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Big data and Customer Intelligence: it’s NOT about technology!

Everybody keeps talking about the potential of big data, especially data about the customer. Customer intelligence, as it is often called, is sometimes considered to be ‘the new gold’. And who are...

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Hadoop Summit Brussels: some thoughts

In the very heart of Brussels, near the Grand Place and other historic landmarks, the most exciting moments could be lived at the Hadoop Summit 2015.

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Why I’m looking forward to the Hadoop Summit

On April 15th and 16th, Brussels is hosting the 2015 Hadoop Summit. For 2 days, the capital of Belgium and Europe will also be the capital of big data and analytics. Is Hadoop really that important to...

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Is data scientist really the sexiest job on earth?

Data scientist has often been called “the sexiest job of the 21st century”. But why has this job earned such a flattering title?

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Average data scientist has sixpack (m.) or C-cup (f.) [SAS research]

The job of data scientist is often called a sexy profession. Research with data scientists all across Europe now scientifically confirms this assumption. It has become clear that data scientists...

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HR gladly welcomes the data scientist

By quantifying a project, vision or statement interims of ROI and impact, you suddenly become an active and proactive business player. You take your initial fact-based reporting to an entirely new...

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Meet two “mathemagical” data scientists: Jos and Joline

The Data Scientist. Often described as the hottest job of the future. But what does a Data Scientist really do? What is his/her value for a company? And is their job really that hot? Why not ask...

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HR needs analytics to grow from cost center to benefit center

HR is at a crossroads today. It reminds me of what the finance department has experienced a couple of years ago. It took a financial crisis to realize that Finance could play a significant role within...

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5 hurdles companies face when investing in data-driven marketing

In my role as a customer intelligence advisor, I have the privilege to work with a wide variety of organizations. From retailers to the banking sector, whether ‘B2C’ or ‘B2B’ oriented, one...

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Jill Dyché

Jill Dyché

Jill Dyché — frank, funny, and full of great stories — has been thinking, writing, and speaking about business-IT alignment for over two decades. Jill has lived in far-flung locales including Paris, London, and Sydney, lecturing at industry conferences, tech events, and leading business schools, and blogging on the topic of why
orporate technologies are — or, at least should be — businessdriven. She lives in Los Angeles, where she samples fringe Cabernets, rescues shelter dogs, and writes the occasional haiku.

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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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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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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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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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