J. P.   Gownder

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: Predictions 2019: Automation

    Automation Technologies Will Drive Success From The Service Desk To Customer Service And Beyond

    November 6, 2018J. P. Gownder, Craig Le Clair, Bill Martorelli, Chris Gardner

    Automation technologies — a diverse set of technologies from robotic process automation (RPA) to business process management (BPM) to artificial intelligence (AI) and beyond — are becoming a key investment for CIOs and their enterprises. Deploying automation is reshaping the jobs of human employees, who increasingly see software doing rote, repetitive tasks. In 2019, Forrester predicts that automation will become the tip of the digital transformation spear, impacting everything from infrastructure to customers to business models.

  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    REPORT: Predictions 2019: Employee Experience

    The Spotlight Shines Bright As Executives Scramble To Improve EX

    November 5, 2018 Samuel Stern, Maxie Schmidt-Subramanian, Andrew Hewitt, Kelly Price, J. P. Gownder, Amanda LeClair

    Low unemployment and high quit rates are intensifying the already bright spotlight on employee experience (EX). But while companies, EX professionals, and executives are anxious to improve employee experience, many of their 2019 efforts will be misguided. In this report, we share five predictions for what will happen to employee experience next year.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Automation, AI, And Robotics Aren't Quick Wins

    You Can Derive Value Today, But You're Really Investing For The Decade-Long Journey

    October 29, 2018J. P. Gownder

    Automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and robotics have risen to the top of the CIO agenda, but hype and under-performing early experiments raise concerns. Organizations that succeed with these technologies make numerous investments in prerequisites — from training employees to creating new organizational structures to budgeting — that help them succeed. This report shows how your company can shore up these fundamentals.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Emerging Technology Spotlight: Augmented, Virtual, And Mixed Reality

    Augmented, Virtual, And Mixed Reality Improve Employee Productivity

    October 22, 2018J. P. Gownder

    Augmented, virtual, and mixed (AR, VR, and MR) reality have ridden the waves of hype both up and down, but real organizations are gaining value from these technologies outside the media spotlight. CIOs and business technology leaders should read this report to learn how crucial these technologies are to a future in which employees are augmented by digital technologies.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Quantifying Your Company's Workforce: Customers Benefit When Employees Do, Too

    Performance Management: The Employee Experience Playbook

    August 3, 2018 David K. Johnson, J. P. Gownder, Andrew Hewitt

    A new class of technologies has joined those available in HR management system platforms, making it easier for organizations to collect data on their employees' productivity and experiences. Employees are also equipping themselves with wearables and apps to track and improve their productivity. Forrester collectively calls this trend "the quantified workforce" — but how to effectively interpret the data and where to draw the lines for employee privacy are the defining questions in this area. To help I&O pros guide their business peers, this report explains the technologies, the limitations, and what companies are learning. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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