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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 [...]

12 Dec 2016

Defining An Analytics Strategy

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, In the News, Press Releases|Tags: , , , , , , , |

LEXINGTON, Mass., Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ironside, a Boston-based data and analytics firm, just released an authoritative list of questions that they recommend business leaders try to answer now in planning for their analytics initiatives. Today, it's safe to say that the majority of businesses understand the value of analytics. They get that their data [...]

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 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 [...]

16 Sep 2016

Ironside Uncovers TM1 SSL Certificate Expiration Issue

By | September 16th, 2016|Categories: Financial Performance Management, IBM, Press Releases, Proven Practices|Tags: , , , , , , |

Ironside recently reported a new issue to IBM that is now confirmed as having an impact on all TM1 sites regardless of version. The Ironside Managed Services team uncovered the issue while troubleshooting a client's environment. "In our efforts to secure an environment for one of our larger insurance clients, it was noticed that the [...]

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