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 ERP in non-manufacturing industries, with an emphasis on financial management systems (FMS). As many non-manufacturing industries are people and project-centric, Bob provides included coverage for project management software (PSA/PPM). Bob also currently leads Gartner's SaaS agenda and co-authors its annual Hype Cycle report. His past experience as agenda manager for Gartner's SMB research cutting across a wide range of business application markets positions him as particularly resourceful consulting with 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 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)