Andrew Bartels

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The Shifting Map Of US Tech Talent Offers New Opportunities For Talent-Hungry CIOs

Andrew Bartels 1 day ago

The US tech economy is starting to spread from major cities on the East and West Coasts to inland metro areas. This is great news for American cities, employers, and tech workers. Inland urban centers that were once considered flyover cities are now bustling with tech startups and incubators, as well as the tech workforces […]

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US GDP Report For Q2 2018 Will Increase US Tech Market Size And Slightly Raise Our 2018 Tech Market Forecast

Andrew Bartels July 27, 2018

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its Q2 2018 report on US gross domestic product this morning, and it contained some surprises for the US tech market. Real GDP growth for the quarter was about what we expected: 4.1% on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis versus our assumption of 3.9% in our July […]

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Canada’s Tech Market Stays A Half Step Behind The US Tech Market

Andrew Bartels July 11, 2018

The Canadian tech market will grow in both 2018 and 2019, but growth will slow from 5% in 2017 and 2018 to 3.7% in 2019, according to Forrester’s report, “The Canadian Tech Market Outlook For 2018 To 2019.” These growth rates, while healthy, still lag the US tech market’s growth by a couple of percentage […]

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US Tech Market Poised For A Strong 2018, But With Doubts About 2019

Andrew Bartels July 5, 2018

At the midpoint in 2018, the US tech market is on track to grow by 6.7% in 2018, the fastest growth since 2012. In our just-published report, “US Tech Market Outlook For 2018 And 2019: Cloud Powers Tech Spend To 6% Growth And Software To 8% Growth,” we can provide strength in all tech budget categories, […]

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AI Will Drive Product Improvements In ePurchasing And CLM, But Not New Revenues

Andrew Bartels April 10, 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a widely-discussed topic in the software market. To assess how software vendors are using AI, we conducted a survey of two dozen ePurchasing and contract lifecycle management (CLM) vendors about how they were creating, sourcing, offering, and pricing AI features and functions.  The key finding in our report (see AI Drives […]

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Forrester Forecasts 5.1% Growth In Global Tech Market In 2018 And 4.7% In 2019

Andrew Bartels January 8, 2018

Forrester projects that the global tech market for business and government purchases of technology goods, software, and services will grow by around 5% in 2018 and 2019 measured in constant currencies (see “The Global Tech Market Outlook for 2018 To 2019: Continued Tech Growth Will Peak In 2018 At 5.1% In Constant Currencies“).  Measured in […]

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Debunking the US Tech Talent Shortage

Andrew Bartels October 18, 2017

Is the US suffering a tech talent gap? That impression has been showing up in the press a lot, and seems to fit with a perception of a dysfunctional US education system. But while it may be challenging to recruit workers with certain tech skills, in a new Forrester report, “Debunking The US Tech Talent […]

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Global Tech Market Will Grow By 4% In 2018, Reaching $3 Trillion

Andrew Bartels October 11, 2017

Forrester’s has published its mid-year global tech market outlook for 2017 and 2018 (see “Midyear Global Tech Market Outlook For 2017 To 2018”). In constant currencies, we project that global purchases of technology software, hardware, and services by businesses and governments will grow by 3.4% in 2017, and by 4% in 2018. Software and tech […]

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European Tech Market Will Continue To Grow Slowly At Around 2% in Euros

Andrew Bartels August 9, 2017

Forrester’s European tech market forecast for 2017 and 2018 has just been published (see “European Tech Market Outlook For 2017 To 2018”). We project that growth in purchases of technology software, hardware, and services by European businesses and government measured in Euros will hold steady at 1.6% in 2017, and increase to 2.2% in 2018. […]

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Canadian Tech Market Will Perk Up In 2017 And 2018, But Still Lags Behind US Tech Market Growth Rates

Andrew Bartels July 27, 2017

Forrester has just published its annual Canadian tech market forecast for 2017-2018 (see “The Canadian Tech Market Outlook For 2017 To 2018”). We are forecasting growth of 3.9% in 2017 and 3.7% in 2018 for Canadian business and government spending on tech goods and services. These rates constitute an upward revision from our January forecast, […]

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Where Is Artificial Intelligence In Forrester's Tech Market Numbers? It's Hiding

