About Mitch Betts & Ampersand Reports

Mitch Betts

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I’m an independent journalist interested in the future of business (digital and otherwise), strategic foresight, competitive intelligence, research, and trends.

My specialties include writing with clarity & brevity, interviewing executives, spotting emerging trends, diving into research documents, and finding stories in obscure places. (I once wrote a story about a U.S. patent for a hand-cranked computer.)

I’ve spent more than three decades covering the social, legal, political, and management issues of information technology. Starting out as a Washington correspondent at Computerworld, Mitch-CIO-2015_edited-1-copywhere I covered the policy issues of the nascent “Information Age,” I rose through the editorial ranks to become executive editor of Computerworld, and then executive editor of CIO magazine.

I’m especially proud of articles that I wrote or edited on topics that were (at the time) just emerging, such as computer fraud, online privacy, computerized gerrymandering, high-tech industry PACs, business software patents, data monetization, and the power of algorithms in business. Today, I’m covering the “digital transformation” of corporate America.

Version 2I’m now principal at Ampersand Reports, a sole proprietorship registered in the state of Maryland, where I write articles and reports — often about digital business. I’d love to have you subscribe to my “Digital Business” newsletter for digital executives such as chief DBNL-logoinformation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers, and others in the C-suite. You’ll get news about digital innovations, jobs, appointments, research insights, market intelligence, and “brain food,” all in one convenient, no-nonsense package. The promise: Some exclusives, lots of brevity, no vendor PR, no ads, and no spam.

I’m also an adjunct analyst for research firm IDC, where I interview CIOs and then write reports about their digital strategies. And I’m curator of “Business Think Tank,” a popular Flipboard magazine that features hand-picked articles about the future of business.

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