Analyst Profile

Simon F Jacobson

Simon F Jacobson

Research VP

18 years at Gartner ,  17 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Simon Jacobson is a Vice President in Gartner's supply chain research organization. He covers manufacturing operations. Mr. Jacobson advises clients responsible for supply chain and manufacturing strategy and transformation. His research help clients successfully balance their digital aspirations of Industrie 4.0 and smart manufacturing with the foundations of production systems and metrics, quality, and advanced analytics. Mr. Jacobson frequently presents at industry events worldwide and is quoted often in the press.

Areas of Coverage

  • Supply Chain


Previous Experience

Mr. Jacobson previously led Gartner's MES/MOM coverage. He joined Gartner in 2009 with the acquisition of AMR Research where he was a member of the manufacturing strategy team which: - Introduced Manufacturing 2.0 as a framework for next-generation manufacturing and precursor to today's Industrie 4.0 and smart manufacturing tenets. - Developed the core capabilities for enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI), which today is the foundation for advanced analytics in manufacturing operations. Mr. Jacobson led AMR Researchâs coverage of strategic manufacturing technologies including MES, quality management systems (QMS), and mid-tier ERP applications. - Initiated the firm's coverage of environmental, health and safety (EH&S).

Professional Background

AMR Research, Research Director, 10 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Recipient of Money Analyst award for outstanding contributions to sales and business growth: 2009, 2010, 2014


B.A., University of Vermont