Liz Herbert

VP, Principal Analyst serving Sourcing & Vendor Management PROFESSIONALS

Liz focuses on the IT services industry, helping clients to navigate this fast-changing market and maximize the business value of their technology investments. As a Principal Analyst, Liz helps clients to understand the key dynamics in the enterprise application services market and to make smart technology sourcing decisions. Specific topics of focus include SaaS, SAP and Oracle Services, and services for cloud and mobile. Liz has extensive experience helping technology buyers to select services partners, manage provider relationships, and negotiate favorable contracts. She also advises technology and technology services vendors on market dynamics, buyer demands, competitive landscape, and go-to-market.

Liz has been a featured speaker at leading industry events such as SaaScon, Nasscom, Society of Information Managers, and World BPO Forum. Liz has been quoted in leading publications including The Wall Street JournalFortuneThe New York Times, and CIO Magazine. Liz has been featured as a technology expert on TV news segments, including Bloomberg TV and Boston-based NECN. She was named IIAR Services analyst of the year in 2010.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester in 2002, Liz worked at the US Department of Transportation's Volpe Center, programming a computer simulator to test equipment for GPS-based ship navigation. Liz also worked as a researcher at the MIT Media Lab, programming "smart" objects that sense and "think" and researching electronic ballot user experience as part of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project. Prior to working at the MIT Media Lab, Liz worked in the COMDEX division of Ziff Davis.

Education

Liz holds a B.S. in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Liz Herbert
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Five Best Practices For SaaS Governance

    Balance Customer Experience And Agility With Risk Mitigation

    Software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions are an essential part of business strategy in the age of the customer, as they enable better collaboration between employees and customers and support a faster,...

    • Downloads: 167
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:A Quick Guide To Help You Prepare For A Salesforce.com Negotiation

    Three Areas You Must Understand If You Want To Save Money For Your Organization

    Salesforce.com has become a giant in the enterprise software space and a behemoth in the software-as-a-service (SaaS) space — now boasting more than 120,000 customers. The SaaS poster child has...

    • Downloads: 147
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Navigating The Fast-Moving Landscape Of Digital Implementation Partners

    Digital business is affecting every industry as companies rush to develop competitive advantages in the age of the customer. However, a recent Forrester survey showed that very few companies have the...

    • Downloads: 257
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Oracle Application Services Providers, Q1 2014

    The Nine Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    In Forrester's 35-criteria evaluation of Oracle application services (hereafter referred to simply as "Oracle services") providers, we identified the nine largest global partners in terms of...

    • Downloads: 329
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Beware Of The "SaaS" Trap

    SaaS In Name Only Won't Deliver The Same Benefits And May Cost You Much More

    There's a disturbing trend reemerging in our client inquiries of late: rising demand for software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions and purchases of solutions that are not really SaaS. When we inform...

    • Downloads: 410
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The New Breed Of Oracle Services Partner

    Market Overview Of The BT Capabilities Of Leading Oracle SIs

    Oracle remains dominant in enterprise applications that matter to today's technology buyers, owning leading packages in traditional packaged apps (i.e., ERP, CRM, PLM) as well as a growing portfolio...

    • Downloads: 207
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Breaking Down IBM Pulse 2014

    IBM's Overarching Cloud Strategy Is One Based On Open Standards

    Last week's annual IBM Pulse 2014 drew 11,000 tech management professionals, partners, and IBM folks to Las Vegas, where the company informed all participants about bold moves it's making around...

    • Downloads: 208
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The New Organizational Requirements For Sourcing Digital Solutions

    Sourcing executives must work in a different way to enable — or even drive — smart approaches to selecting providers of disruptive technologies. Leading-edge companies say that more...

    • Downloads: 206
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: SAP Services Providers, Q1 2014

    How The Largest Global SAP Services Partners Stack Up In The Digital Era

    In Forrester's 31-criteria evaluation of large, global SAP services providers, we identified the top nine largest, global SAP services practices — Accenture, Atos, Capgemini, Deloitte, HP, IBM,...

    • Downloads: 568
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™: Software-As-A-Service, Q1 2014

    Vendors Have More And Better SaaS Options Than Ever — Are You Prepared?

