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Decision Inc. is One of the First to Achieve New Microsoft Solutions Partner Designations (for Data and AI and Business Applications)
24 Jan, 2023 | Decision Inc., a leading provider of business consulting and technology solutions, is one of the first African firms to achieve Microsoft Solutions Partner designations – receiving one for Data and AI and another one for Business Applications.
30 Nov, 2022 | The supply chain has changed. Digital transformation has shifted the ways in which companies and individuals engage along the supply chain across information shared, access to systems, and integrated experiences.
Now more than ever, marketers need to keep their finger on the pulse to stay ahead of the curve. In this article, our Senior Customer Engagement Consultant, Kevin Matos, shares the top 2023 marketing trends to help you create effective marketing strategies and generate leads successfully.
23 Nov, 2022 | The performance of an organisation’s sales team shouldn’t only be the concern of the sales manager. If there are inefficiencies in your sales operations, it will affect your entire business.
Save millions, avoid a data disaster, and accelerate your speed to business value by applying these five principles of a data governance framework. This strategic move will help you get the most value from your data while ensuring your competitive advantage.
Data has become one of an organisation’s biggest assets. But many businesses aren’t using their data well and it’s hurting their effectiveness and profitability. A recent Gartner Survey (2021) found that half of CEOs are concerned about the integrity of the data they are using to make critical business decisions.
Strategy without governance is nothing more than a wish list. Every day, businesses produce and collect massive amounts of data – more than ever before. This data is essential for making informed decisions, but it can only be used effectively if it’s properly governed. To ensure that your strategy is executed successfully, you need to put in place a data governance framework.
01 Nov, 2022 | How we approach work and how organisations view business fundamentals have irrevocably changed. Despite that, IT infrastructures must be kept secure regardless of how and from where employees are accessing systems. When it comes to Risk Management, resilience has become more of an enterprise priority than ever before.
27 Oct, 2022 | Today’s fast-paced business environment requires a centralised system capable of easily managing customer information and providing sales teams with the insights that are essential to make the best decisions as quickly as possible.
17 Oct, 2022 | South African companies need an effective data and analytics(D&A) strategy and operating model if they are to stay ahead of global competition.
Differentiate your customer experience and boost your sales management to get ahead of your competition
13 October, 2022 | In today’s connected world, those companies capable of creating a unique experience for their customers and exceeding their expectations, are the ones that differentiate themselves and set the bar for their competitors to follow.
06 Oct, 2022 | Even though the PwC forecast sees mining revenue growth globally, rising costs are putting pressure on margins. This has contributed to the market for mining materials reconfiguring in fundamental ways. For instance, the energy transition and the race to reach net-zero emissions are creating a surge in demand for critical minerals.
Decision Inc. Talent Lab ignites exceptional young talent in the technology sector with targeted skills development
21 July, 2022 | Decision Inc. South Africa recently celebrated our 2022 Talent Lab graduation, where we saw our 22 learners ready to take on the working world. Read the full press release.
30 June, 2022 | Allan Saffy, Managing Executive, Decision Inc. South Africa, looks at how the office of the CFO can help their organisations combat the rate of change they are experiencing in today’s current markets.
28 June, 2022 | Globally, employers are arming themselves for war. But this war is not taking place on a battlefield or in the trenches – it’s taking place in the boardroom. The critical scarcity of skills, in the era of ‘the great resignation’, has resulted in a battle for talent that has never been seen before.
23 June, 2022 | Companies need to ensure greater customer experiences by powering end-to-end customer engagements across the entire customer journey to stay ahead of the competition. The rise of varying technologies has caused many companies in the Business to Business(B2B) and Business to Consumer(B2C) sectors to transform many of their key processes. Not to mention the fact that the way in which consumers interact with brands has fundamentally changed.
15 June, 2022 | Customer engagement (CE) has become a commodity. It’s the definitive metric by which organisations are measured and defines customer loyalty and longevity.
24 May, 2022 | Digging into the evolution of the CFO’s role and how this can leverage value and growth for the organisation.
18 May, 2022 | Even though customer experience and customer service are inextricably linked, some differences see them operating separately as well. The former entails the entire journey from initial discovery to after the service is delivered. And the latter is a segment of the customer journey that contributes to the overall experience. So, what can organisations do to enhance both?
13 May, 2022 | Employee engagement is the cornerstone of success regardless of company size or industry sector. As far back as 2013, an HBR survey found that 71% of respondents ranked employee engagement as very important to achieving overall business success.
