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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  • Andrew Bartels
  • Tech Sector Economics
  • Past 12 months
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Canadian Tech Market 2013 To 2014

    Sluggish Canadian Tech Market Will Accelerate In 2014

    Canada's CIOs and tech buyers continue to be more conservative in their tech buying than those in the US, with business and government purchases of tech goods and services growing by 2.2% in 2013,...

    • Downloads: 214
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:2013 Predictions: The ePurchasing Software Market Will Grow 5%

    More SaaS And Commoditization Shape 2013 Growth

    CIOs should take an interest in the market for ePurchasing software (software to support buying, sourcing, contracting, and vendor management activities) for two reasons: 1) to find technology tools...

    • Downloads: 374
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:A Mixed Outlook For The Global Tech Market In 2013 And 2014

    The US Market And Software Buying Will Be The Drivers Of 2.3% Growth This Year And 5.4% Growth Next Year

    CIOs in different regions of the world will generally match changes in their budgets to local economic conditions; their purchases of IT goods and services in 2013 and 2014 will grow, stay flat, or...

    • Downloads: 861
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    Report:Continued Gloom For European ICT Markets

    Tech Recession Extends Through 2013, At Least

    Will it ever end? When will the European economic recession end, and when will European tech buying start to pick up? These are questions that CIOs across Europe and tech vendors selling to them into...

    • Downloads: 337
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:US Tech Market Outlook For 2013 And 2014: Better Times Ahead

    We Forecast 6% ICT Spending Growth For Both Years

    US CIOs remain torn between their need to invest in new mobile, cloud, and smart technologies and their fear of encountering economic doldrums (or worse). Over the past two and a half years, these...

    • Downloads: 865
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Debunking Two Myths About Tech Budgets

    CIOs Will Still Control Most Tech Spending, Which Will Still Be Two-Thirds MOOSE

    The CIO's job is hard enough delivering reliable, secure, and user-friendly technologies while meeting and anticipating business needs for new technologies to support strategic initiatives. But that...

    • Downloads: 158
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Forrsights: IT Budgets And Priorities In 2013

    Mobility And Analytics Drive Spending Growth Despite Business Pessimism

    What are the 2013 budget plans and priorities for CIOs and other IT decision-makers? Forrester's Forrsights Budgets And Priorities Tracker Survey, Q4 2012 provides insight on the 2013 tech buying...

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    Report:A Better But Still Subpar Global Tech Market In 2014 And 2015

    Software Buying In The US And Other Tech Twelve Countries Will Drive 5.5% Local Currency Tech Growth In 2014

    The good news for CIOs is that improving economies in the US and elsewhere will generate cash flow to support the purchases of the new mobile, cloud, and smart technologies that are transforming...

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    Report:A Mixed Bag For The Latin American Tech Market In 2014 And 2015

    Brazil Rejoins The Strong Markets Of Chile, Colombia, And Mexico After A Weak 2013 But Will Slow In 2015 As Others Expand

    The Latin American tech market is rising in importance, and more and more Latin American businesses are becoming globally competitive, adapting as they do so the technologies and technology...

    • Downloads: 100
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Government Spending Brinksmanship Drags Down The 2013 US Tech Market Outlook

    We Cut Our 2013 Spending Growth Estimate To 3.9% From 5.7%

    By rights, US CIOs should be looking at a relatively decent 6% growth in their tech purchases in 2013, as we had predicted earlier this year. Instead, the drag on the US economy and on US tech buying...

    • Downloads: 145
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Understanding Shifting Technology Acquisition Patterns

    CIOs Remain At The Center Of Technology Management Spending

    How much control of tech spending has shifted away from the CIO and moved into the hands of line-of-business managers is a hot — and hotly debated — question among CIOs and vendors. In...

    • Downloads: 161
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Year-End 2013 IT Budget Benchmarks

    How Forrester's Forrsights Data Can Help CIOs Prepare For 2014

    CIOs often request IT budget benchmarks. In this report, we have provided these benchmarks using data from our Forrsight's IT Budgets And Priorities Survey, Q4 2013. However, it's easy to misuse IT...

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    Report:Four Reasons For Sluggish Tech Market Growth And The Rationale For Future Optimism

    Weak Economies, A Changing Hardware Market, Cloud, And CEO Aversion To Investment Have Kept A Lid On Tech Buying

    Forrester's projected 5.5% growth in the global tech market in 2014 in local currency terms (6.2% in US dollars) is certainly an improvement over the more feeble growth of 2012 and 2013. Still, these...

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    Report:SAP Bets Its Future On Hana And SaaS

    Hana Will Bolster The Licensed Business, But SAP Needs A More Aggressive SaaS Strategy To Maintain Double-Digit Revenue Growth

    SAP's position as the largest business application vendor is not in doubt; whether it will be a market leader in revenue growth and in innovation is less certain. Anticipating the market's growing...

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    Report:Be Wary Of Licensed Software Geeks Bearing SaaS

    Becoming A SaaS Vendor Is Disruptive And Challenging

    Software-as-a-service (SaaS) has become the hot trend in the software market, with growth rates in vendor revenues that are two to three times faster than the overall software market. As growth...

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