MCi continues its penetration up into Africa

4th August 2008

MCI Consultants, the leading distributor for the IBM Cognos TM1 product in South Africa, today announced that Banco Commercial Angolano in Angola had embraced TM1 as its management reporting tool. Angola is the latest in a string of the other African Barclays operations that are using the TM1 tool. “Once we have defined our specific requirements, the building of the business intelligence cubes that we need are created and fully validated in South Africa before being installed on our own systems,” commented Tony DE Gouveia of Banco Commercial Angolano. “This process is a more economic, efficient and effective way for us to generate the applications we require, as for instance, it prevents needless travelling between the two countries.” “The bilingual capabilities of TM1 through the use of ‘aliases’ are an added bonus for us as they allow us to report in both English and Portuguese,” added De Gouveia. “In addition, …

Response handling using AdaptRecruitment

31st July 2008

MCI, the exclusive distributor for Bond International Software in South Africa and the largest distributor of staffing software in South Africa, today announced that the latter’s AdaptRecruitment System is one of the only solutions available to cope with the complexities and time constraints required by response handling, a phenomena that is regularly manifesting itself in the South African environment. Typically organisations, such as government, will outsource their response handling functions when recruiting for a very large number of positions e.g. teachers and nurses, where maybe 1 500 vacancies need to be filled. The response handling process begins with the placement of an advertisement or series of advertisements carried, for instance, in national newspapers. The responses, which may be submitted in various ways, need to be captured and stored and ‘screened’ at a high level so that short lists can be created; for instance, ten CVs per position. Information also needs …

MCi Consultants hosts systems for Tsala

31st January 2008

MCI Consultants today announced that Tsala Financial Services, a broker and administrator, had chosen the former’s locally-developed CommCIS application, a comprehensive web-based insurance broker commission management system that provides income protection for brokerages, agencies and individual agents. “We were looking for an established web-based and scalable system for our needs,” commented Willem Pitel of Tsala Financial Services. “CommCIS not only met these simple criteria but also offered a capability for customising our commission calculations together with the capability of running the system on our behalf. We have been delighted with the result and look forward to an on-going and mutable beneficial relationship with MCI.” “We are providing the CommCIS application for Tsala on a ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) basis,” added Aliki Droussiotis, Director of MCI Consultants. Hosting solutions for our clients is just one of services that we offer and providing a SaaS capability is one of the growing …

Barclays Bank Mozambique goes TM1

31st January 2008

MCI Consultants, the leading distributor for Cognos/Applix’s TM1 product in South Africa, today announced that Barclays Bank Mozambique, a member of the Absa Group, and the bank with the second largest footprint in Mozambique, had embraced TM1 as its reporting tool. Barclays Bank Mozambique has 52 branches spread across Mozambique and boasts the second largest ATM network in the country. “We needed to streamline our finance department’s reporting processes that included not only our internal and group reporting, but that required by Bank of Mozambique,” commented Fernando Madeira, Head of Finance at Barclays Bank Mozambique. “TM1’s OLAP engine, which provided the capability to have several different account roll-ups, facilitated the production of the relevant financial reports to suit these different audiences.” “In addition, as we are part of the ABSA Group, but based in Mozambique, the capability to have multi-lingual reporting in Portuguese or English was also desirable,” added Madeira. …