Phil Simon is…
- A frequent keynote speaker and recognized technology authority
- An award-winning author of six management books, most recently The Visual Organization
- An advisor to individuals and organizations on matters related to strategy, communication, Big Data, management, and technology
- A freelance writer for hire
- A contributor to prominent media outlets like Harvard Business Review, CNN, Wired, NBC, CNBC, Inc., BusinessWeek, The Huffington Post, InformationWeek, and The New York Times
Message Not Received
How New Technologies and Simpler Language Can Fix Your Business Communications
My seventh book examines why so much business communication just doesn’t work. It will explore our over-reliance upon on tool (email), as well as our use—and often misuse—of language. It’s high time to examine not only what we say, but how we say it. Wiley will be publishing it in March of 2015.
The Visual Organization
Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions
Progressive organizations like eBay, Netflix, and the University of Texas have moved well beyond simple spreadsheets, dashboards, and KPIs. They are using interactive dataviz tools and Big Data to ask better questions and make business decisions. My sixth book explores how.
Too Big to Ignore
The Business Case for Big Data
My fifth book looks at the nascent trend of Big Data and explains why it’s such a big deal. In plain English, I describe the genesis and applications of Big Data. I detail a wide variety of ways in which intelligent organizations are using it today. It’s a jargon-free, very accessible text with more than 40 positive reviews on Amazon.
The Age of the Platform
How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business
My award-winning fourth book examines the most important business model in business today: the platform. I focus on how four companies have embraced platforms, ecosystems, APIs, and external development–and how they have achieved amazing results.
The New Small
How a New Breed of Small Businesses Is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies
Up until relatively recently, only large companies could afford state-of-the-art tech. Not any more. Increasingly tech-savvy small businesses can do things that were simply impossible even five years ago. Through the course of eleven case studies, my third book demonstrates that small is indeed the new big.
The Next Wave of Technologies
Opportunities in Chaos
My second book is an Enterprise 2.0 primer. Organizations are finally beyond simple e-mail, back-office systems, and business intelligence. They are finally adopting emerging enterprise technologies, including open-source software, SaaS, mobility, cloud computing, and others.
Why New Systems Fail
An Insider’s Guide to Successful IT Projects
My first book provides an inside look at IT projects that broke bad. Culled from the decade I spent implementing new enterprise systems, this no-holds-barred guide offers a great deal of advice on how minimize the chance of system failures.
For nearly two decades, I have worked with individuals and organizations in a wide variety of industries and capacities.
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I write about a bunch of topics, including Big Data, platforms, communication, trends, and technology. I have an aversion to jargon and an affinity for Breaking Bad and Rush references. I’ve written thousands of posts, more than 900 of which live on this site.