10 May, 2022 | As technology advances, we are able to collect and store more data than ever before. This data can be used to improve our understanding of what is happening in our businesses and how we can improve our performance.
28 April, 2022 | The hybrid working model will likely become the new standard operating model for many organisations in various industries. However, there are still significant concerns to address before its success.
21 April, 2022 | Decision Inc. was awarded the second runner up at the recent global SAP Hack2Build rapid prototyping initiative. As the only South African company invited to compete, Hack2Build highlighted how Decision Inc. is one of the worldwide solution innovators of SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC).
20 April, 2022 | While South African organisations have been incorporating robotic process automation (RPA) into their business processes and strategies, a significant gap has emerged between those embracing the technology and those still testing the waters.
31 March, 2022 | Gartner defines the concept of finance-first as one that allows for the organisation to transform its enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform with purpose.
29 March, 2022 | In today’s digital economy, the amount of data generated from operations and transactions is growing exponentially. This is driving more executives to prioritise investment in analytics and artificial intelligence.
29 March, 2022 | Mining is the cornerstone of South Africa’s economy. In FY2021 the sector contributed R985.3 billion to the country’s GDP while creating and/or sustaining roughly 2 300 000 direct and indirect jobs. It is thus essential to have digitally-driven health and safety solutions in place to keep the mines running optimally.
22 March, 2022 | More than ever, it is critical to model the financial impact of strategic projects in mining organisations. Being able to understand, in real-time, how a decision can impact the mine at an operational level and then analyse the cost per activity provides the foresight required to make the right decisions.
10 Mar, 2022 | According to the Gartner Annual Chief Data Officer Survey, by 2023, the ability to think and act differently in response to data will become essential to driving business value. Everyone in the organisation is a data user.
05 January, 2022 | For Decision Inc. South Africa, the year,2021, was an important milestone. Allan Saffy, Managing Executive, takes a look back at 2021 and how one of the most challenging years in recent history shaped the stratospheric growth and expansion of the company.
15 December, 2021 | Leader in information-driven transformation, Decision Inc. unpacks how the Cape Town office has performed in a challenging year that has redefined the company’s outlook and strategy.
07 Oct, 2021 | Some of the most successful transformation programmes succeed because the companies shift their focus to building a data-driven culture. They understand that alongside the investment in technology, they need to equip their people to think and act differently to leverage the opportunity of data and technology.
09 Sept, 2021 | Leader in information-driven transformation, technology consultancy Decision Inc., is looking for large numbers of talented people to join their team.
05 August, 2021 | Training and leadership development underpin the pursuit of progress at Decision Inc.. We recently celebrated the Leadership Development Programme’s class of 2021.
If ever there was a time to marshal all the tools and technology available to help you respond to change as it happens, that time is now. Today’s volatile marketplace calls for continuous planning— a proven approach where static, annual plans are replaced with a continually updated process. By monitoring actuals continuously, you can not only keep a close eye on organizational financial health, you also can identify trends and patterns and recommend course corrections when needed. That’s where scenario planning enters the picture.
30 June, 2021 | The retail industry is becoming more competitive by the day. Promotions can be an effective way to increase demand. But to do so optimally remains a challenge for businesses. Even if increased volume is positive, what really matters is the total profits compared to the discount – the return on investment (ROI).
Business Intelligence (BI) Projects are often marketed as ‘self-service’ and we see many organisations embracing Self-Service BI as the way to facilitate their analytics requirements. But there is a gap between Self-service BI and the underlying enterprise analytics platform that is needed to deliver it.
Board International and South African based global technology services provider, Decision Inc. announce partnership
09 June, 2021 | Board International, a leading software vendor of an all-in-one decision-making platform, has signed a partnership agreement with Decision Inc. a leader in information-driven transformation with a global presence across South Africa, UK, and Australia.
22 April, 2021 | Qlik Sense is the complete data analytics platform. It’s used by thousands of businesses like yours to deliver a new generation of analytics.
14 April, 2021 | The global move towards subscription-based models has seen numerous leading brands reshape their licensing offerings to match changing customer and market needs. Find out more.
14 April, 2021 | Cloud-based technology and innovation has given rise to inventive approaches to service and solution delivery. Qlik, a global leader in data analytics and data-driven solutions, has recently deployed an enterprise-grade Software-as-a-Service deployment that’s customisable, agile and highly scalable.
06 April, 2021 | Whether you consider a business-to-business or business-to-consumer company, much of its success comes down to how adept it is to build customer engagement and deliver a good experience.
