John Rymer

Vice President, Principal Analyst

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Busting The Two Myths Of Low-Code Platforms

John Rymer September 26, 2018

Not everyone is on board with low-code development platforms, even though they are a key part of a strategy to accelerate app delivery. Why do many pro developers shun low-code? From their perspective, two reasons: “Low-code will limit the kinds of apps I can build and the scale of the apps.” “Low-code will lock out […]

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Why You Need To Know About Low-Code, Even If You're Not Responsible For Software Delivery

John Rymer August 8, 2018

Whether you’re responsible for software or are a business leader whose team uses software, you know this: You need customized software, and traditional software development can’t keep up with your demands. Conventional development methods take too long and require a special set of skills that are in short supply. This has been a problem for […]

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Siemens Snaps Up Mendix; Low-Code Platforms Enter New Phase

John Rymer August 2, 2018

Siemens announced its acquisition of Mendix, a leading low-code development platform, for $730 million in cash or at least 7–8 times annual revenue (perhaps more), we estimate. Yes, that’s the $83 billion industrial powerhouse, Siemens. Mendix will join Siemens’ $13 billion Digital Factory software division but will operate independently and as it did before the […]

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Customer Obsession Will Remake App-Development Tools

John Rymer January 9, 2017

Application-development leaders shifting to modern techniques are like acrobats performing above a flimsy net. The tools and technologies they need to support the planning, execution, and evaluation of customer-focused applications just aren't widely available yet. The biggest gaps are in portfolio management, test-and-learn development environments, and digital application platforms. This report provides an overview of the […]

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What Is Salesforce1 Anyway?

John Rymer November 26, 2013

Salesforce1 was the big development revealed at salesforce.com's huge Dreamforce 2013 conference. But many left the conference wondering the same thing: What exactly is Salesforce1? A new mobile app? New sales, service, and marketing applications? A new set of application programming interfaces (APIs)? New development tools? Our analysis gets under the hood of the announcement, […]

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Microsoft Gets A New Java License, Oracle Gets A Cloud Channel

John Rymer June 25, 2013

Microsoft’s cloud partnership with Oracle gives the Redmond, WA giant a new license to distribute Java technology — something it hasn’t had since 2004. With this license, Microsoft can finally offer Java as a preinstalled, first-class environment on Windows Azure as well as its Hyper-V virtualization software. Microsoft and Oracle announced their cloud partnership on […]

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Which Cloud Platform Is Best?

John Rymer June 17, 2013

To evaluate public cloud platforms, you have to look at the breadth of cloud services developers use, which means including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Windows Azure, and salesforce.com’s Heroku in the same comparison.    That’s right — there’s a mix of IaaS and PaaS products in our evaluation. Why? Our job is to help […]

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SharePoint Enters Its Awkward Teenage Years

John Rymer February 21, 2013

Rob Koplowitz and I collaborated on this research. Forrester clients can access the full report here. The research uses data from Forrester’s August 2012 Global SharePoint Usage Online Survey to analyze the current and likely future state of SharePoint adoption in enterprises. Selected results from the survey are available here. Microsoft SharePoint is the centerpiece […]

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Create Your Transformation Strategy For Digital Experience Delivery

John Rymer November 29, 2012

  Forrester clients can access the full report here. The research is part of Forrester’s playbook (warning: pay wall) to advise application development and delivery (AD&D) leaders on strategies to deliver digital customer experiences.  Digital customer experience is the next big opportunity for AD&D professionals. Business leaders responsible for marketing, sales, and support need advice and […]

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Cloud Keys An Era Of New IT Responsiveness And Efficiency

John Rymer November 26, 2012

James Staten and I wrote this vision of the future of cloud computing. The full report is available to Forrester clients at this link. The research is part of Forrester’s playbook to advise CIOs on productive use of cloud computing and is relevant to application development and delivery leaders as well.   This research charts […]

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Big Data: The Worst Category Name Ever

John Rymer October 27, 2012

Grant me a "crabby old guy" rant on big data. I continually hear people in our industry using the term big data as a product-category name — and confusing everyone about the business value of big data solutions. Moreover, too many people now seem to think that Hadoop is big data, when Hadoop is just one […]

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The Future Of Digital Customer Experience Is More Than Mobile

John Rymer August 29, 2012

Stephen Powers and I wrote this research together. The full report is available to Forrester clients at this link. The research is part of Forrester’s playbook to advise application development and delivery professionals on how to support their organization’s digital customer experience strategies. Today’s rush to reach customers on their smartphones and tablets is just the […]

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The Future Of Microsoft .NET: New Options, New Choices, New Risks

John Rymer August 29, 2012

Jeffrey S. Hammond and I wrote this research together. The full report is available to Forrester clients at this link. One Microsoft platform era is ending, and another is beginning. The .NET era as we’ve known it is winding down. .NET doesn’t go away — it becomes Microsoft’s preferred server environment for a broader platform […]

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Digital Customer Experiences: The Next Frontier For AD&D Pros

John Rymer May 23, 2012

  Forrester analysts Stephen Powers, Ron Rogowski, and I collaborated on this research. Digital customer experience has become a key business differentiator, and application development and delivery (AD&D) leaders of front-office, web, mobile, and digital development must step up to support their firm's initiatives. A broad focus on digital customer experiences carries great risks for […]

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Application Development In The Cloud: Let’s Go Deep

John Rymer May 23, 2012

  Developers are driving cloud computing in new directions and toward deeper enterprise adoption. We see a new pragmatism in our research: Developers favoring collections of cloud-based application services rather than the comprehensive platforms labeled “PaaS.” Growing use of development services attached to SaaS offerings to speed delivery. And developers using cloud environments to respond […]

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Playbook: Achieve Cloud Economics For Operations And Services

John Rymer May 3, 2012

Cloud computing has reached an inflection point for enterprises — a comprehensive strategy for its use is now required. Until now, most companies had adopted cloud services in an ad hoc fashion, driven mostly by business leaders and developers looking to deliver new systems of engagement they felt could not be delivered by corporate IT […]

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Progress Software Lowers Its Sights

John Rymer April 29, 2012

Clay Richardson, Mike Gilpin, and I collaborated on this blog post. I don’t normally blog in response to news events, but I feel obligated to blog about Progress Software’s strategy shift, announced last week (April 25, 2012). The reason: Before the shift, Progress was an independent alternative to the top-tier vendors of enterprise application platforms […]

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Understanding Cloud's Multitenancy

John Rymer March 20, 2012

Forrester’s James Staten and I collaborated on this research. True cloud services all use some mode of multitenancy — the ability for multiple customers (tenants) to share the same applications and/or compute resources. It is through multitenant architectures that cloud services achieve high cost efficiencies and can deliver low costs. Multitenant architectures must balance these cost […]

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Decide Now: Is SharePoint In The Cloud For You?

John Rymer February 24, 2012

Rob Koplowitz and I collaborated on this research. The days of Microsoft SharePoint being only a locally installed software product are over. Microsoft's commitment to SharePoint in the cloud is evident in its massive data-center investments, its costly retrofitting of the code base to support multitenancy and access via subscription, and its emphasis on "cloud" in […]

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Embracing The Open Web: The Technologies You Need To Know

John Rymer January 24, 2012

The open Web is a culture, a community — and a set of preferred technologies for Internet applications. While HTML5 is the best known of these technologies, the open Web also includes JavaScript (client and server), CSS3, Representational State Transfer (REST) application programming interfaces (APIs), and mobile frameworks such as jQuery Mobile. Together, these technologies […]

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