Transforming the business into a data centric organisation through an Advanced Analytics and Big Data solution – our ACH Group case study

An Advanced Analytics and Big Data solution allows for the acquisition, aggregation and blending of large volumes of data often derived from multiple disparate sources. Incorporating IoT, smart devices and predictive analytics into the solution. Our ACH Group case study shows how how a clever data platfrom architecture and design facilitates transformation into a data…

Get more from your Retail data with Predictive Analytics

This case study showcases our solution that allows Sales and Marketing to match customers to the products they are most likely to buy through predictive analytics. This case study is just as relevant today as it was just shy of one year ago when we created it. Combining this solution with Cognitive Intelligence such as facial recognition…

Cognitive Intelligence meets Advanced Analytics

Acquiring knowledge of anonymous customers through Cognitive Intelligence is the next generation customer based Business Intelligence. Human behaviour and characteristics such as speech, demographics and emotion can now be expressed digitally and blended that with Advanced Analytics.  Exposé apply this across a number of different use cases as shown in the video.   Or navigate…

Old faithful is renewed – welcome to Cubes as a Service

Analysis Services (as a) Service For BI professionals, the main component used to provide a rich business-friendly enterprise information layer to non-technical users at scale was SQL Server Analysis Services (Power BI models achieves the same, but is limited by scale). One major downside of Analysis Services was its requirement to be on premise (with…

From watercooler discussion to corporate Data Analytics in record time

For those who have been involved in conventional Business Intelligence projects you will be all too familiar with the likely contiguous chain of events and the likely outcome. It typically goes something like this: The idea is incubated by someone (very often this would be within ICT), a business case for a project is written,…

Connecting to Big Data Clusters from Excel

Connecting to big data clusters from Excel is now relatively simple. But those who have tried would have noticed multiple ways to achieve what seems to be the same thing. This article aims to clear these muddy waters a bit. I am using Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus (Excel 2013) updated to 15.0.4719.1002 Power Query…

Power BI and Microsoft Azure – what’s all the fuss about?

This blog provides a journey starting with Excel and its promotion to BI, it moves on to Power BI version 2 and concludes with a much larger Azure analytical story. Let’s start this journey with some topical statistics. US$97bn the projected annual dollar spend on BI services by 2016. Good 19% the percentage annual growth…