About Me

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

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. I didn’t know it at the time, but this experience would serve me well down the road. #foreshadowing

During my summer internship in 1996, I began working with PeopleSoft, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. I created reports and answered questions with data. 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—a lack of match quality, as economists say. I quickly gravitated to work rooted in technology, data, and systems.

In 1998, I took my first quasi-IT job, traveling extensively to Latin America on a global PeopleSoft project for Merck. 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 and identifying issues with it—something that my Merck colleagues either loved or hated. To paraphrase Walter White: I liked it. I was good at it.

The next step shouldn’t surprise anyone: I started working as a systems consultant in 2000 for Lawson Software—now part of the behemoth that is Infor. Beyond consulting, I taught software classes to clients and even to some of my colleagues. I decided to become my own boss in 2002.


I consider myself a business scholar and have penned 11 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 of 2016, I joined the faculty at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. I spent four years there and decided in May of 2020 to return to the independent life.

It was time, especially with Zoom For Dummies and Slack For Dummies coming out.

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

—Marillion, “Neverland”

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 use technology. Simon has written eleven books, most recently Reimagining Collaboration: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and the Post-COVID World of Work. His contributions have appeared in Harvard Business Review, CNN,& Inc., The New York Times, Wired, NBC, CNBC, Wired, The Huffington PostBusinessWeek, and many other high-profile media outlets.

Simon holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University. Stalk him on Twitter at @philsimon


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.