Modern MashUp

Our blog to keep our followers up to date with all the exiting things we do.

The Team & The Pregnancy

The Team & The Pregnancy

It was really great to have the whole team at the office again for a change. As a consulting company we seldom get the opportunity to spend some quality time together as a team so we arrange a morning session every month to get together, have a monthly update session and on the occasion celebrate something special as we had the opportunity to do this month.

The Team

We have a great team of varied levels from learners, juniors, intermediates and seniors.We have our business intelligence analyst teams and data science teams.

We arranged for our learners to come visit us at the office for the first time this month. They are currently going through their training program at Velisa Africa and will join us in December for a six month practical experience work placement. We are fortunate that the group learners that will join our team this December consist of 5 data scientist candidates and two BIA candidates.


Our pregnant one

We took the opportunity to wish UK well on her maternity leave which is about to start soon. It was great that the whole team contributed to some gifts for the little one that will soon join our family.


We wish you all the best during your maternity leave!!


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Analytics2Insights Launch Announcement


We are very excited to announce the launch of our new Analytics2Insights service today!


Modernising Management (Pty) Ltd today launched Analytics2Insights which is a cloud based platform that provides prebuilt analytical solutions that automatically integrates to your cloud based solutions.


We have built solutions on the following platforms:


"We have reached a major milestone in MM's life. This has been a massive development and collaboration effort from various teams (Marketing, Sales, Technology & Innovation, Solution Architecture, Solution Development, System Architecture) within the company and I truly respect and appreciate the team's contribution to what I believe are world class quality analytical solutions. We have built a self service platform that enables any user to subscribe, configure their solution, assign their licenses and access their licenses. As a small company that has grown successfully over the last 8 years through good decisions making from good decision support analytics and customer centricity, we want to share the decision support capability with other likeminded business owners, managers and analysts that wish to improve their own work. We look forward to continuously improve the current solutions and roll out new solutions on two week cycles so stay tuned!" says John Paul Kirton, CEO, Modernising Management (Pty) Ltd


See the Analytics2Insights Launch News Release




MM Marketing Team


For support on Analytics2Insights please use the links below:



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Qlik Summit 2018 - DONE

Very happy to share some of our experiences with the summit this year.

I suppose it is always like that when you have such a massive investment in time, effort, resources and expense that one might wonder whether it was all worth it in the end? The answer for that is yes, as our main objective was to represent MM to our existing customers at the event and secondary to that it was to inform everyone else what we have been up to for the last year.... which has been a lot...

First of all it's great to see MM up in lights:

So... what have we been up too?

  1. We have been building Analytics2Insights which is a cloud based platform that provides prebuilt analytical solutions that automatically integrates to your cloud based solutions - expected launch date 1 August 2018
  2. We have been investing heavily into our Advanced Insights business and bolstering out our team with some very good data scientists. The team represented some AI cases we have implemented around cashflow for instance as well as some SalesForce, Services Now, Reuters cases in Squirro the AI driven context intelligence solution
  3. We represented ebiexperts - WIP Agile lifecycle management solution for @Qlik #Qlik
  4. We represented our self service data management solution with Dremio
  5. We were quite happy with the interest in our total logical architecture and it is quite scary what we have been able to accomplish in the data architecture and analytics space


The team worked really hard during the day, spending great time informing our visitors about our solutions:

Ruan and JP did a great job (Ruan more than JP) on presenting our new cloud platform Analytics2Insights:

So after a long day working hard with the team we did manage one beer and then called it :-)

Overall a very successful day with great engagements and information sharing sessions with existing customers and some interested prospective customers. 

Lessons Learned:

- Wear comfortable shoes


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South Africa Qlik Summit 2018

We are honoured to once again be able to sponsor the South Africa Qlik Summit as a Gold Certified Qlik Partner.

The event will once again showcase the excellent technology and solutions build on Qlik and we look forward to showing everyone that visit our stand the power of our Qlik Kung-Fu.

We expect a jam packed day as there are some really good guest speakers, Danny K as MC and our CEO will present our new cloud platform in a break away session.

The MM team will be present at stand 8:

  • Analytics2Insights: Data-Insights-Decisions-Action
  • WIP4Qlik: Agile Qlik Lifecycle Management Solution
  • Squirro: Contextual Cognitive Engine
  • Advanced Insights: Creating value from data

We look forward to engaging with you at the event!!


