Clay Richardson

Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Clay serves Enterprise Architecture Professionals and is a leading expert on business process management (BPM) software, services, and methodologies. Clay delivers strategic guidance to professionals seeking to re-design and improve business processes to deliver better customer experience. Clay specifically helps enterprises establish BPM strategies, governance standards, and BPM centers of excellence; identify Agile and Lean methodologies best suited for BPM projects; and establish vendors and technologies that help automate and optimize mission-critical business processes.

Previous Work Experience

Clay comes to Forrester with many years of experience in business process improvement projects, BPM platforms and solutions selection, systems analysis and design, and project management for enterprise software implementations. Clay has led projects to successfully deploy BPM solutions for government and commercial organizations around the world and has specialized in helping create BPM centers of excellence.

Most recently, Clay served as BPM practice leader at Project Performance Corporation, a system integrator based in Washington, D.C., where he launched and managed the company's BPM practice. Prior to that, Clay directed a team of 30 consultants, trainers, and support engineers in delivery and support of BPM solutions, as the director of professional services at HandySoft Global Corporation, a pure-play BPM vendor.

Clay is active with several BPM industry associations, including the Workflow Management Coalition, where he served as founder and co-chair of the organization's public sector chapter.


Clay earned a B.S. in computer science from the University of South Carolina and a BPM professional certificate from Boston University.

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  • Transportation & Logistics
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Identifying Partners To Help Streamline Global Expansion

    Tools And Technology: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    You've gotten the mandate to take your eCommerce brand global: What next? Once you've taken the time to map out a comprehensive international strategy, you're ready to determine which tools and...

    • Downloads: 562
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Why Consumers And Retailers Alike Are Embracing Reserve-And-Collect

    Store pickup is a tried-and-true form of fulfillment for omnichannel retailers but not all store pickup programs were created equal. In fact, today there are fundamental differences in programs...

    • Downloads: 197
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: Turn Pain Into Profits Through Omnichannel Returns

    Omnichannel returns, which allow customers to return online orders to a physical store, are a standard offering for most leading multichannel retailers. But even with this customer-centric capability...

    • Downloads: 125
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Nailing In-Store Pickup

    Meeting And Exceeding The Expectations Of Today's Shopper

    Omnichannel fulfillment capabilities — the ability to offer the customer cross-channel visibility and ordering options — have become the standard for leading traditional retailers, with...

    • Downloads: 257
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Paving The Path To Omnichannel Fulfillment

    Road Map: The Retail Omnichannel Playbook

    Omnichannel fulfillment programs have topped eBusiness priority lists for a number of years. And while there is no doubt that retailers understand the omnichannel mandate, many are unsure of where to...

    • Downloads: 202
  • For CIO Professionals

    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: 303
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Build Confidence In Strategic Decision-Making With Business Architecture

    Business Impact: The Business Architecture Playbook

    Today's shift in power to the customer puts new pressure on your strategic business technology (BT) decision-makers. BT strategy and investment decisions become more complex, because in addition to...

    • Downloads: 733
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:US Tech Spending By Industry, 2014 To 2015 — Which Industries Will Lead The BT Charge?

    Forrester's US tech market outlook for 2014 and 2015 provided general guidance for US CIOs. But every firm operates in a specific industry. So, in this report, we provide our outlook for tech budget...

    • Downloads: 605
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Drones' Early Commercial Use Cases Show Value, Not Disruption — Yet

    Critical Mass Adoption Will Have To Wait For FAA Action . . . And Wait, And Wait, And Wait

    A combination of technologies is set to create new business opportunities. Unmanned aerial vehicles (AKA drones) are a prime example. Today, companies are experimenting with drones at short ranges to...

    • Downloads: 91
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Trends In Russia's eCommerce Market

    Pinpointing Opportunities In Russia's Complex And Dynamic eCommerce Ecosystem

    Russia presents an enormous opportunity for eCommerce professionals eyeing potential international growth. However, as one Russian eBusiness professional told us, "You can make a lot of money here,...

