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Report back from the ITWeb BI Summit 2014
Building a business model canvass
Linking analytics to key enterprise decisions
BI that comes naturally
Data fear overwhelms organisations
BI trends in SA
21st century's 'sexiest' job
SA snubs big data
BI incomplete without social data
BI faces architectural shift
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Lawrence Corr Building a business model canvass

By Kirsten Doyle, ITWeb contributor.
Johannesburg, 26 Mar 2014

Traditionally, businesses built BI reactively, using fairly stable, well-understood source systems and business processes. Nowadays, they are adopting a more proactive approach that needs agile BI, and business models based on collaboration between developers, data modellers and BI stakeholders.

These were the words of Lawrence Corr, director of DecisionOne Consulting, speaking at the ITWeb Business Intelligence Summit 2014 in Bryanston this morning. "A business model is the logic by which an organisation sustains itself financially," he explained.

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Bradley Smith Linking analytics to key enterprise decisions

By Lebo Mashiloane
Johannesburg, 27 Mar 2014

Enterprise analytics applications need to move beyond the analysis of an enterprise's past and present data; towards predicting the future behaviour of the enterprise, said Bradley Smith, founder and director BusinessOptics.

Speaking at the ITWeb BI Summit 2014 in Johannesburg, he noted that this should be done under different scenarios and recommending courses of action in these scenarios. These actions then need to be embedded into business processes to automate decision making.

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John Sands BI that comes naturally

By Kirsten Doyle, ITWeb contributor.
Johannesburg, 26 Mar 2014

Our ability to detect patterns, compare information and make predictions is one of mankind's greatest strengths, and technology should enable us to do just that.

Great things happen when people do what comes most naturally to them, and that is why natural analytics can be so beneficial. It allows users to explore their data, ask their own questions, and follow the results.

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Isme Oosthuizen Data fear overwhelms organisations

By Admire Moyo, ITWeb's portals editor.
Johannesburg, 26 Mar 2014

A lot of organisations are afraid of the vast amounts of data they are being faced with.

So said Isme Oosthuizen, head of business intelligence (BI) at IZAZI, yesterday during the ITWeb BI Summit 2014 at The Forum, Bryanston.

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Julian Aardagh BI trends in SA

By Kirsten Doyle, ITWeb contributor.
Johannesburg, 25 Mar 2014

There are several business factors driving key BI trends. Insights, which will help businesses understand more about their customers and transactions in order to improve business processes and enable 'next best action' or 'next best offer' recommendations.

Secondly, actionable decisioning, or the move from people interpreting information subjectively and driving some actions, to objective, fact-based real-time decisioning across the enterprise..

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David Logan 21st century's 'sexiest' job

By Admire Moyo, ITWeb's portals editor.
Johannesburg, 26 Mar 2014

Becoming a data scientist is the "sexiest" profession of the 21st century.

So said David Logan, principal consultant at the PBT Group, yesterday during the ITWeb BI Summit 2014 at the Forum, Bryanston.

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Gerhars Botha SA snubs big data

By Admire Moyo, ITWeb's portals editor.
Johannesburg, 26 Mar 2014

Big data in SA has not been widely adopted as the majority of organisations in the country do not see its value.

That's according to Gerhard Botha, CTO at the PBT Group, who was addressing the ITWeb BI Summit 2014 yesterday at the Forum, Bryanston.

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Jean Pierre Kloppers BI incomplete without social data

By Admire Moyo, ITWeb's portals editor.
Johannesburg, 26 Mar 2014

Total business intelligence (BI) is incomplete without social data.

That was the word from Jean Pierre Kloppers, CEO of BrandsEye, speaking yesterday during the ITWeb BI Summit 2014 at the Forum in Bryanston.

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Mark Madsen BI faces architectural shift

By Kirsten Doyle, ITWeb contributor.
Johannesburg, 25 Mar 2014

Data warehousing has been around for 26 years. To give a little context, 26 years ago, in 1988, there was no big Data, mobility was in its infancy, there was no real public e-mail or Internet, and storage for 100MB cost $10 000.

