Women in Consulting: A Q&A with Jayna Curran on Leading by Example

Women in Consulting: A Q&A with Jayna Curran on Leading by Example

This feature is part of a series highlighting the contributions and career paths of women at West Monroe. Especially in technology consulting, traditionally a male-dominated industry, it can be difficult for women to find role models and paths that work for them. The goal of this blog series is to communicate the unique paths and successes of women at WMP.…

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Salesforce’s Acquisition of ClickSoftware Indicates Success from Field Service Lightning

Salesforce’s Acquisition of ClickSoftware Indicates Success from Field Service Lightning

It’s news that many of us saw coming: Salesforce is in the process of acquiring ClickSoftware Technologies, Inc. in a deal valued at $1.35B in cash and stock. This comes on the heels of Salesforce’s largest acquisition ever, Tableau Software, in a deal valued at roughly $15B. The combination of Salesforce and ClickSoftware will create a newly combined force of strategic vision and strength in...

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4 Tips for Private Equity Firms to Maximize the Value of Digital Transformation

4 Tips for Private Equity Firms to Maximize the Value of Digital Transformation

The ability to transform businesses through digital is one of the greatest value creation tools available to private equity. While time constraints may present a challenge, prioritizing and implementing the right digital investments can be a highly effective way to deliver efficiency improvements, revenue and earnings growth, and drive a high return at exit.…

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Utility Analytics: How A (Good) Data Framework Today Leads To Analytical Insights Tomorrow

Utility Analytics: How A (Good) Data Framework Today Leads To Analytical Insights Tomorrow

As we engage utilities on their progress and insights deploying data analytics platforms and use cases, we’re noticing a common theme. When embarking on more complex operational technology (OT) use cases, they are finding gaps in historical records that require them to revisit or rethink their data acquisition, storage, and retrieval strategies.…

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Despite a Cold M&A Market in Minnesota, Deal Activity in Healthcare Remains Hot

Despite a Cold M&A Market in Minnesota, Deal Activity in Healthcare Remains Hot

2019 has not been a banner year for Minnesota’s M&A market. After a half-decade of record-setting activity, the local M&A scene has cooled significantly, with the lowest reported deal volume and dollar values since 2013. According to Pitchbook data, total deal count for Minnesota companies for the first half of 2019 was 35% lower than over the same period in 2018.…

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The Libor Transition is Coming. Banks Should Start Planning Now

The Libor Transition is Coming. Banks Should Start Planning Now

Although it’s been a conversation in the industry since 2014, the dialogue around sun-setting Libor (London Interbank Offer Rate) is intensifying. Published daily, Libor is the interest rate benchmark upon which many other interest rates are based. With its replacement, SOFR (secured overnight financing rate), widely agreed upon, Libor’s planned retirement in 2021 has made advice from...

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Top 5 Ways a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) Creates Value

Top 5 Ways a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) Creates Value

A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is now virtually a requirement to support daily operations for labs that support any type of testing, from R&D to commercial. The global LIMS market is currently over $500 million and is projected to reach $750 million in the next few years. A LIMS can take many forms, ranging from custom-built software to an off-the-shelf vendor-configured...

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3 Ways Enterprises Are Addressing Blockchain Privacy Concerns

3 Ways Enterprises Are Addressing Blockchain Privacy Concerns

Blockchain has been touted as the great connector to integrate businesses under consortium networks. It’s ability to verify data using smart contracts and provide transparency across network participants through immutable shared data has people talking about a technical revolution. However, this benefit has been a double-edged sword because the enterprise world is skeptical about sharing...

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Capital One Fallout: Should Business Leaders Expect More Security From Their Cloud Providers? Yes.

Capital One Fallout: Should Business Leaders Expect More Security From Their Cloud Providers? Yes.

This week brought another set of headlines about a large data breach—this time at Capital One. In this case, the alleged attacker is domestic and the federal indictment provided some details of how the breach occurred. In this case, a misconfigured firewall allegedly allowed Paige Thompson to remotely execute commands against an Amazon Web Services (AWS) server.…

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