In 2018, the CIO role team at Forrester has stepped up its emphasis on technology and technology innovation. Now we believe it’s time for you to up your game.
At the beginning of the year, we made some big shifts in our research alignment. I moved from enterprise architecture to the CIO role, for example. As a result, my coverage of big data and systems of insight is moving to a strategic level. I’m also permanently shifting my top technology trends and top emerging technology series into the CIO role.
We have also added big names like Jeffrey S. Hammond and J.P. Gownder to our CIO technology analyst lineup, which already includes the likes of Frank E. Gillett and Martha Bennett. I’m honored to be working alongside these technology heavyweights.
Possibly the biggest move we made, however, was hiring back James Staten, an award-winning analyst whose coverage of cloud several years ago defined the industry. After a stint at Microsoft and cloud-neutral colo leader Equinix, he’s back on the CIO role team and adding his expertise to our power lineup.
What Does All This Power Mean For Our Clients?
These changes are going to help our clients better drive technology innovation with future-oriented strategies. This future is coming at us faster than we expected, thanks to exponential trends like Metcalfe’s Law and Bezos’s Law that are picking up speed just as Moore’s Law reaches the limitations imposed by physics. Our clients are going to see:
You Can No Longer Afford To Wait
Part of our plan in stepping up our technology coverage in the CIO role is to strengthen our innovation research, specifically, the link between technology and innovation. Bobby Cameron (another industry big shot) and James Staten have taken on this task with a little help from me. Here are two reports on technology innovation we’re about to release that I’m excited about:
Bobby, James, Andy, and I have all reached the same conclusion – now is not the time to sit back. To be successful, CIOs must invest more in technology than their competitors do. The shift to cloud and the continued scaling of big data are one force. The emergence of new compute paradigms like edge, serverless, and quantum computing are another.
Check out Alex Woodie’s article Power Laws and the Never-Ending Big Data Boom. CIOs must invest in an engine that will let their firms keep pace.
(This post originally appeared on the Forrester Research blog, which can be viewed here).
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