Financial and HR Applications Meet the Editors has a team of dedicated editors who bring you the best financial and HR/HCM application information. We keep in constant contact with users and top technical experts to bring you a constant stream of original content. Here's a look at who's behind the site:

Scot Petersen

Scot Petersen Editorial Director

Scot Petersen is Editorial Director of TechTarget's Business Applications and Architecture Media Group, and was formerly Editorial Director for the CIO/IT Strategy group at TechTarget. Scot has more than 20 years of experience in journalism and is a past editor of eWeek magazine. He has a master's degree in English and an MBA from Northeastern University.


David Essex Executive Editor

David oversees editorial strategy and execution for the five application-specific sites in TechTarget's Business Applications and Architecture Media Group. He helped launch after two years as site and news editor of and remains a regular contributor to both sites. He also coordinates editorial projects across,, and David has covered IT for 26 years and was an editor at BYTE, PC Resource and 80 Micro. His freelance articles have appeared in Computerworld, PC World and numerous other publications and websites. He has an M.S. in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Rhode Island.


Mark Fontecchio

Mark Fontecchio News

Mark Fontecchio is news director of the Business Applications and Architecture Media Group. He oversees news coverage on several TechTarget sites, including SearchDataManagement, SearchBusinessAnalytics and SearchSAP. Previously, he was the site editor for SearchOracle and SearchSQLServer, and before that a reporter for SearchDataCenter. He started his career as a reporter at daily and weekly newspapers in suburban Boston, including The Patriot Ledger.


Emma Snider

Emma Snider Associate Site and News Editor

As associate site and news editor for SearchFinancialApplications, Emma writes news, feature articles and guides about financial software and HR technology. She graduated from Boston University with bachelor's degrees in English and Philosophy. Before joining TechTarget, she was an editorial assistant in the computer science division of Pearson Education. She is a freelance lifestyle and entertainment writer, and her work has appeared in Boston Spirit, Panorama, Playbill,, and Not for Tourists Guide to Boston.