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Grasshopper Group Selects IBM Cognos Express for
Affordability and Rapid ROI to Help Achieve their Goal of Servicing Over One Million Entrepreneurs

“Cognos Express was a solution that fit our budget, even as a small company, and we were able to get it implemented in a much faster time than I would have ever expected.”

Mike Morris, Vice President of Operations

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The Ironside Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that we will be speaking with our customer, Grasshopper Group, a provider of a suite of products that entrepreneurs love to use and helps them get over some of the initial hurdles of running a business, as the keynote presentation at the December 8th Midsize Business Analytics Virtual Summit. Grasshopper will be offering insight into their experience with us and with Cognos Express. As an attendee, you will gain insight into Grasshopper’s self-service reporting implementation and strategy, which has significantly improved organizational efficiency. The Midsize Business Analytics Virtual summit is an amazing opportunity to see what’s new with Cognos Express without leaving your desk. IBM will be unveiling the newest capabilities of their Cognos Express Reporting, Analytics, and Planning software, purpose built for small to mid-size companies. Sign up and join us at the Keynote presentation featuring Grasshopper and Ironside on December 8th.

During 2009, IBM Cognos introduced Cognos Express, its one-stop BI and planning solution purpose-built to meet the needs of midsize companies”. While large organizations have been implementing Business Intelligence solutions for years, mid-size organizations were often left in a quandary wondering whether to spend time and money on a solution that did not necessarily fit their needs. With a more streamlined implementation, web and excel based interfaces, and attractive pricing, Cognos Express is a promising step in closing the gap between mid-sized companies and enterprise Performance Management Software. Read more

The late 2009 release of Cognos Express has generated quite a bit of interest from companies considering the benefits of a Business Intelligence (BI) implementation, but had previously been limited by financial considerations. While this entry into the market does provide an excellent solution at a relatively low cost, IT departments need to keep in mind that this type of BI software is never a turnkey solution.  Many of the same strategic and tactical issues that larger companies have faced over the past decade in an effort to effectively undertake a BI initiative while retaining a high ROI will be faced, all be it on a smaller scale, by mid-market organizations. It is critical that the IBM Cognos Express team in these organizations realize that a complete implementation methodology is vital to the overall success and sustainability of the BI project, no matter the size of the company, the cost of the tool or the complexity of the project. Read more