The Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining plenty of hype as a game-changing way of thinking for every industry. Those in the manufacturing space view it as a revolution, offering significant improvements to manufacturing processes as a way of making productions more efficient, agile and flexible. But is this all for real? Manufacturing business leaders will want to know which business applications within IoT are having the most impact and find the proof points that these applications can deliver on the value they promise. So to what extent are manufacturing organizations adopting these solutions and approaches, how have they been able to handle added complexity, where are they finding ROI, and is this new paradigm currently feasible and cost effective for most industry players?
Simon Jacobson, Research VP, Gartner
Simon Jacobson is a Vice President in Gartner's Supply Chain research organization. He is responsible for Gartner's manufacturing strategy and systems research. He works with Vice Presidents and Directors of Manufacturing, business process ... More View all posts
Simon Jacobson is a Vice President in Gartner's Supply Chain research organization. He is responsible for Gartner's manufacturing strategy and systems research. He works with Vice Presidents and Directors of Manufacturing, business process experts and leaders of Operations Excellence and Continuous Improvement, and enterprise architecture and IT roles supporting manufacturing operations. He also works with providers of technologies and services for manufacturing operations. Mr. Jacobson's research agenda and client work span multiple manufacturing industries and production styles and focus on: * Current and future role of manufacturing as part of end-to-end supply chain strategy * How to approach production systems, metrics and continuous improvement as part of manufacturing strategy * Factory of the future and manufacturing network design * Manufacturing execution systems (MES) and other functional applications * The impacts of breakthrough technologies on IT architecture for manufacturing operations Prior to joining Gartner in late 2009, Mr. Jacobson led AMR Research's manufacturing operations research. He is frequently quoted in the press and presents frequently at industry events worldwide. Mr. Jacobson held several positions within the manufacturing team at AMR Research, including: * Led coverage of strategic technologies, including MES, quality management systems and enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) * Introduced the firm's coverage of EH&S * Part of the research team that conceptualized and introduced Manufacturing 2.0, a framework for next-generation manufacturing. Less View all posts