Carl D. Howe

Vice President, Data Sciences Research

Carl Howe is currently Vice President, Data Sciences Research at Yankee Group. In this role, Carl heads up a quantitative research and modeling group investigating connected devices and mobile user behavior. Carl's team collects data about more than 100 mobile operators, forecasts wireless and device adoption and use in 60 countries around the world, and surveys more than 20,000 consumers and businesses in 6 countries annually. In addition to his data sciences role, Carl has authored more than 350 pieces of research at Yankee Group to date, making him one of its most prolific analysts.

Before joining Yankee Group, Carl co-founded Blackfriars Communications with co-founder Joe Butt to advise companies in complex industries on how to distill, communicate, and deliver their value. Blackfriars developed syndicated marketing research about marketing budgets, attitudes, and spending as well the Blackfriars Marketing Index, a publicly recognized gauge of marketing spending. Carl also wrote the widely-read blog, Blackfriars Marketing and published financial research reports on Apple, Inc. while at Blackfriars.

Prior to Blackfriars, Carl directed Forrester's research in networking, computing, and infrastructure and was also a principal analyst. Carl's research predicted the next wave of Internet innovation in "The X Internet," forecast the impact of open source software in "Open Source Cracks The Code" and predicted the recession in the PC industry in 2000 in his 1998 report "PC Industry Roller Coaster." Prior to Forrester, Carl spent 18 years at BBN Corporation, where he helped develop operating systems for some of the largest parallel processors in the world and researched wearable computers, desktop videoconferencing, and distributed systems. In addition, Carl helped firms like Mastercard, Wang, and National Westminster Bank deploy early Internets.

Carl has commented on technology in television venues ranging from CNN Headline News to The Today Show to The CBS Evening News, and he speaks frequently at events in the US, Europe, and Asia. He has also commented on trends in technology for All Things Considered, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, and Wired magazine. as well as for numerous other international and national publications. Carl was also been named as one of the top 20 most influential U.S. industry analysts in 2002 by Technology Marketing magazine.

Carl has lectured as a member of the faculty at both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Wellesley College, and he holds a S.B. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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