Best Practices

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 [...]

20 Jun 2016

The Newbie Data Science Guide: Beginning Advanced Analytics

By | June 20th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Data Science, Proven Practices|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Many of you have heard buzzwords such as “data science,” “big data,” or the “Internet of Things” before. You’re able to piece together that these fields relate to each other and deal with analyzing data in some way, but maybe you’re not so sure what these terms really mean. That’s what I’m here to help [...]

29 Mar 2016

5 Ways to Drive Analytics Adoption: Engage Your Organization

By | March 29th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Proven Practices|Tags: , , , , , , |

Let’s go back a few years. You and your company invested significant amounts of time, effort, and capital to implement a business intelligence environment meant to serve the analytic needs of your organization and help drive insights. You and your team spent extra effort in developing the metadata and reporting that the business said they [...]

21 Mar 2016

Why Your Dashboard Sucks: Design Thinking at Gartner BI

By | March 21st, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Events, Press Releases|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This year at the Gartner BI & Analytics Summit in Grapevine, Texas, Ironside's own Greg Bonnette delivered a presentation that got his audience questioning just what it is that makes a good dashboard. During his talk, Why Your Dashboard Sucks, Greg used the all-too-familiar staple of BI development as a gateway into a much wider discussion of [...]

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 [...]

11 Jan 2016

Recipes for Predictive Modeling: Highly Imbalanced Data

By | January 11th, 2016|Categories: Data Science, Modeling, Proven Practices|Tags: , , , , , |

Suppose you’re trying to build a model to predict respondents, and in your data set, about 3% of the population will respond (target = 1). Without applying any specific analysis techniques, your prediction results will likely be that every record is predicted as a non responder (predicted target = 0), making the prediction result insufficiently [...]

12 May 2015

Ironside Tech Tip: Where to Apply Filter Strategies – In the Database, in the Package, or in the Report?

By | May 12th, 2015|Categories: Security, Tech Tip, Training|Tags: , , , , , |

Guarding the security of and defining access to data is often a necessary business requirement. Not all users can or should have access to a total data set, so filter strategies need to be applied to restrict what appears to different users running reports. As Cognos developers, the first question we should ask when faced [...]

6 Apr 2015

3 Keys to Strong Data and Analytics MSP Relationships: How to Pick a Partner, Not Just a Provider

By | April 6th, 2015|Categories: Advisory, Managed Services, Proven Practices|Tags: , , , |

Thanks to the widespread availability of the cloud and the rampant growth of the remote options it enables, these days it feels like everyone is looking for a Managed Services Provider (MSP) to help manage different aspects of their environment. Whether they provide firewalls, antivirus solutions, or business analytics platforms, MSPs abound. There are many [...]

9 Oct 2014

Ironside Tech Tip: Conditional Blocks – Applications and Usages

By | October 9th, 2014|Categories: Business Intelligence, Reporting, Tech Tip|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Synopsis How to create, implement and use conditional blocks in Cognos reports. Overview Conditional blocks show different display results based on user interaction or parameters read in when a report is run. They provide a creative method for presenting either the same report data in various formats or executing several completely different reports from one [...]

6 Jan 2014

Ironside Tech Tip: Working with IBM Cognos BI and Microsoft Office

By | January 6th, 2014|Categories: Business Intelligence, Reporting, Tech Tip|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Using Cognos we can generate reports in Excel, Microsoft Word and Power Point. In this article we will see what components we need to produce these reports in Microsoft Office. Required Components and Installations: 1. You need to have Cognos environment ready and useable for generating reports, as shown below. 2. You have to install Microsoft Office in [...]

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