Data Integration

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 [...]

15 Sep 2016

Top New Features in Tableau 10

By | September 15th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Tableau|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Tableau 10 was released on August 15th, and it is quite an upgrade. I’ve been spending some time doing hands-on testing of the new version, and I’m excited to share some of the new features I’ve explored with you. In addition to a new custom font, new color palettes, and new themes that make Tableau [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

1 Mar 2015

ETL vs. ELT – What’s the Big Difference?

By | March 1st, 2015|Categories: Advisory, Information Management, Infrastructure|Tags: , , , , |

ELT is a term heard increasingly in today’s analytic environments. Understanding what it means, and how you can make use of it, requires understanding the traditional nature of how data warehouses are loaded and how data movement tools work. That's why we've pulled this article together: to break down the ETL vs. ELT divide and [...]

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