Rob Koplowitz

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving CIOs

Rob serves CIO Professionals with research in the areas of information workplace and collaboration strategy. Rob delivers strategic guidance, helping enterprises define enterprise solutions that drive efficiency and competitive differentiation. His current research focuses on core elements of collaboration strategy, including collaboration platforms, workspaces, and enterprise social strategy.

Previous Work Experience

Rob comes to Forrester with many years of experience in enterprise software consulting, product marketing, product management, and strategy. Most recently, he was director of product management at Microsoft, where he played a strategic role with Duet, a joint initiative brought to market with SAP. Prior to Microsoft, Rob was a senior director of product marketing at Oracle Corporation, where he focused on Oracle's content, collaboration, portal, and business intelligence offerings. He also spent fifteen years in consulting working for Lotus/IBM and other global software services firms with a focus on corporate collaboration.


Rob holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Davis.

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  • Rob Koplowitz
  • Packaged Applications
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: SharePoint Innovations Aimed At Employees, Not Customers

    Intranets Get Easier, External Uses Stay Hard

    In March 2014, Microsoft announced new innovations for SharePoint 2013; this brief analyzes the good and bad news. The many customers who use SharePoint for employee collaboration will find much to...

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    Report:Quick Take: The 10 Questions New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Must Address

    Top Priorities For Reinventing Its Enterprise Business

    Microsoft has named the third CEO in its history, selecting Satya Nadella, the former executive vice president of the Redmond firm's cloud and enterprise group and onetime Bing boss. Nadella inherits...

    • Downloads: 186
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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Microsoft Aims SharePoint To The Cloud

    What CIOs Need To Know About The Big Shift

    With the latest release of SharePoint in early 2013, Microsoft pivots in earnest from conventional software to subscription cloud services. In SharePoint 2013, clients will find a new architecture...

    • Downloads: 268
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Mapping The Value Of Social Business And Collaboration

    Business Impact: The Social Business And Collaboration Playbook

    Like Ponce de Leon searching for the Fountain of Youth, businesses have long searched for the value of collaboration. Skeptics say that the quest, like de Leon's, is a fool's errand. Many argue that...

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    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Social Platforms, Q3 2011

    IBM, Jive, NewsGator, And Telligent Lead A Rapidly Maturing Field

    In Forrester's first ever, 62-criteria evaluation of enterprise social platform vendors, we found that IBM, Jive, NewsGator, and Telligent led the pack due to breadth and depth of functionality and...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:An Early Look At Microsoft Office 365 Features

    Office 365 Has Much But Not All Of What Firms Need From A Collaboration Platform

    On June 28, 2011, Microsoft launched Office 365 in 40 countries after a massive public beta involving 200,000 organizations from every region. This product encompasses Office Professional Plus and...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:WebCenter Suite Allows Oracle Applications To Embrace The Information Workplace

    Oracle is not a company that leaps to mind when you think of knowledge workers — certainly, not in the way that IBM/Lotus or Microsoft might. Yet, with the emergence of the Information...

    • Downloads: 230
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Information Workplace Light Burns Brighter

    The Vendor Landscape Creates More Opportunity And Complexity

    When Forrester introduced the concept of the Information Workplace (IW) in 2006 it was largely a vision of the future. Since then, much has changed. The world economy has suffered a prolonged...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Enterprise Social Networking 2010 Market Overview

    2010 will be a defining year for enterprise Web 2.0. With IBM Lotus and Microsoft attempting to extend dominant positions in collaboration and messaging to social software, a very broad and rich...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:IBM's Project Vulcan Pushes The Information Workplace Envelope

    Analytics And Openness Distinguish IBM's Approach

    IBM's recently announced Project Vulcan is the latest effort from a major vendor to articulate what the future holds for the world of information work. Although it is still taking form — and...

    • Downloads: 462
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Collaboration Platforms, Q3 2009

    Microsoft And IBM Lotus Lead; Novell Challenges

    In Forrester's 66-criteria evaluation of collaboration platform vendors, we found that Microsoft and IBM Lotus led the pack based on the breadth of functionality in their offerings. Novell edged into...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:SharePoint Shoots For The Cloud

    A Perfect Fit For Some, Not So Great For Others

    When is SharePoint not like SharePoint? When it's SharePoint Online, part of Microsoft's recently announced Microsoft Online Services offering. Unlike Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007...

    • Downloads: 843
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Now Is The Time To Determine SharePoint's Place In Your Application Development Strategy

    SharePoint Use Is Exploding; How To Get The Most From Its Underlying Platform

    As application development managers, you may see Microsoft SharePoint as a collaboration application. But as many shops are discovering, SharePoint is also a development platform that people both...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Get Ready For Collaboration In the Cloud

    A Microsoft/Yahoo! Deal Will Help Drive This Trend

    While Microsoft's move to acquire Yahoo! attacks Google's extraordinarily profitable search and advertising business, another angle could hold even larger implications for the Redmond giant. Google...

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    Report:Collaboration Will Be A SaaS Hot Spot

    This data chart will be an overview of the data gleaned from the 2007 enterprise software survey related to collaboration and SaaS.

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