Blogs by Albert Derasse

The birthday paradox explained

The birthday paradox - also known as the birthday problem - states that in a random group of 23 people, there is about a 50% chance that two people have the same birthday. In a room of 75 there’s...

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Tackling barriers for analytics adoption

Some organizations hire the best and brightest analysts, yet fail to deliver results because business leaders cannot follow through on action. Without analytics embedded in your organization, you can...

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What if the Romans had analytics?

SAS is hosting this year’s European Analytics 2015 conference in Rome November 9 – 11. This three-day inspiring event will give you the chance to boost your company’s analytics culture in an...

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Self-Service BI & Approachable Analytics for all

Unveiling the myth: Business Intelligence & Analytics in the SME market

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Why fighting fraud without analytics is no longer an option [SAS FORUM]

Still too few organisations realize just how much recent evolutions in the digital world have changed the spectrum, efficacy, depth and invisibility of fraud.

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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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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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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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Albert Derasse

Albert Derasse

Albert Derasse is a true multitasker: apart from his job as Senior Business Solutions Manager Customer Intelligence at SAS South West Europe, he is also lector at ICHEC Brussels Management School, teaching students the art of marketing strategy. Albert is a customer-driven marketeer with a great capacity to listen first and then turn the input into strategy and results. On World of Analytics Albert will share stories based on his experience in helping companies find more profitable growth opportunities and amplify marketing initiatives.

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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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Andrew Pease

Andrew Pease

Andrew Pease couples a deep understanding of technology with an unmatched insight in business needs. This powerful combination makes him popular within SAS for finding sensible solutions for customers across a range of sectors. Andrew is passionate about using analytics to exploit exploding data volumes in tackling business challenges. With the rise of “Big Data” and “Data Science”, Andrew navigates the hype with pragmatic approaches and experience-based insights. And against all odds, his blogs might just make you laugh as well.

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