Phil Simon

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Phil Simon
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Simon speaking at PostalVision 2020 in 2012.
Residence Henderson, Nevada
Nationality American
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University
Occupation Author and Public Speaker
Website
www.philsimon.com

Phil Simon is an American speaker, journalist, and author. He writes about management, social media, technology, publishing, disruption, and information management.[1]

Education[edit]

Simon studied economics and political science at Carnegie Mellon University and labor relations at Cornell University.

Bibliography[edit]

He has written five management books:

  • Why New Systems Fail: An Insider's Guide to Successful IT Projects[2]
  • The Next Wave of Technologies: Opportunities in Chaos[3]
  • The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Businesses Is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies[4]
  • The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business[5]
  • Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data[6]

On June 6, 2013, Simon announced that his next book will be titled The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions (John Wiley & Sons, March 2014).

In addition, he served as editor for the 2011 book, 101 Lightbulb Moments in Data Management: Tales from the Data Roundtable.[7] Seth Godin featured Simon's work in his 2011 e-book Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People who are Poking the Box and Making a Difference.[8]

His work has been featured in Fast Company,[9] the New York Times,[10][11][12] Inc. Magazine,[13] CNN,[14] Harvard Business Review[15] The Huffington Post,[16] and many other sites.

Awards[edit]

In 2012, he received a 2011 Axiom best business technology book award for The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business.[17] Simon announced in April 2012 that The Age of the Platform would be translated into Korean in late 2012.[18]

Views[edit]

Simon believes that the platform represents a fundamentally new business model—the most important one of the 21st century.[19] Specifically, APIs and SDKs are enabling developers to build mobile apps and web services faster and on a much greater scale than ever. The most successful companies of the day—e.g., Amazon.com, Apple Inc., Facebook, and Google—no longer focus on one line of business. Rather, they quickly and frequently add adjacent offerings, products, and services—i.e., planks.

Through increasingly powerful ecosystems, companies today are externalizing a great deal of their innovation and evolving at rapid speeds. What's more, emerging platforms like Twitter, Kickstarter, Force.com, WordPress, Udemy, and scores of others are redefining business in tectonic ways that we have only begun to understand.

Simon's belief in the power of platforms is supported by the extensive economic research of people like Marshall Van Alstyne.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simon, Phil. "Phil Simon home page". 
  2. ^ Simon, Phil (2010). Why New Systems Fail. Cengage. p. 354. ISBN 9781435456440. 
  3. ^ Simon, Phil (2010). The Next Wave of Technologies. John Wiley & Sons. p. 432. ISBN 978-0-470-58750-8. 
  4. ^ Simon, Phil (2010). The New Small. Motion Publishing. p. 316. ISBN 9780982930236. 
  5. ^ Simon, Phil (2011). The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business. Motion Publishing. p. 312. ISBN 9780982930250. 
  6. ^ Simon, Phil (2013). Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data. John Wiley & Sons. p. 250. ISBN 9781118638170. 
  7. ^ Simon, Phil (2011). 101 Lightbulb Moments in Data Management: Tales from the Data Roundtable. Motion Publishing. p. 232. ISBN 0982930291. 
  8. ^ Godin, Seth (2011). Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People who are Poking the Box and Making a Difference. The Domino Project. p. 116. 
  9. ^ Ott, Adrian. "The Age Of The Platform". Retrieved 12 Dec 2011. 
  10. ^ "Tech Talk Podcast: Great Big Privacy Buttons". Podcast - New York Times. 23 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "TechTalk - New York Times". The New York Times. 
  12. ^ "TechTalk Podcast". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "All About the Platform". Inc. Authors. 
  14. ^ Nusca, Andrew. "For online businesses, how much downtime is acceptable?". CNN. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Simon, Phil. "Harvard Business Review Articles - Phil Simon". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Simon, Phil. "Phil Simon's Huffington Post Articles". Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Announcing Results of the 5th Annual Axiom Business Book Awards". Independent Publisher. 
  18. ^ Simon, Phil. "Korean edition - The Age of the Platform". 
  19. ^ "The Age of the Platform". 

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