DTECH 2017: Field Area Network Deployment and AMI Metering in a Dense Urban Environment

DTECH 2017: Field Area Network Deployment and AMI Metering in a Dense Urban Environment

Next week, at DistribuTECH 2017, I’ll be presenting during a session about lessons learned when deploying a 900MHz wireless mesh field area network in the dense urban environment of Chicago’s city center. In late 2011, the Illinois General Assembly enacted the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), setting in motion a $2.6 billion investment by ComEd to strengthen and modernize the...

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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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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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Coffee & Change: A New Podcast

Coffee & Change: A New Podcast

Bill Kirst, our West Coast Organizational Change Management Lead in Seattle, has kicked off a new podcast series on the topic of change management. In the inaugural episode, “Tackling Change in 2017”, Bill interviews his colleague Shawna Saffle, a Manager in our Operations Excellence Practice on how we manage change in life, in work and in the world.…

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What The Presidential Transition Can Teach Us About Mergers

What The Presidential Transition Can Teach Us About Mergers

Any transition can be difficult, be it a transition from a Democrat President to Republican President, or a merger transition that results from the acquisition of one firm by another, and subsequent integration.  In both cases, readiness planning is key to a successful start.  Significant work must be done early in the transition period to ensure that the Day 1 (i.e.…

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NRF 2017: Prepare for Change

NRF 2017: Prepare for Change

I recently attended the 2017 NRF Big Show, one of the largest retail industry events of the year.  Everyone from retailers to vendors to technology companies attends the event to learn about the newest trends in retail.  Attendees also get to learn about what some of the best in class retailers are doing and network with other professionals in the field. …

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Can geography research help solve population health issues in Chicago? Perspectives of an academic-turned consultant

Can geography research help solve population health issues in Chicago? Perspectives of an academic-turned consultant

By now the concept of a ‘food desert’ has become a common term in diet and obesity research: it is a place where few grocery stores or healthy food options are accessible to residents, and as a result may cause obesity or other health problems. Using the same concept, what if instead we focused on health behaviors and outcomes for those who live in ‘doctor deserts’, in areas where there are...

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ERP Project Scenarios You May Find Yourself in…and How to Avoid Them

ERP Project Scenarios You May Find Yourself in…and How to Avoid Them

An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution is the nervous system of a business. ERP systems enable companies to improve efficiency and make smarter operational decisions. ERP projects can be transformational, long, and impact many functional areas of the business. These projects can be wildly successful, but too often they miss deadlines, go over budget, and cause many sleepless and...

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How to Use Multi-Use Networks to Achieve Smart Cities & Water Infrastructure Improvements

How to Use Multi-Use Networks to Achieve Smart Cities & Water Infrastructure Improvements

West Monroe has been promoting the use of multi-use networks to achieve Smart City benefits. Both at the American Water Works Association Illinois chapter meeting, and the most recent M-WERC Smart Cities Technology event in Milwaukee, audiences expressed great interest in learning more. While many Smart City initiatives are underway, West Monroe believes that for Smart City initiatives to be...

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Sherlock Holmes: From an OCM Perspective

Sherlock Holmes: From an OCM Perspective

Having recently read the book, “Mastermind: How to Think like Sherlock Holmes” by Maria Konnikova, I quickly realized why I am so fascinated with anything that is based on the Arthur Conan Doyle books (as many of us are!) It is obvious that Sherlock’s methodical approach is actually quite similar to what West Monroe does when we have to assess a client, especially from a change...

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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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