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#Euro2016 – Analytics driving performance to new levels

N matches and counting… it’s that time of year again when the football fever brings nations together, touching the hearts of its citizens and excitement takes over our daily lives for an entire month…!

Will a proven strategy along with passion, skill, endurance, training and preparation with the right players, a seasoned coach who can bring in-game intuition into play and perhaps a bit of luck be enough to determine the winner? While these are all the right ingredients, teams need to be able to differentiate in this high stakes business to score big.

Just like in the business world, sports is rapidly changing. Relying on outdated, offline and disparate systems, pre- and post-event analysis is no longer sufficient to win. Also in sports, where fractions of seconds can make a difference, digital transformation is taking hold. Enhancing player preparation, optimizing training drills, real-time, in-game challenger analysis and even penalty shootout predictions requires real-time data and analytics to be delivered to coaches throughout all phases of a tournament.

It is therefore no surprise that the German football team has once again teamed up with SAP to drive innovation and provide it the winning advantage with SAP’s in-memory big data platform delivered to coaches and players on mobile devices. But not only in football or in tournaments of this size are analytics (aka “sabermetrics”) taking hold. Data driven sports performance and analytics solutions are being implemented in leading clubs and sports academies across the world. Clariba, as the #1SAP Analytics partner in MENA has recently engaged with the leading sports academy in the MENA region to do just that – delivering the platform for winning athletes! Stay tuned for an update…

For now, back to exciting games at Euro 2016 - may the best team win!

Marc
#BeClariba

PS: Interesting read - http://bit.ly/24NEw81

Top 3 tips for CFOs on how to tackle a business intelligence strategy

The largest CFO Networking Group in Middle East called MECA held an Innovation Summit around Business Intelligence (BI) in Dubai this month. The summit provided participants with an excellent overview of the opportunity that BI can bring to any organisation and how the CFO can make a difference.

 I had the pleasure of being a panelist on ”What NOT to do with BI: Practical insights to improve your chances of a successful BI implementation”. Here are my top 3 tips from the panel discussion for any CFO who is looking to implement a BI strategy.

Business Intelligence for SMEs - faster time to value and more affordable than ever

Given the fierce competition and the ever-soaring demands of customers, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) today need to invest in having BI capabilities to stay relevant and meet these demands. Yet, with scarce resources available, the alignment of business and IT is vital to ensure success, and new options for hosted BI solutions freeing up cash flow are attractive options for SMEs.

It’s definitely a different world 13 years later – My takeaways on Analytics Center of Excellence from the Gartner BI Summit in London.

Thirteen years after my first Gartner BI Summit, the summit in London a week ago was a walk through memory lane. Yes, the technical innovations, trends and challenges that were being discussed were miles ahead of where we were back in 2001. But then again, despite big data, flashy, mobile-enabled dashboards and the ever-growing data discovery solutions, companies must be prepared to optimally leverage these innovations to be able to remain competitive and effective in their approach to business analytics. What use is the most flexible data discovery tool if there is no data governance, no common defined KPIs and untrained users who don’t know what patterns to look for? The lack of skilled resources, the role of data scientists, and the improved self-service capabilities of the solutions in the market place call for strategy that must not be departmentally driven, but central to an integral part of the overall corporate strategy. In my eyes, it was therefore a Must to attend the session on “BICC2.0 or Analytics Center of Excellence” by Neil Chandler. While the overall theme is still very much the same as in 2001 when I first came in contact with this topic, a growing number of organizations have started adopting a BI Competency Center (BICC). And, the results are in: In addition to more BI users and higher business user satisfaction, organizations with a BICC report significantly higher budgets for analytics, their innovation roadmap is more aligned to current trends (advanced analytics, in-memory, etc.), and their attention to business process improvements is 50% higher in the organization. Gartner’s annual BI Excellence Survey has shown a clear correlation between organizations with a BICC and their BI excellence. Furthermore, Gartner sees an increasing shift of alignment to the CFO that has shown to be more transformative.

