DistribuTECH 2018: All Roads Lead to Digital in Preparing Utilities for an Uncertain Future

DistribuTECH 2018: All Roads Lead to Digital in Preparing Utilities for an Uncertain Future

Last week at DistribuTECH 2018 in San Antonio, TX, energy professionals from all over shared ideas and perspectives on the future of the industry with one clear conclusion: our energy future remains uncertain, but “digital” will be a major driver in addressing this uncertainty. Multiple speakers echoed the theme that changes in technology, customer expectations, legislation, new...

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Here’s the deal with digital.

Here’s the deal with digital.

Leading companies across numerous industries are abuzz with going “digital.” At West Monroe, we believe going digital—or digitizing information so it can be transmitted, stored, and analyzed to gain new insights and efficiencies—is a key enabler and accelerator of an organization’s strategy. But what does a utility have to gain from this digital revolution?…

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In the “Buy vs. Build” world of Pharma, Does Lab Productivity Still Matter?

In the “Buy vs. Build” world of Pharma, Does Lab Productivity Still Matter?

The cost of developing new drugs averages about $500,000 a day over 12 to 14 years (~$2.5B average cost per new drug). This high development spend has not translated into a meaningful number of additional new medical entities approved by the FDA (about ~35 per year). High development costs and thin pipelines have led many companies to shift towards a strategy of acquiring new drugs by...

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So Many Databases To Monitor, So Little Time (Part 2 of 2)

So Many Databases To Monitor, So Little Time (Part 2 of 2)

Picking up from last time, we’ve successfully prepared our instances in the proper way by utilizing Transact-SQL. Meaning, we were able to correctly map the service account that Tripwire uses to all the databases in a given instance. Additionally, we were able to grant the proper permissions to the account so that Tripwire will function correctly.…

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Bringing Azure Automation to Your On-Premises Environment

Microsoft’s Azure Preview Portal offers a number of additional automation features as compared to the standard management portal. The most interesting to me of these Preview Portal features is the ability to provision Hybrid Runbook Workers (“HRW”) that allow your automation tasks to span both Azure and on-premises systems. For some environments, Azure Automation could even be a replacement...

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Why ask “why”? Getting answers that business owners and operators may not want to hear (but need to)

When was the last time you looked at your business and asked yourself, “Why do we do things the way that we do?” Technology and product composition change almost daily, and if you’re not taking the time to periodically evaluate your operation from the most expensive machine to the most manual task, you could be leaving money on the table.…

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Are You Maximizing Existing Automation Within Your Warehouse?

After a thorough assessment of one’s core business, both in the economic and operational environments, it may be determined that automation is a good fit for your business. From Pick-to-Light and Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems – (“ASRS”) – there are a number of available options for both the Order Selection and Sortation function in the warehousing realm.…

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Automated Tragedy

A couple years back, an HP engineer at CommBank in Australia managed to format some 9,000 workstations using Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager. The problem is…they weren’t trying to. Turns out that an operating system deployment task sequence was inadvertently advertised to nearly every computer in the environment, meaning those machines, whether they needed...

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