Will Robots Leave Me Jobless?

Will Robots Leave Me Jobless?

Regardless of your role in the workplace today, the thought has probably crossed your mind at least once or twice. Is the Jetsons era finally upon us?  From video phones to robot vacuum cleaners to tablet technology, the Jetsons cartoon that debuted more than 50 years ago has predicted a number of futuristic innovations.…

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Why the Grid Mod Evolution is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Endeavor

Why the Grid Mod Evolution is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Endeavor

Grid Modernization represents the single largest transformation of the electric utility post-WWII. Investments in hardware and software in the digital age promise a more resilient and reliable grid poised to serve the U.S. well into the 21st century. In this article, we discuss the primary drivers of Grid Mod efforts, how they vary by utility, and how approaches have evolved over time.…

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AI + Sustainability: A Meaningful Equation for the Earth

AI + Sustainability: A Meaningful Equation for the Earth

By now you’ve likely heard the buzz around machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI).These technologies are poised to transform and improve countless aspects of our daily lives, from driver-less cars, to smart energy meters, to product recommendations on Amazon. At West Monroe, as business consultants and deep technologists, we keep a close pulse on how new advances in machine...

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3 Enablers to Water Utility Customer Centricity

3 Enablers to Water Utility Customer Centricity

Over the past few years, water utilities have begun to embrace the importance of a unified customer experience strategy – one that involves technological transformation, employee engagement, and process improvements. This customer-centric paradigm shift is primarily driven by changes to regulators focus on customer satisfaction, heightened increase to conservation, and the digital effect to...

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What comes first: Digital DER or Transactive Energy?

What comes first: Digital DER or Transactive Energy?

As distributed energy resources grow across the network, the method of managing DERs becomes an increasingly digital process – including opening new energy markets at the edge of the distribution grid. This is a very big opportunity for electric utility companies, but are they ready? The evolution of “digital DER” has seen the establishment of DER interconnection platforms, complete with DER...

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Easy Banking Wins Treasury Client Profits   

Easy Banking Wins Treasury Client Profits   

Treasury management services are a key source of profitable fees and low-cost deposits. In an industry that is more than 40 years old and increasingly commodified, product is important, but the overall quality of the customer experience is driving the difference between one bank and the next. The bells and whistles of yesterday are table stakes in today’s mature market.  …

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The Key to Your Next Successful Bank Acquisition: Managing Regulatory Risk

The Key to Your Next Successful Bank Acquisition: Managing Regulatory Risk

The trend toward community, regional bank, and credit union consolidation in the United States is showing no signs of stopping in 2018. While bank M&A activity only grows, closing risk in the current regulatory environment should stay a top-of-mind issue for institutions mulling potential M&A transactions. For institutions looking to enter the bank M&A fray, a proactive strategy...

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Why should electric utilities take a closer look at supply chain risk management?

Why should electric utilities take a closer look at supply chain risk management?

Three years ago, I managed the vendor evaluation process for a utility assessing wireless options for telecom connectivity to substations. The field was limited to two vendors and cybersecurity was an important topic we wanted to explore in more detail with each. One specific area we sought to understand was the process used to address any cybersecurity issues that might arise with the...

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Fishing Analytics – Getting ‘Hooked’ on Python and Power BI

Fishing Analytics – Getting ‘Hooked’ on Python and Power BI

What’s more satisfying than finding a way to combine two of your passions? I asked myself this as I cranked out Python code to process online fish stocking records in a recent fishing analytics pet project. But let’s take a step back first. Our CEO Kevin McCarty was recently published in a Forbes magazine article discussing how tech nerds become successful commercial technologists.…

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