But, “one size does not fit all” and the most effective approach will depend on the specifics of the organization, the technical capabilities, available skill sets and businesses processes. One thing is clear; within our hyper-connected world where technology innovation is driving new business models, eradicating business models of the past, every organization must embrace analytics as a central part of its strategy and organize effectively to ensure it stays ahead of the game. Where is your company when it comes to organizing for effective, agile business analytics to lead the market?

Marc Haberland

Marc Haberland is the Managing Director of Clariba. Marc has more than 15 years experience in Business Intelligence (BI), analytics, strategy management and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) across telecommunication, education, healthcare, manufacturing, banking and public sectors. Marc leads a team of 30+ BI and analytics experts who deliver innovative, reliable and high-quality business analytics solutions, providing its customers with clarity and actionable insight to improve their business performance.

As an industry thought leader, Marc shares his insights on hot topics and trends through various speaker engagements, publications, discussion groups and his company blog.

 

 

 

 

What top BI and analytics trends and predictions in 2014 to watch out for?

BI and data analytics are hitting the top trend and prediction lists in 2014 and beyond. We have highlighted our top 4 analytics trends from these lists.

Many online publications and analysts have recently published their top technology trends and predictions in 2014 and business intelligence, big data and data analytics are topping the list.  They are singing to the same tune as us! I recently wrote an article called Analytics Like Never Before and I shared my insights on the trends of data analytics in the Gulf region and I predicted that the revolutionary wave that is currently happening in the BI and analytics market will not stop. The winners shall be those organisations that seize the opportunity to re-imagine their business to drive competitiveness and profitability.

Here’s our top four BI and analytics trends to take note:

1. The business takes ownership of process and intelligence.

Forbes.com summarized Forrester’s list: Technology Trends To Watch: 2014 To 2016 and the number 4 trend is The business takes ownership of process and intelligence. In the list, Forrester highlights that IT is losing its control over business intelligence platforms, tools, and applications often due to IT’s inability to operate at the increased pace of the business.

2. Businesses get proactive by leveraging customer data.

CIO.com lists 12 Big Data Predictions for 2014 and looks at 12 ways the technology and the market will evolve in the coming year and we have highlighted number 4: Businesses get proactive by leveraging customer data. Cio.com states, “Companies are going to get serious about leveraging the digital breadcrumb trail customers leave as they interact with products and services online, according to Gainsight. To get there, data analytics have to drive beyond the BI team to provide business value throughout the company. ” We already see companies such as Spinney’s, a large supermarket retail chain in Dubai, unleashing the power of their customer data. Read more about Spinney’s.

3. Big data and analytics get real.

Baselinemag.com published their perspective on the 6 Top Tech Trends to Watch in 2014. They stated, “the (data analytics) technology is now advancing at a rapid pace and, thanks in part to clouds, better ways to extract data and next-gen analytics tools, organizations are able to transform a growing mountain of data (including unstructured data) into knowledge.”

4. Only 40% of CIOs will rise to produce business-enhancing insights from big data and analytics.

International Data Corporation (IDC) hosted a webinar “IDC 2014 Predictions: CIO Agenda - Embracing 3rd Platform Leadership Challenges as IT Transitions from Technology to Service Delivery”, highlighting the top 10 market predictions for the year ahead. And big data and analytics made the list at number 2: Before 2017, only 40% of CIOs will rise to produce business-enhancing insights from big data and analytics. To read and replay the webinar, go here.

“Analytics like never before” is a theme used by a BI expert, Timo Elliott. I couldn’t agree more and we will see it take off in 2014 and beyond. Happy New Year!

 

Marc Haberland is the Managing Director of Clariba. Marc has more than 15 years experience in Business Intelligence (BI), analytics, strategy management and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) across telecommunication, education, healthcare, manufacturing, banking and public sectors. Marc leads a team of 30+ BI and analytics experts who deliver innovative, reliable and high-quality business analytics solutions, providing its customers with clarity and actionable insight to improve their business performance.

As an industry thought leader, Marc shares his insights on hot topics and trends through various speaker engagements, publications, discussion groups and his company blog.

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