Phil Simon is…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Speaking

I speak to organizations of all types and sizes about Big Data, technology, management, and communication. Recent talks have included Zappos, Netflix, eBay, Autodesk, Carnegie Mellon, and Harvard. Watch one of my featured talks on the right or go nuts on my speaking page.

“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


Services

For nearly two decades, I have worked with individuals and organizations in a wide variety of industries and capacities.

Consulting

I help individuals and companies navigate an increasingly complex business world.

Webinars

Personalized content from a recognized technology and management authority.

Workshops

Customized, intimate, on-site seminars designed for maximum impact.

Writing

Timely, jargon-free observations, analysis, and predictions in both short and long formats.


Blog

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.

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