- Forrester Research update30 days ago
Recently our CEO & Founder, George Forrester Colony, spoke at Dreamforce about the Age of the Customer. The Age of the Customer is Forrester’s point of view on our current state in which customers have more power than they’ve ever had - an evolution of what needs to be done to keep up. Customers demand what they want, and we need to adapt. We are in a 20-30 year era where customers are driving change.
- Forrester Research update30+ days ago
Well-known Boston tech blogger, Scott Kirsner, heard about the creative offer package that we send out to our new hires. Our packages include a guitar pick and a personal note from our CEO, George Colony that reads, "We look forward to a successful, harmonious collaboration with you. Welcome to Forrester... now let's jam!". Scott liked the idea so much, he blogged about music being a strong part of Forrester's culture. Check out the article here: http://gldr.co/vIz8z
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Forrester Research (Nasdaq: FORR) is a global research and advisory firm serving professionals in 13 key roles across three distinct client segments. Our clients face progressively complex business and technology decisions every day. To help them understand, strategize, and act upon opportunities brought by change, Forrester provides proprietary research, consumer and business data, custom consulting, events and online communities, and peer-to-peer executive programs. We guide leaders in business technology, marketing and strategy, and the technology industry through...