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Charlie Dai

Principal Analyst Serving Enterprise Architecture Professionals

Charlie serves enterprise architecture professionals and offers strategic advice and guidance to Forrester clients in broad areas, including cloud (cloud-native and hybrid cloud management), big data and AI (machine learning and computer vision), IoT (IoT device OS and IoT software platforms), blockchain, quantum computing, digital process automation, DevOps, and open source software. He has rich experience in technology strategy, enterprise architecture, and software delivery management. Charlie is leading the global research on technology architecture in several emerging technology areas. He also focuses on the vendor landscape and best practices in China, Asia Pacific, and worldwide.

Charlie is a key contributor to the consulting team that helps Forrester's clients address their business requirements and accelerate digital transformation. Charlie has extensive program management experience, rich industry expertise, and a passion for helping customers achieve success.

Previous Work Experience

Charlie has over 18 years of experience in the software industry, with PMP and ITIL certification. Before Forrester, Charlie was the senior manager, professional services, for Cordys (acquired by OpenText), a global vendor of business process management (BPM) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions for the telecom, banking, manufacturing, retail, and utility industries. Prior to Cordys, Charlie was the project and technical manager for Datang Telecom, providing software solutions for Chinese telco clients and enterprise customers in Asia Pacific and the US.

Education

Charlie holds a BS in automation and an MS in pattern recognition and intelligent systems from Tsinghua University of China.

Charlie Dai

Principal Analyst Serving Enterprise Architecture Professionals

Charlie serves enterprise architecture professionals and offers strategic advice and guidance to Forrester clients in broad areas, including cloud (cloud-native and hybrid cloud management), big data and AI (machine learning and computer vision), IoT (IoT device OS and IoT software platforms), blockchain, quantum computing, digital process automation, DevOps, and open source software. He has rich experience in technology strategy, enterprise architecture, and software delivery management. Charlie is leading the global research on technology architecture in several emerging technology areas. He also focuses on the vendor landscape and best practices in China, Asia Pacific, and worldwide.

Charlie is a key contributor to the consulting team that helps Forrester's clients address their business requirements and accelerate digital transformation. Charlie has extensive program management experience, rich industry expertise, and a passion for helping customers achieve success.

Previous Work Experience

Charlie has over 18 years of experience in the software industry, with PMP and ITIL certification. Before Forrester, Charlie was the senior manager, professional services, for Cordys (acquired by OpenText), a global vendor of business process management (BPM) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions for the telecom, banking, manufacturing, retail, and utility industries. Prior to Cordys, Charlie was the project and technical manager for Datang Telecom, providing software solutions for Chinese telco clients and enterprise customers in Asia Pacific and the US.

Education

Charlie holds a BS in automation and an MS in pattern recognition and intelligent systems from Tsinghua University of China.

Charlie Dai's Research

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  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: China Tech Market Outlook, 2021 To 2022

    China Is Building Technology Engines To Accelerate Out Of The Crisis In 2021

    January 14, 2021Charlie Dai

    The Chinese government has revised its national strategy in the face of the global pandemic and economic crisis. To accelerate this process, more organizations will implement future-fit technologies and tech spending in China will reach US$195 billion in 2021. This report analyzes key trends and factors that will affect tech purchases in China in 2021. CIOs can use this data to see where their peers are increasing spending and guide how they allocate budget to transformational initiatives.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: The State Of Blockchain In China, 2020

    China Is Accelerating Enterprise Blockchain Platform Adoption In The Face Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

    December 2, 2020Charlie Dai

    Distributed ledger technology (aka blockchain) is catalyzing a long-term shift of trust in distributed business environments globally. China's blockchain market is entering a new era after being named a national technology priority. This report provides enterprise architecture (EA) pros with an analysis of key drivers of blockchain adoption, local vendors' main technology achievements, and major usage scenarios in different verticals. It also introduces the concept of an enterprise blockchain platform (EBP) with a deep dive into the vendor landscape in China.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Now Tech: Hybrid Cloud Management Software In China, Q4 2020

    Forrester's Overview Of 29 Hybrid Cloud Management Software Providers

    November 12, 2020 Guannan Lu, Charlie Dai

    You can use hybrid cloud management software to enjoy the benefits of both public and private clouds, simplify operations across heterogeneous environments, and accelerate application delivery in a hybrid world. But to realize these benefits, you'll first have to select from a diverse set of vendors that vary by size, functionality, geography, and vertical market focus. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros should use this report to understand the value they can expect from a hybrid cloud management software provider and to select one based on size and functionality.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Predictive Analytics And Machine Learning In China, Q4 2020

    The Nine Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    November 11, 2020 Danny Mu, Charlie Dai

    In our 29-criterion evaluation of predictive analytics and machine learning (PAML) providers in China, we identified the nine most significant ones — 4Paradigm, Alibaba Cloud, Baidu AI Cloud, Beagle Data, Huawei Cloud, Inspur, JD Cloud & AI, Percent, and Tencent Cloud — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps CIOs select the right one for their needs.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Public Cloud Development And Infrastructure Platforms In China, Q4 2020

    The 12 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    October 19, 2020Charlie Dai, Danny Mu

    In our 33-criterion evaluation of public cloud development and infrastructure platforms providers in China, we identified the 12 most significant ones — Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Baidu AI Cloud, China Telecom, Huawei, Inspur Cloud, JD Cloud & AI, Kingsoft Cloud, Microsoft, Ping An Technology, Tencent Cloud, and UCloud — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps CIOs select the right one for their needs.

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