Utility Industry Trends: Taking Stock & Reflecting

Utility Industry Trends: Taking Stock & Reflecting

The 3rd annual NY Energy Revolution Summit in New York City, was well attended and insightful. Speakers and panelists were dominated by utility executives and industry professionals sharing their respective experience in meeting the requirements of an industry in transition. While challenges remain to create a robust and customer-centric distribution system operator platform, progress...

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Before You Change Your Technology, Change Your Operating Model

Before You Change Your Technology, Change Your Operating Model

The commercial lending industry has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade. Yet, commercial banks have not been at the leading edge of industry-altering changes. Further, the speed of these changes has placed a burden on middle-market and regional banking institutions to rapidly evolve or fall behind. Non-traditional lending sources, with altogether different operating models and...

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Is Your Management Team Equipped to Drive Workforce Improvement?

Is Your Management Team Equipped to Drive Workforce Improvement?

Many companies look to increase the efficiency of their workforce through implementing new work methods, labor standards, and technology. However, a critical piece of the improvement process is often overlooked – performance management. According to Wikipedia, “performance management is the term used to refer to activities, tools, processes, and programs that companies create or apply to...

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Five Strategies for Meter Reader Transition in the Utility Industry

Five Strategies for Meter Reader Transition in the Utility Industry

The electric utility industry is shaped and transformed through the introduction of disruptive technology ultimately benefiting consumers and improving operations. Often, new technology comes with the collateral impact of the elimination of jobs and skills which for many decades have been in high demand. Smart Grid Technologies are increasingly commonplace throughout the utility industry and...

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Graph Databases: Connecting the Dots

Graph Databases: Connecting the Dots

The global population of data is rapidly growing and organizations are finding themselves challenged with how to store and manage data in a way that quickly leads to tap into actionable data. Today’s business decisions demand more complex data models that precisely represent the characteristics of entities and how these entities relate to one another in the physical world.…

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Despite Heightened Attention To Cybersecurity Risks, Today’s Software Investors Don’t Feel Any Better Prepared

Despite Heightened Attention To Cybersecurity Risks, Today’s Software Investors Don’t Feel Any Better Prepared

During the first half of 2017, West Monroe and Mergermarket surveyed 100 senior private equity and corporate executives, all with organizations that have acquired at least one software firm over the past three years. Respondents cited various challenges to orchestrating a successful acquisition – one of the top among them being cybersecurity.…

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Robotic Process Automation: Beyond the Myth

Robotic Process Automation: Beyond the Myth

The hype surrounding robotic process automation (RPA) continues to grow. It has many people imagining robots along an assembly line, packaging product to be delivered by drones in a matter of minutes. But the reality is that robotic process automation is the next technology automation tool designed to drive better operational efficiency, improve customer experience, and increase employee...

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Your Operation’s Biggest Opportunity For Improved Productivity Isn’t What You Think

Your Operation’s Biggest Opportunity For Improved Productivity Isn’t What You Think

Over the last few years, I have led teams of West Monroe consultants through Productivity Blueprint Assessments at many different types of clients within the retail, distribution, and LTL trucking industries. The West Monroe Productivity Blueprint is an assessment based on P.U.M.P. methodology (i.e., Productivity = Utilization x Methods x Performance) that is designed to pinpoint areas of...

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Lightning Test Execution – Lightning Component Testing with Jasmine JS

Lightning Test Execution – Lightning Component Testing with Jasmine JS

Santosh Kumar Sriram, an experienced consultant based in our San Francisco office, recently spoke at the Salesforce Developers Group meeting on Lightning component testing. Salesforce does not yet have a standard testing framework for Lightning components in GA, so Santosh came up with his own testing framework using Jasmine JS, which he calls “Lightning Test Execution.” In this...

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Hackathon Series: 4 Tips for Getting Started with Kaggle

Hackathon Series: 4 Tips for Getting Started with Kaggle

Recently, about a dozen of us at West Monroe spent an afternoon getting familiar with Kaggle, an online data science community centered around sponsored competitions. This was the first in a series of hackathons where we aim to expose ourselves to new tools and methods of data analysis. The Kaggle competitions range from the introductory ‘Titanic: Machine Learning from Disaster’ to...

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