Agenda day 2

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Arrival and Registration
Welcome and scene-setting

Alex Granger, global speaker, author and founder/CEO, The Possibility of YOUAlex Granger, global speaker, author and founder, The Possibility of YOU

Local Keynote address Data vs Information – Now it’s Really Vital

Dr Barry Devlin, founder and principal, 9sight ConsultingDr Barry Devlin, founder and principal, 9sight Consulting

It’s an old debate, often seen as stale and academic. But the difference between data and information becomes more important by the day as the volumes of data gathered about us exceeds what we know ourselves. Whether it is business such as Google or Amazon, or government at home or abroad, data feeds algorithms that determine how we treat, or are treated as, customers and citizens. Discerning between data and information, not to mention knowledge and meaning, will be a vital skill in avoiding the hegemony of the data rich.

  • The dangers of data-driven decision-making
  • The difference between data and information
  • The delight of being information informed
Case study The Comair journey through analytics

Liezl Brouckaert, business intelligence manager, Comair LimitedLiezl Brouckaert, business intelligence manager, Comair Limited

Understand how Comair dissected the analytics and revamped its information strategy, while at the same time identifying and overcoming the blockers in its BI process.

  • Review the analytics and information strategy
  • Identify and learn from the blockers
Networking and Refreshments
The emotions in data

Rob Zagey, senior BI analyst, StanLibRob Zagey, senior BI analyst, StanLib

This talk will explore the emotional side of data, how data is the output of being human and how it should guide us to solve problems, drive growth and overcome major business challenges.

  • How data is the output of being human
  • How to solve big business problems
  • How to drive growth and champion business challenges of today
Case study Unpacking latest trends: The next generation of BI and analytics

Samuel De Swardt, senior business intelligence architect at StanLibSamuel De Swardt, senior business intelligence architect, StanLib

The IT industry and the world at large have always been subject to technology and business trends, sometimes undergoing major changes, such as the development of the personal computer, client/server computing, the evolution of the Internet, and now cloud computing. Over the last few years, new trends have emerged that have had an enormous influence on how organisations work, interact, communicate, collaborate and protect themselves. IT meta-trends influence organisations’ strategies, operations and investments in a wide variety of ways: digitalisation, security and privacy seem to make the most headlines now, but agility, cloud, mobile and artificial intelligence are also major technology drivers. These meta-trends can be considered as the main drivers behind a number of important trends, either related to the use of software and technologies for BI/analytics and data management, or to the way the use of technology is organised in companies.

Artificial intelligence in analytics

Explore how digitisation, analytics, artificial intelligence and automation are creating performance and productivity opportunities for business and the economy.

  • Demonstrate how artificial intelligence can benefit your organisations

Lunch and networking opportunity

Track 1 - STRATEGY TRACK – Latest trends in strategy

This track will dissect and bring you up to speed with the latest trends and developments in business intelligence and analytics

Track 1 commences

Chair: Mandy Jamieson, Senior manager business intelligence, South African National Blood ServiceMandy Jamieson, senior manager business intelligence, South African National Blood Service

Case study Building and implementing an effective and holistic Business Intelligence and Data Analytics strategy

Kobus Pienaar, general manager: information technology, Wesizwe

It is time to revamp your existing BI strategy, which will help you to unleash more BI value and increase BI adoption. By revamping the BI strategy, you can also pave the way for predictive analytics, big data analytics, market/industry intelligence, and much more.

  • Build a next-generation BI with a game-changing BI strategy
  • Put the ‘business’ back into business intelligence

Transforming your BI from cost centre to profit centre

Lwandile Makhasi, analyst data SBUs, Barclays Africa Group

The rise of big data is turning IT departments into ‘profit centres’ for businesses. While some companies are still exploring the potential value of big data analysis, others have decided to go forward and are realising major return on investment. This presentation will expose you to insights that can assist you in realising ROI for your business intelligence strategy.

  • Realise value from your business intelligence strategy
  • Understand your cost and profit centres in more detail
  • Turn data into profit
Networking and Refreshments
Vendor governance and regulatory compliance

The importance of having vendors understand the cyclical connection between governance, risk and compliance within your organisation is vital. This will ensure they create agile audits in response to your business requests, offer you competitive pricing, provide your organisation with data that can be trusted, and ensure the data provided has been done so within the confines of compliance.

Case study Winning with analytics through strategy – how to build and implement a successful data and analytics strategy in a fast-moving world

Bongani Mbatha, analytics manager, Woolworths

Focus on the practical steps and elements of a successful data and analytics strategy from conception to implementation. Determine how organisations can learn from start-ups to quickly prove business value and implement small wins. Learn from examples of business value gained by embedding small analytics insights into business processes.

  • Five elements of a successful data and analytics strategy
  • Learning from start-ups to fast-track insight to value
  • The do’s and don’ts of data and analytics strategy from experience
End of event

Track 2 - TECHNICAL TRACK – Reporting and data visualisation

This track will assist you with understand patterns, trends, and insights by transforming data into a visual context

Track Two Starts (strategic focus)

Chair: Kevin Prior, Software developer, Anheuser-Busch InBevKevin Prior, software developer, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Case study Reporting, dashboards and analysis that can be used for decision-making

 Sammy Machethe, principal specialist: analytics and insights, Vodacom

Key tips to creating dashboard and reports. Create templates to save dashboards and reports formatting. Optimising your dashboards and reports run times.

  • How to create a user-friendly dashboard
  • How to create a compelling dashboard
  • How to automate reports based on repeating adhoc requests from business
Case study The effect of moving BI analytics to the cloud

Cecil Kgoetiane, Manager: information systems, SA Weather ServiceCecil Kgoetiane, data engineer, SA Weather Service

Based on the BARC’s study on the BI trend monitor 2017 and Tableau’s top 10 BI trends 2017, in the last two to three years, and especially 2017, the trend has been that businesses are relocating their data to the cloud environment.

  • Find out why businesses are moving analytics to the cloud
  • Achieve business continuity and reduce costs through the cloud
  • Learn best-in-class analytics process power
Networking and Refreshments
How to replace legacy systems with the latest technologies to enable analytical capabilities

This presentation will look at ways in which data technologies can replace highly customised, expensive legacy systems with the latest big data offerings to provide analytical capabilities for efficient decision-making.

Case study The value proposition of democratising analytics

Michael Needham, senior manager solutions architecture, AWSMichael Needham, senior manager solutions architecture, AWS

Find out more about analytics tools that have made powerful capability available that in traditional infrastructure was often too expensive or complex to set up and maintain. Equipped with these advances, analysts and data scientists are finding new ways to support their businesses in building highly intelligent and real-time responsive applications at low cost. Including live demos, this talk will touch on the areas of ad hoc, predictive, cognitive and streaming analytics.

  • Live demos
  • Revisit predictive, cognitive and stream analytics
  • Support your business in building intelligent and real-time response applications

Conference ends