Imagine a Day Without Water

Imagine a Day Without Water

Many Americans take our access to freshwater for granted. It is typically only in moments of crisis, due to drought or contamination, that we truly understand the value of our water. That’s why the annual Value of Water Campaign, led by the American Water Works Association, is asking us all to imagine a day without water.…

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Blog Series – Part 1: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

Blog Series – Part 1: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

A Wrench in the Wholesale Electricity Market On September 28, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) titled, “Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule.” This first blog in a series summarizes the NOPR and discusses the fundamental issue behind the rule: The DOE seeks action within 60 days (by November 27, 2017) from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...

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Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 1

Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 1

The recent data breach at Equifax is an unfortunate reminder of a long list of hacked sites (Target Stores, OPM, Sony, and others) that were caused by vulnerabilities in the application code. These companies seemed just as surprised as their customers by the attack and had to wonder, “how did this happen?” They did not need to look further than their own unintentional coding policies.…

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Coffee & Change, Episode 8: Managing Change in Community and Economic Development in Ukraine

Coffee & Change, Episode 8: Managing Change in Community and Economic Development in Ukraine

On this special episode of Coffee and Change Bill Kirst, our organizational change management lead, speaks with Roman Oleksenko, a project manager with Peace Corps Ukraine who leads community and economic development projects. They discuss the changing field of community and economic development, specifically through the lens of Peace Corps and its mission in Ukraine.…

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Tap into Actionable Data – 5 Considerations for Delivering Successful Reporting Implementations

Tap into Actionable Data – 5 Considerations for Delivering Successful Reporting Implementations

The marketplace for business intelligence and analytics tools becomes more saturated every day.  Between standardized reporting, ad hoc self-service visualizations, and predictive analytics, many managers and buyers are so overwhelmed by keeping up with product releases and understanding tool features that they do not have time to consider the pitfalls that can sabotage a successful...

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Conversations on the Power of Inclusion: Celebrating Ramadan as a Team

Conversations on the Power of Inclusion: Celebrating Ramadan as a Team

Each year, over a billion Muslims participate in the month of Ramadan, where they fast from sunrise to sunset. During this time, Muslims refrain from putting anything in their bodies in order to eliminate distractions to focus on giving back to the community and ultimately work towards becoming the best possible version of themselves.…

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Here’s the deal with digital.

Here’s the deal with digital.

Leading companies across numerous industries are abuzz with going “digital.” At West Monroe, we believe going digital—or digitizing information so it can be transmitted, stored, and analyzed to gain new insights and efficiencies—is a key enabler and accelerator of an organization’s strategy. But what does a utility have to gain from this digital revolution?…

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A Review of the Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017: New Features and Significant Updates

A Review of the Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017: New Features and Significant Updates

This year’s Microsoft Web Summit was held in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood and was chock-full of 30-minute sessions exploring Microsoft and partner web technologies. This conference was aimed at web developers and highlighted new technologies, projects, and updates out of Microsoft and other partnered web companies. Here are some of the most exciting projects and ideas that came out of this...

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Living the Entrepreneurial Dream: Celebrating 15 Years in Business

Living the Entrepreneurial Dream: Celebrating 15 Years in Business

  One of America’s finest defining characteristics is our longstanding history and tradition of entrepreneurship: Going out on your own. Hanging out a shingle. Taking the risk to start something new. That is exactly what Dean Fischer, Susan Stelter, Matt Rager and I did, 15 years ago. With a clean slate and no clients, we met at Miller’s Pub in Chicago.…

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How Healthcare and Life Sciences Companies Can Benefit from Blockchain

How Healthcare and Life Sciences Companies Can Benefit from Blockchain

“The reason why it is so difficult for existing firms to capitalize on disruptive innovations is that their processes and their business model that make them good at the existing business actually make them bad at competing for the disruption.” – Clayton Christensen Most agree that Distributed Ledger – Blockchain (DLBC) technology has the ability to transform how data is managed and...

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