Analyst Profile

Simon Jacobson

Simon Jacobson

VP Analyst

21 years at Gartner ,  20 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Simon Jacobson is at the intersection of where manufacturing strategy and IT meet. Mr. Jacobson is pioneering research across the business processes and key technologies driving smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0, and the factory of the future. His research and insight have helped more than 500 companies balance innovation and core competency when shaping their unique strategies to transform manufacturing's contribution to revenue growth and customer value.

Areas of Coverage

  • Supply Chain


Previous Experience

Mr. Jacobson joined Gartner in 2009 with the acquisition of AMR Research. There he led the firm's coverage of strategic manufacturing technologies spanning manufacturing execution systems (MES), enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI), quality management systems (QMS), environmental health and safety (EH&S), and mid-tier ERP applications. He was also a member of the team which introduced Manufacturing 2.0 as a framework for next-generation manufacturing and a precursor for today's smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 concepts.

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



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