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Bytes partners with Tableau Software to simplify business analytics

By admin, 3 lipca, 2012, No Comment

Bytes Systems Integration, part of the Bytes Technology Group, has partnered with Tableau Software, ranked by Gartner and IDC in 2011 as the world’s fastest growing business intelligence company.

The partnership is in line with Bytes Systems Integration’s strategy to offer tier one solutions to customers, and will enable users to quickly analyse, visualise and share information.

“Quite simply, Tableau Software helps people see and understand data,” says Hendrik Blignaut, Enterprise Intelligence Systems manager at Bytes Systems Integration. “Companies that follow the traditional business intelligence route can take months to see results. With Tableau, the results and benefits are immediate. Few competitive products can offer that.”

A global study by Forrester shows that Tableau provides more than 100% ROI in just over one year, with other benefits including increased adoption of BI. Importantly, Tableau streamlines the report publishing process, improves productivity of business intelligence analysts, and reduces report creation times, significantly improving productivity and processes.

“Unlike the large, expensive BI giants, Tableau offers a more agile, affordable option which provides customers with a lot of the same benefits,” says Blignaut. “The tools can be deployed without a large IT department and individuals can download the software themselves, making it easy for companies of all sizes that need to see and understand their data.”

Benefits to customers can be summarised as follows:

•             Increased user adoption of business intelligence

•             Standardised reports

•             Reduced report creation times

•             Reduced report distribution, storage and duplication costs and simplified publishing of reports

•             Freeing up of BI analysts to perform higher-value tasks

•             Process improvements from use of visualisation in root-cause analysis

•             No incremental effort to distribute reports to more users, resulting in greater user involvement

•             Stronger alignment between data preparers and consumers

Better data = improved profits for the mining and manufacturing sectors

By admin, 3 lipca, 2012, No Comment

By Gary Allemann, senior consultant at Master Data Management

The mining and manufacturing sectors face a unique challenge when it comes to maintaining and improving profitability in difficult economic times. Unlike in other industries, it is not possible to simply raise prices, since these are often fixed or must fall within certain parameters. This means that to improve profitability, these organisations need to look deeper than the surface for solutions, addressing operational inefficiency to reduce the cost of operations, thereby running a leaner, tighter operation that can in turn generate greater profit.

Operations in mining and manufacturing are often plagued with various inefficiencies, typically as a direct result of either inadequate or poor quality data. If data is inadequate or inaccurate, it stands to reason that any decision made as a result of this data will be correspondingly inaccurate as well.

In order to make quality, fact-based decisions and improve operations, organisations need to know what is happening within their organisation. For this reason, data quality management and master data management solutions, historically the sole domain of the financial services sector, have become vital tools in commodities and manufacturing operations as well. Using such solutions to ensure the quality and adequacy of data ensures that data is accurate and measurable. This in turn means that decision-making is improved, as are operational efficiencies as a result.

Improvements to operational efficiency resulting from data quality initiatives can be leveraged in three main problem areas within the mining and manufacturing sectors: asset management; supply chain; and health and safety. While quality data can have a positive impact on many aspects of operations, these areas specifically tend to be plagued by unnecessary expenses and inefficient processes that cannot be managed due to inadequate data.

Asset management in particular relies on an accurate, single and comprehensive view of assets. This links back to the axiom, ‘if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’. If an enterprise has no idea of what assets it owns, where they are deployed at any given time, and what the expected lifecycle of these assets it, it cannot manage these assets, full stop.

Inconsistencies in the asset register can wreak havoc on operational efficiency, particularly in distributed environments. Multiple methods of data capture and multiple asset descriptions lead to an inconsistent picture of assets across an organisation. As an example, the same widget may be described as Widget B, 5cm, Silver in one instance, and as B Widget, SLVR, 2.5in in another. Although these are the exact same widget, the asset register shows them as two separate widgets, and they cannot be reconciled as the same equipment.

The upshot of this is that the lifespan of various assets is impossible to determine, which may mean that assets are purchased when they needn’t be and decommissioned before they should be. Assets can also go missing without anyone realising they have disappeared, because they cannot be tracked back to a specific entry in the asset register. In general, inaccurate data means that maximum efficiency is impossible to achieve. The end result is unnecessary expense, poor decision-making ability and duplicated data that is essentially meaningless at delivering any sort of value to the organisation.

If data quality management initiatives are put into place, de-duplication can be processed and the asset register can be standardised. However, this is not simply a matter of installing a piece of software and expecting that a once off project will solve all of an organisation’s problems. Data quality requires processes to be put into place, for example processes that govern the standards for capturing data for the asset register. If processes and software work together, inventory control can become more accurate, and asset management will be vastly improved, having a knock-on effect in improving operational efficiency.

Often the supply chain experiences similar issues to asset management when it comes to data quality, and the resulting challenges are similar too. Spend analysis, as an example, relies heavily on the underlying data in order to produce results. If this data is inaccurate, spend analysis is essentially meaningless. Without an accurate view of spend per vendor and spend per asset, it is impossible to understand how much is being spent with a specific vendor or how much is being spent on specific assets and equipment. This means that discounts with suppliers cannot be accurately negotiated, since organisations often cannot fully quantify spend. Inventory management can also be problematic, which again links to inconsistent data capture and a poor asset register. For example, stock may show that Site A is out of stock of Widget B, 5cm, Silver, and so the manager may order more widgets. However, there may be 75 B Widgets, SLVR, 2.5in in stock, so spend is unnecessarily increased It also means that trends in assets cannot be picked up, such as a new brand of widgets having half the lifespan of the previous brand, so intelligent decisions regarding suppliers, assets and equipment are impossible to make.

