Christopher Mines

Senior Vice President, Research Director serving Application Development & Delivery PROFESSIONALS

Chris leads a team of Forrester analysts focused on the future of software development. Since software is both the platform and portal for customer engagement, speed and continuous improvement of software applications and systems are essential for business success in any industry. His team's research and advisory work identify the platforms, tools, methodologies, and skills that help companies put modern software at the center of their business.

Chris has a 17-year tenure as a Forrester analyst and research leader. He has worked across the organization, including leading the firm's US research organization from 2002 to 2006. His ongoing research interests include technology-driven business transformation, the connected world, and the economics and business models of technology suppliers.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Chris was a principal at GeoPartners Research, doing strategy consulting for leading technology companies. During the 1980s, he was with the investment bank Cowen & Company, heading its research coverage of the networking industry. He also worked at The Yankee Group as a telecom industry analyst. He began his career as a member of technical staff at IBM's network software labs.


Chris holds degrees from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Blog:Painting The IT Industry Landscape

    All of us in the technology industry get caught up in the near-term fluctuations and pressures of our business. This quarter’s earnings, next quarter’s shipments, this year’s hiring...

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      Blog:3 Ways Carbon Management Software Firms Can Capture The Market

      It's a challenge for every company with a software "solution" for sale: it's a solution, but for what? Are customers looking for an all-encompassing solution to a big problem, or a targeted...

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        Blog:Are Sustainability Conferences Sustainable?

        That was my thought as I sat down to a lovely banquet dinner to kick off the Low-Carbon Earth Summit (LCES) in Dalian China a couple of weeks ago. I was lucky enough to be on the keynote agenda at...

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          Blog:Three American Leaders In Green IT And Building Technology

          Watching the World Cup over the past few weeks gave me a new appreciation for soccer/football/futbol. Imagine passing, catching, shooting a ball with NO HANDS. The goal that Ghana scored in overtime...

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            Blog:Welcome to the Connected World

            The world is becoming more and more connected, whether we look at consumer products like thermostats, commercial assets like a fleet of trucks, or infrastructure systems as extensive as electricity...

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              Blog:How Tech Vendors Should Approach Green IT

              [Posted by Christopher Mines] My colleague Doug Washburn and I did a Forrester Webinar yesterday for tech vendor clients & prospects. We closed with 6 takeaways for tech vendors seeking to...

              • For Vendor Strategy Professionals

                Blog:Is cloud computing green?

                [Posted by Christopher Mines]   Hello, let me introduce myself to our Vendor Strategy Blog readers and participants; I am Forrester's lead analyst in Green IT. My job is to understand...

                • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                  Blog:Riding The Coming Wave Of Tech Industry Growth

                  Tech is back! Just as our in-house economist Andy Bartels predicted, the first quarter numbers from the big tech vendors confirm that IT investment is on a growth trajectory again. Check out the...

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                    Blog:The Overall IT Budget Environment Has Turned Positive

                    Forrester’s newest survey of the IT spending environment has encouraging news that underpins our forecasts of a rebound in industry fortunes after the nasty recession of 2008-09. The good news...

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                      Blog:How Students Can Move Environmental Issues Higher On The CEO Priority List

                      My research team’s charter here at Forrester is to “Predict and quantify growth and disruption in the tech industry.” That means we’re always on the lookout for the next big...

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                        Blog:How The IT Industry's Posture On Sustainability Moves From Defense ("Green IT") To Offense ("IT for Green")

                          My work at Forrester is focused on helping strategists at IT suppliers (vendors) align their development, positioning, and messaging with the big trends and disruptions in the industry....

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                          Blog:Navigating The World Of Sustainability Solution Players

                          My research team at Forrester helps tech vendor strategists anticipate and navigate in rapidly changing market environments. We can't take a siloed view on specific product and service...

                          • For Vendor Strategy Professionals

                            Blog:Green Sigma coalition: a dream team of vendors for sustainability solutions

                            [Posted by Christopher Mines] At its green summit event last week, IBM brought together a powerful collection of vendor partners to address customers' sustainability challenges and...

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                              Blog:IT For Sustainability Will Drive The Next Wave Of Corporate Evolution

                              Environmental concerns like climate change have not yet become the primary driver for businesses to define, implement, and execute a dedicated sustainability strategy. Rather, sustainability...

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                                Blog:6 Types Of Sustainability Software That Meet Any Company's Needs

                                It's been clear for some time that sustainability is moving from the periphery toward the center of many companies' strategic agendas, and that IT systems and software will play a crucial...

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                                  Blog:A New Online Resource For Vendor Strategists

                                  The Forrester Vendor Strategy Professionals team is excited to introduce a new way for strategists and marketers at tech suppliers to discuss and offer advice on their peers' most...

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                                    Blog:How The Sustainability Boom Changes Business As Usual For Green Suppliers

                                    Call me crazy, but there's a revival of interest in sustainability underway. Despite the Collapse in Copenhagen, the Demise of (US) Cap & Trade, and the ongoing Great Recession, companies around...

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                                      Blog:Green IT Adoption Is Driven by Business, Not Environmental, Considerations

                                      I've been leading Forrester's efforts in sustainable computing and green IT for the past three years, with a particular focus on the role of IT professionals and assets in...

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                                        Blog:Business Value, Not Regulation, Sells Sustainable IT

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                                          Blog:How Autodesk Tackles The Next Frontier Of IT-For-Green

                                          My travels last month took me back to the Bay Area for client meetings and a chance to spend some time at the Autodesk Gallery, a very cool space near the ferry building in San Francisco. Autodesk...

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                                            Blog:How Smart Computing Is Fueling The Next Wave Of IT Growth

                                            In 2009, my research team here at Forrester published a report on what we called "smart computing," a new generation of hardware, software, and networks that connects physical infrastructure with...

                                            • For Vendor Strategy Professionals

                                              Blog:Sustainability Doesn't Sell ... Or Does It?

                                              Let me start off this post on a downbeat note: Improving sustainability is not a high priority for companies, according to data from the recent Forrester survey of business decision-makers. The...

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                                                Blog:Talking ECEM market evolution with PwC

                                                The market for enterprise carbon and energy management (ECEM) systems continues its rapid evolution. Since publishing our Market Overview report last November, we have interviewed at least a...

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                                                  Blog:Regulation won't drive Green IT adoption

                                                  Were your hopes for growing adoption of green IT dashed by the non-agreement at COP 15 in Copenhagen? Are you dismayed by the weak prospects for cap-and-trade legislation in the US during 2010?...

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                                                    Blog:To paraphrase JFK...

                                                    [Posted by Christopher Mines] "Don't ask what green can do for IT; ask what IT can do for green." That's our manifesto for vendors as they survey the opportunity landscape created by the...