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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  • Andrew Bartels
  • Tech Sector Economics
  • Past 12 months
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Asia Pacific Tech Market Outlook For 2015 To 2016

    The BT Agenda Will Play A Small But Positive Role In Driving 5% Tech Market Growth

    The Asia Pacific technology market is no longer the tech world's growth zone. CIOs and other tech buyers in the region can anticipate that local-currency growth in business and government purchases...

    • Downloads: 252
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:2015 To 2016 Tech Market Outlook For Leading Asia Pacific Countries

    China, India, And ASEAN Have The Fastest Growth, But The BT Agenda Is Most Important In Australia And South Korea

    CIOs in Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and other Asia Pacific countries will encounter very different, country-specific tech markets in 2015 and 2016. CIOs in Australia, Singapore, and...

    • Downloads: 275
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Data Can Help CIOs Defend And Improve Tech Budgets

    2014 To 2015 Tech Budget Benchmarks

    CIOs often request tech budget benchmarks, and Forrester is once again providing these benchmarks using data from our Business Technographics® Global Budgets Survey. This report provides 2015...

    • Downloads: 361
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Salesforce Is Bidding To Be Your Strategic Customer Platform; Should You Accept?

    Salesforce's Reach Toward $20 Billion Will Force CIOs To Decide How Much Salesforce Is Too Much

    As Salesforce seeks to achieve its goal of being the first cloud vendor with $10 billion in revenues and its aspiration to reach $20 billion, understanding its strategy for achieving those targets...

    • Downloads: 348
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:2015 To 2016 Latin American Tech Market Update

    Troubles In Brazil, Argentina, And Venezuela Offset Better Tech Growth In Chile, Colombia, And Mexico

    Economic struggles and slower growth in the six major countries are contributing to a slow patch in Latin America's tech market growth, with 3.3% in 2015. By 2016, positive fundamentals such as...

    • Downloads: 113
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Midyear Global Tech Market Outlook For 2015 To 2016

    Moderate Growth In Local Currencies Led By The BT Agenda, But A Decline In US Dollars

    At the midyear point in 2015, CIOs in most countries are operating in tech markets with moderate growth of around 4% in local currencies, a bit weaker than what we projected in January 2015. However,...

    • Downloads: 324
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Tame Your Tech MOOSE Before The BT Agenda Makes It Bigger

    Tech MOOSE is the 70% to 75% of a typical tech budget that goes to keep the lights on and the business running, even if there are no new projects. Keeping tech MOOSE under control and growing more...

    • Downloads: 161
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:2016 US Tech Budgets: The Outlook For Tech Spending Overall And By Industry

    Where The BT Agenda Is Driving The Most Change

    This is the time of year when CIOs and their business partners are preparing their 2016 tech budget plans. To help, this report provides our current forecast for the US tech market in aggregate, by...

    • Downloads: 166
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:US Government Spending And The BT Agenda

    Federal BT Spending Slightly Lags Private Sector BT Spending

    Government agencies at federal, state, and local levels are expanding their technology management agendas beyond infrastructure management and internal operations (i.e., IT) to include greater...

    • Downloads: 136
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Global Tech Market Outlook For 2015 To 2016

    Five Themes That Will Define The Tech Market

    As CIOs prepare and manage their 2015 tech budgets, they can confidently push for increases of 4% to 6% in their purchases of tech goods and services, depending on their country. Tech spending in the...

    • Downloads: 1204
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:2015 To 2016 Tech Market Outlook For European Countries

    Better Growth Outside The Eurozone Than Within

    Will Europe's modest economic expansion strengthen or go into reverse? Will China's economic slowdown and the ongoing geopolitical conflict with Russia put a dent into European exports? What will...

    • Downloads: 158
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:US Tech Market Outlook For 2015 And 2016: The BT Agenda Powers Steady Expansion

    Software Expansion Offsets Weak Hardware And Outsourcing Demand

    Three trends dominate our updated US tech market forecast for 2015 and 2016. First, spending by CIOs and their business partners on the business technology (BT) agenda to win, serve, and retain...

    • Downloads: 363
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Canadian Tech Market Outlook For 2015

    Canadian Firms Continue To Lag Behind Their US Counterparts In Both BT And IT Spending

    Canadian CIOs need to be more aggressive in pushing for tech spending increases in 2015. At a time when firms in the US are expanding technology expenditures — especially on business technology...

    • Downloads: 191
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:European Tech Market Outlook, 2015 To 2016

    A Modest Improvement, Shadowed By A Strong Dollar

    CIOs in European countries can look forward to a slightly better tech market in 2015 and 2016. The European tech market has shown signs of moderate but sustained growth of 4% to 5% in euros. Aided by...

    • Downloads: 209