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How Tomorrowland and The Day After Tomorrow have impacted our future (and may impact yours too!)

This weekend Tomorrowland, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike are bringing the Garden of Madness to the Sportaleis. Do you know what word SAS, Peter Hinssen and the world’s most renowned dance event have...

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A core skill for data scientists? Being a good listener.

Just having a data scientist doesn’t mean you're creating value. Only by working together, and using new insights the right way, your company will move forward.

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Online campaigns are ok, as long as they’re transparent!

Cambridge Analytica has ruined a lot for anyone who wants to use technology in political campaigning. But when our data are collected with our full knowledge, analytics can be beneficial to...

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How to treat a cancer patient? Let the computer guide you!

AI can make an impact in many industries, but in the health industry it can mean the difference between life and death. Here’s why oncologists and other experts should rely on machines when...

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Share our fitness data with our health insurer? Why not!

In the US, some health insurance companies are rewarding their customers for sharing their fitness tracker data. Over here, such initiatives meet more criticism and skepticism from privacy groups. But...

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CDO of the Year: the important award that will hopefully disappear

On October 24th in Brussels, I will be attending a first in Belgium: the election of the CDO of the Year Award.

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The Five Tribes of Machine Learning

When we talk about machine learning, people often assume that this is one single homogeneous discipline and technology. But in reality, it is a very diverse set of theories and disciplines grouped...

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One directive is worth more than a thousand graphs

Delivering visual insights from unstructured data is just half the work. The most crucial part of any successful analytics story comes after the data has been crunched. Sometimes, we tend to forget...

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Baloise leverages analytics to power its decision making process with Anabel

Baloise Insurance is unlocking the full potential of its data with the Analytics for Belgium (Anabel)-project. The insurance company was faced with a large amount of valuable but of unstructured and...

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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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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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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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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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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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