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Phil Simon

Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

Phil Simon is a frequent keynote speaker and recognized technology authority. He is the award-winning author of eight management books, most recently Analytics: The Agile Way. He consults organizations on matters related to communications, strategy, data, and technology. His contributions have been featured on The Harvard Business Review, CNN, Wired, NBC, CNBC, Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, The Huffington Post, Quartz, The New York Times, Fox News, and many other sites.

Articles by Phil Simon

Thoughts on Smarter Transportation

By Phil Simon

Introduction It’s no overstatement to say that we’ve made more progress with autonomous cars over the past five years than we have in the prior 50. John… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

May 16, 2017

Data and Analytics: Understanding the Human Element

By Phil Simon

Introduction In my last post, I compared today’s Internet of Things (IoT) to the web circa 1998. The promise to make better decisions is massive, even if… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

May 9, 2017

How Analytics Will Enable a Better, Smarter IoT

By Phil Simon

Introduction I’m old enough to remember the rise of the Web. Twenty years ago, bullish industry experts and thought leaders portended the end of just about… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

May 3, 2017

A Look at the Evolving Role of the CIO

By Phil Simon

Introduction As someone who has spent years consulting on new system implementations, I interacted with my fair share of CIOs. I’ve been reflecting on those… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

April 12, 2017

The Increasingly Digital Workplace: Observations on changes in the last ten years

By Phil Simon

Introduction In my new position as a faculty member at the ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business, I often reflect on how much the world has changed since I… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

April 10, 2017

Why Analytics Today Are More Democratic

By Phil Simon

Introduction In my last post, I discussed the need for IT departments to meet their constituents’ needs. If they cannot, then it’s reasonable to expect… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

March 14, 2017

The Relationship between Infrastructure and Analytics

By Phil Simon

Introduction More than six years ago I was actively researching my third book The New Small. The text explores many common themes among 11 small-business owners… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

March 10, 2017

How Analytics Can Improve Workplace Collaboration

By Phil Simon

Introduction For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a numbers guy. Credit my early years playing sports and collecting baseball cards or perhaps my father’s… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

February 21, 2017

Workplace Collaboration: The Case for New Tools

By Phil Simon

“Well Marge, self improvement has always been a passion of mine.” —Homer Simpson Introduction I like many things about my new position as a faculty member… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

February 16, 2017

The Promise of the IoT

By Phil Simon

A few weeks ago, I finally moved into my new home in Arizona. Although I was tempted. I didn’t go crazy selecting features for my house. (The motorized shade… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

February 2, 2017

Last October’s IoT Hack: No Black Swan

By Phil Simon

Security breaches these days have become commonplace—almost daily occurrences. It’s a lamentable sign of the times. Still, even by today’s ho-hum standards,… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

January 26, 2017

Traditional Data Warehouses Can’t Do it All

By Phil Simon

Introduction As part of my new professor gig, I teach CIS405 (Business Intelligence) at the W. P. Carey School. It’s an online course that demonstrates how… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

December 16, 2016

Big Data and Hype: Where Are We Now?

By Phil Simon

Introduction Sure, most of us have heard some fascinating success stories: Netflix uses a fascinating pastiche of information to predict movie preferences.… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

December 7, 2016

Compliance: Boring but Essential

By Phil Simon

This August I joined the faculty at the W. P. Carey School Business at Arizona State University. Along with a course on analytics, I also teach the capstone… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

November 15, 2016

How Basic Analytics Can Prevent Compliance Debacles

By Phil Simon

Not that long ago, Zenefits was nearly a five-billion-dollar unicorn. It could seemingly do no wrong until things broke bad. Really bad—as in we need a new… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

November 8, 2016

The Case Against Analytics Projects

By Phil Simon

Back in 2014, I spoke at Netflix headquarters about The Visual Organization. From the moment I entered the building, I detected a decidedly different vibe compared… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

October 11, 2016

What’s Holding Back Organizations’ Analytics Efforts?

By Phil Simon

I’m knee-deep into my new position teaching at the W. P. Carey School at Arizona State. One of my courses is CIS450: Enterprise Analytics. In it, seniors… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

October 3, 2016

Does Your Organization’s Infrastructure Support Big Data?

By Phil Simon

In my last post, I argued that many organizations suffered from antiquated tech infrastructures that enhanced startups’ inherent advantage. The results are… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

September 20, 2016

Why Legacy Infrastructure Holds Large Organizations Back

By Phil Simon

Throughout history, many organizations dominated their industries by virtue of their sheer size. That is, organizations that reached a certain level of revenue… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

September 6, 2016

Striking the Right Balance: The Tension between Flexibility and Security

By Phil Simon

As any old-school CIO or IT manager will tell you, it was much easier to secure the enterprise 20 years ago. Sure, there were plenty of bad actors, but employees… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

August 11, 2016

The Millennial Imperative: Embracing New Technologies and a New Mind-Set

By Phil Simon

By the time that you read this, I’ll be ensconced in my new position as a full-time faculty member at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business. In my first… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

August 3, 2016

The Case for Multiple Clouds

By Phil Simon

I’ll be the first to admit that I have always been a bit persnickety when it comes to language, especially in the technology world. In fact, I penned Message… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

July 11, 2016

Uber, AirBNB, and the Adjacent Possible

By Phil Simon

Back in 2009, Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick founded what was then a little ride-hailing company called Uber. Odds are, though, that you’ve only heard of… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

July 6, 2016

Who will run your organization’s IoT efforts?

By Phil Simon

For decades now, CIOs have argued with their brethren about whether IT should “own” enterprise data. For many years now, the IT-Business Divide has served… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

June 14, 2016

The Vast Data Sources of the IoT

By Phil Simon

If you think that human beings generate a great deal of information these days, you are right. At the same time though, as the Internet of Things (IoT) approaches, you… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

June 6, 2016

BYOD: Where Are We Now?

By Phil Simon

Smartphones have changed, disrupted, and spawned many businesses. Without our ubiquitous handheld devices, Uber and Postmates probably don’t exist. In… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

May 19, 2016

Beware of Analytics in Isolation

By Phil Simon

I’m hard-pressed to think of a business term that has garnered as much attention over the past year as analytics. A search on Amazon reveals more than 12,000… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

May 11, 2016

Event Stream Data: What is it and Why Should I Care?

By Phil Simon

“Events, dear boy, events.” —British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, when asked by a reporter what would influence his government’s decisions the most.… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

May 4, 2016

How to Handle Support for Decommissioned Enterprise Apps

By Phil Simon

Microsoft recently nixed support for SQL Server 2005. You might not care about the announcement if your organization runs dB2, Oracle, MySQL, or another backend… Read More

By Phil Simon
Professor at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business

April 21, 2016