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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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State of the water industry Water utilities are struggling to meet the demands of outdated infrastructure, changing workforce makeup, and the overall need to address inefficiencies in sourcing water.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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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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Part II: What Does the Water Utility of the Future Mean for the Existing Workforce?

Part II: What Does the Water Utility of the Future Mean for the Existing Workforce?

In Part I of this two-part blog, West Monroe identified four key competency areas that we believe will be required to support the Utility of the Future: Water Resources Management Data Management Infrastructure Operations Each represents an area of transformation driven by the change in industry. After defining the areas of competency, we compared current employee types against these...

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Quirky Queries: How to Avoid a De-Duplication Nightmare

I came across this query the other day, and it led to quite a bit of head scratching. The goal of the query was to de-duplicate data using a row ranking algorithm, however, every time I ran it it returned random and unpredictable results! Needless to say, I couldn’t keep running a faulty query, so I had to get to the bottom of it.…

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The Changing Face of Consumer Goods: The Impact of Technology

As an Industrial Engineer with a background in research and an interest in supply chains, I have been keeping abreast of recent retail and distribution news like some people keep up with pop culture. In particular, my interests lie in tracking how technology is changing the face of consumer goods. It goes without saying that over the past decade, the effect of technology on the state of the...

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Detecting Underground Leaks as the Value of Water Rises

From watershed to water glass, water flows so freely into American homes and work places that it is easy to take for granted all of the steps involved in delivering clean water. The ease of supply also hides a fragile and “at risk” delivery system. Attention to the delivery system is urgently needed to fix aging infrastructure and automate the control and monitoring.…

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Chipping Away at Credit Card Fraud

During the holiday season, the high-profile security breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus were covered extensively in the news.  The Target breach alone affected up to 70 million Americans.  There have been dozens of reported cyber-attacks in the last several years, but the sheer number of people affected in these events and the timing around Christmas put information security in the spotlight...

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The “5 Keys” to Master Data Management

The “5 Keys” to Master Data Management

This post is the seventh in my “5 Keys” series covering the core principles of data management.  Check out the others: 1 – Introduction to the “5 Keys” Series 2 – The “5 Keys” to Data Governance 3 – The “5 Keys” to Data Architecture Management 4 – The “5 Keys” to Data Development 5 – The “5 Keys” to Database Operations Management 6 – The “5 Keys”...

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The “5 Keys” to Data Security Management

This post is the sixth in my “5 Keys” series, covering the core principles of data management.  Check out the others: 1 – Introduction to the “5 Keys” Series 2 – The “5 Keys” to Data Governance 3 – The “5 Keys” to Data Architecture Management 4 – The “5 Keys” to Data Development 5 – The “5 Keys” to Database Operations Management This time we are looking at data...

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The “5 Keys” to Database Operations Management

The “5 Keys” to Database Operations Management

This post is the fifth in my “5 Keys” to EIM series, covering the core principles of data management.  Please check out the others: 1 – Introduction to the “5 Keys” Series 2 – The “5 Keys” to Data Governance 3 – The “5 Keys” to Data Architecture Management 4 – The “5 Keys” to Data Development This time I’m looking at database operations management. …

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The “5 Keys” to Data Development

This post is the fourth in my “5 Keys” to EIM series, covering the core principles of enterprise information management (EIM).  Please check out the others: 1 – Introduction to the “5 Keys” Series 2 – The “5 Keys” to Data Governance 3 – The “5 Keys” to Data Architecture Management This time we are looking at data development, which is where many of today’s distinguished data...

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