Analyst Profile

Robert P. Anderson

Robert P. Anderson

Research VP

22 years at Gartner ,  37 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Bob Anderson is Research Vice President responsible for covering administrative ERP, with an emphasis on financial management systems (FMS). He also assists by covering many other areas including Professional Services Automation (PSA) and PPM for Professional Services, ASC 606 revenue recognition, subscription billing, and sales and use tax solutions. Industries covered include: financial services, education, healthcare, public sector, NGO, consulting and research, general business and other services sectors. As former agenda manager for the TSP organization's SaaS agenda and a co-author of Gartner's annual SaaS Hype Cycle report, he plays an active role helping mature and emerging providers transition to successful SaaS business models. His past experience as agenda manager for Gartner's SMB research cutting across a wide range of business application markets also positions him as particularly resourceful consulting with small and midsize customers and the vendors serving them.

Areas of Coverage

  • Enterprise Business Applications & ERP


Previous Experience

With a substantial background in product and marketing management, Mr. Anderson spent 17 years at Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) in business applications and was one of the founding members of its Transaction Processing Resource Center prior to joining Gartner in 1996. Mr. Anderson's previous responsibilities include: - TSP SMB Research Agenda Manager and Lead Analyst - Wholesale Distribution Industry Analyst - Vice President, SMB ERP

Professional Background

Digital Equipment Corp., Field Marketing Manager - Transaction Processing Software, 2 years
Digital Equipment Corp., Regional Software Manager, Enterprise Applications, 4 years
Digital Equipment Corp., Sr. Software Consultant - DECtp ERP Resource Center, 5 years

Industry Awards/Accolades

Chosen to share top honors as top SMB analyst worldwide by IIAR in 2009
Member of Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)
Member of the SMB Information Technology Alliance (ITA)


B.S., Political Science/Economics, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts
Postgraduate study: Georgetown University and Penn State University (Software Product Marketing Executive Management Program)