On Demand Webcast: IBM SPSS Software and Watson Analytics: A powerful combo for the cognitive age

Using Watson Analytic’s cognitive capabilities, business users are able to gain insights from their structured data in a matter of minutes.   Using smart data discovery techniques, analysts and business users are able to understand what variables are affecting certain outcomes and can communicate that story to others in their organization using effortless dashboards.  IBM…

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Framework Manager is your friend

Constant change – an oxymoron Picture the scene: The data warehouse architects send an email explaining to you, the BI architect, that they intend making big changes to some dimension tables, oh, and two fact tables are being completely re-designed. You need to determine the impact of these changes on the existing set of production…

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M&ESURE moves to tools that measure up

There came a time when the standard spreadsheet package was just not cutting the mustard for M&ESURE Research and Evaluation (aka Mandesure Consulting). With the high volume of research data they were collecting, they needed a tool that would allow them to statistically analyse this wealth of data and provide insights to their clients. The…

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Gillian Staniland, Interconnected BI – A Systems Thinking Approach

A veteran of big data and BI installations, Gillian speaks with the wisdom of experience. Her birds-eye view of big data will be expressed in her talk on a systems thinking approach to Interconnected BI.

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The true costs of spreadsheets

Using Excel Spreadsheets for your budgeting, planning and forecasting can be a risky business. Watch this video to learn more about these risks and how to eliminate them.

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Why BI projects fail

Recent user research results give insight into why BI implementations often fall short of expectations, and how to avoid this happening.

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Synergy helps Waco bat the last mile frustration

The last mile in a marathon may have spectators on their feet with excitement, but when it comes to creating financial reports, it is more often the source of great frustration. That was the experience of Waco International of South Africa, where the last mile of reporting process for the consolidation and creation of financial…

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Synergy Business Intelligence delivers a budgeting boost with Cognos Xcelerator (TM1)

Just how important is budgeting in any given business? The instinctive answer is ‘very’ – especially when that business is characterised by low margins and high volumes in a competitive marketplace, budgeting becomes an essential discipline to ensure profitability and long-term sustainability. That’s according to Urekha Venketas, Associate Manager: Business Analysis at Sumitomo Rubber South…

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Reporting processes hit the mark with one integrated solution

Kagiso Tiso Holdings (KTH) is a black owned and managed investment holding company that was formed from the merger of Kagiso Trust Investments and Tiso Group, and has a gross asset value of over R14 billion. KTH is required to comply with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and their financial statements include the consolidation of…

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Time and cost savings mark switch to Cognos Controller

Like any business, RCL Foods was thrilled when the business started growing at a healthy and steady pace, except that its original consolidation process was becoming increasingly cumbersome, time consuming and frustratingly prone to errors. “Spreadsheets just weren’t cutting it any more,” explained Lucinda Deane, management accountant, Group Services. “The use of spreadsheets was becoming…

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