Strategy & Innovation

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 [...]

15 Oct 2016

Boston Data & Analytics Service Firm Names New COO

By | October 15th, 2016|Categories: In the News, Press Releases, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , |

LEXINGTON, MA - Ironside, a Boston enterprise data and analytics service firm announced last week the appointment of David Michelson, Chief Operating Officer. Michelson joins the company with over 20 years of business and technical consulting leadership, helping clients solve their most critical business issues. "I am personally thrilled to have David on the team as he [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

6 Jun 2016

Domo Marketing Analytics: A Case for Rapid Data Discovery

By | June 6th, 2016|Categories: Data Visualization, Domo, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Domo is a tool that has stood out among the many data discovery-oriented analytics solutions now hitting the market thanks to how quickly it can have a practical impact on specific functional or industry business cases. It represents the realities of modern business: The questions organizations ask to support decision making are constantly evolving. Traditional [...]

11 May 2016

5 Core Goals of Data Driven Policing

By | May 11th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Data Science, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , |

Policing in the United States and around the world is rapidly changing.  Just as there have been paradigm shifts in law enforcement procedures in the past, we are now on the brink of another transformation of how communities are policed.  Current national narratives and recent events are motivating these changes, and like it or not, [...]

18 Apr 2016

Ironside Webinar Series: IT-Driven vs. User-Driven Analytics: How to Coexist

By | April 18th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Strategy & Innovation, Webinars|Tags: , , , |

On April 7th, Ironside hosted a webinar on IT-Driven vs. User-Driven Analytics: How to Coexist. Rob Minogue, Director of Advisory Services and Scott Misage, Business Analytics Practice Lead, presented on how to bridge the gap between IT-Driven analytics and User-Driven analytics and innovative approaches to monitoring and governance. […]

28 Mar 2016

Rolling Forecast Automation: Financial Analytics Maximized

By | March 28th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Financial Performance Management, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , |

Financial analytics and performance monitoring are vital components in an organization’s success. The ability to review and quickly react to industry and market changes is a critical competitive advantage that requires agile analytics to get right. The rolling forecast is a continuous planning process that provides your organization with just such an analytical vehicle.  Extending beyond [...]

16 Mar 2016

Get By with a Little Help from Empathy: Design Thinking Part 1

By | March 16th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Data Visualization, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , , |

What Is Design Thinking? "Design thinking is about believing we can make a difference and having an intentional process in order to get to new, relevant solutions that create positive impact." - IDEO It is not a magic bullet.  It is not the only approach to problem solving.  Instead, design thinking is simply another tool [...]

23 Feb 2016

How Data Management and Governance Can Enable Successful Self-Service BI

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

Ironside's Crystal Meyers was featured in Vol. 19, No. 4 of TDWI's Business Intelligence Journal. Her points are particularly relevant as business analytics begins a more pronounced shift toward a bimodal model in 2016. Reprinted with permission of 1105 Media, Inc. As published in TDWI's Business Intelligence Journal. Abstract How can you build a dashboard [...]

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