Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D.

Principal Analyst serving Application Development & Delivery PROFESSIONALS

Jennifer serves AD&D Professionals and their business partners with research on business technology adoption, focusing primarily on the tools and services to help organizations better use and share data.

Jennifer is particularly interested in the role of technology and data in transforming government. She has written and spoken extensively on "smart city" initiatives as a way of managing the complexity of demographic changes and leveraging technology solutions in response to the demands of an increasingly urban population. Her research spans open data initiatives, citizen engagement, and governance tools, as well as the Internet of Things and connected urban infrastructure.

Jennifer's research and analysis have appeared in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Time, Computer Weekly, and CIO Magazine. She has also published in numerous academic journals and spoken widely at academic and business events.

Previous Work Experience

Before joining Forrester, Jennifer spent eight years at Sun Microsystems in software product marketing, software sales enablement and development, and industry marketing and partner strategy for telecommunications and media. Prior to entering the high-tech world, Jennifer focused on public policy and reform, particularly in developing and transitioning countries. As a public policy analyst and consultant in Russia and Eastern Europe, she designed post-Communist housing reforms and advised governments on housing privatization, mortgage finance policies, and income-based assistance programs. As an educator in the Peace Corps in Central Africa, Jennifer taught high school math, designed national math curricula and exams, and conducted marketing workshops with local entrepreneurs.

Education

Jennifer earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in political science from Stanford University and a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia. Her doctoral research focused on the fiscal and political relationships between regional governments and the central administration, combining quantitative analysis of regional budget data with extensive fieldwork in Moscow and three Russian regions — Udmurtiya, Novgorod, and Ulyanovsk.

Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D.'s Research

  • For CIOs

    Report: Case Study: Data Sharing Improves Insights And Outcomes

    Missing pieces to the puzzle obscure the full image. All industries with multiple actors across a complex ecosystem suffer the same fate. Take the healthcare industry, for example. Access to ins...

    • Downloads: 83
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report: BYOD Programs In Government: Prepare To Walk That Fine Line

    During the past few years, many government agencies have been challenged with balancing the hype surrounding bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs with legitimate opportunities to use BYOD to em...

    • Downloads: 54
  • For CIOs

    Report: BYOD In Government: There Is A Time And Place

    During the past few years, many government agencies have been challenged with balancing the hype surrounding bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs with legitimate opportunities to use BYOD to em...

    • Downloads: 94
  • For CIOs

    Report: Quick Take: Apps And IoT Platforms Trump "Billions And Billions" Of Devices

    Mobile World Congress, one of the largest global technology events, is currently in full swing. Although "mobile" remains in the event title, this year's speakers, exhibitors, and awards continu...

    • Downloads: 174
  • For CIOs

    Report: Beyond Cost: Achieve Better Government Outcomes Through Shared Services

    The perennial call for public sector reform has not slackened. The pain of austerity measures and the pressures for increased efficiency heighten that call. The need to address decrepit applicat...

    • Downloads: 139
  • For CIOs

    Report: The State Of Global Business Technology Adoption: 2009

    This document provides highlights of an extensive data set collected via Forrester's Enterprise Global Technology Adoption Survey, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, And Africa, Q1 2009. ...

    • Downloads: 1477
  • For CIOs

    Report: Predictions 2009: Emerging Tech Markets

    Despite the dire straits of the world economy, emerging markets continue to hold significant promise for the tech industry. Increased business and consumer use of the Internet and information an...

    • Downloads: 1277
  • For CIOs

    Report: The State Of Global Enterprise IT Budgets: 2009 To 2010

    This document provides enterprise highlights of an extensive data set collected via Forrester's Enterprise And SMB Global IT Budgets And Spending Survey, Q2 2009. The survey covers budget trends...

    • Downloads: 1670
  • For CIOs

    Report: Getting Clever About Smart Cities: New Opportunities Require New Business Models

    Population growth and urbanization are stretching many cities' infrastructure and resources to breaking point. Policymakers and public leaders are increasingly looking to ICT solutions to effect...

    • Downloads: 1429
  • For CIOs

    Report: Schools Move Beyond The Basics: Competition Will Drive Technology Into The Education Market

    Tech vendor strategists are attracted by the "edu" opportunity — a large and fast-growing user base and increasing reliance upon technology by governments, educators, parents, and students...

    • Downloads: 1417
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