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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

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

Effective July 1, 2013, IBM training has been discontinued. IBM has moved to a partner-led model which shifts the responsibility of IBM’s internal training practice to qualified specialists and partners like Ironside. Clients will now be able to select training from industry experienced partners who can tailor courses and schedules to their needs. Training is obviously a critical piece of utilizing technology and is perhaps why this transition was made. While IBM continues to focus on creating best-of-breed technology, partners and third parties can focus on providing the highest quality training to customers. Read more

In mid-June, Ironside successfully launched the first course in our line of IBM SPSS course offerings: IBM SPSS Modeler Fundamentals. This launch is a key moment that marks the beginning of a new educational journey for the Ironside training division. The new course set us off on a running start, and we intend to keep the momentum going in the coming months.

We are happy to announce that two more SPSS course offerings, IBM SPSS Modeler Advanced and Introduction to IBM SPSS Statistics, are currently in development and will be launching at the end of this summer. These courses build upon the foundation of our first SPSS course and also branch out our practice to cover more SPSS product lines.

IBM SPSS Modeler Advanced gives you the opportunity to experience the finer subtleties of Modeler’s data preparation functionality. The course explores the many options Modeler gives you for bringing in data from different sources and turning that data into a powerful asset that will generate the most robust predictive models possible. The Ironside instructors teaching this course have many years of professional experience to draw upon, allowing them to give practical, applicable examples of how Modeler can help you define, clean, and restructure your data. This course will give you all the tools and knowledge necessary to manage your data effectively and get the kind of meaningful results that will drive your organization forward.

Introduction to IBM SPSS Statistics gives you access to another powerful product in the SPSS suite. In this course, you will get a comprehensive overview of the capabilities of Statistics and learn to control them to produce actionable results. Under the practiced guidance of our instructors, you will navigate the Statistics program, bring in and explore data files, consolidate data, and work closely with variables to understand the flow of activities within Statistics and find that analysis methods that best address your business questions.

The first SPSS Modeler Advanced course will run from August 14th to August 15th in Lexington, MA and the first Introduction to Statistics course will run from September 9th to September 10th, also  in Lexington, MA.  Additionally, we will be offering the Introduction to Data Mining and SPSS Modeler course again from September 11th to September 12th at the Lexington training site.

We are incredibly excited to be bringing you these new SPSS course offerings, and hope to see you at one of the upcoming training sessions!

 

Thomas Friedman’s book “The World Is Flat” describes how outsourcing, technology, and other factors helped level the business playing field around the globe. What if traditional barriers to entry for using big data and business analytics were removed? Would small to mid-sized businesses be able to compete more effectively with larger organizations? IBM has made it possible to answer these questions and many more for its customers who leverage IBM Analytic Answers. Read more

There has been a lot of less-than-positive press in headlines recently about the Higher Education market as a whole. In fact, these types of articles seem increasingly easy to find these days. Please feel free to follow the links provided below to view a few articles that illustrate this point. 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

Predictive Analytics 101

Business intelligence focuses on the identification and understanding of events that happened in the past; that is “what’s happened?” and “why has it happened?” Business imperatives and other constraints are increasingly driving organizations to look forward and use their data to ensure decisions that are being made today will lead to wins in the future. Predictive analytics has often been viewed with hesitation and intimidation and seen as only relevant to statistical specialists, but with the advent and evolution of the IBM SPSS solutions, the power of predictive analytics can be harnessed by a much broader group of users. This newsletter article describes what predictive analytics is, how it is used, when it is used, and how to integrate it into your organization. Read more