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: 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.

  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    REPORT: Boost CX Quality By Using IoT In Customer Journeys

    Journey Analytics Platforms Will Integrate IoT 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.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Smart Homes Advance Toward Subscription Living

    How The Subscription Economy Will Drive Smart Home Adoption

    March 12, 2018Frank E. Gillett

    Smart home providers and technologies will remain fractured into different experiences and markets, such as personal care, lighting, and food. That's because consumers spend household money with a wide variety of companies, leaving no way for any one company or sector to dominate. To make the economics of smart homes work, digital leaders and CIOs will help their companies implement new subscription offerings, such as food subscriptions, that combine hardware, products, and services in new ways.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: It's Not Easy For An Industrial Product Company To Build A Software Platform Business

    Lessons From GE's Bumpy Digital Transformation Journey In 2017

    February 21, 2018 Nigel Fenwick, Brian Hopkins, Frank E. Gillett, Paul Miller, Michele Pelino

    General Electric (GE) has been on a journey of digital transformation since at least 2014. But GE's new digital business unit hit unexpected bumps in the road in 2017. This report examines the challenges GE has faced and outlines some of the lessons CIOs and CTOs can learn about creating a software company inside an industrial giant.

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