This page endeavors to answer the question: Who am I?
Don’t worry. I don’t get all existential.
After grad school, I started my brief career in corporate human resources. That wasn’t the best fit for me, and I quickly gravitated to work rooted in technology, data, and systems. In 1998, I took my first IT job, traveling extensively to Latin America on a global PeopleSoft project for a Fortune 50 company. During that time, I taught myself advanced Microsoft Excel and Access, Crystal Reports, SQL, and a host of other applications. I became very adept at manipulating enterprise data.
I started full-time consulting in 2000. I taught software classes to clients and my colleagues. I decided to become my own boss in 2002.
How I Pay My Bills
I have written seven books:
- Message Not Received: How New Technologies and Simpler Language Can Fix Your Business Communications (Wiley, 2015)
- The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions (Wiley, 2014)
- Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data (Wiley, 2013)
- The Age of the Platform (Motion Publishing, 2011)
- The New Small (Motion Publishing, 2010)
- The Next Wave of Technologies (Wiley, 2010)
- Why New Systems Fail (Cengage, 2010). AuthorHouse originally published this book in February of 2009 but Cengage bought its rights and I subsequently enhanced the book. The second edition far exceeds the first in every possible way.
Aside from writing and speaking, today I advise all types of organizations on matters related to communication, strategy, management, data, and technology. I like to think that I’ve been reasonably successful. Over my career, I have cultivated close to 100 clients in a wide variety of industries, including health care, manufacturing, retail, education, telecommunications, and the public sector. I have worked with many different organizations that use technology in many different ways–some better than others.
Where Am I?
On a scorching day in July of 2011, I moved to Las Vegas, NV. I current reside here.
Phil Simon is a sought-after speaker and recognized authority on technology, trends, communication, and management. He advises companies on how to optimize their use of technology has written seven books. His contributions have been featured in Harvard Business Review, CNN, Inc., The New York Times, Wired, NBC, CNBC, Wired, The Huffington Post, FoxNews, abcnews.com, forbes.com, BusinessWeek, and many other high-profile media outlets. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University. He lives just outside of Las Vegas, NV. Stalk him on Twitter at @philsimon.
.@philsimon is the author of SEVEN books. He focuses on the intersection of people, management, data, and technology. http://ht.ly/rBVcO
Here’s a hi-res photo.
- American Express Open Forum
- Baseline Magazine
- Bloomberg Radio
- Bloomberg BusinessWeek
- CNBC article and TV segment
- Fast Company
- Fortune article: The next big thing in Big Data jobs: Dataviz
- Fox News story on TV and Big Data.
- The Globe and Mail ran an excerpt on The New Small
- Harvard Business Review
- Huffington Post
- InformationWeek mentions me and runs my pieces from time to time. The site has also interviewed me.
- Investor’s Business Daily
- Inc. Magazine articles and plug for The Visual Organization
- IT Business Edge has referenced my work a bunch of times, including this one.
- The New York Times
- Technorati (For some reason, the site recently removed the links. Good thing that they’re here too.)
- The Street.com
- The Wall Street Journal has picked up a few of my Inc. articles and this press release
- As of 2014, I have begun writing forWired. Read my posts here.
- Yahoo! ran a story on Big Data and referenced Too Big to Ignore.
All thoughts on this site are mine. A few times each month, I write sponsored posts for my clients, but these are clearly delineated as such. The same holds true for white papers, webinars, and other forms of content.
For a while, I held a position in Apple stock. I don’t anymore. At present, I own no stock in companies I cover on this site.