Enabling the Next Generation Grid: The Potential of Energy Storage

Enabling the Next Generation Grid: The Potential of Energy Storage

All of us experience what amounts to “magic” in our daily lives: Every time we flip a switch to turn our lights on they do so instantly. The electric grid is one of humankind’s greatest engineering marvels, balancing electrical supply and demand within a close tolerance at every point along the network to keep our economy and modern way of life running at full speed.…

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Affordable Care Act – Moving Forward

Affordable Care Act – Moving Forward

After nearly a decade of uncertainty around the longevity of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the law now stands to remain in place for (at least) the foreseeable future. In the wake of the latest repeal and replace failure, we can expect a new wave of bipartisan effort to amend and update the ACA in its current form to bring greater market stability, wider access to care, and lower costs.…

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Five Pieces of Advice I’m Taking from my Internship

Five Pieces of Advice I’m Taking from my Internship

After two and a half months as an intern on the Technology and Advanced Analytics team at West Monroe’s Seattle office, I’m taking a lot of advice with me back to school this fall. This experience taught me much more than what I could discuss in a single blog post, and I’m confident the skills I learned this summer will help me as I complete my final year of school and move on to the working...

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The Most Challenging Job in Retail

The Most Challenging Job in Retail

Having spent a dozen years in various retail leadership positions, I can confidently say that front line leadership (overseeing one store or multiple stores) is the most complex job. Today’s managers face a myriad of challenges: improving customer experience while overseeing a growing number of employees, effectively managing labor costs and turnover, implementing new technologies across a...

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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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Utility Industry Trends: Taking Stock & Reflecting

Utility Industry Trends: Taking Stock & Reflecting

The 3rd annual NY Energy Revolution Summit in New York City, was well attended and insightful. Speakers and panelists were dominated by utility executives and industry professionals sharing their respective experience in meeting the requirements of an industry in transition. While challenges remain to create a robust and customer-centric distribution system operator platform, progress...

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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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Is Your Management Team Equipped to Drive Workforce Improvement?

Is Your Management Team Equipped to Drive Workforce Improvement?

Many companies look to increase the efficiency of their workforce through implementing new work methods, labor standards, and technology. However, a critical piece of the improvement process is often overlooked – performance management. According to Wikipedia, “performance management is the term used to refer to activities, tools, processes, and programs that companies create or apply to...

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Five Strategies for Meter Reader Transition in the Utility Industry

Five Strategies for Meter Reader Transition in the Utility Industry

The electric utility industry is shaped and transformed through the introduction of disruptive technology ultimately benefiting consumers and improving operations. Often, new technology comes with the collateral impact of the elimination of jobs and skills which for many decades have been in high demand. Smart Grid Technologies are increasingly commonplace throughout the utility industry and...

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Graph Databases: Connecting the Dots

Graph Databases: Connecting the Dots

The global population of data is rapidly growing and organizations are finding themselves challenged with how to store and manage data in a way that quickly leads to tap into actionable data. Today’s business decisions demand more complex data models that precisely represent the characteristics of entities and how these entities relate to one another in the physical world.…

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5 Benefits of an All-Inclusive Open-Office Seating Plan

5 Benefits of an All-Inclusive Open-Office Seating Plan

My internship with West Monroe Partners’ Technology team is approaching the end. As I reflect, I must say I have enjoyed every moment of it. West Monroe has always pitched themselves to potential interns and new hires as a company with a truly unique culture. As someone who has interacted with the company from within and without, I am very confident when I say the hype surrounding this...

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