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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    Report:Optimize Long-Term Application Effectiveness And Value

    Benchmarks: The Business Applications Playbook

    Firms invest millions in application software — money that they might otherwise invest in new sales and distribution partnerships or new plants and machinery. Traditional arguments about...

    • Downloads: 68
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    Report:Forrester's Business Application Benchmark Self-Assessment Tool

    Application development and delivery professionals should benchmark their application portfolios and governance processes to help their stakeholders understand how investing in applications...

    • Downloads: 8
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    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Retail Planning Solutions, Q2 2014

    The 10 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    Retailers' profitability has always depended on the ability to turn inventory fast, since inventory is the principal asset on their balance sheets. Nothing influences inventory turn as much as...

    • Downloads: 97
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    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: 114
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Manage Your Business Application Transformation Performance

    Performance Management: The Business Applications Playbook

    In today's digital world, business transformation often also means change in the ways of business capability provisioning. Many, if not all, transformation initiatives encompass both business as well...

    • Downloads: 142
  • 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,...

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    Report:Increase Flexibility By Embracing Future Business And Technology Trends

    Vision: The Business Applications Playbook

    This report outlines Forrester's vision for the future of business applications. It summarizes the key business drivers and trends that are reshaping the value proposition of business applications....

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    Report:Retool Your Retail Applications To Thrive On Digital Disruption

    Use Advanced Merchandising And Planning To Steer A New Course

    Application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals in retail must contend with established categories of packaged apps for store operations, eCommerce, supply chain, and loyalty. But most...

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    Report:Agility At Enterprise Scale

    How To Apply Agile Methodology To ERP

    Unlike custom apps, packaged apps don't require extensive requirements gathering. In fact, application development and delivery (AD&D) teams only usually gather "requirements" in the conference room...

    • Downloads: 197
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:SAP Modernization

    Modernizing The SAP Platform To Prepare For Innovation

    Almost half of Forrester clients deploy applications from SAP, investing millions to maintain them as a system of record; many of these companies are global corporations with more than $1 billion in...

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