John R. Rymer

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Application Development & Delivery PROFESSIONALS

John serves Application Development & Delivery (AD&D) Professionals. He leads Forrester's AD&D coverage of cloud platforms, including Microsoft Windows Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Salesforce's platform. John is a leading expert on enterprise middleware. Included in his coverage are the Java application servers from IBM, Red Hat JBoss, and Oracle, as well as Microsoft's .NET. John is the lead analyst on Forrester's application development strategy, sourcing, and structure playbook. He is an authority on the enterprise strategies of IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle and contributes to Forrester's coverage of low-code application platforms and business rules platforms.

Previous Work Experience

John came to Forrester through its acquisition of Giga Information Group and has a combined total of six years with the company. He has worked as an industry analyst for more than 20 years, starting in 1989. John's industry experience includes a stint as vice president of product marketing for Iona Technologies, where he gained firsthand experience in creating and executing market strategies.

Before joining Iona, John was principal consultant and founder of Upstream Consulting, a vendor strategy consulting group within Fleishman-Hillard International Communications, and vice president at Patricia Seybold Group.


John graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in journalism.

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  • John R. Rymer
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Are The Biggest Enterprise Software Vendors Now The Best Cloud Platform Bets?

    IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, And SAP As Cloud Platform Vendors

    Public cloud platforms are a foundation for applications that win, serve, and retain customers. The four largest enterprise software providers did relatively little to drive adoption of cloud...

    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Build Your Dream Team: Organizing To Deliver Exceptional Digital Experiences

      Organization: The Digital Experience Delivery Playbook

      Application development and delivery (AD&D) leaders are on the outside looking into their organizations' digital customer experience projects. Yet their role has great potential to expand as spending...

      • Downloads: 1522
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Low-Code Platforms Deliver Customer-Facing Apps Fast, But Will They Scale Up?

      To Answer "Yes," Look For Scalable Architectures, Flexible Pricing, And Appropriate Features

      Low-code platforms are an important strategy to speed delivery of software to win, serve, and retain customers. Because application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals adopt low-code...

      • Downloads: 100
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Should There Be A Cloud Foundry In Your Future?

      Awareness Runs High, But Few Understand The Rewards And Risks Of This Cloud Platform Choice

      The Cloud Foundry platform has all of the hallmarks of success: It has proven effective in speeding application delivery, is available as open source, is backed by HP, IBM, Intel, SAP, and VMware, is...

      • Downloads: 195
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Azure App Service Helps Developers Move Smoothly From Web Apps To Modern Apps

      Four Linked Services Address Today's Scenarios While Introducing New Modern Application Features

      Microsoft's new Azure App Service combines three formerly separate development platforms — Azure Websites, Mobile Services, and BizTalk Services — and adds a fourth, creating four linked...

      • Downloads: 130
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Case Study: Fidelity's Journey To A Common Platform For Global Scale And Efficiency

      Rewards And Challenges Of A Product-Centric Strategy

      A vital strategy for application development and delivery (AD&D) in customer-obsessed enterprises: Standardize and industrialize platforms and software-delivery processes. Fidelity Investments' Asset...

      • Downloads: 139
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Reforming AD&D Organizations For Customer Obsession: The Three Models

      Organization: The Application Development Strategy, Structure, And Sourcing Playbook

      Intense demands for software to win, serve, and retain customers are driving new ways of organizing application development and delivery (AD&D) groups. Yesterday's shared-service AD&D organizations...

      • Downloads: 248
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:The Next App Platforms Will Bridge Corporate, Consumer, Commerce, And Connected Devices

      Introducing Forrester's Digital App Platform Model For Application Development And Delivery Leaders

      To help their firms win, serve, and retain customers, application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals are creating apps spanning consumer tech, commerce platforms, and connected devices. A...

      • Downloads: 322
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:SharePoint's Future: Engagement Workplaces For Customer Operations

      SharePoint's Days As A Broad Middleware Suite Are Over

      It's time for enterprise customers to narrow their expectations of SharePoint; some should reduce SharePoint's role in their application strategies. Once a server suite addressing six major...

      • Downloads: 230
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:Brief: Did HP Bail Out Of Public Cloud?

      We Expect HP To Reduce Its Commitment To Public Cloud But Continue To Focus On Private And Hybrid Cloud Solutions

      HP's cloud executive team generated some media speculation on April 8, 2015, when it indicated that it can't compete directly with the hyperscale public cloud platforms. Does this mean HP is exiting...

      • Downloads: 124
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:Salesforce Is Bidding To Be Your Strategic Customer Platform; Should You Accept?

