This weblog wanders out on the far end of the many faces of the data industry (aka, business intelligence and other names), where technology fits over the tender and irregular human profile. That’s where interesting things happen.
Content here is strictly free-range. I provide original reporting and analysis on the many topics that interest me.
I’m an industry analyst devoted to the social aspects of deriving value from data. I believe that the social and organizational aspects of a “data driven” business are at least as important as the technological aspects.
Since 2007, I’ve been a regular contributor to several industry BI publications, including Information Management and TDWI’s BI This Week, in addition to Datadoodle.
Beginning in the first quarter of 2015, I will be part of the Eckerson Group as a contributing research consultant covering collaboration, storytelling, and the organizational challenges of data analysis.
Before BI, I wrote about telecommunications and computer networking. Far in the past, I edited on environmental topics, mostly technical explanations for lay readers of environmental organizations’ publications.
I’m proud to say that my career started later than most careers do. I resisted the imperative to decide on a path.
Before settling down to journalism, I wandered through a variety of colorful jobs. In one stint, I was an Amtrak train attendant (“porter” in those days) — the first white ever hired for West Coast-originating trains and possibly the only one to join the legendary Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. I also washed dishes under the shadow of Half Dome in Yosemite, sold commodity options over the phone (and learned from some of the best salespeople), and dabbled in radio at KSKA, “Anchorage public radio.”
I have a bachelor’s in journalism from San Francisco State University and an MBA from Dominican University of San Rafael.
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