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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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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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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Office 365 vs. G Suite: The dilemma of choosing between the behemoths and the benefits of Office 365

Office 365 vs. G Suite: The dilemma of choosing between the behemoths and the benefits of Office 365

Those who remember Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) understand why there was such an interest in the release of Google Apps vs Office 365. Since their initial release, Google Apps has bloomed into G Suite and BPOS has evolved into Office 365. Both of which are capable of hosting a cloud based collaboration solution for companies of any size.…

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AI will be the Next Great User Interface – Once it has Emotional Intelligence

AI will be the Next Great User Interface – Once it has Emotional Intelligence

In December Amazon made my holiday shopping as effortless as it’s ever been. In a not-so-subtle attempt to get its Alexa Voice Service technology on a smooth surface in every home around the globe, the world’s leading online retailer slashed the price of its second-generation Echo Dot to $39.99, and moved nine times more units than it had in the previous holiday season.…

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More Data, More Problems… Leveraging the Azure Import/Export Tool

More Data, More Problems… Leveraging the Azure Import/Export Tool

In today’s market businesses are likely familiar with the enterprise services provided in Azure and have already started planning a cloud transition.  As Azure expands its core offering and more business transition to a cloud platform, the question becomes, “how does an organization move large amounts of data to the cloud, specifically to Azure?”  Introducing the Microsoft Azure Import/Export...

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Uncommon Blend: Making Business Needs Tangible

Uncommon Blend: Making Business Needs Tangible

As the Director of Marketing at a consulting firm, there are a few projects that will inevitably come up – web site redesigns and customer relationship management system implementations. With these projects comes the notorious debate… do we use our internal resources OR do we outsource it? In April of 2016, West Monroe decided to transition from our CRM system and e-marketing tool to...

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Why You Should Blend Instead of Join in Tableau

Why You Should Blend Instead of Join in Tableau

Data blending in Tableau is the operation of combining multiple data sources into the same view by finding common fields between them to join on. Unlike an ordinary join, which combines data sources at the lowest granularity before any aggregation is done, a data blend can join data sources after aggregation is performed on the individual sources; ultimately limiting the number of records that...

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How to Prepare for the Tableau Desktop Qualified Associate Exam for Free

How to Prepare for the Tableau Desktop Qualified Associate Exam for Free

I recently took the Tableau Desktop Qualified Associate Exam and passed it without spending anything on preparation materials. Having taken other certification exams before, I knew that study guides issued by exam providers don’t always provide the most thorough methods of preparation. In preparing for this exam, I was unsure about the best approach for studying, and ended up exhausting the...

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Is Data Warehousing really dead?

Is Data Warehousing really dead?

Traditional data warehousing was pioneered by Ralph Kimball and Bill Inmon in 1970s to address growing problem of accessing data for reporting and analytics from multiple disparate data sources. Key drivers and goals of data warehousing are: Collect data from multiple sources into a single repository Expose data for reporting and analytics in a performant way Keep full history of data...

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Implementing Certificate Authorities in Azure

Implementing Certificate Authorities in Azure

This entry in our series on Azure secure cloud migration discusses the process of implementing a public key infrastructure (PKI) in the cloud. See “Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud” for more information on the blog series and topics covered. Implementing these solutions on-premises always poses interesting systems management questions and in that regard deploying in the cloud...

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