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:How To Make The CFO A Buyer For Sustainability Solutions

    Most of the suppliers of IT-for-sustainability (ITfS) solutions that we work with have one path to finding a buyer in their customer organizations: through the IT organization. Whether giants, such...

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      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 Implications of a Disappearing IT Industry

        [Posted by Christopher Mines] Last month I had the pleasure of keynoting the "International IT Convergence Conference" in Seoul, sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy. It was a...

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          Blog:A View Of VERGE From An IT Expert's Perspective

          Part of my role managing the Business Technology Futures team at Forrester is to keep an eye on "what's next" for CIOs and their business partners. My team is chartered to create an early-warning...

          • 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...

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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:What's On The Horizon Of IBM's 'Smarter Planet'

                I spent some of this week at IBM's annual Connect analyst event, a cornerstone for understanding Big Blue's direction from the perspective of its fastest-growing and most profitable division....

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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?...

                  • For Vendor Strategy Professionals

                    Blog:Welcome to the new Vendor Strategy blog!

                    Hello, fans of Vendor Strategy. Welcome to Forrester's new-look VS blog. We will be aggregating analyst posts across our entire Vendor Strategy research team here, so bookmark it and please come...

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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: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: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: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 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: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:2 Big Shifts Taking Us To More Resource-Efficient Computing

                                  In the last couple of weeks, I finally put a couple of pieces together . . . the tech industry is pushing hard, down two parallel tracks, toward much more resource-efficient computing architectures....

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                                    Blog:5 Tech Vendors' Different Views On The IT-for-Sustainability Opportunity

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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: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: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: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:Three ICT Roadblocks In Realizing Smarter Buildings' Potential

                                              The promise of smart buildings is cropping up across the ICT industry lately. Our calendar of vendor briefings and events is crowded with announcements of new products, acquisitions, and...

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                                                Blog:How IBM And HP Are Strengthening Their IT-For-Sustainability Offers

                                                  Over the past few weeks, computing giants HP and IBM have made significant new thrusts into the market for sustainability software and services. At first look, both companies are...

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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: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...