Andrew Bartels May 22, 2017

I’ve received some inquiries about where spending on artificial intelligence and cognitive technologies occurs in our tech market numbers (see, for example, my “US Tech Market Outlook For 2017 And 2018: Mostly Sunny, With Clouds And Chance Of Rain” report). The short answer is that we include them in our data on business intelligence (BI) […]

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C-Level Business Executives Are Playing A Bigger Role In Tech Spending, But CIOs Still Remain Dominant

Andrew Bartels May 16, 2017

Tech buying in business and governments is clearly shifting from the sole or primary control of the CIO and the tech management organization and into the hands of business leaders.  But how much is this happening? Anecdotal comments and surveys – including Forrester’s own Business Technographics surveys – suggest that most tech purchases are now […]

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Forrester Projects US Tech Market Will Grow By Around 5% In 2017 And 2018

Andrew Bartels May 9, 2017

Forrester has just published our updated forecast for the US tech market for 2017-2018 (see “US Tech Market Outlook For 2017 And 2018: Mostly Sunny, With Clouds And Chance Of Rain”). We are forecasting growth of 4.8% in 2017 and 5.2% in 2018 for US business and government spending on tech goods, services, and staff. […]

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Slow 3% To 4% Growth In Global Tech Market In 2017 And 2018 Due To Cloud Transition And Political Uncertainties

Andrew Bartels January 9, 2017

In our just-published forecast for the global market for business and government purchases of technology goods and services (The Global Tech Market Outlook For 2017-2018: 3% to 4% Growth As Forces Of Disruption Battle With Forces Of Continuity), Forrester is projecting modest growth of 3.2% in 2017 and 3.9% in 2018 measured in constant currencies. […]

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US Tech Market Poised For Another Year Of Moderate 4% to 5% Growth If Election Results Don't Interfere

Andrew Bartels October 17, 2016

Forrester has just published our fall forecast update for the US tech market ("2017 US Tech Budgets: The Outlook For Tech Spending Overall And By Industry"), and we are now projecting 5.1% growth for business and government spending on tech goods, services, and staff in 2017. That's a modest improvement from the 4.4% growth we […]

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Brexit Vote Means Weaker UK And European Tech Market In 2016 And 2017

Andrew Bartels July 13, 2016

As soon as the news of the Brexit vote in the UK came out, the Forrester team began revising our UK and European tech market forecast to take into account the economic implications and uncertainties of the voters’decision that the UK should leave the EU. Based on this revised analysis, we predict the UK tech market […]

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Global Tech Market Will Continue To Grow At 4%-5% Rates In 2016 And 2017

Andrew Bartels January 5, 2016

Forrester has just published our global tech market report for 2016 and 2017 (see “The Global Tech Market Outlook For 2016 To 2017- The Five Themes That Will Define Tech Spending In The Next Two Years”). For the first time, our January 2016 global forecast includes telecommunication services (voice and data, wireline and wireless), which […]

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Global Tech Market Looking Better For 2015, At Least In The US

Andrew Bartels January 7, 2015

We have just published Forrester's semi-annual global tech market outlook report for 2015 and 2016 (see "The Global Tech Market Outlook For 2015 To 2016 — Five Themes That Will Define The Tech Market").  In this report, we are projecting growth of 4.1% in 2015 and 6.3% in 2016 business and government purchases of computer […]

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US Tech Market Will Rise By Around 6% In 2014 And 2015, Led By Software And Services In Support Of The BT Agenda

Andrew Bartels October 22, 2014

We published today our fall update to Forrester's US tech market outlook for 2014 and 2015 (see "US Tech Market Growth Remains Solid For 2014 And 2015: The BT Agenda Will Be The Main Driver of 5% To 6% Growth"), as well as our forecast for US tech market growth by industry (see "US Tech […]

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"Business Technology" Spending In The US Will Grow Faster Three To Four Times Faster Than Classic "Information Technology"

Andrew Bartels October 14, 2014

In our research over the past two years or so, Forrester has drawn a distinction between "business technology" and "information technology".  Information technology or IT represents the spending on technology goods and services that businesses and governments have been making over the past six decades to run their operations more efficiently and lower business costs.  Business […]

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