On Tuesday 16 July, C-level executives and analysts operating within Africa’s ICT market attended the ITNewsAfrica ICT Business Breakfast, sponsored by Yellowfin, at the Hyatt Regency in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The exclusive by-invitation only event, themed Business Intelligence: 2013 & Beyond, offered delegates and guest speakers the opportunity to discuss the relevance of Business Intelligence in businesses across Africa, particularly in terms of the application of technology to optimise processes.
It was chaired by Chose Choeu, MD, Corporate Affairs at Eskom & President of the Information Technology Association (ITA).
He presided over the session and managed the list of guest speakers including Glen Rabie, CEO and joint founder of Yellowfin; Nathan Williams, CIO, Mine Worker’s Provident Fund; and Dr. Liam Terblanche, CIO at Accsys.
Presenters covered several key issues for discussion, such as the future of BI & Analytics, the effects of bad data on business intelligence projects and affordable business intelligence – pipe dream.
From the discussion it was clear that whilst there is no doubt about the relevance of Business Intelligence and analytics to businesses going forward, there is still a great deal of awareness needed about pre-requisites required to make BI truly work.