Data Governance Guiding Principles

Data Governance Guiding Principles

Some form of data governance is necessary for all organizations, regardless of industry or size. Data governance accomplishes many goals, from meeting regulatory requirements to fueling strategic initiatives that depend on data. While most organizations recognize the importance of data governance, they have trouble keeping momentum after starting. One issue is that data governance models are...

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How to Mitigate Spectre/Meltdown Vulnerabilities

How to Mitigate Spectre/Meltdown Vulnerabilities

Organizations must consider their strategy for deploying Windows Updates to mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities. This blog is specifically related to a new gotcha clients may need to address in order to successfully deploy the Microsoft hotfixes that help mitigate these vulnerabilities. It’s important to call out a key behavioral change in the way Microsoft is...

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Three Utility Systems Integration Tips & Tricks

Three Utility Systems Integration Tips & Tricks

Does data have your head spinning? Here are a few tips and tricks for successful systems integration in the Utilities sector. As the West Monroe team gears up to attend DistribuTech this week (Booth #2761), we expect there to be plenty of buzz around enterprise data analytics solutions. Through enterprise data analytics initiatives, value is driven at the data intersections across...

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Cybersecurity in the Age of Digital Transformation

Cybersecurity in the Age of Digital Transformation

Customer experience (CX) in the utility industry is undergoing dramatic change. Customers want more access to information, more choices to access information (such as mobile and social media) and enhanced ability to manage costs. To meet this need, utility companies are striving to engage their customers using data analytics, monitoring and control in the modern ecosystem of Internet of Things...

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Meltdown and Spectre: What You Need to Know

Meltdown and Spectre: What You Need to Know

What does it mean when I hear about the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities? In simple terms, these vulnerabilities allow unauthorized access to sensitive memory content on computing systems that should never be allowed. Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities can compromise the core system integrity and all multi-tenant users or processes on a system; think public/private clouds...

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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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