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Randy Heffner

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving Application Development & Delivery Professionals

Randy serves Application Development & Delivery Professionals. He leads clients to infuse technology deeply into their business strategies (and vice versa). Application architecture and integration strategy are major focal points of his research, including how application programming interfaces (APIs) and other types of service-oriented architectures foster innovation and sustainable business flexibility. Randy's vision for integration strategy, digital business design, establishes business-first design principles for leveraging multiple integration technologies and guiding the evolution of an agile business platform. A leading expert on designing business applications and software architectures that are secure and resilient in the face of continuous business and technology change, Randy has for the past 30-plus years, and across multiple industry sectors, led solution architects in using technology to delight customers and to continuously improve business outcomes.

Particular drill-down areas within Randy's research include general application architecture and design issues; overall IT architecture strategy; architectures for customer digital experience; API/SOA strategy; API management, governance, and infrastructure; application security architecture; best practices for API design; and integrating enterprise architecture and governance with agile solution delivery. For more than 13 years, Randy has helped Forrester clients achieve sustainable business agility in their pursuit of continuous improvement to business outcomes.

Previous Work Experience

Randy has extensive experience with enterprise architecture management and application architecture and design. Randy was a chief architect at Sprint, where he led enterprise architecture and standardization efforts, along with the analysis and introduction of application servers, component architectures, object-oriented development, application security architectures, CORBA, distributed transaction management, and other new technologies. His IT experience also includes technology leadership, management, and application development with a big five consultancy and in the retail and litigation support industries.

Education

Randy received a bachelor's of business administration from Baylor University's business school, where he was named the outstanding student in computer information systems.

Randy Heffner

Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving Application Development & Delivery Professionals

Randy serves Application Development & Delivery Professionals. He leads clients to infuse technology deeply into their business strategies (and vice versa). Application architecture and integration strategy are major focal points of his research, including how application programming interfaces (APIs) and other types of service-oriented architectures foster innovation and sustainable business flexibility. Randy's vision for integration strategy, digital business design, establishes business-first design principles for leveraging multiple integration technologies and guiding the evolution of an agile business platform. A leading expert on designing business applications and software architectures that are secure and resilient in the face of continuous business and technology change, Randy has for the past 30-plus years, and across multiple industry sectors, led solution architects in using technology to delight customers and to continuously improve business outcomes.

Particular drill-down areas within Randy's research include general application architecture and design issues; overall IT architecture strategy; architectures for customer digital experience; API/SOA strategy; API management, governance, and infrastructure; application security architecture; best practices for API design; and integrating enterprise architecture and governance with agile solution delivery. For more than 13 years, Randy has helped Forrester clients achieve sustainable business agility in their pursuit of continuous improvement to business outcomes.

Previous Work Experience

Randy has extensive experience with enterprise architecture management and application architecture and design. Randy was a chief architect at Sprint, where he led enterprise architecture and standardization efforts, along with the analysis and introduction of application servers, component architectures, object-oriented development, application security architectures, CORBA, distributed transaction management, and other new technologies. His IT experience also includes technology leadership, management, and application development with a big five consultancy and in the retail and litigation support industries.

Education

Randy received a bachelor's of business administration from Baylor University's business school, where he was named the outstanding student in computer information systems.

Randy Heffner's Research

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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Microservices And External APIs Underpin Digital Business

    Firms With Digital Business Priorities Invest In Architecture For Agility

    October 17, 2017Randy Heffner

    Digital transformation, APIs, and microservices all make headlines these days, and our data shows the relationship between them: Enterprises with top priorities like changing their business models or accelerating digital business are up to twice as likely to be investing in APIs and microservices. These key investments foster business agility, and agility is key to sustainable transformation. This report uses Forrester data to guide application development and delivery (AD&D) pros crafting architecture strategies to lead their organizations.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Design Your Contact Center To Be Customer-Centric

    Strategic Plan: The Contact Centers For Customer Service Playbook

    August 31, 2017 Art Schoeller, Randy Heffner

    As enterprises strive to offer better customer experiences, they must incorporate organizational and operational change into contact center architectural design. Companies must establish customer journey maps that provide a seamless transition between self-service and the contact center. This report shows application development and delivery (AD&D) pros how to develop contact center architectures in line with customer experience (CX) governance. 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: Designing Microservice Apps For Containers And Cloud Platforms

    Early Adopters Illuminate More Than 30 Emerging Practices

    July 27, 2017Randy Heffner

    For application development and delivery (AD&D) leaders seeking to deliver business change more quickly, containers provide better application packaging while microservices provide better application structure. Each presents a wide range of implementation challenges, and using them both together only multiplies the challenges. This report draws on interviews with nine early adopters to outline more than 30 emerging practices to guide developers as they craft their solution architectures for business agility.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Huawei Is Unifying Its Cloud Strategy But Must Strengthen Its Software

    The Firm Still Needs To Improve Analytics, AI, Automation, And Orchestration

    July 10, 2017Travis Wu, Dan Bieler, Randy Heffner, Charlie Dai, Andre Kindness

    CIOs can no longer see Huawei as just a telco equipment provider. In 2016, Huawei's annual revenue grew by 32% to US$75 billion, 59% of which came from outside of China — making it the largest global network solutions vendor by revenue. Huawei is transforming into a more comprehensive tech company and competing with global cloud players. This report offers insights that will help CIOs understand where Huawei is heading and how they can collaborate with the vendor to further their own digital journeys.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Monoliths Benefit From Both Containers And Microservices

    Containers Help Both Microservices And Monolithic Applications

    June 26, 2017Randy Heffner

    In the race to deliver business change more quickly, legacy monoliths can feel like boat anchors to application development and delivery (AD&D) leaders. Spurning monoliths, developers are adopting containers and microservices, each of which provide distinct benefits for both legacy monoliths and greenfield development. For AD&D pros crafting their future platforms, this report summarizes how developers can apply the benefits of containers and microservices — separately or together — to monolithic applications.

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