Advisory

23 Feb 2017

The CIO and Analytics Strategy: Ironside’s Take

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Business, IT|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CIO and IDG released the 2017 State of the CIO report this week. Their findings are useful not just for the CIO role in general but also for exploring the connection between the CIO and analytics initiatives. Looking at the report through the lens of data and analytics, I had three reactions to the survey [...]

15 Feb 2017

Understanding Data Governance: Tools, Documents, Processes, and People

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Business, Information Management|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Data governance is a common need across organizations, and can be a very challenging subject to tackle. Understanding data governance's components, what good governance looks like, and the drivers behind adopting it is essential to creating a successful governance effort. What Is Governance? Governance (more specifically, data governance) is a discipline for managing all aspects [...]

26 Jan 2017

3 Reasons Your Data & Analytics Roadmap Isn’t Helping You Reach Your Goals

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Information Management|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Creating a data and analytics roadmap is an important first step in helping your organization utilize data to achieve growth, understanding, and action. But often we hear from clients that their roadmap isn't leading them to their desired destination. While many are successful in laying out the technical requirements, identifying the path to business outcomes, [...]

17 Jan 2017

Take a Value Based Approach to Your Analytics Platform Migration

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , |

Analytics platform migrations and upgrades are among Ironside's core competencies. We’ve been doing them since our inception, and we do a lot of them. Here are four common pitfalls that we’ve seen organizations from a variety of industries suffer from during the process. Universal Pitfalls 1. Overlooking the Opportunity to Prune and Consolidate: A Value Based [...]

5 Jan 2017

3 Reasons to Start Your Upgrade from Cognos BI to Cognos Analytics Right Now

By | January 5th, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, IBM, IT|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

As we’ve mentioned before, the end of support date for Cognos 10.x is April 30th, 2018. Sure, that sounds like a long time from now, but if there’s anything I’ve learned from my time in enterprise IT, it’s that making a change is like turning a battleship. You need to start actively planning for it [...]

15 Sep 2016

Top New Features in Tableau 10

By | September 15th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Tableau|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Tableau 10 was released on August 15th, and it is quite an upgrade. I’ve been spending some time doing hands-on testing of the new version, and I’m excited to share some of the new features I’ve explored with you. In addition to a new custom font, new color palettes, and new themes that make Tableau [...]

7 Sep 2016

Empowering Insight with Tableau: A Case for Self-Service Analytics

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Tableau|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Tableau’s powerful data discovery and visual analytics capabilities make it an ideal tool for enabling end users to achieve data driven insights at the speed of business.  It puts data in the hands of the business users who have the most to gain from it in an intuitive manner that allows for rapid visualization and [...]

23 Aug 2016

The BI Tool Roundup: Finding What Fits

By | August 23rd, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Strategy & Innovation, Tableau|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The BI software market is continually becoming larger and more complex to navigate.  Any organization looking to implement, update, complement, or replace BI tools has surely been inundated with information from dozens of vendors offering potentially hundreds of business analytics technologies.  How does one begin the process of narrowing the playing field and choosing the [...]

16 Aug 2016

Social Media Analytics: Unlocking Your Audience

By | August 16th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Data Science|Tags: , , , , |

According to Dave Chaffey’s 2016 global social media research summary, over 2.3 billion people actively use websites like Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and LinkedIn to view content or engage with other users [1]. This massive audience represents a huge opportunity for organizations to understand what trends they can connect with, who their ideal customers are, and [...]

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