Holger Kisker, Ph.D.

VP, Research Director serving Application Development & Delivery PROFESSIONALS

Holger serves Application Development & Delivery professionals in their strategy, planning and ongoing operations turning data into business value. His research focus includes all aspects of analytics and data management, ranging from data collection, refining and storage, analytics applications (e.g. reporting, text- and predictive analytics), dashboards, and advanced data visualization. Holger specifically looks into emerging and disruptive trends and new business opportunities, such as Big Data and cloud-based analytics and information services. With 12-plus years of deep industry expertise, Holger also focuses on the business technology trends and opportunities in the energy market.

Holger focuses his research on application professionals, but his research also draws the interest of CIOs, enterprise architects and technology vendors. Holger is based in Forrester's Frankfurt office but advises technology users and vendors around the world.

Previous Work Experience

In his previous role at Forrester, Holger was a Principal Analyst in the Business Technology Futures team, analyzing trends and key paradigm shifts in the business process and software application market with focus on cloud computing and analytics applications.

Holger came to Forrester from SAP AG, where he headed the energy business unit, one of SAP's most successful verticals, responsible for the global product and partner strategy, user community, and sales enablement. Prior to this, he held various positions at SAP in development, marketing, solution management, and business development and was vice president in SAP's global service partner group, where he was responsible for the partner strategy across all industries for SAP's largest service partner. Before joining SAP, Holger worked as assistant professor at Toyota Technological Institute in Nagoya, Japan, where he developed new data recording media that are used today in magneto-optic recording discs.


A native of Germany, Holger studied physics at University Stuttgart and holds a Ph.D. in science (Dr.rer.net.) from University Stuttgart and Max Planck Institute, Germany. In his thesis he researched and explained the magnetic properties of nano-structured materials.

Holger Kisker, Ph.D.'s Research

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: TechRadar™: Business Intelligence, Q1 2015

    For a number of years now, business intelligence (BI) has remained the No. 1 software application category in companies' implementation project plans. Increasing market volatility and empowered ...

    • Downloads: 553
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: SAP Hana Is The Answer! What's The Question?

    SAP Hana is SAP's latest flagship technology, and it seems to be the company's silver-bullet response to almost every question. There is, however, a good reason behind this, as SAP has extensive...

    • Downloads: 439
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: Strategic Planning For Big Data: Getting It Right

    We are beyond the point of struggling over the definition of big data. That doesn't mean all confusion about the term "big data" has been resolved, but rather that companies today struggle over ...

    • Downloads: 593
  • For CIOs

    Report: Quick Take: Impressions From CeBIT 2014

    Although much of the thunder was stolen by the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, earlier this month, the CeBIT 2014 trade show in Hannover still ...

    • Downloads: 118
  • For CIOs

    Report: Predictions 2014: All Things Data

    The availability of data inside and outside the firewall and the plethora of creative opportunities to use it are changing how businesses operate. By the end of 2014, we can be sure that computi...

    • Downloads: 841
  • For CIOs

    Report: Sizing The Cloud

    Building a solid cloud computing strategy and business plan requires insights into the future market size and growth dynamics of this still complex market. In this report, Forrester provides a g...

    • Downloads: 5613
  • For CIOs

    Report: The Evolution Of Cloud Computing Markets

    Looking past the current industry hype surrounding all things cloud, Forrester believes that cloud computing is a sustainable, long-term IT paradigm, and the successor to previous mainframe, cli...

    • Downloads: 4818
  • For CIOs

    Report: The State Of Enterprise Software And Emerging Trends: 2010

    This document gives highlights of an extensive data set collected across North American and European enterprises via our Enterprise And SMB Software Survey, North America And Europe, Q4 2009. Ho...

    • Downloads: 2641
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: Market Overview: The Business Intelligence Software Market

    Business intelligence (BI) software is the tip of the application software pyramid. Pure functionality, no matter how sophisticated, is no longer sufficient to successfully support the changing ...

    • Downloads: 2676
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: The State Of SMB Software And Emerging Trends: 2010

    This document provides highlights of an extensive data set collected across North American and European small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) via our Enterprise And SMB Software Survey, North ...

    • Downloads: 1655
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