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The world has changed dramatically over the course of a single month, and companies are struggling even more with things that have historically challenged them:

  • Finding the best people to run, build and innovate on their analytics tools and data
  • Making these environments accessible to employees in a work-at-home model

In this Forbes article, Louis Columbus cites a recent Dresner survey that shows up to 89% of companies are seeing a hit to their BI and Analytics budgets due to COVID-19. The survey includes these two recommendations:

Recommendation #1

Invest in business intelligence (BI) and analytics as a means of understanding and executing with the change landscape.

Recommendation #2

Consider moving BI and analytical applications to third-party cloud infrastructure to accommodate employees working from home.


89% of companies are seeing a hit to their BI and Analytics budgets due to COVID-19.


We’re here to help you explore your options.

Now that the role of analytics is more important than ever to a company’s success, analytics leaders are again being asked to do much more with much less — all while companies are experiencing staff reductions, navigating the complexities of moving to a work-from-home model, and struggling to onboard permanent hires.

To address these short-term shortages (and potentially longer-term budget impacts), companies are naturally evaluating whether leveraging a managed-service approach — wholly or even just in part— can help them fill their skills gap while also reducing their overall spend.

As they weigh this decision, cost, technical expertise, market uncertainty and the effectiveness of going to a remote-work model are all top-of-mind. Here’s how these factors might affect your plans going forward:

Factor 1: Cost

As the Dresner number showed, most analytics teams need to reduce spend. Doing this mid-year is never easy, and usually comes at the expense of delayed or canceled projects, delayed or cancelled hiring, and possibly even staff reductions. All of these decrease a company’s analytics capabilities, which in turn decreases its ability to make the right business decisions at a critical time. A managed services approach to meeting critical analytics needs, even just to address a short-term skills gap, can provide valuable resources in a highly flexible way, while saving companies significant money over hiring staff and traditional consulting models.

Factor 2: Technical Expertise

A decade ago, your options for analytics tools and platforms were limited to a handful of popular technologies. Today even small departments use many different tools. We have seen organizations utilizing AWS, Azure, and private datacenters. Oracle, SQL Server, Redshift all at the same company? Yes, we have seen that as well. Some of our customers maintain more than five BI tools. At some point you have to ask: Can we hire and support the expertise necessary to run all these tools effectively? Can we find and hire a jack-of-all trades?

In a managed services model, companies can leverage true experts across a wide range of technology while varying the extent to which they use those resources at any particular time. As a result, companies get the benefit of a pool of resources in a way that a traditional hiring approach simply cannot practically provide.

Factor 3: Effectiveness of Remote Work Engagement

If you weren’t working remotely before, you probably are now. Companies are working to rapidly improve their processes and technologies to adjust to a new normal while maintaining productivity.

Managed service resourcing models have been delivering value remotely for years, using tools and processes that ensure productivity. Current events have not affected these models, therefore making them an ideal solution for companies  trying to figure out the best way to work at home.

Times are changing. We’re ready!

Ironside has traditionally offered Managed Services, to care for and maintain customer platforms and applications, and consulting services, to assist in BI and Analytics development.

Companies can leverage our Analytics Assurance Services temporarily, for a longer period of time to address specific skills gaps, or to establish a cloud environment to support remote analytic processes.

With Ironside, you can improve your data analytics within your new constraints, while reducing your costs. We’d love to show you how.

Contact us today at: Here2Help@IronsideGroup.com

Last week, Ironside’s partner Pitney Bowes, issued a press release announcing the global launch of its new Software & Data Marketplace.  We believe that accessibility to Pitney Bowes data will be valuable to our clients as they will be able to source and process data from multiple providers in the same applications, leading to easier analysis and collaboration of data points. Read more

LEXINGTON, MA, Jan. 29, 2018 – Ironside, an enterprise data and analytics firm, has been awarded “Most Innovative with Data as a Differentiator” by Pitney Bowes, a global technology company that provides innovative products, solutions and data to power commerce. Read more

Press release issued by Forbes Corporate Communications; Ironside comments on how to capitalize on data

NEW YORK, May 31, 2017 — Corporate leaders consider data and analytics capability a top investment priority. Yet despite this, faith in the data businesses rely upon is low. According to the Forbes Insights and KPMG “2016 Global CEO Outlook,” 84% of CEOs are concerned about the quality of the data they’re basing their decisions on. Read more

Yesterday, Ironside’s partner Pitney Bowes announced that they are forming a new data practice built to accelerate businesses’ digital transformation initiatives. This practice will reach across the whole company to accomplish the goal of helping organizations “utilize data and analytics to deliver a superior customer experience, support product and service innovation, and optimize business processes” according to the announcement. We see this as a major benefit for our clients. Read more

On June 23rd, Ironside hosted a webinar with Pitney Bowes on how to gain valuable insight when you seamlessly integrate Location Intelligence and business analytics.   Crystal Meyers, BI Engagement Manager with Ironside and Heidi Geronimo, Principal Product Manager for LI with Pitney Bowes presented on how Location Intelligence, regardless of size, is a strategic priority for insurers, especially in the Property & Casualty area.

Insurers need precise efficient ways to aggregate, visualize, and assess P&C risk.  We will review what can be done to diminish these risks and show a live demo of a risk aggregation solution which was designed specifically for P&C Insurers.

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Putting Data on the Map with LI Diagram

On October 1st, Ironside hosted a webinar on Putting Data on the Map with Location Intelligence. You will get all the key facts on location intelligence and hear a Q&A panel of Ironside developers, Ironside data scientists, and location intelligence specialists from our partner Pitney Bowes. Read more

So what’s the best way to learn any new analytics technology? Tell a story. Stats are fun and features are great, but it’s all just talk without context. In this spirit, we’re going to show you some examples of how location intelligence can be an ideal platform for out-of-the-box thinking in real-world settings.

Just to set the stage, let’s start with a quick, easy description around what location intelligence is and what it does. At its heart, location intelligence is all about enabling you to see internal and external data relevant to your business visualized in the real world. Using these intuitive displays, you can see what’s impacting your current state, plot future trends, and define clear actions to move your organization forward. 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