Event Venue: Santon Convention Center

Event Date: 9 July 2018

Sart Time: 8:00 (registrations)






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Fully Certified QlikView and Qlik Sense

We congratulate Dirk Naude as the second fully certified QlikView and Qlik Sense developer and administrator in the country. Dirk joins Jason Coggon, also from MM, in this esteemed group of developers.

Dirk has the following certifications:


  • Designer
  • Developer
  • System Administrator

Qlik Sense

  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • System Administrator

This is a massive achievement so we thank Dirk for his dedication to becoming the best of the best in all things Qlik!

Congratulations from the whole team at MM

@Qlik, @QlikView, @QlikSense, @Modernising

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SA Qlik Summit 2017 Review

Wow what an amazing event for MM, so many highlights!

Lets start with the end and inform those who have not been following us on Twitter (@Modernising) that MM won a Qlik Customer Innovation Award for the innovative work we did together with our Standard Bank team on their Social Media Sentiment Analysis application. I would like to add it is an absolute pleasure to work with a highly effective Qlik Team and this was genuinely a collaborative effort from both customer and MM.

Qlik Social Media Solution

The Standard Bank Of South Africa IT and Marketing teams utilize QlikView and Qlik Web connectors to retrieve and analyze keywords, customers and employees social media engagements including sentiment analysis on various bank products and services. The bank benchmarks themselves against other banks through connecting to Twitter, Facebook, Klout and a sentiment engine to track feeds from people, followers, #hashtags, mentions, favourited and more. The true value of the solution is not only in the Qlik automated solution, but in the analysis and improvements the bank makes through better social engagement with their employees and customers.

Awards bode well as reward and target!

I congratulate the MM team, who are not only highly effective, but living on the innovation cusp of all that Qlik technology affords us!



We had so many of our existing customers, especially our banking customers joining us at the event and allowing us to show them some of the other innovative things we do with Qlik. Thank you for taking the time, the great discussions and the follow ups!


We also have the opportunity to promote some of our partner's technology (NarrativeScience, ebiexperts, and Squirro) and we thank them all for supporting us before and during the event. There was some really good interest in all the technology and we look forward to the follow-ups. The age of data sciences and advanced analytics combined with contextual intelligence is going to be super exiting for us as a company!


Worth a mention: Highlight

We were very honored with the visit from James Fisher @JamesaFisher, VP, Global Product Marketing, Qlik who not only stopped by to hear about us and our technologies and solutions but also tweeted about our good demo's at the stand. Thanks James and it was really great to meet  who I consider to be the Qlik Futurist :-)

Well it was a long very exiting day and we congratulate all that participated.

Congratulations to @Qlik, @Modernising, @SA_Qlik for work well done!



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Qlik South Africa Summit 2017

Well here we standing on the cusp of the summit kicking off. 


We are really looking forward to the event. We are privileged to be sponsors of the event this year. The agenda and list of speakers the team has put together is quite impressive!


As MC we have Riaad Moosa, now as a personal fan, I certainly look forward to seeing him live as always! We also look forward to the keynote from Graeme Codrington a world renounced futurist. Our team is especially looking forward to the Big Data loT & Advanced analytics as well as Financial sector break away sessions. We expect to have some interesting engagements around world trends and market maturity.

Please come visit us at Stand 1


Our team of experts will be available to discuss, show demo’s, and talk you through some exciting developments with Qlik Technology such as data sciences and advanced analytics with “R”, Narrative and Context Intelligence, Social Media and Zoho demo’s, Qlik Sense 3.2 and so forth.


I will follow up with an post summit brief






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One and Only Qlik Developer

While on our path to becoming Qlik Sense certified as well, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Jason Coggon is the only Qlik developer in South Africa that has all the Qlik Certifications possible for both Qlik View and Qlik Sense. 

Qlik View Designer

Qlik View Developer

Qlik View System Administrator


Qlik Sense Business Architect v2

Qlik Sense Data Architect v2

Qlik Sense System Architect v2


Much congratulations JC!!!


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Khan Bank Industry Visit

It was really great to have both our partner and customer here for an industry visit couple of week ago.

We were able to arrange shared knowledge sessions with both The Standardbank of South Africa as well as BankServ Limited. We also shared our total banking solution offering with them. The feedback from the days spent in South Africa is good, the business insights were great as our customers really wowed them.

