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The Efficient Group partners with The Data Company Technologies for their digital transformation journey

Leading digital expert The Data Company announced today a new partnership with The Efficient Group to deliver a digital transformation journey that will accelerate business growth and market leadership.

A local leader in the financial services industry, The Efficient Group is an aggressive adopter of cutting-edge technologies to solve challenging problems and drive business growth. Through this new partnership, it will undergo a Group-wide technology transformation programme that will see the implementation of a ‘first-of-its-kind’ data and technology integration hub in South Africa.

The Efficient Group’s Information Technology Officer, Wikus Janse van Vuuren says the company aims to achieve growth through the synergy of technologies. “The new, innovative hub will provide a state-of-the-art client experience for clients to view their entire financial portfolio – managed by the Efficient Group – in one place online, while still benefitting from our independent financial advice offline. This ensures that they will continue to receive personalised products and services based on their individual needs.”  

The hub will also provide an elevated experience for the Efficient Wealth advisors, who will have a 360-degree view of their client portfolios to facilitate enhanced client service.

Kali Bagary, Chief Executive Officer of The Data Company says they will provide a managed service that brings people, processes, and technology together to deliver a phased transformation journey over the course of the next two years.

“This approach enables the Efficient Group to realise material results, customise its scope and prioritise according to its identified strategic needs,” he says. “It also ensures that we at The Data Company can begin adding value within the organisation from the early stages of the transformation process.”

He adds that the project will allow the Efficient Group to unlock the power of their data and enjoy the benefits of customised technology that is best suited to their business needs.

As well as developing the new intelligent data hub, the project will include maintaining central standard ‘connectors’ to enable the Group to link their different systems. User access portals and dashboards will be developed and implemented for key stakeholders, such as customers, advisors, management, and administrative staff.

“By empowering the Efficient Group to make better use of their data, this project aims to accelerate the already significant value that can be derived from system and data integration, such as industry-leading customer service, improved strategic decision making, simplified operational processes, enhanced customer insights, and cost reduction,” says Bagary.

“I am delighted that Efficient Group has chosen to partner with The Data Company to deliver a strategic digital and data transformation programme. We are innovating the way the business will transform by offering the Efficient Group the ability to scope and plan incremental deliveries according to the business needs. This translates to a low risk and high rate of return on investment for the Efficient Group,” he says.

Van Vuuren adds: “It is extremely exciting to lead this digital transformation project within the Efficient Group with The Data Company. We are working to bring a solution to market that is not yet available in South Africa. It will be a real differentiator for the Group, our employees and especially for our clients.”

The Efficient Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Heiko Weidhase, says: “Our Group’s vision is for every South African to attain financial well-being. We partner with people to realise their ambitions through financial solutions. In this current day and age, data, technology, and systems are key to achieving this.”

About The Data Company:

Based in the United Kingdom and South Africa, The Data Company helps enterprises with their digital transformation, with the aim of accelerating the agility of the business. By unlocking the value of data and turning insights into actions, organisations benefit from new revenue opportunities and operational efficiencies.

About the Efficient Group:

The Efficient Group was established in 2002, primarily as an asset management company. Today, they are a leading diversified financial services group focussed on professional advice, quality solutions, and tailor-made investment products across the full financial services value chain.

The Efficient Group operates through three clusters: Wealth, Risks, and Investments; Multi-Manager; and Management Company. They service more than 94 000 clients across South Africa and employ 530 people, including 223 registered financial advisors. The Group advises, manages, consults, and administers R343 billion worth of assets. Using our portfolio of differentiated businesses, our experts orchestrate resources to deliver optimal value and exceptional client experiences.

For more information, please contact:

Wikus Janse van Vuuren

The Efficient Group: Information Technology Officer

+27 82 457 4414

Kali Bagary

The Data Company Technologies: Chief Executive Officer

+44 7774 239294

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