Randy Heffner

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Application Development & Delivery PROFESSIONALS

Randy serves Application Development & Delivery Professionals. He leads clients to infuse technology deeply into their business strategies (and vice versa). Application architecture and integration strategy are major focal points of his research, including how application programming interfaces (APIs) and other types of service-oriented architectures foster innovation and sustainable business flexibility. Randy's vision for integration strategy, digital business design, establishes business-first design principles for leveraging multiple integration technologies and guiding the evolution of an agile business platform. A leading expert on designing business applications and software architectures that are secure and resilient in the face of continuous business and technology change, Randy has for the past 30-plus years, and across multiple industry sectors, led solution architects in using technology to delight customers and to continuously improve business outcomes.

Particular drill-down areas within Randy's research include general application architecture and design issues; overall IT architecture strategy; architectures for customer digital experience; API/SOA strategy; API management, governance, and infrastructure; application security architecture; best practices for API design; and integrating enterprise architecture and governance with agile solution delivery. For more than 13 years, Randy has helped Forrester clients achieve sustainable business agility in their pursuit of continuous improvement to business outcomes.

Previous Work Experience

Randy has extensive experience with enterprise architecture management and application architecture and design. Randy was a chief architect at Sprint, where he led enterprise architecture and standardization efforts, along with the analysis and introduction of application servers, component architectures, object-oriented development, application security architectures, CORBA, distributed transaction management, and other new technologies. His IT experience also includes technology leadership, management, and application development with a big five consultancy and in the retail and litigation support industries.

Education

Randy received a bachelor's of business administration from Baylor University's business school, where he was named the outstanding student in computer information systems.

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  • Randy Heffner
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Topic Overview: Service-Oriented Architecture For Enterprise Architects

    Most architects now recognize that service-oriented architecture (SOA) is much more than Web services (WS) standards and better application integration. SOA continues to gain industry recognition as...

    • Downloads: 3578
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Taking The Fog Out Of Cloud Computing: Infrastructure-As-A-Service

    Architect's Goal: Integrate IaaS As An Option On An Infrastructure Continuum

    Some of the most compelling cloud computing stories are public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) stories: stories of companies using many servers for a short time and charging that use to a credit...

    • Downloads: 2515
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Topic Overview: SOA And Beyond For Enterprise Architects

    With 74% of the Global 2000 now using service-oriented architecture (SOA), most architects recognize that SOA is about much more than Web services and better application integration. SOA continues to...

    • Downloads: 2498
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Future Of Solution Architecture: Six Business Design Focal Points

    Move From Application And Outsourcing Silos Toward Building Your Business

    Borrowing words from science fiction writer William Gibson: The future of solution architecture is here — it's just not yet evenly distributed or highly integrated. Even with a long list of...

    • Downloads: 2044
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Topic Overview: Service-Oriented Architecture

    Some think of service-oriented architecture (SOA) as just Web services standards to achieve better application integration. However, SOA is gaining recognition as a key element of strategic business...

    • Downloads: 2087
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Top Priority For Cloud Planning: Integrate Cloud Computing Into Existing Architecture Strategies

    Don’t Fall For Hype — Build A Strong Foundation For Your Approach To Cloud

    With the level of industry hype about cloud computing, CIOs may get the impression that adopting cloud-based offerings is a sure path to business benefit. But cloud computing is not the answer to all...

    • Downloads: 2147
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Taking The Fog Out Of Cloud Computing: Platform-As-A-Service

    Begin Building PaaS Into Your Application Platform Strategy

    As part of their application platform strategies, enterprise architects should become familiar with platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings. PaaS is one of the multiple categories of offerings that...

    • Downloads: 1922
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Establish Business Capabilities As The Foundation Of Your Technology Strategy

    The old foundations of technology strategy — hot tech trends and business plans — have become inadequate, resulting in technology silos and hard-wired solutions. In a new era of...

    • Downloads: 2018
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Topic Overview: Service-Oriented Architecture For CIOs

    The worst CIO misunderstanding about service-oriented architecture (SOA) is to think of it only as another technical initiative for software reuse. Although SOA's reuse potential is real and good,...

