Sharyn Leaver

VP, Group Director serving CIOs

Sharyn leads the research organization that serves CIOs, Enterprise Architecture Professionals, and Application Development & Delivery Professionals. Her team's research agenda includes all aspects of technology leadership — from strategic planning to emerging technology selection and implementation. Sharyn delivers strategic guidance, helping CIOs and other leaders adopt the processes and technologies that will help their firms win, serve, and retain customers.

Previous Work Experience

Previously at Forrester, Sharyn served as research director for the CIO, business process and applications, and consumer markets research teams. As an analyst, Sharyn researched enterprise applications, business process management tools, and several emerging technologies in consumer-driven and manufacturing industries such as life sciences, healthcare, retail, and consumer products.

In addition, Sharyn was a key contributor to the development of the Forrester Wave™ methodology to help clients accurately assess key vendors in a given technology-focused market.

Before joining Forrester, Sharyn spent several years as a consultant and project manager for Clarkston Consulting, a full-service professional services firm. She was responsible for the delivery of vendor selection and implementation projects involving SAP and other ERP applications, integration technology, and enterprise portals.

Education

Sharyn holds a B.S. in computer information systems technology from Purdue University. She also attended Northwestern University's medical informatics graduate program.

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  • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

    Blog:Introducing a New Program for CIOs at the World's Largest Firms

    As the Practice Leader for the CIO role at Forrester, I have talked at length with many of our CIO clients about how they’d like to engage with Forrester - particularly when it comes to our...

    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Blog:Introducing A New Peer Network For EA Executives

      We’ve been talking to many of you in the last year about improving our Forrester Leadership Boards for Enterprise Architecture Professionals -- our peer collaboration program for senior...

      • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

        Blog:The Demand For Speed Is Accelerating — And IT Isn't Keeping Up

        Speed and agility are at the heart of business today — and, unfortunately, those are two areas in which IT is falling short. Two trends — neither of which is going away anytime soon...

        • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

          Blog:Infusing EA Into Your Business

          In today’s business environment, the pressure to change, and change quickly and often, is growing, thanks to the proliferation of empowered customers, emerging global markets, regulation (and...

          • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

            Blog:CMOs And CIOs Tackle Technology: Q&A With Robert Mead, CMO And Michael Mathias, CIO At Aetna

            Recently my colleague David Cooperstein and I had the opportunity to meet with Robert Mead and Michael Mathias, the CMO and CIO respectively at Aetna. They will be speaking at our upcoming CIO-CMO...

            • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

              Blog:Conquering The Technology/Marketing Divide

              Forget Brad and Angelina (or "Brangelina" for those that are more plugged in to pop culture than I), the new "it" couple is the CIO and CMO. Why? In the digital world we live in today, which...

              • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                Blog:Follow The Conversation From Forrester's IT Forum 2011

                Today we’re kicking off Forrester's IT Forum 2011 at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. Prepare for three exciting days of keynote presentations and track sessions focused on business and technology...

                • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                  Blog:Q&A With Michael Ali, VP & CIO, Harman

                  I am so looking forward to hearing from our keynoters next week at the Forrester's IT Forum 2011. Poised to be one of the most informative – and entertaining – will be Michael...

                  • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                    Blog:Forrester's IT Forum 2011 Puts You In The Driver Seat

                    IT leaders are at a crossroads. To thrive in today's -- and tomorrow's -- rapidly changing digital world, they must move beyond the elusive idea of business and IT alignment, where business...

                    • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                      Blog:Vote For Forrester's IT Forum 2011 Theme

                      Are you ready for Forrester's IT Forum 2011? Mark your calendars for May 25-27 in Las Vegas and June 8-10 in Barcelona — and help us design an event that is as relevant and productive...

                      • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                        Blog:Stephen Gillett On The Changing Role Of The CIO: Your Questions Answered

                        A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to submit your questions for Stephen Gillett, EVP, CIO, and GM, Digital Ventures, Starbucks. Stephen will be giving a keynote address on how to elevate the role...

                        • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                          Blog:Your IT Organizational Model Is SO 2009!

                          Is it me or do you feel like everyone is restructuring their IT organization – or at least talking about it? Chatter among CIOs often turns into a debate over the merits of plan-build-run...

                          • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                            Blog:Starbucks' Stephen Gillett Weighs In On The Changing Role Of The CIO

                            Forrester’s IT Forum 2010 is right around the corner, and much of Forrester’s research community is gearing up for a great event. Having spent a considerable amount of time working...

                            • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                              Blog:CIO Job Tenure Rises – Long-term Trend or Fleeting Phase?

                              CIO job tenure is now averaging 4.6 years, according to the Society for Information Management.  That’s up – way up -- from the 2-3 year average that we saw just a few years ago....

                              • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                Blog:IT Spending Rebound?

                                Economic relief is in the air. When Cisco executive John Chambers is in a "sunny" mood and describes revenue growth as “dramatic,” you know that positive signs will shortly be all...

                                • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                  Blog:The IT Career Path: A Dead End Or An Avenue To The Exec Suite?

                                  IT-related jobs are set to grow through to 2016. Sounds like good news — increased demand equals more career opportunities, specialized training, and job security (and maybe higher...

                                  • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                    Blog:Gadgets, Gizmos, And The CIO’s Inner Geek

                                    It’s kind of intriguing, in some twisted way, that articles popped up like 8 Gadgets That Will Be Huge in 2010 or that 2009’s 25 Geekiest 25th Anniversaries includes MIT’s...

                                    • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                      Blog:Do CIOs Blog — And Should They?

                                      We’ve become curious ever since we interviewed Linda Cureton of NASA a few months ago, when we were a bit surprised to discover that she has an active blog (her Thanksgiving entry...

                                      • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                        Blog:Next Up For CIOs: "Smart Computing?"

                                        I’ve met many CIOs, all with their own unique challenges and approaches to overcome them. But despite their differences, all CIOs ask me the same question: “what is the next big...

                                        • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                          Blog:Does The Business (Still) Hate IT?

                                          There is certainly no shortage of books to read about how to do a better job in 2010.  One of those just noted is "8 Things We Hate About IT" by Susan Cramm.  Given a quick review of...

                                          • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                            Blog:Motivating Your IT Workforce – Is There Anything New Under The Sun?

                                            This caught my eye recently in a CIO-focused publication. Titled “Ten Ways To Re-energize Your IT Workforce”, it is advice from a workforce motivation expert: “Jon Gordon, a...

                                            • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                              Blog:CIOs Spoke, We Listened - Research Focus For 2010

                                              This past summer, Forrester conducted a series of in-depth interviews of CIOs (as well as some directors of IT planning and finance) to get a better understanding of their roles:  how they see...

                                              • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                                Blog:Q&A: Three Tech Movements CIOs Should Know

                                                On Tuesday of this week I hosted a webinar along with Ted Schadler and John Rymer — "Harnessing Key IT Trends — Three Tech Movements CIOs Should Know." As promised, below are the...

                                                • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                                  Blog:Do You Have A Handle On Game-Changing IT Trends?

                                                  Maybe it’s because it’s planning season. Maybe it’s because they’re just tired of focusing on cost-cutting and incremental improvements. Or maybe the IT to Business...

                                                  • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                                    Blog:CIOs: Develop A Technology Watch List

                                                    by Sharyn Leaver CIOs in all industries face a challenge (or opportunity depending if you’re a glass half full or empty kind of person): how to craft near- and long-term plans as technology rapidly...