09 March 2021 | Microsoft has announced the availability of Microsoft Power BI Premium Per User from 01 April 2021 – a move that’s set to have significant impact on organisations looking to fully unpack and leverage the value of data and analytics within the business.
04 March, 2021 | In a recent survey by Harvard Business Review, 80% of respondents said their organisations are struggling to become mature users of data and analytics. 55% of them named data silos and data management difficulties as the biggest challenges to their data and analytics strategies.
02 March, 2021 | Companies who stand still and do not actively find ways to progress in this digital era risk being left behind and ultimately becoming irrelevant. Now, more than ever, it’s important to build momentum by embracing the new.
Feb 24, 2021 | Decision Inc., a global leader in information-driven transformation, has become one of only four companies in South Africa to have achieved the Qlik Elite Partner Status, the highest tier available.
Feb 18, 2021 | Decision Inc., a global leader in information-driven transformation, has achieved Level 4 B-BBEE contributor status, an achievement that underscores Decision Inc.’s commitment to transformation and diversity.
15 Feb, 2021 | A picture speaks a thousand words. That’s what Power BI does to your data. It transforms one of your most valuable raw assets – your data – into rich visuals and analytics – that is easy to consume.
Feb 03, 2021 | Decision Inc., a global leader in information-driven transformation, has announced the appointment of Aiden Heke as the new Chief Executive Officer of Decision Inc. Australia.
Jan 11, 2021 |2020 will be remembered for a long time to come. Here in South Africa, the global pandemic has highlighted just how fragile our business ecosystem is. And for our economy to recover, it’s important that every company – regardless of sector – re-establishes stability and profitability.
Nov 17 2021 |The world is changing rapidly. Businesses need to make decisions at a faster and faster pace. And the job of gathering the required data to make these decisions usually lands at the feet of the CFO.
Oct 26 2020 |Instead of being once-a-year exercises, rolling forecasts happen on a regular cadence. Unlike budgets that may have hundreds or thousands of line items, they focus on key business drivers. And rather than focusing on the past, rolling forecasts act as early warning systems when you’ve drifted off course.
Oct 22 2020 | Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has been shown to improve efficiency, accuracy, and compliance for repetitive and rule-based processes. When RPA is combined with Artificial Intelligence (AI), it creates a range of new automation opportunities.
Republished Oct 20, 2020 | Gain Business Agility with Rolling Forecasts. Learn why rolling forecasts are the key to staying nimble. By keeping your forecasts aligned with reality, you will be better positioned to take advantage of new opportunities and navigate unexpected roadblocks.
Oct 14, 2020 | Decision Inc., a global leader in Digital Transformation, has appointed Rick Newbould as the new Managing Director of Decision Inc. United Kingdom with the objective of driving the group’s expansion strategy and harnessing new client opportunities in the United Kingdom and European markets.
Sept 17, 2020 | The manufacturing sector in South Africa forms 13% of the country’s GDP. The impact of COVID-19 has left it reeling, falling to an almost 40% decline over the past several months. . So, what is the way forward for manufacturing post Covid-19?
Republished Sept 03, 2020 |Take spreadsheets. You might spend time every month fixing broken links, reconciling data from multiple sources, or creating complex, custom sheets. Like many tried-and-true but outdated tools, spreadsheets may function effectively for these tasks—but efficiently and quickly? Not so much.
Decision Inc.’s New Managing Executive of South Africa – Global Vision, Same Dedication to our Customers Success
Sept 01, 2020 | Decision Inc., has announced that founder and CEO, Nicholas Bell, will be focusing fully on his role as Group CEO of Decision Inc. and handing the country leadership for South Africa to incoming Managing Executive, Allan Saffy.
Aug 27, 2020 | Artificial intelligence (AI) is not about replacing jobs but rather enhancing them. As the technology grows in sophistication, so too does its potential for business, but are companies open to embracing it as an enabler for growth?
Published Aug 08, 2020 in ITWeb Feature File | What does it mean, precisely, when human resources (HR) and the media talk about ‘workforce transformation’? Find out what industry experts have to say about this subject in the ITWeb Feature File Brainstorm.
Aug 12, 2020 | Gender equality in the workplace tends to be a very heated discussion. This usually overcompensates to either end of the spectrum. The constant competitive nature of this topic leaves a gap for growth, success, and collaboration.
Aug 04, 2020 | ABM Systems is rebranding as Decision Inc. Australia from 1 August 2020 transforming into a fully-fledged digital technology platform business. By fully embracing the Decision Inc. organisation, it can leverage the global expertise of the group.