Clean, accurate, adequate and properly reconciled data will on the other hand provide a far more accurate view of spend and existing inventory. This then eliminates unnecessary purchasing and makes analysing spend a far simpler task, which informs better decisions around suppliers, costing and assets. This again improves efficiency, reduces unnecessary expense and adds directly to the bottom line.

When it comes to health and safety, more accurate and adequate data not only helps to improving operational efficiency, but also assists with mitigating organisational risk. Regulations within mining and manufacturing often dictate that employees need to have achieved certain qualifications or health clearances, so it makes sense that having this data accurate and up to date is essential. Without an accurate view of exactly who is working for the organisation at what time and what their clearances are, mining and manufacturing particularly open themselves up to risk in terms of health and safety legislation.

However the complexity of dealing with this problem is compounded by the contract nature of employment, a variety of HR systems across locations, and different regulations in different countries. These issues make a centralised database difficult manage, which in turn increases both risk and liability. Data quality is an essential tool to not only manage records but to mitigate risk and ensure compliance.

An accurate, single version of the truth resulting from quality data and master data management improves control across the organisation. Control is vital for optimising processes and improving operational efficiency across the board. In turbulent economic times, improving operational efficiency improves profitability, particularly in commoditised environments – and that is the bottom line.


Samsung Launches ‘Samsung Smart App Challenge 2012’ – A Global Contest for Mobile Application Developers

By admin, 3 lipca, 2012, No Comment
  • Aims to boost mobile ecosystem for GALAXY Tab and GALAXY Note
  • Record $4.08 million in prize money to be awarded along with marketing benefits
  • Total of 80 applications will be selected as ‘Samsung Apps Super Apps’ and ‘Best S Pen Apps’ winners

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, has introduced the Samsung Smart App Challenge 2012, a global app competition aimed at boosting the mobile ecosystem for GALAXY Tab and GALAXY Note users.

The contest is divided into two categories – ‘Samsung Apps Super Apps’ and ‘Best S Pen Apps’. A total of 80 entries will be selected as winners, receiving a record total of $4.08 million in prize money along with a variety of promotional benefits.

The challenge is open to all mobile application developers across the globe. Developers who wish to participate should sign up directly on the App Challenge website ( and register their apps on Samsung Apps. Registration will run until 30th September 2012.

“Given the size of prize money and a variety of other benefits, we expect the competition will foster the growth of the ecosystem for GALAXY Tab and GALAXY Note applications,” said Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics SA. “Since their launch, the GALAXY Tab and GALAXY Note, along with Samsung GALAXY smartphones, have become must-have items for the smarter lifestyle. The Samsung Smart App Challenge will greatly enhance application choices for these devices so users can enjoy a richer experience.”

Contest entrants will be divided into two categories. In the “Samsung Apps Super Apps” segment, winning entries will be decided by the public, with the 30 most downloaded games and 30 most downloaded non-game apps winning a share of the prize money. In the “Best S Pen App” segment, a panel of judges will decide the winning entries, which will consist of 20 innovative applications which use S Pen’s functionality in interesting and experiential ways.

Winning entrants will be rewarded with record-high prize money and a range of promotional benefits through Samsung’s global channels. They will be given a chance to promote their apps through a variety of social media channels as well as other online and offline platforms such as Samsung Mobile, Samsung Apps and Samsung Developers.

For more information on Samsung Smart App Challenge 2012, please visit the challenge website ( or Facebook fan page for Samsung Apps (

AMD partners with HP for Cloud Data Center

By admin, 3 lipca, 2012, No Comment
HP recently announced that AMD (NYSE: AMD) has improved business efficiency and streamlined operations by consolidating its worldwide data centers and standardising on HP Networking solutions.


AMD’s innovative computing and graphics technologies run a wide range of computing devices – such as personal computers, game consoles and servers – all of which power internet and business operations spanning cloud computing and virtualisation environments throughout the world.

With 18 data centers worldwide, AMD recognised the need to consolidate its infrastructure to optimise resources as well as improve power and cooling efficiency. AMD conducted a comprehensive testing and review process of solutions from multiple networking vendors before choosing HP. The HP 12500 Switch Series and HP 5820 Switch Series will be used in AMD’s newest private cloud data center, where the company makes heavy use of virtualisation and cluster technologies.

“We were experiencing suboptimal business operations due to infrastructure sprawl,” said Farid Dana, director, IT, Global Infrastructure Services, AMD. “HP Networking’s open, standards-based architecture offered us the flexibility to easily integrate solutions and expand our infrastructure while leveraging existing investments.”

Additionally, AMD deployed HP server solutions, including HP ProLiant BL465c G7 servers with AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors, to help improve the compute power of its internal engineering cloud, which performs up to 40 million engineering simulations per month. The HP server platform supports AMD’s virtualised environment as well as the company’s business applications and services.

Implementing HP Networking and server technologies helped AMD reduce its data-center footprint by more than 50 percent while increasing network capacity and improving performance. AMD plans to upgrade other sites with HP Networking hardware in the near future.

AMD also engaged HP Critical Facilities Services (CFS) to build a new data center. HP CFS provides consulting, design and assurance services for building new or retrofitting legacy data centers. Working with HP CFS, AMD designed the data center from the ground up to meet changing business requirements with lower facilities capital and operating costs.

More information about HP Networking solutions is available at

HP’s premier client event, HP Discover, takes place June 4-7 in Las Vegas.

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