7 Steps to Changing Your Organization’s Cybersecurity Culture—For Good

7 Steps to Changing Your Organization’s Cybersecurity Culture—For Good

Despite the escalated rate and severity of cyberattacks, leaders at most companies have not changed their approach to cybersecurity in the past few years to adapt to the increasingly challenging environment. The goalposts have changed. And the question leaders should ask themselves is not, “is my data secure?” but “how prepared are we to minimize operational downtime in the likely event of a...

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Improve Workforce Productivity with Microsoft’s Power Platform

Improve Workforce Productivity with Microsoft’s Power Platform

SharePoint has always been a great tool for quickly solving business problems. Microsoft’s “Power Platform” is a potent solution that can enable business processes at a speed that’s hard to match and without hard-to-mitigate limitations. It’s a set of tools built on top of Office 365 that enables rapid creation of apps, data visualization and process automation...

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How to Rethink your Cybersecurity Strategy in 5 Minutes

How to Rethink your Cybersecurity Strategy in 5 Minutes

Malware attacks are wreaking havoc on the international economy and costing businesses billions of dollars in lost revenue, operational shutdowns, and reputational damage. It’s likely that you may have even experienced an episode like this at your firm. The latest industry research indicates that 50% of surveyed executives experienced disruptions from malware 6-10 times over the past five...

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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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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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