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Automate. Automate, Now

Automate. Automate, Now

Published 06 May, 2020 – ITWeb | Is business process automation (BPA) really worth it? Is it genuinely the essential tool that every organisation should consider in a recession? Perhaps the best quote to answer these questions is the one from Byron Reese, CEO and publisher at Gigaom: “Individuals need to ask themselves, ‘What drudgery do I engage in that I can use technology to destroy?”

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How Decision Inc’s Tarryn Swemmer was plunged into the deep-end of HR leadership

How Decision Inc’s Tarryn Swemmer was plunged into the deep-end of HR leadership

Published Apr 13, 2020 in CHRO Magazine | Decision Inc. Group HR Executive Tarryn Swemmer started her career at McKinsey while finishing off her Master’s in Chemistry. She joined the research division and worked her way up until she was managing it. She loved it, but she realised that, in order to get to the next level within that space, she would have had to travel more and focus less on people, which was not what she had in mind for herself.

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SDN: It’s an Evolution Revolution

SDN: It’s an Evolution Revolution

Apr, 8,2020 | It’s time to remove static and complex issues around a legacy distributed network architecture by abstracting higher-level functionality. SDN helps to virtualise the business networking infrastructure and is still a key in taking networking to the next level in terms of automation and improving user experiences.

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People-Centricity during COVID-19 crisis – A True Test for our Management Skills

People-Centricity during COVID-19 crisis – A True Test for our Management Skills

Apr, 1, 2020 | The economic and human impact of the lock down in South Africa will be felt for years to come. Of course, the immediate priority is heeding the brave leadership of our President to ‘flatten the curve’ and minimise the spread of the corona virus. Inevitably, for all of us, this is introducing new ways of remote working to ensure companies remain operational during the next three weeks.

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The Best ways to Manage a Remote Team in Uncertain Times

The Best ways to Manage a Remote Team in Uncertain Times

Mar 27, 2020 | The impact of Covid-19, also known as the coronavirus, is being felt across the global business landscape. The Presidential address on 23 March 2020 has placed South Africa under lock down for 21 days – a step that’s aligned with global best practice but that’s set to change the working landscape for a long period of time. Organisations have to find new ways of working as employees are required to work from home (WFH) in order to limit the spread of the virus and maintain health.

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Getting ROI out of Business Data

Getting ROI out of Business Data

Mar 5, 2020 | Effectively calculating a return on investment (ROI) is not the most intuitive exercise at the best of times. But given the growth of data in business today, it becomes a particularly challenging undertaking. Often, the sheer amount of information works against decision-makers. However, organisations need to ensure they get the best value out of what has become their biggest asset – their data. And to do that, they need to determine its ROI.

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Embracing Hyper-Automation for Business Growth

Embracing Hyper-Automation for Business Growth

Feb 24, 2020 | Hyper-automation is considered to be one of the most important trends in the ICT sector today. Companies looking to increase the momentum of their digital transformation journeys must embrace this if they are to remain relevant and competitive in the connected business environment.

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Understanding the Do’s and Don’ts when Adopting a Reporting Strategy

Understanding the Do’s and Don’ts when Adopting a Reporting Strategy

Jan 27, 2020 | The journey from data to decision-making through reporting is a complex one. In the ultra-connected world where customer expectations revolve around real-time feedback, decision-makers have no choice but to move beyond being reactive and adopt a proactive mode of operating, leveraging the likes of predictive analytics, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

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South Africa Becomes a Cloud-Friendly Environment

South Africa Becomes a Cloud-Friendly Environment

With 77% of South African businesses currently using cloud services in their IT department, the local market is strongly positioned to usher in a new era of services to meet the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Even though the cloud is gaining significant momentum locally, the next evolution of it (hyper-scale computing) will become even more important.

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Making the Move to the Cloud

Making the Move to the Cloud

It has been several months since the launch of the two Microsoft Azure data centres in South Africa. And as expected, this has resulted in many organisations looking for ways to move their on-premise data environments to the cloud. But apart from the obvious, what has changed to see this influx of interest?

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The Future State

The Future State

Nicholas Bell, the CEO and founder of Decision Inc., a global leader in information-driven transformation, defines the fundamental methodology an organisation needs to adopt in order to achieve a sustainable future state.

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The Transformative Power of RPA

The Transformative Power of RPA

When done properly, RPA is exceptionally beneficial to both businesses and the employees who work there. When approached and developed as a centre of excellence (COE), RPA becomes deeply embedded in the organisation, and wins hearts and minds with the teams driving adoption and utilisation in current systems and applications – with a forward-thinking view – maximising the benefits of the ever-evolving scope of intelligent automation products.

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The Rise of Intelligent Financial Planning

The Rise of Intelligent Financial Planning

The role of the modern CFO is evolving. From accounting specialist to dynamic, business performance leader, CFOs are increasingly responsible for both rapidly identifying business opportunities – and intelligently guiding their companies accordingly.

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Modernising the Mines

Modernising the Mines

It’s hard to underplay the importance of the mining sector to South Africa. Historically, it’s been a key provider of exports, jobs and economic growth, but the country has struggled to come to terms with an industry that’s inevitably shrinking as reserves dry up.

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Understanding the Relevance of Change

Understanding the Relevance of Change

Why invest millions in a reporting system only to have reports created manually? As a Project owner you put your head on a block when driving an initiative, owning the opportunities and risks related to the outcome, and taking overall accountability. But what happens if your project ran like a dream but somehow is still not delivering the promised business benefits?

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Effective Tech Requires Skills Diversity

Effective Tech Requires Skills Diversity

At a time when developing technology skills for a digital world have become a priority, companies will do well not to limit their focus on acquiring computer science and programming talent but also expand into other, more diverse fields.

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The Importance of an Information Strategy

The Importance of an Information Strategy

If data-driven businesses in the digital world are to be successful, they must have an effective information strategy in place to drive growth and provide value.

The ultra-competitive environment requires decision-makers to have access to relevant insights that only come about as a result of having a well-planned and executed information strategy in place.

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Decision Inc. acquires majority stake in UK-based Copperman Consulting

Decision Inc. acquires majority stake in UK-based Copperman Consulting

Decision Inc. has acquired a majority stake in Copperman Consulting, UK-based SAP EPM specialists. The move forms part of Decision Inc.’s global expansion strategy, using the strong foundation provided by Copperman to establish a foothold in the UK market. The shareholders of Copperman will convert their remaining equity into Decision Inc. Holdings equity to ensure a seamless alignment across the businesses.

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Supply Chain Faces Automation Disruption

Supply Chain Faces Automation Disruption

Even though automation can enable warehouses to support the same-day and next-day delivery expectations of customers, companies first need to have complete visibility of how their existing supply chain is structured. After all, they cannot embrace future innovation if they do not fully understand their starting position.

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Overcoming Financial Planning Challenges in Retail

Overcoming Financial Planning Challenges in Retail

South African retailers face numerous macro-economic, socio-economic, political, and operational challenges. In a world where finance departments are driving to be business partners inside the organisation, the ability to facilitate relevant operational and financial plans is as necessary as having products on the shelf. Understanding the strategic adjustments retailers are making in this environment reveal the changes finance teams must do to support the business.

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The Time has Come for Digital Transformation

The Time has Come for Digital Transformation

Using technology to drive business transformation is hardly a new thing. In fact, reducing paper and automating processes are goals many organisations share. Yet, change has been slow in coming with some decision-makers even resisting digitalisation. This needs to change if organisations are to unlock new insights from their data.

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