Analyst Profile

Nigel Rayner

Nigel Rayner

Research VP

13 years at Gartner ,  29 years industry experience
United Kingdom

Roles and Responsibilities

Nigel Rayner covers ERP with a particular focus on financial management applications and how finance systems can improve the effectiveness of the finance function. He is currently focusing on the impact of new technologies like cloud and in-memory computing on finance and ERP systems. With a background in finance and business operations, he managed ERP and business applications in large multinational companies before spending more than 14 years in a variety of roles for ERP and financial application vendors. Coupled with more than 14 years in total at Gartner, his experience allows him to help senior IT and business leaders understand the impact of new technologies and shifting vendor roadmaps on their finance and ERP applications. He also advises CFOs and finance personnel on how to get the best out of their financial management systems.

Areas of Coverage

  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Enterprise Business Applications & ERP


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Rayner worked in the ERP/financial application vendor community in a variety of roles, including product marketing, product management and business development. He also has extensive experience in accounting and financial management gained in the oil industry, where he was European controller for a large multinational exploration and production company and was responsible for introducing new finance systems. He then managed the ERP systems for a large multinational services organization before joining the software industry.

Professional Background

PeopleSoft, Vice President, Product Marketing, EMEA, 1 year
Systems Union, Global Product Marketing Director, 2 years
Walker Interactive, Director, Product Marketing, 7 years


B.A., Economics, Bristol University, United Kingdom