Sharyn Leaver

VP, Group Director serving CIOs

Sharyn leads the research organization that serves CIOs, Enterprise Architecture Professionals, and Application Development & Delivery Professionals. Her team's research agenda includes all aspects of technology leadership — from strategic planning to emerging technology selection and implementation. Sharyn delivers strategic guidance, helping CIOs and other leaders adopt the processes and technologies that will help their firms win, serve, and retain customers.

Previous Work Experience

Previously at Forrester, Sharyn served as research director for the CIO, business process and applications, and consumer markets research teams. As an analyst, Sharyn researched enterprise applications, business process management tools, and several emerging technologies in consumer-driven and manufacturing industries such as life sciences, healthcare, retail, and consumer products.

In addition, Sharyn was a key contributor to the development of the Forrester Wave™ methodology to help clients accurately assess key vendors in a given technology-focused market.

Before joining Forrester, Sharyn spent several years as a consultant and project manager for Clarkston Consulting, a full-service professional services firm. She was responsible for the delivery of vendor selection and implementation projects involving SAP and other ERP applications, integration technology, and enterprise portals.

Education

Sharyn holds a B.S. in computer information systems technology from Purdue University. She also holds a M.S. in medical informatics from Northwestern University. 

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9 results in Reports

  • Sharyn Leaver
  • Business & IT Alignment
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Master Design Thinking To Accelerate Your BT Agenda

    Processes: The Business Technology Agenda Playbook

    Teams across your business are likely using customer-focused methods to help pursue the business technology (BT) agenda and create digital experiences. Unfortunately, different teams use different...

    • Downloads: 70
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The False Promise Of Bimodal IT

    BT Provides A Customer-Led, Insights-Driven, Fast, And Connected Alternative

    CEOs, CIOs, and heads of product development face huge challenges and opportunities that require a re-engineering of technology management and the business' role in its implementation. Bimodal IT...

    • Downloads: 664
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:CMOs And CIOs Must Turn Collaboration Into Action

    Forrester/Forbes Insights CIO/CMO Survey Results Show Marginal Progress

    Chief marketing officers (CMOs) and their chief information officers (CIOs) must put a unified business technology (BT) agenda into practice that best wins, serves, and retains today's empowered...

    • Downloads: 221
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:CIOs And CMOs Must Turn Collaboration Into Action

    Forrester/Forbes Insights CIO/CMO Survey Results Show Marginal Progress

    Chief information officers (CIOs) and their chief marketing officers (CMOs) must put a unified business technology (BT) agenda into practice that best wins, serves, and retains today's empowered...

    • Downloads: 110
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Top Technologies For Your BT Agenda

    In today's competitive environment, investing in business technologies is central to companies' ability to win, serve, and retain customers. Business execs know this, but they don't think that their...

    • Downloads: 711
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:CIOs: Use TEI To Unearth IT Investment "Options"

    As firms look to squeeze value from technology, IT executives' ability to understand, quantify, and communicate the flexibility options of an IT investment becomes vital for business health....

    • Downloads: 629
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Priorities Shift As Business' Grip On Technology Tightens

    CIOs Can Drive Better Tech Decisions — Even When Business Is Making Them

    In Q4 2008, Forrester surveyed 1,104 IT decision-makers to find out how they set their budgets and allocated funds to different software types and initiatives. As part of this study, Forrester asked...

    • Downloads: 302
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Two Texas Healthcare CIOs — Driven To Innovate

    Texas Health And CHRISTUS Health Both Have Entrepreneurial Execs

    It's an exciting time to be a healthcare CIO. Technology advancements, healthcare consumerism, and government funding have created a perfect storm of opportunity for innovation. Forrester recently...

    • Downloads: 593
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Tools For IT Planning

    Strategic planning is more difficult than ever. Today's volatile economic environment means that IT must plan quickly, more flexibly, and more thoroughly. Plans that don't follow this path quickly...

    • Downloads: 1628