Gartner Expert

Robert P. Anderson

VP Analyst

Bob Anderson is a Vice President, Research, on Gartner's IT Leaders and Tech Professionals Finance and Operations Applications team responsible for covering core financial management systems (FMS), Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) and Financial Close(FC) solutions. Mr. Anderson may also conditionally assist with recurring billing solutions that are an extension of cloud core financial management solutions found in the team-authored Magic Quadrant.

Previous experience

With a substantial background in product and marketing management, Mr. Anderson spent 17 years at Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) in business applications and was one of the founding members of its Transaction Processing Resource Center prior to joining Gartner in 1996.

His previous responsibilities include: TSP SMB Research Agenda Manager and Lead Analyst, Wholesale Distribution Industry Analyst, Vice President - SMB ERP, and Vice President - Core Financial Management Solutions.

Professional background

Digital Equipment Corp.

Regional Software Manager, Enterprise Applications

Digital Equipment Corp.

Field Marketing Manager - Transaction Processing Software

Digital Equipment Corp.

Sr. Software Consultant - DECtp ERP Resource Center

Areas of coverage

Application Leaders


Finance Applications


Postgraduate Study, Software Product Marketing Executive Management Program, Georgetown University and Penn State University

B.S., Political Science/Economics, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts

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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 (FP&A) 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?