John C. McCarthy

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving CIOs

With 30 years of experience at Forrester, John is a key contributor to our work on predicting the business impact of technology. He covers such topics as the future of IT services and firms' digital transformation, the development of Internet of Things (IoT) software platforms, and the implications of a world where software is the brand. John also has more than 15 years of insight into the development of a global delivery model for IT services and product development.

To define their digital transformation, mobile development, IoT, offshore, and IT management/governance strategies, John has worked with leading-edge firms and governments in many countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, and the UK.

In his offshore and alternative geography research John has been to India over 35 times as well as visiting the major alternatives like Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, and Vietnam.

In a cover story, Time named John's report on offshore a "landmark study." In January 2004, The Economist stated, "The debate on offshore has been brewing since a study by Forrester and John McCarthy in 2002 claimed that 3.3m white-collar American jobs (500,000 of them in IT) would shift offshore to countries such as India by 2015." In addition to writing the first report in the industry defining client/server computing, he has done groundbreaking research on the Internet, privacy, and the Net's impact on government.

He has delivered keynote addresses on the Internet and distributed computing at such premier industry events as Strategic Sourcing Interest Group, Nasscom, COMDEX, the Milken Institute Global Conference, Business Week CIO Conference, Interop, Politics Online Conference, and Unix Expo. He has also appeared on NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NDTV, CNBC, CNN, CNNfn, and Bloomberg TV.

Previous Work Experience

Before joining Forrester, John was an industry marketing consultant with Wang Laboratories. He also served as a consultant to John Hancock's Office Automation staff, designing and implementing personal computers and distributed midrange systems.

Education

John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in European history and economics from Connecticut College.

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  • Customer Experience Management
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Brief: The Great Digital Reorganization

    Firms Will Have To Change Their Structure, Cut Cycle Times, React More Quickly, And Meet Rising Customer Expectations

    As digital continues its relentless advance and development, Forrester believes that most companies will make significant changes to their organizational structure. Those changes will take three...

    • Downloads: 138
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Brief: Going Digital? Then Goodbye Suburban Sheetrock, And Hello Urban Exposed Brick

    Services Firms' New Digital Studios, IoT Labs, And Insights Centers Provide CIOs With New Ways To Engage The Business On Digital

    CIOs need assistance with taking their businesses digital. Business consultants and technology services firms may have a new way to help. They are building out urban digital design studios, insights...

    • Downloads: 73
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Brief: Making Sense Of The Digital Services Tsunami

    CIOs Must Navigate A Landscape Of Digital Relabeling

    At recent customer and analyst events, traditional consulting and systems integration providers — including Accenture, Capgemini, Cognizant, Deloitte Digital, Fujitsu, Infosys, NIIT...

    • Downloads: 317
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Close The Experience Gaps With The Right Business Technology

    Closing The Experience Gaps

    Companies that want to improve customer experience will increasingly rely on technology to close gaps in performance, convenience, personalization, and trust. Forrester has created a catalog showing...

    • Downloads: 160
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Mobile Needs A Four-Tier Engagement Platform

    Road Map: The Mobile App Development Playbook

    Mobile is pushing aging web architectures to the brink. The three-tier architecture built for a browser-led PC world can't flex, scale, or respond to the needs of a good mobile experience or the...

    • Downloads: 1417
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Accelerating Technology Change Restructures US Services Employment

    Human Middleware And Transaction Processing Jobs Are Becoming Obsolete

    A perfect storm of technology change is streamlining, simplifying, and atomizing business processes. The effects will ripple across organizations, as human capital shifts from handling transactions...

    • Downloads: 106
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Brief: Customer Journey Mapping Is Becoming Key To Digital Transformation

    Use This New Process To Understand Problems And Drive Alignment

    As businesses seek success in the age of the customer, they need to rework and transform their business processes to align with the rising expectations of their empowered clients. In this context,...

    • Downloads: 330
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Closing The Experience Gaps

    Adopt A New Experience Architecture And Philosophy To Bridge Gaps In Performance, Convenience, Personalization, And Trust

    Improving customer experience is now the No. 1 priority of business executives. And as Forrester's revised Customer Experience Index makes clear, simply meeting needs is not enough to deliver...

    • Downloads: 538
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:CMOs Must Embrace Software's Role In Delivering A Compelling Brand Experience

    Software Must Enrich Your Brand

    This report, originally written for CIOs, includes content relevant to chief marketing officers (CMOs). And here's why: A perfect storm of technology change — mobile, social, and digital...

    • Downloads: 178
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Brief: The Home Depot's Age Of The Customer Transformation

    Senior Management's Digital Transformation Business Plan

    On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the International Strategy & Investment (ISI) Fourth Annual Retail Summit in Atlanta, Frank Blake, chairman and CEO of The Home Depot, talked about the firm's age of...

    • Downloads: 320
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Software Must Enrich Your Brand

    Software Is A Critical Strategic Asset, Not An Operational Nice-To-Have

    Your customers increasingly interact with your products and service directly through the software they touch: mobile apps, connected products, websites, and digital experiences. If the software fails...

    • Downloads: 428
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Great Mobile Experiences Are Built On Systems Of Engagement

    By 2014, smartphones and tablets will put power in the pockets of a billion global consumers, including your employees and partners and customers. However, mobile is not simply another device for IT...

    • Downloads: 1111
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Smart Products Will Require A Hybrid CTO/CIO Skill Set

    The Burgeoning Set Of Connected Offerings Will Require New Skills

    The era of the standalone product is over. More and more offerings are becoming intelligent, connected, and thus able to provide more engaging experiences for customers in business or consumer...

    • Downloads: 455
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Mobile Is The New Face Of Engagement: An Executive Summary

    This report summarizes the 28-page Forrester report "Mobile Is The New Face Of Engagement." By 2016, smartphones and tablets will put power in the pockets of a billion global consumers. However,...

    • Downloads: 1786
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Mobile App Internet Recasts The Software And Services Landscape

    App Innovation On Phones Will Spread To Cars, Appliances And Entertainment

    The explosion of app innovation that started on the iPhone and then spread to Android devices and tablets will continue to drive tech industry innovation and have far-reaching pricing and...

    • Downloads: 2198