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From KDD to Decision Science: what’s in a term?

Very few technologies have evolved as rapidly and drastically as artificial intelligence and analytics, in all its forms and shapes. Also, very few technologies have been hyped as much in the last...

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Galapagos, Prayon and FPS Finances win a SAS Analytics in Action award; LACO receives the Partner Award

Out of several successful projects, SAS selected three winners to receive an award at the SAS Curiosity Forum. They each have transformed important processes in their organisation thanks to new...

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Geeks of the world: unite!

How to go from image data to a fully working web application driven by an image classification model.

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Co.Station: from real estate to innovation stimulator

One of the viewpoints we have selected for a separate track on our Curiosity Forum is Financial Services. And, as curiosity is mostly stimulated by challenging points of view, this track will be...

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How data management and digitization will make government services more efficient

We face a lot of societal challenges. One of them is the digital transformation of society. Governments, cities, towns, and the entire public sector are well-aware of the fact that services should...

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Don’t miss the Curiosity Forum

It is in our nature to be curious. To discover and explore. Every day, new discoveries and innovations push our world forward and make our life better. Innovation is sparked by our continuous...

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Why privacy will not kill innovation

Due to popular demand, Jan Leyers’ high-profile program on the Belgian tv channel Canvas, has returned to the screen after ten years of radio silence. Well, television silence, to be correct. I felt...

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Digitalization is a state of mind

Being cast as a SAS keynote speaker is a great honour, being cast on an event called Curiosity forum is a great delight. My entire keynote is dedicated to the idea of curiosity driving innovation....

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Philosophy can help you innovate. Here's how.

Philosophy is often called the ultimate form of curiosity: keep asking ‘why’ until you get to the core of things. Centuries ago, Socrates was executed for this. But Anders Indset, one of the...

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Hélène Ernotte

Hélène Ernotte

One of SAS’ credos is Creating Chances. And you might say Hélène Ernotte is the embodiment of that credo and ambition. The company’s HR Manager started as a Junior Recruiter at Microsoft in 2008. She joined SAS in 2012 as HR Business Partner, where she put her experience into practice and quickly became a valuable asset to the analytics firm. Though she is still only in her early thirties, Hélène is now in charge of all SAS’ HR activities in Belgium and Luxembourg. Her goal: to make sure SAS becomes the Great Place to Work of The Future.

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Mieke De Ketelaere

Mieke De Ketelaere

“Mieke combines a contagious enthusiasm with a deep knowledge on customer intelligence and digital transformation”, a nice reference on LinkedIn and a nice introduction for Mieke De Ketelaere’s bio. Mieke is Customer Intelligence Director at SAS for the South West Europe region. She has worked for several multinationals on all aspects of customer relations including transactional CRM, advanced analytical customer insight and interactive marketing. She is specialized in helping customers in defining the steps to grow in maturity in customer experience, customer intimacy and customer lifecycle management. Lately, Mieke De Ketelaere started to focus on the value of big data in marketing context. The arrival of new datastreams such as online and social data at one site and the calculation power at the other site, deliver a huge new set of real-time interesting insights at the fingertips of marketers. These new insights, if used wisely, allow operational marketing departments in return to take customer experience and intimacy to a higher level.

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Mathias Coopmans

Mathias Coopmans

Mathias Coopmans combines business curiosity with technical skills, a powerful combo many professionals can only dream about. Passionate about big data and business analytics, Mathias helps companies across South-West Europe create value from Hadoop - the open-source data storage and distributed processing platform – integrating it into their business, both on the technical side and at the strategic level. Analytics and Big Data put to work, the best of both worlds!

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Michel Philippens

Michel Philippens

Michel is passionate about everything related to big data analytics, and how you can use these to make smarter business decisions. With a Master in Sociology and Statistics he first worked as a research assistent at the KU Leuven, but Michel soon joined SAS as a Senior Consultant. Today he has 15 years of valuable experience, truly seeing the world of analytics change. His key philosophy: analytics don't belong in a lab test environment, they are part of everyday life.

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Philippe Van Impe

Philippe Van Impe

“Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower scholars and professionals to apply data sciences to address humanity’s grand challenges.” There you go, Philippe Van Impe in a nutshell. Quoting his mission statement to describe Philippe is quite a lot easier than trying to sum up his professional activities: founder of the European Data Innovation Hub, founding partner of the Brussels Data Science Community, ‘social entrepreneur’ and ‘startup coach’. You see, Philippe is a tough professional to capture in such a short bio!

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Frédéric Thys

Frédéric Thys

A mix of business curiosity, technical skills and the urge to write stories that matter…that is what drives Frédéric to blog about. His favorite topic? People Analytics! Or to showcase the value of analytics when unveiling unsuspected connections behind complex human systems and behaviors.
Buckle up for some clear, ready-to-use insights in how analytics measure the human attributes of consumers and employees to predict the success or failure of a venture, and to model and optimize teams and companies. Because business is about people, about making people happy and comfortable. And to be successful in business we need time and analytics to know how to make this happen.

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