DTECH 2017: How to Align Business Use Cases for Utility Broadband Connectivity

DTECH 2017: How to Align Business Use Cases for Utility Broadband Connectivity

At a recent engagement with a large IOU (Investor Owned Utility) we guided our client through a technology evaluation and pilot deployment of a new communications system for monitoring the electrical distribution network of substations. The legacy system was deployed more than twenty years ago and was no longer supported by the manufacturer and lacked capabilities for security compliance and...

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CES, Augmentation, and What it Means for Customer Experience – Our Visit to CES 2017

CES, Augmentation, and What it Means for Customer Experience – Our Visit to CES 2017

Ah, CES – the only Consumer Electronics Show that matters (i.e., the most media coverage). Our visit to CES began with a simple inquisitive question of not only what’s the next thing that will be integrated into our daily usage patterns. Spurred by our burning curiosity, we resolved to arrive at CES on the closing weekend, only to be met with lights and displays of such ferocity that it begs...

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Microservices miniseries, part 2:  Getting started with microservices architecture

Microservices miniseries, part 2: Getting started with microservices architecture

The topic of microservices architecture comes up often in our discussions with clients. There’s a lot of interest but also confusion about how, when and why to use it. This is a very complex topic, so we’ve developed this microservices “miniseries” to provide some insight from our experiences and to get more discussion going in this area.…

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Internet of Things (IoT) Part 1: A game changer

Internet of Things (IoT) Part 1: A game changer

What is IoT? The Internet of Things (IoT) is a phrase still unknown to 80% of people, yet it is a reality that will change the world. It refers to devices that collect and transmit data through the Internet. According to a recent survey it is estimated that in the next 20 years, IoT investments and related jobs will contribute about $10 – $15 trillion to global GDP.…

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Trends and Takeaways from SQL PASS

Trends and Takeaways from SQL PASS

I recently attended SQL PASS Summit in Seattle, a conference focusing on Microsoft Data Platform users. The conference brings over 4000 people from around the world who all get excited about data to one place. This year, Microsoft unveiled a handful of new products and a slew of upgrades and new features to existing products.…

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Microsoft MVP Q&A with Jason Farrell

Microsoft MVP Q&A with Jason Farrell

Our very own Jason Farrell,  principal in our Technology practice, was recently named a Microsoft MVP in “Visual Studio and Development Tools”, specifically for his expertise in Xamarin and and his contributions to the tech community. MVP is difficult to attain and a highly prestigious award.  Jason’s recognition comes with a fair amount of hard work – for example MVPs must be...

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Five Key Tips for High Performing Technology Teams

Five Key Tips for High Performing Technology Teams

What does a high-performing development team really look like? In a marketplace that is evolving almost daily, the ability to bring new business-critical applications and software to market can make a difference between gaining a competitive advantage and remaining in the middle of the pack. The pressure on development teams to get it done fast—and right the first time—has perhaps never been...

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Configuring Custom Render Formats for SQL Server Reporting Services in SharePoint-Integrated Mode

Configuring Custom Render Formats for SQL Server Reporting Services in SharePoint-Integrated Mode

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a very versatile tool, allowing report users to export reports in many standard render formats, including Excel, PDF, CSV, and many others. However, there are many reasons why a user may need to export a report in a non-standard format. For example, a user may need to export data from an SSRS report in to a legacy application that requires a very...

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The PCI DSS Cares about Disaster Recovery & Backups

The PCI DSS Cares about Disaster Recovery & Backups

In a separate post, we discussed Common Misconceptions around the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Building off those thoughts, this post will discuss an often-overlooked consideration when navigating the PCI DSS – disaster recovery (DR) and backups. West Monroe Partners has extensive experience conducting security due diligences for M&A transactions and helping...

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