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J. P. Gownder

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals

J. P. Gownder is a vice president and principal analyst serving CIOs, CTOs, and other technology and business leaders. He leads Forrester’s research into the impact that automation technologies like artificial intelligence, smart software, robotics, and customer self-service have on the future of work, the future of jobs, and the economy. His research also covers the role that technology innovations play in the workforce, employee experience, and the adoption of emerging technologies. Finally, his research into virtual and augmented reality, intelligent agents, wearable computing, PCs, tablets, smartphones, and the devices and systems that power retail experiences helps CIOs optimize investments and strategies.

Previous Work Experience

J. P. has held numerous roles across Forrester since 2005. He has served as vice president of business development in Forrester’s data organization and as a custom quantitative research expert. He has also served as a research director, managing a team of analysts who served consumer product strategists.

A recognized thought leader in charting the future course of technology, J. P. has helped clients all over the world build winning technology business strategies. J. P.'s background includes strategy consulting, market research, and data-oriented consulting positions. Prior to joining Forrester, J. P. worked in a variety of management consulting and analyst roles, in both the US and Europe.

A prolific writer and speaker, J. P. has written articles for publications such as Mashable, Information Week, ComputerWorld, Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. He has also been quoted in The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Wired, and many other publications, and he has appeared on NBC television, Voice of America, National Public Radio, and other media outlets.

Education

J. P. graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. (magna cum laude) and an M.A. in political science. He also conducted research at the Harvard Business School.

J. P. Gownder

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals

J. P. Gownder is a vice president and principal analyst serving CIOs, CTOs, and other technology and business leaders. He leads Forrester’s research into the impact that automation technologies like artificial intelligence, smart software, robotics, and customer self-service have on the future of work, the future of jobs, and the economy. His research also covers the role that technology innovations play in the workforce, employee experience, and the adoption of emerging technologies. Finally, his research into virtual and augmented reality, intelligent agents, wearable computing, PCs, tablets, smartphones, and the devices and systems that power retail experiences helps CIOs optimize investments and strategies.

Previous Work Experience

J. P. has held numerous roles across Forrester since 2005. He has served as vice president of business development in Forrester’s data organization and as a custom quantitative research expert. He has also served as a research director, managing a team of analysts who served consumer product strategists.

A recognized thought leader in charting the future course of technology, J. P. has helped clients all over the world build winning technology business strategies. J. P.'s background includes strategy consulting, market research, and data-oriented consulting positions. Prior to joining Forrester, J. P. worked in a variety of management consulting and analyst roles, in both the US and Europe.

A prolific writer and speaker, J. P. has written articles for publications such as Mashable, Information Week, ComputerWorld, Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. He has also been quoted in The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Wired, and many other publications, and he has appeared on NBC television, Voice of America, National Public Radio, and other media outlets.

Education

J. P. graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. (magna cum laude) and an M.A. in political science. He also conducted research at the Harvard Business School.

J. P. Gownder's Research

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  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Real Value Of Work

    Employee Productivity Alone Won't Drive Business Success

    September 23, 2020J. P. Gownder

    As leaders invest more time and thought into developing future-of-work strategies, one problem continues to inhibit success: a narrow definition of the value of work itself, too focused on worker productivity. Yet a whole host of audiences — from customers who continue to demand more than just widgets to employees who do their best work when their employee experience is high — plays a role in creating and consuming the fruits of a company's work. To boost your future-of-work strategy, you must first understand the real value of work.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Top Trends And Emerging Technologies, Q3 2020

    September 22, 2020 Brian Hopkins, Julie Ask, Dave Bartoletti, J. P. Gownder, Mike Gualtieri, Jeffrey Hammond, Enza Iannopollo, David Johnson, Craig Le Clair, Renee Murphy

    The pandemic has elevated digital acceleration to the forefront of business leaders' minds. It has also drawn technology management leaders into the spotlight. CIOs must recognize, however, that the strategies that worked in the 2010s will falter in the 2020s. Read this report to understand how this decade will be different and how to get ahead of trends by innovating with the most important emerging technologies.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: How To Adapt When Your Workforce Ecosystems Are Breaking

    COVID-19 And An Economic Crisis Are Shattering The Formal And Informal Ecosystems Your Employees Rely Upon To Get Work Done

    June 19, 2020J. P. Gownder

    The COVID-19 crisis has upended the way we work. Often overlooked, however, is the impact the crisis has had on both formal (company-provided) and informal (socially provided) ecosystems that support workers: Everything from childcare to transportation to office kitchens must be reconsidered. This report gives you a framework for thinking about which ecosystems are broken and how to start fixing them.

  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: The CEO's Guide To The Future Of Work

    Build The Adaptive Workforce That Succeeds, Despite Changes To How Work Gets Done

    June 8, 2020 James McQuivey, PhD, J. P. Gownder, David Johnson, Mark Brandau, Katy Tynan

    Most pronouncements about the future of work miss the mark because they fail to account for what executives like you can see clearly in the here and now: how the shocks already reverberating through your ecosystem of work will drive, shape, and shake your current workforce vision, strategy, and execution. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there are specific tools you can make better use of, starting today. Read this report to assess your vulnerabilities and your opportunities to determine the steps you can take to manage them.

  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: The Future Of Work Starts Now

    Four Shocks Will Sort Out The Winners From The Losers In The 2020s

    April 14, 2020 James McQuivey, PhD, J. P. Gownder, David Johnson, Mark Brandau

    The "roaring 2020s" have started with a force: a pandemic that will propel us into the future of work faster than expected. Like its namesake decade from the 20th century, the 2020s will be full of challenges. But this time, many of the forces that determine who will win (or lose) are already visible — and just got fast-tracked. Systemic risk, robots, employee data, and employee power are already causing shocks to your system. Not everything you hear about the future of work matters, but these four things will, so take note and prepare to shock-proof your organization.

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