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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Applying Inclusion, Trust, and Respect to Agile Project Management

Applying Inclusion, Trust, and Respect to Agile Project Management

My wife and I had success in the first three months we applied agile project management principles when running our household. But it didn’t stay that way. As we got busier with life, the system broke down. We stopped updating the scrum board and our Sunday night family meeting was focused on other things, planning vacations, homework, extra-curricular activities. …

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Public Cloud Environments: How to Effectively Manage Costs

Public Cloud Environments: How to Effectively Manage Costs

There are several compelling reasons to move to the cloud.  Speed of innovation.  The ability to scale quickly.  Production ready services to leverage AI, IoT, natural language processing, etc.  However, for most businesses, it all comes down to costs. In a previous blog post Moving to the Cloud: Myth Versus Reality, I touched on some misconceptions regarding moving to the cloud, including the...

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Tackling the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage at the CyberForce Competition™

Tackling the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage at the CyberForce Competition™

Teaming Up with the Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory at the CyberForce Competition™ The US Department of Energy (DOE) hosted their CyberForce Competition™   in late 2018 within their network of National Laboratories across the United States. The competition was created with the goal of addressing the cybersecurity skill gap in the marketplace today.…

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What I Learned About Agile Project Management from Running a Household

What I Learned About Agile Project Management from Running a Household

Last year, I decided to try an experiment at home. The experiment focused on applying agile project management techniques to running our household; I wanted to learn if these techniques, like scrum boards, acceptance criteria, the definition of done, retrospectives and stand-ups, could help us manage our housework as efficiently and effectively as my client projects. …

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When to Consider Blockchain Rather than a Relational Database

When to Consider Blockchain Rather than a Relational Database

Like many emerging technologies, blockchain is sometimes portrayed as a magic bullet that can solve all problems. This is far from the case. Blockchain, just like any other technology, has a specific set of use cases, and they are much narrower than today’s market hype would imply. West Monroe recommends approaching blockchain carefully and keeping in mind that it has few proven use cases...

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Creating a Winning Team in Industry 4.0

Creating a Winning Team in Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is accelerating digital manufacturing and predictive analytics on the shop floor, much in the same way as the professional sports analytics revolution has allowed teams to do more pre-game planning and more real-time, in-game informed decision making on the field. As a manufacturer, do you have what it takes to build a winning team in Industry 4.0?…

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