Jeffrey Hammond

Vice President, Principal Analyst

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Stars Matter: The Secrets Of Successful App Developers

Jeffrey Hammond November 9, 2012
I posted a note yesterday that's been a long time coming. In doing the research for Forrester's mobile app development playbook, I've been talking with all sorts of companies that build mobile apps. Build Five-Star Mobile Apps is the first collection of those observations, but it won't be the last. The premise of the document was […]
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Open Source: An Emerging Driver For “Mobile First” Strategy

Jeffrey Hammond May 16, 2012
Yesterday the folks from Black Duck published some interesting information on the use and growth of open source projects in the mobile space. Their data confirms that open source mobile projects are alive and well, even in the age of the Splinternet/App Internet. In fact, there are now over 10,000 open source projects focused on […]
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Here Comes The Open Web — Embrace It

Jeffrey Hammond January 24, 2012
One of the things I enjoy the most about being an industry analyst is that I've spent the past six years meeting some great developers. Personally, I’m not sure I could cover any other technology area then application development. The reason is simple: I see developers as a worldwide force for good (It's almost axiomatic, […]
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Collaborative Problem Solving And Robot Design

Jeffrey Hammond January 17, 2012
To pick up the narrative from my last post, we're currently one week into the First Robotics build season for 2012. Team 811 is busy working away on an initial sprint. The goal is to get a minimum viable product (a drivable robot) up by the end of sprint one, which will then be used […]
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Agile Development And Robots: Are You Smarter Than A 10th Grader?

Jeffrey Hammond January 10, 2012
One of the counterintuitive things that we observed early on in the days of object-oriented programming was that developers with no previous programming experience often picked up concepts like inheritance, encapsulation, and polymorphism much more quickly than seasoned programmers and became productive earlier than their more experienced counterparts. Today I feel like I'm on the […]
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The Relationship Between Dev-Ops And Continuous Delivery: A Conversation With Jez Humble Of ThoughtWorks

Jeffrey Hammond September 9, 2011
If you’ve been reading the research I’ve been writing over the past year, you know that I’m a fan of implementing an application life-cycle management strategy that focuses on increasing development flow and supports high-performance teams. You don’t need to religiously implement all 22 CMMI processes or deliver dozens of intermediate development artifacts like some […]
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Expand Your Enterprise Mobile Horizon

Jeffrey Hammond May 11, 2011
  Monday was yet another announcement-filled day in what seems to be the year that mobile takes center stage for application developers. While the U.S. Congress was grilling Apple and Google executives about their privacy practices, Microsoft was buying Skype,  and Google was making a slew of announcements including information about Ice Cream Sandwich, the next […]
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The App Internet: What It Means For Development Professionals

Jeffrey Hammond February 28, 2011
  My colleague John McCarthy just published an excellent report sizing the "app Internet," a phenomenon Forrester defines as "specialized local apps running in conjunction with cloud-based services" across smartphones, tablets, and other devices. Forrester estimates that the revenue from paid applications on smartphones and tablets was $2.2 billion worldwide for 2010 with a CAGR of 82% through 2015. We're witnessing […]
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Release Management And The “First Rule Of Holes”

Jeffrey Hammond February 8, 2011
  Ever hear about the "First Rule of Holes"? It's pretty simple — if you find yourself in a hole with a shovel, the first thing to do is…. stop digging! That's kind of what it's like in app dev when it comes to release management: We've dug ourselves a pretty deep hole, and it's […]
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The Mall Of Google

Jeffrey Hammond May 20, 2010
One of my favorite research coverage areas is the evolving world of open source software. I like it because innovation is the watchword for the space – evolving technology, evolving business models, and evolving developer culture are fascinating to watch (if you don’t have the opportunity to write code yourself, watching other bright people figure […]
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Natural user interfaces – notes from the field

Jeffrey Hammond March 31, 2010
Last week I was once again hustling through a brutal travel week (10,000 miles in the air and two packed red-eyes) when I came across something really interesting. It was ~ 9 AM and I'd just gotten off AA flight 4389 from Toronto. I was a bit bleary eyed from a 4 AM call with […]
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Forrester Databyte: Application Platform Adoption Trends

Jeffrey Hammond February 5, 2010
As an analyst at Forrester I always look forward to December – not because it's the end of the year or that I have the balance of my vacation days to use up (best laid plans…); December is when we usually get a fresh batch of data from Forrester's annual Enterprise And SMB Software Survey. […]
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Forrester Databyte: SCM Tool Adoption

Jeffrey Hammond January 26, 2010
Last week Dr. Dobb’s published an article I penned in December on “What Developers Think“. I won’t rehash the thrust of that piece here other than to reaffirm the growing trend of technology populism in development shops – where tech-savvy workers make their own decisions about what technologies to use. In essence, developers are increasingly […]
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Forrester DataByte: Spending On Custom Software in 2010

Jeffrey Hammond January 21, 2010
I fielded an inquiry from a client last week who asked what levels of investment Forrester is seeing in custom software development, and whether that investment remains significant compared to other activities in IT, especially given the downward pressure we've seen on budgets in 2009. The request was timely, as I've started to comb through […]
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Put Off Making Strategic Decisions About Mobile Development Until 2010

Jeffrey Hammond October 9, 2009
In the first three quarters of 2009, I’ve had an increasing number of discussions with Forrester clients about the state of mobile development and what technologies they should be evaluating. These conversations usually start with the statement “mobility is a mess…” What I mean by that statement is that we’re in the midst of a […]
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In The Mix

Jeffrey Hammond March 18, 2008
Hi folks, I spent some time out at MIX in early march getting up to speed with Microsoft’s latest product releases for rich Internet application (RIA) development. I thought I’d offer a few thoughts on Ray Ozzie’s keynote. Like last year, Ray kicked off the conference by sharing Microsoft’s vision of SaaS – a slightly […]
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