A Cloud Database Platform is Critical for Peak Performance

A Cloud Database Platform is Critical for Peak Performance

I’ve heard it many times.  Business leaders feel that since they moved their databases to a cloud provider, they won’t need their database administrative (DBA) staff.  The thought is, “the cloud provider will manage that.”  While cloud platforms do help alleviate some of the repetitive tasks of database administration, there are many functions that are not automatically accounted for in the...

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Public Cloud Environments: How to Effectively Manage Costs

Public Cloud Environments: How to Effectively Manage Costs

There are several compelling reasons to move to the cloud.  Speed of innovation.  The ability to scale quickly.  Production ready services to leverage AI, IoT, natural language processing, etc.  However, for most businesses, it all comes down to costs. In a previous blog post Moving to the Cloud: Myth Versus Reality, I touched on some misconceptions regarding moving to the cloud, including the...

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The SSAE16 Audit Journey: The photo album

The SSAE16 Audit Journey: The photo album

A few months ago, I wrote about the journey of going through an SSAE16 audit.  I compared it to travelling with kids. After the trip, when you’re back in the daily routine, there is a point at which you start to sift through and organize your memories. Maybe you look fondly at your souvenirs. …

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Security challenges for the NOC – from bookcases to business operations

Security challenges for the NOC – from bookcases to business operations

Building pretty much anything from scratch typically presents challenges. Those simple looking Ikea bookshelves that are advertised as to be a simple build are always more involved than initially expected. If you work in a NOC, you can apply that logic to expanding a technical service offering. You can quickly start to appreciate the complexity associated with augmenting existing...

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Keeping consistent customer experience through operational excellence

Keeping consistent customer experience through operational excellence

Many organizations are making significant investments in Customer Experience and Voice of the Customer programs.  This makes a lot of sense, given the number of options consumers have for most products and services.  However, as much as some customers might be willing to chase a lower price or different feature set, most customers value a consistent experience. …

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Five things healthcare companies should look for in a managed services provider

Five things healthcare companies should look for in a managed services provider

As technology continues to transform the healthcare industry, firms that deliver health services, along with healthcare providers, are looking to invest their technology dollars in areas that can have the greatest positive impact on their customers.  When budget time rolls around, decisions need to be made about investing in new innovations versus keeping the lights on.…

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The Importance of a CISO

The Importance of a CISO

Security is one of the fastest-evolving and most complex areas of information technology and a critical concern for companies in just about every industry. Threats to the security of data are increasing and organizations continue to struggle with the changing security landscape and regulations. Sadly, security incidents and data breaches are becoming common place in business today.…

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Upgrading Your Development Toolbox Can Improve Your Applications

Upgrading Your Development Toolbox Can Improve Your Applications

Recently, the West Monroe Partners Performance Services Dev Ops team was tasked with improving the functionality of a highly visible internal web application.  This app was used by every employee at the company, and there were a number of enhancements and new features that had been requested.  After an initial project assessment, it was determined that in order to deliver what was requested...

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Preparing for an SSAE 16 Audit is a lot like Traveling with Kids

Preparing for an SSAE 16 Audit is a lot like Traveling with Kids

Even as my kids get older, getting out the door still takes too long and there is way too much yelling (or so my kids tell me).  Everyone knows what they need to do to get ready, what they need to bring, and when we’re leaving. Yet when the time comes to depart for our winter getaway, our final check reveals that my son didn’t pack any socks and my daughter packed for the right number of days...

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Technical Assessments: Improved Budget Strategy and IT Control

It’s that time of year for many organizations.  “What are we going to do next year and what will cost?”   Often, trying to determine where to allocate resources, particularly as it related to technology, can be a challenging ordeal.  “Should I keep that device after it’s out of warranty?  Do I really need additional storage based on current projections? …

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Moving Domains in Azure

Azure Active Directory: One to rule them all West Monroe Partners Performance Services team partners with organizations to help manage their infrastructure and organizational technology environment.  For many organizations, Active Directory is central to operations, providing administration for user credentials and application access.

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