I am the author of five books. I focus on the intersection of people, management, and technology.
Phil Simon is a recognized technology and management expert. He consults companies on how to optimize their use of technology has written five books:
- Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data
- The Age of the Platform
- The New Small
- The Next Wave of Technologies
- Why New Systems Fail
His contributions have been featured on NBC, CNBC, Inc.com, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, the American Express Open Forum, Fast Company, Technorati, ComputerWorld, ZDNet, abcnews.com, forbes.com, The New York Times, ReadWriteWeb, and many other sites.
While not consulting, Phil speaks about emerging trends and technologies. He also writes for a number of technology-oriented media outlets. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University.
I began working with emerging technologies in 1994 after graduating from college. After grad school, I started a new career in corporate human resources. That wasn’t the best fit for me, and I quickly gravitated to work rooted more in technology 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. I started full-time consulting in 2000 and decided to become my own boss in 2002.
My goal as an independent consultant is–and always has been–to optimize organizations’ use of technology. I like to think that I’ve been reasonably successful, having cultivated more than 50 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.
After many years of seeing what organizations did well (and not so well), I decided to write a book. (Note for aspiring authors: Typing fast, lacking moderation, having way too many opinions, and not sleeping helps.) I started in earnest in August of 2008 and, four and half months later, had a completed the book. In February of 2009, I published the first edition of Why New Systems Fail. In February of 2010, Cengage published the second edition of the book.
Well, I didn’t stop there. In March of 2010, I published my second book, The Next Wave of Technologies. In November of 2010, I published my third book: The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Business is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies and followed that up with the award-winning The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business. My new one, Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data, hit the stands in March of 2013.
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