We look forward to finalising the roadmap moving forward with Khan Bank.

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Thoma Bravo acquires Qlik for 3 billion USD

I have read a couple of press releases, reviewed and created my own opinion on the acquisition as below.

I must say that Barry from Qlikfix did a great job in providing substance and analyzing the situation as he see it and I do agree on most points.

My humble thoughts:

My own opinion was that Qlik was not undervalued in the short term, long term yes, but not short term. My own analysis of their financials over many years has the same outcome as Barry's. My major concern around Qlik cost structure is even though they are a market leader their R&D investment is below par. They missed the boat on SSBI but came to the party in spectacular fashion with Qlik Sense, so although late... its great! Nokia has proven that you don't get away with too many of those..... Their increased development on the data sciences side of the technology and release roadmap really gives me the confidence I need to look past their current R&D spend level. Their sales and marketing spend is huge but they are changing the channel's perception of BI as well as educating their customers so this is a must if they are to be properly valued long term.

Yesterday after receiving the news I was wondering whether the timing is right for this? I have a couple of thought that I won't share as yet...

Other thoughts around Thoma Bravo was that there is a trend in their investment portfolio and I have not as yet investigated the actual growth of the companies under their funds although I do agree with Barry that they are certainly the better option out there.

The reason I appreciate Qlik as a company is that they have build on the strength of what makes them unique and this is their core QIX technology. They have build on this sensibly and not tried to be the end-all for everybody but allowed their ecosystem partners to specialize in areas where they are weak such as static reporting, source connections, geographical and context intelligence where we are seeing them acquiring now. The recent acquisitions is textbook for a technology company. 

The bigger question for us is what effect this will have on the partner channel partner companies, that make companies like Qlik successful through competing and implementing value to our customers with their technology? We have seen technology companies cannibalize their channel business through directly competing with their channel instead of supporting the channel. I still believe that a channel represents a relationship with a customer. The customer does not purchase technology, they purchase the expectation of value, that is created through professional people, relationships, services and enabled by technology.

Hopefully this type investor sees the value of the channel and will continue to drive their investment in the channel.

Other Sources:


Have a great weekend



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Qlik Qonnections 2016

Today is the last day of Qlik's annual Qonnections event and this is the first year that they have invited both customers and partners to the event. The event was loaded with market, customer cases, great new technology and partnerships as well as some celebrities.

Our feedback is that the event went well and Qlik Sense 3.0 is impressive. There were some technology partner presentation as well. We look forward to a deep dive into the content when our CIO returns!





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Qlik Sense Drive

Qlik are hosting a Qlik Sense drive event in May, as well as Qlik Sense Mash Ups event that well be presented by Qlik's Solutions Architect Willie Ahlers.

Looking forward to both these events! Qlik Sense is really the BI&A tool of the future providing self-service, mobility, extensibility and embedded analytics. All the things a happy customer needs

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Scaling Visual Analytics with Qlik Sense

Really great 9 Minute overview of how Qlik Sense scales across your organisation from Delivery, Security, Administration and Infrastructure point of view.

If the embedded video doesn't work:


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Exited about QS2.2 Partner Enablement Session!

Looking forward to the Partner Enablement session tomorrow with Bas where we can review the new Qlik Sense 2.2 release in more detail as well as the amazing API's.


2016 Partner Enablement Sessions

What's New in Qlik Sense 2.2?


Want to know whats on it its way in Sense. Join us for an interactive session with Bas van Reeuwijk to run through a special WHATS NEW IN 2.2.

Covering key features that have been added to Sense along with a Demo to better understand how you can demonstrate this to clients, it’s a key Webinar to your further education in all that is Sense.

·         Our all improved data loader

·         Improved API Explorer

·         Visual Studio Plugin

·         Capabilities API

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New Logo and Site Launch

We have spent some quality time updating our site to make a much more manageable and really provide quality information to our prospective customers and partners. At the same time we took the opportunity to update our logo to a much more modern look and feel.

We believe the new more modern site and logo better reflects our quality brand and look forward to any feedback.

We once again take the opportunity to thank our marketing company ten21Media that supports us all the way with these engagements so thats Jan and Zander for a great job as usual!!

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Great job well done
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 12:43
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