The Cloud in Your Server Room

The Cloud in Your Server Room

If you haven’t heard yet, Microsoft’s Azure Stack was made available in preview-mode early February. I know what you might be thinking – “Another piece of cloud technology? I don’t have time to keep up with all this cloud stuff.” There is one major difference here: Azure Stack allows organizations to implement cloud architecture in-house, plugged right into their existing infrastructure.…

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5 Keys to Success for Modern Data-Driven Organizations

5 Keys to Success for Modern Data-Driven Organizations

This February, Gartner announced a somewhat unexpected change in categorization language in their 2016 BI (Business Intelligence) & Analytics Magic Quadrant by introducing the concept of “Modern BI Platforms.” This shift sent ripples through the BI platforms space as vendor positioning shuffled, leaving Microsoft, Tableau, and Qlikview as leaders when the dust settled.…

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New in SQL Server 2016 – Part 1: A Much Needed Facelift for the Tabular Model

New in SQL Server 2016 – Part 1: A Much Needed Facelift for the Tabular Model

I recently attended Microsoft’s quarterly Minnesota BI User Group Meeting, and I particularly enjoyed learning from Will Weber (a Data Platform Solution Architect at Microsoft) about their upcoming release of SQL Server 2016. This blog series will summarize the various additions and enhancements that Microsoft is introducing to their BI stack from the perspective of a BI developer.…

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Benefits of Corporate Higher Education Collaboration

Benefits of Corporate Higher Education Collaboration

Company capstone project sponsorship often brings many benefits not only for students and schools, but for the sponsor company as well.  Last year, West Monroe Partners partnered with Indiana University’s MSIS program to take on one such capstone project. The project involved developing a predictive model to track and monitor the estimated stress levels across the firm at a consultant, client...

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Refining Your SQL Wizardry

Refining Your SQL Wizardry

Consulting in data analytics is a demanding profession that requires both broad and deep technical knowledge in a variety of tools and technologies. One key skillset expected of just about any analytics consultant is the ability to retrieve data from a source system and manipulate it to fit the client’s needs.…

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Leveraging Open Source Technology to Deliver eBooks in Rwanda

Earlier this year I was privileged to work with the ‘Library For All‘ non-profit team out of New York to deliver a secure reader application to families all across Rwanda. I have built Learning Management Systems (LMS) for institutions around the world over the course of my career, but this particular project gave me a deeper appreciation for the reach you can achieve with mobile...

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What is geospatial data—and why should businesses care about it?

Geospatial data is all around us. Weather reports, suggested routes on Google Maps, geotagged tweets, store locations, and airline routes are an integral part of our daily lives and can be considered geospatial data. Geospatial data is also highly influential in today’s business market, and businesses that incorporate geospatial data into their analysis, reporting, and forecasting have the...

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Data for Good: Tackling the Open Data Movement

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend O’Reilly’s Strata Conference as a representative of West Monroe’s Advanced Analytics team. Strata focuses on trends in Big Data and Analytics, two of the hottest topics in the technology world today. At Strata, I was exposed to emerging Big Data architectures and design patterns, and had the chance to meet passionate and influential technologists in...

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Ready to Switch Reporting Platforms? It Doesn’t Have To Be a Headache

The nature of how we produce and consume data is constantly evolving, and with it our reporting tools evolve too. Advancements in reporting platforms allow companies to become more sophisticated in the way they interact with the information they use to make decisions about their business. Many firms have deliberated moving to a more advanced reporting platform better suited to their needs, but...

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Beyond Decision Tree Segmentation for Banks

Customer segmentation is an essential and valuable exercise for marketers in the financial services industry. The many benefits of a customer segmentation program include the ability to target campaigns and products to the most profitable audiences, increase response rates, lower acquisition costs and increase retention and cross-sell rates.  Segmentation can also help banks compete with...

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Is Cloudera’s Kudu the next generation analytic data platform?

Cloudera announced the Kudu project at Strata Hadoop World conference in New York in September 2015. What makes Kudu important among over 250 active Apache projects? It is aiming to improve the core foundation of Hadoop – HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System). Hadoop has been around over 10 years with HDFS being its foundational component providing effective data distribution to support...

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A Look Into the Life of an Advanced Analytics Intern at West Monroe Partners

As we approach the end of our 12 week internship with the Advanced Analytics practice at West Monroe Partners, we’re reflecting on the journey and what we learned during the summer. The two of us accepted our offer to join the Advanced Analytics team without knowing what all to expect. We both knew very little about consulting as a whole, but were very intrigued by the unique technology...

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