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.
  • Tech Sector Economics
  • 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. But, private clouds and software...

    • Downloads: 137
  • 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: 299
  • 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: 533
  • 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: 369
  • 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 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: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: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:Market Momentum: Middleware Software Market, H2 2008 And H1 2009

    Middleware Vendors Must Fight For Awareness In A Consolidating Market While Offering Cloud Innovations

    Forrester's market momentum data includes mergers and acquisitions (M&A), product, partnership, and strategy/go-to-market announcements. A trend analysis provides vendors with important background...

    • Downloads: 360
  • 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 CIO Professionals

    Report:Software AG Acquires IDS Scheer To Finalize Its Five-Year Restructuring Plan

    Software AG Will Pass The €1 Billion Revenue Mark Once It Closes The Deal

    Software AG continues to stay the course on its five-year turnaround plan. After stabilizing its legacy application business — mostly by replacing its former integration offering with the...

    • Downloads: 224
  • 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 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: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
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Integration Vendors: Make Your Q4 Goals

    The German Market Indicates Potential For International Middleware Vendors

    Forrester provides annual forecasts for IT market spending, including the software market for Europe and North America. As Germany is an important market for middleware and integration software, we...

    • Downloads: 228
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Market Momentum: Middleware Software Market, H1 2008

    The middleware software market continues to mature — from the bottom of the technology stack to the higher layers. A set of 15 representative vendors announced a healthy mix of new product...

    • Downloads: 425
  • 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:Inquiry Insights: Tech Industry Strategy Inquiries Related To The IT Market Outlook For 2008

    Forrester clients can ask Forrester analysts any question at any time. We track these questions by category and industry vertical. This is usually a good indicator of which industries are concerned...

    • Downloads: 224