Randy Heffner

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Application Development & Delivery PROFESSIONALS

Randy serves Application Development & Delivery Professionals. He leads clients to infuse technology deeply into their business strategies (and vice versa). Application architecture and integration strategy are major focal points of his research, including how application programming interfaces (APIs) and other types of service-oriented architectures foster innovation and sustainable business flexibility. Randy's vision for integration strategy, digital business design, establishes business-first design principles for leveraging multiple integration technologies and guiding the evolution of an agile business platform. A leading expert on designing business applications and software architectures that are secure and resilient in the face of continuous business and technology change, Randy has for the past 30-plus years, and across multiple industry sectors, led solution architects in using technology to delight customers and to continuously improve business outcomes.

Particular drill-down areas within Randy's research include general application architecture and design issues; overall IT architecture strategy; architectures for customer digital experience; API/SOA strategy; API management, governance, and infrastructure; application security architecture; best practices for API design; and integrating enterprise architecture and governance with agile solution delivery. For more than 13 years, Randy has helped Forrester clients achieve sustainable business agility in their pursuit of continuous improvement to business outcomes.

Previous Work Experience

Randy has extensive experience with enterprise architecture management and application architecture and design. Randy was a chief architect at Sprint, where he led enterprise architecture and standardization efforts, along with the analysis and introduction of application servers, component architectures, object-oriented development, application security architectures, CORBA, distributed transaction management, and other new technologies. His IT experience also includes technology leadership, management, and application development with a big five consultancy and in the retail and litigation support industries.

Education

Randy received a bachelor's of business administration from Baylor University's business school, where he was named the outstanding student in computer information systems.

Randy Heffner's Research

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: A Developer's Guide To Forrester's Strategies For API Success

    APIs are critical for digital transformation because they are central to software as the backbone of modern business. Many application development and delivery (AD&D) pros mistakenly think of AP...

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: APIs Foster Innovation At The Largest Global Firms

    In the age of software-powered digital disruption, APIs are important for fostering innovation, and organizations need developers who use them to knit together business ecosystems. AD&D pros at ...

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: Design Your Contact Center From The Outside In

    As enterprises strive to offer better customer experiences, they must incorporate organizational and operational change into contact center architectural design. Companies must establish custome...

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q4 2016

    In our 27-criteria evaluation of API management solution providers, we looked for solutions that can stand on their own, independent of the vendor's other offerings. We identified the 14 most si...

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: The API Management Buyer's Guide, Q4 2016

    In November 2016, we published our 27-criteria Forrester Wave evaluation of 14 vendors of API management solutions. The findings in that report show how well each vendor fulfilled the breadth an...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Topic Overview: Service-Oriented Architecture For Enterprise Architects

    Most architects now recognize that service-oriented architecture (SOA) is much more than Web services (WS) standards and better application integration. SOA continues to gain industry recognitio...

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: Topic Overview: SOA And Beyond For Enterprise Architects

    With 74% of the Global 2000 now using service-oriented architecture (SOA), most architects recognize that SOA is about much more than Web services and better application integration. SOA continu...

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: Taking The Fog Out Of Cloud Computing: Infrastructure-As-A-Service

    Some of the most compelling cloud computing stories are public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) stories: stories of companies using many servers for a short time and charging that use to a cre...

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: The Future Of Solution Architecture: Six Business Design Focal Points

    Borrowing words from science fiction writer William Gibson: The future of solution architecture is here — it's just not yet evenly distributed or highly integrated. Even with a long list o...

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: Design Your Contact Center From The Outside In

    As enterprises strive to offer better customer experiences, they must incorporate organizational and operational change into contact center architectural design. Companies must establish custome...

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