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Guannan Lu

Analyst Serving CIO Professionals

Guannan serves CIOs, covering emerging technologies that will reshape the business landscape over the next 10 years. He conducts innovative research and delivers advice to change the course of business for CIOs and technology executives. His research includes best practices, case studies, and technology landscapes across industries with focuses on artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), and cloud.

Previous Work Experience

Guannan has held a variety of roles in the software and internet industries. Prior to joining Forrester, he was an AI consultant serving venture capital firms and enterprises in traditional industries. He was involved in deal sourcing and due diligence from technology and product perspectives. He also built strategies and pilot solutions for clients to leverage AI technologies in the finance, medical, and transportation industries. Prior to that, he was a product manager at Jide Technology, building a computer operating system that is compatible with Android mobile apps on x86 and ARM architectures for PCs, tablets, and laptops. He explored Android PC use cases in the global consumer market and enterprise market in the education and government sectors. Guannan also served as a product manager for Yuanfudao, a leading online course platform for primary and secondary school students in China. He designed and launched the mobile clients in 2015, which now have a base of over a million paying users.

Education

Guannan earned an MS in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Missouri, where his thesis and publications mainly focused on computer vision, e-health, and robotics. Guannan received a dual BS degree in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Missouri and University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC). He also holds a BA in finance from UESTC.

Guannan Lu

Analyst Serving CIO Professionals

Guannan serves CIOs, covering emerging technologies that will reshape the business landscape over the next 10 years. He conducts innovative research and delivers advice to change the course of business for CIOs and technology executives. His research includes best practices, case studies, and technology landscapes across industries with focuses on artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), and cloud.

Previous Work Experience

Guannan has held a variety of roles in the software and internet industries. Prior to joining Forrester, he was an AI consultant serving venture capital firms and enterprises in traditional industries. He was involved in deal sourcing and due diligence from technology and product perspectives. He also built strategies and pilot solutions for clients to leverage AI technologies in the finance, medical, and transportation industries. Prior to that, he was a product manager at Jide Technology, building a computer operating system that is compatible with Android mobile apps on x86 and ARM architectures for PCs, tablets, and laptops. He explored Android PC use cases in the global consumer market and enterprise market in the education and government sectors. Guannan also served as a product manager for Yuanfudao, a leading online course platform for primary and secondary school students in China. He designed and launched the mobile clients in 2015, which now have a base of over a million paying users.

Education

Guannan earned an MS in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Missouri, where his thesis and publications mainly focused on computer vision, e-health, and robotics. Guannan received a dual BS degree in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Missouri and University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC). He also holds a BA in finance from UESTC.

Guannan Lu's Research

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  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Applying The Forrester Wave™: IoT Consultancies In Asia Pacific, Q2 2020

    How To Identify The Right IoT Consulting Provider For Your Business

    July 24, 2020 Achim Granzen, Guannan Lu

    In April 2020, we published a Forrester Wave™ evaluation of internet of things (IoT) consultancies and service providers in Asia Pacific (AP). We used 23 criteria to evaluate eight vendors. In this report, we compile the additional insights that clients engaging IoT consultancies shared with us during the evaluation process. Highlights include what drives buyers to select (or leave) a vendor, what the current state of IoT consultancies in AP is, and how clients looking for IoT consulting services should apply the Forrester Wave to their organization's specific needs and preferences.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The Chinese RPA Market Is Coming of Age

    Key Trends In Robotic Process Automation In China

    July 16, 2020Guannan Lu

    Robotic process automation (RPA) adoption by firms in China has gained significant momentum over the past 18 months. Product and service offerings are maturing, and the increasingly diverse market is comprised of local and global tech firms as well as startups — making it a challenge to keeping up with RPA deployments and the underlying technologies. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals can use this report to understand current RPA trends in China, adoption drivers and common challenges, and AI's potential role in their automation efforts.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Case Study: Haier Builds An Adaptive Enterprise

    How A Global Manufacturer Delivers Future-Focused Customer Obsession

    June 12, 2020Guannan Lu, Danny Mu, Frederic Giron

    Customer-obsessed firms are winning today — but applying the methods that put them in this position doesn't assure their future success. To increase their chances of success, firms must embrace an adaptive strategy, reconfiguring their underlying business concepts to enable future customer obsession. Haier's adaptive strategy helps the company win today — even during the COVID-19 crisis — and prepare for tomorrow's opportunities. This case study shows CIOs and other execs how to foster adaptiveness from the organizational, marketing, and technology perspectives.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Computer Vision Supports Retailers' Digital Transformation

    How Four Retailers In China Deliver Business And Customer Value With AI

    March 27, 2020Guannan Lu, Charlie Dai

    Retailers must digitally transform to catch up with fast-changing customer expectations and fend off increasingly aggressive digital competitors. As part of these transformation efforts, retailers in China are piloting computer vision projects in various functional areas. CIOs should read this report to identify how computer vision enhances the digital customer experience (CX) while driving agility and efficiency through digital operational excellence.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Build An Adaptive Enterprise To Survive Uncertainty

    Lessons Learned From The Impact Of The Coronavirus On China's Tech Market

    March 17, 2020 Charlie Dai, Guannan Lu

    The massive efforts that China is undertaking to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus are having significant consequences on China's economy and organizations. Digital technologies are helping to address some of the most pressing challenges. This report analyzes the epidemic's impact on China's tech spending in 2020 and how it interconnects with the global business ecosystem. It also gives CIOs insights into how leading firms in China are using the core tenets of an adaptive enterprise model to ensure business growth in an uncertain market environment.

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