I sit squarely at the intersection of data, technology, business, and communications.

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This page endeavors to answer the question: Who am I?

Don’t worry. I don’t get all existential.

Long Bio

How I Got to Now

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in December of 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 PeopleSoft, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. It didn’t take long for me to learn new 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, Structured Query Language (SQL), and a host of other applications. I became very adept at manipulating enterprise data. To paraphrase Walter White: I liked it. I was good at it.

I started full-time consulting in 2000. Beyond consulting, 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:

Number eight will arrive in 2017.

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.

In August 2016, I joined the faculty at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Short Bio

Yeah, it’s in the third person so people can easily grab this. Trust me. I never refer to myself that way. Major pet peeve.

_MG_0067 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, most recently Message Not Received. His contributions have been featured in Harvard Business Review, CNN,& Inc., The New York TimesWired, 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. In the fall of 2016, he joined the faculty at Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business.

Twitter Bio

.@philsimon has penned 7 books. He focuses on the intersection of people, management, data, & technology. http://ctt.ec/4C6eK+


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 owned some Apple stock. I don’t anymore. At present, I own no stock in companies I cover on this site.

For Fun

It’s essential for me to keep my mind sharp and my powder dry. My need for cognition is high. I enjoy reading, Scrabble, Sudoku, movies, and music. The same holds true with my body. I play tennis, golf and basketball. I am also into running and weightlifting.