Women in Consulting: A Q&A with Laura Brizgis on Making Time (For Yourself and Others)

Women in Consulting: A Q&A with Laura Brizgis on Making Time (For Yourself and Others)

This feature is part of a series highlighting the contributions and career paths of women at West Monroe. In technology consulting—traditionally a male-dominated industry—it can be difficult for women to find role models and paths that work for them. The goal of this blog series is to communicate the unique paths and successes of women at West Monroe.…

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4 Tips for Private Equity Firms to Maximize the Value of Digital Transformation

4 Tips for Private Equity Firms to Maximize the Value of Digital Transformation

The ability to transform businesses through digital is one of the greatest value creation tools available to private equity. While time constraints may present a challenge, prioritizing and implementing the right digital investments can be a highly effective way to deliver efficiency improvements, revenue and earnings growth, and drive a high return at exit.…

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Utility Analytics: How A (Good) Data Framework Today Leads To Analytical Insights Tomorrow

Utility Analytics: How A (Good) Data Framework Today Leads To Analytical Insights Tomorrow

As we engage utilities on their progress and insights deploying data analytics platforms and use cases, we’re noticing a common theme. When embarking on more complex operational technology (OT) use cases, they are finding gaps in historical records that require them to revisit or rethink their data acquisition, storage, and retrieval strategies.…

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Despite a Cold M&A Market in Minnesota, Deal Activity in Healthcare Remains Hot

Despite a Cold M&A Market in Minnesota, Deal Activity in Healthcare Remains Hot

2019 has not been a banner year for Minnesota’s M&A market. After a half-decade of record-setting activity, the local M&A scene has cooled significantly, with the lowest reported deal volume and dollar values since 2013. According to Pitchbook data, total deal count for Minnesota companies for the first half of 2019 was 35% lower than over the same period in 2018.…

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The Libor Transition is Coming. Banks Should Start Planning Now

The Libor Transition is Coming. Banks Should Start Planning Now

Although it’s been a conversation in the industry since 2014, the dialogue around sun-setting Libor (London Interbank Offer Rate) is intensifying. Published daily, Libor is the interest rate benchmark upon which many other interest rates are based. It’s planned retirement in 2021 has made advice from industry experts increasingly sound like a stern warning: Prepare for a new rate—now.…

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Top 5 Ways a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) Creates Value

Top 5 Ways a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) Creates Value

A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is now virtually a requirement to support daily operations for labs that support any type of testing, from R&D to commercial. The global LIMS market is currently over $500 million and is projected to reach $750 million in the next few years. A LIMS can take many forms, ranging from custom-built software to an off-the-shelf vendor-configured...

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3 Ways Enterprises Are Addressing Blockchain Privacy Concerns

3 Ways Enterprises Are Addressing Blockchain Privacy Concerns

Blockchain has been touted as the great connector to integrate businesses under consortium networks. It’s ability to verify data using smart contracts and provide transparency across network participants through immutable shared data has people talking about a technical revolution. However, this benefit has been a double-edged sword because the enterprise world is skeptical about sharing...

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Capital One Fallout: Should Business Leaders Expect More Security From Their Cloud Providers? Yes.

Capital One Fallout: Should Business Leaders Expect More Security From Their Cloud Providers? Yes.

This week brought another set of headlines about a large data breach—this time at Capital One. In this case, the alleged attacker is domestic and the federal indictment provided some details of how the breach occurred. In this case, a misconfigured firewall allegedly allowed Paige Thompson to remotely execute commands against an Amazon Web Services (AWS) server.…

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How to Develop Adaptability Among Employees to Meet the Growing Needs of Your Organization

How to Develop Adaptability Among Employees to Meet the Growing Needs of Your Organization

One challenge a growing organization faces involves sustaining a team of skilled professionals that can meet the growing expectations and needs of the business. Even more difficult is the task of filling less-desirable roles, such as shifted positions, where employees endure difficult hours and see less room for opportunity. One way to address these challenges involves adding more value to the...

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7 Steps to Changing Your Organization’s Cybersecurity Culture—For Good

7 Steps to Changing Your Organization’s Cybersecurity Culture—For Good

Despite the escalated rate and severity of cyberattacks, leaders at most companies have not changed their approach to cybersecurity in the past few years to adapt to the increasingly challenging environment. The goalposts have changed. And the question leaders should ask themselves is not, “is my data secure?” but “how prepared are we to minimize operational downtime in the likely event of a...

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