I sit squarely at the intersection of data, technology, business, and communications.
This page endeavors to answer the question: Who am I?
Don’t worry. I don’t get all existential.
How I Got to Now
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993, I was
clueless a bit unsure about what I wanted to do for a career. I settled in at Sony Electronics as a customer relations rep while I figured things out. I ultimately attended graduate school at Cornell University in August of 1995. During my summer internship in 1996, I began working with emerging technologies like ERP systems and reporting applications.
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: Why Business Communication Is Broken and How to Fix It (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: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business (Motion Publishing, 2011)
- The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Businesses Is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies(Motion Publishing, 2010)
- The Next Wave of Technologies: Opportunities in Chaos (Wiley, 2010)
- Why New Systems Fail: An Insider’s Guide to Successful IT Projects (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. (Here’s why.) I currently reside here.
.@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.
I’m a big believer in transparency.
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.
I'm an Expert. Don't Trust Me.A 25-minute talk about Breaking Bad, Seinfeld, Rush, and the folly of expert predictions.
Posts by Month
Critical discourse on this site is welcomed, even encouraged. Comments will be doused with hydrochloric acid if they descend into personal attacks, inappropriate language, disrespectful behavior, or excessive self-promotion.