Joe ShepleyWhen Joe Shepley writes a post, that isn't the end of the story. 

With every article, he tries to open up a dialogue, on occasions being deliberately provocative in the headline ("Office 365 is a Disaster Waiting to Happen" anyone?) to trigger conversation. The comments run longer than the original articles sometimes, with Joe in the thick of it, responding thoughtfully and at length to those who weigh in.

In his day to day work as vice president and practice leader at Doculabs, Joe helps clients transform their information practices to derive greater business value.

What’s your proudest accomplishment of 2015 (personal or professional)? 

My proudest accomplishment would have to be the birth of our fourth child, Lucy, this May. Things are always crazy at our house these days, but a lot of fun!

What excites you about your field today?

Managing information has always been a central part of doing business, but for a variety of reasons has never gotten the attention from leadership that managing other things (like physical or financial assets) has. I see signs out in the industry that the situation is changing. I'm excited to be a part of helping organizations transform how they manage information to achieve their goals.

What inspires you?

I love leaving it better than I found it, so the fact that I get to do that every day, day in and day out as a part of my job is a huge inspiration. I love helping an organization overcome whatever happens to be holding it back so that it can be more successful even in a small way.

What personal or professional goal have you set for 2016?

The healthcare problem in the US is at a critical point, so I'm looking to increase my focus on helping healthcare organizations (payers, providers and life science organizations) improve how they operate through better information management.

If I had a magic wand and could change one thing about my industry it would be …

I would use a magic wand to make all C-level executives understand the importance of information management to the success of their organizations. That wouldn't solve all our problems, but it would be a great place to start.