See to Be: Takeaways from WMP Seattle’s Women’s Networking Event

See to Be: Takeaways from WMP Seattle’s Women’s Networking Event

A year after the film Hidden Figures brought attention to the role of female “computers” during the Space Race, Lego launched its latest crowd-sourced set, the Women of NASA. Four extraordinary space heroes—Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride, and Mae Jemison—will be memorialized in one of our culture’s highest honors, a Lego mini-figurine.…

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Fun with the Force.com Migration Tool

Fun with the Force.com Migration Tool

If you haven’t used the Force.com migration tool to move metadata from one org to another you are missing out. While there are several ways to move metadata between orgs the Force.com migration tool is powerful and a great addition to your Salesforce toolbelt. There are tons of resources to get you going.…

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Blog Series: Business Relationship Management – Part 1

Blog Series: Business Relationship Management – Part 1

A Discipline or Role? This is the first of a three-part blog series explaining how Business Relationship Management (BRM) can be used as both a discipline and an enabler of digital transformation. To level set, digital transformation is the application of digital capabilities to processes, products, and assets to improve efficiency, enhance customer value, manage risk, and uncover new...

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The ABCs of Working With Generation X, Y and Z

The ABCs of Working With Generation X, Y and Z

By 2020, Millennials (also known as Generation Y) will represent half of the global population. Furthermore, Baby Boomers (those born between 1946-1964), will be retiring at a faster pace than ever. Generation X will not be able to fill all of the open positions, pushing Generation Y into leadership roles much sooner than previous generations.…

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Seven Myths About Credit Cards and Your Credit Score

Seven Myths About Credit Cards and Your Credit Score

As a member of the West Monroe Payments Practice, I work with our clients to help them develop payments strategies, products, and partnerships.  As both a professional and a consumer, I am frequently asked about credit card rewards, features, usage best practices, technologies, and more.  Over a series of blog posts, I will examine several of these topics in more depth.…

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Lessons Learned in Vegas: Top Ten Takeaways from Tableau Conference

Lessons Learned in Vegas: Top Ten Takeaways from Tableau Conference

Everyone knows ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.’ While that may be true for some activities, after attending the Tableau Conference, #DATA17, we couldn’t help but share some of the key takeaways. Tableau, a data visualization platform, has been an industry leader in recent years (as recognized by Gartner and other organizations), and is known for its design-focused data visualizations...

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What’s Your Cloud Strategy?

What’s Your Cloud Strategy?

As part of our Cloud Advisory engagements, we partner with clients to determine the strategic reasons and goals for adopting cloud technologies.  It’s important to have goals to develop an actionable roadmap, detailing the series of actions required. This blog outlines several categories of strategic recommendations as part of Cloud Advisory services.…

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The Agent That Never Sleeps: The Rise of Chatbots

The Agent That Never Sleeps: The Rise of Chatbots

If you aren’t part of the chatbot buzz, you aren’t paying attention to an important trend impacting contact centers in all industries. Business value from conversational interfaces is increasing in measure, but many companies find it can take time to mature from basic “infobots” to more complex use cases.  I attended both the ICMI and Customer Contact Week (CCW) conferences this past year and...

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Stepping into the World of Consulting: Do’s and Don’ts

Stepping into the World of Consulting: Do’s and Don’ts

Making the transition from college student to full-time consultant is a completely new challenge. You will join projects where you are expected to analyze, problem-solve, and communicate solutions in a clear, coherent manner. The switch to consulting will take time to get used to, but luckily in our first few months as consultants we have been expertly guided by others who have gone through...

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Blog Series – Part 2: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

Blog Series – Part 2: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

Compounding Inequality for Customers This second blog in a series discussing the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) issued by the Department of Energy (DOE) examines potential adverse effects on electricity customers. Aside from the debate around whether this NOPR would improve grid resiliency, the proposed pricing rule can fundamentally alter wholesale electricity markets.…

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Stranger (Internet of) Things: A couple of factors to consider before making the investment

Stranger (Internet of) Things: A couple of factors to consider before making the investment

We recently attended the IoT Summit Chicago hosted by the Illinois Technology Association. This conference gathered over 500 professionals from around the globe to collaborate on best practices and discuss future trends in the often discussed, but rarely understood “Internet of Things (IoT).” We took a moment to reflect on time the conference and identify some key takeaways to share with...

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