John C. McCarthy

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving CIOs

With 27 years of experience at Forrester, John is a key contributor to our work on predicting the business impact of technology. As such, he covers such topics as the future of IT services and mobile apps and their impact on IT and vendors, the impact of cloud computing, the emergence of "platform" BPO offerings, and implications of SaaS on traditional services. John also has more than 12 years of insight into the development of a global delivery model for IT services and product development.

To define their mobile app, vendor management, offshore, and IT management and governance strategies, John has worked with leading-edge firms and governments in many countries and regions, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, and the UK.

In his offshore and alternative geography research, John has been to India over 25 times and has visited the major alternatives Argentina, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, and Vietnam.

In a cover story, Time named John's report on offshore a "landmark study." In January 2004, The Economist stated, "The debate on offshore has been brewing since a study by Forrester and John McCarthy in 2002 claimed that 3.3 million white-collar American jobs (500,000 of them in IT) would shift offshore to countries such as India by 2015." In addition to writing the first report in the industry defining client/server computing, he has done groundbreaking research on the Internet, privacy, and the Net's impact on government.

He has delivered keynote addresses on the Internet and distributed computing at such premier industry events as Strategic Sourcing Interest Group, Nasscom, Comdex, the Milken Institute Global Conference, BusinessWeek CIO Conference, Interop, Politics Online Conference, and Unix Expo. He has also appeared on NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NDTV, CNBC, CNN, CNNfn, and Bloomberg TV.

Previous Work Experience

Before joining Forrester, John was an industry marketing consultant with Wang Laboratories. John also served as a consultant to John Hancock's Office Automation staff, designing and implementing personal computers and distributed midrange systems.

Education

John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in European history and economics from Connecticut College.

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  • John C. McCarthy
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Brief: The Home Depot's Age Of The Customer Transformation

    Senior Management's Digital Transformation Business Plan

    On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the International Strategy & Investment (ISI) Fourth Annual Retail Summit in Atlanta, Frank Blake, chairman and CEO of The Home Depot, talked about the firm's age of...

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    Report:Software Must Enrich Your Brand

    Software Is A Critical Strategic Asset, Not An Operational Nice-To-Have

    Your customers increasingly interact with your products and service directly through the software they touch: mobile apps, connected products, websites, and digital experiences. If the software fails...

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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Mobile Needs A Four-Tier Engagement Platform

    Road Map: The Mobile App Development Playbook

    Mobile is pushing aging web architectures to the brink. The three-tier architecture built for a browser-led PC world can't flex, scale, or respond to the needs of a good mobile experience or the...

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  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Non-Tech Companies Become The New Market For Software Product Development Services

    New Software-Is-The-Brand Companies Replace Traditional ISV Buyers

    Historically, one of the main segments of product development services (PDS) has been software product development for independent software vendors (ISVs). However, two parallel dynamics are...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Wanted: Mobile Engagement Providers

    Tools And Technology: The CIO's Mobile Engagement Playbook

    Building and delivering great mobile experiences will be the beating heart of your customer engagement strategy for the next 10 years. The challenge of making a simple, intuitive app that fronts a...

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    Report:Tracking The Renegade Technology Buyer

    Understanding The What And Why Of Business Executives' Spending On Technology

    After nearly a decade in hibernation, the business buyer has re-emerged as a major spender and force in IT spending. To better understand the return of tech spending outside the formal IT budget and...

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    Report:New Dynamics Shape IT Services Spending

    Changes Will Accelerate Over The Next 24 Months

    The IT services industry is in the middle of a fundamental transformation of who it sells to, what services it sells, and how it delivers those services. Upstart vendors specializing in new...

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    Report:Smart Products Will Require A Hybrid CTO/CIO Skill Set

    The Burgeoning Set Of Connected Offerings Will Require New Skills

    The era of the standalone product is over. More and more offerings are becoming intelligent, connected, and thus able to provide more engaging experiences for customers in business or consumer...

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    Report:Great Mobile Experiences Are Built On Systems Of Engagement

    Vision: The CIO's Mobile Engagement Playbook

    By 2014, smartphones and tablets will put power in the pockets of a billion global consumers, including your employees and partners and customers. However, mobile is not simply another device for IT...