Aug 03, 2020 | There’s a lot of talk these days about business agility. Yet it’s much more than just a trendy new business term to throw around at a networking lunch. Ask any C-suite executive if their organization could be more agile, and they will likely answer yes. But what does agility mean, and why does it matter?
July 22, 2020 | Even though Mandela Day is special every year, this was an especially unique one given the challenges that exist with the lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, it is important to reach out and foster community. Thanks to the unfailing support of our staff, the company has once again been able to make a difference and take that step to help others,” says Natalie Meikle-Braes, HR Manager at Decision Inc.
July 09. 2020 | The global coronavirus pandemic has impacted the supply chain industry in several ways, many that will change it forever.
It has been a year of complete and comprehensive change. The 2020 pandemic has altered the way people work and live. It has changed the ways in which different sectors approach business and growth.
June 23, 2020 | The new normal requires a different management approach to business. Simply returning to how things were done before will not be a sustainable approach in the future.
Even in adversity, there are opportunities to reposition an organisation that is willing to find more innovative ways of challenging the status quo.
June 09, 2020| Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Advanced Analytics have become hot buzzwords in the business world. But for many business analysts and business owners, they are nothing more than that – just words.
June 1 2020 |The current Coronavirus pandemic has caused many countries – such as UK, USA, Italy, Spain, Greece, and Germany, among others – to follow a lockdown approach. Globally, organisations are turning to virtual meeting tools in a bid to remain connected to their employees and to engage with their customers.
25 May, 2020 | At the beginning of March, few decision-makers could have anticipated the significant impact a lockdown would have on operations. Apart from the human tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic, this black swan event has resulted in great economic uncertainty requiring a massive repositioning of financial planning and analysis (FP&A) activity.
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?”
May 14, 2020 | Data and analytics fuel digital business and play a vital role in the future survival of organisations worldwide. This however means very little if employees are unable to assess the value of the data they have on hand, interpret it properly, and use it to drive better business outcomes, a core skill for digital business.
May 11, 2020 | User experience (UX) is fast becoming one of the most vital elements an organisation must incorporate into its product development cycle. One bad customer experience can easily result in lost business.
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.
Apr 23, 2020 | Decision Inc., a global technology services business with a core focus on data, digital, and performance intelligence, has launched an innovative Customer Engagement division that sees the company now providing clients with a complete suite of integrated solutions and services, spanning the entire customer journey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to master Digital Transformation: Real-world Transformation Studies to Guide Local Business Leaders.
Feb 12, 2020 | In the race to compete with digital disruptors, many businesses find themselves in a quandary, not convinced where to begin, what to digitise and how to come to grips with their data to deliver real business value in the form of ROI. This is according to Tony Bell, Sales and Marketing Director of information-driven transformation specialist, Decision Inc.
Feb 5, 2020 | In this final article examining the business advantages of an effective reporting strategy, the focus turns to measuring the success of a project. As part of this, attention must turn to the key elements required to make a project successful.
Republished Feb 3, 2020 | The Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality, the list goes on. These are considered important elements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that blurs the lines between physical, digital, and biological. Central to this lies data and analytics. So, how can African organisations benefit from this dynamic new environment?
Republished Feb 3, 2020 | The spreadsheet has become such a ubiquitous tool in finance that people hardly notice it anymore. But in a world where digital transformation requires different data approaches, does our reliance on this traditional solution pose a risk to business?
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.
Today’s Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) professionals face a unique set of challenges: increase revenue, minimise costs, and align with the overall business strategy. These goals come to the finance team from CFOs under pressure to provide accurate and timely reporting as well as insightful, intelligent analysis to support executive decision making.
Accessing data to deliver the insights required for effective decision-making is a fundamental business skill in the digital age. Underpinning this is a corporate reporting strategy that links the information needs of an organisation with the data and the calculations to measure success.
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.
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?
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.
While Robotic Process Automation, or RPA for short, does not give you a big green button that fixes all your problems, it does remove a lot of headaches that hold a business back.
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.
Decision Inc. has partnered with Certent, a provider of software and services for equity compensation and financial disclosure management and reporting, to enable the global leader in information-driven transformation to further strengthen its financial planning and analysis (FP&A) value proposition for organisations looking to improve their compliance levels.
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.
Decision Inc., a global leader in information-driven transformation and leading Microsoft Gold Partner, has partnered with Automation Anywhere, a global leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA).
