Writer, classic rock lover, dog rescuer, company founder, software exec, and now independent management consultant--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.

Making IT Business-Relevant: Interview with Sahal Laher

As renowned author Geoffrey Moore writes in his classic book, Crossing the Chasm, change often relies on a lone visionary who sees what the future could be. In her latest book The New IT: How Technology Leaders Are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age (McGraw-Hill, 2015), Brooks Brothers CIO Sahal Laher explains how he is taking the 180 year-old retailer into the digital future. Here Jill talks to Laher about how technology is propelling retailers into the digital age, and its impact on the legendary retailer.

How Not to Launch an Innovation Lab

How Not to Launch an Innovation Lab

The Role of the CIO in the New IT: Interview with Michael Smith