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Conference Day 1 -
25 March
Conference Day 2 -
26 March
Workshop 1 - 27 March Workshop 2 - 27 March
Programme - Wednesday, 26 March: Conference (Day 2)
 
07h30
Arrival and registration
08h30
Welcome and housekeeping
Jon Tulett, senior editor: news analysis, ITWeb
Jon  Tulett
Jon Tulett
08h40
International keynote : Agile BI Design: Welcome to the business model generation
Historically BI systems have been built on relatively stable, relatively well understood business processes and operational systems. Today, the implementation of disruptive new business models and the increasing use of big data and agile/lean practices means tomorrow’s BI solutions must be designed with far fewer source system certainties and developed in parallel with those uncertain data sources. This thought-provoking presentation describes new collaborative modelling techniques for actively engaging business model innovators in the design of future BI data stores and gaining a head start on agile BI development.
Lawrence Corr, director, DecisionOne Consulting
Lawrence Corr
09h20
Using natural analytics to power your BI
Natural analytics is the technology and design approach that can help to make BI an even more powerful business tool. It enables users to explore complex data, making and sharing discoveries using natural human abilities rather than artificially constructed techniques. Natural analytics is the method that optimises data structures, the analytical query engine, the interactive user experience, visualisations and collaboration. This enables and encourages browsing and exploration, categorisation and other decision making processes tapping into the natural human ability to process complex information. In this presentation John Sands will show how natural analytics supports the way human curiosity searches for information, associates various findings and uncovers insights that lead to better decisions.
John Sands, evangelist, Qlikview
John Sands
John Sands
10h00
Delivering best practice analytics through an analytics centre of excellence
Profound advances and solutions have been made in the fields of analytics business infrastructure, grid analytics and customer segmentation – covering criritical organisational aspects such as governance, technology, processes and people – through the development of an analytics centre of excellence (ACE) within the enterprise. Using case studies Hari Khamandula will show how an ACE answers, among others, the following critical questions:
What to do with huge volumes of unutilised data i.e. lack of operational analytics
How to install proper asset management systems
Creating proactive based analytical solutions
Enabling engineering systems and the core business to work together
Hari Khamandula, technical director, Dake Solutions and Trevor Ray, business strategy advisor, Dake Solutions
Hari Khamandula
Trevor Ray
Trevor Ray
10h40
Tea break
 
11h10
Change business intelligence into intelligent business
The presentation covers:
Visualise your enterprise!
How do we know what you are thinking – before you even think it?
How do we get the right information to our customers in order for them to make the right decision?
Watch as we turn reactive decision-making into proactive decision making.
Kamil Kara, BI Presales Specialist, SAP, who will be joined by Gilan Gork, the mentalist
Kamil Kara
Kamil Kara
Gilan Gork
Gilan Gork
11h50
How to dance with an elephant without losing your toes
Big data is big news everywhere, and while the appeal of being able to store all an organisation’s data in a single repository is easy to understand, can it really be that simple to deliver? How can these new tools and technologies be integrated into the existing information management landscape to maximise business value? This session will look at the what, why and where of Big data, and at tools and architectures to help you understand the lessons learned, so you can avoid being trodden on by the Big data elephant.
Doug Cackett, chief architect, Oracle EMEA
Doug Cackett
Doug Cackett
12h30
Lunch

13h30 – 17h30
BUSINESS TRACK
  Chaired by Dr Barry Devlin, founder and principal, 9Sight Consulting
13h30 – 17h30
TECHNICAL TRACK
  Chaired by Lawrence Corr, director, DecisionOne Consulting

13h30 – 17h30
BUSINESS TRACK
13h30
The business benefits of using agile business analytics modelling processes: lessons learnt while identifying operational setbacks and improving profitability at a telecom retail business unit
The presentation covers:
What challenges are faced by the telecoms retail business unit in terms of big data, market competition, opex, among others?
How does a profitability analysis using an agile BI analytics application identify early warning signs in the telecoms retail division?
What strategies and processes can be developed and automatically launched to solve issues at an early stage?
What are the business benefits of implementing an agile predefined BI analytics process?
Jiaqi Sun, System Analyst, IDC South Africa
Jiaqi Sun
Jiaqi Sun
14h15
Case study: Taking a different view on BI in mobile telecoms at MTN
This case study will demonstrate how to provide value to the business, simply through approaching BI from a different perspective. It focuses on a successful outcome as regards ROI on a significant budget for a two-year engagement on a supply chain BI project at MTN.
Teresa Budler, project business owner, MTN
Teresa Budler
15h00
Case study: Using BI to power business at Eskom
Eskom generates approximately 95% of the electricity used in South Africa and approximately 45% of the electricity used in Africa. Eskom generates, transmits and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural and residential customers and redistributors. During this session, Lloyd Jones will cover:
An overview of Eskom and the value effective BI can deliver
Insights into how operational challenges have been met through BI initiatives
The business outcomes of Eskom’s approach to mobile BI
Lloyd Jones, executive manager: project delivery, Eskom Group IT
Lloyd Jones
Lloyd Jones
15h40
Tea break
 
