Analyst Profile

Christian Hestermann

Christian Hestermann

Sr Director Analyst

12 years at Gartner ,  33 years industry experience
Germany


Roles and Responsibilities

Christian Hestermann is the lead analyst for business applications such as ERP or SCM for midmarket companies (MSEs), but he also covers ERP systems for subsidiaries of large enterprises ("two-tier" scenarios). Mr. Hestermann focuses his research on topics throughout the entire business applications life cycle, from strategy and pace-layered architecture through selection, implementation, operation and upgrades. He specializes in cloud and SaaS deployment of business applications in the context of postmodern strategies. His strengths are operational core ERP systems for product-centric companies in different manufacturing or distribution industries.

Background

Previous Experience

Mr. Hestermann has more than 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. He 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

Education

Diplom-Informatiker/Computer Science, University of Karlsruhe

Languages

English
German

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