jill-dyche

Hi.

Writer, classic rock lover, dog rescuer, co-founder of Baseline Consulting, and now Vice President of SAS Best Practices--I speak, blog, and pester my friends about these topics. My current focus is getting IT and business organizations to collaborate more effectively and not kill each other. I also talk and write about big data, why analytics is fundamentally strategic, how to pitch business execs on IT projects, and why not to buy a dog from a pet store.

I’ve lived in London, Paris, and Sydney, but call L.A. home. #weatherwimp. I cultivate an organic vegetable garden and friends with issues. I’ve written three books, co-authored a fourth, and contributed to a bunch more. (I have another one in my head waiting to come out, but it’s crowded in there right now.) I prefer Def Leppard to Bon Jovi, mashed potatoes to brown rice, fly fishing to golf, Pinot Noir to Zinfandel, and nice people to assholes. I have a tattoo. I’m not telling you where. I feel guilty that I go hot and cold on social media, that I don’t spend enough face time with my friends, that my French is rusty, and that I ate that whole bag of Kirkland peanut butter cups in less than a week. I have to live with those things.

A High Tech Happy New Year!

A High Tech Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year, nerds and geeks,
A new year starts again this week!
Here’s hoping that we start off right.
Or left. (Don’t mean to start a fight.)

Our stocks are up, so there’s some cheer
To help us toast a brand-new year.
Q1 should bring some big surprises.
Elon Musk’s sun also rises--
But not his shares. Then there’s Tim Cook.
Is Apple’s stock tree over-shook?

We’re now surrounded by AI,
and Machine Learning! (There’s a buy!)
The Gates Foundation’s well-endowed
Now everything is in the cloud!
It’s all too much to ascertain!
(Can you explain “blockchain” again?)
There’s IoT. And cyber crime…

Alexa says it’s dinnertime.

We’ve been betrayed by quite a few.
(Hey, Peter Thiel! That one’s for you!)
To Donald Trump: We’ll wait and watch. Just turn that tweeting down a notch?
But let’s get anger off our chest and Celebrate some of the best:
Sheryl Sandberg’s! Mary Barra’s!
Smart female leaders who shun tiaras.
Kara Swisher! We need you, Sister.
oo often you’re the lone resister.

The secret to protect our nation?
t’s two-factor authentication!
What? You still want to move to France?
Take heart in Nasdaq’s swift advance!
Our government might soon be shrinking
Like polar ice caps, so they’re thinking.
Hell, even Trump took public money.
VOTE HOWARD SHULTZ TWO THOUSAND TWENTY!)

Guess what? We’re just 2 years away
From jumping back into the fray.
For now, let’s just be circumspect
While working not to re-elect
The politicians—red or blue--
Who never seem to follow through.
And—left or right—no one’s immune: We’ll all be missing Biden soon!

~ Jill Dyché

The Older I Get, the More Agile I Am

The Older I Get, the More Agile I Am

Q&A with Jill Dyché: Is Your Analytics COE Losing Juice?

Q&A with Jill Dyché: Is Your Analytics COE Losing Juice?