Check in with a business administration optimisation evangelist at Finance Indaba


Canvas Intelligence's Pieter van Zyl to share insights on business administration optimisation with C-suite execs.

With Finance Indaba Africa around the corner, Pieter van Zyl, director at business intelligence specialists Canvas Intelligence, is looking forward to inspiring fellow C-suite executives on how to digitise the financial and administration functions within their businesses.
He says:

“We are financial executives who understand the challenges of business administration optimisation. This event will enable us to connect with our peers and assist them to take their businesses digital.”

To this end, Canvas Intelligence will be talking about how companies can push complex legacy system data into the cloud, thereby modernising the entire business administration function. This disruptive approach is built on the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack.

Its experienced business managers have worked on every aspect of complex financial management and business administration. Canvas Intelligence also leverages its data professionals to ultimately transform the way managers work.

“This is done by putting the technology into their hands. We have pre-developed data warehouse and cube solutions that support most enterprise resource planning offerings in the market today. From a trend perspective, the increased functionality of Microsoft Azure and Office 365 has made it easy to integrate legacy systems into modern cloud platforms and applications.”

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Pieter says Canvas provides the capabilities to use modern technologies with older systems without having to rip and replace them.

“As an organisation, our focus is on the complexities inside an organisation. We are financial and operational administration specialists and database integration experts. The increased adoption of Microsoft cloud services (for example Azure and Office 365) over the coming months will positively impact the market. People are adopting the new technologies at a fast rate and we already see exponential growth in daily conversations. By linking the new with the old, we create an enabling environment for business,’ he says.

However, the South African market is not without its challenges.

“We have noticed very low maturity levels of business intelligence within the public and private sector. To address this, Canvas has developed unique methodologies and tactics that are practical for the local market. However, due to the limited adoption of business intelligence, we are creatively driving implementation and deploying the technology for clients to use at their desks and on their mobile devices.”

Furthermore, Canvas has been working with professors in the statistical and financial fields to develop the capabilities to automate financial reporting with statistical analysis.
“This could potentially eliminate the need for the double-entry method in financial reporting,” he concludes.

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