George Lawrie

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Application Development & Delivery PROFESSIONALS

George serves Application Development & Delivery Professionals. He brings to Forrester more than two decades of experience deploying global enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications in complex multinationals. During his five years with Forrester, George has led research into topics such as SAP deployment best practices, ERP consolidation, IT investment prioritization, global data synchronization, and trade promotion management.

George has been quoted in general business media such as the Financial Times and specialist publications such as Retail Week. He is a popular speaker and has appeared on the BBC and Sky. He has led sessions at user conferences for vendors such as IRI and Progress Software and well-received sessions at Forrester events.

Previous Work Experience

George was a senior analyst at Forrester Research from January 2003 to November 2005, publishing and advising clients on consumer goods value chain topics. Prior to joining Forrester, his 20-year IT career included senior implementation and customer service, product management, and business development roles in firms such as MSA, Digital, SSA, and Mapics. Prior to rejoining Forrester in April 2007, he was general manager in one of BT's enterprises, building a portfolio of convergence applications and services for large enterprises.

Education

George has a bachelor's degree in economics from Exeter University and a master's degree in operational research from Warwick University Business School. George has been the architect and lead implementer for global ERP, supply chain, and financial implementations for multinationals operating in B2C and B2B markets. He holds APICS CPIM certification and is a Goldratt Institute-certified Jonah. He is a CIMA-qualified accountant and a certified management consultant. He is member by examination and professional experience of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and of the British Computer Society.

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  • George Lawrie
  • Tech Sector Economics
  • For Sales Enablement Professionals

    Report:Industry Essential: Global Retail Industry

    eCommerce Revitalization And "Legacy Lifelines" Dominate Retailers' IT Plans Around The Globe

    IT spending and interest in new initiatives follows the sun, with optimism waning from Asia Pacific to Europe and then to North America. But retailers across the globe share many priorities —...

    • Downloads: 2113
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Mobile Imperative In Retail And Consumer Goods

    Using Mobile Technologies To Enrich Enterprise Interactions With Associates And Consumers

    Retail and consumer goods firms face exciting opportunities to deploy mobile apps to fix their age-old problems with shelf availability and to empower their field employees to transcend their...

    • Downloads: 1821
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Think Lean When Doing Application Portfolio Consolidation

    Packaged applications, custom-built applications, shrink-wrapped applications, and system software all share a common trait: Mergers, acquisitions, and the passage of time have allowed redundancy and...

    • Downloads: 1639
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Retail CIOs: Prepare For Retail 2020

    Well-Conceived Options For Game-Changing Technologies Will Catapult Your Perceived Value

    Retail in Europe and North America is in the eye of a storm. Battered first by the fragmentation of traditional mass markets, then by the challenge of cross-channel interaction, and finally by a...

    • Downloads: 1386
  • For Sales Enablement Professionals

    Report:Industry Essential: Consumer Packaged Goods Industry

    The consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry generates revenues of more than $2 trillion annually in the US alone, and the value of global brands is truly daunting with Coca-Cola estimated to have a...

    • Downloads: 1247
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The 10 Most Important Technology Trends In Business Application Architecture Today

    Understand These Trends To Shape Your Application Strategy

    This report enumerates the top 10 technology trends that are reshaping the nature and value proposition of business applications today and in the coming years. Application delivery leaders,...

    • Downloads: 1098
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Retail Technology Investment Priorities

    Which Technologies Should CIOs Drive To Generate Quick Returns For Shareholders?

    With the global economy amid financial meltdown, retail CIOs face complex IT choices. Should they continue process improvement initiatives, upgrade their best-of-breed portfolio, or implement a...

    • Downloads: 1214
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The State Of Point-Of-Sale Systems

    Retail CIOs Around The World Expect POS To Become More Strategic

    Retail IT is challenged to support new cross-channel offerings and the ability to sell services and merchandise not provided in the store itself. It also needs to support rapid innovation in...

    • Downloads: 1164
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:CIOs: Plan Effectiveness Review To Squeeze More Value From ERP Investments

    Most CIOs have inherited mature enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations. As the years pass, the original implementation team disbands, retires, or dies, and the old use cases and best...

    • Downloads: 715
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Initiate Enterprise App Consolidation To Outmaneuver Your Competition!

    IT professionals in global firms face a bewildering range of challenges around enterprise resource planning (ERP) deployment and consolidation. They have to plot a passage through the reefs of...

    • Downloads: 565
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:IBM To Acquire Sterling Commerce

    A Move That Will Lead To Significant Change In The B2B Market

    In an aggressive move, IBM has taken steps that will lead to major changes in the business-to-business (B2B) integration market. If approved, its proposed acquisition of Sterling Commerce will...

    • Downloads: 511
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Use Master Scheduling To Drive Service Levels

    How Consumer Goods Value Chains Can Retain Customers Through A Recession

    Empty shelves are a significant threat to brands and retailers as the economy sinks into a recession, and consumers may be tempted to buy cheaper merchandise or shop elsewhere. Yet, service levels on...

    • Downloads: 458
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Delivering Custom Apps For Competitive Advantage

    Global Firms Assemble Custom Apps To Support Key Processes

    Manufacturers in mature industries such as automotive or more recently aerospace have evolved from making every component to focusing on market requirements and designing and managing "bought in"...

    • Downloads: 434
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Retail Technology Self-Assessment Workbook

    The Retail Technology Self-Assessment workbook can be used to evaluate retailers' strengths and weaknesses across a set of retail-centric technologies, processes, and capabilities. Retail IT...

    • Downloads: 19
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Prioritize Retail Technology Management Investments To Stay Competitive

    Retailers expect more industry change in the next five years than they experienced in the last 50. They plan investments in infrastructure and expect to spend more on people, contractors, and...

    • Downloads: 174