What It Means: A Forrester podcast

The age of the customer isn’t a tagline — it’s a fundamental shift in the market that is forcing companies and executives to change course. In Forrester’s What It Means podcast, we’ll examine those changes, what they mean, and what executives can do about them.

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Low-Code Platforms: Govern For Greatness

What It Means January 3, 2019
Low-code development and shadow IT are not one and the same. As VP and Principal Analyst John Rymer explains, it’s all in how you govern.
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Why Corporations Are Bad At Engaging Startups

What It Means December 27, 2018
Corporations can gain much-needed innovation by engaging startups. But as VP, Emerging Technology Research Carl Doty and Venture Scanner CEO Nader Ghaffari explain, most corporations lack the full-sector view and unbiased advice necessary to make the best decision.
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Should You Give Up On CX? A Look At Your Much-Worse Alternatives To CX Excellence

What It Means December 20, 2018
In 2019, we predict that 20% of brands will throw up their hands and stop trying to win at CX. Why? CX is hard. But as VP, Research Director Harley Manning explains, the path of least resistance ends up being a bumpy ride in the end.
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Fulfillment, Not Happiness, Makes A Great Employee Experience

What It Means December 13, 2018
Happiness is not the prerequisite for productivity. As Principal Analyst Sam Stern explains, fulfillment and productivity are intertwined, and employee empowerment fuels both.
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A Seat At The Table: How CX Leader Navy Federal Builds A Culture Of Member Obsession

What It Means December 6, 2018
For three years running, Navy Federal Credit Union has been the top-ranked multichannel bank in Forrester’s CX Index. In this podcast episode, Navy Federal’s SVP Pam Piligian explains the customer experience strategy that drives the bank’s member obsession. 
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Zero Trust: Your Knight In Cyber Armor

What It Means November 29, 2018
2019 will be a year of unprecedented cyberthreats to companies, and one major brand will lose valuation of more than 25% due to a cyberattack. Principal Analysts Jeff Pollard and Chase Cunningham explain why Zero Trust is the best defense.
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The Algorithm Of You: Data Strategy & Insights 2018 Forum Preview

What It Means November 20, 2018
Brands’ recklessness has marred algorithms’ success. Customers are fed up with data privacy breaches and “creepy” personalization. And soon, they’ll rebalance the internet. Get the full story at Forrester’s Data Strategy & Insights 2018 Forum. Get a preview on this week’s podcast.
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The Agile Enterprise

What It Means November 15, 2018
Disruption is the new norm, but don’t let that intimidate you. Research Director Matt Guarini explains how CIOs can take the lead in the business of fast and furious.
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How To Unlock Seamless Customer Experience (Live)

What It Means November 8, 2018
Seamless customer experience is more than continuity across devices — seams traverse channels, contexts, and time. Principal Analyst Jennifer Wise discusses how firms can remove damaging seams using data, design, and technology.
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Nationwide: Innovation At 92 Years Young

What It Means November 1, 2018
Scott Sanchez, chief innovation officer at Nationwide, and Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst James Staten discuss the realities of innovation: Culture, disruption, participation, acclimation, and customer obsession.
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Business Platforms: How Asia Is Building Customer Relationships

What It Means October 25, 2018
Research Director Frederic Giron discusses the three key layers of successful platform business models — technology, business, and relationship platforms — and how firms are using business platforms to expand their value position with customers.
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GDPR: The Coming Global Standard

What It Means October 18, 2018
GDPR seemed to promise chaos at the dawn of May 25, but we haven’t seen much yet. Senior Analyst Enza Iannopollo explains the lack of major headlines — and why you can’t be lulled into a false sense of security.
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Building A Culture Of Innovation

What It Means October 11, 2018
Chris Paul of LPL Financial and Daniel Patreau of CIBC discuss their enterprisewide innovation and culture transformation journeys, and how they’ve helped employees acclimate to change and participate along the way.
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Retailers, Don’t Give Customers “Socks” This Holiday Season

What It Means October 4, 2018
This holiday season, retailers should give customers seamless, satisfying experiences (i.e., what they want) and not “socks” (i.e., what the retailer wants to give). Principal Analyst Sucharita Kodali and Analyst Michelle Beeson impart holiday wisdom that will keep customers jolly all year round.
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The Future Of Payments

What It Means September 27, 2018
Analysts Brendan Miller and Jacob Morgan dive into the future of payments. In their next evolution, transactions will melt into the background to create a seamless customer experience.
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Insurance Claims: A Digital Transformation

What It Means September 20, 2018
Principal Analyst Oliwia Berdak discusses how insurers can use technology and data to transform the claims process — protecting the customer and delivering bottom-line performance.
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The Real Root Of Customer Loyalty

What It Means September 13, 2018
To build customer loyalty, companies are tempted to hop on the “I’m your best friend” bandwagon or offer up coupons. But as Principal Analysts Emily Collins and Maxie Schmidt-Subramanian explain, the root of loyalty is delivering real value to customers.
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Brand Security In The Post-Truth Era (Live)

What It Means September 6, 2018
The bad guys win in this one. Principal Analyst Jeff Pollard tells an attack story that will keep your PR team up at night and explains how to defend your brand against fake content.
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Relationship Design: Are Brands Less Self-Aware Than Bots?

What It Means August 30, 2018
Does your brand converse with customers, or are you the digital version of a boring, monologuing dinner party guest? Hashtag inventor Chris Messina discusses why relationship design is key to making brand conversation work.
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From Grease To Code: Industrial Goes Digital

What It Means August 23, 2018
No industry is safe from digital disruption — including manufacturing. Paul Miller explains how companies are overhauling their business models to stay competitive.
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