      Salesforce's Reach Toward $20 Billion Will Force CIOs To Decide How Much Salesforce Is Too Much

      As Salesforce seeks to achieve its goal of being the first cloud vendor with $10 billion in revenues and its aspiration to reach $20 billion, understanding its strategy for achieving those targets...

      • Downloads: 315
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Brief: Is IBM A Cloud Leader Yet?

      Its InterConnect Customer Event Showcased A Credible Strategy Not Yet Backed By Mature, Leading Platforms

      IBM's InterConnect customer conference gave us a checkpoint on IBM's progress toward becoming a leading cloud platform for enterprises. IBM has marshaled its forces to deliver this latest reinvention...

      • Downloads: 189
    • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

      Report:How Will Your Private Cloud Pass The Developer Self-Service Litmus Test?

      Developer Self-Service Access Enables Rapid App Delivery

      Developers judge private cloud initiatives by the degree of autonomous access they get to environments and resources that tech management provides. Few enterprises offer developer self-service to...

      • Downloads: 172
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Public Cloud Platforms, Q4 2014

      How The 16 Providers That Matter Most Stack Up

      Public cloud application platforms unlock the flexibility, developer-productivity, and economic advantages of cloud computing. Business technology and technology management professionals use a wide...

      • Downloads: 1156
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:TechRadar™: Cloud Computing, Q4 2014

      Customers no longer question cloud computing as a viable technology choice; in a growing number of enterprises, cloud is now the first choice. Since our 2011 TechRadar™ on cloud computing,...

      • Downloads: 617
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Shift Your Expectations Of SharePoint

      This data chart details the full results of Forrester's Q3 2014 Global SharePoint Usage Online Survey. The results show that Microsoft's drive to move SharePoint users to the cloud is working, but...

      • Downloads: 69
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Predictions 2015: Modern Apps Mean New Technologies, Processes, And Skills

      Application development and delivery (AD&D) leaders are facing tumultuous change in 2015 driven by people, process, and technology catalysts. Mobile and cloud alter the architectural landscape and...

      • Downloads: 462
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Brief: Salesforce Pivots To Modern Applications

      Should You Follow The Lightning? The Answer Isn't Simple

      A new platform choice for customer-facing apps and a business technology (BT) agenda has emerged: Salesforce. Two years of engineering is shifting Salesforce's cloud platforms to modern component...

      • Downloads: 247
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Customer Obsession Will Remake AD&D Tools And Supporting Technologies

      Tools & Technology: The Application Development Strategy, Structure, And Sourcing Playbook

      Application development and delivery (AD&D) leaders shifting their strategies, structures, and sourcing to customer-focused software are like acrobats performing above a flimsy net. The tools and...

      • Downloads: 168
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Don't Just Maintain Business Applications, Raise Business Responsiveness

      Continuous Improvement: The Business Applications Playbook

      While big projects such as delivering new off-the-shelf or custom-built applications help your organization achieve excellent business outcomes, sustaining these outcomes requires that your...

      • Downloads: 664
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Brief: Tibco's BT Moment Of Truth

      Vista Deal Signals Enterprise Software Firms Must Urgently Shift To Business Technology Agenda

      After an impressive growth spurt during 2010 and 2011, Tibco Software hit a wall. It grew past $1 billion in sales, but growth has slowed and stockholders are getting impatient. The solution? Get rid...

      • Downloads: 83
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:Quick Take: Is Ellison Really Stepping Down?

      Oracle's Announcement Changes Little In The Near Term, But Is Act One Of An Executive Succession

      Many have interpreted Oracle's announcement on September 18, 2014 that founder Larry Ellison will now be chief technology officer (CTO), not CEO, as a major leadership change at the company. The...

      • Downloads: 60
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Five Customer-Facing Scenarios Shape "Low-Code" Platform Choices

      Enterprise Architects Should Add A New Platform To Their Architecture Blueprints

      Confronting demands to deliver customer-facing applications quickly and efficiently, some firms are seeking alternatives to custom coding on application platforms that rely heavily on Java and .NET...

      • Downloads: 325
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Facebook's Place In A BT Application Development Strategy

      Access To Its Customer Community Is Facebook's Biggest Asset, But Login And Mobile Services Have Broader Potential

      Facebook is the best-known social network in the world, but for developers it's becoming much more. Facebook's APIs and recent acquisitions position it for developing customer-facing systems of...

      • Downloads: 114
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:How Customer Obsession Is Remaking The AD&D Landscape

      Landscape: The Application Development Strategy, Structure, And Sourcing Playbook

      The central role of software in customer-facing business activities has begun to redraw the map of application development and delivery (AD&D) teams and processes. Why? Customer engagement software...

      • Downloads: 208