Stefan Ried, Ph.D.

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving CIOs

Stefan is a member of Forrester's Business Technology Futures team, which serves CIOs and their business partners by predicting the long-term business impact of information technology. His research focuses on as-a-service business models and tech-driven business transformation, analyzing shifts in the IT industry caused by the ongoing move to business process platforms and the development of new-generation middleware capable of addressing the fresh challenges presented by cloud computing.

Stefan publishes for CIOs, software vendors, and cloud providers. He is a highly requested advisor on product strategies, messaging, positioning and portfolio development, and corporate strategy, including M&A strategies for technology vendors in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Europe. Stefan also helps CIOs reshape their role and establish new engagement models with their lines of business in the cloud computing decade. He covers globally the CIO and vendor strategy perspective of platform-as-a-service (PaaS); at the start of 2012, he also took over coverage of the traditional enterprise service bus and B2B integration products for all business technology roles. Stefan publishes Forrester Waves™ and market-sizing reports for the markets he covers.

Previous Work Experience

Stefan spent more than 15 years in leading engineering, product management, and product marketing roles at international software vendors and startups. He came to Forrester in 2008 from Software AG, where he headed product management for integration technology (now WebMethods). Prior to this, he led the product management division for SAP's infrastructure NetWeaver. In addition to his experience on the vendor side, Stefan held a senior management role in the IT service spinoff of Deutsche Post in 2002 and was responsible for the company's portfolio management. He also led a system architecture division addressing consulting challenges on enterprise architecture across Deutsche Post and DHL. Prior to Deutsche Post, Stefan acquired startup experience with an eCommerce vendor and an CRM vendor in a CTO role.


Stefan graduated in physics from Stuttgart University and was promoted to Dr. rer. nat. (magna cum laude) in physics by the Max Planck Institute, Germany. His thesis explained pattern-forming phenomena in complex fluids based on simulations on supercomputers.

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  • Stefan Ried, Ph.D.
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Service App Stores Will Reshape Corporate Tech Management

    Empowered Employees And The Need For Cost Transparency Will Drive Service App Stores

    App stores are the embodiment of public cloud services ranging from consumerized mobile apps to software- and infrastructure-as-a-service in the enterprise context. A great and simplified user...

    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:Bring-Your-Own-Thing Enables The Digital Business

      Navigating Internet-Of-Things Business Models — A CIO Perspective

      Digital business is the imperative to stay competitive in the age of the customer. Easier said than done for a manufacturer of traditional physical goods. Here the Internet of Things (IoT) provides...

      • Downloads: 256
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:Quick Take: IBM-As-A-Service

      IBM's Impact 2014 Is A Milestone In Reshaping IBM's Core Business

      IBM is one of the mega oil tankers navigating slowly on the technology ocean, surrounded by speedboats of "startups" and heavy "clouds" on the horizon. Stowaways talking strange languages like...

      • Downloads: 261
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:Brief: Is Building Industry Cloud Ecosystems

      A New Industry Initiative Will Extend Its Partner Ecosystem

      Recently, made a major announcement that it will formally develop and expand its solution footprint into six industries — financial services/insurance, healthcare/life sciences,...

      • Downloads: 293
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:Quick Take: Impressions From CeBIT 2014

      Although much of the thunder was stolen by the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, earlier this month, the CeBIT 2014 trade show in Hannover still...

      • Downloads: 105
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:The Forrester Wave™: Hybrid² Integration, Q1 2014

      The 14 Providers Offering Four Or More Integration Technologies, Including Cloud-Based Integration

      In Forrester's 51-criteria evaluation of hybrid² integration vendors, we identified the 14 most significant middleware providers — Adeptia, Bosch Software Innovations (Bosch SI), Dell...

      • Downloads: 819
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:How Many Cloud Integration Technologies Do You Need?

      CIOs' Options For Bridging The Gap Between Cloud And On-Premises Applications

      The business application landscape has become a hybrid one. Some 24% of enterprises have already implemented or plan to implement closely integrated business processes that run partly on-premises and...

      • Downloads: 514
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:Ten Myths And Realities Of The Software Market In 2013

      Forrester's Forrsights Survey Helps Sort The Myths From The Reality

      CIOs face many difficult decisions every day. They make some decisions based on hard facts that they can validate, but they base many decisions on broad assumptions and a particular understanding of...

      • Downloads: 523
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:The Hybrid² Integration Challenge

      CIOs Are Juggling Heterogeneous Integration Silos And Cloud Apps

      As current application environments get more complex and heterogeneous, the respective data and application logic is spread across a multitude of different environments — both on premises and...