    • Downloads: 2201
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:How To Build Your SOA Platform

    To Evolve An SOA Platform, Build From Tactical Needs Toward A Strategic Vision

    Building an effective service-oriented architecture (SOA) platform requires cohesive integration of both new product categories, such as SOA repositories and enterprise service buses (ESBs), and...

    • Downloads: 1801
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Updated 2010: The Pillars Of Enterprise Architecture Terminology

    Understand And Communicate The Broad Structure Of EA

    Since Forrester originally published this report in 2002, little has changed in the overall structure of enterprise architecture (EA), but business architecture practices are considerably more...

    • Downloads: 1815
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Standalone SOA And Web Services Management Solutions, Q4 2007

    Progress Software And AmberPoint Lead; Each Vendor Has Unique Strengths

    Forrester evaluated leading standalone service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web services management solution (or simply, SOA management) vendors across 100 criteria and found that Progress...

    • Downloads: 1321
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Insights For CIOs: SOA And Beyond

    The worst CIO misunderstanding about service-oriented architecture (SOA) is thinking of it as only another technical initiative for software reuse. Although SOA's reuse potential is real and good,...

    • Downloads: 1961
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Enterprise Reference Architecture Tool Kit: Overview

    Materials To Promote Understanding Reference Architectures And Their Value

    Design patterns, proven technology stacks, and well-documented application infrastructure are fundamental tools for promoting common practices in the design of business solutions. Enterprises often...

    • Downloads: 1692
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Defining Your SOA Platform Strategy

    Sorting Through The Confusion Of Overlapping SOA Functions And Features

    Defining an SOA platform is not as simple as some in the industry make it out to be. Serious pursuit of service-oriented architecture (SOA) requires new and different characteristics in your...

    • Downloads: 1706
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:SOA Is Far From Dead — But It Should Be Buried

    Doing SOA Right Opens The Door To A Much Bigger Architecture Vision

    Sparked by a tinderbox of economic jitters and technology backlash, a recent thread of industry discussion cries out, "SOA is dead!" Although many have had fun with the discussion, it is in fact...

    • Downloads: 1292
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:EA Pros: Must-Read Research In An Economic Downturn

    Economists are debating the length and depth of the economic impact of the credit crunch and the October market meltdown. What can enterprise architects do to survive or — dare we think it...

    • Downloads: 1445
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Process-Views-Services: A Better Design Paradigm For Applications

    Step Aside, Model-View-Controller — PVS Must Take Center Stage

    It is time for a major shift in the top-level design model for applications. Model-view-controller (MVC) has been the dominant framework for tying together the user interface and business logic of an...

    • Downloads: 1437
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Future Of Solution Architecture, Part 1: Business Processes Within A Capability

    Processes Provide Structure; BPM And Other Technologies Enable Rich, Ongoing Process Optimization

    Your organization's business processes cut across application boundaries, but traditional architectures reinforce these boundaries. In contrast with 20th-century solution models, which center on...

    • Downloads: 1651
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Enterprise Reference Architecture Tool Kit: Examples And Process Guides

    Design patterns, proven technology stacks, and well-documented application infrastructure are fundamental tools for promoting common practices in the design of business solutions. Enterprises create...

    • Downloads: 188
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Topic Overview: Service-Oriented Architecture For Apps Dev And Program Management Pros

    For a single, isolated solution delivery project, it's OK to think of service-oriented architecture (SOA) as just Web services (WS) standards for better application integration: Your application...

    • Downloads: 1546
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Conceptual Architecture: Overview

    A conceptual architecture is a tool that enterprise architects can use to enhance communication, provide context, and aid direction setting. Though there are many situations in which an architect...

    • Downloads: 1335
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Business Capability Architecture: Use Business Outcomes To Drive Technology Strategy

    Business capability maps, as a key element of business architecture, are central to laying a new and better foundation for technology strategy. To build on this foundation, we introduce Forrester's...

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  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Five Trends That Will Shape The EA Profession In 2008

    In 2008, enterprise architects will find themselves at the center of a struggle to change their organizations into significantly more agile enterprises. As solution delivery morphs from traditional...

    • Downloads: 1089
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Enterprise Reference Architecture Tool Kit: Documentation Templates

    Design patterns, proven technology stacks, and well-documented application infrastructure are fundamental tools for promoting common practices in the design of business solutions. Enterprises create...

    • Downloads: 181