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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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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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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Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 2

Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 2

In my previous post, I addressed four coding policies that almost guarantee a data breach. This post will cover five solution strategies to shore up your application’s security. The guiding principle to correct these flawed policies (see Part 1) is to change the priorities that direct development and support of software applications.…

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Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 1

Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 1

The recent data breach at Equifax is an unfortunate reminder of a long list of hacked sites (Target Stores, OPM, Sony, and others) that were caused by vulnerabilities in the application code. These companies seemed just as surprised as their customers by the attack and had to wonder, “how did this happen?” They did not need to look further than their own unintentional coding policies.…

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The Layman’s Guide to Bitcoin, Alt-Coins, and Blockchain, and What it Means for the Digital Customer Experience

The Layman’s Guide to Bitcoin, Alt-Coins, and Blockchain, and What it Means for the Digital Customer Experience

Bitcoin – we’ve heard so much of the term from news outlets, various blogs, and social media regarding how great (and risk-fraught) of an investment vehicle it’s become. From humble beginnings as a simple depiction of a virtual currency with the usage characteristics of real cash and the potential to become the de facto currency for worldwide transactions, to a storage of wealth that’s grown...

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Top 6 Ways to Combat Change Fatigue

Top 6 Ways to Combat Change Fatigue

When I read Bill’s blog “Where’s the Snooze Button on Change?” I was inspired to write my own perspective on managing change. And then I hit my own snooze button a few times in the last few months due to some competing priorities. Change fatigue is real – and something I observe often at clients.…

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How to Pick the Best Rewards Credit Card for You

How to Pick the Best Rewards Credit Card for You

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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Before You Change Your Technology, Change Your Operating Model

Before You Change Your Technology, Change Your Operating Model

The commercial lending industry has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade. Yet, commercial banks have not been at the leading edge of industry-altering changes. Further, the speed of these changes has placed a burden on middle-market and regional banking institutions to rapidly evolve or fall behind. Non-traditional lending sources, with altogether different operating models and...

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