On My Mind: Cloud and Security

On My Mind: Cloud and Security

The market is at a pivotal point where use of cloud technologies has become the norm rather than the exception. With any new technology there is always an adoption curve. If your organization isn’t using cloud technologies you are likely behind the curve. For example, the Performance Services team at West Monroe has been converting the underlying tools we use to support clients to cloud...

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Why Humans Matter Most When Designing Bots: UX Best Practices for Conversational Interface Design

Why Humans Matter Most When Designing Bots: UX Best Practices for Conversational Interface Design

Advanced digital capabilities in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) will alter how people interact with data. The growing adoption of voice platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger and Slack, means humans will interact increasingly more with technology through conversational interfaces (CI), rather...

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Don’t Take the Bait: Phishing Attacks

Don’t Take the Bait: Phishing Attacks

Phishing is one of the most pervasive security threats today and it’s only getting worse Over the last few years, phishing attacks have continued to rise as attackers refine strategies, execute successful programs, and make money. Attackers are taking advantage of end users to steal credentials or get them to click on malicious links.…

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Pre-emptive Cybersecurity: Spend a Little Now or Pay a Lot Later

Pre-emptive Cybersecurity: Spend a Little Now or Pay a Lot Later

Several news outlets are reporting recently that over the past month, the City of Atlanta has been struggling with a ransomware attack – specifically, an attack by SamSam ransomware, which encrypts data and holds decryption keys for a cryptocurrency ransom. The City of Atlanta opted not to pay the roughly $50,000 ransom and instead is expected to spend more than $2.5 million on recovery...

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Mid-market Cloud Adoption: More Reliable than the Weatherman

Mid-market Cloud Adoption: More Reliable than the Weatherman

As more enterprise scale organizations shift to using cloud technology providers, like Amazon Web Services, mid-market organizations are working to determine if moving some of their workloads to the cloud delivers the return that larger organizations are recognizing.  When we meet with clients, often we’re educating leaders on how cloud infrastructure and services differ from on premise...

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Simplifying the Data Scientist: Agile Analytics for Improved Data Science Productivity

Simplifying the Data Scientist: Agile Analytics for Improved Data Science Productivity

As companies incorporate data science and machine learning to help them push into the new AI frontier, some are finding it difficult to get data science operationalized. We know organizations have data, and lots of it, but not every organization achieves the same level of agility from its analytics and data science initiatives, meaning one organization may see the impact of data science more...

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Network Appliances in the Cloud

Network Appliances in the Cloud

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Native Functionality As more organizations adopt cloud platforms such as AWS and Azure, they are forced to consider how they want to manage their cloud networks. When every device is virtual, how will network teams deliver traditional network functionality that they are used to delivering with physical appliances like firewalls and load balancers?…

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Dealing with Cloud Lock-In

Dealing with Cloud Lock-In

  During our cloud advisory projects, we frequently address concerns of “lock-in” to prospective single cloud providers. Optimizing vendor relationships in a modern IT environment can be challenging, so keep in mind some aspects of this multi-sided problem. Your business has been locked into technologies for years, the challenge is selecting the right ones.…

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What’s Hybrid Cloud, Part 2

What’s Hybrid Cloud, Part 2

We see 6 major aspects of hybrid cloud that IT organizations leveraging cloud technologies need to consider: Connectivity Identity Security Monitoring Automation Workload Mobility In Part 1 of this series we reviewed some considerations for adopting a hybrid cloud hosting model, including aspects of connectivity, identity, and security. This blog will cover additional hybrid cloud...

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Dr. Bot Will See You Now – Why Healthcare is Starting to Look at Conversational Interfaces

Dr. Bot Will See You Now – Why Healthcare is Starting to Look at Conversational Interfaces

  I recently attended a chatbot meet-up put on by Delta Dental of Washington, featuring Lili Cheng, Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft AI and Research division, who spoke about AI and conversational interfaces. Conversational interfaces, such as chatbots and voice assistants, are a hot topic right now, and we’re seeing many of our clients trying to wrap their head around these...

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