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.

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  • Randy Heffner
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Sizing The Market For API Management Solutions

    US Firms Will More Than Quadruple Their Spending To Support Integration Of Customer Engagement Software

    Today's customer-centric, software-powered businesses thrive on connectivity, and connectivity thrives on application programming interfaces (APIs). Mobile apps for customer engagement need APIs to...

    • Downloads: 210
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Nine Questions To Ask About Docker

    Docker — Or Whatever Comes In Its Wake — Will Change The Application Delivery Landscape

    Over the past year or so, Docker, the operating system (OS) level container technology, has created quite an industry stir. Docker promises faster application delivery cycles and reduced production...

    • Downloads: 196
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:How To Design APIs For Mobile

    Process, Practice, And Design Principles

    Mobile apps are a critical channel for customer engagement and business process improvement, and it's clear that mobile apps need APIs to access business data and transactions. The problem for...

    • Downloads: 241
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Best Practices For Agile-Plus-Architecture

    Enterprises Need Sustainable Business Agility, Not Just Agile Development

    Agile development practices and continuous delivery are essential tools, but so is an architecture that enables resilience. Combining Agile and architecture is challenging. Agile development and...

    • Downloads: 250
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Agile-Plus-Architecture: Embrace The Oxymoron

    Enterprises Need Sustainable Business Agility, Not Just Agile Development

    Enterprises are challenged like never before: They need to rapidly deliver engaging customer experiences and a constant stream of innovation through an expanding array of software-driven channels. To...

    • Downloads: 175
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:A Guide To More Effective Developer-Architect Relations

    Survey: Developers Say Some Architects Are Extremely Effective

    Developers and architects don't always get along . . . and that's a bad thing. Organizations need both the short-term agility of fast delivery cycles and the longer-term sustainable agility and cost...

    • Downloads: 183
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Don't Just Maintain Business Applications, Raise Business Responsiveness

    Continuous Improvement: The Business Applications Playbook

    While big projects such as delivering new off-the-shelf or custom-built applications help your organization achieve excellent business outcomes, sustaining these outcomes requires that your...

    • Downloads: 623
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The API Management Buyer's Guide, Q3 2014

    Examining "Must Have" Criteria From The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q3 2014

    In September 2014, we published our 40-criteria Forrester Wave evaluation of 11 application programming interface (API) management solutions vendors: 3scale, Apigee, Axway, CA Technologies, IBM,...

    • Downloads: 333
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Applying The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q3 2014

    Customizing The Forrester Wave For Three Key Buying Scenarios: API Service Provider, Mobile App APIs, and Enterprise Services

    In September 2014, we published our 40-criteria Forrester Wave evaluation of 11 application programming interface (API) management solutions vendors: 3scale, Apigee, Axway, CA Technologies, IBM,...

    • Downloads: 419
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q3 2014

    The 11 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    In Forrester's 40-criteria evaluation of application programming interface (API) management solutions, we identified the 11 most significant software providers in the category — 3scale, Apigee,...

    • Downloads: 456
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Customer Engagement Needs APIs, But REST Is Far From A Complete Integration Strategy

    Forrester's Data Shows Strong Investment In REST, SOAP, And More

    A cornerstone of any firm's BT agenda is flexible application integration. Application programming interfaces (APIs) — and specifically representational state transfer (REST) APIs —...

    • Downloads: 201
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Canvass Support For Your New Retail Architecture

    Forrester's Retail Reference Architecture Enables Successful Response To Digital Disruption

    Application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals have to engineer differentiating connected consumer experiences from a web of overlapping systems of engagement such as eCommerce, supply...

    • Downloads: 170
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Design Your Contact Center From The Outside In

    Strategic Plan: The Contact Centers For Customer Service Playbook

    As more enterprises develop organizational and operational structures to better manage customer experience, they need to drive this down into contact center architectural design. Today's challenge is...

    • Downloads: 1216
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:A Radical Rethink Of Data Architecture For Customer Engagement

    Effective Customer Engagement Requires Rapid Change And A New World Of Data

    A prerequisite to winning in the age of the customer is a deep and almost uncanny knowledge of customers and prospects. "Customer data" used to mean the data in customer relationship management (CRM)...

    • Downloads: 379
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Software Innovation Requires A Loosely-Coupled Application Architecture

    Amazon.com and its web-native cousins are the envy of many traditional organizations feeling pressure from competitors that innovate more rapidly. What's the critical enabler for rapid software...

    • Downloads: 297
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Product APIs Create Distinct Customer Value And Opportunity

    There's a dark horse in the race to customer innovation through application programming interfaces (APIs). Through APIs, banks, healthcare firms, telcos, retailers, logistics firms, and many others...

    • Downloads: 214
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: IBM-As-A-Service

    IBM's Impact 2014 Is A Milestone In Reshaping IBM's Core Business

    IBM is one of the mega oil tankers navigating slowly on the technology ocean, surrounded by speedboats of "startups" and heavy "clouds" on the horizon. Stowaways talking strange languages like...

    • Downloads: 353
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:How To Manage APIs For Customer Engagement

    APIs Need More Than API Management

    Application programming interfaces (APIs) are central to any organization's software strategy to win, retain, and serve customers. As a result, development leaders are scrutinizing API management...

    • Downloads: 450
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Digital Business Design Sharpens Organizations' Competitive Posture

    How Four Organizations Are Using Business-Centered Integration To Improve Agility And Enter New Markets

    Application integration is a perennial challenge for solution architects and developers, and it's only getting worse with software-as-a-service (SaaS) adding more point solutions to the mix and...

    • Downloads: 300
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Digital Business Design Improves Efficiency And Insight

    How Four Organizations Are Using Business-Centered Integration To Speed Up Optimization

    Application integration is a perennial challenge for solution architects and developers, and it's only getting worse with software-as-a-service (SaaS) adding more point solutions to the mix and...

    • Downloads: 272
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:SOA Plays An Important Role In A Telco Merger

    EE Uses SOA To Unify Business Operations Across Three Separate Brands

    Service-oriented architecture (SOA) strategies continue to add significant value in the industry. EE, a UK digital telecommunications company formed by merging the UK operations of T-Mobile and...

    • Downloads: 180
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Drive Business Agility And Value By Increasing Your API And SOA Maturity

    Forrester's Eight Central Elements Of Service-Based Maturity Provide A Foundation For Achieving Business Agility Via APIs And SOA

    Effective strategies for service-oriented architecture (SOA) and application programming interfaces (APIs) require maturity on multiple fronts. Application development teams and solution architects...

    • Downloads: 657
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:API Design, Part 4: Future-Proof And Secure Your APIs To Fit Your Usage Scenarios

    Data Ownership Guides Security; Versioning Strategy And Open-Ended Design Protect Your APIs' Futures

    To fully exploit the business opportunity available through application programming interfaces (APIs), your designers must consider each API's purpose and audience as they answer a wide range of...

    • Downloads: 583
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:API Design, Part 3: Make Transactions And Error Handling Clear In Your API Designs

    Ensure That Your Choice Of Messaging Style Does Not Interfere With The Design Clarity Of Your API

    To fully exploit the business opportunity available through application programming interfaces (APIs), your designers must consider each API's purpose and audience as they answer a wide range of...

    • Downloads: 551
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:API Design, Part 2: Design Messaging Styles By Balancing Reach With Your Other Design Goals

    To Foster API Acceptance, Design Around Your API Users' Messaging Preferences And Need For Other Capabilities

    To fully exploit the business opportunity available through application programming interfaces (APIs), your designers must consider each API's purpose and audience as they select messaging types for...

    • Downloads: 577