Julie A. Ask

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Julie serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. Julie's 25 years of work experience is balanced between the engineering and management consulting work she did in the first half of her career and her work as an analyst for the past 12 years. The combination of technical and business expertise positions prepared her well to work with business leaders to identify new opportunities offered by mobile technology and to develop strategies to engage with consumers on mobile devices. She has worked with hundreds of clients across retail, travel, banking, insurance, CPG, healthcare, retail, and more to advise and guide the development of their mobile strategies.

Julie's research and analysis have been widely cited in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, RCR Wireless, and The Onion and on CBS, NBC, and PBS.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to becoming an analyst, Julie worked at a contextual services mobile startup in San Francisco and prior to that at Booz Allen & Hamilton.

Education

Julie holds a B.S.E.E. and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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  • eBusiness & Channel Strategy
  • Multichannel Customer Experience
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:United Airlines Drives Self-Service With Mobile

    Use The IDEA Framework To Evolve Your Customer Experience

    Mobile can transform your customer experience. With the adoption of smartphones, customers expect immediate access to relevant information or services when they reach for their phones in what...

    • Downloads: 186
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 UK Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    Barclays Tops Our Review Of UK Banks' Mobile Services

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the retail mobile banking services of the seven largest retail banks and building societies in the UK on more than 35...

    • Downloads: 139
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Build A Pervasive Corporate Mobile Competency

    Organization: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

    Mobile strategy has evolved since 2010. Then, a mobile strategy equated to a mobile services road map and technology platform choices. An individual or small team could both create a strategy and...

    • Downloads: 524
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 European Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    Garanti Tops Our Review Of European Banks' Mobile Services

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the retail mobile banking offerings of 11 retail banks across Europe on more than 35 criteria. The banks have laid strong...

    • Downloads: 185
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:European Retail Segmentation: Emerging Patterns Of Multitouchpoint Shopping

    Using Forrester's Online Retail Segmentation Data To Understand Multitouchpoint Shopping Behavior Across Europe

    European shoppers are embracing an ever increasing range of new devices and touchpoints across the path to purchase. eBusiness professionals must be prepared for the rise of multitouchpoint shopping....

    • Downloads: 247
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Prioritizing Online Access To In-Store Inventory

    Retailers Stand To Gain From Online Visibility Into In-Store Inventory And Buy Online/Pick Up In-Store Capabilities

    Multichannel retailers have made unprecedented investments in enabling omnichannel services. Giving customers the ability to view, reserve, and buy in-store inventory through the online channel for...

    • Downloads: 134
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Sustain A Digital Culture

    Continuous Improvement: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Organizations face a number of roadblocks as they transform to become truly digital businesses. Legacy technology, siloed KPIs, and a lack of understanding of how customers really use emerging...

    • Downloads: 740
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Retool Your Operations To Enable Store Fulfillment

    Shipping Products From Stores Drives Incremental Revenue But With Added Complexity

    Store fulfillment programs have propelled omnichannel integration efforts to be center stage for eBusinesses. Retailers are no longer debating the benefits of store fulfillment — instead, the...

    • Downloads: 143
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Best Practices In Mobile Financial Sales

    Digital Teams Must Use Context To Be Relevant And Earn Sales

    As mobile touchpoints displace PCs, branches, advisors, and agents at the heart of customers' relationships with financial services firms, digital executives need to step up their mobile marketing...

    • Downloads: 126
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The ROI Of Digital Business Transformation

    Business Case: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Kick-starting a digital business transformation can be a daunting prospect for an eBusiness professional. Firms are investing tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars in the wholesale...

    • Downloads: 903
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:European Cross-Channel Retail Sales Forecast, 2013 To 2018

    Tracking The Growing Influence Of The Web On European Retail Brick-And-Mortar Sales

    By 2018, Forrester forecasts that 44% of all retail sales in Europe will be offline sales that are influenced by the Web. The growth of these cross-channel retail sales emphasizes the importance of a...

    • Downloads: 224
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Life360 Wins In Family Mobile Moments

    Use The IDEA Framework To Evolve Mobile Services From Apps To Platforms

    Mobile can transform product and service experiences. With the adoption of smartphones, customers expect immediate access to relevant information or services when they reach for their phones in what...

    • Downloads: 81
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Impact Of Beacons In Retail

    Vendors Forge Partnerships While Retailers Deploy Pilots

    Retail organizations today are rapidly deploying beacon pilots based on Bluetooth low energy (BLE). While this indoor location technology offers the ability to identify a unique shopper within the...

    • Downloads: 191
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Manage The Cross-Touchpoint Customer Journey

    Processes: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Today's consumer engages through a variety of touchpoints, yet many brands struggle to deliver cross-touchpoint experiences. Too many firms focus on each touchpoint in isolation and fail to enable...

    • Downloads: 2044
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Fire Phone Fails; Amazon Doesn't

    Insights, Not Sales, Will Define Amazon's Success

    On June 18, 2014, Amazon announced the launch of a smartphone, named the Fire Phone, with unique hardware and services designed to enhance its core businesses: retail and a digital platform....

    • Downloads: 128
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 Canadian Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    The Big Five Canadian Banks Have Improved Their Mobile Offerings

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the mobile banking offerings of the five largest retail banks in Canada across more than 35 criteria. This report is...

    • Downloads: 213
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Kick-Start Your Digital Business Transformation

    Executive Overview: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    In the age of the customer, business is digital. Digital technologies are empowering customers like never before, transforming how they discover, explore, buy, and engage with brands and products....

    • Downloads: 308
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The State Of The Digital Store

    Landscape: The Digital Store Playbook

    The face of retail is changing. In-store digital experimentation is well underway, and eBusiness executives have the technical know-how and an increasingly cross-functional view to lead these...

    • Downloads: 448
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The State Of Mobile Insurance, 2014

    Landscape: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    Insurance companies are rolling out a widening range of mobile insurance functionality for both consumers and agents. While there's substantial and growing consumer interest in mobile insurance,...

    • Downloads: 342
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 US Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    Chase And U.S. Bank Top Our Review Of US Banks' Mobile Services

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the retail mobile banking services of the five largest retail banks in the US across more than 35 criteria. The banks have...

    • Downloads: 353
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Optimize Performance For Global eCommerce

    Performance Management: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    Global is all the rage: eBusiness teams are feverishly building new international initiatives in the search for lucrative foreign customers and their wallets. Unfortunately, the Internet was not...

    • Downloads: 737
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Building Mobile Services? Location Matters

    Intelligent Location Enables Smart Consumer Engagement

    Consumers are very task-oriented on their mobile phones. At most, they allot a minute or two to check a price, get a boarding pass, or pay a bill. As a result, digital business professionals must...

    • Downloads: 185
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Choose The Right Mobile Banking Solution

    Tools And Technologies: The Mobile Banking Strategy Playbook

    Rising mobile banking adoption, coupled with increasing customer expectations, means banks are under pressure to develop advanced mobile banking capabilities. Urgent business needs often make banks...

    • Downloads: 1439
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:US Retail Segmentation: Gen Y Online Shoppers

    Using Forrester Technographics® To Profile Generation Y Online Shoppers In The US

    In the US, Gen Y is a digitally savvy segment that frequently buys online through a number of touchpoints and will continue to be a core segment for US online retailers for years to come. eBusiness...

    • Downloads: 397
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Use Mobile To Engage With In-Store Consumers In China

    Globally, mobile has changed the way consumers shop: They expect both to research and purchase goods on their mobile devices. The biggest sales opportunity in mobile is not driving digital sales, but...

    • Downloads: 83