This article is based upon an interview with Monique Dozier,  Assistant Vice President of Advancement at MSU.

In 1989, Howard Dresner, a leading analyst for Gartner, coined the term “business intelligence.” In 1994, this thought leader, strategy advisor, and former Gartner Research Fellow, made the following powerful prediction: Read more

IOD 2012 was once again another successful and productive event for the Ironside Group! We want to personally thank those who stopped by our booth during the conference and we hope that you had an educational experience at IOD 2012.

On Sunday, October 21st, the Ironside Group won an IBM Business Analytics Circle of Excellence Award at the Business Partner Summit where we were highlighted for our work with customer, By Appointment Only, (BAO, INC.) You can view the entire presentation here, and view the segment where our work was recognized at 13:59. Click here to read more on how we helped BAO, Inc. improve their sales by 25%. Read more


Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, BAO Inc. acts as a partner for sales and marketing teams in the high-tech industry, developing powerful, aggressive go-to-market strategies. BAO gives organizations the real-time insight, tools, and resources they need to transform their businesses – to drive new revenue while increasing the profitability of existing accounts; to optimize sales and marketing operations; to outcompete the competition; or all of the above. BAO has a proven track record for success – generating more than $10 million in pipeline for its clients every day. Read more

On Febuary 22, 2012 Ann Winblad, a Silicon Valley titan indicated that “data is the new oil” and “predictive analytics is the next big thing”

Today, most organizations use business intelligence to understand what and why things happened in the past. Business imperatives are increasingly driving organizations to look forward and use their data to improve decision accuracy. This is the promise of predictive analytics, yet many organizations believe heavy statistical skill sets are required before taking on this next phase of business analytics. Guided wizards and other SPSS usability advances make predictive analytics available to a much broader group of BUSINESS USERS TODAY than most realize. Gartner’s CIO study for the past 3 out of 5 years rates business intelligence and analytics as the #1 priority. Said another way, those with predictive analytics skill sets will be in high demand for many years to come. Read more

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

Happy New Year!  Ironside Group is pleased to announce its expansion into the Southeast by opening its newest office at 659 Auburn Avenue, Suite 158, Atlanta, GA.

Ironside is a premier and exclusive IBM business partner specializing in business intelligence and data warehousing (Cognos), corporate performance management (TM1 and FSR) and predictive analytics (SPSS).  Since it’s inception in 1999, Ironside has served hundreds of East Coast and Midwest customers in financial services, insurance, manufacturing, retail, health care, and other industries.  Read more

Ironside Group Annual Golf EventOn Tuesday September 20th, the Ironside Group hosted their Annual Golf Event at Shaker Hills Golf Club in Harvard, MA.   Although the weather was initially ominous, it  did not stop most from participating and as we were about to tee off, the rain stopped!   Immediately following golf, the club house was open for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by an awards ceremony for the winning and losing groups, longest drive, and closest to the pin. Cognos 10.1.1 was the honored guest with discussions and demonstration by Ironside consultants.  Prizes included; gift certificates to the Proshop, Golf Shirts, Trophies, and more. Thank you to everyone who joined us, we are already looking forward to next year’s event!

For many years, Cognos clients and users have only had the ability to renew their subscription and support for their licenses through IBM at full entitled price.  As of April 2011, IBM has authorized Ironside to resell S&S directly to users, very often at a discounted price.  Many organizations have begun to take advantage of discounts and credits by being cognizant of the start and end dates of their S&S cycles.  By keeping an open dialogue with Ironside we have ensured that our clients will have every opportunity to save money on their S&S and trade-up purchases. Read more

New in April 2011, Ironside is now authorized to resell all IBM and Cognos Subscription and Support at a Discount!!

Ironside is now authorized to sell IBM Subscription and Support, please contact us asap to discuss your specific requirements. We can help you understand and validate your S+S bill from IBM.  Our Account team has significant experience in interpreting and negotiating with IBM on your behalf, contact us today!

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