Duncan   Jones

Duncan Jones

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

Duncan contributes to Forrester's offerings for Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals and for Application Development and Delivery Professionals. He is a leading expert on business application strategies and how to get the most from strategic software partners, including packaged applications, SaaS, and custom development. By researching enterprises' experiences in dealing with key software providers, such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP, Duncan helps clients create sound sourcing strategies, nurture better supplier relationships, and get better outcomes from their strategic software investments. He also advises software providers on pricing strategies and commercial trends.

Duncan is also a leading expert on ePurchasing applications, such as eProcurement and supplier risk and performance management (SRPM), with a particular focus on the increasing overlaps and conflicts between ePurchasing and sell-side B2B eCommerce. He advises clients on their application strategy in these areas, how to make good choices between alternative solution providers, and how to get the best results from implementation.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester in 2006, Duncan worked for seven years for QAD, an international provider of enterprise solutions for manufacturing companies, in various product management and product marketing roles. Most recently, he had global responsibility for radical changes to QAD's pricing and licensing strategy.

Duncan qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and then joined Courtaulds, a diverse multinational manufacturing company. In 10 years with Courtaulds, he held various line finance and IT roles before becoming project manager in a corporate team, managing systems-enabled business improvement projects around the world.

Education

Duncan earned a first-class degree in mathematics from Hertford College at the University of Oxford and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Duncan Jones

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

Duncan contributes to Forrester's offerings for Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals and for Application Development and Delivery Professionals. He is a leading expert on business application strategies and how to get the most from strategic software partners, including packaged applications, SaaS, and custom development. By researching enterprises' experiences in dealing with key software providers, such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP, Duncan helps clients create sound sourcing strategies, nurture better supplier relationships, and get better outcomes from their strategic software investments. He also advises software providers on pricing strategies and commercial trends.

Duncan is also a leading expert on ePurchasing applications, such as eProcurement and supplier risk and performance management (SRPM), with a particular focus on the increasing overlaps and conflicts between ePurchasing and sell-side B2B eCommerce. He advises clients on their application strategy in these areas, how to make good choices between alternative solution providers, and how to get the best results from implementation.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester in 2006, Duncan worked for seven years for QAD, an international provider of enterprise solutions for manufacturing companies, in various product management and product marketing roles. Most recently, he had global responsibility for radical changes to QAD's pricing and licensing strategy.

Duncan qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and then joined Courtaulds, a diverse multinational manufacturing company. In 10 years with Courtaulds, he held various line finance and IT roles before becoming project manager in a corporate team, managing systems-enabled business improvement projects around the world.

Education

Duncan earned a first-class degree in mathematics from Hertford College at the University of Oxford and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Duncan Jones's Research

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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Streamline Your Business App Selection By Emphasizing Outcomes Versus Features

    Selection: The SaaS Transformation Playbook

    February 7, 2019Duncan Jones, Paul D. Hamerman

    Choosing business applications is a common task, but many application development and delivery (AD&D) leaders struggle to do it well. We see many poor decisions that result from flawed processes. This report describes a better way for AD&D professionals to choose business apps that avoids wasteful requirements gathering by focusing instead on each vendor's ability to deliver business goals and measurable success. This is an update of a previously published report. Forrester reviews and updates it for continued relevance and accuracy. It includes new examples, data, and revised recommendations.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Create A Collaborative SaaS Migration Road Map That Is Fast, Not Perfect

    Road Map: The SaaS Transformation Playbook

    February 1, 2019Duncan Jones

    Forrester Analytics data shows that two-thirds of software decision makers in enterprises plan to replace or complement their enterprise resource planning (ERP) software with software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications or have already done so. However, application development and delivery (AD&D) leaders face a major challenge deciding where to prioritize SaaS migration. This report explains how to set your execution plan by focusing on customers' needs and partnering with business colleagues, balancing business agility and technology standardization.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Rethink Your SaaS Negotiation Strategy With Three Best Practices

    Execution: The SaaS Transformation Playbook

    November 16, 2018Duncan Jones, Liz Herbert

    Software-as-a-service (SaaS) negotiation requires a unique approach; neither traditional software negotiation tactics nor hosting practices will suffice. But too many clients still don't know how to approach SaaS negotiations, being too hands-off and letting the business run the negotiation or being too tough and demanding contract changes that the vendor will never accept. This report advises application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals on how to approach SaaS contract negotiation and outlines strategies for navigating an efficient negotiation. This is an update of a previously published report. Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Predictions 2019: Software

    Software Innovation Builds Upon Cloud, Collaboration, AI, And More

    November 8, 2018 Christopher Condo, Randy Heffner, Duncan Jones, Rob Koplowitz, Diego Lo Giudice, John R. Rymer, Margo Visitacion

    Making predictions is hazardous, particularly about the future. Nevertheless, our intrepid software analyst team offers a handful of predictions about important changes in development tools and processes, software pricing policies, and more. Application development and delivery (AD&D) pros should read this report to prepare for inflection points coming in 2019.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Assess Legacy Applications' Effectiveness To Prioritize Which To Upgrade Or Replace

    Effectiveness: The SaaS Transformation Playbook

    October 12, 2018Duncan Jones

    Business applications should be key enablers of enterprises' digital transformation, yet Forrester's research of technology decision makers found that many believe their current business applications are holding their organizations back. This report explains how application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals can assess their business applications' effectiveness to prioritize upgrading or replacement.

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