Arrival and Registration
Welcome and scene-setting
Alex 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 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 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, 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, 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 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 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, 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, 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