Information Management

12 Jun 2017

The Iterative Data Warehouse: A Modern Take on Centralized Analytics

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Information Management, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , , , |

The simple truth about data warehouses is that the traditional “big bang” method of building them doesn’t work for most organizations anymore. The diversity of data sources and formats we can access is constantly expanding, and taking them all on at once to form a single central repository results in a massive project that can [...]

11 May 2017

The Cost of Technical Debt in Analytics

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Information Management|Tags: , , , , , , |

In the world of data and analytics, technical debt is what happens when organizations make conscious decisions to solve short-term problems, even when they know there could be long-term and potentially negative implications around their actions. It exists in every organization, including yours. Not all technical debt is bad, as long as it is strategically [...]

10 Mar 2017

How Pitney Bowes’ New Data Practice Helps Our Clients Succeed

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Pitney Bowes, Press Releases|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Yesterday, Ironside's partner Pitney Bowes announced that they are forming a new data practice built to accelerate businesses' digital transformation initiatives. This practice will reach across the whole company to accomplish the goal of helping organizations "utilize data and analytics to deliver a superior customer experience, support product and service innovation, and optimize business processes" [...]

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 [...]

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

Got Standards? Master Data Management’s Meaning

By | April 29th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Information Management, Infrastructure|Tags: , , , , , |

Master data management (MDM) efforts often get bogged down quickly due to business thinking that the entire process is owned by IT when in fact they need to set the standards. Knowing how to do that and what real MDM means will help make these efforts become collaborative and smooth to run. This article will answer [...]

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 [...]

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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