Simon Jacobson is a Vice President in Gartner's supply chain research organization and covers manufacturing operations. Mr. Jacobson advises clients responsible for manufacturing strategy and performance. His research helps clients develop transformational roadmaps and implement their strategies for smart manufacturing and Industrie 4.0. This spans the foundational competencies of production systems and quality management to the impacts of artificial intelligence, IoT, and advanced analytics on how factories can be managed in the future. Mr. Jacobson frequently presents at industry events worldwide and is quoted often in the press.