John C. McCarthy

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving CIOs

With 27 years of experience at Forrester, John is a key contributor to our work on predicting the business impact of technology. As such, he covers such topics as the future of IT services and mobile apps and their impact on IT and vendors, the impact of cloud computing, the emergence of "platform" BPO offerings, and implications of SaaS on traditional services. John also has more than 12 years of insight into the development of a global delivery model for IT services and product development.

To define their mobile app, vendor management, offshore, and IT management and governance strategies, John has worked with leading-edge firms and governments in many countries and regions, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, 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 25 times and has visited the major alternatives Argentina, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, 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 3.3 million 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, BusinessWeek 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. John 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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14 results in Reports

  • John C. McCarthy
  • Past 18 months
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Brief: The Software Segment Of The Product Development Services Sector Rapidly Evolves

    CIOs Will Focus On PDS Software To Drive Digital Transformation

    The software products segment of the product development services (PDS) market will evolve dramatically in 2015. Large organizations need help building differentiated digital products and services...

    • Downloads: 48
  • 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: 182
  • 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: 128
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Brief: Technology Spending Is Reaching A Tipping Point

    Pressures Mount On CEOs To Increase Spending In Business And Technology Management

    The volume and nature of technology spending within large enterprises is reaching an inflection point. The combination of unprecedented innovation, rising customer expectations, and growing...

    • Downloads: 180
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Smartwatches Need Glanceable Moments

    Success Centers On Delivering Intelligent Notifications

    With the spate of product announcements and second-generation offerings from Apple, LG, Microsoft, Samsung, and Timex, smartwatches and wearables have entered firms' agendas. However, to be...

    • Downloads: 86
  • 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: 1266
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2015: Software Platforms Drive Internet-Of-Things Adoption

    How The Connected World Will Advance

    The Internet of Things (IoT) has gotten huge visibility as firms like Cisco Systems and General Electric (GE) promote the size of the market and number of connected devices and IBM talks about...

    • Downloads: 536
  • 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: 81
  • 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: 218
  • 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: 462
  • 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: 152
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Next-Generation Services Offer A New Path To Digital Transformation

    Digital Transformation Needs Analytics-Empowered, Business-Driven Service Providers

    CIOs understand the urgency of ramping up their business technology (BT) capabilities — including systems of engagement — to help the business win, serve, and retain customers....

    • Downloads: 381
  • 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: 281
  • 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: 377