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 sSupply Chain research organization, covering manufacturing operations. Mr. Jacobson advises senior leadership roles in supply chain and manufacturing, process excellence and continuous improvement teams, and supporting IT roles seeking to build effective manufacturing strategies. His research helps clients balance their aspirations of Industrie 4.0, digitization and smart factories with foundations of production systems, quality management, manufacturing metrics and advanced analytics. Mr. Jacobson frequently presents at industry events worldwide and is quoted often in the press.

Areas of Coverage

  • Supply Chain

Simon F Jacobson's Recent Gartner Activity

Latest Research


Previous Experience

Mr. Jacobson previously led Gartner's MES/MOM coverage. Prior to joining Gartner in 2009, he held several positions within the manufacturing team at AMR Research, including: - Part of the research team that conceptualized and introduced Manufacturing 2.0 as a framework for next-generation manufacturing and precursor to today's Industrie 4.0 and smart manufacturing tenets. - Part of research team that developed the core capabilities for enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI), which today is foundational for inter- and intra-plant analytical applications. - Led coverage of strategic manufacturing technologies including MES, quality management systems (QMS), and midtier 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 CEO's annual award for outstanding individual achievement, 2004
Recipient of Money Analyst award for outstanding contributions to sales and business growth, 2009, 2010, 2014


B.A., University of Vermont