Why Every Salesforce Admin Should Use an IDE

Why Every Salesforce Admin Should Use an IDE

In an effort to become a more powerful Salesforce administrator, I’ve recently been knocking on the door of the developer world. You don’t need to master Apex to take advantage of developer tools. My favorite trick has been using an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to speed up manual tasks, such as creating thousands of fields in minutes. …

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What’s your Cloud Foundation?

What’s your Cloud Foundation?

Our cloud implementation project teams work with clients to execute their cloud strategies and roadmaps.  A key early step in the deployment process is to establish a solid foundation of cloud technologies and processes. We describe these projects as “Cloud Foundations,” and include the following objectives: Establish cloud provider account and billing frameworks Finalize naming...

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5 Thoughts on the CVS-Aetna Deal – From a Technology Integration Perspective

5 Thoughts on the CVS-Aetna Deal – From a Technology Integration Perspective

On Monday, pharmacy retailer CVS announced it is acquiring the health payer Aetna in a $69 billion deal. The unorthodox merger is raising many questions in the healthcare industry and M&A circles. Since every day West Monroe’s M&A practice helps merging companies understand their technology “to-do list” pre- and post-merger, we have several thoughts on what lies ahead for the new...

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Revolutionizing healthcare through technology: Talking with Cathy Johnson of Providence Health & Services

Revolutionizing healthcare through technology: Talking with Cathy Johnson of Providence Health & Services

One of the best things about our profession is the opportunity to meet and collaborate with so many talented and interesting people at our clients and in the community. This blog series introduces some of the executives with whom we work and spotlights the ways they are leading and making their mark, both personally and professionally.…

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A Review of the Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017: New Features and Significant Updates

A Review of the Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017: New Features and Significant Updates

This year’s Microsoft Web Summit was held in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood and was chock-full of 30-minute sessions exploring Microsoft and partner web technologies. This conference was aimed at web developers and highlighted new technologies, projects, and updates out of Microsoft and other partnered web companies. Here are some of the most exciting projects and ideas that came out of this...

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Graph Databases: Connecting the Dots

Graph Databases: Connecting the Dots

The global population of data is rapidly growing and organizations are finding themselves challenged with how to store and manage data in a way that quickly leads to tap into actionable data. Today’s business decisions demand more complex data models that precisely represent the characteristics of entities and how these entities relate to one another in the physical world.…

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Technology is the great multitasking enabler. Is that a good thing?

Technology is the great multitasking enabler. Is that a good thing?

These days it seems rare that we can give a single task our undivided attention. Whether we’re firing off last-minute emails during a meeting or sending IMs while on a call, multitasking has become a workplace norm. While many of us take pride in our ability to juggle many activities at once, research shows that multitasking is virtually impossible and leads to a decrease in productivity.…

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Why Utilities May Want to Keep Their Licensed Radio Spectrum and Consider a Technology Refresh

Why Utilities May Want to Keep Their Licensed Radio Spectrum and Consider a Technology Refresh

Your utility may want to evaluate all of their technology options before completely shifting away from narrowband wireless networks. There have been significant changes in the last few years that can provide you with a more reliable, higher speed solution, while maintaining the benefits of a licensed radio network. Refreshing the radio may cost you 1/10th of what a complete system overhaul to...

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DTECH 2017: How to Align Business Use Cases for Utility Broadband Connectivity

DTECH 2017: How to Align Business Use Cases for Utility Broadband Connectivity

At a recent engagement with a large IOU (Investor Owned Utility) we guided our client through a technology evaluation and pilot deployment of a new communications system for monitoring the electrical distribution network of substations. The legacy system was deployed more than twenty years ago and was no longer supported by the manufacturer and lacked capabilities for security compliance and...

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Configuring Custom Render Formats for SQL Server Reporting Services in SharePoint-Integrated Mode

Configuring Custom Render Formats for SQL Server Reporting Services in SharePoint-Integrated Mode

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a very versatile tool, allowing report users to export reports in many standard render formats, including Excel, PDF, CSV, and many others. However, there are many reasons why a user may need to export a report in a non-standard format. For example, a user may need to export data from an SSRS report in to a legacy application that requires a very...

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Deep Tech Blend: Introduction to a New Tech Series

Deep Tech Blend: Introduction to a New Tech Series

Today, I took a call from a client looking for some advice on moving applications to the cloud. He wanted to know how to determine which applications were most appropriate to move and how “high” in the cloud. That’s actually a question we hear a lot, and it got me thinking: What can we do to build more dialogue around topics like this one that are on the minds of many technology...

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