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Data Olympics and the profitability of data investments

Continuous but small improvements are inherent to all sport disciplines. Every now and then an athlete sharpens the world record by a millisecond or a centimeter because of tremendous effort and a...

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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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CDO: to stay or to go? Help me out!

At the end of the 19th century, one of the greatest revolutions in history took place: electrification. Companies could now make use of a new, convenient form of energy: electricity. This innovation...

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Is your refrigerator a soldier of a botnet army? 


Last Friday several important parts of the internet were unavailable for hours due to cyberattacks. It happened late in the afternoon in the US so in Europe only those who went to sleep late noticed...

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Our government is the OPEC of data

Last week, I had the honor to present my ideas on the use of data to a select group of government managers, during an event hosted by SAS, a leading provider of solutions for data and analytics....

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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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Commercial versus Open-Source software for Analytics

Both commercial as well as open-source software each have their merits which should be thoroughly evaluated before any analytical software investment decision is made. In this contribution, we will...

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Steven Van Belleghem at SAS Forum: “Talk to the Bot”

Steven Van Belleghem's keynote will mainly focus on ‘the customer in the day after tomorrow’. This customer will be better served than ever, and will therefore become more demanding than ever.

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Véronique Van Vlasselaer

Véronique Van Vlasselaer

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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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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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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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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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