Leveraging Modern Tools to Achieve Agile Analytics

Leveraging Modern Tools to Achieve Agile Analytics

Organizations have grown increasingly enthusiastic about the business insights and other benefits that big data analytics can deliver, and rightfully so. But as they pursue the promise of business analytics, companies often come face to face with some hard truths. One of the most problematic: following the traditional process of first creating a data warehouse and then analyzing the data...

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Cybersecurity Diligence in Private Equity Transactions: A Q&A with Experts Who Have Completed Hundreds of Deals

Cybersecurity Diligence in Private Equity Transactions: A Q&A with Experts Who Have Completed Hundreds of Deals

Cybersecurity. It’s something that you need to be aware of both when you’re looking to acquire and once you’ve acquired in the continued day-to-day operations of the company. You don’t want to risk your data being exposed, being embarrassed, or suffering financial loss. Alex Agran, host of the Private Equity Technology Podcast, recently interviewed two West Monroe...

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The Business Value of Augmented and Virtual Reality

The Business Value of Augmented and Virtual Reality

While Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies have languished over the past several decades, major technical advancements within the past few years have brought forth a resurgence of interest in these technologies. From the first AR/VR experiments in 1968, to the failure of the Nintendo Virtual Boy in the 1990s, to the explosive success of the Oculus Rift VR headset...

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What We Really Mean by AI

What We Really Mean by AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is booming. And its growth is receiving attention around the world. You’ll see AI featured in news stories daily.  Total investments for venture-capital-backed artificial intelligence companies in the US topped $1.9 billion in the first quarter of the year, the highest ever. Google, Amazon, Facebook and the tech giants are making big bets in this space.…

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Will Robots Leave Me Jobless?

Will Robots Leave Me Jobless?

Regardless of your role in the workplace today, the thought has probably crossed your mind at least once or twice. Is the Jetsons era finally upon us?  From video phones to robot vacuum cleaners to tablet technology, the Jetsons cartoon that debuted more than 50 years ago has predicted a number of futuristic innovations.…

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Driving Business Value and Efficiency Using Kafka and Docker

Driving Business Value and Efficiency Using Kafka and Docker

Tracking user behavior is a must for all consumer facing applications. You want to know how the user is interacting with your user interface (UI) and how they feel about the user experience (UX). Let’s say an e-commerce site user is having difficulty navigating to the checkout page. Having immediate knowledge of this troubled user allows you to offer assistance in real time, perhaps in the...

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Why should electric utilities take a closer look at supply chain risk management?

Why should electric utilities take a closer look at supply chain risk management?

Three years ago, I managed the vendor evaluation process for a utility assessing wireless options for telecom connectivity to substations. The field was limited to two vendors and cybersecurity was an important topic we wanted to explore in more detail with each. One specific area we sought to understand was the process used to address any cybersecurity issues that might arise with the...

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Fishing Analytics – Getting ‘Hooked’ on Python and Power BI

Fishing Analytics – Getting ‘Hooked’ on Python and Power BI

What’s more satisfying than finding a way to combine two of your passions? I asked myself this as I cranked out Python code to process online fish stocking records in a recent fishing analytics pet project. But let’s take a step back first. Our CEO Kevin McCarty was recently published in a Forbes magazine article discussing how tech nerds become successful commercial technologists.…

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