Chris Mines

SVP, Research Director

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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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Navigating The World Of Sustainability Solution Players

Chris Mines October 4, 2010
My research team at Forrester helps tech vendor strategists anticipate and navigate in rapidly changing market environments. We can't take a siloed view on specific product and service categories, but rather broaden our perspective in order to trace cross-market dynamics around key issues such as sustainability, globalization, collaboration, mobility, and cloud. This puts tech vendors […]
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A New Online Resource For Vendor Strategists

Chris Mines October 4, 2010
The Forrester Vendor Strategy Professionals team is excited to introduce a new way for strategists and marketers at tech suppliers to discuss and offer advice on their peers' most pressing challenges and opportunities. We have launched an online community for vendor strategy professionals as the premier destination for leaders to exchange ideas, opinions, and real-world solutions with each other. Our […]
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How Students Can Move Environmental Issues Higher On The CEO Priority List

Chris Mines September 9, 2010
My research team’s charter here at Forrester is to “Predict and quantify growth and disruption in the tech industry.” That means we’re always on the lookout for the next big thing(s), whether that’s technology, economic, or business trends that will change the direction of the industry’s fortunes. So we spend a lot of time on […]
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How The IT Industry’s Posture On Sustainability Moves From Defense (“Green IT”) To Offense (“IT for Green”)

Chris Mines September 1, 2010
  My work at Forrester is focused on helping strategists at IT suppliers (vendors) align their development, positioning, and messaging with the big trends and disruptions in the industry. Mobility, cloud computing, globalization … trends at that high altitude. Over the last 3 years or so, that has included sustainability as it has appeared on […]
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IT Spending Rebound Will Mean More Spending On Sustainability Software And Services

Chris Mines August 19, 2010
Forrester's latest forecast for the technology economy is bullish, which by extension means good news for providers of software and services focused on improving corporate sustainability. In our new outlook for IT spending by businesses and governments, we estimate that the market will hit $1.58 trillion in 2010, up almost 8 percent from the depressed […]
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Green IT Adoption Is Driven by Business, Not Environmental, Considerations

Chris Mines July 22, 2010
I've been leading Forrester's efforts in sustainable computing and green IT for the past three years, with a particular focus on the role of IT professionals and assets in furthering corporate sustainability initiatives. We work with many clients — both supplier and buyer organizations — to improve the adoption, governance, and communications of their green IT and […]
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Three American Leaders In Green IT And Building Technology

Chris Mines July 22, 2010
Watching the World Cup over the past few weeks gave me a new appreciation for soccer/football/futbol. Imagine passing, catching, shooting a ball with NO HANDS. The goal that Ghana scored in overtime (sorry, "extra" time) to knock out the USA was, sadly, prettier than anything that Tom Brady or Jerry Rice could do with an […]
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The Overall IT Budget Environment Has Turned Positive

Chris Mines June 24, 2010
Forrester’s newest survey of the IT spending environment has encouraging news that underpins our forecasts of a rebound in industry fortunes after the nasty recession of 2008-09. The good news for tech vendors is that IT budgets and purchasing plans are starting to reflect an improving economy. Last week, Forrester released results from our “Global […]
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Riding The Coming Wave Of Tech Industry Growth

Chris Mines May 11, 2010
Tech is back! Just as our in-house economist Andy Bartels predicted, the first quarter numbers from the big tech vendors confirm that IT investment is on a growth trajectory again. Check out the recent Q1 numbers from Intel and IBM, for example. And these results represent more than just a rebound from the nasty 2008-09 recession. […]
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Welcome to the new Vendor Strategy blog!

Chris Mines March 10, 2010
Hello, fans of Vendor Strategy. Welcome to Forrester's new-look VS blog. We will be aggregating analyst posts across our entire Vendor Strategy research team here, so bookmark it and please come back often.   Here's how my colleague Cliff Condon summarized Forrester's move to a new blog platform:   Hey everyone.  Here it is – […]
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Talking ECEM market evolution with PwC

Chris Mines January 29, 2010
The market for enterprise carbon and energy management (ECEM) systems continues its rapid evolution. Since publishing our Market Overview report last November, we have interviewed at least a half-dozen additional systems providers coming into this nascent market. Last week we talked with Dan DeKemper, a director at Pricewaterhouse Coopers who works with the firm's 800-person-strong […]
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Regulation won’t drive Green IT adoption

Chris Mines January 6, 2010
Were your hopes for growing adoption of green IT dashed by the non-agreement at COP 15 in Copenhagen? Are you dismayed by the weak prospects for cap-and-trade legislation in the US during 2010? Forrester's latest Green IT survey results give us some reason for optimism — it turns out that regulatory compliance is a weak […]
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The Implications of a Disappearing IT Industry

Chris Mines November 10, 2009
[Posted by Christopher Mines] Last month I had the pleasure of keynoting the "International IT Convergence Conference" in Seoul, sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy. It was a fascinating combination of academic conference, government policy discussion, and technology trade show. And also my first opportunity to visit Korea. The theme of the conference, […]
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How Tech Vendors Should Approach Green IT

Chris Mines August 27, 2009
[Posted by Christopher Mines] My colleague Doug Washburn and I did a Forrester Webinar yesterday for tech vendor clients & prospects. We closed with 6 takeaways for tech vendors seeking to capitalize on the mega-trend of sustainability adoption by their corporate customers: Corporate sustainability is here to stay; green IT is not a fad or a […]
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To paraphrase JFK…

Chris Mines July 14, 2009
[Posted by Christopher Mines] "Don't ask what green can do for IT; ask what IT can do for green." That's our manifesto for vendors as they survey the opportunity landscape created by the increasing importance of sustainability in corporate strategy and branding. See our summary and map of the "IT for green" opportunity landscape here.
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A trip back to the future…of green IT

Chris Mines July 9, 2009
[Posted by Christopher Mines] I had the privilege of hosting the Green IT 2009 conference in London back in May and wanted to share a couple of observations about that terrific event. I often tell clients in the U.S. that I am taking "a trip to the future" when I go to Europe; in particular, […]
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