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    Linh Nguyen

    Fri, Apr 5 2019 3 min

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    More access to data to reduce risk & enable better decisions

    For systems of record, access controls are put in place to reduce risk. Tried and tested, and they generally work well if designed carefully. However, for systems of intelligence, those controls can increase risk - decreasing efficiency & effectiveness. How can you fix this?

    Yusuf Moolla

    Fri, Mar 29 2019 2 min

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    Do you need that big bang data warehouse project?

    Almost two decades ago, the strategic planning unit at a university in South Africa decided that they wanted to improve access to information. So they created a data warehouse. At the time, financials and payroll were delivered by an aging mainframe based GL system. At month-end, we'...

    Yusuf Moolla

    Thu, Mar 21 2019 4 min

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    Are you augmenting your team or just automating your processes?

    If you have not yet considered automating some of your processes, you will likely start thinking about this in the near future. But how you determine the direction to take is based on what your focus & objective is.

    Linh Nguyen

    Thu, Mar 14 2019 2 min

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    Can you survive the damage caused by a spreadsheet model error?

    Spreadsheets are often used (and have been for decades) for modelling and analysis, largely due to their ease of use and flexibility. What happens if simple errors like cutting and pasting the wrong formula, or omitting data in calculations ends up costing you thousands / millions of dollars? It has...

    Yusuf Moolla

    Wed, Mar 6 2019 3 min

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    Emerging risks - Artificial Intelligence

    When you hear the phrases "artificial intelligence", "machine learning" or "autonomous systems", what images do they conjure up? You might be imagining a world with endless possibility. The eternal optimist? Or perhaps a dystopian future - a robotic society. The not so optimistic? Or maybe something in-between? The balanced view? Whatever it is...

    Yusuf Moolla

    Wed, Feb 27 2019 2 min

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    Supply chain risks - two newer issues that could damage your brand

    Your supply chain has evolved over the past few years, and the evolution is set to continue. Apart from traditional goods and services, your supply chain now also includes newer services that didn't previously exist, and older services through newer channels / models. Two of these have grown...

    Yusuf Moolla

    Thu, Feb 21 2019 2 min

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    How do you measure your organisation's "why"?

    As a leader, you know what your organisational purpose is. Why your organisation exists. You may even have contributed to defining the purpose. You definitely have a significant role to play in achieving that purpose. Why do you need to measure it? You want to avoid people only paying "lip-service" to your organisational purpose. Your colleagues and team, in...

    Yusuf Moolla

    Tue, Feb 12 2019 3 min

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    5 assurance analytics challenges for you to tackle

    As an assurance leader (internal audit / performance audit / risk assurance), you want to: Provide assurance to the Board and to management Help maximise value (efficiency, effectiveness, economy) and customer satisfaction Ensure that compliance is maintained As part of your overall assurance program, analytics can help achieve your...

    Yusuf Moolla

    Thu, Feb 7 2019 2 min

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    3 Analytics Tools for Your Team and 3 Selection Advice Considerations

    Whether you work in risk, marketing, procurement, audit, IT or any other area - there are 3 types of data/analytics software that your team should have access to, at a minimum. Of course, there's a lot more to analytics than just tools - objectives, hypotheses, etc. But tools enable the outcome...

    Yusuf Moolla

    Thu, Jan 31 2019 2 min

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    Do you focus on your customer when thinking about risks?

    As a business leader, you are risk-aware. You want to innovate to add value, while maintaining compliance. You do this because you want your organisation to succeed, and delight customers. As a risk leader, you have developed business acumen. You want to add value and enhance compliance. Yo...

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