Sharyn Leaver

VP, Group Director serving CIOs

Sharyn leads the research organization that serves CIOs, Enterprise Architecture Professionals, and Application Development & Delivery Professionals. Her team's research agenda includes all aspects of technology leadership — from strategic planning to emerging technology selection and implementation. Sharyn delivers strategic guidance, helping CIOs and other leaders adopt the processes and technologies that will help their firms win, serve, and retain customers.

Previous Work Experience

Previously at Forrester, Sharyn served as research director for the CIO, business process and applications, and consumer markets research teams. As an analyst, Sharyn researched enterprise applications, business process management tools, and several emerging technologies in consumer-driven and manufacturing industries such as life sciences, healthcare, retail, and consumer products.

In addition, Sharyn was a key contributor to the development of the Forrester Wave™ methodology to help clients accurately assess key vendors in a given technology-focused market.

Before joining Forrester, Sharyn spent several years as a consultant and project manager for Clarkston Consulting, a full-service professional services firm. She was responsible for the delivery of vendor selection and implementation projects involving SAP and other ERP applications, integration technology, and enterprise portals.


Sharyn holds a B.S. in computer information systems technology from Purdue University. She also holds a M.S. in medical informatics from Northwestern University. 

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  • Sharyn Leaver
  • For CIO Professionals

    Blog:CIOs: Life In The Fast Lane

    The pace of business – heck, the pace of life, gets faster and faster. Faster processing, faster delivery, faster innovation – and faster adoption and abandonment of that innovation -- is...

    • For CIO Professionals

      Blog:Your Business Technology Strategy: Go Fast Or Go Home

      CEOs and their leadership teams are at a crossroads as technology underpins virtually all customers’ expectations and unlocks new sources of customer value. The choice is rather...

      • Blog:CIOs Move From Custodians To Digital Stewards in 2016

        We’ve been telling you that you need to transition from strictly managing an IT Agenda to owning a BT Agenda, too. 2016 is the year that needs to happen: your CEO will be looking for you to...

        • For CIO Professionals

          Blog:The Technology Skills Needed To Deliver In A Customer-Obsessed Organization

          Digital technologies have shifted control into the hands of your customers. Your customers are now independent, active agents in everything, from selecting the channels and platforms they prefer, to...

          • For CIO Professionals

            Blog:Q&A With Jeroen Tas, Chief Executive Officer, Informatics Solutions and Services, Philips Healthcare

            Our Forum For Technology Management Leaders in London starts tomorrow and I'm very excited about the program that we have been able to put together across the two days. On day one, we will be...

            • For CIO Professionals

              Blog:Q&A With Oliver Bussmann, Group Chief Information Officer, Group Managing Director, UBS AG

              In advance of next week’s Forrester’s European Forum For Technology Management Leaders in London (June 12-13), we had an opportunity to speak with Oliver Bussmann, one of our industry...

              • For CIO Professionals

                Blog:Introducing a New Program for CIOs at the World's Largest Firms

                As the Practice Leader for the CIO role at Forrester, I have talked at length with many of our CIO clients about how they’d like to engage with Forrester - particularly when it comes to our...

                • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                  Blog:Introducing A New Peer Network For EA Executives

                  We’ve been talking to many of you in the last year about improving our Forrester Leadership Boards for Enterprise Architecture Professionals -- our peer collaboration program for senior...

                  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                    Blog:The Demand For Speed Is Accelerating — And IT Isn't Keeping Up

                    Speed and agility are at the heart of business today — and, unfortunately, those are two areas in which IT is falling short. Two trends — neither of which is going away anytime soon...

                    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                      Blog:Infusing EA Into Your Business

                      In today’s business environment, the pressure to change, and change quickly and often, is growing, thanks to the proliferation of empowered customers, emerging global markets, regulation (and...

                      • For CIO Professionals

                        Blog:CMOs And CIOs Tackle Technology: Q&A With Robert Mead, CMO And Michael Mathias, CIO At Aetna

                        Recently my colleague David Cooperstein and I had the opportunity to meet with Robert Mead and Michael Mathias, the CMO and CIO respectively at Aetna. They will be speaking at our upcoming CIO-CMO...

