Analyst Profile

Christian Hestermann

Christian Hestermann

Research Director

11 years at Gartner ,  32 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Christian Hestermann focuses his research on topics throughout the entire ERP life cycle, from strategy and pace-layered architecture through selection, implementation, operation and upgrades. He specializes on cloud and SaaS deployment of ERP solutions in the context of postmodern ERP strategies. He is the lead analyst on the ERP market and vendors for midmarket companies or SMBs, but he also covers ERP systems for subsidiaries of large enterprises. His strengths are operational core ERP systems for product-centric companies in different manufacturing industries.

Areas of Coverage

  • Enterprise Business Applications & ERP


Previous Experience

Mr. Hestermann has almost 30 years of experience in product management and development for a range of ERP systems. Before joining Gartner, he spent five years as the head of application development for midmarket ERP systems and two years as director of product management for a number of Europe-based ERP systems at Infor Global Solutions. Mr. Hestermann spent four years in academic research as a research fellow at the University of Wuerzburg and three years as lead manager of a publicly funded project in advanced planning and scheduling systems. He built a development and support organization from 20 to 200 developers for one of the leading European midmarket ERP system providers.

Professional Background

Infor Business Solutions, Head of Application Development ERP, 5 years
Infor Global Solutions, Director of Product Management ERP EMEA, 2 years
University of Wuerzburg, Research Fellow, 7 years


Diplom-Informatiker/Computer Science, University of Karlsruhe