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Agenda Day 1 Agenda Day 2 Workshops
AGENDA DAY TWO - Wednesday 18 March 2015
  07:30 | Arrival & Registration
Welcome and housekeeping
Kim Andersen, director, TA Consulting
The art of intelligent war - using actionable insights to win business battles
Corrine Sandler, founder and CEO, Fresh Intelligence Research Corp
Corrine Sandler will show delegates how to:
Use actionable insights to acquire new customers, retain current customers and build advocacy
Apply predictive analytical tools to predict their customer's future needs and wants
Turn big data into opportunity data and grow their business revenues
Engage in a new relationship with Data that will drive profit
She will also share global case studies of businesses that used actionable insights to win new business.
Corrine Sandler
The role of the data scientist – do they add value?
David Logan, principal consultant, PBT Group
"The hottest job of the 21st century", according to Harvard Business Review, is that of a data scientist. That's good news for data scientists, but is it equally as good news for the companies that employ them? Do data scientists actually add value to the balance sheet? Or is this just more hype in the technology cycle? David will discuss by example why these resources may already exist in your company and how to tap into them to maximise value.
David Logan
Data and analytics in the cloud – really?
Chris O'Connell, managing director, BITanium
In customer engagements, the need to move into a cloud-based environment is often mentioned, yet remarkably few organisations have made the move.

In his presentation Chris O'Connell will expand on:
The demands that analytics places on data accessibility in the cloud
The realities of scale-out / scale-in requirements
The potential offered by hybrid transaction and analytical processing (HTAP)
Chris O'Connell
  10:40 | Tea Break
Big data shifts gears to the internet of things
Dr Barry Devlin, founder and principal, 9sight Consulting
In his presentation Barry will expand on why internet of things (IoT) data is very different from social media and other 'traditional' big data. He'll also unpack:
Some examples of operational and analytic uses of IoT data
The architecture and technologies for implementing IoT
Various security and privacy considerations
The potential social impacts of IoT data
Dr Barry Devlin
Practical advice to enable you to continue to conduct analytics lawfully under PoPI
Russell Opland , independent consultant and privacy advisor
The Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPI) has profound implications for business, and especially analytics. As analytics typically is an internal business function, unknown to the 'data subjec'", and because it usually constitutes 'further processing' under PoPI, which processing is limited to the specific purpose for which the information was collected, PoPI poses significant operational risk for data analytics. This session will discuss the specific aspects of PoPI that impact data analytics, and offer practical suggestions to keep your operations legal under PoPI.
Russell Opland
Russell Opland
  12:30 | Lunch
13:30 - 17:35 | Business track:
Key business imperatives to take into account when developing BI strategies and building revenue streams
Chairman - Kim Andersen, director, TA Consulting
  End to end economics of predictive analytics
Dr Mike Bergh, technical director and co-owner, OLRAC SPS South Africa
In a total lifecycle analysis of the ROI of predictive analytics, key costs are hardware, software and people. Predictive analytics generates revenue by more effectively focusing resources, whether on prospective customers, existing customers, doctors, medical or insurance claims, policy holders, bond applications, or loan applications. Mike will deliver an overview of some of the key cost reduction and revenue generation opportunities for predictive analytics over the short term, and look at the situation in telecommunications, financial, insurance and retail companies. He will also highlight traditional areas of entry for predictive analytics and some hidden opportunities.
Russell Opland

Dr Mike Bergh

  14:10 | 5 mins for delegates to change tracks
  How will the internet of things change BI?
Dave Ives, director, Karabina Solutions
Did you know that mines explode 1 000's of tiny PC's daily? Any detonator company can tell you how many exactly and the exact blast sequence. A tractor company leverages weather and soil moisture to help farmers, in a world where food security is becoming more and more complex. Every day, all around us tiny sensors are measuring and collecting data. The market is changing and the pervasive adoption of connected devices brings about the internet of YOUR things in an amazing way – data, transformed into insight by services unseen. In this presentation, Dave Ives explores what companies are doing right now to leverage cloud, devices and big data paradigms to leverage information in their scenarios.
Dave Ives

Dave Ives

  14:55 | 5 mins for delegates to change tracks
  How people feel today determines what they buy tomorrow
JP Kloppers, CEO, BrandsEye
Proactive corporates are starting to investigate the extent to which public sentiment expressed on social media is a leading indicator of market share shifts and future purchasing patterns. BrandsEye has been working with multinational brands in South Africa to explore this. In this presentation JP will:
Outline how sentiment can be correlated to other BI metrics
Show areas within the business where this proves a return on investment
Unpack some local case studies
Robert Boccia

