Frank E.  Gillett

Frank E. Gillett

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals

Frank serves CIOs, plus their teams and tech industry suppliers, by predicting the disruption and business impact of the Internet of Things, connected home, connected car, and the landscape of emerging technologies. Working from Forrester's Cambridge, Massachusetts headquarters, he investigates emerging trends and technologies — and their adoption by pioneering customers — to predict the impact on businesses, employees, and consumers across the globe. Frank's leading work includes predicting the rise of the personal cloud and digital self, the reinvention of the post-mobile PC, the emergence of new computing infrastructure such as microservers and GPU compute, and predicting the internal private cloud in 2002. Frank works with CIOs, CTOs, strategists, competitive analysts, and marketing execs across many industries, including high tech, insurance, automotive, and manufacturing. He is knowledgeable about many technology companies, including Amazon, AMD, Apple, Dropbox, Evernote, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nuance, and Nvidia.

Previous Work Experience

Before joining Forrester in 1998, Frank consulted on business process re-engineering for the insurance industry and worked on supply chain quality at General Motors. His 30 years of work experience includes exposure to banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, public works, professional services, food service, and photography. Frank is routinely quoted in leading media outlets, such as AFP, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, CBC, Forbes, Fortune, NPR, Marketplace, Mashable, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Reuters, TechCrunch, The Economist, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Frank has presented at many events including SxSW, Interop, Strata Online, and Forrester Forums in the US, Europe, and India.

Education

Frank earned master's degrees from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Technology and Policy Program. He graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a second major in international relations. Frank has lived in Massachusetts, Ohio, North Carolina, California, England, and Puerto Rico, where he learned to speak Spanish. He has traveled to more than 20 countries.

Frank E. Gillett

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals

Frank serves CIOs, plus their teams and tech industry suppliers, by predicting the disruption and business impact of the Internet of Things, connected home, connected car, and the landscape of emerging technologies. Working from Forrester's Cambridge, Massachusetts headquarters, he investigates emerging trends and technologies — and their adoption by pioneering customers — to predict the impact on businesses, employees, and consumers across the globe. Frank's leading work includes predicting the rise of the personal cloud and digital self, the reinvention of the post-mobile PC, the emergence of new computing infrastructure such as microservers and GPU compute, and predicting the internal private cloud in 2002. Frank works with CIOs, CTOs, strategists, competitive analysts, and marketing execs across many industries, including high tech, insurance, automotive, and manufacturing. He is knowledgeable about many technology companies, including Amazon, AMD, Apple, Dropbox, Evernote, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nuance, and Nvidia.

Previous Work Experience

Before joining Forrester in 1998, Frank consulted on business process re-engineering for the insurance industry and worked on supply chain quality at General Motors. His 30 years of work experience includes exposure to banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, public works, professional services, food service, and photography. Frank is routinely quoted in leading media outlets, such as AFP, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, CBC, Forbes, Fortune, NPR, Marketplace, Mashable, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Reuters, TechCrunch, The Economist, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Frank has presented at many events including SxSW, Interop, Strata Online, and Forrester Forums in the US, Europe, and India.

Education

Frank earned master's degrees from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Technology and Policy Program. He graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a second major in international relations. Frank has lived in Massachusetts, Ohio, North Carolina, California, England, and Puerto Rico, where he learned to speak Spanish. He has traveled to more than 20 countries.

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  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Use IoT To Link Physical Operations And Digital Business

    Integrated Systems Of Insight Create Competitive Advantage

    July 18, 2018 Brian Hopkins, Frank E. Gillett

    In many companies, internet-of-things (IoT) projects are isolated, with no connection to digital business initiatives. Companies miss out on combining real-world insights with digital business processes. Even when IoT data is integrated with digital systems, today's big data analytics approaches can't support real-time insight and action. The CIOs that do integrate IoT-enabled physical processes with digital systems will create big competitive advantages. This report shows how systems of insight, connected via microservices, can help you become a leader.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Top Emerging Technologies To Watch 2018

    July 11, 2018 Brian Hopkins, Christian Austin, Andre Kindness, James Staten, Brandon Purcell, Nate Fleming, Frank E. Gillett, Jeffrey S. Hammond, Martha Bennett, J. P. Gownder

    To outpace the competition, CIOs must keep a constant finger on the pulse of technology change. Forrester has identified 12 emerging technologies with massive disruptive potential; their impact will be seen across a range of products, services, and solutions. This report helps CIOs zero in on the technologies most worthy of their focus, strategic planning, and investment.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Internet-Of-Things Heat Map 2018

    Prioritize IoT Use Cases Based On Value To Your Company Operations

    April 23, 2018 Michele Pelino, Frank E. Gillett

    CIOs face a daunting, fragmented array of internet-of-things (IoT) solutions to enhance operational efficiencies and enable personalized customer experiences. IoT use cases like building management, security, and surveillance apply to many firms; other use cases enhance operational processes; and still others address specialized needs in industries such as healthcare or industrial manufacturing. This report helps you determine which use cases might be relevant to your organization and evaluate the impact they have on your company's strategic business priorities.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Video: The Three IoT Scenarios

    April 2, 2018Frank E. Gillett

    The wide variety of solutions for internet-of-things (IoT) tech makes it hard to sort out the value. IoT enables firms to sense and control real world events. CIOs and digital leaders should sort through the three IoT scenarios — design, operate, consume — to determine which ones apply to their companies and how to use them to better serve customers.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: CIOs Should Add IoT Context To Customer Experience Systems

    Use Journey Analytics Platforms To Integrate IoT Data For CX Pros

    March 15, 2018Frank E. Gillett

    Customer expectations for high-quality touches are expanding beyond the mobile and web realms. Internet-of-things (IoT) technology offers new capabilities to sense and control physical products and real-world experiences. So, CIOs and customer experience (CX) pros need each other's help to weave relevant context and control available from IoT sources into customer journeys. Forrester believes that journey analytics platforms will become the integration point for working with IoT.

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