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Report back from the ITWeb BI Summit 2013
How eBay tackles data
Four-step data supply chain
Engineered systems reduce IT complexity
Five 2013 BI innovations
App experience to reinvent BI
The downside of big data
Stop counting followers, start listening to them


\How eBay tackles data

By Joanne Carew, portals journalist.
Johannesburg, 27 Feb 2013

There are 350 million items for sale on eBay on any given day, and the site reaches roughly 100 million customers. These products and customers produce 150 terabytes of internal data at eBay on a daily basis.

With one of the largest data environments in the world, the eBay data infrastructure needs to run quickly and must be easily accessible, according to Tom Fastner, a senior member of technical staff and an architect at eBay.

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\Four-step data supply chain

By Joanne Carew, portals journalist.
Johannesburg, 27 Feb 2013

When business intelligence (BI) and big data management are done right, companies can literally change their cultures, empowering employees and improving decision-making.

These are the sentiments of Chester Liu, director of platform product marketing at QlikTech, who sat down with ITWeb on the sidelines of ITWeb’s Business Intelligence Summit.

According to Liu, the pace of business is constantly increasing and data requirements are changing at an equally alarming rate. He described the animals he saw while on safari in SA as being much more efficient than business. "One of the key differentiators between nature and business is agility,” he said. “Business needs to be about how to make the best decision, using the required data.”

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\Engineered systems reduce IT complexity

By Joanne Carew, portals journalist.
Johannesburg, 27 Feb 2013

For Kevin Lancaster, Oracle’s technology director for big data and analytics, if a person were to build a car the same way IT builds computer systems, driving would be an absolute nightmare.

“You would be buying all the bits and pieces from different vendors and then bringing it all together. You would probably also have to employ somebody who knows how to build cars,” he said, adding that while the end result may look like a car, it would have cost a great deal of money and would be totally unique and difficult to maintain going forward.

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\Five 2013 BI innovations

By Admire Moyo, ITWeb's portals deputy editor.
Johannesburg, 28 Feb 2013

In-memory data stores will be the biggest trend to revolutionise the business intelligence (BI) industry this year.

So said Dr Barry Devlin, founder and principal of 9sight Consulting, speaking during the ITWeb Business Intelligence 2013 Summit, in Bryanston, yesterday.

In his keynote address, titled “Five BI innovations up for adoption in 2013”, Devlin mentioned in-memory data stores, the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, mobile devices, data visualisation, big data, and the Internet of things as the BI trends that will have the biggest impacts on the industry in 2013.

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App experience to reinvent BI

By Joanne Carew, portals journalist.
Johannesburg, 27 Feb 2013

Despite all the successes he has witnessed in the areas of cloud, big data and business intelligence (BI) over the years, Dataways’ director, Bill Hoggarth, still sees some pretty bad business decisions being made on a daily basis.

Speaking at ITWeb’s Business Intelligence Summit yesterday, Hoggarth suggested that organisations that invest in analytics and BI will be more successful than those that do not.

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The downside of big data

By Admire Moyo, ITWeb's portals deputy editor.
Johannesburg, 27 Feb 2013

Though big data promises massive opportunities for many organisations in the digital age, it can have a negative impact on a business.

This was the word from Mark Torr, director of SAS Technology Practice in the Centre of Excellence for IM & Analytics, who was speaking during the ITWeb Business Intelligence 2013 Summit yesterday.

“Big data could consume you if you do not look at it in the right way,” said Torr. “Ask 10 people their view on what big data is, and you will often get 10 different answers and a lot of buzzwords about technology.”

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Stop counting followers, start listening to them

By Tarryn Giebelmann, Sub-Editor
Johannesburg, 28 Feb 2013

Counting social media followers is a lot like sitting at a bar and counting the tops from the bottles of beer you’ve drunk. All this tells you is how many beers you’ve had; it tells you nothing about the quality of the conversation, how good the music was, or the general entertainment of the evening. It doesn’t provide the overall context of the experience.

This was the analogy put forward by Robin Meisel, of RGT Smart, at the ITWeb Business Intelligence Summit yesterday.

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The game-changing, real-time enterprise
21 Feb 2013 – Enterprises that do not enable real-time response in the way customers expect will lose out to competitors that do, says SAP. ITWeb Business Intelligence Summit and Awards 2013
BI tools useless without skills
20 Feb 2013 – Business intelligence is getting more complex and businesses are now challenged to bring different technologies together efficiently, says Oracle.
BI: Architecting new solutions in complex environments
19 Feb 2013 – Business intelligence is getting more complex and businesses are now challenged to bring different technologies together efficiently, says Oracle.
Maximising big data
19 Feb 2013 – Businesses must filter and analyse big data in order to ask the right questions, says SAS.
Information as a commodity
18 Feb 2013 – With data carefully regulated and managed in line with certain guidelines, its value becomes clearer, says Information Builders.
Understand your market, understand your businessPhilip Mostert
30 Jan 2013 – Companies need internal and external BI insights in real time, in order to act on them quickly and remain competitive, says SaidWOT.
Free data visualisation with Google EarthCor Winckler
24 Jan 2013 – PBT Group has discovered numerous ways to integrate business data into the mapping tool to deliver valuable business insights.
Social media BI and the human factorJustin Spratt
13 Jan 2013 – Understanding the sentiments behind information generated by social media are becoming big business, says Quirk.
Data 'must belong to everyoneDavide Hanan
10 Jan 2013 – Where IT was once the gatekeeper to data, it needs to allow everyone access to data, says QlikView SA.
Inside eBay’s business intelligenceTomas Fastner
29 Nov 2012 – Tom Fastner will reveal eBay’s BI strategy and challenges at the ITWeb Business Intelligence Summit 2013.
Analytics: one size does not fit allMartin Rennhackkamp
27 Nov 2012 – Whether a business needs data exploration, conventional analytics or advanced analytics depends on its maturity, goals and requirements, says PBT Group.
Competitive intelligence - pointless without a goalBernard Odendaal
26 Nov 2012 – Competitive intelligence alone is not a silver bullet; companies must know what they are looking for, says The Fact Foundry.
Sentiment analysis 'not enough'Robin Meisel
15 Nov 2012 – Mention counting and standard sentiment analysis is not enough for full visibility of market conditions, says BiA.
Managing data 'a strategic issue'Gary Alleman
7 Nov 2012 – With increasing data volumes, effective data management has become an issue that extends beyond IT, says Master Data Management.
BI alone can't deliver business decisionsBill Hoggarth
26 Oct 2012 – Investment in BI cannot be justified by saying it will enable better business decisions, because this is not the case, says BI expert.
The big three BI trends for 2013Barry Devlin
17 Oct 2012 – In-memory databases, big data, and increasing mobility will be the biggest change drivers in BI next year, says BI expert Barry Devlin.
Faltering economy: time to go mobileMark Bannerman
12 Oct 2012 – When times are challenging, the best move a business can make is to invest in the right technology, says MicroStrategy.

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