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.

 

 

Traditional thinking when considering an enterprise business intelligence software purchase is for IT own it, operate it, and be wholly responsible for everything involved with it.  Factor in a challenging economy, little room for adding headcount, and internal resources spread thin on multiple projects.  If this seems like too much of a burden to undertake, but you’d still like to reap the benefits of an enterprise BI solution then it may be time to think outside the box and explore the idea of having your solution hosted and managed externally.

As we work with our customers, one important thing we have observed is that line of business customers in organizations of all sizes are trying to become less reliant on IT and more self-sufficient. Their major concern is the amount of internal resources and infrastructure they will need to dedicate to a solution. Although IBM designs their products to be easy to manage internally, sometimes having dedicated resources to manage the solution is not feasible.

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What are the IBM Cognos TM1 Integration Points?

IBM Cognos TM1 is fast becoming a critical component of the IBM business analytics suite of offerings. As the application becomes more prevalent in the industry, we are seeing more and more customers inquiring about the integration points between IBM Cognos TM1 and the IBM Cognos BI suite of tools. There are six common integration points between TM1 9.5.2 and IBM Cognos BI:

-IBM Cognos BI Security
-Utilization of previously developed TM1 Web content within the Cognos Connection interface through TM1 Portlets
-TM1 cubes as a data source within the IBM Cognos BI environment
-TM1 Widgets
-TM1 cubes as a source within the IBM Cognos BIA studio
-IBM Cognos TM1 Package Connector to access IBM Cognos Framework Manager packages

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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

The Ironside Group invites you to reduce the burden on your IT and accelerate your time to value by hosting your IBM Cognos Business Analytics application on our cloud computing environment.

When an organization begins to embark upon a Business Analytics initiative, they face several challenges including budget, lack of experienced resources and negotiations between the line of business and an overburdened IT department. In an effort to bridge the gap between line of business and IT, reduce the total cost of ownership and accelerate the time to value, The Ironside Group now offers a scalable, secure and reliable enterprise class cloud computing environment. Read more

Often times developers will get a request to create several different variations of a single report. While this can be done with user prompting or even multiple versions of a report, another option would be to create tabs within a report which would allow for the user to easily switch between variations. In this month’s tech tip we’ll go over how to create this using drill-throughs, a string variable and a conditional block.

The first step is to identify what tabs you’ll want to display. Each one of the tabs will need to be set up individually. In our example (sample included) we’ll use the seven days of the week.

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Sunday October 23rd– Thursday October 27th

Flip Video Ultra HD The Ironside Group is proud to be a Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor at the Information on Demand Conference at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. We will be hosting numerous events throughout the week, including a private cocktail and dinner party on Monday evening. Please visit the Ironside Group’s booth which is located at #G1009 in the Business Analytics section on the main EXPO floor for a chance to win a Flip Video Camera or a $500 AMEX Gift card. The booth will be staffed daily with members of our sales and technical team. If you are attending IOD and are interested in scheduling a meeting with us, joining us at our private dinner event. Need advice about which IOD events would be best suited for you? Contact Kristin Brown at kbrown@ironsidegroup.com or 781-860-8840, and she will be happy to provide you with more information. For more information regarding Information on Demand 2011, please visit the event website http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/2011-conference/ .

$500 Amex Gift Card

Dashboarding with Business Insight

Business Insight is a new tool in Cognos 10. With it, pieces of existing reports can be combined into interactive dashboards. This allows users with less report authoring experience to create dashboards using components from more complex reports. (Business Insight should not be confused with Business Insight Advanced, a report creation tool alongside Report Studio or Query Studio that was also introduced in Cognos 10).

While Business Insight can use nearly any report item (chart, list, crosstab, etc.), there are some techniques and best practices which can make these items more “Business Insight friendly”. Read more

IBM Cognos has a built-in map functionality that provides great visualization. With multiple layers on each map you can display data at different levels and even create drill throughs to other reports. It is a nice feature to visually present your data. However, everything has its limitations. There are some rich map features that IBM Cognos maps may not be able to provide; such as adding additional content dynamically onto the map, searching, on-demand zoom in/out, actual location, overlays, better mobile device support, etc.  Google Maps is one of the leading online free map services that many web users like you are using daily. Today, with globalization of business many companies have offices all over the world. So it becomes a very natural request from your business users: can we put our business data on Google Maps so that we can easily see how our branch offices perform globally? Or in other words, can we place Google Maps inside our Cognos reports? Before we get to the answer, let’s first take a look whether this is even a technical possibility.
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