Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud

Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud

West Monroe Partners recently completed a nine-month effort to help a client migrate a large custom SaaS platform with regulatory requirements (PCI DSS v3.1, SSAE16). The engagement involved migrating on-premises systems to Microsoft Azure’s IaaS platform, and in the coming weeks, we’ll be detailing our methodology for designing and securing that environment in a series of blog...

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Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Compliance

Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Compliance

As advisors to our 100+ private equity clients who use M&A activity to provide positive returns to their investors, WMP helps establish platforms, processes, and technology that can enable rapid EBITDA growth. Within the world of M&A, carve-outs and divestitures are some of the most complex situations when it comes to quickly getting the newly acquired business on the right track...

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Vision & Value: Helping Your Business and IT Leaders Align Through Change

Vision & Value: Helping Your Business and IT Leaders Align Through Change

The expectations of how Program and Project Managers support the implementation of new technology are changing. Technology deployments and implementation projects have historically been owned and managed in great part by an IT department, with sporadic input from the business. In today’s environment of cloud computing and solutions-as-a-service, this is not the case.…

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Organizational Change Management Budget Risks in the Era of Cloud Computing

Organizational Change Management Budget Risks in the Era of Cloud Computing

System implementations have changed dramatically over the past 20 years.  The era of highly customized software, multi-year waterfall implementations and massive infrastructure budgets has shifted to modular software, agile methods, flexible configuration and cloud. What does this have to do with an accompanying budget for change management?  If you’re not careful, it guts it.…

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How Sustainable is your ERP System?

How Sustainable is your ERP System?

Sustainability is no longer solely driven by regulations and PR opportunities. It is now also seen as a strategic driver for competitive advantage and innovation. Companies that identify sustainability as a key differentiating factor have begun to innovate their business processes and revolutionize their end-products and services. From the insurance industry, where assessing risk from climate...

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Using the Office 365 Import Service

In May of this year Microsoft introduced a “preview” version of a new tool; the Office 365 Import Service. Office 365 administrators with mail message data in PST archive files can directly import message data into user mailboxes. Whether the PST files are shipped to Microsoft on physical disks or uploaded over the Internet Office 365 administrators use mapping files that link PST files to...

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Perspective on Public Cloud Costs

Costs can frequently be the deciding factor for IT decisions rather than pure functionality or performance. Cloud IaaS and PaaS solutions are relatively new and it is sometimes difficult for IT leaders to understand what the costs are for these newer solutions as they begin to catch on. First, some brief IT history: Let’s deploy a mainframe, and have many users share it. …

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How Business and IT Benefit From A Network Monitoring System

Network Monitoring Systems (NMS) are powerful platforms that can deliver monitoring services at many levels if implemented correctly – potentially providing a competitive edge. IT and business leadership often expect to get some sort of silver-bullet when implementing these platforms that will enable uninterrupted service and performance to its end users and customers, alike.…

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Office 365: Balancing Costs and Benefits

Many of the discussions revolving around moving e-mail, instant messaging, and Share Point workloads to Office 365 revolve around issues of functionality, reliability, and licensing costs.  A key part of your Office 365 planning effort should also be a full evaluation of not just hard costs, but full measures of new feature benefits, and cost avoidance to see the true return of your Office 365...

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Enterprise Guide to Networking the Public Cloud – Part 1

Part 1 – Cloud Use Cases & Connectivity Options A news release popped into my inbox last week publicizing a carrier’s new and improved solution for Amazon Web Services (AWS) connectivity.  Reading about the new offerings available for connecting to AWS peaked my interest as they are increasingly critical to our clients’ daily operations. …

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5 Security Keys for Leaders Considering Cloud Software

Business leaders are adopting cloud software at an extraordinary pace.  Enterprise applications, file storage, email, and line of business applications are all moving out of corporate data centers as business managers take an active role in driving application selection, and often an inadvertent role in shaping information security policy. This is happening at a time when corporate data is...

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