The Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) just launched a seminar research series that is designed to discuss research ideas towards creating new knowledge and tools of long-term interest to the transport and logistics community in practice. This project will be a regular component in the NGCL calendar and it started out with already two successful seminars.

Dr. Kenneth Odero hosted the first seminar on „The State of Logistics in Namibia: A Book Project Proposal“ which illustrated the actual situation in Namibia and why this situation needs to change and how to do it.

The second seminar was held by Prof. Dr. Schmidt who made a provoking presentation on „Logistic Analytics: From Traditional Reports to Big Data“ which addressed the fact that, due to the growing use of mobile business intelligence, the changing processes of decision-making in electronic form and the use of rapid technologies and applications, the traditional reporting needs to alter in order to keep up with the changes. While the traditional reporting was based on data storage and analysis at the operational level for which multidimensional and visual methods were used, the so-called big data (such as high-value and high-velocity) and the high-volumes (such as terabytes and megabytes) are asking for new forms of processing in order to enable enhanced decision-making and insight discovery.

These research seminar series is being held at least once a month and it is open to the public.