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Last week at IBM Insight, Ironside was presented with IBM’s Business Intelligence Partner of the Year award for 2015. The press release below provides more details on the award and what it means for us.

Lexington, MA (October 24, 2015) – This week at the IBM Insight conference, Ironside had the honor of being name Business Intelligence Partner of the Year for 2015. The award recognizes the IBM Business Partner that has delivered exceptional solutions using IBM products and services in the BI space this year. Read more

This year’s IBM Insight conference has been chock full of many exciting announcements so far, including news about the next version of Cognos BI – Cognos Analytics.

Scheduled for general release by the end of 2015, Cognos Analytics promises an improved total experience for the entire analytics community from the business user to the IT developer, delivering enhanced usability focused on bringing together self-service and governance, two areas often thought to be incompatible. Cognos Analytics aims to change that perception by addressing both the increasing pressure for self-service and the critical need for governance in one elegant and intuitive enterprise-ready platform. Read more

Business intelligence has been around for a long time. From decision support systems in the 1960s through Ralph Kimball’s books on dimensional modeling in the 1980s, the core concepts of the discipline are decades old. As these concepts and the products built around them mature, more advanced techniques and technologies come to light that evolve and redefine what we thought we knew about the business intelligence space and business intelligence’s future. For instance, developments like the cloud, data visualization tools, and predictive analytics are changing the way businesses evaluate and make decisions from their data. Read more

Ironside is happy to announce that we have partnered with Pitney Bowes, one of the top location intelligence and data providers, to transform how our clients see, interact with, and gain insight from the location and business information to which they have access. The Pitney Bowes partnership pairs their sophisticated location intelligence technologies and comprehensive, diverse data sets with Ironside’s unrivaled analytics expertise and technical know-how to bring to market solutions that give geographic context to organizations’ historical data, provide actionable location-based intelligence in real time, and even map future trends using variables relevant to the area displayed. Read more

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 with this requirement is what filter strategies work best for our data and why? Read more

On April 14th, Ironside hosted a What to Expect for Your Cognos Environment webinar, where Ironside’s Technical Services Manager presented on how your Cognos environment should behave along with tips and tricks for making any necessary improvements. Read more

On March 26th,  Ironside hosted What’s New in Cognos 10.2.2 – Top Features You Need to Know About Webinar, where Ironside’s Senior Technical Instructor presented the audience through all the powerful enhancements included in Cognos 10.2.2. Read more

On February 24th,  Ironside hosted Select the Right Cognos 10.2.2 Tool for the Job: Real-Life Selection Process Leveraging Your use Case webinar, where Ironside’s Senior Consulant De Hsieh,  presented an in-depth look into which of the many Cognos tools available are right for which jobs. During this webinar we reviewed some of the issues your organization are currently facing and present our thoughts about and proven practices for their delivery. Read more

Migrating Cognos is a highly involved process, especially when you’re moving across multiple versions. When one of our clients needed this kind of migration completed, our experts turned to Cognos SDK to streamline the process and adjust the system to meet the client’s needs exactly. Read more

In Cognos 10.2.1 and earlier versions, the phrase that most accurately described a multi-page report was “wrestling match.” Long list reports would flow on for page after page until somewhere along the way you ran into that chart you knew you added but were starting to forget about. Defining page breaks helped some, but following the flow of a multi-page report was often a tiresome process that left your mouse hand cramped from clicking Page Down. With the release of Cognos 10.2.2, IBM changed all that with tabbed reports. Read more