Microsoft Gold Partner Decision Inc. discusses the benefits of upgrading from Microsoft AX 2012 to the more agile Dynamics 365 platform.
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.
Every entrepreneur should be able to tell the difference between hype and reality when it comes to business investment.
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.
Today the issue is how best to embrace digital technology and digitise all business processes in order to stay abreast of the rapid and unrelenting changes.
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.
Entrepreneurial spirit isn’t like instant coffee. Want to know what skills can help you build confidence and your business? Here are seven…
BLOG Decision Inc. to Highlight Real-Time Innovation at Saphila 2019Allan Saffy, Executive: Financial Planning & Analysis, Decision Inc.Decision Inc. is proud to be sponsoring the upcoming Saphila 2019 conference taking place at Sun City from June 10 to 11. This...
No organisation is immune to Digital Transformation, and those that think they are will undoubtedly face a future filled with uncertainty.
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?
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.
On Wednesday 6th March 2019, Microsoft South Africa launched its Azure cloud data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Decision Inc. believes that this heralds an exciting new time for the cloud market, not only in the country but the rest of the African continent.
Quality interactions and ethics are a priority for consumers in 2019, and this will shape how companies design solutions, deliver services and communicate.
Entrepreneurial spirit isn’t like instant coffee. Want to know what skills can help you build confidence and your business? Here are seven…
Jan 25, 2019 | Real time data is critical to any finance based organisation, and a QlikView implementation can result in a significant improvement in reporting efficiency
Real time data is critical to any finance based organisation, and a QlikView implementation can result in a significant improvement in reporting efficiency
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.
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.
Data has permeated every facet of an organisation. Without it, no business can succeed in a real-time digital environment. Of course, data itself is just one piece of the puzzle. Perhaps more critically important is how to effectively adopt it inside the business.
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.
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.
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.
The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer found that only 37% of those who responded felt that the CEO was credible and only 48% thought employees were trustworthy.
Decision Inc. has been working closely with Mother of Peace, a non-profit organisation that provides a home to more than 25 orphaned and abandoned children.
The importance of data in the digital society cannot be underestimated. Companies need to constantly review, analyse, and interrogate the data they have at their disposal to enable better decision-making as well as improved solution development.
BLOG | DIGITAL TRANSFORMATIONDigital Transformation Needs a Business-Focused ApproachDesmond Struwig, Executive: Intelligent Operations, Decision Inc. Discussions around digital transformation in South Africa are putting companies across industry sectors under...
Following a period of collaboration, Satsumas will merge its business operations with Decision Inc.’s Australian company, ABM Systems. ABM Systems are specialists in helping clients improve business performance through analytical solutions. Decision Inc. is a global Data, Digital and Performance Intelligence business.
Data has been the gold of the digitalised organisation for many years, but with its potential has come pitfalls and complexities that few solutions have set out to solve. The lakes and pools of data that lie within the business remain a resource that can be tapped to fine tune productivity and potential, but there is a need to build more stable and robust solutions that aren’t just ticked boxes on a data to do list.
Every other headline and insight demands that you become the ultimate sword in the disruption battle, but the real focus should be on determination.
If you want the multi-million dollar business price tag, you’d better be ready to work for it. Turning your idea into a multi-million-dollar business before you hit 30 may sound impossible, but with the right attitude and commitment it’s just a long-term goal that you can achieve with the right mindset.
Here are three powerful habits that will help you stay focused, define your entrepreneurial attitude and take your business from zero to hero.
BLOG 8 Reasons Why Failure and Focus are Essential to Business Success Decision Inc. There are two Fs that define the long-term and sustainable success of your business – Failure and Focus. There is an event that runs globally across countries such as the United...
The world we live in today is changing at an unprecedented rate. Technology innovation and globalization is more than ever providing organizations with the ability to become global businesses ..
The three questions every organisation should be asking – read the latest edition of Brainstorm
The explosive growth of big data means companies can gain greater insights across the entire organisation. Thanks to the real-time nature of the digital world, decision-makers can more dynamically react to market conditions than in the past. A vital tool, which helps unpack the potential in this environment, is the Information Landscape Audit (ILA).
The past few months have put South African organisations under pressure, forced to prove their mettle against relentless economic and political turbulence. Uncertainty hovered as dark as any summer storm over the country as it waited for the results of the ANC elective conference In December, but the results have seen some sun part the clouds.
Decision Inc., an information strategy and technology consulting organisation, was awarded SA Qlik Partner of the Year 2017 for the second year in a row at the prestigious Qlik Partner Awards event on 06 February 2018. The award highlights the company’s impressive...
