The What and Why of Natural Capital

In your first week of Econ 101 you were probably introduced to the idea of capital. To a firm, capital represents the physical equipment or inputs that are used in the production of a good or service; basically capital is what you use to run your business. Traditionally, economics has separated this type of capital from natural resources primarily because natural resources were always...

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From Cars to Hospitals: Lean Processes in Healthcare

During one of my first consulting engagements, my client had a penchant for veering off topic.  So naturally when she brought up her black belt in Lean Six Sigma, I assumed she was about to share her interests in martial arts.   During my time in the hospital as a medical student and surgical resident, I had never heard of Lean processes, let alone Lean Six Sigma. …

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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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The “5 Keys” to Data Architecture Management

This post is the third in my “5 Keys” to EIM series, covering the core principles of enterprise information management (EIM): 1 – Introduction to the “5 Keys” Series 2 – The “5 Keys” to Data Governance Today we’re looking at data architecture management – simply defined as “most of what needs to be done before getting started.”  This includes developing a data model, planning out databases and...

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Network Virtualization and Microsoft Azure

A colleague of mine, Kyle Tobin, and I attended TechEd 2013 down in New Orleans earlier this month. We are writing a series of blogs about what most impressed us about Microsoft’s message around their newly released or updated software TechEd 2013 brought with it a number of new feature releases for many of the traditional Microsoft products, but what Microsoft delivered (in my mind...

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The “5 Keys” to Data Governance

In my last post, I introduced the “5 Keys” series, covering all of the core principles of enterprise information management (EIM). Today we introduce the first EIM discipline you should think about: data governance. The remaining EIM disciplines can be addressed in any order (as long as you keep balance), but data governance is a little different not just because it sits in the middle, but...

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They say variety is the spice of life – but does the same hold true for Big Data?

Last week Chicago was one of 29 host cities around the world for Big Data Week, a week-long series of workshops on big data and analytics.  I had the privilege of giving a ten minute “rapid-fire” talk about big data in banking and also attended a number of other workshops.  It was a fun, thought-provoking week full of interesting case studies and great networking between government...

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We hold this truth to (not necessarily) be self-evident…all customers are not created equal

This past Friday, April 26, West Monroe Partners co-sponsored an event with the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association on Customer Analytics. This event featured Peter S. Fader, Frances and Pei-Yuan Chia Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Co-Director of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative, and author of Customer...

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