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Isme OosthuizenConquering 'dataphobia' at BI summit
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 20 Mar 2014
Business requires a data-driven culture to ensure better fact-based decision-making that can lead to increased revenue, says Isme Oosthuizen, head of business intelligence (BI) at IZAZI.
Lloyd JonesEskom takes strain
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 18 Mar 2014
Eskom is a 90-year-old organisation that has seen several cycles of success and strain.
John SandsNatural analytics a natural choice
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 17 Mar 2014
The lack of a defined data strategy, isolated data silos that cannot provide "one version of the truth", a reliance on a single stack vendor and budget constraints are the top issues facing companies struggling to extract useful business intelligence (BI) out of their data, says Qlikview evangelist John Sands.
Hari KhamandulaACEing your BI needs
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 12 Mar 2014
Analytics is often seen as a luxury or a "nice to have", and treated as a non-critical environment for the business.
Stephan NothnagelCustom coding for mobile apps
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 10 Mar 2014
Among the key success criteria for mobile business intelligence (BI) applications is the ability to satisfy the information requirements of specific users, while delivering reliable and consistent insights.
Eugene WesselsSARS implementation fights non-compliance
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 4 Mar 2014
A multimillion-rand geographical information systems (GIS) implementation at SARS has assisted in the identification of various remote locations eligible for mobile registration and registration campaigns, enabling the organisation to grow the taxpayer register.
Carel BadenhorstAnalytics demand top management buy-in
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 3 Mar 2014
Two of the most common reasons why analytics implementations fail are a lack of buy-in from top management, and organisational churn that sees companies losing the required skills.
Gill StanilandSelf-service BI gains traction
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 14 Feb 2014
The move to self-service business intelligence (BI) is being driven by users wanting direct access to their data, enabling them to proactively address real-time business issues.
Gill StanilandBI dashboards fail to deliver
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 12 Feb 2014
Dashboards were touted as the next big thing in business intelligence (BI), but many companies have not yet reaped the rewards.
Mark MadsenBI as a commodity
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 6 Feb 2014
The business intelligence (BI) industry reached the point of diminishing returns for value about 10 years ago. Today, BI technology is a commodity
Lawrence CorrBI gets proactive
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 3 Feb 2014
Businesses are facing an emerging crisis over business intelligence (BI). On the one hand, many of the high technology costs and performance impediments are being removed, leading to greater user expectations of what BI should do for them.
Neil PlattenMoving BI from IT to business
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 30 Jan 2014
A move to establish the business intelligence (BI) department as a business function, distinct from the traditional view of BI as an IT function, is reaping rewards at Stanlib Asset Management, says Neil Platten, BI head at the organisation.
BI project pays off for MTN
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 23 Jan 2014
Optimal device ranging, process efficiencies and more focused performance reporting are among the top three outcomes realised through a successful supply chain business intelligence (BI) project at MTN.
David LoganData scientists needed, apply within
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 17 Jan 2014
A data scientist is the ultimate 'Swiss army knife' of the analytical world, drawing on whatever skills are required to create business value, says David Logan, principal consultant at the PBT Group.
Julian AardaghBI Summit taps into 2014 trends
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 14 Jan 2014
CIOs looking to ensure their companies stay ahead of the competition should dig deeper into their data, while taking cognisance of the business intelligence (BI) trends for 2014.
Sal LaherGreat opportunity for BI practitioners
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 13 Dec 2013
With business intelligence (BI) fast becoming a priority for many CIOs, an upcoming event from ITWeb offers a great opportunity for BI practitioners to tap into local and international trends, and maximise the return on investment on their spend in this area.
Sal LaherLocal success stories on show at ITWeb BI Summit
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 12 Nov 2013
Case studies from leading South African corporates form the cornerstone of this leading BI event.
Mark Madsen to speak at BI Summit
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 28 Oct 2013
Internationally sought-after speaker Mark Madsen will present the opening keynote at the ITWeb Business Intelligence 2014 Summit taking place in March next year.
Summit to deliver best of BI
By Fay Humphries, Events programme director
Johannesburg, 7 Oct 2013
To drive business and stimulate innovation, it is imperative that companies get the best out of their business intelligence (BI).

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