Business Intelligence

11 Sep 2017

Be A Data Champion

By | September 11th, 2017|Categories: Business, Business Intelligence, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , |

September 2017 By Brian Chalifour   Being the sole data champion within your organization can present difficulties when you’re vying for limited company resources and attention from the “powers that be.” No doubt, you may find the role to be frustrating at times. Yet you may also find the role to be extremely rewarding, because [...]

3 Aug 2017

Customer Analytics in a Competitive Marketplace

By | August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Business Intelligence, Business Solutions, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , , |

Ironside’s Ray Haddad published an article on LinkedIn titled “Applications of Nonlinearity in Life and Customer Analytics” in August 2017.   What’s the best way to hold on to your customers in a competitive marketplace? That’s a classic business question, for which Ray Haddad uses an innovative methodology to provide surprising answers in this just-posted article. [...]

11 May 2017

The Cost of Technical Debt in Analytics

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Information Management|Tags: , , , , , , |

In the world of data and analytics, technical debt is what happens when organizations make conscious decisions to solve short-term problems, even when they know there could be long-term and potentially negative implications around their actions. It exists in every organization, including yours. Not all technical debt is bad, as long as it is strategically [...]

1 May 2017

Words of Warning: 5 Dangerous Dashboarding Terms

By | May 1st, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Data Visualization|Tags: , , , , , , , |

  When planning your next dashboard project, watch out for these 5 dashboarding terms that could possibly jeopardize its success.     Introduction: Bracing for a Challenge You already have a headache preparing for your new dashboard project. Your gut churns while thinking of the battles that lie ahead over feature prioritization, stakeholder alignment, and resource [...]

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, as of April 2018 there will be limited extended support for Cognos 10.x. 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 [...]

31 Oct 2016

Navigating Tableau Conference 2016: An Interview with Crystal Meyers and Katelyn Tolbert

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: Business Intelligence, Events, Tableau|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

We’re getting ready for Tableau Conference 2016 here at Ironside. With only a short time left until November 7th, our team is preparing for which parts of the conference they’re most excited to take in. And, more importantly, developing strategies for prioritizing where to spend their time. I got a chance to catch up quick with Crystal [...]

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 [...]

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