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Conference Day 1 -
25 March
Conference Day 2 -
26 March
Workshop 1 - 27 March Workshop 2 - 27 March
Programme - Tuesday, 25 March: Conference (Day 1)
 
07h30
Arrival and registration
08h30
Welcome and housekeeping
Dr Barry Devlin, founder and principal, 9Sight Consulting
Mark Madsen
Barry Devlin
08h40
International keynote: BI and business value - what we are getting and what we should demand
An overview of where the industry is at with regards to getting business value out of BI – what’s working and what isn’t, and some case study references to support this.
Where agile BI, analytics and big data are at, why they add value, and what the latest thought leadership is saying about each.
Where to next? A look ahead as to what BI practitioners can expect.
Mark Madsen, president and founder of Third Nature
Mark Madsen
Mark Madsen
09h20
Top BI Trends for South African executives
The combination of appropriate data, technology, analytics and people skills required to follow the BI trends are challenging businesses to be more selective about evaluating the potential ROI. This presentation unpacks the difference between BI and predictive analytics with reference to the BI trends affecting South Africa.
BI insights versus predictive analytics – the difference and how to capitalize on the different benefits
Faster processing: mainstream predictive analytics will require faster end-to-end processing
Integration: BI integration and the challenges
More mobile: mobile is important but how to capitalise effectively on it?
Social decision making: using insights and collective wisdom to enable better decisions
Julian Ardagh, CEO, Effective Intelligence
 
Julian Ardagh

Julian Ardagh

10h00
Analytics, Big data and collaboration:
the ABC of the new BI
The old world of BI is changing beyond recognition as a new biz-tech ecosystem comes to completion. Analytics is forcing the recombination of operational and informational systems in a consistent and coherent IT environment for all business activities. Big data – despite the hype – introduces two very different types of information that transform how business processes interact with the external world. Support for collaborative working changes how organisations function and how people innovate. Together, this new alphabet spells a new BI.
This presentation provides a coherent approach to moving from the old BI to the new, covering:
Business drivers and results of the biz-tech ecosystem
Modern conceptual and logical architectures for information, process and people
Positioning of all forms of business analytics and big data
Dr Barry Devlin, founder and principal, 9Sight Consulting
Dr Barry Devlin

Dr Barry Devlin

10h40
Tea break
 
11h10
BI Storytelling from a wannabe data scientist
The ‘sexiest job of the 21st century’ is how Harvard Business Review described the relatively new role of a ‘data scientist’. What skills do these people have, what do they do and how do you become one? This presentation will unpack the varied and deep skills required for this job of the future.
David Logan, principal consultant, PBT Group
David Logan
David Logan
11h50
Case study: BI as a business initiative: from start-up to insight at STANLIB
A successful business intelligence team is one which enables the execution of a business’ strategic drivers. This success is created by the proper structure of the BI team, the proper reporting structure and the creation of unique, value-adding insights for the business. The presentation aims to expose the approach that STANLIB used to set up a valuable BI capacity driven to deliver value to the company, using actual examples from the BI team’s insight investigations.
Neil Platten, head: Business Intelligence, STANLIB Asset Management
Neil Platten
Neil Platten
12h30
Using social data to derive real BI
This presentation will explore:
Why you should be paying attention to social media
Strategies to effectively use social data to inform business decisions
A closer look at how companies have done this well, citing some examples
JP Kloppers, CEO, BrandsEye
JP Kloppers
JP Kloppers
13h10
Lunch

14h10 – 17h30
BUSINESS TRACK
  Chaired by Mark Madsen, president and founder of Third Nature
14h10 – 17h30
TECHNICAL TRACK
  Chaired by Jon Tullet, senior editor: news analysis, ITWeb

14h10 – 17h30
BUSINESS TRACK
14h10
Big Data business cases: How Big Data benefits organisations, referencing case studies

Many companies are evaluating whether big data has any application in their organisations. And if it does, they need to establish the value of big data for their organisation. This presentation will highlight an array of the successes and failures of big data implementations from across the world to show organisations the variety of uses for big data. In doing so, it will assist decision-makers to identify where the correct approach to big data increases efficiencies and creates a competitive advantage.

