Successful IT departments are leaving behind the days of insular, rigid departments to become instigators of change.

These IT departments solve problems while being prepared for the next set of problems. They expand their function within companies to include essential, collaborative roles in creating competitive advantages in the marketplace.

This puts IT at the heart of identifying and creating possibilities for the company. That, in turn, requires top-tier, cross-functional teams that understand the company, the industry and the competition. 
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About Jim

  • 50-year career split 50/50 between serving as an IT executive and as an IT consultant.
  • CIO for Xerox Data Systems, American President Lines, and Interim CIO for QANTAS, Lam Research, Tencor Instruments, Tri Valley Growers.


Executive Director, CIO Leadership Program, Fisher Information Technology Center • Haas School of Business, UC-Berkeley
Jan, 2009 — Present
  • The Fisher CIO Leadership program provides programs of value for all those interested in the innovative use of Information Technology.
  • The goal of The Fisher Center for Management and Technology is to be the premier center in the world for the development of CIOs who will re-launch and re-position the entire CIO profession.
Managing Partner • SCC Sequoia
May, 1987 — Present
  • Co-Founder of IT-Management consulting firm to address the management needs of private sector IT organizations.
  • Clients include: Clorox, Electronic Arts, The Gap, HP, Intel, Safeway Stores, Union Bank.


University of California, Berkeley
MSEE, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, 1962
University of California, Berkeley
BS, Electrical Engineering, 1960


  • Chairman of the Board, SCC Sequoia


  • Adjunct member, Publications Committee of The Friends of The Bancroft Library of UC-Berkeley


  • Executive Director of the Fisher CIO Leadership Program, Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley (2009-Present)


  • The Renaissance CIO Project: The Invisible Factors of Extraordinary Success,  2012, California Management Review, Haas School of Business, UC-Berkeley
  • Personal Memoranda: Samuel Hopkins Willey. The Journal of His Voyage to California, 1848-1849, 2007, The Friends of The Bancroft Library at UC-Berkeley
  • The Future is Watching: A History of the First 125 Years of the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 1999, First Congregational Church of Berkeley
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