16h10
Succeed at BI; Learn from history so you're not doomed to repeat it
Business intelligence is a well-established discipline, expanding into new and exciting areas such as Big data, social media, mobile, cloud, and agile. However, there have been many spectacular failures in BI initiatives. This session will look at worst practices and lessons learned historically across a number of local and international case studies, and will relate them to the new trends and future considerations for success.
Some of these worst practices include:
Assuming the Business Users’ needs and know-how
Allowing bad habits to propagate (e.g. Excel chaos)
The integration and warehousing debate
Selecting tools without a specific need or any discipline
Archaic development and project or implementation methodologies
Failure to recognise information as capital/ an asset to manage
Laurianne Stamer, BI and performance management consultant, Infobuild
Laurianne Stamer
Laurianne Stamer
16h55
Building an analytics capability within the enterprise
Frank Rizzo, Africa lead for data and analytics, KPMG
The emergence of big data analytics and the diversity of the types of data available across various industries require new capabilities. Technical skills are needed but these need to be complemented with business and informatics skills to translate the information into business value. A new generation of informatics/business analysts are required – data scientists who are able to extract and analyse information from large data sets and then present value-added knowledge and insight to non-technical experts. These specialists will be key in assisting organisations in extracting insight from data and then creating value from these insights.
This presentation will cover:
How do you identify where these skills already reside in your organisation?
How do you move your organisation from a process centric view of business to a data centric view?
What tools and platforms do these specialists require to be truly effective?
How do you motivate and excite these specialists to be in tune with what business users require?
Frank Rizzo
Frank Rizzo

13h30 – 17h30
TECHNICAL TRACK
   
13h30
 
Designing an effective BI strategy and the value of getting master data management right
Many BI projects often fail to deliver on their potential. Often, this is due to the inherent complexity of the environment that underpins these worlds. This presentation will discuss a design for building scalable BI solutions in a highly federated and complex environment of multiple sources and multiple versions of the truth, referencing practical examples form the financial services, retail and manufacturing industries. It will also cover the value and role of MDM and how essential it is for the scalability of BI assets.
Jason Haddock, head: Business Intelligence, Saratoga Software
Jason Haddock
Jason Haddock
14h15
Case study: Taking Silica’s data management to the next level
Silica, a leading independent financial services administrator, is the largest specialised third party administration and technology solutions provider in South Africa. It leverages economies of scale over the R1 trillion assets it services to provide competitive propositions. On average it processes over 145 000 transactions a month across more than 1 700 products, serving more than 22 500 brokers

This case study will cover the BI solution it implemented to address the following challenges:
High cost of ETL effort
Data 24 hours old, so any real-time information required must report off LOB databases
Significant period to load and redo if needed
Complicated data structures
Performance not what was required
Alan Raubenheimer, CIO, Silica
Alan Raubenheimer
Alan Raubenheimer
15h00
Case study: Mining production optimisation system delivers results at Basil Read
Basil Read Mining is a contract miner for a number of Southern African mining companies, mainly open-pit diamond operations. A low-cost operator that allows its clients to keep production costs to a minimum, it has made a large investment in heavy earth-moving equipment. Basil Read Mining faces two key challenges:
 
Optimising utilisation of this high-value plant
Tracking production against contract obligations

This presentation will show how a BI solution enabled Basil Read to maximise uptime, reduce planned capex and increase its competitiveness when bidding for new business.

Warren Stevens-Baytopp, technical director, Youngblood Consultants
Warren Stevens-Baytopp
Warren Stevens-Baytopp
15h40
Tea break
 
16h10
Using the analytics life cycle to make everyone in the organisation a storyteller
In this engaging presentation Carel Badenhorst will discuss why he believes analytics practitioners are modern-day story tellers, and how the stories they develop using the analytics life cycle are the business drivers of every company. He will unpack how these story tellers use the analytics life cycle to generate future- based predictive snapshots that support their companies’ decision-making processes, enabling them to stay ahead of their competitors.
Carel Badenhorst, head: technology practice, Middle East and Africa, Turkey and Pakistan, SAS
Carel Badenhorst
Carel Badenhorst
 
16h55
Embedding predictive approaches into enterprise systems in real-time decision making
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 under different scenarios and recommending courses of action in these scenarios.
This session will cover:
The challenges around building prescriptive analytics applications
Current shortcomings in approaches here and the current state of tools
How business domain experts can be empowered to build prescriptive analytic solutions
Integration of prescriptive analytics solutions into enterprise systems to enable decision automation
Case studies across a range of industries to contextualise the required approaches and technologies, demonstrating the business benefits that were realised
Bradley Smith and Marius van der Westhuizen, co-founders, BusinessOptics
Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith
Marius van der Westhuisen
Marius van der Westhuizen
 
17h35
Closing remarks
 
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With a methodology underwritten by their Common Sense Business Approach (CSBA), Dake Solutions has been delivering best practice analytics solutions for over 12 years to the Utilities industry. Encompassing critical organizational aspects such as governance, technology, processes and people, profound advances and solutions have been made in the fields of analytics business infrastructure, grid analytics and customer segmentation. These in turn are all driven from the establishment of an Analytics Centre of Excellence (ACE), which is the driver of these solutions.


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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
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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
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