While the US could face labor and skills shortages of crisis proportions as 76 million baby boomers retire throughout the next two decades, few businesses are reportedly paying attention. According to Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR), the benefits of adding technology to the list of potential remedies is another aspect of the issue that has largely been ignored.

During a press event at its Executive Strategy Forum 2005, Forrester will bring together a panel of experts to outline the issues behind the changing workforce and the role of technology as part of the real-world solution. Panelists include:

  • Connie Moore, Vice President, Research Director, Forrester Research
  • Cynthia Heckmann, Deputy CIO, Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Lisa Tondreau, Partner, Human Capital Management Americas Leader, IBM Business Consulting Services
  • John F. Rockart, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Center for Information Systems Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Academic Vice President of the Society for Information Systems

Topics of discussion include:

  • How the public sector and IT industry are dealing with the double whammy of a retiring workforce and a threatening skills shortage.
  • How organizations can use this predicament as a catalyst for change, including implementing new methods and policies to better share and collect corporate information.
  • What lessons can IT departments — potentially one of the industries hit hardest by retiring employees if no action is taken — share companywide.
  • How to train the incoming workforce using new technologies.


Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time


The Westin Copley Place
St. George A
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

The press event and a similar client-focused session on mitigation strategies are part of Forrester’s Executive Strategy Forum’s overall focus on IT’s strategic role in driving global competitiveness. The two-day Event will also address transforming business models to succeed in China, transforming R&D to deliver customer-valued innovations, and pervasive technology to manage global operations. More information is available at http://www.forrester.com/Events/Overview/0,5158,1023,00.html.


To attend the press event or the Executive Strategy Forum 2005, please provide your full contact information to press@forrester.com by Friday, November 11, 2005.