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.

Education

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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    Report:Trends 2015: Staffing And Hiring For eBusiness

    Our Annual Benchmark Of eBusiness Team Sizes And Job Functions

    In our annual organizational and staffing survey of eBusiness and channel strategy professionals, we found that while eBusiness budgets have grown by more than 10%, finding the skills and...

    • Downloads: 159
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Lessons In Leading A Digital Business Transformation

    Insights From The Front Lines At 3M, Bank Of America, And Walgreens

    The forces of digital disruption have reached critical mass, threatening every incumbent firm in every industry. Attendees at our Forum For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals heard from...

    • Downloads: 319
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:US Online Holiday Retail Forecast, 2014

    Online Sales Will Reach $89 Billion This Holiday Season

    We predict that US online retail sales during the critical months of November and December will be higher than ever. Forrester projects that the online channel will generate $89 billion during that...

    • Downloads: 202
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Rank Yourself With The Digital Maturity Model

    Assessment: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    As eBusiness and channel strategy professionals at retail companies evaluate their eCommerce opportunities, establishing a level set of current strengths and weaknesses is essential. This year,...

    • Downloads: 1546
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    Report:Get Mobile Insurance Strategy Right By Designing For Customers' Mobile Moments

    Strategic Plan: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    Mobile strategies fail when firms fail to understand evolving customer expectations or outline clear business objectives. eBusiness and channel strategy executives at insurance companies should...

    • Downloads: 846
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Follow Best Practices To Encourage Digital Money Management Use

    Processes: The Digital Money Management Playbook

    Digital money management, often referred to as personal financial management (PFM), has not seen the adoption many digital banking executives had hoped for. This report looks at how eBusiness and...

    • Downloads: 748
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Identifying Partners To Help Streamline Global Expansion

    Tools And Technology: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    You've gotten the mandate to take your eCommerce brand global: What next? Once you've taken the time to map out a comprehensive international strategy, you're ready to determine which tools and...

    • Downloads: 492
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Segmenting US Investors, 2015

    Forrester's Segmentation Combines Self-Directedness And Investable Assets

    The new power of consumers means that a focus on the customer now matters more than any other strategic imperative. Customer segmentation allows firms to systematically understand and serve their...

    • Downloads: 133
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Avoid The Rush And Deal With The Realities Of Same-Day Delivery

    Large Retailers Tout Same-Day Delivery As The Next Standard For Shipping, But Challenges Raise Doubts About Long-Term Viability

    Same-day delivery is often touted in the media as the next standard for fulfilling online orders, but many retailers struggle to see the viability of offering this service as a long-term business...

    • Downloads: 146
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    Report:Channel Management: Core To Your Customer Service Strategy

    Consumers' preferences for customer service channels are rapidly changing. And it's not just the younger generation of consumers — there's disruption and change across all ages and...

    • Downloads: 226
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Develop A Data-Driven Digital Business

    Short-Sighted Analytics Are Hindering Digital Leaders

    Forrester's digital maturity model defines measurement as one of the four key pillars of transformation, yet too many eBusiness professionals lack the customer-centric, cross-touchpoint insight...

    • Downloads: 268
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Intelligent Portfolios From Charles Schwab Will Ignite The Robo-Advisor Market

    Charles Schwab's strong entry into the digital investment management market will boost awareness and adoption of so-called "robo-advisors," which offer managed accounts for a fraction of what...

    • Downloads: 134
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    Report:Follow Best Practices To Encourage Mobile Insurance Use

    Processes: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    The future of insurance is mobile, yet the path to that future is riddled with obstacles. One of the biggest is the low adoption rate of mobile sites and apps. This stems partly from the...

    • Downloads: 679
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How To Create An Innovative Culture In Financial Services

    Employ Four Tactics To Build And Sustain An Innovative Culture

    Innovative culture is difficult to define and even tougher to build and sustain. eBusiness executives at financial services firms struggle with skepticism toward digital technologies, aversion to...

    • Downloads: 119
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Mobile Technology Firms Use For Consumers: 2014

    Benchmarks: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

    The adoption of smartphones and tablets is growing at an unprecedented rate. Forrester has forecast that more than half of mobile subscribers globally would own a smartphone by the end of 2014....

    • Downloads: 128
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Website Functionality Benchmark 2014: European Online Apparel Retailers

    The online apparel retail market is highly competitive across all regions. To assess whether European online-only apparel retailers have the features and functionality to compete, Forrester evaluated...

    • Downloads: 117
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Drive Incremental Sales With Endless Aisle Capabilities

    Today's Tools Deliver Top-Line Growth For Retailers

    The retail industry has been tackling omnichannel fulfillment for a few years, with most of the focus going toward store fulfillment of online orders and click-and-collect. These capabilities rose to...

    • Downloads: 104
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: B2C Commerce Suites, Q1 2015

    In A Maturing Solution Category, Discerning The Differences Between The Leading Vendors Is Becoming Increasingly Difficult

    In Forrester's 69-criteria evaluation of global business-to-consumer (B2C) enterprise-class commerce suite vendors, we identified the eleven most significant software providers — Demandware,...

    • Downloads: 606
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Case For Channel-Shifting Customers Online

    Business Case: The B2B eCommerce Playbook

    Business-to-business (B2B) companies know they can generate revenue and save money by migrating their offline customers online. The question is, how much and under what circumstances? Forrester...

    • Downloads: 798
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    Report:US Mobile Payments Forecast, 2014 To 2019

    US Mobile Payments Will Reach $142 Billion By 2019

    The media frenzy around mobile payments — most recently Apple Pay — has reached fever pitch and led some industry spectators to conclude that a payments revolution is at hand. Not so. The...

    • Downloads: 631
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    Report:Europeans Are Ready For Usage-Based Car Insurance

    Digital Executives Must Drive Adoption With Marketing And Education

    Telematics looks set to transform car insurance as smart wireless devices, smartphones, and smart cars converge to create what should be a smart insurance choice for safe drivers and their insurers:...

    • Downloads: 79
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Retail eCommerce In Brazil: Team Headcount, Priorities And Challenges

    Understanding eCommerce Teams And Their Key Initiatives

    The Retail eCommerce In Brazil series summarizes the results of a survey that Forrester Research conducted together with E-Commerce Brasil in August and September 2014. In this survey, respondents...

    • Downloads: 98
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: B2B Global Commerce Service Providers, Q1 2015

    Accenture Digital, Deloitte Digital, And SapientNitro Lead, With Several Key Players Trailing Closely Behind

    In Forrester's 77-criteria evaluation of the top 11 global commerce service providers (GCSPs), we found that Accenture Digital, Deloitte Digital, and SapientNitro lead the pack with their integrated...

    • Downloads: 332
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2015: Most Firms Will Underinvest In Mobile eBusiness

    Predictions: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

    In 2015, pioneers who have made the mobile mind shift will accelerate spending to create an insurmountable gap between themselves — the industry leaders — and the laggards who view mobile...

    • Downloads: 208
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: Hybris Moves Beyond Its Commerce Foundations

    New Marketing And PaaS Announcements Seek To Position Hybris As The B2C Customer Engagement Tier Of SAP

    On February 10 at hybris' annual Customer and Partner Summits in Munich, the firm announced a new suite of marketing capabilities: SAP hybris Marketing solution, a new platform-as-a-service offering...

    • Downloads: 109