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, where 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.
I’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’m also an adjunct analyst for research firm IDC, where I interview chief information officers (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.