Gartner Expert

Christian Hestermann

Sr Director Analyst

Christian Hestermann is the lead analyst for business applications such as ERP, MES or PLM for manufacturing companies. He focuses his research on topics throughout the entire business applications life cycle, from strategy and pace-layered architecture through selection, implementation, integration, operation and upgrades. He specializes in cloud and SaaS deployment of business applications in the context of composable strategies. His specific strengths are operational core systems for companies in different manufacturing industries, primarily heavy discrete manufacturing.

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 R&D project in AI-based advanced planning and scheduling systems. Mr. Hestermann built a development and support organization from 20 to 200 developers for one of the leading European midmarket ERP system providers, supporting more than 1,500 midsize companies worldwide.

Professional background

Infor Global Solutions

Director of Product Management ERP EMEA

Infor Business Solutions

Head of Application Development ERP

University of Wuerzburg

Research Fellow

Areas of coverage

Applications and Software Engineering Leaders

Artificial Intelligence

Manufacturing Digital Transformation and Innovation

Manufacturing IT Optimization and Modernization


Diplom-Informatiker/Computer Science, University of Karlsruhe

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1What are the key elements of our business applications strategy as a manufacturing company or a subsidiary?

2When and how should manufacturing companies modernize their ERP and other business applications to support their digital transformation?

3How do we model our specific business capabilities and who are the most relevant vendors to support these?

4How do I determine the right cloud or SaaS strategy for our ERP systems and other business applications?

5What are the key trends that shape future ERP/business applications solutions?