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Hospital readmissions are estimated to cost over $41 billion annually. Readmissions, specifically when patients are readmitted within 30 days of discharge, are quality metrics that hospitals watch closely. Healthcare organizations seek to understand what conditions are bringing patients back to the hospital. Many readmissions could be prevented if hospitals can identify the factors that indicate readmission in the patient population. 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

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

Great news for those on the West Coast, beginning in 2014 Ironside will offer a series of IBM Business Analytics public training classes in California! Ironside training offerings will include a variety of IBM Cognos, TM1, and SPSS training, taught by some of the best trainers in the industry. Classes will be held in Irvine with plans to expand to Central and North California.

Ironside training programs are geared toward providing customers with a complete and relevant educational experience, incorporating instructor led material, student focused workshops, and hands-on demos. Ironside Group’s training offerings lay a solid foundation for future development in all aspects of IBM Business Analytics.

If you are interested in attending an IBM Business Analytics training course in California you can attended one of the following training courses:

  • 2/17/2014 -Report Studio Fundamental and Advanced Training
  • 3/10/2014 -Framework manager Fundamentals & Advanced
  • 4/7/2014 – Cognos Administration Training
  • 4/10/2014 -Workspace & Workspace Advanced
  • 5/12/2014 -Dynamic Cubes Fast Track
  • 6/16/2014 – Report Studio Fundamentals & Advanced
  • 7/14/2014 – Framework Manager Fundamentals & Advanced
  • 8/11/2014 – Dynamic Cubes Fast Track

 

If you have any questions or to learn more about Ironside’s business analytics training, check out our full course catalog. You can also see our full list of public courses or investigate options for having a private course taught onsite at your organization.

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

IBM Finance Forum

Finance Forum is a global series of complimentary events designed specifically for you—the finance professional.  IBM Finance Forum showcasing the latest IBM solutions for performance management, financial governance, risk management and incentive compensation IBM Performance Eventsmanagement. Read more

SPSS allows users in almost any industry to see into the future. The solution is part of IBM’s Business Analytics portfolio and works seamlessly with Cognos, the world’s flagship business intelligence reporting tool. Utilizing predictive analytics, SPSS connects data to effective action. SPSS draws on a powerful reserve of algorithms to analyze an organization’s existing data, as well as newly-captured data to enable smarter decisions and improve outcomes. When integrated with Cognos, different levels of users — from executives to analysts — can see game changing reports, scorecards, and other visuals on their desktops or mobile applications (as illustrated below). Read more

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