Importance of Cybersecurity: Understanding Preventive “Medicine” to Maintain Cyber Health

Importance of Cybersecurity: Understanding Preventive “Medicine” to Maintain Cyber Health

Believe it or not, information security professionals could learn some lessons from the health and wellness industry. The practice of preventative care can and should be transferred to the information security profession. According to the American College of Preventive Medicine, preventive medicine is defined as “a practice by all physicians to keep their patients healthy“.…

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How the Microsoft/LinkedIn Acquisition Could Potentially Change Common Business Tasks

How the Microsoft/LinkedIn Acquisition Could Potentially Change Common Business Tasks

Recently, Microsoft announced that it had acquired LinkedIn via a cash buyout of $26.2 billion – the third largest acquisition of 2016 thus far.  Due to the notoriety of the two companies involved, this high profile purchase has garnered many headlines and has amplified discussion of the cloud war.  Many companies are pouring money into cloud-based platforms for a variety of reasons, including...

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Unlocking the Blockchain’s Potential

Unlocking the Blockchain’s Potential

Raw talent needs coaching Few teams in the National Basketball Association can say they’re better positioned for the future than the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite losing 65% of their games this past season, the T-Wolves have a young roster oozing with talent, though lacking in experience. Headlining the squad are Andrew Wiggins, the 21 year-old, hyper-athletic wing, and Karl-Anthony Towns...

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Customer Experience in a Pokeball?

Customer Experience in a Pokeball?

Pokémon Go is the latest and hottest trend in North America and Australia right now, but it has yet to go viral beyond these boundaries. The limited global presence is not due to a lack of international demand, as we’ve seen many clones appearing in China, but is perhaps because the robustness of data required is only available for development and use within those geographic territories.…

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ACE16: The Water Industry Continues to Transform Part 1

ACE16: The Water Industry Continues to Transform Part 1

The American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exhibition was held last week (June 20 – 22, 2016) in Chicago, Illinois. With over 10,000 attendees, 500+ exhibitors and 80+ sessions this conference presented an unparalleled opportunity to check the pulse of the water industry. Members of the West Monroe Water Utility consulting and technology practice were at the conference, and are...

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Mike Manfredo’s Uncommon Blend

Mike Manfredo’s Uncommon Blend

Each month we highlight a different Dare to be Great employee who embodies the Uncommon Blend or Challenge Accepted attitude that makes West Monroe Partners and everyone that works here so unique! This month, meet Mike Manfredo, a Principal in our Customer Experience practice, based in Chicago. How did you get started at West Monroe?…

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Sustainability: if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it!

Sustainability: if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it!

As sustainability has become a more prominent issue for businesses, leaders are struggling to build consistent sustainability reports. A sustainability report is often the first publically facing component of a business’ sustainability initiatives and therefore needs to have clear messaging, backed by specific metrics to track progress and create accountability. The data collected to report...

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Why Open Data Standards are Critical for the Future of DER

Why Open Data Standards are Critical for the Future of DER

All across the DER value chain, stakeholders are working to accelerate DER deployments in a cost-effective manner that builds the foundation for the future. The solar systems, storage and other DER systems deployed today will remain in service for years to come. Monitoring, forecasting and control of these systems will be essential for success for utilities and system owners.…

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Major Announcement in Oil & Gas:  Colorado Supreme Court Decision on Hydraulic Fracturing Bans

Major Announcement in Oil & Gas: Colorado Supreme Court Decision on Hydraulic Fracturing Bans

On Monday, May 2, the Colorado Supreme Court announced decisions holding invalid and unenforceable two separate ordinances enacted by the Cities of Fort Collins and Longmont, respectively, which prohibited the use of hydraulic fracturing for gas extraction.  These decisions establish precedent regarding what has been an on-going battle in the regulation of the Colorado oil and gas industry...

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Brian Pacula’s Uncommon Blend

Brian Pacula’s Uncommon Blend

Each month we will be highlighting a different Dare to be Great employee who embodies the Uncommon Blend or Challenge Accepted attitude that makes West Monroe Partners and everyone that works here so unique! This month, meet Brian Pacula, a Senior Manager in our Workforce Optimization practice, based in Chicago.  How did you get started at West Monroe?…

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Utilities’ Aging Workforce: Then and Now

Utilities’ Aging Workforce: Then and Now

In the late 70’s and early 80’s a majority of people who began work at local utilities did so with the expectation of starting and ending their career with the same company. It was stable with low risk and good benefits: Why Not? Back in 2003, when I entered the industry as a recent college graduate, I noticed that a substantial number of employees were coming up on retirement after completing...

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