How Safe is your Supply Chain?

How Safe is your Supply Chain?

Over the years, the utility industry has developed an ingrained safety culture. When we think about these safety programs, we often think of the hard hat, the steel-toe boots, flame resistant clothing, keeping three points of contact as we climb the stairs, and dozens of other little things that can make big differences when it comes to safety.…

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Leveraging Modern Tools to Achieve Agile Analytics

Leveraging Modern Tools to Achieve Agile Analytics

Organizations have grown increasingly enthusiastic about the business insights and other benefits that big data analytics can deliver, and rightfully so. But as they pursue the promise of business analytics, companies often come face to face with some hard truths. One of the most problematic: following the traditional process of first creating a data warehouse and then analyzing the data...

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Cybersecurity Diligence in Private Equity Transactions: A Q&A with Experts Who Have Completed Hundreds of Deals

Cybersecurity Diligence in Private Equity Transactions: A Q&A with Experts Who Have Completed Hundreds of Deals

Cybersecurity. It’s something that you need to be aware of both when you’re looking to acquire and once you’ve acquired in the continued day-to-day operations of the company. You don’t want to risk your data being exposed, being embarrassed, or suffering financial loss. Alex Agran, host of the Private Equity Technology Podcast, recently interviewed two West Monroe...

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Standardize to Transform: Retail’s Digital Journey

Standardize to Transform: Retail’s Digital Journey

Digital transformation is the new reality for the commercial world, and the retail industry is no exception. In fact, the theme of this year’s National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show, which took place in January, was “retail transformation” and focused on four key elements: technology, business performance and growth, innovation, and partnerships and collaboration.…

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The Business Value of Augmented and Virtual Reality

The Business Value of Augmented and Virtual Reality

While Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies have languished over the past several decades, major technical advancements within the past few years have brought forth a resurgence of interest in these technologies. From the first AR/VR experiments in 1968, to the failure of the Nintendo Virtual Boy in the 1990s, to the explosive success of the Oculus Rift VR headset...

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What We Really Mean by AI

What We Really Mean by AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is booming. And its growth is receiving attention around the world. You’ll see AI featured in news stories daily.  Total investments for venture-capital-backed artificial intelligence companies in the US topped $1.9 billion in the first quarter of the year, the highest ever. Google, Amazon, Facebook and the tech giants are making big bets in this space.…

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A Conversation About Inclusion and Diversity: Tackling Unconscious Bias and Its Impact on the Workplace

A Conversation About Inclusion and Diversity: Tackling Unconscious Bias and Its Impact on the Workplace

As part of a journey to strengthen our culture of inclusion, I began writing quarterly articles designed to stimulate conversation about relevant, and sometimes challenging topics. The idea is that healthy and open dialogue is an essential prerequisite to breaking down the barriers to inclusion. This quarter, we address how unconscious bias impacts the workplace, and specifically, work...

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