      • Downloads: 773
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:Building Business Network Platforms In The Cloud

      Real-Time Sharing And Collaborative Tenancy Challenges Traditional Middleware, Platform, And Integration Vendors

      Social networks revolutionized personal computing, allowing people to use PCs to engage with friends and family. However, until now, business collaboration hasn't seen such disruptive innovation....

      • Downloads: 418
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:Business Networks Will Push The Cloud Beyond IT

      The Evolution Of Multitenancy In The Cloud Is Enabling True Business Technology Innovation

      Cloud computing has changed the way that IT computing resources are being delivered and consumed, but this change has yet to really affect companies' underlying business models. Although today's CIOs...

      • Downloads: 492
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:Multiple PaaS Flavors Hit The Enterprise

      Understanding The Fragmented Platform-As-A-Service Market

      Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is a confusing category, as the term "PaaS" is applied to cloud services with very different capabilities — and new options are appearing every month. Many...

      • Downloads: 901
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:Cloud Brokers Become Change Agents

      Understanding The Cloud Broker Opportunity

      The rapid innovation of technology and business models spurred by cloud computing provides CIOs, as well as external providers, with a unique opportunity to redefine their relationships with the...

      • Downloads: 687
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:How To Justify An Acquisition Price

      Forrester's M&A Value Prediction Framework

      Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can be driven by a variety of different objectives, ranging from strategic asset deals, to patent motivated deals, to hostile takeovers. Acquisitions that lead to the...

      • Downloads: 362
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      Report:Cloud Broker — A New Business Model Paradigm

      Deriving More Business And Economic Models From Cloud Computing

      One of the key principles of cloud computing is the sharing of resources across various infrastructure domains and locations. As more clients get to use the different resource pools available and...

      • Downloads: 2678
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:The Forrester Wave™: Platform-As-A-Service For Vendor Strategy Professionals, Q2 2011

      Identifying The Best Partner Choices For ISVs And Service Providers

      Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings represent a critical space within the broader cloud ecosystem, as they provide the linkage between application platforms and underlying cloud infrastructures....

      • Downloads: 1779
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:The Forrester Wave™: Platform-As-A-Service For App Dev And Delivery Professionals, Q2 2011

      Microsoft And Lead, With Cordys, LongJump, Caspio, And WorkXpress Close Behind

      In Forrester's 149-criteria evaluation of 10 platform-as-a-service (PaaS) vendors, we found that Microsoft and led the pack because of their comprehensive features for application...

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    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:Sizing The Cloud

      Understanding And Quantifying The Future Of Cloud Computing

      Building a solid cloud computing strategy and business plan requires insights into the future market size and growth dynamics of this still complex market. In this report, Forrester provides a global...

      • Downloads: 5462
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      Report:Challenging The Middleware Megavendors

      A SWOT Analysis Of Specialized Business Process Platform Vendors: Cordys, Progress Software, Red Hat, Software AG, And TIBCO

      Forrester applied its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) methodology to the four middleware megavendors in September 2009: IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP. We now turn our...

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      Report:The Evolution Of Cloud Computing Markets

      Looking past the current industry hype surrounding all things cloud, Forrester believes that cloud computing is a sustainable, long-term IT paradigm, and the successor to previous mainframe,...

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      Report:Five Steps To Selecting A Software Platform For Business Applications

      How ISVs Should Take Customer Perception Of Mainstream Platforms Into Account

      Independent software vendors (ISVs) that create business applications today rely on many existing software components to speed up their time-to-market. While many applications became agnostic to the...

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      Report:The State Of Enterprise Software And Emerging Trends: 2010

      Business Data Services North America And Europe

      This document gives highlights of an extensive data set collected across North American and European enterprises via our Enterprise And SMB Software Survey, North America And Europe, Q4 2009. Hot...

      • Downloads: 2615
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:The State Of SMB Software And Emerging Trends: 2010

      Business Data Services North America And Europe

      This document provides highlights of an extensive data set collected across North American and European small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) via our Enterprise And SMB Software Survey, North...

      • Downloads: 1642
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      Report:Scenario Planning Successfully Applied

      Add Value To Your Strategic Planning Exercises

      In times of economic uncertainty, executives ask their strategy experts for predictions. Scenario planning can help technology vendors become aware of the major forces reshaping their markets, thus...

      • Downloads: 542
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      Report:Case Study: Siemens IT Solutions And Services Successfully Positions A Community Cloud

      Siemens IT Solutions And Services Tailors Forrester's Cloud Taxonomy To Communicate Its Vertical Strength

      Cloud computing has become the dominant theme of the marketing campaigns of many infrastructure outsourcing and services providers. Siemens IT Solutions and Services (SIS) — one of the largest...

      • Downloads: 701