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



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

—Marillion, “Neverland”

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. 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 have written eight books that have been cited hundreds of times in academic circles:

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. I love it.

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+


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.