Gartner Expert

Nigel Rayner

Research VP

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.

Roles and responsibility

ERP Leaders, anyone responsible for ERP applications, CFO, Controller, Head of Finance Systems, anyone involved in financial and management reporting

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

Systems Union

Global Product Marketing Director


Vice President, Product Marketing, EMEA

Walker Interactive

Director, Product Marketing

Areas of coverage

Modernizing Finance and Procurement Applications (retired)



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

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How should we plan for the adoption of SAP's S/4HANA?

2Should we move our core financial applications to the cloud?

3How do I choose the right financial management applications?

4How are technologies like cloud and in-memory computing impacting finance and ERP applications?

5How can ERP and other applications improve the effectiveness of finance?