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: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:Cross-Border eCommerce: The Opportunity For US Online Retailers

    International Shipping Solutions Provide A Low-Cost Way To Reach Global Online Shoppers

    eCommerce growth rates in many regions of the globe are outpacing eCommerce growth in the US. As a result, eBusiness executives at US online retailers are considering new ways to expand globally....

    • Downloads: 147
  • 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: 600
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Industry Contexts And Constraints Diversify Approaches To Bring-Your-Own-Technology

    Pharmaceuticals, High-Tech, Professional Services, And Education Will Lead BYOT Adoption In The Coming Years

    This report examines how and why bring-your-own-technology (BYOT) varies across 20 industries. BYOT will remain a thorny issue for CIOs in every industry, geographic region, and company size over the...

    • Downloads: 412
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The State Of Retailing Online 2011: Merchandising, Headcount, And Global Strategies

    This is the second of two reports that detail the findings from "The State Of Retailing Online, 2011," a research survey conducted by Forrester Research. Specific topics covered in this...

    • Downloads: 2176
  • 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: 466
  • 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: 2572
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:China Tech Market Outlook: 2012 To 2013

    The Big Dragon's IT Spending Will Slow Down In 2012

    The European debt crisis has gradually begun to affect China, slowing economic growth in the country in the first half of 2012. To reflect this, we've revised our China tech market forecast and...

    • Downloads: 364
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:SharePoint Adoption Faces Three Barriers: Mobile, Social, And Cloud

    These data charts contain the full results of Forrester's August 2012 Global SharePoint Usage Online Survey. The results indicate that weak mobile access and social computing features combined with...

    • Downloads: 333
  • 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: 725
  • 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: 272
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Business Impact Of Mobile Engagement

    Smartphones and tablets are game changers for engagement because people carry them everywhere they go. Your customers and partners and employees have perpetual access to the vast resources of the...

    • Downloads: 1149
  • 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: 84
  • 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: 433
  • 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: 196
  • 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: 369
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The State Of Canadian Online Retail — 2013

    Forrester has partnered with Canada Post and to evaluate the changing trends in online retail in Canada. On paper, the Canadian online retail market has been going through a renaissance,...

    • Downloads: 489
  • 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: 743
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Why Every Online Retailer Should "Ship-From-Store"

    Revenue, Customer Experience, And Margin Gains Await Retailers That Have The Vision To Seize This Strategic Opportunity

    Amazon is intensifying the online battle across many fronts, including the construction of new distribution centers designed to get orders to the customer as quickly and cheaply as possible....

    • Downloads: 628
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™: Logistics Applications, Q1 2015

    Logistics Applications Deliver Merchandise Availability And Lead-Time Transparency For Compelling Customer Experience

    In the age of the customer, merchandise availability and lead time are critical differentiating elements of the customer experience. Existing and new technologies provide both the threat and...

    • Downloads: 259
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Prioritizing Online Access To In-Store Inventory

    Retailers Stand To Gain From Online Visibility Into In-Store Inventory And Buy Online/Pick Up In-Store Capabilities

    Multichannel retailers have made unprecedented investments in enabling omnichannel services. Giving customers the ability to view, reserve, and buy in-store inventory through the online channel for...

    • Downloads: 308
  • 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 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 CIO Professionals

    Report:Accelerating Technology Change Restructures US Services Employment

    Human Middleware And Transaction Processing Jobs Are Becoming Obsolete

    A perfect storm of technology change is streamlining, simplifying, and atomizing business processes. The effects will ripple across organizations, as human capital shifts from handling transactions...

    • Downloads: 110
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Capture The Global eCommerce Opportunity

    Landscape: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    Gone are the days when most brands offered just one or two international sites: Today, a global eCommerce footprint is the end goal. To reach that goal, companies are taking a strategic look at the...

    • Downloads: 2198