a succinct and quick view of the customer base that can then be used to make risk based decisions, complement multiple marketing strategies, as well as, potentially, spot problem gamblers. The approach of this solution is to highlight the bridge between using analytics to derive knowledge from the information available that goes beyond merely slicing and dicing the data. Initially, SAP HANA Predictive Analytics Library was used to create the necessary segments via the k-means algorithm and, once the segments are created, HANA is used to keep track of betting activity in real-time. Other platforms can be used and a discussion on the pros and cons of different platforms will be initiated. The second element of BetWatch™ is the Customer Experience Management (CEM) component that allows a SB to gain not only a 360 degree view of its customers, but also a deep understanding of the customer’s spending habits as well as the SB’s marketing activity. Armed with this deeper understanding that analytics can provide, SB’s have the power to utilize social media to get out their marketing message and a discussion about social media marketing platforms that are thriving throughout Asia." Topics include: - A brief overview of Big and Fast Data and how BetWatch utilizes its analytical models. - Understanding risk from a macro perspective –the big effect of the little guys. - Discussion on the theory behind our segmentation models. - Explanation of current Social Media platforms that allow highly effective marketing options. - Discussion of the latest developments in Customer Experience (CX)
Event Appearances (6)
Macau ICT Forum
Securing the new tech trends: Big Data, Cloud and Mobility Macau
Everything you need to know about healthcare analytics
Healthcare World Asia 2014 Singapore
Optimizing the customer experience – building relevance and trust
Big Data Analytics Forum Hong Kong
BetWatch™ —utilizing Big and Fast Data to help sports books manage risk and increase customer experience
J On The Beach La Térmica, Málaga, Spain
Chair/Speaker for BiG Africa Summit
BiG Africa Summit Cape Town, South Africe
New Insights on the Predictive Casino
Hitachi Big Data and IoT Roundtable Macau China
Sample Talks (1)
A discussion about the past, present and future of social media.
- Workshop Leader
- Author Appearance
Research Focus (1)
Predictive Analytics in the Gaming Industry
A paper discussing the use of predictive analytics in the gambling industry, discussing types of analytics used to understand patron behavior.
Henry Steward Publication
The days of China simply being a country that copies, pirates and counterfeits US and European technology is coming to end. Platforms like social and mobile are at the forefront of China’s current technological revolution. We are truly living in an interconnected world and this interconnectedness is creating a whole host of ways to market a product and/or a service. Chinese blogs, micro-blogs, content communities, social networking sites, virtual game worlds and virtual social worlds are leading this new technological revolution. Companies like WeChat, QQ, Weibo, Hexun, Youku, Jiepang, Qieke, Ushi, Taobao and Ku6 are all experiencing exponential growth. In China, the competition for consumers is incredibly fierce, especially in the social media space. This competition, however, does have a dark side: many companies regularly employ ‘artificial writers’ to seed positive content about themselves online and attack competitors with negative news they hope will go viral. On the e-commerce front, Taobao has formed a synergistic partnership in which store owners on Taobao create accounts on Weibo and utilise it as a channel to market their products and communicate with customers. On the virtual social world front, China might also be leading the world with sites like yy.com, which have figured out a way to monetise karaoke. Technology has always moved at the speed of light, but today the barriers of culture, language and communication are falling by the wayside and China is finding itself at the forefront of this new technological revolution.
Henry Steward Publication
In 1999, ’The Cluetrain Manifesto’ warned that ‘markets are conversations’. Finally, some 15 years later, software, hardware, mobile and social media vendors have come together to provide tools that allow companies to join and manipulate the conversation. This paper provides a quick overview of the available hardware and software solutions; a discussion of the in-memory landscape, including the strengths and weaknesses of the competing products; and a summary of the latest developments in the social media monitoring space. Given the importance of personalisation and one-to-one advertising for increasing traffic, raising customer conversion rates and increasing average order value, these systems can either be a company’s best friend or its worst enemy.
SAP Startup Focus Group
Many sports books are technologically unsavvy. With thin margins and difficult customer acquisition, sports books don’t have enough money for expensive IT solutions. Or so they think. The reality is a sports book only makes money when it completes a bet and SAP HANA allows sports book to accept many more bets than a normal database system. In the highly competitive field of sports betting, sports books must fully understand their customer risk profile and BetWatch™ allows just that. Sports books also need to be customer-centric and a solution like BetWatch™ gives a sports book’s CRM department to really understand their customer (down to an individual bet ROI level) so that they can market to the customer in a way that gets traction.