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.

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  • Randy Heffner
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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Nine Questions To Ask About Docker

    Docker — Or Whatever Comes In Its Wake — Will Change The Application Delivery Landscape

    Over the past year or so, Docker, the operating system (OS) level container technology, has created quite an industry stir. Docker promises faster application delivery cycles and reduced production...

    • Downloads: 124
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:How To Design APIs For Mobile

    Process, Practice, And Design Principles

    Mobile apps are a critical channel for customer engagement and business process improvement, and it's clear that mobile apps need APIs to access business data and transactions. The problem for...

    • Downloads: 153
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Best Practices For Agile-Plus-Architecture

    Enterprises Need Sustainable Business Agility, Not Just Agile Development

    Agile development practices and continuous delivery are essential tools, but so is an architecture that enables resilience. Combining Agile and architecture is challenging. Agile development and...

    • Downloads: 169
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Agile-Plus-Architecture: Embrace The Oxymoron

    Enterprises Need Sustainable Business Agility, Not Just Agile Development

    Enterprises are challenged like never before: They need to rapidly deliver engaging customer experiences and a constant stream of innovation through an expanding array of software-driven channels. To...

    • Downloads: 133
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:A Guide To More Effective Developer-Architect Relations

    Survey: Developers Say Some Architects Are Extremely Effective

    Developers and architects don't always get along . . . and that's a bad thing. Organizations need both the short-term agility of fast delivery cycles and the longer-term sustainable agility and cost...

    • Downloads: 171
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Don't Just Maintain Business Applications, Raise Business Responsiveness

    Continuous Improvement: The Business Applications Playbook

    While big projects such as delivering new off-the-shelf or custom-built applications help your organization achieve excellent business outcomes, sustaining these outcomes requires that your...

    • Downloads: 611