Information Management

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 [...]

11 Jan 2016

Our Top 5 Articles of 2015: Data, Analytics, Advisory

By | January 11th, 2016|Categories: Business Intelligence, Data Science, Information Management|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Even though we're already blazing full speed ahead into 2016, it's always important to take a minute to look back at the past year and recognize the high points that made it special. In addition to being named a Boston Business Journal Pacesetter for the second time, making the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies [...]

1 Dec 2015

Hadoop Ecosystem Quick Start: 5 Key Components

By | December 1st, 2015|Categories: Business Solutions, Information Management, Newsletter|Tags: , , , |

By now we all know that Hadoop is a central part of many big data projects, but how do we integrate this technology with some of the more traditional approaches to data handling? Is there a way to make sure our Hadoop cluster is interacting with and enriching the rest of our analytics environment? Luckily, [...]

1 Dec 2015

IBM Fluid Query and the Modern Data Warehouse

By | December 1st, 2015|Categories: Information Management, Newsletter, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , , , |

The modern data landscape is so much more diverse than it was in the past, and the modern data warehouse needs to increase its flexibility to keep up. In the modern warehouse, it’s not enough to just source all the data; it’s equally important to source all data types as well. Data professionals need to [...]

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