Approaching an SAP Carve-out like Peyton Manning

Approaching an SAP Carve-out like Peyton Manning

The common denominator of a championship caliber NFL team is great quarterback play.  One of the greats, Peyton Manning, recently retired after winning Super Bowl 50 and leading the Denver Broncos to four consecutive playoff berths. Most notably, he did so after switching teams and learning a brand new offense.  In the spirit of mid-season NFL analysis, let’s compare how Peyton Manning and...

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ERP Business Consultants: Excessive Overhead or Valuable Assets?

ERP Business Consultants: Excessive Overhead or Valuable Assets?

Successful ERP implementations are rarely highlighted. Poorly run implementations, on the other hand, produce spectacular failures and financial nightmares. With a myriad of pitfalls and complexity in ERP implementations, it takes more than just a strong understanding of everyday business or the latest technology to make an implementation successful. It takes a full team of dedicated...

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Second & Short: The ‘Quick Win’ Project

Second & Short: The ‘Quick Win’ Project

As football fans, there are moments in the game that set off fireworks of euphoria inside us. The opening kickoff is returned for a touchdown. Our kicker boots a game-winner as time expires. A linebacker lays a hit so vicious that small tremors are felt across the state. In short, it’s a game of peaks and valleys even for the most casual observer.…

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National Energy Policy: What Might We Expect with a Changing Administration?

National Energy Policy: What Might We Expect with a Changing Administration?

With a change in administration in Washington, and a Republican in the White House, and the same party controlling Congress, one might expect drastic changes in federal energy policy. However, let’s look at the facts. States are leading the energy debate, by pursuing their own aggressive strategies to promote clean and distributed energy resource use and encouraging policies to support a...

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Smart Meters are Table Stakes, Next Up: Become a Platform

Smart Meters are Table Stakes, Next Up: Become a Platform

A recent report from the Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation found that as of the end of 2015, over 65 million smart meters have now been deployed in the US, accounting for more than 50% of all households. Through ongoing deployment efforts across the country, that number will to grow to 70 million by the end of 2016 (including over 1 million more alone deployed by ComEd in the...

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How to Capture Market Share Through Data-Driven Drug Discovery

How to Capture Market Share Through Data-Driven Drug Discovery

For years pharmaceutical companies have taken existing drugs and repurposed or repositioned them to create new drugs. These new drugs are often geared towards neglected therapeutic areas. Drug repurposing has always been a solid “go to” strategy and a proven method for mitigating the financial risk of drug discovery and a means of addressing softening market share.…

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Unpleasant Discoveries: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Uncovered

Unpleasant Discoveries: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Uncovered

It’s every acquirer’s worst nightmare: you’ve spent countless hours vetting an M&A target, and after the deal goes through, you catch something. West Monroe Partners surveyed top-level corporate executives and private equity partners about their companies’ practices in order to better understand the state of cybersecurity diligence for M&A. The results provide a window into the trends...

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Does Amendment 1 Promote Solar in Florida?

Does Amendment 1 Promote Solar in Florida?

Solar has been expanding exponentially over the past 5 years.  Yet, despite being the “sunshine state”, Florida only ranks 14th in the cumulative capacity of solar installed.  Amendment 1, titled “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice” on the Florida ballot next week is intended to make a difference. But will it?  …

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A Glimpse into the Future: What California’s Utility Regulations Portends for Other States

A Glimpse into the Future: What California’s Utility Regulations Portends for Other States

California is a national leader in progressively addressing the energy and environmental issues of our time. The state is home to nearly half of the country’s solar photovoltaic capacity, half of the nation’s plug-in electric vehicles, and has more energy storage capacity than any other state. A quarter of the state’s retail electricity sales are from renewable energy resources, and this...

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Who is Driving That Truck?

Who is Driving That Truck?

There is a recent phenomenon here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A small fleet of cars that drive the speed limit, stay perfectly centered in their lanes, and only turn left when they have the signal. Uber has been turning a lot of heads in the “Burgh” with their self-driving car pilot. Ride share passengers are the first to reap the benefits of automation in a controlled setting; however, the...

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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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