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
  • Past 18 months
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:CMOs Must Embrace Software's Role In Delivering A Compelling Brand Experience

    Software Must Enrich Your Brand

    This report, originally written for CIOs, includes content relevant to chief marketing officers (CMOs). And here's why: A perfect storm of technology change — mobile, social, and digital...

    • Downloads: 71
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Next-Generation Services Offer A New Path To Digital Transformation

    Digital Transformation Needs Analytics-Empowered, Business-Driven Service Providers

    CIOs understand the urgency of ramping up their business technology (BT) capabilities — including systems of engagement — to help the business win, serve, and retain customers....

    • Downloads: 134
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 210
  • For CIO Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 290
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 850
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 639
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 216
  • For CIO Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 322
  • For CIO Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 757