MCi continues to expand its Business Intelligence services with Barclays Africa!

5th Sep 2008

MCI Consultants, the leading distributor for the IBM Cognos TM1 product in Africa, has announced that Barclays Bank has embarked upon further exploitation of the capabilities of TM1 within its African operations. Up until now, Barclays had used TM1 for its daily financial reporting and Central Bank reporting for its various African country operations. Financial data is then transmitted to Dubai for consolidation on a monthly basis. These management reports include many complex calculations including cost allocations, currency conversions and funds transfer pricing, which are all automated utilising TM1’s rules engine. While these reports were previously spreadsheet-based, taking several days to produce, they are now created in minutes. The current activities are part of the bank’s new global information strategy and involve utilising TM1 to adapt the current in-country information into the alternative, standardise view that is required for this initiative. These include, for example, aligning product and sector views …

MCi continues to expand its AdaptRecruitment client base

11th Aug 2008

MCI, the exclusive distributor for Bond International Software in Africa and the largest distributor of staffing software in South Africa, today announced that it had added two additional clients to its community of AdaptRecruitment users, Mashilo Matsetela Consulting and Praxley Human Capital (Praxley). “The availability of the AdaptRecruitment Small Business Edition has allowed us to offer the smaller to medium sized staffing companies the benefits of an enterprise software solution,” commented Aliki Droussiotis, Director of MCI Consultants. “Mashilo Matsetela Consulting and Praxley are just two of a host of similar organisations who have seen the advantages of moving to and utilising a worldclass solution.” Mashilo Matsetela Consulting is based in Polokwane, with branches in Braamfontein and Pretoria; and is a company specialising in the placement of temporary and permanent staff. Praxley Human Capital is a division of Praxley Corporate Solutions. It was established in 2005 and provides an executive search …

MCi continues its penetration up into Africa

4th Aug 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 Jul 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 …