John C. McCarthy

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving CIOs

With 30 years of experience at Forrester, John is a key contributor to our work on predicting the business impact of technology. He covers such topics as the future of IT services and firms' digital transformation, the development of Internet of Things (IoT) software platforms, and the implications of a world where software is the brand. John also has more than 15 years of insight into the development of a global delivery model for IT services and product development.

To define their digital transformation, mobile development, IoT, offshore, and IT management/governance strategies, John has worked with leading-edge firms and governments in many countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, and the UK.

In his offshore and alternative geography research John has been to India over 35 times as well as visiting the major alternatives like Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, and Vietnam.

In a cover story, Time named John's report on offshore a "landmark study." In January 2004, The Economist stated, "The debate on offshore has been brewing since a study by Forrester and John McCarthy in 2002 claimed that 3.3m white-collar American jobs (500,000 of them in IT) would shift offshore to countries such as India by 2015." In addition to writing the first report in the industry defining client/server computing, he has done groundbreaking research on the Internet, privacy, and the Net's impact on government.

He has delivered keynote addresses on the Internet and distributed computing at such premier industry events as Strategic Sourcing Interest Group, Nasscom, COMDEX, the Milken Institute Global Conference, Business Week CIO Conference, Interop, Politics Online Conference, and Unix Expo. He has also appeared on NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NDTV, CNBC, CNN, CNNfn, and Bloomberg TV.

Previous Work Experience

Before joining Forrester, John was an industry marketing consultant with Wang Laboratories. He also served as a consultant to John Hancock's Office Automation staff, designing and implementing personal computers and distributed midrange systems.


John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in European history and economics from Connecticut College.

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    Report:The Digital Agenda Comes To B2B Industries

    Firms In Traditional Manufacturing Finally Arrive In The Age Of The Customer

    The digital-led wave of change that has swept over the B2C markets for the past five years is now making its presence felt in the B2B sectors of the global economy. Rising client expectations are...

    • Downloads: 58
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    Report:Brief: GE Positions Itself As A Digital Industrial Leader

    For GE, Software And Analytics Are The Secret Sauce To Become Customer-Obsessed

    GE recently hosted Minds + Machines 2015, its fourth annual industrial Internet marketing and customer event. At the event, Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt laid out his vision for the company, how GE...

    • Downloads: 93
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    Report:CIOs And CTOs Will Turn To Services Firms For Help With IoT And Smart Products

    The Business Case, Integration, And Transformation Hurdles Will Challenge Firms' Current Skills And Force Them To Leverage Third-Party Help

    The adoption of Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology has begun to accelerate. Innovative use cases are emerging as companies discover ways to streamline their business processes and improve their...

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    Report:Brief: The Great Digital Reorganization

    Firms Will Have To Change Their Structure, Cut Cycle Times, React More Quickly, And Meet Rising Customer Expectations

    As digital continues its relentless advance and development, Forrester believes that most companies will make significant changes to their organizational structure. Those changes will take three...

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    Report:Brief: Going Digital? Then Goodbye Suburban Sheetrock, And Hello Urban Exposed Brick

    Services Firms' New Digital Studios, IoT Labs, And Insights Centers Provide CIOs With New Ways To Engage The Business On Digital

    CIOs need assistance with taking their businesses digital. Business consultants and technology services firms may have a new way to help. They are building out urban digital design studios, insights...

    • Downloads: 109
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    Report:Brief: New Innovation Options Change CIOs' Services Relationships

    Crowdsourcing Provides Cheaper, Faster Options Than Traditional Consulting

    More and more companies are turning to new low-cost mechanisms to accelerate their digital innovation agenda. Firms are leveraging hackathons, internally funded incubators, digital labs, and open...

    • Downloads: 161
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    Report:Wanted: Digital Engagement Providers

    Building and delivering great mobile experiences will be the beating heart of your customer engagement strategy for the next 10 years. The challenge of making a simple, intuitive app that fronts a...

    • Downloads: 1070
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    Report:Brief: The Software Segment Of The Product Development Services Sector Rapidly Evolves

    CIOs Will Focus On PDS Software To Drive Digital Transformation

    The software products segment of the product development services (PDS) market will evolve dramatically in 2015. Large organizations need help building differentiated digital products and services...

    • Downloads: 131
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    Report:Brief: Making Sense Of The Digital Services Tsunami

    CIOs Must Navigate A Landscape Of Digital Relabeling

    At recent customer and analyst events, traditional consulting and systems integration providers — including Accenture, Capgemini, Cognizant, Deloitte Digital, Fujitsu, Infosys, NIIT...

