Why Every Salesforce Admin Should Use an IDE

Why Every Salesforce Admin Should Use an IDE

In an effort to become a more powerful Salesforce administrator, I’ve recently been knocking on the door of the developer world. You don’t need to master Apex to take advantage of developer tools. My favorite trick has been using an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to speed up manual tasks, such as creating thousands of fields in minutes. …

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Off the Chain – Blockchain is Hot but Still Unproven

Off the Chain – Blockchain is Hot but Still Unproven

We are about 24 months into the hype cycle on Blockchain, measured by the volume of news that has started trickling out from institutional investors and software companies, as well as the recent surge of interest in Crypto Currency trading.  We are potentially looking at another 24 months from starting to see a real presence in the marketplace, so now seems like a good time to address where...

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What’s your Cloud Foundation?

What’s your Cloud Foundation?

Our cloud implementation project teams work with clients to execute their cloud strategies and roadmaps.  A key early step in the deployment process is to establish a solid foundation of cloud technologies and processes. We describe these projects as “Cloud Foundations,” and include the following objectives: Establish cloud provider account and billing frameworks Finalize naming...

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Let’s Talk Basic Cryptocurrency Security: How to Keep Your Coins With You in a More Secure Environment

Let’s Talk Basic Cryptocurrency Security: How to Keep Your Coins With You in a More Secure Environment

With all the recent attention, and value generation, from cryptocurrencies as of late (pick your favorite: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and more!), the Blockchain team at West Monroe Partners felt it’s important to remind our readers on how to keep your Bitcoins safe, and of a crucial security component: establishing your own digital wallet.…

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VMware’s Velocloud Acquisition: Legitimizing Enterprise SD-WAN

VMware’s Velocloud Acquisition: Legitimizing Enterprise SD-WAN

The software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) market is consolidating, via some moves from well-established vendors. Earlier this month, VMware acquired one the largest SD-WAN providers, Velocloud.  Cisco has also done a similar acquisition of Viptela. Prior to these acquisitions, SD-WAN could have been regarded as hype, but these transactions indicate a shift in the market focus and a longer-term...

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5 Thoughts on the CVS-Aetna Deal – From a Technology Integration Perspective

5 Thoughts on the CVS-Aetna Deal – From a Technology Integration Perspective

On Monday, pharmacy retailer CVS announced it is acquiring the health payer Aetna in a $69 billion deal. The unorthodox merger is raising many questions in the healthcare industry and M&A circles. Since every day West Monroe’s M&A practice helps merging companies understand their technology “to-do list” pre- and post-merger, we have several thoughts on what lies ahead for the new...

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How to Build an Analytics Center of Excellence to Tackle Utility Problems

How to Build an Analytics Center of Excellence to Tackle Utility Problems

We recently attended the annual gathering of utility practitioners at Utility Analytics Week in San Antonio. A common theme discussed was “how do we get started?”, “where do we start?”, and “how do we justify the cost?”. Electric utilities are becoming increasingly digitally-oriented and data intensive with the adoption of AMI meters, deployment of SCADA systems across the grid, and...

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Re-imagining STEM: Our Takeaways from the Washington STEM Summit

Re-imagining STEM: Our Takeaways from the Washington STEM Summit

West Monroe recently was a proud sponsor of the Washington STEM Summit, a day-long gathering of local and national education STEM thought leaders, innovators and champions who are united by a desire to advance excellence, innovation, and equity in STEM education. As deep technologists, we at West Monroe feel passionate about making STEM education accessible to all students, to increase the...

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Revolutionizing healthcare through technology: Talking with Cathy Johnson of Providence Health & Services

Revolutionizing healthcare through technology: Talking with Cathy Johnson of Providence Health & Services

One of the best things about our profession is the opportunity to meet and collaborate with so many talented and interesting people at our clients and in the community. This blog series introduces some of the executives with whom we work and spotlights the ways they are leading and making their mark, both personally and professionally.…

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What’s Hybrid Cloud?

What’s Hybrid Cloud?

We regularly address hybrid cloud concepts and architectures as part of our Cloud Advisory projects. 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 this post, I’ll cover connectivity, identity, and security. Connectivity: Hybrid cloud connectivity can...

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Cloud Migration Lessons Learned

Cloud Migration Lessons Learned

Our technology teams have worked with clients of all sizes to plan and migrate their applications to cloud hosting environments. While each client’s challenges are different, we’ve seen some common themes and have developed a suite of best practices to address them. Some of our team’s best practices include: A cloud migration is a set of many smaller migrations Taking a...

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Virtualizing Skype For Business

Virtualizing Skype For Business

As more and more applications are evolving into a virtual format from a physical footprint, we are seeing a trend around businesses virtualizing real-time applications that handle voice communications.  Most customers I’ve worked with have VMware in their enterprise for virtualization and are using these environments for virtualizing voice platforms like Microsoft’s Skype for Business. …

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