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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Finding Your Operational “Needle in a Haystack”

Finding Your Operational “Needle in a Haystack”

Optimizing Processes to Increase Operational Efficiency What if every process was engineered to perfection and the term “inefficiency” didn’t exist? If that were the case, it would mean that an Industrial Engineer like myself would have A LOT of free time. But this isn’t the case for many organizations, so much of my time is spent finding small operational improvement opportunities that end up...

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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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Three Tips for Successful New Year’s Resolution Planning

Three Tips for Successful New Year’s Resolution Planning

In many of my recent projects, I’ve worked with clients to define “Vision & Value” for their initiatives. The concept of “Vision & Value” is an organizational change management best practice that facilitates conversations with key executives to identify goals and success factors for a project, creates alignment among executives around those goals, and identifies...

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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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Blog Series: Business Relationship Management – Part 3

Blog Series: Business Relationship Management – Part 3

BRM as a Role While each utility has different needs and means, building an analytics Center of Excellence (CoE) can start with a small team. This team can tackle the “what if”, “it would be nice if”, and “what we really need”. This is the third and final piece of a three-part blog series explaining how the Business Relationship Management (BRM) framework provides value when executed as...

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How to Build an Analytics Center of Excellence to Tackle Utility Problems

How to Build an Analytics Center of Excellence to Tackle Utility Problems

We recently attended the annual gathering of utility practitioners at Utility Analytics Week in San Antonio. A common theme discussed was “how do we get started?”, “where do we start?”, and “how do we justify the cost?”. Electric utilities are becoming increasingly digitally-oriented and data intensive with the adoption of AMI meters, deployment of SCADA systems across the grid, and...

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Blog Series: Business Relationship Management – Part 2

Blog Series: Business Relationship Management – Part 2

BRM as a Discipline  This is the second of a three-part blog series explaining how Business Relationship Management (BRM) framework provides value as a discipline. As a discipline, the BRM framework embodies a set of competencies (i.e. knowledge, skills, behaviors) to foster productive, value producing relationships between an IT organization and the Business units they serve.…

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Cloud Migration Lessons Learned

Cloud Migration Lessons Learned

Our technology teams have worked with clients of all sizes to plan and migrate their applications to cloud hosting environments. While each client’s challenges are different, we’ve seen some common themes and have developed a suite of best practices to address them. Some of our team’s best practices include: A cloud migration is a set of many smaller migrations Taking a...

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