About Me

This page answers the question: Who am I? Don’t worry. I don’t get all existential.

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

Long Bio

How I Got to Now

I attended Carnegie Mellon University and studied Policy and Management with a minor in Political Science. The experience had a profound effect on me.

In December of 1993, I graduated. Unfortunately, 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. For three semesters, I worked as a teaching assistant (TA) in labor economics and collective bargaining. This experience would serve me well down the road.

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

booksI consider myself a business scholar and have penned eight books. Collectively they have sold a reasonable number of copies. What’s more, academics have cited them hundreds of times in their research.

Here they are:

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 eight books, most recently Analytics: The Agile Way. His contributions have appeared 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.

Simon holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University. He lives just outside of Phoenix, AZ. Stalk him on Twitter at @philsimon. In the fall of 2016, accepted a position as a full-time faculty member at Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business.

Twitter Bio

[email protected] has penned 8 books. He focuses on the intersection of people, management, data, & technology. http://ctt.ec/4C6eK+

Disclosure

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.

I want to be someone who someone would want to be.

—Marillion, “Neverland”

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.