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Analytics as a core business function: the rise of the data scientist

Organizations have more data at their disposal than ever before, and few would dispute that data analytics can have effective business outcomes. In this context, Amazon is always mentioned as a prime...

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The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): beyond the hype

The GDPR, adopted by the European Commission at the beginning of this year, will apply as from May 2018. The new legislation will update the existing 1995 European Data Protection Directive and set...

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Why Master Data Management matters: a case study

Master Data Management is still a relatively young discipline, but it has already proven its worth in various environments, including in Belgium.

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VAT Fraud has been reduced to nearly zero thanks to hybrid fraud detection

For many years, European governments have had to suffer the unbearable thought that billions of euros a year get stolen by thieves using some sort of VAT carousel fraud. These fraud carousels are...

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Brussels university improves mangrove reforestation project using analytics

Mangrove forests seem like a very remote and unimportant vegetation form. But in fact it is far more important for our ecosystem and even for many human lives than you would consider possible. They...

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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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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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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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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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Ivy Vanderheyden

Ivy Vanderheyden

"When people are passionate about what they do, they will achieve great things” I strongly believe this to be true. The world of analytics is such a fascinating industry. Every day I discover new applications and problems we can solve through the use of analytics. As Marketing Director at SAS it is my job to bring these stories to life and inspire people to do great things with data. In my blogs I want to fascinate you with a mixture of two of my favorite topics: analytics and marketing.

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