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Sharyn Leaver

SVP, Research Serving CIO Professionals

Sharyn leads Forrester’s research organization responsible for creating powerful ideas and objective, courageous, and relevant content that helps Forrester’s clients drive customer-obsessed vision, strategy, and execution that drive growth. She leads the teams that support both the Forrester Research and Forrester | SiriusDecisions research portfolios.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to this role, Sharyn held various positions Forrester, most recently as the group director for the CMO, CIO, and customer experience roles focused on all aspects of leadership in the age of the customer — including customer-led strategic planning, operating models, and emerging technology selection and implementation. Sharyn started her career at Forrester as an analyst, focused on 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 enterprise resource planning applications, integration technology, and enterprise portals.

Education

Sharyn holds a BS in computer information systems technology from Purdue University and an MS in medical informatics from Northwestern University. 

Sharyn Leaver

SVP, Research Serving CIO Professionals

Sharyn leads Forrester’s research organization responsible for creating powerful ideas and objective, courageous, and relevant content that helps Forrester’s clients drive customer-obsessed vision, strategy, and execution that drive growth. She leads the teams that support both the Forrester Research and Forrester | SiriusDecisions research portfolios.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to this role, Sharyn held various positions Forrester, most recently as the group director for the CMO, CIO, and customer experience roles focused on all aspects of leadership in the age of the customer — including customer-led strategic planning, operating models, and emerging technology selection and implementation. Sharyn started her career at Forrester as an analyst, focused on 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 enterprise resource planning applications, integration technology, and enterprise portals.

Education

Sharyn holds a BS in computer information systems technology from Purdue University and an MS in medical informatics from Northwestern University. 

Sharyn Leaver's Research

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  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Roadmap For Delivering Customer-Obsessed IT Transformation

    The Strategy Report In The IT Transformation Playbook

    February 4, 2021 Matthew Guarini, Laura Koetzle, Sharyn Leaver, Glenn O'Donnell

    To deliver on the promise of customer obsession, firms must use a future fit technology strategy. As a CIO, CTO, or other key technology leader, you need to craft a plan tuned to a specific starting point in your IT transformation journey, the urgency with which you must change, and the level of difficulty you'll confront when making those changes. This report describes the steps that will help you chart your course to making transformation real. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Transform IT To Deliver A Future Fit Tech Strategy

    The Vision Report In The IT Transformation Playbook

    February 1, 2021 Bobby Cameron, Sharyn Leaver, Glenn O'Donnell

    Companies spent heavily on IT and digital transformation in the 2010s, but with disappointing results. Forrester's Customer Experience Index™ (CX Index) scores stagnated, productivity languished, and "digital sameness" took root. And as customer demands and competitors' responses continue to accelerate, CIOs must also change faster, innovating with technology. Read this report to learn how to pursue future fit technology via four tried-and-true competencies. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. We're updating it now to incorporate new research, data, and market trends.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Forrester Predictions 2021: Accelerating Out Of The Crisis

    October 28, 2020 Sharyn Leaver

    2020 shattered the status quo. In 2021, advanced organizations will adapt and use the upheaval to forge a competitive edge. Discover your organization's path to success. Read Forrester's 2021 predictions.

  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: The Customer-Obsessed Enterprise

    Lead The Competition With A Clear Vision For Customer Obsession

    June 25, 2018 Keith Johnston, Sharyn Leaver

    Customer-obsessed firms already enjoy higher revenue growth, customer satisfaction, and employee satisfaction — and will prevail as the age of the customer intensifies. Forrester surveyed more than 1,000 executives in the US and Europe and conducted in-depth interviews with C-level execs to learn what practices firms use along their journey to becoming customer-obsessed enterprises and distinguish the common core of their success. This report details the strategic and operational reset that companies have to make to drive customer obsession.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Top Five Imperatives To Win In The Age Of The Customer

    May 23, 2017 Sharyn Leaver

    Customer-obsessed companies have the highest median three-year growth in sales. But only 13% of firms have achieved this level of customer obsession. Why? Because it's hard. It requires remaking your company, systematically, to reorient each element toward the customer. The good news is that, done right, five key imperatives — many of which are likely already underway in your organization — can set you on the path toward customer obsession. This report outlines the why and how of these top executive-level imperatives.

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