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Our monthly newsletter is loaded with industry news, best practices, and innovative tips & tricks for IBM Cognos, and all of it from the desks of our veteran consultants. No recycled whitepapers or industry articles here.

11 Jan 2016

Beyond Market Basket Analysis: Extending Association Rules

By | January 11th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Data Science, Newsletter|Tags: , , , |

Do you ever wonder how Netflix makes recommendations for you? Or how the drug store decides which coupons to offer you when you make a purchase? Behind the scenes they have a data scientist conducting what is called market basket analysis, which searches through vast amounts of purchase history information to find patterns in people’s [...]

1 Dec 2015

Hadoop Ecosystem Quick Start: 5 Key Components

By | December 1st, 2015|Categories: Business Solutions, Information Management, Newsletter|Tags: , , , |

By now we all know that Hadoop is a central part of many big data projects, but how do we integrate this technology with some of the more traditional approaches to data handling? Is there a way to make sure our Hadoop cluster is interacting with and enriching the rest of our analytics environment? Luckily, [...]

1 Dec 2015

IBM Fluid Query and the Modern Data Warehouse

By | December 1st, 2015|Categories: Information Management, Newsletter, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , , , |

The modern data landscape is so much more diverse than it was in the past, and the modern data warehouse needs to increase its flexibility to keep up. In the modern warehouse, it’s not enough to just source all the data; it’s equally important to source all data types as well. Data professionals need to [...]

6 Oct 2015

Evolve or Die: Business Intelligence’s Future

By | October 6th, 2015|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Newsletter|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Business intelligence has been around for a long time. From decision support systems in the 1960s through Ralph Kimball's books on dimensional modeling in the 1980s, the core concepts of the discipline are decades old. As these concepts and the products built around them mature, more advanced techniques and technologies come to light that evolve [...]

17 Sep 2015

3 Ways Location Intelligence Is Already Part of Your Life

By | September 17th, 2015|Categories: Business Intelligence, Data Science, Newsletter|Tags: , , , , |

So what's the best way to learn any new analytics technology? Tell a story. Stats are fun and features are great, but it's all just talk without context. In this spirit, we're going to show you some examples of how location intelligence can be an ideal platform for out-of-the-box thinking in real-world settings. Just to set the stage, [...]

9 Jul 2013

Introduction to Using RAVE Visualizations in Cognos 10.2.1 Active Report

By | July 9th, 2013|Categories: Business Intelligence, Newsletter, Reporting|Tags: , , , , , |

Rapidly Adaptive Visualization Engine (RAVE) is the technology behind IBM’s extensible visualization offering. With the ability to create your own visualizations and to utilize those that others have created, the bounds of what have historically been accepted as the limits of IBM Cognos charts and graphs are gone. […]

18 Jun 2013

What’s New in IBM Cognos 10.2.1

By | June 18th, 2013|Categories: Newsletter, Press Releases|Tags: , , |

Update 9/9/2013 - Cognos 10.2.1 FP1 has been released - Click to learn more about how this fix pack adds and enhances important functionality of IBM Cognos 10.2.1. On June 11th, IBM announced the release of Cognos 10.2.1, billed as a refresh pack, but loaded to the brim with new features, enhancements and improvements. The [...]

4 Jun 2013

Prepare for Expiration of IBM Cognos 8.4 Support with a Complementary Ironside Upgrade Assessment

By | June 4th, 2013|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , |

Because a large number of IBM Cognos clients have upgraded to Cognos 10, IBM has announced Cognos 8.4 will reach End of Support (EOS) at the end of September 2013. To help clients manage this transition, the Ironside Group is offering a 2-day free assessment for any current Cognos 8.4 client looking for guidance on how to proceed with their Cognos environment. […]

4 Jun 2013

IBM Cognos 10.2 Dynamic Cubes Overview

By | June 4th, 2013|Categories: Newsletter, Proven Practices, Reporting|Tags: , , , , , , |

Previously in our “What’s New in IBM Cognos 10.2” article, we touched upon the new IBM Cognos OLAP capability known as Dynamic Cubes. In this article, we will discuss what it is, when it is useful, and how to put it into practice. […]

7 May 2013

TM1 Cell-level Security, Custom Security Cubes and Rules

By | May 7th, 2013|Categories: Newsletter, Proven Practices, Security|Tags: , , , |

TM1 version 9 introduced the concept of cell-level security, allowing users to secure individual cells without the need for a complicated matrix of element-level security cubes. Cell-level security can quickly become cumbersome, as each cell within a cube requires its own security setting. This article demonstrates how to use rules and a custom security cube to utilize this feature effectively. The IBM sample server GO_New_Stores will be used as an example. […]

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