You walk down the long hall, and tentatively knock on the side of a cubicle, just loud enough to be heard over the din of keyboard clicking. The occupant of the chair slowly spins around. “Yes?”

“So, um, I was wondering about that report I requested…”

“Yes I remember” comes a flat reply. “We’re still looking into it, I’ll let you know in a week, OK?”

The chair spins back around, keyboard sounds resume. Read more

Being the sole data champion within your organization can present difficulties when you’re vying for limited company resources and attention from the “powers that be.” No doubt, you may find the role to be frustrating at times. Yet you may also find the role to be extremely rewarding, because it gives you a great deal of responsibility and offers you with the opportunity to achieve the goal that every data champion aspires to: Gaining user buy-in of the data insights you’ve unlocked. Read more

When planning your next dashboard project, watch out for these 5 dashboarding terms that could possibly jeopardize its success.

 

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Introduction: Bracing for a Challenge

You already have a headache preparing for your new dashboard project. Your gut churns while thinking of the battles that lie ahead over feature prioritization, stakeholder alignment, and resource planning. With all of these things to worry about, specific dashboarding terms may sneak into your requirements; terms that can throw a serious wrench into the complexity of design, development, and ultimately the success of your project. Read more

In the last few weeks, I’ve spoken with three different clients who are struggling with the issue of end user adoption. Each described a routine set of activities, either completed or in process, that you would expect to see in a thoughtful change management program. Nonetheless, all three customers expressed frustration at the lack of user adoption.

Why is this? Do we need to rethink our traditional process for engaging users as we embark on our data and analytics journey?

In a word, yes. Read more

What Is Design Thinking?

 

“Design thinking is about believing we can make a difference and having an intentional process in order to get to new, relevant solutions that create positive impact.”

– IDEO

 

It is not a magic bullet.  It is not the only approach to problem solving.  Instead, design thinking is simply another tool in our toolbox that helps us keep the user front of mind and practice empathy throughout the entire development process. Read more

Data is scary. It comes in many types and requires even more tools to manage, which can make finding the information you’re looking for an intimidating prospect. Luckily, dashboards can help you get relevant data in a format that works for the people who need it most. This article will explore the core concepts behind good dashboard design and put you on the road to making sense of all that data out there. Read more

Why do I Care? It’s a simple question that is crucial to whether or not your idea sells, but it is frequently overlooked. Professional salesperson or not, we all have a degree of selling in our lives whether it’s convincing the kids to run errands with you or convincing a client to adopt one of your ideas. Read more

Ironside is excited to announce the launch of one of our most innovative and dynamic courses to date: Applying Visualizations in Cognos. Demonstrating our continued commitment to remaining at the forefront of business analytics education, this two-day course will help you unlock the true potential of your organization’s mission-critical data by showing you how to craft it into highly impactful, highly consumable visual formats using the IBM Rapidly Adaptive Visualization Engine (RAVE). Read more