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    Report:Mobile's Ascendance Will Accelerate IT Services Restructuring

    The IT Services Opportunity In Systems Of Engagement

    Mobile is more than just a pretty face. New platforms will usher in a whole new class of systems focused on engaging customers, employees, and business partners. The move to systems of engagement and...

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    Report:Forrsights: Business Execs Increase Direct IT Spend To Support Systems Of Engagement

    Our Q4 2011 Business Decision-Makers Survey Shows CIOs Under Pressure

    During October and November of 2011, Forrester surveyed 3,534 business decision-makers in North American and European enterprises regarding their business priorities (and views of IT priorities),...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Shift To Product Development Services 2.0 Is On

    Vendors Need To Make Key Investments In Go-To-Market And Solution-Based Approaches To Emerge As Leaders

    The product development services market is currently undergoing a fundamental move to a more proactive, solution-based approach, which Forrester defines as product development services 2.0 (PDS 2.0)....

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    Report:Mobile Is The New Face Of Engagement: An Executive Summary

    This report summarizes the 28-page Forrester report "Mobile Is The New Face Of Engagement." By 2016, smartphones and tablets will put power in the pockets of a billion global consumers. However,...

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    Report:Mobile Is The New Face Of Engagement

    CIOs Must Plan Now For New Systems Of Engagement

    By 2016, smartphones and tablets will put power in the pockets of a billion global consumers. Mobile is not simply another device for IT to support with a shrunken website or a screen-scraped SAP...

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    Report:Australia, China, And India Set The Pace In Asian IT Services

    Individual Country Dynamics Drive Growth And Industry Maturity

    Different factors will drive the growth of the IT services and outsourcing industries in Australia, China, and India. In Australia, as-a-service offerings, mobile application development, and mobile...

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Mobile Management Takes A 180-Degree Turn

    Focus Quickly Shifts From Managing Mobile Devices To Managing Apps And Data

    The managed mobile environment services market is about to go through a fundamental change. Currently, traditional providers focus on managing the device and its security. Moving forward, Forrester...

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    Report:The Reinvention Of Product Development Services

    The Next Generation Of Service Offerings Spurs Market Growth

    A series of major business, technological, and supplier changes is driving a fundamental transformation in the market for product development services. As our research unveils, wholesale buyers will...

    • Downloads: 710
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Mobile App Internet Recasts The Software And Services Landscape

    App Innovation On Phones Will Spread To Cars, Appliances And Entertainment

    The explosion of app innovation that started on the iPhone and then spread to Android devices and tablets will continue to drive tech industry innovation and have far-reaching pricing and...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Coming Upheaval In Tech Services

    Four Economic And Technology Factors Will Combine To Recast The Business

    The tech services market is about to undergo a massive transformation that will call traditional provider business models into question. Four factors will combine to dramatically change the dynamics,...

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  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Platform BPO: Process Outsourcers Take A New Approach To Traditional BPO

    Outsourcers like Accenture, Genpact, Infosys, and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) are making another run at the BPO market. This new line of attack is based on a standard software "platform"...

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  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:How To Implement The 10 Steps To Multisourcing

    Only meticulous planning will reap the rewards from systematic multisourcing. Forrester's 10-step checklist guides executives through the critical phases of planning, executing, and governing a...

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    Report:The State Of Enterprise IT Services: 2009

    Business Data Services North America And Europe

    As the global economic downturn continues to put pressure on IT budgets, companies are taking a variety of measures to get more value for the money spent on IT services. But unlike the last recession...

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  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Report From The Vendor Management Frontlines

    Four Innovative Practices From A Seasoned Supplier Manager

    As firms look to bolster their supplier oversight capabilities, they are looking for creative ways to get the most out of their primary vendor relationships given the immaturity of the space....

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  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Assessing Your Onshore/Offshore Staffing Ratios

    Shifting More Staff Offshore Drives More Savings Than 5% To 10% Rate Reductions

    With the economic collapse and the sudden downturn in IT budgets, we have seen a large spike in the number of inquiries from clients asking about the best mix of onshore versus offshore staff at...

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  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Judging The Maturity Of Your Vendor Management Efforts

    Forrester's 20-Question Test Helps Firms Refine Their Vendor Management Approach

    Two key vectors define the development sophistication of an organization's vendor management efforts. The first is the overall corporate support and governance acumen, and the second is the...

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