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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  • Clay Richardson
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: BPM Platforms For Digital Business, Q4 2015

    Tools & Technology: The Business Process Management Playbook

    In Forrester's 31-criteria evaluation of business process management vendors, we identified the 12 most significant software providers — Appian, Bizagi, DST Systems, IBM, K2, Newgen Software,...

    • Downloads: 125
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Vendor Landscape: BPM Platforms For Digital Business

    Landscape: The Business Process Management Playbook

    Enterprise architects are under increasing pressure to optimize business process to better engage employees and customers across a range of fragmented digital channels. Leading business process...

    • Downloads: 67
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Salesforce's Customer Platform Gets Richer — And More Complex

    Coders Will Find Heroku Enterprise Useful For Compliance Apps, And A New Commitment To Real-Time Applications

    Read this brief for our reassessment of Salesforce's cloud platform strategy in the wake of new products and enhancements. Salesforce extended and further integrated its platform, a popular...

    • Downloads: 92
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Avoid A "One Size Fits All" Approach To Process Innovation

    Policy And Procedures: The Business Process Management Playbook

    This report outlines the critical methods and techniques for driving business process innovation. We have designed it to help you evaluate and identify a comprehensive framework of techniques,...

    • Downloads: 1010
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: The New Economics Of Experimentation

    Sprint Uses Digital Experimentation To Drive Rapid, Customer-Centric Innovation

    Corporate leaders all agree that to excel in the digital economy, innovation must come from every nook and cranny of the enterprise. To deliver on this innovation imperative, enterprise architecture...

    • Downloads: 113
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Low-Code Platforms Deliver Customer-Facing Apps Fast, But Will They Scale Up?

    To Answer "Yes," Look For Scalable Architectures, Flexible Pricing, And Appropriate Features

    Low-code platforms are an important strategy to speed delivery of software to win, serve, and retain customers. Because application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals adopt low-code...

    • Downloads: 124
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: Transform Business Processes For Mobile Moments

    Successful companies achieve a great mobile experience for customers and employees by redefining existing business processes using a mobile-first approach. Transforming traditional desktop processes...

    • Downloads: 126
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Define Your Strategic Plan For Process Change

    Strategic Plan: The Business Process Management Playbook

    The race is on to digitize core operational processes to better support customer engagement across online and offline channels. This shift to digital operations demands that companies put customers...

    • Downloads: 812
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Revenue And Customers Shape The New Business Case For Process Excellence

    Business Case: The Business Process Management Playbook

    The business context for process excellence and business process management (BPM) has changed dramatically since the 2009-to-2010 recession. During the recession, BPM software and services saw...

    • Downloads: 147
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: Open Source BPM Finally Makes The Leap Into The Mainstream

    Enterprise architects are currently leading large-scale implementations of business process management (BPM) solutions, spending millions of dollars each year to automate and transform enterprisewide...

    • Downloads: 214
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Design Your BPM Program To Meet Shifting Priorities

    Change Management: The Business Process Management Playbook

    Business process management (BPM) initiatives frequently start with a tactical process improvement charter, but quickly shift to play a broader strategic role across the enterprise — often...

    • Downloads: 597
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Prepare For 2015's Shifting BPM Landscape

    Landscape: The Business Process Management Playbook

    Enterprise architects, in particular business process architects, face a new frontier for driving process change. Business process management (BPM) has always focused on improving and automating...

    • Downloads: 1342
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Forrester's FastForward BPM Suite Capabilities Best Practices Self-Assessment

    Forrester's FastForward BPM Suite Capabilities Best Practices Self-Assessment defines the critical capabilities necessary for maximizing the value and impact of your BPM suite investment. The...

    • Downloads: 75
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Uncover Critical Process Gaps To Accelerate Business Change

    Assessment Framework: The Business Process Management Playbook

    The age of the customer raises the bar for business process management (BPM) excellence. Establishing a high-impact program requires that teams build a portfolio of new capabilities that blend...

    • Downloads: 1528
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Develop New BPM Skills To Meet Tomorrow's Challenges

    Skills And Staffing: The Business Process Management Playbook

    Lack of sufficient business process skills continues to dog the progress and momentum of enterprisewide business process management (BPM) initiatives. Yet when it comes to improving BPM skill sets,...

    • Downloads: 761
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Drive Process Innovation Using BPM Technologies, Methods, And CoEs

    Executive Overview: The Business Process Management Playbook

    In the midst of continuous change — from customer, technology, and competitive forces — enterprise architecture (EA) professionals must become skilled at transforming processes while...

    • Downloads: 1236
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™: Customer-Centric BPM Technology, Q4 2014

    The shift to customer centricity has disrupted an aging business process management (BPM) software market with deep roots in the back office and a mixed track record for driving efficiency and worker...

    • Downloads: 480
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Customers Drive The Process Change Strategy

    Road Map: The Business Process Management Playbook

    This report outlines the road map stage of Forrester's playbook for building and managing enterprisewide change programs. This report is designed to help you develop an effective road map for process...

    • Downloads: 900
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2015: The Age Of The Customer Is Set To Disrupt The BPM Market

    Predictions: The Business Process Management Playbook

    The age of the customer is disrupting a business process management (BPM) discipline that started in the 1990s to drive costs from production and operations. Over the next two years, new alternative...

    • Downloads: 452
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: Tibco's BT Moment Of Truth

    Vista Deal Signals Enterprise Software Firms Must Urgently Shift To Business Technology Agenda

    After an impressive growth spurt during 2010 and 2011, Tibco Software hit a wall. It grew past $1 billion in sales, but growth has slowed and stockholders are getting impatient. The solution? Get rid...

    • Downloads: 85
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Five Customer-Facing Scenarios Shape "Low-Code" Platform Choices

    Enterprise Architects Should Add A New Platform To Their Architecture Blueprints

    Confronting demands to deliver customer-facing applications quickly and efficiently, some firms are seeking alternatives to custom coding on application platforms that rely heavily on Java and .NET...

    • Downloads: 335
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Getting Down To Basics On Smart Process Apps

    Smart process applications represent a new category of software applications that are designed to support collaborative business activities, both the internal, operational collaboration that is part...

    • Downloads: 179
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:How To Succeed With Smart Process Apps For Cases

    How To Choose And Build The Business Case For The Right Smart Process Application For Your Case Challenges

    Smart process applications represent a new category of software applications that are designed to support collaborative business activities. This collaboration can occur in the customer-oriented...

    • Downloads: 155
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: IBM Recasts BPM For Rapid App Delivery

    Announcements Hint At New Direction For IBM BPM, But Journey Ahead Is Still Unclear

    IBM was a leader in our Forrester Wave™: BPM Suites, Q1 2013 market evaluation. Since publishing our 2013 market evaluation, IBM made several announcements that move the product and the...

    • Downloads: 134
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: Pegasystems Makes Headway Into Front Office

    Process Platform And Solution Frameworks Shift To Focus On Customer And Employee Engagement

    Pegasystems is well known as the provider of a solid business process management platform — bringing sophisticated, if complex, capabilities to the back-office processes of their customers. At...

    • Downloads: 182