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IBM estimates that most businesses utilize about 20% of the data they collect, with the other 80% of a company’s stored information remaining under-utilized or inaccessible.

Today, businesses are storing more data than ever before. Data is vital for record keeping and to provide competitive advantage through reporting and analysis tools. So why the low utilization? Read more

Earlier this year, we published a newsletter article scratching the surface of the Text Analytics Premium add-on for IBM SPSS Modeler. It introduced the fundamentals of text analytics and the idea of extracting information from unstructured text data. In this follow-up article, we will dive more deeply into some of the more advanced topics to fully leverage the add-on’s functionalities. Read more

What Python Is and Why to Use It

Python is a powerful open source general-purpose programming language. Through an easy-to-use structure, it allows users to perform a huge variety of controlling tasks on a computer.

In the case of using the Python plug-in for SPSS, it enables one to control the program flow based on conditions, to execute different syntax dynamically and interactively according to intermediate results, to apply command extensions and unlimited Python modules for more complicated algorithms, etc. Read more

On June 17th, Ironside hosted a Customer Analytics for the Informed Executive webinar exploring how advanced analytics can help businesses attract and retain customers. This webinar reviews a variety of data science methods that can utilize extensive existing data to provide guidance on many functional areas within a company. Read more

Award-winning IBM Partner celebrating 15 years re-launches as comprehensive business-focused analytics solution provider

Lexington, MA (May 16, 2014) – The Ironside Group, the award-winning North American business analytics consultancy founded in 1999, today re-launched their organization as simply Ironside. This change is both a reflection of their celebrated 15 year history, as well as a representation of their shift towards providing comprehensive solutions for organizations that are seeking to fundamentally improve performance by harnessing the power of information. The new Ironside will move toward being a one-stop shop for end-to-end analytics solutions, supporting clients from the planning phases all the way through full-scale implementations. Read more

SPSS online training computers conceptIronside is pleased to now offer online versions of our IBM SPSS training courses. The first SPSS online course offering is our May 12th Introduction to IBM SPSS Statistics course. This two-day course is suited for managers, beginning statisticians and programmers, and market research professionals interested in understanding the basics of how to perform data analysis using IBM SPSS Statistics and who want a solid introduction to the statistical capabilities of the program.

For a complete listing of Ironside’s training offerings, please visit the Ironside website.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact us at 781-860-8840 ext. 802 or training@ironsidegroup.com.

The Next Step towards Predictive Maintenance Excellence

IBM Predictive Maintenance and Quality (PMQ) reduces operational costs, improves asset productivity, and increases process efficiency. IBM PMQ helps monitor, maintain, and optimize assets for better utilization and performance, by predicting asset failure and enhancing product quality and supply chain processes. Read more

Use the SPSS Modeler Text Analytics Add-On to Monitor Social Media

As channels of social media penetrate people’s daily life more extensively and intensively, bad reviews and negative opinions travel faster than ever before. Research and surveys have shown that people are far more likely to spread the word about bad experience than a favorable one . Social media, by providing numerous opportunities for word-spreading, escalates this process. It is in the best interest of businesses to monitor comments on social media in real time. Read more

Utilize IBM SPSS Statistics and R to Produce a Combination Correlation Table and Graphs

IBM SPSS Statistics is very powerful software that allows complex data analyses to be performed. R is a very useful software environment that provides a coding language tailored to statistical operations. This article will give an outline of the procedure to enable the use of SPSS Statistics and R to add even more functionality to the use of SPSS Statistics. The example that will be used is generation of a combination correlation table and various graphs using this integration. Read more

Much has been written recently about the value of transforming data into useful information for decision making. It has become a strategic must-have for organizations to figure out how to use the structured historical data they already own, make sense of the ever-expanding amount of unstructured social media data out there, and implement the appropriate analytics platform to use these assets to their fullest extent through developing business intelligence maturity. Read more