Gerhard Botha, CTO, PBT Group
Gerhard Botha
Gerhard Botha
14h55
Marrying Big data and technology – successful retailing for the future

The new-age customer shops in a continuous stream of events across multiple channels. Businesses recognize that to be successful in a dynamic environment, they need technology that helps them monetize Big data. This session will focus on how retailers can use technology to extract valuable strategic insights from Big data and deliver personalised customer engagement, drive brand advocacy and ultimately, higher profitability – using using case examples from South Africa. The case examples will highlight how structured big data analytics, behavioural segmentation and life-cycle modelling helps consumer businesses create a formidable competitive advantage and as high as 10 times ROI from customer engagement.

Michael Geisler, regional director, Middle East & Africa, Capillary Technologies
Michael Geisler
Michael Geisler
15h35
Tea break
 
16h05
Fear of the unknown
In this session, Isme Oosthuizen will cover:
Removing dataphobia through an agile approach
Understanding the value in the masses of data and instil a data driven culture in your organisation
Improved ROI = dataphobia*0 + ( masses of data * insight)
Isme Oosthuizen, Head: BI, IZAZI
Isme Oosthuizen
Isme Oosthuizen
16h50
Mobility trends in the enterprise
There are about 1.5 million tablets in use in South Africa and the rate of adoption of these devices is causing a disruption to traditional business processes and reporting. These mobile users are not only demanding the enterprise applications to be mobile enabled but also expecting the same user experience as that of highly intuitive mobile applications and games. Some of the challenges that enterprises face today include:
Where to start?
How do we manage the proliferation of apps?
What about security?
HTML5 vs Native Apps?
Pure play mobile BI vs vendor specific mobile BI solutions
This presentation will address the above and showcase customer success stories.
Niranjan Koduri, Director, Frontline Consulting Services
Niranjan Koduri

14h10 – 17h30
TECHNICAL TRACK
   
14h10
 
Case study: SARS – enhancing service delivery via geographical information systems
Geographical information systems (GIS) are often undervalued by BI practitioners. This case study from SARS illustrates how this technology is successfully used to combat tax non-compliance, improve revenue collection and enhance service delivery by government.
Eugene Wessels, enterprise business reporting: Business insights, SARS
  Eugene Wessels
Eugene Wessels
14h55
Designing dashboards for maximum impact
Dashboards are so last week. Visualisation is the order of the day. And then there are those infographics. This presentation will unpack why some dashboards are all glitz and glamour, but offer little once the novelty wears off. This low-tech, product-agnostic talk will incorporate lessons from experts in this field, who understand how to provide business with answers in a clean, engaging and relevant manner. Get ready for some hands-on, practical advice on how best to design dashboards for maximum impact.
Gill Staniland, BI principal consultant, Synergy
 
Gill Staniland
Gill Staniland
15h35
Tea break
 
16h05
Case study: Applying Big data concepts in the traditional EDW environment at Nedbank
While Big data is the talk of the town, dealing with massive datasets is nothing new. Nedbank faced the challenge of managing ever-increasing costs of maintaining the enterprise data warehouse on the mainframe platform. Traditional non-mainframe relational databases – while offering the cost savings sought – proved incapable of the high performance needs of the bank.
A solution was found in the implementation of a data warehouse appliance, which offered the combination of extreme performance, couple with attractive cost and simplicity. A positive spin-off is that Nedbank is now capable of doing Big data analytics on the same platform, increasing the value of the EWD to the organization.
In this session, we will share the experience that Nedbank has had in applying Big data concepts and tools in the traditional data warehouse environment through the implementation of the IBM Netezza data warehouse appliance. We will also highlight typical issues in Big data implementations and outline solution strategies for these.
Chris O'Connell, managing director, BITanium Consulting, and Jannie Venter, senior manager: GDS operations, Nedbank
Chris O'Connell
Chris O'Connell
Jannie Venter
Jannie Venter
16h50
Custom coding versus mobile platform development
Significant potential disruptive and game changing information and technology forces are impacting business. Gartner has coined the "Nexus of forces" that could potentially combine into a perfect storm comprising the elements of information (Big data), social, cloud and mobile.
(© Gartner 2013)
When considering mobile and pervasive access to relevant information when and where needed, it is likely that going forward all processes, external and internal interactions will be affected. One of the important considerations of a mobile strategy is whether to custom develop and code mobile solutions and applications or make use of enterprise mobile application development platforms. Also what about current initiatives, processes and tools?
This session presents some of the advantages and disadvantages of each option and potential aspects to take into consideration. It also shows a few examples of mobile solutions delivered using a platform.
Stephan Nothnagel, director, InsightDriven Enterprise
Stephan Nothnagel
Stephan Nothnagel
 
17h35
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IN THE NEWS
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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