Why Operational Technology may be your Cybersecurity Achilles’ Heel

Why Operational Technology may be your Cybersecurity Achilles’ Heel

Everyone in business is familiar with information technology (IT) and understands what it means, but what about operational technology, often abbreviated “OT”? At first glance, IT and OT appear similar because they share similar technologies like IP networks and Windows operating systems – but they have very different objectives. While IT systems generally support office workers and...

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It Takes a Fresh Perspective to Bring Complex Issues Into Focus

It Takes a Fresh Perspective to Bring Complex Issues Into Focus

As a CEO, I am constantly reading about the latest studies that “reveal” C-suite top priorities. One day, it’s digital transformation; another day, it’s the war on talent; and sometimes, it’s what the government is up to (or not up to) with trade relations or economic cycles. The point is, executives have lots in their sphere of concern—because frankly there are a lot of issues to consider and...

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Women in Consulting: A Q&A with Jayna Curran on Leading by Example

Women in Consulting: A Q&A with Jayna Curran on Leading by Example

This feature is part of a series highlighting the contributions and career paths of women at West Monroe. Especially in technology consulting, traditionally a male-dominated industry, it can be difficult for women to find role models and paths that work for them. The goal of this blog series is to communicate the unique paths and successes of women at WMP.…

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Salesforce’s Acquisition of ClickSoftware Indicates Success from Field Service Lightning

Salesforce’s Acquisition of ClickSoftware Indicates Success from Field Service Lightning

It’s news that many of us saw coming: Salesforce is in the process of acquiring ClickSoftware Technologies, Inc. in a deal valued at $1.35B in cash and stock. This comes on the heels of Salesforce’s largest acquisition ever, Tableau Software, in a deal valued at roughly $15B. The combination of Salesforce and ClickSoftware will create a newly combined force of strategic vision and strength in...

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Women in Consulting: A Q&A with Laura Brizgis on Making Time (For Yourself and Others)

Women in Consulting: A Q&A with Laura Brizgis on Making Time (For Yourself and Others)

This feature is part of a series highlighting the contributions and career paths of women at West Monroe. In technology consulting—traditionally a male-dominated industry—it can be difficult for women to find role models and paths that work for them. The goal of this blog series is to communicate the unique paths and successes of women at West Monroe.…

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4 Tips for Private Equity Firms to Maximize the Value of Digital Transformation

4 Tips for Private Equity Firms to Maximize the Value of Digital Transformation

The ability to transform businesses through digital is one of the greatest value creation tools available to private equity. While time constraints may present a challenge, prioritizing and implementing the right digital investments can be a highly effective way to deliver efficiency improvements, revenue and earnings growth, and drive a high return at exit.…

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Utility Analytics: How A (Good) Data Framework Today Leads To Analytical Insights Tomorrow

Utility Analytics: How A (Good) Data Framework Today Leads To Analytical Insights Tomorrow

As we engage utilities on their progress and insights deploying data analytics platforms and use cases, we’re noticing a common theme. When embarking on more complex operational technology (OT) use cases, they are finding gaps in historical records that require them to revisit or rethink their data acquisition, storage, and retrieval strategies.…

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Despite a Cold M&A Market in Minnesota, Deal Activity in Healthcare Remains Hot

Despite a Cold M&A Market in Minnesota, Deal Activity in Healthcare Remains Hot

2019 has not been a banner year for Minnesota’s M&A market. After a half-decade of record-setting activity, the local M&A scene has cooled significantly, with the lowest reported deal volume and dollar values since 2013. According to Pitchbook data, total deal count for Minnesota companies for the first half of 2019 was 35% lower than over the same period in 2018.…

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The Libor Transition is Coming. Banks Should Start Planning Now

The Libor Transition is Coming. Banks Should Start Planning Now

Although it’s been a conversation in the industry since 2014, the dialogue around sun-setting Libor (London Interbank Offer Rate) is intensifying. Published daily, Libor is the interest rate benchmark upon which many other interest rates are based. With its replacement, SOFR (secured overnight financing rate), widely agreed upon, Libor’s planned retirement in 2021 has made advice from...

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