    • Downloads: 275
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Three Key Strategies For Driving Online Conversion In China

    eBusiness professionals expend great energy into driving traffic to their online shops, yet they have difficulty turning those large numbers of user visits into actual sales. A laserlike focus on...

    • Downloads: 244
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Understanding The Methods And Techniques For CX-Driven Transformation

    Companies that set out to transform the customer experience (CX) they deliver need to redesign their firms from the outside-in — starting with the experience they want customers to have and...

    • Downloads: 358
  • For CIO Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 160
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:International Shipping Solutions For US Online Retailers

    Using Cross-Border Shipping To Reach Global Customers

    The US may boast the largest eCommerce market today, but eCommerce growth rates are far higher in other countries across Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and other regions of the globe than in...

    • Downloads: 395
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Building The Business Case For Omnichannel In Retail

    Use Forrester's TEI Model To Understand The Value Of Omnichannel Fulfillment

    Retailers are launching omnichannel fulfillment projects at a rapid pace. eBusiness professionals are prioritizing these projects due to growing customer demand for new order fulfillment options and...

    • Downloads: 367
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:China Tech Market Outlook: 2015

    Growth Still Tops Other Asian Countries Despite Economic Slowdown

    Technology purchases in China will reach $136 billion in 2015, making China the second-largest tech market in Asia Pacific after Japan. Demand will still be strongest for hardware and communications...

    • Downloads: 142
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The State Of The Digital Store

    Landscape: The Digital Store Playbook

    The face of retail is changing. In-store digital experimentation is well underway, and eBusiness executives have the technical know-how and an increasingly cross-functional view to lead these...

    • Downloads: 800
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Prepare I&O For The "Internet Of Things"

    Five Key Dynamics That Will Help You Capture The Opportunity For Your Organization

    "Internet of Things" (IoT) solutions that machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies like RFID tags, GPS systems, and ZigBee sensors enable are gaining momentum as multiple forces align to drive adoption...

    • Downloads: 1335
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Focus On Customer Value To Grow Organizational Maturity

    Most organizations aspire to implement outside-in, customer-focused, cross-functional processes that transform the culture of their organization and set it on the path toward continuous improvement....

    • Downloads: 351
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:European Online Retail: Five Trends To Watch In 2013

    European eBusiness Executives Must Embrace A Multi-Touchpoint Reality

    European retail eBusiness executives face a time of unprecedented change. The range of touchpoints that customers use to discover, explore, buy, and re-engage with brands is growing by the day. New...

    • Downloads: 745
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Customer Experience Index, 2013

    How good is the customer experience at your company — as rated by your own recent customers? This report answers that question by providing benchmarks of the quality of customer experience for...

    • Downloads: 2573
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Free Shipping Continues To Be Every Retailer's Frenemy

    Shipping can be seen as both a friend and an enemy to retailers, incentivizing customers to transact via free offers on the one hand while incurring hard costs on the other. Unfortunately, retailers...

    • Downloads: 434
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Use Sensors To Take Apps To The Next Level Of Customer Engagement

    Apps Are Better And Customers Are Happier When Sensor Data Enriches Experiences

    Most apps are boring. Sensors can help. Sensors are data collectors that measure physical properties of the real-world such as location, pressure, humidity, touch, voice, and much more. You can find...

    • Downloads: 468
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2014: Global eCommerce Mandates Multiple Touchpoints And Business Models

    Eight Trends Set To Impact The Industry

    The past year saw a surge in eCommerce revenues around the globe, and 2014 will be no different. eCommerce brands in every country will continue to spread their global wings, expanding their...

    • Downloads: 684
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:China Tech Market Outlook: 2014

    Tougher Conditions Await Global Brands As Local Vendors Grab A Larger Share Of The World's Third-Largest Market

    IT purchases in China will reach $113 billion in 2013, making it the third-largest tech market in the world after the US and Japan. China is still largely a hardware-driven market, but spending on...

    • Downloads: 370