Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud

Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud

West Monroe Partners recently completed a nine-month effort to help a client migrate a large custom SaaS platform with regulatory requirements (PCI DSS v3.1, SSAE16). The engagement involved migrating on-premises systems to Microsoft Azure’s IaaS platform, and in the coming weeks, we’ll be detailing our methodology for designing and securing that environment in a series of blog...

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Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Compliance

Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Compliance

As advisors to our 100+ private equity clients who use M&A activity to provide positive returns to their investors, WMP helps establish platforms, processes, and technology that can enable rapid EBITDA growth. Within the world of M&A, carve-outs and divestitures are some of the most complex situations when it comes to quickly getting the newly acquired business on the right track...

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Upgrading Your Development Toolbox Can Improve Your Applications

Upgrading Your Development Toolbox Can Improve Your Applications

Recently, the West Monroe Partners Performance Services Dev Ops team was tasked with improving the functionality of a highly visible internal web application.  This app was used by every employee at the company, and there were a number of enhancements and new features that had been requested.  After an initial project assessment, it was determined that in order to deliver what was requested...

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Planning Your ERP Implementation? Do Not Overlook the “Seamless” Integrations!

Planning Your ERP Implementation? Do Not Overlook the “Seamless” Integrations!

Is your company gearing up for an ERP system implementation? If so, have the system integrations been thoroughly scoped and planned? Planning and building integrations is not typically as “seamless”, “easy”, and “automated” as the product marketing brochures make it out to be and could delay or add unexpected cost to your ERP system implementation.…

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The Evolution of Traditional Authentication

Early this month, Microsoft officially announced that they have released another preview feature for their Azure IaaS solution stack, Azure Active Directory Domain Services.  This is a clear evolution of the way traditional Microsoft AD administrators install/configure/manage legacy Active Directory.  Although there are currently some limitations that I’ll talk about later, this is an exciting...

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Identity and Access Management – The Cart or The Horse?

In my experiences with identity and access management (IAM) projects, there is always a moment when you begin having a “Are we putting the cart before the horse?” conversation.  This is particularly the case when you are, in parallel, having a conversation about how to “enable” IAM in the environment by either redesigning your current implementation of Windows Server Active Directory, creating...

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Next Generation: Voice of the Customer

Firms have an unprecedented ability to listen to and understand changing customer needs. Advanced technologies turn unstructured social media posts or contact center transcripts into meaningful and actionable insights. Predictive analytics hone the noise of billions of interactions into signals that can help firms avoid scaling costly mistakes and tap into emerging opportunities.…

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Bringing Azure Automation to Your On-Premises Environment

Microsoft’s Azure Preview Portal offers a number of additional automation features as compared to the standard management portal. The most interesting to me of these Preview Portal features is the ability to provision Hybrid Runbook Workers (“HRW”) that allow your automation tasks to span both Azure and on-premises systems. For some environments, Azure Automation could even be a replacement...

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How Business and IT Benefit From A Network Monitoring System

Network Monitoring Systems (NMS) are powerful platforms that can deliver monitoring services at many levels if implemented correctly – potentially providing a competitive edge. IT and business leadership often expect to get some sort of silver-bullet when implementing these platforms that will enable uninterrupted service and performance to its end users and customers, alike.…

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Network Monitoring Within A Utility: Not A Cookbook Task

Monitoring end-devices on a network is an idea that is not novel, and many Network Monitoring System (NMS) solutions are available for traditional IT implementations.  However, the deployment of an NMS to monitoring non-traditional Operational Technology (OT) devices such as those used to support power grids presents a number of unique challenges. …

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How to Delete a Message from All Mailboxes in your Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2013 Organization

Let’s face it: IT fire drills happen. Nobody likes them and everybody tries to prevent them, but yet you’ve found this blog post because you have an urgent need to delete a message from every mailbox in your organization. Maybe there’s a virus infestation, maybe a disgruntled employee sent an inappropriate email to everyone, or maybe HR accidently sent around some social...

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