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Hiring for Potential in the War for Talent

Hiring for Potential in the War for Talent

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.

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Customer Experience: The Competitive Advantage for Business Today

Customer Experience: The Competitive Advantage for Business Today

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.

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4 Tips to Understanding Your Customers Better

4 Tips to Understanding Your Customers Better

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?

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Global Recognition for Decision Inc. at SAP Hackathon

Global Recognition for Decision Inc. at SAP Hackathon

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).

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Decision Inc.: A year in review

Decision Inc.: A year in review

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.

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Building a data driven culture

Building a data driven culture

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.

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Why scenario planning gives your business a crystal ball

Why scenario planning gives your business a crystal ball

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.

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Supercharge your analytics project

Supercharge your analytics project

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.

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Leveraging AI in the Business

Leveraging AI in the Business

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?

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Put the Left Foot in, Shake it All About

Put the Left Foot in, Shake it All About

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.

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Decision Inc. Fosters Community this Mandela Day

Decision Inc. Fosters Community this Mandela Day

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.

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The Changing Face of the Supply Chain

The Changing Face of the Supply Chain

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.

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Overcoming Lockdown with a Data-Driven Approach

Overcoming Lockdown with a Data-Driven Approach

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.

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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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Embracing the Science of Data

Embracing the Science of Data

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.

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Implementing Data Driven Solutions

Implementing Data Driven Solutions

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.

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5 Steps To A Multi-million Dollar Business Before 30

5 Steps To A Multi-million Dollar Business Before 30

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.

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Benefitting from an Information Landscape Audit

Benefitting from an Information Landscape Audit

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).

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Finding business fitness in 2018

Finding business fitness in 2018

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.

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Data still the biggest obstacle in insurance

Data still the biggest obstacle in insurance

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...

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Embracing a changing enterprise environment

Embracing a changing enterprise environment

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...

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Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

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 …

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Decision Inc. Appoints Head of Strategic Consulting

Decision Inc. Appoints Head of Strategic Consulting

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....

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Adoption of BPS needs to grow across industries

Adoption of BPS needs to grow across industries

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.

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A new way of looking at business productivity

A new way of looking at business productivity

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...

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My Big Startup Interview with Nick Bell

My Big Startup Interview with Nick Bell

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...

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Decision Inc. Strategy Review

Decision Inc. Strategy Review

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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Making the Shift – Great Budgeting & Planning

Making the Shift – Great Budgeting & Planning

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Technology driving business collaboration

Technology driving business collaboration

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.

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Driving success with EPM

Driving success with EPM

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...

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Decision Inc. awarded Qlik Partner of the Year 2016

Decision Inc. awarded Qlik Partner of the Year 2016

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.

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Decision Inc. proud partner of the Qlik Southern Africa Summit 2017

Decision Inc. proud partner of the Qlik Southern Africa Summit 2017

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.

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Decision Inc.’s Gavin Sheehan predicts the trends which will define 2017

Decision Inc.’s Gavin Sheehan predicts the trends which will define 2017

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.

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Business Intelligence: What’s Next?

Business Intelligence: What’s Next?

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.

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Finance just got smarter

Finance just got smarter

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.

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Decision Inc. unleashes potential with new online presence

Decision Inc. unleashes potential with new online presence

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.

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BI Survey 2016 BARC

BI Survey 2016 BARC

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...

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Putting data on the balance sheet to drive value

Putting data on the balance sheet to drive value

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...

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Chief Marketing Officer: Ally or Rival?

Chief Marketing Officer: Ally or Rival?

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)?

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Decision Inc. takes a moment for Mandela Day

Decision Inc. takes a moment for Mandela Day

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...

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Abducting the Algorithm: Decision Inc. Partners with Alteryx

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.

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SAPICS 2016: Stand and deliver

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...

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Decision Inc. Launches New Digital Business

Decision Inc. Launches New Digital Business

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.”

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Decision Inc. Helps Mining Organisations Manage Risk

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.

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Decision Inc. Announces Unique Planning Solution for Manufacturing

Decision Inc. Announces Unique Planning Solution for Manufacturing

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.

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The Forrester Wave™: Agile Business Intelligence

The Forrester Wave™: Agile Business Intelligence

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...

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City Property enhances reporting with Decision Inc.

City Property enhances reporting with Decision Inc.

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.

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Unlock business value from SharePoint

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...

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Decision Inc. enhances Metorex reporting

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...

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Quick Q&A of Paul Morgan

Quick Q&A of Paul Morgan

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...

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Qlik unlocks BI value for UK consultancy

Qlik unlocks BI value for UK consultancy

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...

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