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.

Education

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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  • 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: 622
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Avoid The Rush And Deal With The Realities Of Same-Day Delivery

    Large Retailers Tout Same-Day Delivery As The Next Standard For Shipping, But Challenges Raise Doubts About Long-Term Viability

    Same-day delivery is often touted in the media as the next standard for fulfilling online orders, but many retailers struggle to see the viability of offering this service as a long-term business...

    • Downloads: 292
  • 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: 470
  • 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: 187
  • 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: 127
  • 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: 167
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Mapping The Connected World

    Software Control Of The Physical World Will Change Your Business

    A technology revolution is brewing that uses sensors, networks, and analytics software to connect physical objects and infrastructure to computing systems, providing an unprecedented view into the...

    • Downloads: 1424
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: Five Lessons From Five Cyber Mondays

    Insights From US eCommerce's Biggest Day Of The Year

    Cyber Monday, the Monday after Black Friday, is now the biggest shopping day of the year for online retailers in the US. In fact, online retail sales exceeded $2 billion on Cyber Monday in 2014. In...

    • Downloads: 148
  • 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: 181
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Age Of The Citizen: Smart Governments Embrace And Enable Disruption

    In the current age of the customer, the power has shifted from the provider of goods and services to the consumer. These individuals — your citizens — are bringing their expectations to...

    • Downloads: 569
  • 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: 369
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The US Customer Experience Index, Q1 2015

    Benchmarking The US Brands That Create The Most Loyalty With Their Customer Experience

    Three-quarters of companies want to improve their customer experience (CX) in 2015. Forrester's first US Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) benchmark of 2015 sets the baseline that will tell...

    • Downloads: 1378
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Paving The Path To Omnichannel Fulfillment

    Road Map: The Omnichannel Commerce 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: 323
  • 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: 2369
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Omnichannel Mastery: Optimize In-Store Pickup

    Continuous Improvement: The Omnichannel Commerce Playbook

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

    • Downloads: 517
  • 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: 288
  • 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: 381
  • 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: 665
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:2016 Tech Budget Benchmarks

    What You Need To Know About What Your Industry Peers Are Spending On Business And Information Technologies

    Every year, CIOs look for tech budget benchmarks to defend tech spending levels to business partners and to help determine where their firm may be overspending or underspending on technology. In this...

    • Downloads: 596
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2014: US Retail eBusiness

    As eCommerce approaches $300 billion in sales in the US, it has a more pronounced effect on virtually every shopping category and on the ecosystem of devices and delivery formats that supports it....

    • Downloads: 707
  • 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: 696
  • 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: 251
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Abolish Abandon Rates For In-Store Pickup

    Retailers Must Find Opportunities To Increase "Buy Online, Pick Up In Store" Conversion Through Best Practices And Operational Excellence

    Omnichannel fulfillment is commonplace among today's leading retailers. However, eBusiness professionals are at risk of not meeting goals for these programs if they fail to move from basic...

    • Downloads: 65
  • 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: 513
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Enhance The Supply Chain And Logistics To Improve Omnichannel Fulfillment

    Retailers increasingly seek to provide omnichannel fulfillment as a way to improve customer experience. However, many find themselves challenged by the complexity these efforts pose for underlying...

    • Downloads: 109