Speaker Biography

Jan Erik Aase

Principal Analyst

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    Research Focus

    Jan Erik, who is based in Minneapolis, Minn., serves Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals. His key research areas include offshore outsourcing, global delivery models, and vendor management. He has been an industry leader in these areas for the past 10 years and has presented at numerous industry and vendor conferences around the world. In the offshore outsourcing space, Jan Erik helps clients evaluate their Indian vendor relationships and evaluate alternative geographies such as Brazil, China, and Russia. In the vendor management space, Jan Erik helps clients define, create, and maintain their vendor management offices and practices through the implementation of best practices and by leveraging Forrester tools and templates.

    Previous Work Experience

    Jan Erik is a certified outsourcing professional (COP) with the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP). He is also a member of the Advocacy and Outreach Committee at IAOP. He was a founding member of the Twin Cities Global Sourcing Users Group and chairman and a steering committee member of the Financial Services Roundtable/BITS Vendor Management Working Group.

    Prior to joining Forrester in 2010, Jan Erik was vice president — procurement vendor management at Ameriprise Financial. Prior to joining Ameriprise in 2005, Jan Erik was vice president — technology resource strategy at American Express. He held numerous leadership positions during his 22-year career at American Express.

    Jan Erik has a distinguished history in the area of public speaking. The topics of his presentations have been in the areas of offshore outsourcing, vendor management, and vendor risk. The following list is a sample of his speaking engagements:

    • World Outsourcing Summit — Palm Springs, Calif. (2001).
    • Infosys European Confluence — Monte Carlo, Monaco (2002).
    • Infosys Confluence — various locations (2002, 2003, 2004).
    • NASSCOM — Mumbai (2003).
    • CISR Conference/MIT Sloan School of Mgmt — Cambridge, Mass. (2005).
    • Syntel Perspectives — various locations (2005, 2006).
    • Gartner Outsourcing Conference — Dallas (2007).
    • Sourcing Interest Group (SIG) — Tuscon, Ariz. (2007).
    • American Bankers/BITS — various locations (2007, 2008, 2009).
    • FIRMA Risk Management Conference — San Francisco (2009).
    • NASSCOM India Leadership Forum — Mumbai (2011).
    • FIS Client Conference 2011 — Milwaukee (2011).


    Jan Erik earned a B.A. in organizational communications from the University of Utah and an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University.