Gartner Expert

John E. Van Decker

VP Analyst

John Van Decker is a VP Analyst, Financial Management Agenda Manager with Gartner.

As agenda management and analyst for the financial management agenda at Gartner, Mr. Decker covers core financial management applications, financial planning and analysis applications, and financial close applications. He focuses on how to bring a technology solution into an enterprise, including the software, services and change management that will be required to achieve business value.

Previous experience

Mr. Decker has spent many years on the fence between the IT and Finance organizations, alternating back and forth several times in his 30+ years career. He was a user, developer and implementer of financial management and operational applications. He has also worked for a software firm as VP of Strategy and spent over 5 years as an industry analyst in my focus areas. He has held positions that bought, sold and researched financial management technologies. This brings a unique perspective to his role at Gartner as Industry Analyst.

Professional background


District Manager

Castrol North America

Director - Financial Systems

META Group

Senior Vice President - Technology Research Services

Areas of coverage

Finance Applications


BA, Music Education, Rutgers College of Rutgers University

MBA, Finance, Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University

Certificate in International Business, Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How will the Cloud and digital technologies transform my enterprise financial management?

2What core financial management suites should my organization consider?

3What financial planning & analysis applications should my organization consider?

4What financial close applications should my organization consider?

5What trends in financial management business applications should I care and act on?