Robert Kugel is Senior Vice President at Ventana Research where he’s led the Office of Finance and Business practice for the past 17 years. Ventana Research is a business-focused IT research firm. Rob’s practice focuses on the major business issues facing organizations where the practical application of technology plays a key role in addressing those issues. Over the years he has spearheaded research on transformational topics such as integrated business planning, profitability management and continuous accounting. He began his career as a securities analyst on Wall Street, covering multiple industries, and worked at Credit Suisse First Boston, Morgan Stanley and Drexel Burnham and he was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. He was awarded an MBA from Columbia University in Finance and Accounting and is a CFA charter holder.