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: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: 5497
  • For CIO Professionals

    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,...

    • Downloads: 4779
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Forrester's SaaS Maturity Model

    Transforming Vendor Strategy While Managing Customer Expectations

    Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is the hottest trend in both CRM and the small and midsize business (SMB) market in general. While SaaS appears to be a threat to software vendors with traditional...

    • Downloads: 2915
  • For CIO Professionals

    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: 2618
  • For CIO Professionals

    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: 2706
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Platform-As-A-Service Reference Architecture

    A Tool To Guide ISVs, Hosting Providers, And Middleware Vendors To A SaaS Future

    Increasing customer demand for software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications has already convinced 50% of software vendors to deploy some of their business applications via SaaS. The approach is turning...

    • Downloads: 2272
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 2098
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Platform-As-A-Service Market Sizing

    A New $15-Billion-Plus Market Awaits Vendors

    The increasing adoption of software-as-a-service (SaaS) across the world requires software vendors to look for a more efficient way of deploying business applications on multitenant platforms....

    • Downloads: 1776
  • 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: 1790
  • 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: 1646
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Yet Another Cloud

    Forrester's First Proposal Of A Cloud Taxonomy

    Despite the current crisis, the demand for cloud computing is growing at enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Some customers consider virtual infrastructure in the Internet as...

    • Downloads: 1426
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Tier One Middleware Vendors

    A SWOT Analysis Of The Leading Business Process Platform Vendors: IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, And SAP

    The four largest traditional software vendors — IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP — compete around business process platform software. This broader software segment covers all the...

    • Downloads: 1285
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: The Middleware Software Market, 2009

    Software AG And TIBCO Challenge IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, And SAP

    The middleware software market went through a sequence of paradigm changes in the past three decades. Most vendors offer middleware portfolios with various software components from basic application...

    • Downloads: 1303
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Oracle's Sun Acquisition Is A Game Changer

    Oracle has pulled off a series of aggressive acquisitions over the past five years, establishing a comprehensive portfolio of packaged business apps and middleware infrastructure. The pending...

    • Downloads: 1105
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Clouds Appearing In The Sky Of Outsourcing

    How Outsourcing Providers Can Turn Cloud Computing And SaaS From Threats Into Opportunities

    While cloudy vendor marketing is creating customer confusion, cloud computing represents a powerful force that will change the IT services landscape. Public and private clouds in particular represent...

    • Downloads: 1306
  • 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: 948
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Ajax Disappoints Power Users Looking For Web 2.0-Style Business Apps

    Some Words Of Caution For Business Application Vendors Moving To Ajax

    A great user experience is one of the most compelling and important characteristics of a modern business application. Thus, application vendors are under permanent pressure to offer new user...

    • Downloads: 846
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Middleware Vendor Positioning Benchmark, Q2 2008

    A Review Of Middleware Marketing Practices With A Self-Assessment Tool

    Forrester used its vendor positioning review (VPR) methodology to evaluate the positioning of six top middleware vendors across 14 criteria to determine where they are currently positioning...

    • Downloads: 687
  • For CIO Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 900
  • 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: 913
  • 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: 806
  • For CIO Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 703
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Packaged Apps Versus Platforms For Custom Development: Which Ones Sell Better?

    IT Spend Analysis 2009: The Right Focus For Software Vendors

    In times of economic challenge, IT budgets face the same pressures as other cost centers of a company. We thus analyzed the 2009 IT spending plans of 2,731 IT executives and technology...

    • Downloads: 745
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Health Check For The Software Industry: Software Market Momentum, H1 2008

    Is The Financial Crisis The Dawn Of A Technology Depression?

    The financial crisis is hitting industries across the globe. As a result, the financial industry and other affected industries will clearly spend less on software licenses in 2009 in most regions....

    • Downloads: 513
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Is Open Source Software Confusing To CIOs?

    Identifying The Most Urgent Communication Challenges For Vendors

    The budget situation in many IT organizations today means that CIOs are paying more attention to the open source discussion than ever before. We created a fictitious discussion between two CIOs to...

    • Downloads: 640