Read about the top Business Intelligence trends for 2018.
By Tony Bell, director of sales at Decision Inc. Insurers have many bespoke solutions to meet the diverse requirements of their customer base. To develop these, they utilise systems such as enterprise resource planning and broker and claims management to pull data...
By Lindy Muller, SAP BPC business unit manager at Decision Inc. With increasing corporate interest in digital transformation initiatives, enterprise performance management focused around financial planning and consolidation is experiencing a resurgence. While it is a...
Decision Inc. has announced its merger with South African-based software solutions provider Resolve Immix. The merger will integrate Immix’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relations Management (CRM) experience alongside Decision Inc.’s Information...
By Rousseau Kluever, Business Manager, Decision Inc. The adoption of Business Intelligence is as inescapable as cloud and Big Data, and as inextricably intertwined. Organisations which have adopted the technology early have seen significant competitive advantages....
In the current environment of global competition, sub-optimal growth, technology disruption, and political uncertainty, South African companies are finding it challenging to put an effective business strategy in place. But what can be done …
Decision Inc. is proud to introduce Alistair Maxwell as the Business Manager of its new Strategic Consulting division. He will be instrumental in enhancing the company’s reputation in strategic data and information analysis, adding greater strategic value to clients....
Wilhelm Greeff, business manager for business productivity solutions at Decision Inc. Data has become a mission-critical asset with companies investing significantly in analytics platforms to derive value from it. However, this often sees ECM fall by the wayside and...
Decision Inc., a solutions-driven organisation, has been working with Lombard Insurance to increase productivity and efficiency across various departments within the organisation. A recent Adaptive Insights implementation saw the company deliver complete integration...
The leadership team should be on the front line, says Decision Inc.’s Nick Bell. Posted by CFO South Africa.
In the digital economy, business productivity solutions (BPS) have become essential to running an effective organisation. While various industries (like banking, supply chain, and FMCG) have readily embraced automation of their business processes, others (such as mining) are still very much pen-and-paper driven.
By Hein Taljaard, engagement lead for business productivity solutions at Decision Inc. Business productivity solutions have evolved significantly in recent years. Even in South Africa, workflow is taken more seriously than in the past when the cost and effort did not...
Decision Inc. confirms its international expansion strategy with the acquisition of ABM Systems, a leading business intelligence and performance management company in Australia. “Part of our five-year strategy was the expansion of the business into other markets. We...
Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated as an opportunity for people and organisations to give back to their communities, to change lives and make a difference. Decision Inc. believes that the day, and the man it represents, are incredibly important to the...
Angela Ho interviews Nick Bell, CEO at Decision Inc. on the global show of My Big Startup. Click here to download the interview: Nick Bell Interview - Part 1 Nick Bell Interview - Part 2</a Nick Bell Interview - Part 3</a Nick Bell Interview - Part...
Decision Inc., a management and technology consulting organisation, confirms its commitment to innovative business solutions by exhibiting and presenting at the 2017 Share Conference. Desmond Struwig, Executive Head: Digital, will be speaking on mobilising business...
Decision Inc. has once again gone through our annual strategic review and realignment in order to provide better service to our clients. Through this process we review the trends and the insights that are shaping information and analytics across the globe as well as...
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Digital technology has driven changes in all aspects of business. Most notably, technology advancements have vastly improved the ability for employees to access information and to collaborate more effectively within the enterprise. Desmond Struwig, General Manager for Digital at Decision Inc, takes a closer look.
Nick Bell, CEO of Decision Inc. shares how he realised his goal of reaching the figure of a R100 million turnover by the age of 30.
Every year, businesses are presented with the same conundrum – how to use limited resources to generate sustainable long-term value. Decision Inc. believes that digital strategy plays a pivotal role in enabling organisations to achieve maximum returns from their...
If we compare the nine players from 2007 who are still in this years’ league, (admittedly some arrayed in their new kit), the following patterns emerge – five move down to a lower division, one moves down in the same division, and three move up, with Microsoft showing the biggest gain.
Allan Saffy, Director EPM Solutions at Decision Inc. unwraps why Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) is an essential tool for the successful CFO Consistent, profitable growth – these are the words which define one of the biggest challenges facing the enterprise...
Decision Inc., an information strategy and technology consulting organisation, was awarded Qlik Partner of the Year 2016 at the Qlik Southern Africa Summit on 2 Feb 2017. Decision Inc.’s revenue generation for Qlik solutions exceeded that of the nearest partner by an impressive 26%, highlighting the success of the companies proposition to clients to develop dynamic solutions within the Qlik platform.
