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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  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Trends 2015: North American Digital Banking

    eBusiness Execs Must Help Their Firms Uncover The Digital Opportunity

    Better economic conditions and an easing of the regulatory onslaught faced in the past few years means that US and Canadian banks are once again prioritizing top-line growth in 2015. Less focus on...

    • Downloads: 94
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Choose The Right Mobile Insurance Solution

    Tools And Technology: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    Technology decisions will make or break even the best mobile strategy. In their haste to show mobile progress, many insurance digital teams have rushed to get mobile apps into iTunes and Google Play...

    • Downloads: 128
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Four Best Practices From National Health Insurance E-Brokers

    Online Aggregators Offer Superior Online Experiences To Health Plans, From Discovery To The Shopping Cart

    Online aggregators Expedia and Orbitz disrupted the travel industry by offering one-stop shopping convenience, but three national e-brokers, eHealth, GetInsured, and GoHealth, have been quietly doing...

    • Downloads: 43
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    Report:Retail eCommerce In Brazil: Key Metrics 2014

    Understanding KPIs In Latin America's Largest eCommerce Market

    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: 126
  • 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: 1527
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    Report:Leveraging Location Data In Retail Requires Contextual Privacy

    Missteps Can Generate Bad Publicity And Alienate Customers

    Retail marketers long for the kinds of in-store analytics and in-aisle targeting that eBusiness teams have leveraged for over a decade with web analytics and online measurement technologies. New...

    • Downloads: 172
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Use Analytics To Build Mobile Advantage

    Performance Management: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

    Consumer expectations have shifted. As a result of their perpetual mobile connections, consumers have experienced what Forrester calls a mobile mind shift: the expectation that they can get relevant...

    • Downloads: 634
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Case Study: Digital Innovation Is Seeded Throughout CaixaBank

    Innovative Culture Prospers Without A Rigid Innovation Process

    Digital innovation is how companies survive digital disruption. But innovating is hard, and digital executives at retail financial services firms in particular have complained that a lack of physical...

    • Downloads: 130
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Mobile Insurance Metrics That Matter

    Performance Management: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    Mobile is now serious business for digital insurance teams, and it's rare to find an insurer that doesn't offer at least one mobile service to help customers research, buy, and service their...

    • Downloads: 785
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Use Best Practices To Determine Core Features: A B2B Ratings And Reviews Case Study

    Processes: The B2B eCommerce Playbook

    As B2B organizations embark on an eCommerce path, they can choose from many features, functions, and interfaces to maximize their business opportunity. Separating the wheat from the chaff and...

    • Downloads: 885
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    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: 154
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    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: 92
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Mobile Mind Shift Maturity Framework

    Assessment: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

    Few companies have adapted to the mobile mind shift. Many don't have the resources, budget, and organization to make the shift. This document will help eBusiness and channel strategy professionals...

    • Downloads: 187
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    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: 110
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    Report:Predictions 2015: US B2C And B2B eCommerce Players Will Struggle To Keep Up With Customers

    eCommerce continues to grow rapidly for both B2C and B2B businesses. This report prognosticates the most pressing issues that eBusiness and channel strategy professionals need to watch in 2015 and...

    • Downloads: 391
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    Report:Predictions 2015: The Quest For Security Will Dominate The Payments Marketplace In The US

    The US consumer payments ecosystem has been slow to shift to digital payments. Millions of consumers and many large businesses have experienced the ramifications of this lag in the form of payment...

    • Downloads: 266
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How To Organize For Digital Financial Innovation

    Find The Right Organizational Structure To Spark Innovation In Digital Financial Services

    Digital disruption is hitting retail financial services as ambitious financial upstarts flood the market, aiming to delight your customers with superior digital experiences. Leading firms are...

    • Downloads: 206
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Chinese Retail Market Landscape In 2014

    Traditional Retailers Must Embrace Disruption

    The restructuring and slowing down of the Chinese economy is changing the country's retail industry. In 2014, the growth rate of China's top 100 retail chains has continued to decline and is now at...

    • Downloads: 106
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Develop A Digital Business Road Map That Drives Innovation

    Road Map: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Digital business transformation is a multiyear, multidimensional challenge. Traditional wisdom encourages firms to approach such a wholesale change as a big-bang transformation program, but the...

    • Downloads: 433
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Follow Best Practices To Encourage Mobile Banking Use

    Processes: The Mobile Banking Strategy Playbook

    The crucial question for many digital banking teams after they've launched their mobile banking sites and apps is how to encourage customer adoption and use. Forrester spoke to eBusiness executives...

    • Downloads: 1538
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    Report:Mobile Technologies That Drive Sales

    Tools And Technology: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

    New mobile features, capabilities, and devices are cropping up seemingly by the day. This fast-paced change is dramatically affecting how eBusiness professionals interact with their teams and...

    • Downloads: 1831
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    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: 203
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    Report:2014 Website Functionality Benchmark: US Health Insurance Plan Public Sites

    In An Age Of Increasing Complexity And Consumer Choice, Healthcare Sites Struggle With Simplicity

    In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, leading health plans have been vocal about finally making serious investments in retail-oriented, digital shop-to-enroll experiences. As we move into the tail...

    • Downloads: 132
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Arc Of Technology Markets

    How To Buy Technology In Pivoting, Chaotic, And Stable Market Phases

    To serve customers well, eBusiness executives need to hire the best technology partners: those that innovate well but have staying power as markets evolve. We studied 40 instances of the Forrester...

    • Downloads: 95
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    Report:Retail eCommerce In Brazil: Marketing And Site Features

    A Look At The Most Effective Customer Acquisition Tactics And Most Popular Site Features

    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: 114