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Traditional thinking when considering an enterprise business intelligence software purchase is for IT own it, operate it, and be wholly responsible for everything involved with it.  Factor in a challenging economy, little room for adding headcount, and internal resources spread thin on multiple projects.  If this seems like too much of a burden to undertake, but you’d still like to reap the benefits of an enterprise BI solution then it may be time to think outside the box and explore the idea of having your solution hosted and managed externally.

As we work with our customers, one important thing we have observed is that line of business customers in organizations of all sizes are trying to become less reliant on IT and more self-sufficient. Their major concern is the amount of internal resources and infrastructure they will need to dedicate to a solution. Although IBM designs their products to be easy to manage internally, sometimes having dedicated resources to manage the solution is not feasible.

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What are the IBM Cognos TM1 Integration Points?

IBM Cognos TM1 is fast becoming a critical component of the IBM business analytics suite of offerings. As the application becomes more prevalent in the industry, we are seeing more and more customers inquiring about the integration points between IBM Cognos TM1 and the IBM Cognos BI suite of tools. There are six common integration points between TM1 9.5.2 and IBM Cognos BI:

-IBM Cognos BI Security
-Utilization of previously developed TM1 Web content within the Cognos Connection interface through TM1 Portlets
-TM1 cubes as a data source within the IBM Cognos BI environment
-TM1 Widgets
-TM1 cubes as a source within the IBM Cognos BIA studio
-IBM Cognos TM1 Package Connector to access IBM Cognos Framework Manager packages

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Self-service or personal analytics is in high demand yet studies indicate business intelligence adoption continues to be a challenge?  Business users need an easy way to combine and analyze data in real time that helps them make more informed decisions to improve financial performance.

On February 7th, IBM announced its new data discovery solution, IBM Cognos Insight.  Discovery analytics empowers business users to import multiple sources of data (Excel, etc.) to easily explore, visualize and interact with data, perform scenario analyses and share insights. IBM Cognos Insight helps transform ever growing amounts of data into more useful and actionable information. IBM Cognos Insight can be used stand alone on your desktop or become part of your Cognos Express or Enterprise deployment.

Attend an IBM Cognos Insight March Madness Tour Stop

Join us in a city near you for a short presentation on this exciting new offering that truly differentiates IBM business analytics from the rest.  Lunch or dinner will be served and schedule permitting, enjoy viewing the March Madness basketball tournament.

If you are interested in learning more about these events, please reach out to Kristin Brown at kbrown ironsidegroup .

Sunday October 23rd– Thursday October 27th

Flip Video Ultra HD The Ironside Group is proud to be a Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor at the Information on Demand Conference at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. We will be hosting numerous events throughout the week, including a private cocktail and dinner party on Monday evening. Please visit the Ironside Group’s booth which is located at #G1009 in the Business Analytics section on the main EXPO floor for a chance to win a Flip Video Camera or a $500 AMEX Gift card. The booth will be staffed daily with members of our sales and technical team. If you are attending IOD and are interested in scheduling a meeting with us, joining us at our private dinner event. Need advice about which IOD events would be best suited for you? Contact Kristin Brown at kbrown@ironsidegroup.com or 781-860-8840, and she will be happy to provide you with more information. For more information regarding Information on Demand 2011, please visit the event website http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/2011-conference/ .

$500 Amex Gift Card

SPSS Predictive AnalyticsIBM Business Analytics software is designed to deliver complete, insightful, and accurate information for decision makers to make more effective decisions. As part of this portfolio, IBM SPSS Predictive Analytics software specializes in predictive analytics which organizations can rely on to predict future outcomes based on patterns found in historical data. Organizations in almost all industries of every size can benefit from the IBM SPSS technology to provide clear and actionable insight into current performance as well as use the information to drive better outcomes for future business. While Business Intelligence can help to monitor the current and past performance of the business operation, Predictive Analytics can answer questions on why the business is performing in a certain manner and how it can be improved in the future. Read more

IBM Cognos Midsize Business Analytics Virtual Summit

Would you like to unlock your data, turn that data into insights, and drive business growth? Join The Ironside Group on September 15th, 2010 for the third quarterly IBM Cognos Mid-Size Business Analytics Virtual Summit.  The first two have been a huge success drawing thousands of participants.  Come see whats new with Cognos Express.  IBM will be unveiling the newest capabilities of their Cognos Express Reporting, Analytics, and Planning software, purpose built for small to mid-size companies. Read more