Decision Inc., a management and technology consulting organisation, is one of the largest Qlik partners in South Africa. Qlik implementations focus on driving value, and support strategic and operational initiatives through process improvement, technology innovation and talent enablement. The Qlik Summit is aimed at promoting knowledge sharing that enables connecting, learning and collaborating on the Qlik technology platform.
For many organisations, 2016 was a galvanising year. It was perhaps one of the most volatile in decades in terms of geopolitics, finance and social change and it triggered shifts in market and technology which are likely to be felt far beyond 2017. Business Intelligence (BI) has not been exempt from these movements and traditional BI based solutions have had to evolve in order to continue leading the way when it comes to what businesses can achieve in 2017.
There will be substantial shifts in data platform technologies and methodologies over the next few years. A number of trends are set to change the data landscape, with significant impact on organisations.
The year 2016 saw an increasingly large number of businesses putting their data (and trust) into the cloud. Cloud analytics proved to be an agile and highly accessible platform to its users. Cloud analytics facilitates intelligence as a service, allowing for low cost subscription-based services at price points that are difficult to match with traditional on premise platforms. This allows Business Intelligence (BI) to reach a larger audience than before, empowering its user base through information and transparency.
Lesrick Nayager is the new Chief Finance Officer (CFO) for Decision Inc., and he is bringing with him years of experience, plenty of passion and a clear commitment to long term growth of the Decision Inc. Group.
Decision Inc., a management and technology consulting organisation, recognises the importance of harnessing the explosive potential of the digital economy. An online presence, a keen understanding of multiple channels, audience and content, as well as a strong focus on innovation forms the foundation of the digital realm. Decision Inc.
BARC BI Survey 2016 - Qlik Summary The BI Survey 16, conducted by the Business Application Research Center (BARC), is the world's largest independent survey of BI end users. The BI Survey 16 – now in its sixteenth year – is based on findings from a global survey...
White paper: Putting data on the balance sheet by the Decision Inc. Data Management Team Data is an intangible concept. It can’t be held, but it can be harnessed. It can’t be touched, but if it is handled well it becomes an asset. For the organisation which...
Decision Inc., developer of strategic business decision making solutions and technologies, has introduced South African Enterprise Development (SAED) (Pty) Ltd (“SAED”) as an investor as part of its long term strategic vision of international expansion, national growth and the development of even more dynamic client solutions.
The position of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) has undergone tremendous scrutiny over the past few years. The role in and of itself – is it of value, should it be rebranded, what are its long term prospects and the relationship with the Chief Information Officer (CIO)?
Case study: Decision Inc. Uses Microsoft SharePoint to Revolutionise Aspen Pharmacare’s Launch Management System
Aspen Pharmacare has implemented a Launch Management System to manage the process whereby a new drug is introduced into the market. Implemented by Microsoft partner Decision Inc., the system has greatly improved data integrity, allowing for seamless workflow and tighter document control. Ultimately, the system will assist Aspen with its Six Sigma approach.
Nelson Mandela International Day recognises the birth date of a hero, a man whose work has changed the lives of millions and whose ideology is upheld by this day and what it stands for. The goal of Mandela Day is to change the world for the better, to take action and...
Decision Inc. Forms Ground Breaking African Partnership with Adaptive Insights In a move to transform business performance, budgeting and planning capabilities for medium sized organisations, Decision Inc. has developed a local alliance with international organisation...
For any organisation functioning in the modern world, data has become the ultimate weapon of mass engagement. It can transform production, product design, customer relationships and that very clichéd, yet consistently essential, bottom line. Analysing and interpreting data and managing data sets and predictive analytics has become an art form, one which Decision Inc. has recognised as valuable to clients and in need of a transformation from complex to a cinch.
Decision Inc. achieves Gold status for Data Analytics with Microsoft Decision Inc., an information advisory and execution organisation, has been awarded Microsoft Gold Partner status for Data Analytics. This achievement is a testament to the organisation’s commitment...
SAPICS 2016: Stand and deliver As a leader in providing information advisory and execution solutions to supply chain organisations in South Africa, Decision Inc. is proud to announce our association with SAPICS 2016, the premier annual event for supply chain...
Decision Inc. is proud to announce the creation of a new Digital business unit, to complement the already diverse set of services that the company provides to clients. “The world of digital and digital transformation is something that has the potential to impact and improve every type of business.” Says Nick Bell, CEO of Decision Inc. “As a strategic partner to our clients we saw it as a key area of importance to expand into, so that we can continue to support and provide them with information advisory and execution services.”
