The Future of Energy on Display at AEC 2018

The Future of Energy on Display at AEC 2018

The Advanced Energy Conference in New York City brought together utility and energy business leaders, researchers, technologists, and policy makers. A mix of plenary and breakout sessions were supplemented by exhibits and networking opportunities as attendees listened and engaged in discussion on the current state of the industry, and various futures on the horizon.…

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The Perfect Storm for Energy Companies: Low Oil and Peak Demand

The Perfect Storm for Energy Companies: Low Oil and Peak Demand

The term “A Perfect Storm” is commonly referenced when multiple events occur simultaneously to create a worst-case scenario. Often overused, this phrase has become synonymous with many things, from cataclysmic weather events to financial crises. For the global energy industry, sustained low oil prices and the emergence of demand-side technology improvements across multiple fronts have created...

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Current Salesforce Mobile App Limitations and Potential Workarounds

Current Salesforce Mobile App Limitations and Potential Workarounds

As the digital marketplace landscape grows, a reliance on the mobile application is becoming an increasing trend with Salesforce implementations. We recently partnered with a client who was implementing Salesforce globally and relied on the mobile application as the primary source of daily access. Through this project, we uncovered a few unique differences in the mobile app compared to...

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Meet Your New (Digital) Co-Worker

Meet Your New (Digital) Co-Worker

What Evolutionary Psychology Teaches Us About Robotic Process Automation Modern humans have evolved immensely from our ancient ancestral roots, though some primal features still exist. The appendix and our hypothalamus stress responses (think “fight-or-flight”) are two such examples. While the appendix [mostly] doesn’t interfere with our daily lives, how we respond to stress and our tendency...

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Dr. Bot Will See You Now – Why Healthcare is Starting to Look at Conversational Interfaces

Dr. Bot Will See You Now – Why Healthcare is Starting to Look at Conversational Interfaces

  I recently attended a chatbot meet-up put on by Delta Dental of Washington, featuring Lili Cheng, Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft AI and Research division, who spoke about AI and conversational interfaces. Conversational interfaces, such as chatbots and voice assistants, are a hot topic right now, and we’re seeing many of our clients trying to wrap their head around these...

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The Digital, Flexible Future of Retail’s Workforce

The Digital, Flexible Future of Retail’s Workforce

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) “Big Show” for the first time. As someone who has worked extensively in retail over the past 10 years, this was a great chance to see emerging industry trends and cutting-edge technology all in one place. I was particularly excited to experience all the buzz around what the next generation of retail employees and...

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Are You Prepared for the Utility of the Future?

Are You Prepared for the Utility of the Future?

The magnitude of opportunity and change facing utility executives is both exciting and overwhelming. With many facets of the business shifting all at once, it is difficult to balance successfully running today’s utility while transforming into a more efficient, more secure, customer-centric and safer organization. Through our observation of many utility environments, we believe that focusing...

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DistribuTECH 2018: All Roads Lead to Digital in Preparing Utilities for an Uncertain Future

DistribuTECH 2018: All Roads Lead to Digital in Preparing Utilities for an Uncertain Future

Last week at DistribuTECH 2018 in San Antonio, TX, energy professionals from all over shared ideas and perspectives on the future of the industry with one clear conclusion: our energy future remains uncertain, but “digital” will be a major driver in addressing this uncertainty. Multiple speakers echoed the theme that changes in technology, customer expectations, legislation, new...

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Trust me, Fred. This Amazon thing is a Go!

Trust me, Fred. This Amazon thing is a Go!

I walked a few blocks up the street from West Monroe’s office with my colleagues to visit the newly-opened Amazon Go store. Having downloaded the app to our phones, we headed out the door to experience the store of the future on opening day. After waiting in line a few minutes, we were ushered in.…

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