The Next Wave of Technologies

Opportunities in Chaos

Publication date: January 22, 2010

At a high level, my second book is about Enterprise 2.0 and all of its components. It aims to help people and organizations understand new technologies and their potential impact–and ultimately leverage them. The advice dispensed should help organizations from making the same IT management mistakes that they’ve made over the last 25 years. The book provides a practical focus, with each chapter addressing questions such as:

  • How to determine if an organization is ready for a specific technology
  • How to go about getting it ready
  • How to measure success
  • How to identify key risks and red flags

Topics include cloud computing, SaaS, business intelligence, open source software, enterprise search and retrieval, service-oriented architecture, master data management, and others. The Next Wave of Technologies features contributions from a number of prominent thought leaders.

Interesting Tidbits about the Book

After Why New Systems Fail, the writing bug hit me–hard. What’s more, traditional publishers were very interested in what I had to write and say. I had a number of offers for this book.

Initially, the title and subtitle were reversed. Also, the book was published two weeks after the second edition of Why New Systems Fail hit the shelves, leaving many people to ask me if I was some type of writing cyborg.

What’s the book about in three minutes? Watch below to find out.


Read a sample of the book here.
“If you make a living in IT, you must read this book. If you have anything to do with building scalable software today, you really should get and read this book.”
—David Siegel, author of Pull: The Power of the Semantic Web


“The convergence of inexpensive hardware and bandwidth, the acceptance of open source solutions, and global software delivery have unleashed a torrent of innovations which are changing basic assumptions we make about enterprise technology. The Next Wave of Technologies provides a superbly curated survey of the most important areas of progressive IT thinking. It’s a valuable resource for both business and technology executives alike.”
—John L. Funge, Founder Pickle.com (acquired by Scripps Networks), Founder Clara Vista (acquired by CMGI)


“Do you ever wish you had a singular guidebook to make sense of the endless claims about the “latest and greatest” technologies constantly bombarding us? In The Next Wave of Technologies Phil Simon has crafted a valuable compendium of sage technology advice from experts in a diverse array of fields: SOA, MDM, agile, SaaS, mobile computing, social media, cloud computing, open source, and others. With concise chapters that are easy to digest, this great book is essential for helping IT and business leaders make sense of the latest advances in technologies. It’ll help you chart a course for the future. Don’t leave home without it!”
—Martin Moseley, CTO, Initiate Systems


“An especially readable examination of how emerging technologies can and will enable success in the Information Age. Simon delivers on his promise of providing practical guidance for business and IT management. Written for executives and managers by a team of hands-on subject matter experts, the book shows how to utilize–and optimize–emerging technologies with outstanding governance, project management, enterprise architecture, systems development, and leadership.”
–Leon A. Kappelman, Ph.D., Professor of IS & Director Emeritus of the IS Research Center, College of Business, University of North Texas


“Phil Simon and his team of experts have codified their collective insights, which serve as an invaluable guide for both business and technology professionals, for not only developing a holistic understanding of emerging technologies, but also navigating the new trails they are blazing ahead of us. The Next Wave of Technologies is required reading if you wish to avoid common mistakes and realize the full potential of new technologies—especially before your competitors do.”
—Jim Harris, Independent consultant, speaker, writer, and Blogger-in-Chief at Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality