PBT GROUP SERVICES
PBT Group provides services and solutions across most aspects relating to data; and from end-to-end.
Whilst the Group’s core expertise historically originated from Data Architecture, Data Modelling and Data Engineering, this naturally expanded to include areas such as Advisory & Strategic, as well as Analytics & Visualisation. PBT Group has also started venturing into the high-end data value streams like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and intends to grow its expertise within this area.
In addition to this – and complementing the data services offered – PBT Group also has an Application Development competency mainly involved with Mobile Application Development within the financial sector.
Strategic & Advisory
- Data Strategy
- Readiness Programme
- Blueprint Architecture
- Business Analysis
- Project Management
- Data Lake
- Data Streaming
- ETL / ELT
- Data Warehouse
- Data Wrangling
- Cloud Infrastructure
- Business Intelligence
- Self-Service Analytics
- Data Science
- Smart Analytics
- Natural Language Processing
- Machine Learning
- Managed Services
- Technical Expertise
- .NET Hub
- Java Hub
Strategic & Advisory
PBT Group’s principal Data & Analytics consultants have 25 years of experience in the data world. This collective experience is complemented by strong Data Governance & Management frameworks that are specifically aimed at dealing with the enterprise complexity of the modern data environment.
PBT Group can perform a readiness assessment of the client’s data journey and consult on modernisation initiatives, assist in the development and implementation of a data strategy, and advise on any associated cloud-based approaches and supporting technologies required.
PBT Group has extensive experience across multiple industries and technologies, implementing successful data pipelines and solutions that span across Data Lakes, Operational Data Stores, Data Warehouses, Advanced Analytics, Data Science, Big Data, Data Visualisation, Cloud and DataOps. The Group’s Data Engineers are well equipped to utilise modern data processing techniques such as data streaming, data wrangling, data vaults etc.
Furthermore, PBT Group can provide Cloud-based services and consulting for most of the major cloud vendors, e.g. Azure
Consultants keep abreast with changing technologies and industry best practices via ongoing training, certifications and as guided by the PBT Innovation division.
Analytics and Visualisation are mainstream consumer areas of stored/prepared data. Data can be consumed either from the raw Data Lake, or from some prepared, modelled data area.
The PBT Group experts are well versed in the methods of consuming and analysing large data sets, for e.g. Data Science, or more traditional Analytics outputs like dashboards, reports, and self-help slice-and-dice front ends. The Group’s Data Visualisation Engineers are familiar with many of the Visualisation tools available and provide significant value add in all aspects of analysis, user experience, data insights and in telling a data story.
In the business world, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an emerging reality. Its adoption is tightly linked to business maturity. AI is commonly defined as the area of computer science that emphasises the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans.
As an extension of its Data Engineering and Advanced Analytics competencies, PBT Group has expanded its service offering into areas of Data Science and AI.
The PBT Group Application Development competency assists organisations to deliver custom applications that focus on system integration, software, web, database, collaboration, business process management and mobile app development.
The PBT Group team has been fundamental in the creation/enhancement of a mobile banking app used by millions of banking clients.
PBT Group’s Managed Services and Solutions offering originated from a large-scale project across 27 countries, with the need to support the associated operations with 1st (day-to-day ‘running’ of the solution), 2nd- and 3rd line support, as well as maintenance (small enhancements) activities to keep the solution relevant. The support model provided the required flexibility of onsite vs. remote support, or a hybrid thereof, as well as more informal vs. formalised, Service Level Agreement (SLA) based support – depending on the operation’s size and budgetary constraints.
PBT Group has subsequently successfully expanded these services to non-support related, functional areas for various local and international clients. The diagram provides a summary of the managed services utilisation/application and associated value proposition PBT Group offers. A managed services and solutions engagement is an attractive consideration as it provides flexibility, on demand capacity and expertise, as well as cost efficiencies associated with a remote working model and limited management overhead.
- Increased productivity
- Predictable cost structure
- High level of technical expertise
- Focus on core business, whilst empowering and enabling end users
- Utilise PBT’s experience and expertise
- No direct resource management & overhead
- Knowledge transfer and enablement
Value Added Services
PBT Group has established long term, strategic partnerships with many of its clients. Such an engagement positions the Group to provide value added services including:
The PBT Graduate Programme, facilitated by the PBT Academy.
Training through the PBT Academy, e.g. BI Business Analysis, Data Modelling, Data Engineering.
A specialised Skills Development Programme customised for the client’s requirements and environment.
“Burst capacity” enabling short term capacity on demand.
Knowledge sharing via the Group’s extensive consultant base and expertise related to industries, technologies and best-practices, locally and abroad.
Client Engagement Models
PBT Group’s service offering is based on the following engagement models:
Engaging a team/part-team in collaboration with the client to deliver a solution via a formalised project.
Providing relevant expertise, e.g. Data Engineers, Business and/or Data Analysts, Data Visualisation Engineers, Data Architects, Project Managers on an ‘as needed’ basis as professional services.
Providing a pre-defined service, e.g. BAU, functional, technology specific, support, as a managed service.
PBT Group is not just a “provider of resources” – the brand prefers to be an active, and valuable contributor in the client’s data strategy, execution and realisation thereof – in a practical, cost-efficient manner.
PBT Group provides data specialist professional services to clients who require additional capacity and/or expert capability with their existing data platform environments. The Group’s consultant base consists of a variety of the mentioned roles, technology skills, and in-depth industry experience.
PBT Group has completed many successful end-to-end data platform, Business Intelligence (BI) and Advanced Analytics projects. Where required, the brand has also provided the on-going maintenance and support after the project. These projects have varied in size and complexity. PBT Group has successfully completed some of the largest data projects on the African continent. The Group’s specialists and project managers have significant experience in the design, construction, implementation, and maintenance of Data and Analytics solutions.
And, the Group’s track record of successful delivery is built on more than 25 years of experience and a well-defined approach that considers the strategic objective, whilst enabling iterative value-add.
PBT Group’s practical project experiences are represented in many of its Use Cases, some of which have been published on the Group’s website, www.pbtgroup.co.za, or can be provided on request.
PBT promotes a few principles of Data & Analytics initiatives, namely:
- Confirm business ownership – appropriate project structure
- Understand business goals and tangible objectives – requirement specification, defined scope
- Think Big, Start Small – conceptual architecture
- Confirm client’s readiness – readiness assessment, quality checks
- Phased, iterative delivery cycles – early and continuous business value add
- Well-managed and open communication – appropriate project management
- Enable / contract knowledge – & IP transfer
- PBT will always align with the client’s preferred technology stack and methodology