A Cloud Database Platform is Critical for Peak Performance

A Cloud Database Platform is Critical for Peak Performance

I’ve heard it many times.  Business leaders feel that since they moved their databases to a cloud provider, they won’t need their database administrative (DBA) staff.  The thought is, “the cloud provider will manage that.”  While cloud platforms do help alleviate some of the repetitive tasks of database administration, there are many functions that are not automatically accounted for in the...

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Manufacturing Today: Continuing to Grow When Talent is Scarce

Manufacturing Today: Continuing to Grow When Talent is Scarce

In the March 2019 edition of Twin Cities Business, reporter Ingrid Case investigated how attracting and retaining talent is limiting the growth potential of Minnesota’s largest private sector industry, manufacturing. Despite an average wage ranking second highest, manufacturing companies are losing the war on talent to other local industries like healthcare and high tech – leaving them...

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Applying Inclusion, Trust, and Respect to Agile Project Management

Applying Inclusion, Trust, and Respect to Agile Project Management

My wife and I had success in the first three months we applied agile project management principles when running our household. But it didn’t stay that way. As we got busier with life, the system broke down. We stopped updating the scrum board and our Sunday night family meeting was focused on other things, planning vacations, homework, extra-curricular activities. …

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Key Considerations for Veeva Vault Implementation

Key Considerations for Veeva Vault Implementation

One of our clients, a major biopharmaceutical company, struggled to distribute content across more than fifty countries and thousands of people around the globe. They were using 18 disparate content management systems – each with its own processes. As they looked to digitize the back office to create efficiency and standardization globally, they selected a new, consolidated platform in Veeva...

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What I Learned About Agile Project Management from Running a Household

What I Learned About Agile Project Management from Running a Household

Last year, I decided to try an experiment at home. The experiment focused on applying agile project management techniques to running our household; I wanted to learn if these techniques, like scrum boards, acceptance criteria, the definition of done, retrospectives and stand-ups, could help us manage our housework as efficiently and effectively as my client projects. …

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Innovation Series: 4 Important Lessons that will Help You Run a Practical Innovation Function

Innovation Series: 4 Important Lessons that will Help You Run a Practical Innovation Function

In part 1, we discussed how emerging technology can take several decades to become mainstream and deliver on its commercial promise—highlighting touch screens, voice recognition, and machine learning as examples. Now we want to dive into turning innovations into realities. In our experience in building a corporate innovation function over the last five years, we have learned four important...

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Innovation Series: Learning What We Mean by ‘Practical Innovation’

Innovation Series: Learning What We Mean by ‘Practical Innovation’

Understandably, most CEOs want their organizations to proactively innovate instead of finding that innovation has shown up at their doorstep. Forced adaptation is rarely pleasant. But when you look at examples of corporate innovation in the market today, only a select few are successful. How is it that some companies can stay on top of changing technology and market trends and others...

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Creating Opportunities for a College Education: Talking with Jessica Bartnick of Foundation for C.H.O.I.C.E.

Creating Opportunities for a College Education: Talking with Jessica Bartnick of Foundation for C.H.O.I.C.E.

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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Building a Bridge to Today’s Utility Customers

Building a Bridge to Today’s Utility Customers

Yesterday’s ratepayers are today’s power consumers – a reality that has plenty of utility execs reaching for the antacid. Ratepayers were mostly passive purchasers of electricity. Consumers have a long list of demands that includes energy efficiency, electric vehicle charging, renewable energy, and dynamic pricing. Some of them are even becoming mini-utilities themselves, mounting solar arrays...

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Data Security in a Quantum World

Data Security in a Quantum World

In a 2018 study by the Ponemon Institute, the global average cost of losing one record to a data breach was estimated to be $148. For the United States, this cost rose to $233, giving it the highest average total cost at $7.91 million per incident. With the world experiencing a Cambrian Explosion of data growth, forecasted at 42% through 2020, minimizing the impact of malware is essential.…

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