Christopher Mines

Senior Vice President, Research Director serving Application Development & Delivery PROFESSIONALS

Chris leads a team of Forrester analysts focused on the future of software development. Since software is both the platform and portal for customer engagement, speed and continuous improvement of software applications and systems are essential for business success in any industry. His team's research and advisory work identify the platforms, tools, methodologies, and skills that help companies put modern software at the center of their business.

Chris has a 17-year tenure as a Forrester analyst and research leader. He has worked across the organization, including leading the firm's US research organization from 2002 to 2006. His ongoing research interests include technology-driven business transformation, the connected world, and the economics and business models of technology suppliers.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Chris was a principal at GeoPartners Research, doing strategy consulting for leading technology companies. During the 1980s, he was with the investment bank Cowen & Company, heading its research coverage of the networking industry. He also worked at The Yankee Group as a telecom industry analyst. He began his career as a member of technical staff at IBM's network software labs.


Chris holds degrees from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Blog:Painting The IT Industry Landscape

    All of us in the technology industry get caught up in the near-term fluctuations and pressures of our business. This quarter’s earnings, next quarter’s shipments, this year’s hiring...

    • For Vendor Strategy Professionals

      Blog:Sustainability Doesn't Sell ... Or Does It?

      Let me start off this post on a downbeat note: Improving sustainability is not a high priority for companies, according to data from the recent Forrester survey of business decision-makers. The...

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        Blog:3 Ways Carbon Management Software Firms Can Capture The Market

        It's a challenge for every company with a software "solution" for sale: it's a solution, but for what? Are customers looking for an all-encompassing solution to a big problem, or a targeted...

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          Blog:Talking ECEM market evolution with PwC

          The market for enterprise carbon and energy management (ECEM) systems continues its rapid evolution. Since publishing our Market Overview report last November, we have interviewed at least a...

          • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

            Blog:Regulation won't drive Green IT adoption

            Were your hopes for growing adoption of green IT dashed by the non-agreement at COP 15 in Copenhagen? Are you dismayed by the weak prospects for cap-and-trade legislation in the US during 2010?...

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              Blog:Are Sustainability Conferences Sustainable?

              That was my thought as I sat down to a lovely banquet dinner to kick off the Low-Carbon Earth Summit (LCES) in Dalian China a couple of weeks ago. I was lucky enough to be on the keynote agenda at...

              • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                Blog:To paraphrase JFK...

                [Posted by Christopher Mines] "Don't ask what green can do for IT; ask what IT can do for green." That's our manifesto for vendors as they survey the opportunity landscape created by the...

                • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                  Blog:A View Of VERGE From An IT Expert's Perspective

                  Part of my role managing the Business Technology Futures team at Forrester is to keep an eye on "what's next" for CIOs and their business partners. My team is chartered to create an early-warning...

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                    Blog:In Sustainability, Britannia Rules

                    I was in London last week, delivering the opening keynote at the Green IT Expo conference. I had previously spoken at this event back in 2008, and it was nice to see a bigger crowd of perhaps...

                    • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                      Blog:What's On The Horizon Of IBM's 'Smarter Planet'

                      I spent some of this week at IBM's annual Connect analyst event, a cornerstone for understanding Big Blue's direction from the perspective of its fastest-growing and most profitable division....

                      • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                        Blog:2 Big Shifts Taking Us To More Resource-Efficient Computing

                        In the last couple of weeks, I finally put a couple of pieces together . . . the tech industry is pushing hard, down two parallel tracks, toward much more resource-efficient computing architectures....

                        • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                          Blog:Three American Leaders In Green IT And Building Technology

                          Watching the World Cup over the past few weeks gave me a new appreciation for soccer/football/futbol. Imagine passing, catching, shooting a ball with NO HANDS. The goal that Ghana scored in overtime...

                          • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                            Blog:Welcome to the Connected World

                            The world is becoming more and more connected, whether we look at consumer products like thermostats, commercial assets like a fleet of trucks, or infrastructure systems as extensive as electricity...

                            • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                              Blog:How Tech Vendors Should Approach Green IT

                              [Posted by Christopher Mines] My colleague Doug Washburn and I did a Forrester Webinar yesterday for tech vendor clients & prospects. We closed with 6 takeaways for tech vendors seeking to...

                              • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                Blog:How To Make The CFO A Buyer For Sustainability Solutions

                                Most of the suppliers of IT-for-sustainability (ITfS) solutions that we work with have one path to finding a buyer in their customer organizations: through the IT organization. Whether giants, such...

                                • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                  Blog:5 Tech Vendors' Different Views On The IT-for-Sustainability Opportunity

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                                    Blog:Three ICT Roadblocks In Realizing Smarter Buildings' Potential

                                    The promise of smart buildings is cropping up across the ICT industry lately. Our calendar of vendor briefings and events is crowded with announcements of new products, acquisitions, and...

                                    • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                      Blog:3 (New) Predictions For The Future Of Carbon And Energy Management Software

                                      Eighteen months ago, I wrote a market overview report, "The Advent of Enterprise Carbon and Energy Management Systems." Returning from vacation last week, I was sifting through the recent news from...

                                      • For Vendor Strategy Professionals

                                        Blog:Is cloud computing green?

                                        [Posted by Christopher Mines]   Hello, let me introduce myself to our Vendor Strategy Blog readers and participants; I am Forrester's lead analyst in Green IT. My job is to understand...

                                        • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                          Blog:Riding The Coming Wave Of Tech Industry Growth

                                          Tech is back! Just as our in-house economist Andy Bartels predicted, the first quarter numbers from the big tech vendors confirm that IT investment is on a growth trajectory again. Check out the...

                                          • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                            Blog:The Overall IT Budget Environment Has Turned Positive

                                            Forrester’s newest survey of the IT spending environment has encouraging news that underpins our forecasts of a rebound in industry fortunes after the nasty recession of 2008-09. The good news...

                                            • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                              Blog:How IBM And HP Are Strengthening Their IT-For-Sustainability Offers

                                                Over the past few weeks, computing giants HP and IBM have made significant new thrusts into the market for sustainability software and services. At first look, both companies are...

                                              • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                                Blog:How Students Can Move Environmental Issues Higher On The CEO Priority List

                                                My research team’s charter here at Forrester is to “Predict and quantify growth and disruption in the tech industry.” That means we’re always on the lookout for the next big...

                                                • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                                  Blog:How The IT Industry's Posture On Sustainability Moves From Defense ("Green IT") To Offense ("IT for Green")

                                                    My work at Forrester is focused on helping strategists at IT suppliers (vendors) align their development, positioning, and messaging with the big trends and disruptions in the industry....

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                                                    Blog:Navigating The World Of Sustainability Solution Players

                                                    My research team at Forrester helps tech vendor strategists anticipate and navigate in rapidly changing market environments. We can't take a siloed view on specific product and service...