    Nearly 15 years after the appearance of software-as-a-service (SaaS) startups such as salesforce.com, NetSuite, and Google, software-as-a-service is nearing its tipping point. SaaS adoption is poised...

    • Downloads: 892
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:SAP Services Market Overview

    Navigating A Crowded SAP Partner Landscape In The Digital Era

    Today's SAP solutions extend far beyond systems of record that manage financials and supply chain processes. Through mobility, analytics, cloud, social, and ecosystem solutions, the SAP platform has...

    • Downloads: 413
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Predictions For 2014: Cloud Computing

    Cloud Formally Joins The IT Portfolio — Whether IT Likes It Or Not

    As we head into 2014, cloud computing is no longer a "future" but a "now." Investments are up, enterprise use is widespread, and the hybrid cloud model has arrived. While the bulk of cloud...

    • Downloads: 1401
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Setting A Technology Sourcing Strategy For Digital Disruption

    Technology-sourcing strategists face increasing pressure to support organizational goals of innovation and disruption in a digital world. Most organizations are still in the early stages of their...

    • Downloads: 259
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Picking A Salesforce.com Services Provider: Business Transformation Matters Most

    Findings From 41 SFDC Customer Interviews

    Salesforce.com (SFDC) continues to push the envelope — expanding into more technology areas that drive customer innovation and business transformation, such as Chatter for collaboration,...

    • Downloads: 280
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Transform Technology Sourcing Strategy To Drive Digital Disruption

    New business models are emerging across various industries, underpinned by cutting edge technology. Industry leaders like Toyota Motor Corp. (with its connected vehicle solutions) and WellPoint (with...

    • Downloads: 245
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Salesforce.com Implementation Services, Q2 2013

    Comparing The Top 10 Salesforce.com Implementation Services Options Worldwide

    In Forrester's 45-criteria evaluation of salesforce.com (SFDC) implementation services providers, we identified the 10 most significant salesforce.com implementation partners — Accenture,...

    • Downloads: 775
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Sourcing Digital Disruption

    Executives at leading-edge organizations drive growth, innovate, and disrupt industries with emerging technologies such as social, mobile, cloud, analytics, sensors, GIS, and others. Eighty-five...

    • Downloads: 326
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Services Contract Review Checklist

    This contract review checklist is designed to be used by clients who are entering into new contracts or refining existing contracts. It covers 10 major categories of contract terms and provides...

    • Downloads: 49
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Mobility Services, Q1 2013

    Analysis Of 13 Global Leaders' Capabilities And How They Stack Up

    Enterprise mobility is booming; organizations must connect with employees, customers, and partners in new ways and across new devices and applications. But many organizations don't know how to move...

    • Downloads: 1516
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Selecting The Right Sourcing Models For Large ERP Services Deals

    Best Practices To Decide When And How To Use Multiple Providers

    Single-source versus multisource in large enterprise resource planning (ERP) services deals? This is an ongoing, yet critical, question for ERP clients. The question has no single right answer but,...

    • Downloads: 338
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:SaaS Capabilities Maturity Assessment

    A Self-Test For Identifying Readiness To Gain Value From SaaS

    Enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) usage is proliferating across categories as companies see benefits such as business agility, rapid time-to-value, and pay-as-you-go pricing models. But...

    • Downloads: 466
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:SaaS Capabilities Assessment

    This tool is a self-test to determine where a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution could be a fit and to assess organizational readiness for successfully adopting SaaS within a potential category....

    • Downloads: 71
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Navigating The Microsoft Services Landscape

    Trends And Tradeoffs Of Leading Microsoft Services Players

    Microsoft technologies span a wide range of products and services, including enterprise applications such as Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM; desktop and collaboration applications such as Office,...

    • Downloads: 588
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Business Intelligence Services Pricing And Contracting

    New Models Better Align BI Services Buyers And Sellers

    Business intelligence (BI) is high on the list of technology investments as organizations try to make informed decisions with the growing masses of data available to them. But several significant...

    • Downloads: 468
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Business Intelligence Services Providers, Q4 2012

    The 12 Market Leaders That Deserve To Be On Most Shortlists

    In the past few years, the business intelligence (BI) services market has evolved significantly: advisory and management consulting firms have beefed up their implementation capabilities, while...

    • Downloads: 1659