J. P. Gownder is a vice president and principal analyst with expertise in devices and platforms. His research covers virtual and augmented reality, wearable computing, tablets, smartphones, robotics, and the devices and systems that power retail experiences, including digital signage, beacons, and mobile point of sales. He also has expertise in operating systems, software, applications, and the digital platform wars.
J. P. collaborates with other analysts to create the I&O workforce enablement playbook, which helps companies serve a more mobile workforce that uses a wider variety of devices such as tablets (e.g., Apple iPad) and online services (e.g., Dropbox) to do their jobs.
Previous Work Experience
Prior to joining the I&O team, J. P. was vice president of business development for Forrester's Tech Marketing Navigator and Forrsights teams, helping tech vendor clients leverage business and consumer survey data to make better marketing and strategy decisions. Prior to that, J. P. worked as a research director for more than three years, managing a team of analysts who served consumer product strategists. With special expertise in tech products, he helped clients with the strategy and product marketing of PCs, tablets, mobile devices, software, operating systems, and media content and services.
A recognized thought leader in charting the future course of consumer technologies, J. P. has helped clients all over the world build winning tech product strategies. In previous roles at Forrester, J. P. designed and scoped custom quantitative research projects, surveying consumers and businesses around the world as well as analyzing the data using advanced data analysis techniques (like segmentation and conjoint analysis), and helped clients understand what actions they should take based on these research studies.
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, both in the US and in 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 has appeared on NBC television, "Voice of America," National Public Radio, and other media outlets.
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.