Information Management

12 Jun 2017

The Iterative Data Warehouse: A Modern Take on Centralized Analytics

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Information Management, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , , , |

The simple truth about data warehouses is that the traditional “big bang” method of building them doesn’t work for most organizations anymore. The diversity of data sources and formats we can access is constantly expanding, and taking them all on at once to form a single central repository results in a massive project that can [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

21 Jun 2016

Agile Data Warehousing with Spark

By | June 21st, 2016|Categories: Information Management, Infrastructure, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , , , |

Data discovery is a “new” technique that takes a less formal and more agile approach to analyzing data. Okay, well, it’s not really new -- people have been doing this with spreadsheets for decades -- but the products that support it have improved greatly and have forced a more formal consideration of these techniques. The [...]

20 May 2016

Geoff Speare Named Information Management Practice Lead

By | May 20th, 2016|Categories: Awards & Recognition, Information Management, Press Releases|Tags: , , , , , |

Ironside has placed the reins of our information management and data integration practice into the hands of one of our strongest data handling experts: Geoff Speare. Geoff will now be serving in a broader strategic and management capacity as our Practice Lead for Information Management. His deep expertise across both traditional and big data-oriented infrastructures, passion [...]

17 May 2016

Why to Use Spark for Data Prep and Machine Learning

By | May 17th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Data Science, Information Management|Tags: , , , , , |

The immense amount of data being collected today, in any industry, expands the reality of advanced analytics and data science. In concept, it creates an explosion of opportunities and expands what can be accomplished. In reality, we are often limited in scope by our data processing systems which may not be able to handle the [...]

29 Apr 2016

Got Standards? Master Data Management’s Meaning

By | April 29th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Information Management, Infrastructure|Tags: , , , , , |

Master data management (MDM) efforts often get bogged down quickly due to business thinking that the entire process is owned by IT when in fact they need to set the standards. Knowing how to do that and what real MDM means will help make these efforts become collaborative and smooth to run. This article will answer [...]

29 Apr 2016

Crunching Web Logs with Spark: Handling Your Site’s Big Data

By | April 29th, 2016|Categories: Data Science, Information Management, Proven Practices|Tags: , , , , , |

Don’t think you have big data?  Chances are you do.  The fact is if you have a website, you have big data.  Web servers capture and store events related to user traffic.  The web logs they generate essentially tell the story of what users did when they visited your site.  This information can provide your [...]

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