AI will be the Next Great User Interface – Once it has Emotional Intelligence

AI will be the Next Great User Interface – Once it has Emotional Intelligence

In December Amazon made my holiday shopping as effortless as it’s ever been. In a not-so-subtle attempt to get its Alexa Voice Service technology on a smooth surface in every home around the globe, the world’s leading online retailer slashed the price of its second-generation Echo Dot to $39.99, and moved nine times more units than it had in the previous holiday season.…

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Leveraging the Power of CRM to Create Extended Loyalty for Your Bank

Leveraging the Power of CRM to Create Extended Loyalty for Your Bank

As of September 2016, there were 5,980 FDIC-Insured banks in the United States. While this number dropped from 6,270 FDIC-Insured banks in September of 2015, total assets actually increased from $15.8 trillion in 2015 to $16.7 trillion in 2016. Looking at this trend in the number of banks declining (whether they be commercial or retail) is enough for us to assume demand is increasing but...

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IoT Integration with SharePoint using Power BI and Azure

IoT Integration with SharePoint using Power BI and Azure

Internet of Things (IoT) is an ever-growing topic in any industry. New devices are being connected to the internet every day. These devices are producing millions of events every second – however collecting, analyzing, and presenting all these events can include costly infrastructure upgrades. Integrating your IoT devices into Azure, Power BI, and SharePoint can provide a cost effective...

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Business Case Analysis for Water Utilities to Strategize & Achieve Grid Modernization

Business Case Analysis for Water Utilities to Strategize & Achieve Grid Modernization

State of the water industry Water utilities are struggling to meet the demands of outdated infrastructure, changing workforce makeup, and the overall need to address inefficiencies in sourcing water. On the macro-level, population migration in suburbs and cities, reliability of water resources, rising customer expectations for real-time information, and increasing interest in water...

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Artificial Intelligence In the Banking Industry

Artificial Intelligence In the Banking Industry

Over the past year I have become increasingly interested in artificial intelligence (AI), in part because I try to stay abreast of fintech and in part due to my curiosity of how the general public welcomes or shirks such a radical technology shift. While I have not yet adopted a Google Home device nor Amazon’s Alexa (these would terrify my dogs..it’s not for lack of want), I think it is safe...

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Turning M&A into a Woman’s World – Leading from the Front

Turning M&A into a Woman’s World – Leading from the Front

Mergers, acquisitions, and separations create springboards for individuals looking to grow into senior leadership positions. Navigating the compressed timeline to meet Board and shareholder expectations by close, while positioning the company for a successful post-close transformation requires confidence, collaboration, and a balance of technical and soft skills.  As both International Women’s...

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9 Idioms to a Successful UAT

9 Idioms to a Successful UAT

“How do we test an ERP system that we do not know how to use?” is a question often posed during ERP implementations during the User Acceptance Testing (UAT) phase. This is a tricky situation as the end users often have the most in-depth knowledge of the business processes and are most likely to find “bugs” during testing, but usually have the least familiarity with a new ERP system.…

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Five Signs Rapid Prototyping May Be Right for Your Project

Five Signs Rapid Prototyping May Be Right for Your Project

If you’re like most consultants, you walk around spewing buzzwords daily. You know the ones—corporate synergy, big data, low-hanging fruit. They’re the words you use but, if put on the spot, probably couldn’t actually define. “Rapid Prototyping” likely falls into that category: you know it and even use it, but are unsure of how it applies to you or when you could utilize it.…

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