I am the award-winning author of six non-fiction books that don't suck, most recently The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions.

    • Message Not Received

      How New Technologies and Simpler Language Can Fix Your Business Communications

      My seventh book will examine why business communication doesn't work. It will explore our over-reliance upon on tool (e-mail), as well as our use—and often misuse—of language at work. It's high time to examine not only what we say, but how we say it. Wiley will be publishing it in February of 2015.
    • The Visual Organization

      Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions

      Progressive organizations like eBay, Netflix, Wedgies, the University of Texas, and others 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

      My third book examines the ability of increasingly tech-savvy small businesses to do things that were simply impossible even five years ago. Through the course of 11 case studies, I demonstrate that small is 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 gone 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.


Learn and laugh at the same time. I am an energetic, dynamic, and sought-after keynote speaker.


Recent & Upcoming Events


Las Vegas, NV on August 13, 2014. 11:30 a.m.

I’ll be speaking about The Visual Organization.


SXSW V2V 2014

Las Vegas, NV on July 15, 2014. Time: 3:20 pm

I’ll be speaking about the folly of expert predictions.


iMedia Summit

Austin, TX on May 5, 2014, 10:15 am to 10:35 am

Understanding the collision between Big Data and advertising.



Phil is an engaging speaker with the rare ability to make what may seem dry and complex topics both compelling and entertaining.

–Joris Evers, Netflix, Vice President, Head of Communications for Europe

Phil has that rare skill as a speaker to distill the complex to more tactical and strategic thinking so his presentations aren't only entertaining but are also operational. A rare gift for the modern business audience.

–Lori H. Schwartz, Managing Partner, StoryTech™



Opinionated but never boring, I pepper my writing on communication, technology, management, and data with references to Breaking Bad, The Big Lebowski, Seinfeld, Rush, and 80s movies.


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HBR Webinar: The Visual Organization

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60 minutes on the new book and the importance of dataviz.



Consultants come with a bad rap for a reason. I offer a transparent, jargon-free, no-bullshit approach to solving technology, data, and management problems.

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