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
  • Enterprise Collaboration
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 3450
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Topic Overview: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

    Forrester's Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 research helps information and knowledge management (I&KM) professionals get to grips with the sometimes viral adoption of Microsoft's...

    • Downloads: 3895
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 3213
  • For CIO Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 2856
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:SharePoint Success Will Take a Village

    With the introduction of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, Microsoft moved SharePoint well beyond its traditional roots in portal and collaboration. SharePoint now includes broad,...

    • Downloads: 1670
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:SharePoint Redefines Document Management

    This data chart will be an overview of data related to SharePoint, collaboration software, and content management software from the 2007 enterprise software survey.

    • Downloads: 16
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 1714
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Social Computing Changes The Enterprise Collaboration Landscape

    Social Computing is increasingly becoming a part of the enterprise computing fabric, and one of the major benefits is more natural collaboration. As the industry continues to strive for better tools...

    • Downloads: 1570
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:SharePoint Server 2010: An Evolutionary Step Toward Content-Centric Middleware

    At the SharePoint Conference in October 2009, Microsoft disclosed the full functional road map for SharePoint Server 2010. Forrester views this release as evolutionary, not revolutionary. Since its...

    • Downloads: 1606
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: File Sync And Share Platforms, Q3 2013

    The 16 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    In Forrester's 26-criteria evaluation of file sync and share vendors, we identified, researched, analyzed, and scored products from the 16 most significant solution providers in this market:...

    • Downloads: 1335
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:User-Generated Applications Drive SharePoint Value

    But To Maintain Application Reliability And Integrity, You Need To Plan

    Defining SharePoint is no easy task. It has components for multiple applications that offer functionality including business intelligence, collaboration, and content management. Beyond application...

    • Downloads: 1356
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Embrace The Risks And Rewards Of Technology Populism

    Thanks to an advancing technology-native workforce, ubiquitous broadband, and abundant collaboration and Social Computing tools, information workers can now provision their own software tools,...

    • Downloads: 1095
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:SharePoint Adoption: Content And Collaboration Is Just The Start

    Driving A SharePoint-Based Information Workplace Will Challenge C&C Pros

    Microsoft SharePoint is poised for broader adoption as an Information Workplace platform. While most use it for content and collaboration (C&C) needs today, the platform's broad, integrated...

    • Downloads: 1494
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:IBM Or Microsoft For Collaboration — Or Both?

    Choosing a collaboration platform — which often comes down to two vendors, IBM and Microsoft — is a highly strategic technology decision that has wide-reaching infrastructure and...

    • Downloads: 986
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Benchmarking Your Collaboration Strategy

    A companywide collaboration strategy was once a nice-to-have. No more. Even in the current economic climate, 37% of organizations surveyed in Forrester's Q4 2008 enterprise and SMB software survey...

    • Downloads: 1374
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Web 2.0 Social Computing Dresses Up For Business

    Social Computing has radically changed the way people interact with both information and one another on the Internet. For example, just consider the recent YouTube presidential candidates' debates....

    • Downloads: 1124
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Notes Versus SharePoint: Which Collaboration Platform Is Right For You?

    The collaboration wars are heating up, and once again, IBM Lotus and Microsoft are the dominant players. Driven by the need to better manage unstructured information for business benefit and risk...

    • Downloads: 1106
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Disciplined Social Innovation

    Three Firms Achieve Tangible Results

    Companies depend on innovation to sprint out of the current economic doldrums and to return to profitability and growth. Innovation is a discipline with established best practices, needed skill sets,...

    • Downloads: 1049
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Best Practices For Introducing Social Technologies

    Demonstrate Value, Manage Risk

    According to Forrester Research, 32% of organizations surveyed in our Enterprise And SMB Software Survey, North America And Europe, Q4 2009, have implemented or plan to implement social networking...

    • Downloads: 1214
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Harnessing Social Networking To Drive Transformation

    When one of the world's largest defense contractors says, "We need to move from a culture of 'need to know' to a culture of 'need to share,'" you stop and listen. Competing in an industry driven by...

    • Downloads: 1081
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Walking The Fine Line Between Chaos And Control In The World Of Enterprise Web 2.0

    Information and knowledge management professionals (I&KM pros) have long focused on gaining greater control over information across the enterprise. This imperative has only grown stronger in an era...

    • Downloads: 1000
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Web 2.0 Pure Plays Might Be The Right Answer For Your Organization

    Web 2.0 is moving to the enterprise with increasing speed. There is particular interest in content generation tools like blogs and wikis. Big traditional vendors like IBM Lotus and Microsoft are...

    • Downloads: 873
  • 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: 854
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:SharePoint 2010: A More Viable Cloud Option

    Cloud-based software solutions have become an increasingly viable alternative to on-premise solutions for many organizations. In fact, 24% of respondents in Forrester's Enterprise And SMB Software...

    • Downloads: 982
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Integration: The Next Frontier For Enterprise Social

    The "Social Layer" Ignites The Next Wave Of Social Technology Innovation

    Enterprise social technology vendors have begun to actively position their offerings to meet integration requirements, and the term "social layer," which Forrester originally heard from Socialtext...

    • Downloads: 905