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:How Ready Is Your Commerce Platform For Responsive Web?

    An Analysis Of The Leading Commerce Suite Vendors' Responsive Web Maturity

    Delivering optimized commerce experiences across an increasingly diverse landscape of mobile, tablet, and desktop browsers is now an imperative for eBusiness teams. Responsive web design (RWD) has...

    • Downloads: 187
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Just For You: Use Personalization Technology To Help Associates In The Retail Store

    Retailers Fail To Create Relevant Digital Experiences For Their Associates

    As retail stores transform into digital stores, customers will expect personalized content and experiences in-aisle. Personalization technologies such as automated product recommendations are poised...

    • Downloads: 166
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: How Machine Translation Can Help Fulfill eCommerce Translation Needs

    Technology Advancements Mean Machine Translation Has Earned A Second Chance

    eBusiness leaders are looking to global markets to find new revenue opportunities. However, global businesses face a variety of challenges in building and operating successful international websites....

    • Downloads: 56
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Embed Innovation To Drive Continuous Improvement In Mobile Insurance

    Continuous Improvement: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    In the mobile mind shift, insurance customers expect that they can get what they want, just when they need it, thanks to that handy mobile device that's never very far away from them. As a result,...

    • Downloads: 391
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How French Banking Customers Use Different Channels, 2015

    Weave Digital And Human Touchpoints Together To Build A New Generation Of Digital Banking

    Banking channel use is changing in France as customers increasingly use digital touchpoints like online and mobile banking to manage their financial lives. Digital touchpoints are gradually replacing...

    • Downloads: 138
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Case Study: Maybelline Chooses Responsive Web Design Over Mobile Apps

    The Cosmetics Retailer Built A Mobile Solution To Engage Mobile Customers In 10 Asia Pacific Countries

    Companies operating in Asia Pacific (AP) need to adopt a mobile-first strategy when engaging customers and prospects. But the high degree of mobile device heterogeneity in terms of screen sizes and...

    • Downloads: 151
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2015 UK Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    Lloyds Bank Tops Our Review Of UK Banks' Mobile Services

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the mobile banking offerings of five retail banks in the UK using 41 criteria. While all of the UK banks deliver the basics...

    • Downloads: 176
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Trends 2015: Australian And New Zealand Digital Banking

    Digital Technologies Will Be Crucial To Driving Growth And Innovation

    The strong focus on growing revenue, combined with digital disruption, tougher competition, a shake-up in payments, and increasing consumer expectations, means that digital banking teams in Australia...

    • Downloads: 207
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: Five Killer Competencies Every Digital Team Needs To Build

    Develop New Ways Of Working To Enhance Digital Business Maturity

    A combination of factors is challenging the make-up of your digital team. Digital is no longer tactical; it's a core part of business strategy. And as such, it's a boardroom topic. Digital skills now...

    • Downloads: 208
  • 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: 289
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Case For Channel-Shifting Offline Customers Online

    Business Case: The B2B eCommerce Playbook For 2015

    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: 961
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:European Cross-Channel Retail Sales Forecast, 2015 To 2020

    Don't Underestimate Your Digital Touchpoints' Offline Influence

    Forrester forecasts that over half of all retail sales in Europe will be impacted by the Web by 2020. These web-impacted sales include both online sales (including mobile and tablet sales) and...

    • Downloads: 466
  • 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: 195
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Your Customers Will Not Download Your App

    Develop A Strategy To Borrow Mobile Moments And Engage Your Customers Effectively — Where They Already Are

    Few eBusiness professionals will see the majority of their customers download their app, nor will they own enough mobile moments to win, serve, and retain their customers effectively. Most apps...

    • Downloads: 353
  • 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: 200
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Use WeChat To Facilitate Cross-Channel Sales And Customer Engagement

    WeChat Is More Than Just A Social Messaging Platform

    WeChat is the world's largest instant messaging (IM) application, with 468 million monthly active users in 200 countries. As such, it's one of the most important international mobile messaging...

    • Downloads: 156
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Disrupting Finance: P2P Currency Exchange

    Startups Offer A Cheaper Way To Transfer Money Abroad

    Peer-to-peer (P2P) currency exchange platforms like CurrencyFair, TransferWise, and Walutomat.pl match customers with one another to facilitate currency exchanges. These startups offer better...

    • Downloads: 146
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: Digital Tools Improve Diabetes Cost Scenarios

    Health Plans Struggle To Adopt Next Generation Care Models

    New connected health tools empower diabetic members to better manage their conditions even outside the clinical setting. The results are improved health for the members and significantly reduced...

    • Downloads: 73
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2015 US Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    There Is No Clear Leader In US Mobile Banking

    For eBusiness and channel strategy leaders at banks, success in mobile banking is a moving target: Customers' needs and behaviors are constantly changing, while their expectations keep rising. We...

    • Downloads: 355
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Ten Must-Have Features For Secure Client Sites Of Investment Firms

    Best Practices From The Authenticated Websites Of Leading US Wealth And Asset Management Firms

    Getting the secure client site right is crucial to the success of investment firms today: Web access on a personal computer is overwhelmingly the touchpoint of choice for US investors who want to see...

    • Downloads: 605
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Telematics Will Disrupt The Car Insurance Industry

    European Insurers Must Act Now To Stay Ahead Of Disruption

    Vehicle telematics — the integration of vehicle monitoring systems, mobile communications, and information processing — will disrupt the car insurance industry. Telematics-enabled...

    • Downloads: 237
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Schwab's Intelligent Portfolios Will Squeeze Other Investment Managers

    Top Custodian Unveils Aggressively Priced Robo-Advice Platform For Independent Advisors

    Two weeks after launching its direct-to-consumer digital investment manager, Charles Schwab has unveiled a version for independent Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) and their clients. Like its...

    • Downloads: 148
  • 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: 181
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Vanguard's Personal Advisor Will Transform The Financial Advice Business

    Compelling New Service Will Disrupt The Wealth Management Industry By Blending Human And Digital

    Vanguard's Personal Advisor Services exploits digital technology to bring personal guidance from a financial advisor for an annual fee of just 0.30% of a client's managed assets. Even before its...

    • Downloads: 232
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Digitize Your Business Strategy

    Executive Overview: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Digital technologies empower customers like never before, transforming their relationship with brands and products. The speed with which consumers embrace these new touchpoints is only getting...

    • Downloads: 701