Simon's IT background spans some 30 years as an IT consultant specialising in IS/IT strategy planning, information management, corporate data and process modelling, business process reengineering, software selection and project management. He has worked in IT organisations that include Solidsoft, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Forté Software and Redfern Consulting where he has built up a reputation for his ability to provide translation between the business and IT worlds. He has also worked for a variety of industry and service based organisations including: Cadbury Schweppes, PITO, British Airways, Glaxo and Scottish Widows. He has done pro-bono work for a major UK music charity. Simon joined Bloor in 2007 and now holds the Process and Sensory Devices brief.
Business Process refers to the way in which business processes can be modelled, simulated, managed, monitored and reused. It encompasses methods, techniques and tools to design, enact, control, and analyse operational business processes involving humans, machines/devices, organisations, applications, documents and other sources of information. Within this domain is the monitoring of movements of people and objects through RFID and other sensory devices (bar codes, SCART, photo-electric cells); this is not only in terms of the hardware - passive and active tags, readers and printers with their appropriate standards - but also the software, middleware and applications including real time location systems (RTLS) and ePedigree (Pharmaceutical sector). Business processes are also implemented as application packages; Simon's interest therefore extends to application solutions in vertical sectors such as manufacturing (particularly PLM, SCM, EDI), environment management and health and safety.
Simon's areas of specialism gained from his wide-ranging manufacturing, BPM and RFID experience, extend to being well-versed in the concept of agile manufacturing, the use of web services in manufacturing, the use of virtualisation within supply chains, the issues in the construction industry around gaining better control of equipment and raw materials, and health and safety.
Simon is married with two grown up children. He is hockey coach with Framlingham Ladies Hockey Club as well as coaching at JDC and JAC for Suffolk. He sings with his wife in one of the largest community choirs in the UK, the Rabble Chorus. With whom he has sung at the Landmark trusts 50th anniversary and also at a performance of Zimbe. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Woodbridge and also a member of 1080 District Visioning team. Both he and his wife are keen ramblers