The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.

—Harper Lee

Books

I have penned seven management texts including the award-winning The Age of the Platform.

This simple page provides synopses of each of them.

Message Not Received: Why Business Communication Is Broken and How to Fix It
MNR_COVER_smallMy seventh book examines how we communicate, use, and often misuse language and technology at work. We send way too much e-mail and use far too much jargon. It’s time for us to examine not only what we say, but how we say it.

“Simon has given us a 21st-century guide to communicating that is both personal and universal.”

—David H. Freeman, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic, and author of Wrong and A Perfect Mess

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The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions
The-Visual-OrganizationProgressive 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.

“Simon demonstrates how it’s possible to see not only the forest, but the trees.”

–Brad Feld, Foundry Group Managing Director and co-author, Startup Life

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Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data
Too Big to IgnoreMy 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.

“Simon makes you think differently about complex topic via real-world storytelling that resonates.”

–Jay Baer, author of Youtility: Why Smart Companies are Helping not Selling

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The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business
The Age of the PlatformMy 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.

“Essential reading on the state of business today–and where it is going. Ignore this book at your own peril.”

–Adrian C. Ott, award-winning author, The 24-Hour Customer

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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.

“A powerful, important, and eye-opening book. You may want to change your life once you’ve finished reading it.”

—Mitch Joel, President, Twist Image and author of Six Pixels of Separation

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The Next Wave of Technologies: Opportunities in Chaos
My second book is about Enterprise 2.0. Organizations are finally getting with the times. That is, they are moving beyond simple e-mail, ERP, CRM, and BI stalwarts. They are finally adopting emerging enterprise technologies such as open-source software, SaaS, mobility, cloud computing, MDM, and others. My book serves as a primer on successfully navigating this new era.

“If you make a living in IT, you must read this book.”

—David Siegel, author of Pull: The Power of the Semantic Web

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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 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.

“This book’s framework is clear and its examples compelling. A manifesto for successful IT projects.”

—Michael Krigsman, ZDNet Blogger on IT Project Failures

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Other Contributions

I served as the editor of–and a contributor to–the 2011 book 101 Lightbulb Moments in Data Management.

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