Julie A. Ask

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Julie serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. Julie's 25 years of work experience is balanced between the engineering and management consulting work she did in the first half of her career and her work as an analyst for the past 12 years. The combination of technical and business expertise positions prepared her well to work with business leaders to identify new opportunities offered by mobile technology and to develop strategies to engage with consumers on mobile devices. She has worked with hundreds of clients across retail, travel, banking, insurance, CPG, healthcare, retail, and more to advise and guide the development of their mobile strategies.

Julie's research and analysis have been widely cited in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, RCR Wireless, and The Onion and on CBS, NBC, and PBS.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to becoming an analyst, Julie worked at a contextual services mobile startup in San Francisco and prior to that at Booz Allen & Hamilton.


Julie holds a B.S.E.E. and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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  • James L. McQuivey
  • For Chief Marketing Officer Professionals

    Blog:Having Faith In Apple Plus Beats

    A media frenzy arose last night when the Financial Times suggested it had word from the inside that Apple is closing in on buying Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion. The immediate response from all...

    • For CMO Professionals

      Report:Brief: Amazon Prime Music Reveals A Warning To Other Product Categories

      Music Is Now A Feature, Not A Product

      In June 2014, Amazon.com announced the arrival of its Prime Music service. Just like with the company's Prime Instant Video service, the music service is free to Prime members who have already chosen...

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      Blog:Four Lessons On Wearables From LeWeb Paris 2014

      I'm packing to leave Paris and it's a hard town to leave. Not only because I managed to catch a glimpse of a Paris sunset last night from the top of Notre Dame, but because I'm leaving...

      • For CMO Professionals

        Charts & Figures:Three Obstacles That Hamper Digital Disruption

      • For CMO Professionals

        Report:Start To Build Your Ultimate Customer Relationship

        Digital Platforms Pave The Way For Others To Build Powerful Lifestyle-Enhancing Relationships

        Thanks to digital disruption, consumers have fully embraced a world where they use digital enablers to connect with companies more deeply than ever before. Digital platform providers like Amazon.com,...

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        Blog:Google Takes Aim At A Content Platform Strategy With Not One But Two New Gadgets

        The poorly kept secret that is the Google Nexus 7 tablet was just announced amid much developer applause and excitement. The device is everything it was rumored to be and the specs —...

        • For Chief Marketing Officer Professionals

          Blog:Why My Hardcover Book Counts As Digital Disruption

          It is with great pleasure that I mark the arrival of Digital Disruption: Unleashing The Next Wave Of Innovation, by announcing that as of today, February 26th, you can buy Digital...

          • For Chief Marketing Officer Professionals

            Blog:YouTube Wants You To Pay So It Can Have More Of Everything

            YouTube finally announced this week that it would allow channels to charge monthly fees to access content on YouTube. Some have predicted that YouTube’s subscription model would undercut its ad...

            • For Chief Marketing Officer Professionals

              Blog:CES 2014 Roundup In Three Bullets

              The madness that is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has finally subsided, people are safely home (some never arrived thanks to cancelled flights), and we’ve had sufficient time to read the...

              • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

                Report:Brief: How I&O Leaders Should Prepare For Apple's Leap Into The Wearables Market

                Apple's iWatch Will Become A Critical Tool For Workforce Enablement And Customer Interactions

                Wearables offer enterprises powerful tools for empowering workers and engaging customers. As company-owned devices, devices like Google Glass are already helping employees such as surgeons perform...

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                Blog:Sony Should Have Been A Digital Contender

                (See a more detailed and interactive version of this post on touchcast, by clicking on "View Interactive Version" in the video above or visiting TouchCast.) News out today confirms that Sony...

                • For CMO Professionals

                  Report:Brief: HBO Won't Go As Direct As You Think

                  Why HBO Will Succeed, Others Will Follow, And TV Will Thrive

                  HBO stunned the market and raised the ire of its cable and satellite partners by announcing that it will offer some version of the HBO experience directly to consumers in 2015. When the details are...

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                  Blog:Sony Should Fight Fire With Fire And Post "The Interview" Online For Free

                  Late last night, Sony revealed that it would pull The Interview from its release schedule. This decision was made in response to the step taken by the major theater chains, all agreeing that they...

                  • For Chief Marketing Officer Professionals

                    Blog:What it Means That Apple's iPad Crossed The 100 Million Mark

                    In just a few hours I will be on stage keynoting Forrester's eBusiness and Channel Strategy Forum: Seizing Opportunity From Digital Disruption. This is an exciting event because it was one year...

                    • For Chief Marketing Officer Professionals

                      Blog:Digital Disruption Likely To Come From Outside Your Industry

                      Once upon a time, you could trust that your business was insulated from disruptive innovation because only people already in your industry had the skills and the tools to try to change your industry....

                      • For Chief Marketing Officer Professionals

                        Blog:Ultra HD TV: Déjà Vu All Over Again

                        I swear I've been here before. Not here, as in here at CES, where I spent the week checking my product assumptions against the actual offerings arrayed on the showfloor. But here, as in at a...

                        • For Chief Marketing Officer Professionals

                          Blog:Wal-Mart Uses Boxee TV To Accelerate Cord-Shaving

                          This week Wal-Mart announced that it would put significant weight behind the new Boxee TV box, a $99 set-top box that competes with the market-leading Apple TV and the runner-up Roku boxes. Wal-Mart...

                          • For CMO Professionals

                            Charts & Figures:Companion-Screen Experiences Often Distract From, Rather Than Support, TV Viewing

                            Content Trumps Distribution In TV's Future

                          • For Chief Marketing Officer Professionals

                            Blog:Twitter Fails To Build Future of Music - But Wasn’t Trying

                              background:white">Twitter #music is now out and people are abuzz about how elegant it is while also murmuring about what it means that Twitter – a company with no direct music expertise...

                            • For Chief Marketing Officer Professionals

                              Blog:CES 2013: The Four-Sentence Summary

                              I know what you're thinking: CES is so last week already. But the lessons of CES will follow -- some would say haunt -- us all year long, so it's worth a sober summary of last week's...

                              • For Chief Marketing Officer Professionals

                                Blog:Change The Interface, Change The World: Microsoft HoloLens Takes Computing’s Next Giant Leap

                                Windows 10 comes with holographic computing built into it. And to prove that it’s serious about holography, the company announced Microsoft HoloLens, a headset that lets people interact with...

                                • For CMO Professionals

                                  Report:Brief: Microsoft HoloLens Changes Everything With The Next Natural Computing Interface

                                  CMOs Will Have To Support The Digital Experiences That Holographic Computing Enables

                                  With the launch of its Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft revealed an unexpected aspect of the new Windows 10 platform: a holographic interface that will launch with a dedicated headset called...

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                                  Report:The Fight To Control The TV Becomes A Platform War

                                  The fight to control the TV is a battle for the more than 114 million TV households that, until now, have been under the quiet control of cable and satellite providers and the broadcast and cable...

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                                  Blog:The End Of The Revolution, The Beginning Of A Better Way

                                  As I write this, I am sitting in Boston’s Logan airport surrounded by healthy- but somber-looking people clad in the yellow and blue of the official jersey of the Boston Marathon. Some are...

                                  • For Chief Marketing Officer Professionals

                                    Blog:Brand Relationship Is Dead — Long Live The Digital Customer Relationship

                                    Marketers, you are officially on notice: The very idea of brand relationship is going to become irrelevant thanks to digital disruption. If you continue to focus on building a wonderful brand...