How Microsoft is Modernizing the Digital Workplace – Insights from the Ignite 2018 Conference

How Microsoft is Modernizing the Digital Workplace – Insights from the Ignite 2018 Conference

I recently attended the Microsoft Ignite conference where I spent my time attending sessions around Office 365, SharePoint, Teams, and OneDrive for Business. There was no shortage of announcements around the advancements Microsoft is making in the modern digital workplace with Office 365. We are seeing significant improvements across collaboration, process automation, intranet and all-employee...

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Lather, Rinse, Repeat: How Automation Improves Customer Engagement

Lather, Rinse, Repeat: How Automation Improves Customer Engagement

As business look to gain efficiencies, automation is gaining ground as a differentiator. For example, West Monroe’s Robotic Process Automation offering helps organizations accelerate their digital transformations. The main value driver of automation is allowing top talent to do more ‘high value’ work. In the managed services space, that means delivering a higher level of service to our...

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The New Azure Data Factory – Now with SSIS Compatibility

The New Azure Data Factory – Now with SSIS Compatibility

Recently, Microsoft released to General Availability, the newest version of Azure Data Factory (which you will see referred to as V2 in Azure). This is a major release that is a huge step up from the previous version of Azure Data Factory (read about the new features here). One of the most interesting new features is support for SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages.…

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Best Practices for AR App Development with the RealWear HMT-1

Best Practices for AR App Development with the RealWear HMT-1

Technology, and how we interact with it, is evolving every day. Someday, virtual overlays, like in Minority Report and Terminator, might not be science fiction. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), two relatively new interactive experiences, have had their rises and falls throughout time as new technology became widely available, but not enough to sustain user engagement in the...

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Top Takeaways from GOTO Conference 2018

Top Takeaways from GOTO Conference 2018

This spring, we had the opportunity to attend GOTO Conference 2018, hosted at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Here are our key takeaways: Containers, Containers, Containers Microservices are one of the hottest trends in the technology industry right now, so it’s no surprise that the GOTO Conference dedicated a whole track to the topic.…

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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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