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.

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

In her latest book The New IT: How Technology Leaders Are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age (McGraw-Hill, 2015), noted author and SAS executive Jill Dyché profiles over a dozen executive change agents who have helped transform technology departments into strategic enablers.

Here she interviews change agent Michael Smith on how he made the leap from being a top IT executive at Nike to the Chief Information Officer of pharmaceutical giant Mylan. Smith discusses the transition from a worldwide, global brand to life sciences, and how the role of IT is changing at its core.

Making IT Business-Relevant: Interview with Sahal Laher

Nailing Hiring in the New IT

Nailing Hiring in the New IT