Chris Mines

Senior Vice President, Research Director

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Welcome to the Connected World

Chris Mines August 30, 2013

The world is becoming more and more connected, whether we look at consumer products like thermostats, commercial assets like a fleet of trucks, or infrastructure systems as extensive as electricity grids or cities. By understanding the broad landscape of the connected world, business and technology leaders can ready their firm for the implications — positive […]

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2 Big Shifts Taking Us To More Resource-Efficient Computing

Chris Mines April 27, 2012

In the last couple of weeks, I finally put a couple of pieces together . . . the tech industry is pushing hard, down two parallel tracks, toward much more resource-efficient computing architectures. Track 1: Integrated systems. Computer suppliers are putting hardware components (including compute, network, and storage) together with middleware and application software in […]

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A View Of VERGE From An IT Expert's Perspective

Chris Mines April 2, 2012

Part of my role managing the Business Technology Futures team at Forrester is to keep an eye on "what's next" for CIOs and their business partners. My team is chartered to create an early-warning radar screen of new technologies, new business models and new demands from customers that will change technology's role and impact on […]

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How Smart Computing Is Fueling The Next Wave Of IT Growth

Chris Mines March 14, 2012

In 2009, my research team here at Forrester published a report on what we called "smart computing," a new generation of hardware, software, and networks that connects physical infrastructure with analytic computing systems. Next month we will publish an update to that research, outlining why we continue to think that smart is the next wave […]

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3 Ways Carbon Management Software Firms Can Capture The Market

Chris Mines February 1, 2012

It's a challenge for every company with a software "solution" for sale: it's a solution, but for what? Are customers looking for an all-encompassing solution to a big problem, or a targeted solution for a small problem? Do they want an interconnected suite of software modules, with a common data model, common look-and-feel, and discounted […]

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Bottom-Up Innovations That Change How IT Does Sustainability

Chris Mines January 4, 2012

There is still another quiet day or two on the fresh page of my calendar, before the new year really gets going. Schools are still playing Bowl games, and the tree is still up (if brown-ish), so it must still be the holiday season. And I have three topics I want to discuss before the […]

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What's On The Horizon Of IBM's 'Smarter Planet'

Chris Mines December 6, 2011

I spent some of this week at IBM's annual Connect analyst event, a cornerstone for understanding Big Blue's direction from the perspective of its fastest-growing and most profitable division. And the direction is pretty clear: behind-the-scenes product integration is enabling tighter marketing and sales integration across what have been separate brands (Lotus, Tivoli, Cognos, etc.) […]

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3 (New) Predictions For The Future Of Carbon And Energy Management Software

Chris Mines September 1, 2011

Eighteen months ago, I wrote a market overview report, "The Advent of Enterprise Carbon and Energy Management Systems." Returning from vacation last week, I was sifting through the recent news from suppliers in this nascent market, and thought it would be an opportune time to revisit the principal predictions I made in that report. It's […]

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Three ICT Roadblocks In Realizing Smarter Buildings' Potential

Chris Mines July 6, 2011

The promise of smart buildings is cropping up across the ICT industry lately. Our calendar of vendor briefings and events is crowded with announcements of new products, acquisitions, and partnerships as ICT suppliers seek to connect their digital and analytic systems with the physical world of HVAC, security, lighting, and other in-building systems. There are […]

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6 Types Of Sustainability Software That Meet Any Company's Needs

Chris Mines July 6, 2011

It's been clear for some time that sustainability is moving from the periphery toward the center of many companies' strategic agendas, and that IT systems and software will play a crucial role in accelerating that movement. But what's been missing — until now — is an overarching framework for understanding who the stakeholders (and buyers) […]

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Business Value, Not Regulation, Sells Sustainable IT

Chris Mines July 6, 2011

I meet with about three or four sustainability solution providers each week, getting an update on their customer and product progress and sharing our latest research plans and client inquiries in the IT-for-sustainability (ITfS) space. In the past few weeks, I heard again from vendors about their excitement for new regulatory mandates appearing on the […]

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Painting The IT Industry Landscape

Chris Mines May 6, 2011

All of us in the technology industry get caught up in the near-term fluctuations and pressures of our business. This quarter’s earnings, next quarter’s shipments, this year’s hiring plan . . . it’s easy to get swallowed up by the flood of immediate concerns. So one of the things that we work hard on at […]

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How To Make The CFO A Buyer For Sustainability Solutions

Chris Mines April 26, 2011

Most of the suppliers of IT-for-sustainability (ITfS) solutions that we work with have one path to finding a buyer in their customer organizations: through the IT organization. Whether giants, such as SAP and HP, or newcomers, such as Hara and ENXSuite, vendors of energy management, carbon reporting and other ITfS products are typically starting their […]

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How IBM And HP Are Strengthening Their IT-For-Sustainability Offers

Chris Mines April 8, 2011

  Over the past few weeks, computing giants HP and IBM have made significant new thrusts into the market for sustainability software and services. At first look, both companies are strengthening their commitment to "IT for sustainability (ITfS)" — the use of information technology to help their customers meet their sustainability goals. Both are prominently […]

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Sustainability Doesn't Sell ... Or Does It?

Chris Mines February 24, 2011

Let me start off this post on a downbeat note: Improving sustainability is not a high priority for companies, according to data from the recent Forrester survey of business decision-makers. The survey, part of Forrester's Forrsights research, was fielded to 2,600 executives with budget authority at companies in Europe, North America, and Asia during the […]

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How Autodesk Tackles The Next Frontier Of IT-For-Green

Chris Mines February 10, 2011

My travels last month took me back to the Bay Area for client meetings and a chance to spend some time at the Autodesk Gallery, a very cool space near the ferry building in San Francisco. Autodesk uses it to show off its customers' design innovations, not coincidentally created using the company's design software. The […]

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What's On The Radar For Sustainability Research In 2011?

Chris Mines January 26, 2011

  Last week, Forrester gathered its 1,200 worldwide employees together for an offsite meeting in Boston to kick off our agenda and plans for 2011 and beyond. It was the first time we had gotten the whole company together under one roof in 4 years; the company has grown by roughly 50 percent since the […]

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5 Tech Vendors' Different Views On The IT-for-Sustainability Opportunity

Chris Mines December 20, 2010

My analyst duties took me to a number of industry and tech-vendor events this fall; in fact, looking back at my calendar, I have been out of my home area in Boston for nine of the last 12 weeks. The upside of all that time in airplane seats is that I get to meet and interact […]

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IT For Sustainability Will Drive The Next Wave Of Corporate Evolution

Chris Mines November 18, 2010

Environmental concerns like climate change have not yet become the primary driver for businesses to define, implement, and execute a dedicated sustainability strategy. Rather, sustainability initiatives are driven today by cost and efficiency opportunities. However, many companies are realizing that sustainability is increasingly important to advance their brand and competitive differentiation, respond to rising customer […]

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In Sustainability, Britannia Rules

Chris Mines November 18, 2010

I was in London last week, delivering the opening keynote at the Green IT Expo conference. I had previously spoken at this event back in 2008, and it was nice to see a bigger crowd of perhaps 400-500 delegates, a lively hall full of vendor exhibitors, and a larger and plusher venue (the Queen Elizabeth […]

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