Resilience & Analytics, learnings from the pandemic

How data can help organisations to act fast when facing the unexpected

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolded, organizations had to adapt to quickly changing market conditions and mobilize their data and analytics resources to make informed decisions. In many ways, this crisis has proven to be an accelerator of digital transformation. 

There has been a growing realization of how much we rely on data and analytics to adapt and survive and the importance of agile, effective analytics processes. Steps have been taken in the heat of the crisis that will have long-lasting positive impacts on our ability to weather any storms. 

More than ever, there is a need for efficient, automated analytics processes, open cloud-based architectures, data literacy, and a culture of self-sufficiency, cross-functional collaboration and innovation.


Olivier Penel
Olivier Penel
Data & Analytics Strategic Advisor,
SAS Global

Artificial Intelligence is re-shaping the world we live in. From life partner choices to political campaign management, sport performance optimization and of course business decisions, AI is weaving into more and more aspects of society, businesses and personal lives. In this innovation race, data is the “new black”, data science is emerging as a new profession, and ethics is becoming the new frontier of technology.​ ​ 

With a long-lasting obsession for data, Olivier is passionate about data-driven innovation, artificial intelligence and how it relates to bigger questions such as privacy and ethics. ​ 

As a thought leader, public speaker and trusted advisor, Olivier enjoys providing strategic guidance to customers to streamline the creation of analytic insight, from data to decision, to operationalize analytics, to maximise the value from AI investments and to accelerate digital transformations. ​ 

Olivier has an engineering degree in Human-Computer Interactions with a minor in Philosophy, Technology, and Cognition. He is currently acting as an advisor in the Global Sales Support organization at SAS Institute.​

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