    • Downloads: 349
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    Report:Brief: Technology Spending Is Reaching A Tipping Point

    Pressures Mount On CEOs To Increase Spending In Business And Technology Management

    The volume and nature of technology spending within large enterprises is reaching an inflection point. The combination of unprecedented innovation, rising customer expectations, and growing...

    • Downloads: 236
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    Report:Predictions 2015: Software Platforms Drive Internet-Of-Things Adoption

    How The Connected World Will Advance

    The Internet of Things (IoT) has gotten huge visibility as firms like Cisco Systems and General Electric (GE) promote the size of the market and number of connected devices and IBM talks about...

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    Report:Accelerating Technology Change Restructures US Services Employment

    Human Middleware And Transaction Processing Jobs Are Becoming Obsolete

    A perfect storm of technology change is streamlining, simplifying, and atomizing business processes. The effects will ripple across organizations, as human capital shifts from handling transactions...

    • Downloads: 113
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    Report:Brief: Customer Journey Mapping Is Becoming Key To Digital Transformation

    Use This New Process To Understand Problems And Drive Alignment

    As businesses seek success in the age of the customer, they need to rework and transform their business processes to align with the rising expectations of their empowered clients. In this context,...

    • Downloads: 368
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    Report:Closing The Experience Gaps

    Adopt A New Experience Architecture And Philosophy To Bridge Gaps In Performance, Convenience, Personalization, And Trust

    Improving customer experience is now the No. 1 priority of business executives. And as Forrester's revised Customer Experience Index makes clear, simply meeting needs is not enough to deliver...

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    Report:Next-Generation Services Offer A New Path To Digital Transformation

    Digital Transformation Needs Analytics-Empowered, Business-Driven Service Providers

    CIOs understand the urgency of ramping up their business technology (BT) capabilities — including systems of engagement — to help the business win, serve, and retain customers....

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    Report:Brief: The Home Depot's Age Of The Customer Transformation

    Senior Management's Digital Transformation Business Plan

    On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the International Strategy & Investment (ISI) Fourth Annual Retail Summit in Atlanta, Frank Blake, chairman and CEO of The Home Depot, talked about the firm's age of...

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    Report:Software Must Enrich Your Brand

    Software Is A Critical Strategic Asset, Not An Operational Nice-To-Have

    Your customers increasingly interact with your products and service directly through the software they touch: mobile apps, connected products, websites, and digital experiences. If the software fails...

    • Downloads: 437
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    Report:Tracking The Renegade Technology Buyer

    Understanding The What And Why Of Business Executives' Spending On Technology

    After nearly a decade in hibernation, the business buyer has re-emerged as a major spender and force in IT spending. To better understand the return of tech spending outside the formal IT budget and...

    • Downloads: 358
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    Report:New Dynamics Shape IT Services Spending

    Changes Will Accelerate Over The Next 24 Months

    The IT services industry is in the middle of a fundamental transformation of who it sells to, what services it sells, and how it delivers those services. Upstart vendors specializing in new...

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    Report:Great Mobile Experiences Are Built On Systems Of Engagement

    By 2014, smartphones and tablets will put power in the pockets of a billion global consumers, including your employees and partners and customers. However, mobile is not simply another device for IT...

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    Report:Smart Products Will Require A Hybrid CTO/CIO Skill Set

    The Burgeoning Set Of Connected Offerings Will Require New Skills

    The era of the standalone product is over. More and more offerings are becoming intelligent, connected, and thus able to provide more engaging experiences for customers in business or consumer...

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    Report:Mobile's Ascendance Will Accelerate IT Services Restructuring

    The IT Services Opportunity In Systems Of Engagement

    Mobile is more than just a pretty face. New platforms will usher in a whole new class of systems focused on engaging customers, employees, and business partners. The move to systems of engagement and...

    • Downloads: 388
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    Report:Forrsights: Business Execs Increase Direct IT Spend To Support Systems Of Engagement

    Our Q4 2011 Business Decision-Makers Survey Shows CIOs Under Pressure

    During October and November of 2011, Forrester surveyed 3,534 business decision-makers in North American and European enterprises regarding their business priorities (and views of IT priorities),...

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    Report:The Shift To Product Development Services 2.0 Is On

    Vendors Need To Make Key Investments In Go-To-Market And Solution-Based Approaches To Emerge As Leaders

    The product development services market is currently undergoing a fundamental move to a more proactive, solution-based approach, which Forrester defines as product development services 2.0 (PDS 2.0)....

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    Report:Mobile Is The New Face Of Engagement: An Executive Summary

    This report summarizes the 28-page Forrester report "Mobile Is The New Face Of Engagement." By 2016, smartphones and tablets will put power in the pockets of a billion global consumers. However,...

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