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Today’s business moves at hyper speed. Your response to both opportunities and emerging threats must be just as swift. Making smarter, fact-based decisions requires more than analysis; it requires deep, customer-centric, context-rich understanding. 

That’s what IBM Performance 2012 is all about—the increasingly vital role of analytics to recognize and even anticipate evolving trends. At Performance 2012, you’ll discover how IBM can help you deliver critical insight, faster, to stakeholders across the enterprise.

Here’s some of what you’ll learn:

— How you can profit from analytics

— Techniques for identifying and prioritizing strategic investments

— Modeling approaches that help cut costs and seize opportunity

— Sneak peeks at upcoming technologies—and how to prepare for their arrival

— Customer successes using analytics and the lessons learned

The Ironside Group is a proud sponsor of the IBM Performance Events in the following cities:

April 4, 2012 – New York, NY

https://www-950.ibm.com/events/wwe/grp/grp004.nsf/v16_enrollall?openform&seminar=QBBGWPES&locale=en_US&S_TACT=BP_IronsideGroup

April 17, 2012 – Boston, MA

https://www-950.ibm.com/events/wwe/grp/grp004.nsf/v16_enrollall?openform&seminar=3DEA5UES&locale=en_US&S_TACT=BP_Ironside

May 24, 2012 – Atlanta, GA

https://www-950.ibm.com/events/wwe/grp/grp004.nsf/v16_enrollall?openform&seminar=5D9AJXES&locale=en_US&S_TACT=BP_IronsideGroup

June 7, 2012 – Hartford, CT

https://www-950.ibm.com/events/wwe/grp/grp004.nsf/v16_enrollall?openform&seminar=E3FAZNES&locale=en_US&S_TACT=BP_IronsideGroup

To attend one of the IBM Performance events, click on the link  next to your preferred location and register for FREE today! We hope to see you there.

 

 

As of April 2012, Ironside Group is authorized to resell all Netezza products, including new appliances, annual subscriptions, and support. This enables Ironside to continue to deliver world-class IBM Business Intelligence, Performance Management and Predictive Analytics solutions that work hand-in-hand with Netezza appliances, which will increase performance and decrease costs for customers.

Netezza, an IBM company, offers data warehouse appliances that simplify and change the way organizations leverage analytics by combining processing, storage, and analytics into a single system that can deliver 10 to 100 times better performance than a traditional data warehouse. Netezza’s total cost of ownership is roughly one-third the cost of most other traditional approaches, which makes owning a Netezza box rewarding from both a financial and performance perspective. Read more

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 .

As a new year approaches, new projects and initiatives within organizations of all types and sizes begin to surface. In order to ensure on-time completion and delivery of projects, it is crucial for organizations to always be looking ahead. As many IT teams are already feeling the squeeze of a heavy workload, managing expectations of business sponsors can be difficult.

Recently, Ironside Group spent time working with a life sciences organization in Massachusetts on an upgrade to Cognos 10. Although the initiative is slated to begin in early 2012, Ironside Group made it a point to begin the process in October to ensure on-time delivery for this time sensitive project. Since Ironside Group had no previous relationship with the client, Ironside made it a point to better understand their business by meeting with key business units within the organization who rely on Cognos daily. With IT’s help, Ironside quickly understood the importance of Cognos within the organization and started to generate an upgrade project plan. Read more

Cognos 10 was released on October 25th, with much fanfare (and fireworks – quite literally) at IBM’s Information on Demand conference in Las Vegas. I’ve been exploring the interface and feature set within my own test environment the past few days and here are a few early conclusions, including what I would consider to be the top three high-impact features of this release. Read more

IBM Cognos 10: Intelligence UnleasheIBM Cognos 10 launched this week at IBM Information on Demand in Las Vegas, but the show is just getting started. IBM is taking Cognos 10 on the road to 48 local launch events that will give you the opportunity for an up close and in depth look at the latest evolution in enterprise business intelligence. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to explore the new Business Insight BI Workspace, or learn about exciting new features like Active Reports, Statistical Reports, Human Tasks, External Data Integration, the Dynamic Query Analyzer, and many more. Read more

IBM has executed a total of 12 acquisitions since January 2010, proceeding with its strategy of continually enhancing their product portfolio with best-of-breed technologies that are complimentary to their present solutions. Most noteworthy are three of such acquisitions that have occurred since mid-August:

  • Unica, a Marketing Planning company on August 13, 2010
  • OpenPages, an Integrated Risk Management company on September 15, 2010
  • Netezza , a Data Warehousing and Advanced Analytics company on September 20, 2010

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The Ironside Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of sales, consulting and training for IBM Cognos Express, an all-in-one business intelligence and planning solution purpose-built and priced for the mid-market. With IBM Cognos Express, released on September 14, 2009, the power of business analytics is now within the reach of organizations that once considered a comprehensive solution too costly. Ironside leverages its vast experience from various industries to bring this solution to mid-size companies effectively and at a significantly lower cost. Read more

Just about two years ago, before Cognos was acquired by IBM, Cognos did some acquiring of its own. Cognos purchased Applix and its flagship product, TM1. With the subsequent news regarding Cognos’ acquisition, TM1 and its integration into the Cognos suite of products became a minor press release. That’s about to change. Read more