This is Who we are

Earth & Sky, INC was founded in 2012 and is owned and managed by Jim Fine and Pat Dillon.

Jim Fine

Jim Fine

has been excited about software for over 30 years. He worked as a Solutions Guru and Technical Strategist with Microsoft Corporation for nearly 18 years.

In New England, Jim worked with financial and insurance businesses as well as other Fortune 500 companies. In Southern California, Jim worked as the Principal Technology Strategist for Microsoft’s Southwest District, providing technology solution strategies to over 60 companies, and servicing industries from healthcare and manufacturing to cellular communications and finance.

With a strong background in Windows Server and Active Directory, Jim has worked with companies such as Aetna, The Travelers, Cigna, The Hartford, United Healthcare, United Technologies, Jack in the Box, Cymer, Intuit, and SAIC .

He has provided technical support and infrastructure consulting services throughout California, Arizona and Colorado including:

•Active Directory and systems design recommendations for a regional school district

•Exchange system design review and recommendations for a $45B Capital Management firm

•Project management for a large scale Microsoft migration for a nationally ranked health system

•Proof of concept lab design and architecture for EDS/US Navy

A sought-after speaker, Jim has presented topics at New England and Southern California Microsoft technical conferences as well as other partner and public events.

Outside his IT work, Jim is also a real estate professional and Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Silver Gate Yacht Club. Jim worked to build Silver Gate a new $5M clubhouse, a 2-year project. Jim’s job was to secure the loan, interface with contractor and bank and manage the budget for the 11 months of construction.

What excites Jim about his current work is the value and rapid ROI provided by integrating communications, collaboration, systems optimization, and mobile devices. His current focus:

•Working with clients to reduce wasted software costs and maintain compliance

•Helping executives drive business strategy to rapid results through tight alignment with IT assets

•Developing and optimizing business productivity solutions and acquisition solutions.

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Pat Dillon

has been CIO, CTO and Senior Director of Technology for four leading healthcare systems including two Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winners.  His IT teams have won national awards for Most Wired, Most Wired Innovation, excellence in clinical outcomes and operational excellence.


As the Director of Technology for Palomar Health in Escondido, California, Pat designed and implemented the technology for the new Palomar Medical Center.   The new hospital opened in August 2012.  The health system was declared the “Most Innovative” public healthcare organization in California by the Association of California Healthcare Districts in 2011.

The IT infrastructure was designed to support patient-focused care and provides the foundation for an exceptional patient experience.   It incorporates wireless access, telemetry monitoring of all patients, image distribution management, safe cell phone coverage and a state-of-the-art nurse call solution that leads the industry.


Prior to Palomar, Pat served as the CIO of Blessing Health System in Quincy, Illinois.  Blessing is an Arbor Award-winning system, ranked among America’s best by US News, consisting of two hospitals on three campuses and licensing over 300 beds.  Pat led 65 employees and managed a $14M budget.  The IT department won two national awards from Eclipsys (Allscripts) in 2007 and 2008, for IT excellence in improving clinical and operational outcomes.

Senior IT Director

Pat directed a department of 80 employees at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-winner, recently ranked the #1 healthcare system in California and #22 nationally.  He was responsible for IS service delivery from the time a problem occurred to the point of resolution for 25,000 users at Sharp.

He also served as Senior Corporate Director and “deputy” CIO for Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, another Malcolm Baldrige Award-winning hospital system, where he directed a division of 115 employees and led the IS effort in preparing for the Baldrige Award.

At Saint Luke’s he was the IT liaison to the medical staff and system administration and helped with evaluating, choosing, explaining, demonstrating, and implementing information system solutions.  As the CIO designate, Pat was also responsible for IT strategic planning and system implementation.

Our approach

Though Earth & Sky, INC is proud to deliver a comprehensive array of technology solutions for business, lately we have discovered that many of our customers are especially interested in reducing costs. With straight-forward acquisition and compliance processes developed by Dillon IT, Inc. and Earth & Sky, INC, we have helped save customers millions of dollars. In addition to the savings, we’ve been able to help customers be prepared for vendor audits, and establishing policies that will help to manage IT Systems more effectively and efficiently.

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This is What we do

Earth & Sky, Inc provide a range of services including licensing, compliance, audit protection, cost reduction, and more. We are committed to help craft your solution around best practices and proven, innovative, options.

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This is WHAT we have done
for others

We have been engaged with customers who are facing new choices with regards to Microsoft licensing options. There are many new rules and conditions. Starting with a thorough understanding of your current state and technology plan, Earth & Sky will help you to get to your desired state without over-spending or over-buying.

As a result, we have typically saved our customers between $1M and $4M on their EA Renewal. Here are a few of our recent accomplishments.

  • Helped a nationally ranked 7-hospital health system in New England save $1.2M a year for the next three years on their Microsoft renewal.
  • Assisted a top-15 ranked hospital system in Southern California prepare for their licensing renewal.  They saved over $1.6M a year, $4.8M total on their Microsoft Agreements.
  • Helped a prominent multi-campus health system in Central Florida save $1.3M a year for the next three years on their licensing.