                        • For CIO Professionals

                          Blog:Conquering The Technology/Marketing Divide

                          Forget Brad and Angelina (or "Brangelina" for those that are more plugged in to pop culture than I), the new "it" couple is the CIO and CMO. Why? In the digital world we live in today, which...

                          • For CIO Professionals

                            Blog:Follow The Conversation From Forrester's IT Forum 2011

                            Today we’re kicking off Forrester's IT Forum 2011 at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. Prepare for three exciting days of keynote presentations and track sessions focused on business and technology...

                            • For CIO Professionals

                              Blog:Q&A With Michael Ali, VP & CIO, Harman

                              I am so looking forward to hearing from our keynoters next week at the Forrester's IT Forum 2011. Poised to be one of the most informative – and entertaining – will be Michael...

                              • For CIO Professionals

                                Blog:Forrester's IT Forum 2011 Puts You In The Driver Seat

                                IT leaders are at a crossroads. To thrive in today's -- and tomorrow's -- rapidly changing digital world, they must move beyond the elusive idea of business and IT alignment, where business...

                                • For CIO Professionals

                                  Blog:Vote For Forrester's IT Forum 2011 Theme

                                  Are you ready for Forrester's IT Forum 2011? Mark your calendars for May 25-27 in Las Vegas and June 8-10 in Barcelona — and help us design an event that is as relevant and productive...

                                  • For CIO Professionals

                                    Blog:Stephen Gillett On The Changing Role Of The CIO: Your Questions Answered

                                    A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to submit your questions for Stephen Gillett, EVP, CIO, and GM, Digital Ventures, Starbucks. Stephen will be giving a keynote address on how to elevate the role...

                                    • For CIO Professionals

                                      Blog:Your IT Organizational Model Is SO 2009!

                                      Is it me or do you feel like everyone is restructuring their IT organization – or at least talking about it? Chatter among CIOs often turns into a debate over the merits of plan-build-run...

                                      • For CIO Professionals

                                        Blog:Starbucks' Stephen Gillett Weighs In On The Changing Role Of The CIO

                                        Forrester’s IT Forum 2010 is right around the corner, and much of Forrester’s research community is gearing up for a great event. Having spent a considerable amount of time working...

                                        • For CIO Professionals

                                          Blog:CIO Job Tenure Rises – Long-term Trend or Fleeting Phase?

                                          CIO job tenure is now averaging 4.6 years, according to the Society for Information Management.  That’s up – way up -- from the 2-3 year average that we saw just a few years ago....

                                          • For CIO Professionals

                                            Blog:IT Spending Rebound?

                                            Economic relief is in the air. When Cisco executive John Chambers is in a "sunny" mood and describes revenue growth as “dramatic,” you know that positive signs will shortly be all...

                                            • For CIO Professionals

                                              Blog:The IT Career Path: A Dead End Or An Avenue To The Exec Suite?

                                              IT-related jobs are set to grow through to 2016. Sounds like good news — increased demand equals more career opportunities, specialized training, and job security (and maybe higher...

                                              • For CIO Professionals

                                                Blog:Gadgets, Gizmos, And The CIO’s Inner Geek

                                                It’s kind of intriguing, in some twisted way, that articles popped up like 8 Gadgets That Will Be Huge in 2010 or that 2009’s 25 Geekiest 25th Anniversaries includes MIT’s...

                                                • For CIO Professionals

                                                  Blog:Do CIOs Blog — And Should They?

                                                  We’ve become curious ever since we interviewed Linda Cureton of NASA a few months ago, when we were a bit surprised to discover that she has an active blog (her Thanksgiving entry...

                                                  • For CIO Professionals

                                                    Blog:Next Up For CIOs: "Smart Computing?"

                                                    I’ve met many CIOs, all with their own unique challenges and approaches to overcome them. But despite their differences, all CIOs ask me the same question: “what is the next big...