Decision Inc., an information advisory, execution and enablement firm, has designed a document management accelerator specifically tailored for the intense regulatory demands of the mining industry. The Accelerator represents a substantial step forward for governance and control, assisting in mitigating the risk of non-compliance with legislated policies and procedures. Non-compliance exposes mining organisations and their management to potential legal, financial and even criminal liability.
Decision Inc. Transforms Data Analytics for Risk Benefit Solutions RBS, one of the leading financial services advisory firms in southern Africa, has rolled out a QlikView based analytics solution with partner Decision Inc. The solution has given the organisation...
Decision Inc. has crafted a preconfigured business planning and consolidation (BPC) software and service package designed to meet the unique requirements of the manufacturing sector. The SAP Certified BPC Manufacturing Accelerator simplifies approaches that are often complex and time consuming through the use of globally recognised best practice and industry-leading technology.
Tracker South Africa has transformed their website with Microsoft Gold Content and Collaboration partners, Decision Inc. Using the Microsoft SharePoint platform, the usability and manageability of the site has been significantly enhanced.
Decision Inc. has developed an industry-leading Mining Accelerator that delivers improved planning, budgeting and reporting functions alongside streamlined capabilities and productivity, specifically tailored for the mining sector. The solution provides an end-to-end...
Decision Inc., a solutions-based technology organisation with an impressive client line-up, has just been awarded Microsoft Gold partner status for Data Analytics, adding to the existing gold partnership for Content and Collaboration. The new status confirms Decision...
Platforms, Q3 2015 Access the Full Report Report Summary Forrester finds Nine Leading Vendors and Four Strong Competitors in the Agile BI area. Products including Microsoft, SAP, Qlik, MicroStrategy, TIBCO Software, SAS, GoodData, Oracle, and Tableau Software lead...
Picture: Henri Fourie, general manager for Content and Collaboration at Decision Inc. PUBLICATION: ITWEB DATE: 13 OCTOBER 2015 Rosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), has increased by 30% its online applications for...
photo credit: Danny Care on a dart via photopin (license) Decision Inc. has supplied a new statistical analysis company called Rugby Analytics with the QlikView data analysis and reporting solution. Rugby Analytics is using the solution to provide a unique rugby...
Decision Inc. has announced the release of its Performance Accelerators, a set of pre-built analytics and business models that are designed to provide companies with the means to improve the efficiency and usability of their business intelligence software. From a...
Assisted by Qlik partner Decision Inc., City Property has integrated QlikView into the finance team’s reporting structure. Access to near real time data is critical to any finance based organisation, and the implementation has resulted in a significant improvement in reporting efficiency.
In the spirit of Mandela Day, Decision Inc. and its staff donated handmade blankets, as well as a cash donation, to Oliver’s Village in Benoni. Oliver’s Village is a unique provider of social services, focussing on the creation of a self-contained, self-sustaining...
Decision Inc. has tailored a Microsoft SharePoint-based system to enable the Tsogo Sun group to more effectively process and manage travel agent invoices, significantly reducing debtor days.
Decision Inc. has acquired a majority shareholding in CQS Performance Solutions, one of the leading SAP budget, planning, and consolidation partners in Africa.
In just a few weeks’ time, Decision Inc. manager Andrew Espin will be competing in the epic Ecuador leg which is the Roving Race of the global 4Deserts series. His preparations are nearing completion for this gruelling self-supported foot race he is using as a...
At the upcoming Share Conference taking place from June 22 to 24 in Johannesburg, Decision Inc. will be showcasing how an organisation can turn SharePoint into the central nervous system of an organisation. This business-centric event is focused on assisting companies...
Decision Inc. has implemented the QlikView analytics solution at Metorex to enable the mining group to complete its monthly reports more efficiently and timeously. Metorex, an established mid-tier mining Group, is uniquely positioned in the southern African base...
Quick Q & A of Paul Morgan, Director and General Manager: Platforms at Decision Inc. What are the latest trends you are witnessing in your line of business? We are seeing a significant growth in interest in mobility. From analytics to business applications, users...
BLOG | Qlik Qlik unlocks BI Value for UK Consultancy - Decision Inc. Tony Bell, Sales and Marketing Director, Decision Inc.UK-based SAP business planning and consolidation specialist Copperman Consulting is using the Qlik open data analytics platform to provide...