Julie A. Ask

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Julie serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. Her 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, 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, as well as 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 MBA from the University of Michigan.

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  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Future Of Mobile: From App Silos To Open Ecosystems

    Mobile Becomes The Experience Choreographer

    There isn't a single "thing" that will replace or disrupt mobile — not wearables, the Internet of Things, nor M2M. The future of mobile is more granular parts (or micro moments) that are...

    • Downloads: 400
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Evolution Of Global eCommerce Markets

    Vision: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    Global eCommerce is evolving rapidly. Consumers around the globe are migrating online, with shopping increasingly becoming a key part of the online experience. Countries vary greatly in their...

    • Downloads: 2555
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Digital Maturity Model 4.0

    Benchmarks: Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    You know your firm needs to transform to place digital at the heart of its business strategy. But as a digital business leader, where do you start? Where do you focus your efforts? And as your firm...

    • Downloads: 526
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Globalize Your eBusiness Organization Structure

    Organization: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    The Internet has flattened the world, meaning many digital teams now have an international, if not global, mandate. With many markets suffering from poor domestic growth rates, eBusiness executives...

    • Downloads: 413
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Get Better Results — Virtual Agents Are Key To Improving Site Search

    As technology has become increasingly sophisticated, consumer search expectations and behaviors have evolved. Unfortunately, traditional site search technology has failed to evolve at the same pace....

    • Downloads: 153
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Five Pitfalls To Avoid When Executing A Retail eCommerce Strategy

    Processes: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    Retail eCommerce has two decades of experience under its belt, so companies in the early stages of web retail can now follow a fairly established set of best practices. This report provides guidance...

    • Downloads: 1290
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: Key Tech Trends That Serve Up Next-Gen Commerce

    Meeting the ever-changing expectations of today's retail customer is a challenge, and eBusiness pros are forced to regularly ask, "What technologies do I need to care about today?" and "Am I using...

    • Downloads: 144
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Trends 2016: North American Digital Insurance

    The Age Of The Customer Expands The Scope Of Digital Influence In 2016

    US and Canadian digital insurance teams have come face to face with the age of the customer. Customers expect to have their problems solved whenever, wherever, and on any device. New competitors are...

    • Downloads: 410
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Five Common Pitfalls Of Bank Sales Sites And How To Avoid Them

    Our Digital Sales Functionality Benchmark reviews reveal that bank and credit union sites are often missing several elements that are crucial to driving sales conversion. We have identified five...

    • Downloads: 128
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: Take The Digital Business Readiness Assessment

    Assessment: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Many executives understand that their firm needs to transform. Digital disruption is rewriting the rules in almost every industry, and as digital entrants like Amazon, Netflix, and Uber reinvent what...

    • Downloads: 462
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The State Of Digital Money Management, 2015

    Landscape: The Digital Money Management Playbook

    Digital money management promises to give millions of people the budgeting tips, financial guidance, and advice that so many sorely need. Small businesses, too, can gain insights into their cash flow...

    • Downloads: 339
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2015 US Bank Digital Sales Functionality Benchmark

    Bank Of America And Wells Fargo Take A Clear Lead On The Competition

    We used our Digital Sales Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the public websites of the five largest retail banks in the US — Bank of America, Chase, Citibank, U.S. Bank, and Wells...

    • Downloads: 252
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How German Banking Customers Use Different Channels, 2015

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

    Banking channel use in Germany is changing as customers increasingly use online and mobile banking to manage their financial lives. Yet human contact remains a key element of the relationship that...

    • Downloads: 122
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Digital Labs Are A Temporary Fix

    Digital Financial Innovation Needs An Agile Environment

    To speed up digital innovation, many eBusiness teams at financial services firms have launched digital innovation labs. These alternative software development environments mostly sit outside of...

    • Downloads: 109
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Best Practices In Mobile Financial Sales

    Digital Teams Must Use Context To Be Relevant And Earn Sales

    As mobile touchpoints displace PCs, branches, advisors, and agents at the heart of customers' relationships with financial services firms, digital executives need to step up their mobile marketing...

    • Downloads: 519
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Customer Advocacy 2015: Drive Cross-Sell And Loyalty By Focusing On Advocacy

    US Customers Rate Their Banks, Credit Card Providers, Insurers, And Wealth Management Firms On Advocacy And Future Purchase Intent

    For 12 years, Forrester has shown that customer advocacy — the perception on the part of customers that a firm does what's best for them, not just what's best for the firm's own bottom line — is the...

    • Downloads: 326
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Disrupting Finance: Social Insurance

    Peer-To-Peer Insurance Platforms Will Struggle To Drive Adoption

    Social insurance enables people in need of insurance to connect and pool their money and risks. Startups like Friendsurance, Guevara, and TongJuBao facilitate this and aim to offer coverage that is...

    • Downloads: 541
  • 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: 484
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Evolve Your Organization Structure To Promote Digital Maturity

    Organization: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Digital leaders often ask Forrester, "What's the perfect organization structure?" There isn't one. Many factors, like your firm's geographical scope, go-to-market approach, product and brand...

    • Downloads: 245
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Trends 2016: North American Digital Banking

    Digital Business Execs Must Step Up And Drive Digital Transformation

    Uncertain economic conditions, wavering markets, and tight budgets are increasing the pressure on digital teams to deliver a great amount and stretch their investment dollars further than ever. From...

    • Downloads: 249
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How US Banking Customers Use Different Channels, 2016

    Americans Remain Surprisingly Attached To Bank Branches

    Digital banking use is growing rapidly, as US banking customers embrace mobile and tablet banking while continuing to use online banking. But the use of traditional channels like branches and ATMs...

    • Downloads: 131
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: How To Innovate With Startups

    Partner With Startups To Boost Digital Innovation

    Digital business strategy executives worldwide are driving innovation in search of new value for customers and operational efficiencies, and many are now pursuing relationships with startups. But...

    • Downloads: 99
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Four Ways APIs Are Changing Banking

    How Financial Services Firms Are Exploiting The API Economy

    Application programming interfaces (APIs) are a critical technology and are reframing the business opportunity within financial services. Digital business strategy executives are ideally placed to...

    • Downloads: 188
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Choose The Right Mobile Insurance Solution

    Tools And Technology: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    Poor technology decisions will undermine the best mobile insurance strategies. Making the wrong choice could mean trading away a mobile platform that remains viable for the long haul for one that...

    • Downloads: 357
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Case Study: How GameStop Is Fighting Disruption

    Like many companies in the physical media sector, video game retailers face disruption from mobile devices, digital distribution, and intense competition. This case study provides eBusiness...

    • Downloads: 47