Why should electric utilities take a closer look at supply chain risk management?

Why should electric utilities take a closer look at supply chain risk management?

Three years ago, I managed the vendor evaluation process for a utility assessing wireless options for telecom connectivity to substations. The field was limited to two vendors and cybersecurity was an important topic we wanted to explore in more detail with each. One specific area we sought to understand was the process used to address any cybersecurity issues that might arise with the...

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Fishing Analytics – Getting ‘Hooked’ on Python and Power BI

Fishing Analytics – Getting ‘Hooked’ on Python and Power BI

What’s more satisfying than finding a way to combine two of your passions? I asked myself this as I cranked out Python code to process online fish stocking records in a recent fishing analytics pet project. But let’s take a step back first. Our CEO Kevin McCarty was recently published in a Forbes magazine article discussing how tech nerds become successful commercial technologists.…

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West Monroe’s National Day of Change: Making an Impact, Together

West Monroe’s National Day of Change: Making an Impact, Together

For the third consecutive year, West Monroe united across the firm to give back to the people and organizations in our communities. On June 1, we set aside consulting for a day to allow all our employees to participate in a “National Day of Change.” The National Day of Change is our commitment to giving back to the communities where our people live and work.…

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Azure SQL DW Identity Column Bugs

Azure SQL DW Identity Column Bugs

Those of you who are seasoned at implementing SQL Server have probably used the identity column feature. It is a great tool for generating surrogate keys in your tables without needing to include logic in your code. With any new feature, comes the good and the bad. The good news if you looking at Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW) for your next implementation is that Microsoft introduced...

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How West Monroe Gets More by Giving More: Reflections on our National Day of Change

How West Monroe Gets More by Giving More: Reflections on our National Day of Change

This year, for West Monroe’s National Day of Change (NDOC), I had the opportunity to volunteer with the Salvation Army on a beautification project at the Chicago Temple Corps Community Center and Booth Manor Senior Residences. The Salvation Army was a perfect partner for NDOC because of its significant local impact throughout the Chicagoland area and our long-standing partnership with...

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6 Issues Facing Water Utilities

6 Issues Facing Water Utilities

As we approach the midpoint of 2018, here are some of the top challenges West Monroe sees in the water industry. Water utility leaders continue to face issues produced by years of underinvestment — aged infrastructure, highly-public water crises, and unmet customer service expectations. Furthermore, as water utilities introduce new technology to address these issues, there are increasing...

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When Design Thinking Meets Data Science

When Design Thinking Meets Data Science

In the world of big data and predictive analytics the standard approach for gathering and analyzing data follows the CRISP-DM approach. While the CRISP-DM model has been a good approach on which to structure many projects, it suffers from the same issues waterfall-style requirements gathering approaches to software design have suffered from, including: Longer time to understand the...

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Who will win the loyalty of the customer of the future?

Who will win the loyalty of the customer of the future?

West Monroe attended the 2018 CS Week conference hosted in Tampa earlier this month. CS Week is the premier annual educational and customer service conference serving electric, gas, and water/wastewater utility professionals globally. I attended CS Week a few years ago, and the big talk then was how “rate payers are now our customers, and they are demanding improved service.” Since then we...

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For Life Sciences Companies, GDPR is Now Law.  Have you made a ‘Good-Faith Effort’ to comply?

For Life Sciences Companies, GDPR is Now Law. Have you made a ‘Good-Faith Effort’ to comply?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) consolidates existing European state-based laws into a single set of requirements for the collection and processing of personal data of individuals within the European Economic Area. The GDPR took effect on May 25, 2018 and applies to companies established within and outside the EU that process personal data of EU-based individuals, including...

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