JP Kloppers

  15:40 | Tea Break
  Preparing data for visualisation - case studies covering the data challenges
James Smith, founder, +Vantage
Companies typically lack the information infrastructure, governance and processes to get maximum benefit from pure visualisation tools. James will take a close look at how to overcome the data realities that are common across most businesses and how next generation BI tools can bring insight to even the most unstructured environments. He'll use case studies from Corrida shoes – a South Africa shoe manufacturer and distributor behind brands such as Newport and Tsonga; and Hotel Stay International – a leading loyalty card program with hotel partners across Southern Africa - to illustrate his advice here.

James Smith

James Smith

  17:35 | Closing Remarks
13:30 - 17:35 | Technical track:
The technology considerations and operational realities relevant to maximising BI initiatives
Chairman - Jon Tullett, senior editor: news analysis, ITWeb
Steel and mining: Linking analytics to decision making at Arcelor Mittal
Nick Bell, CEO, Decision Inc. and
Tobie Otto, senior consultant, SAP CoE, ArcelorMittal
Improved decision making is possible when there is collaboration between business, IT and the analytics team. Operating in 60 countries and employing 260,000 people worldwide, ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company. In 2011 they embarked on a business intelligence journey after realising they needed to increase efficiencies and drive cost savings. In six months they created more than 10 analytic solutions across HR, Treasury, Accounts, Procurement, Logistics and Plant Maintenance. In Procurement alone, ArcelorMittal saved R50 million in a single year by identifying and analysing contract spend. In this presentation, Arcelor Mittal shares its BI journey and how it implemented analytics across the organisation to enable improved decision making.

Danny Naidoo

Nick Bell

Tobie Otto

Tobie Otto

  14:10 | 5 mins for delegates to change tracks
  An enterprise approach to business analytics
Steven Ing, associate consultant, BSG
In this world of big data organisations that are able to turn the data at their disposal into knowledge that provide insights into customers, risks, operations and performance management will most definitely be the winners in future. However, the current reality is that organisations are still struggling with the management of their information assets and how to maximise these to drive effective decisions.

Steven Ing will:
Sketch the underlying reasons as to why organisations are struggling to manage their information assets
Address the technology considerations that need to be taken into account
Expand on what's working, what is and why
Cover the composition of a business analytics competency centre
Steven Ing

Steven Ing

  14:55 | 5 mins for delegates to change tracks
  Basket analysis for better customer profiles and increased profits
Roland Larson , BI analyst, IRi-Aztec South Africa

In today’s retail environment, it isn’t good enough to simply merchandise products according to category. Determining how a customer’s shopping behaviour changes as they move through their life stages is about filtering out the obvious, exposing the interesting and acting on the insights. In this presentation, Roland Larson will show how applying advanced analytics during customer segmentation and product association exercises for retailers based in the US, the UK, the EU and SA has enabled companies to make better and more meaningful connections with their customers, and led to direct and measurable results.

Roland Larson

Roland Larson

  15:40 | Tea Break
  The citizen-centric government - delivering value with advanced business intelligence
Lyle Petersen, senior advisor, KPMG
Forces such as predictive analytics and big data have the potential to provide a panoramic view of public service delivery, influence decision making and predictively shape the way the public is served. At the same time the inherent business intelligence challenges of data quality, information delivery, relevant skills and end user engagement remain. Lyle's presentation will:
Highlight the tangible benefits of advanced BI in providing forward looking decision making to shape service delivery and improve revenue
Expand on best practices aimed at lowering solution costs, cutting service delivery times, and improve the end user experience
Showcase solutions that mitigate the inherent challenges in implementing advanced government BI

Lyle Petersen

Lyle Petersen

Standard Bank - extracting business value from BI
Elize Jensen, head of business intelligence: data services, Group IT, Standard Bank
Elize Jensen will draw on her experiences at Standard Bank to discuss:
How to define and articulate BI strategy and metrics to
measure progress
Defining and implementing a business intelligence competency centre (BICC)
The data warehouse revolution - how to enable real business value
Transitioning from business intelligence to business analytics and monetisation of data

Elize Jensen

Elize Jensen

Wrap up
Kim Andersen, director, TA Consulting
Jon Tullett, senior editor: news analysis, ITWeb



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