I sit squarely at the intersection of data, technology, business, and communications.
This page endeavors to answer the question: Who am I?
Don’t worry. I don’t get all existential.
How I Got to Now
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993, I was
clueless a bit unsure about what I wanted to do for a career. I settled in at Sony Electronics as a customer relations rep while I figured things out. I ultimately attended graduate school at Cornell University in August of 1995. During my summer internship in 1996, I began working with emerging technologies like ERP systems and reporting applications.
After grad school, I started my brief career in corporate human resources. That wasn’t the best fit for me, and I quickly gravitated to work rooted in technology, data, and systems. In 1998, I took my first IT job, traveling extensively to Latin America on a global PeopleSoft project for a Fortune 50 company. During that time, I taught myself advanced Microsoft Excel and Access, Crystal Reports, SQL, and a host of other applications. I became very adept at manipulating enterprise data.
I started full-time consulting in 2000. I taught software classes to clients and my colleagues. I decided to become my own boss in 2002.
How I Pay My Bills
I have written seven books:
- Message Not Received: Why Business Communication Is Broken and How to Fix It (Wiley, 2015)
- The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions (Wiley, 2014)
- Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data (Wiley, 2013)
- The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business (Motion Publishing, 2011)
- The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Businesses Is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies(Motion Publishing, 2010)
- The Next Wave of Technologies: Opportunities in Chaos (Wiley, 2010)
- Why New Systems Fail: An Insider’s Guide to Successful IT Projects (Cengage, 2010). AuthorHouse originally published this book in February of 2009 but Cengage bought its rights and I subsequently enhanced the book. The second edition far exceeds the first in every possible way.
Aside from writing and speaking, today I advise all types of organizations on matters related to communication, strategy, management, data, and technology. I like to think that I’ve been reasonably successful. Over my career, I have cultivated close to 100 clients in a wide variety of industries, including health care, manufacturing, retail, education, telecommunications, and the public sector. I have worked with many different organizations that use technology in many different ways–some better than others.
Where Am I?
On a scorching day in July of 2011, I moved to Las Vegas, NV. (Here’s why.) I currently reside here.
Here’s a hi-res photo.
All thoughts on this site are mine. A few times each month, I write sponsored posts for my clients, but these are clearly delineated as such. The same holds true for white papers, webinars, and other forms of content.
For a while, I held a position in Apple stock. I don’t anymore. At present, I own no stock in companies I cover on this site.
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