A Weekend Reminder of Why Resiliency, Not Data Protection Matters

A Weekend Reminder of Why Resiliency, Not Data Protection Matters

This past weekend was a reminder of why companies need to focus more of their efforts on protecting the resiliency of their environments – even if those investments come at the expense of data protection. On both Saturday and Sunday, news reports and Twitter posts were trending with photos of Target stores full of customers standing in line because the point of sale systems were unable to...

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5 Thoughts on Salesforce’s Tableau Acquisition—From a Salesforce Platinum Partner

5 Thoughts on Salesforce’s Tableau Acquisition—From a Salesforce Platinum Partner

Recently, Salesforce announced its acquisition of Tableau Software for a substantial $15.7 billion in all stock. With this purchase, a potentially major shift in the analytics playing field is on the horizon. As a Platinum Partner of Salesforce and a Tableau partner, here are our initial reactions and predictions around the acquisition: Platform-agnostic support of data sources will continue...

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Conversational Banking: Financial Services Firms Must Invest or Be Left Behind

Conversational Banking: Financial Services Firms Must Invest or Be Left Behind

Last year, I wrote about conversational interfaces and how they have the potential to disrupt business and technology paradigms over the coming years. To recap, conversational interfaces are an emerging high-level system design model where interactions occur in the user’s spoken or written natural language. Most commonly they are a voice-driven virtual assistant like Alexa or a text-driven...

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What Lessons can the NHL Learn from Real-time Analytics in the Manufacturing Industry?

What Lessons can the NHL Learn from Real-time Analytics in the Manufacturing Industry?

NHL hockey is perhaps the fastest and most action-packed sport on the planet. With skating speeds up to 30mph and pucks regularly clocked over 100mph the tempo allows for virtually no time to stop and think and instead necessitates continuous split-second decisions. This year, in an attempt to have insight into the chaos, the NHL released an in-game app exclusively for coaching staff that...

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Is Data Virtualization a Panacea for the Age-old Data Centralization Problem?

Is Data Virtualization a Panacea for the Age-old Data Centralization Problem?

Chances are your legacy enterprise data warehouse is expensive, does not scale, has limited domain coverage, and comes with fragile ETL process that is very expensive to maintain and extend. Your recent Data Lake investment struggles to provide value it promised. You’ve probably heard about data virtualization and federation – is this the modern solution to the age-old problem?…

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West Monroe Named in Forrester’s Latest Report “Data Warehouse Automation Platforms Help Close The Data-To-Insight Gap”

West Monroe Named in Forrester’s Latest Report “Data Warehouse Automation Platforms Help Close The Data-To-Insight Gap”

Forrester just released the following report; “Data Warehouse Automation Platforms Help Close The Data-To-Insight Gap.” According to the report’s key takeaways, “agile BI requires more than just agile dashboards” and “DWA enables BI self-service for use cases requiring a data warehouse.” We are honored to see West Monroe’s Rapid Analytics Platform (RAP) cited in this report that covers...

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Software M&A: 4 Trends Shaping the Hottest Mid-Market Sector

Software M&A: 4 Trends Shaping the Hottest Mid-Market Sector

It’s well known that software is one of the hottest sectors for M&A. The middle market, where West Monroe primarily advises, makes up the highest proportion of deal flow this decade, and we don’t expect that to slow down anytime soon. We’ll likely continue to see high valuations and multiples for software businesses in 2019 and expect competition to remain high among private equity and...

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A Cloud Database Platform is Critical for Peak Performance

A Cloud Database Platform is Critical for Peak Performance

I’ve heard it many times.  Business leaders feel that since they moved their databases to a cloud provider, they won’t need their database administrative (DBA) staff.  The thought is, “the cloud provider will manage that.”  While cloud platforms do help alleviate some of the repetitive tasks of database administration, there are many functions that are not automatically accounted for in the...

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Transitioning from College to a Career in Management and Technology Consulting

Transitioning from College to a Career in Management and Technology Consulting

The transition from school to a career in the consulting industry requires a quick learning curve to get up-to-speed on new ways of working, communicating, and developing ideas. For many campus hires, preconceived expectations of how their first few months in the workplace will progress are quickly altered as they begin working with unique clients, on new technologies, and in industries they...

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