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How Amazon and Netflix are influencing VDAB

Digitalization is all around and definitely not restricted to sexy consumer brands like Amazon or Netflix. They did however set the tone when it comes to customer- centricity. “You watched/bought X,...

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A quarter of holiday shoppers will spend more these holidays

With a quarter of holiday shoppers planning to spend more this year than last, retailers can start to celebrate. In its second year of research into holiday shopping plans, analytics leader SAS,...

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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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Smile, you are being scored!

We are gradually getting used to the idea that our data are being analyzed whenever we go to the bank to apply for a new loan or whenever we try to buy a more expensive item such as a car. But the...

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The business of cybercrime

Cybercrime is a beast of many forms, so we learned in Georges Ataya’s presentation at the SAS Forum earlier this year. And what’s more: cybercrime is getting organized more and more professionally...

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What’s that poison? Analytics to the rescue

Sometimes the difference between life and death (or illness with severe consequences) can be a matter of the right advice at the right moment. In case of poisoning, for instance, you may be saved by...

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How data-driven Uber is driving change & challenging regulations

What Airbnb is doing to the hotel industry, Uber is doing to the taxi industry: disrupting it! A good thing for consumers but a tough time for the now - all of a sudden - traditional industries.

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Dutch soccer league teams up with SAS Analytics

The KNVB (Royal Netherlands Football Association) has added analytics leader SAS to its roster. Under a new four-year agreement, the Dutch soccer league will use SAS to expand KNVB’s ability to...

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Digital Belgium: a startup within the government

This year’s SAS Forum was kicked off by Alexander De Croo, Minister of (a.o.) Digital Agenda, and his advisor Laurent Hublet. The digitalization is not only apparent in the business world:...

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Jeroen Van Godtsenhoven

Jeroen Van Godtsenhoven

Making a difference in our ecosystem, that is what Jeroen Van Godtsenhoven wants to do with SAS. As the company’s Managing Director, Jeroen has the bigger picture in mind. Of course he wants the business to thrive and he wants the SAS team to bring customers’ business to a higher level, but he also wants to make a difference in the world around us. Like providing a SAS certification training for eligible refugees, which gives them a chance at starting a new life, and at the same time contributes to the continuous search for SAS-certified talent, both for SAS and its partners. Jeroen’s contribution to World of Analytics will be all about how analytics have an impact our society, and ultimately make the world a little bit better, one step at a time.

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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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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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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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Steven Hofmans

Steven Hofmans

Marketing has been a department driven by gut feelings for decades. The last few years, these instincts can be supported and eventually replaced by solid facts and figures.
Steven Hofmans helps companies achieving this data-driven marketing with the solutions offered by SAS. His knowledge of the technology combined with his thorough understanding of the ins and outs of marketing activities make him an expert in the field of data-driven marketing.

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Bart Baesens

Bart Baesens

If you’re looking for in-dept insights in the world of (web) analytics, CRM, fraud detection and credit risk management, Bart Baesens is just the man you need. Bart is Professor of Big Data & Analytics at KU Leuven and lecturer at the University of Southhampton. Browse through his LinkedIn profile and you will soon find out that his research has been published in several top-notch international journals, and that he is author of Analytics in a Big Data World (2014)and co-author of Credit Risk Management: Basic Concepts (2008). Obviously Bart keeps the very best of his writing for the World of Analytics, so stay tuned.

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