Boris Evelson

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Application Development & Delivery PROFESSIONALS

Boris serves the Application Development & Delivery role. He is a leading expert in business intelligence (BI) — a set of processes, methodologies, and technologies used to transform raw data into meaningful, useful, and action-oriented enterprise information. Boris delivers strategic guidance, helping enterprises define BI strategies, governance, and architectures and identify vendors and technologies that help them put information to use in business processes and end user experiences.

Boris' current research focuses on the practical and actionable best practices for building BI infrastructure and applications, such as BI business cases, architectural options, organizational structures, and vendor selection. Boris continues to explore emerging trends in next-generation BI, such as agile BI architecture and development approaches, in-memory analytics, advanced data visualization, convergence of structured data and unstructured content analytics, process-driven and operational BI, and many others.

Previous Work Experience

Boris has more than 30 years of experience with enterprise software and applications implementation, management consulting, and strategic advisory skills. Most recently, Boris was a managing partner at Textra, a boutique strategic advisory firm serving all IT constituents: users, vendors, and investors. Boris cofounded Textra after spending several years as a VP and a strategic technology advisor at JPMorgan/LabMorgan, where he led many successful internal BI initiatives, advising the bank's large enterprise software clients on enterprise adoption issues and product and marketing strategies. Prior to JPMorgan, Boris served as a senior manager of data warehousing and customer relationship management (CRM) practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Boris started his career at Citibank, where, among many other successful projects, he implemented the bank's first global credit risk data warehouse.


Boris holds a degree in music education from Moscow Gnessin School Of Music, Russia.

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  • Boris Evelson
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Topic Overview: Business Intelligence

    Business intelligence (BI) is a set of methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information. It allows business users to make...

    • Downloads: 6775
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2008

    In Forrester's 151-criteria evaluation of enterprise business intelligence (BI) platform vendors, we found that IBM Cognos and SAP Business Objects maintain their leadership positions, while Oracle...

    • Downloads: 4846
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2010

    IBM Cognos, SAP BusinessObjects, and Oracle Lead, With Information Builders, SAS, Microsoft, and MicroStrategy Close Behind

    In Forrester's 145-criteria evaluation of enterprise business intelligence (BI) platform vendors, we found that IBM Cognos, SAP BusinessObjects, Oracle, Information Builders , SAS, Microsoft, and...

    • Downloads: 4468
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Data Management Reference Architecture

    Align Data Management Roles To Create Stronger Business Value

    The continuing explosion in data volume, increasing numbers of business users, growing data complexity, compliance requirements, need to support global operations, and growing need for real-time...

    • Downloads: 3094
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:It's Time To Reinvent Your BI Strategy

    Business intelligence (BI) sits at the top of the IT priority list for many enterprises. Enterprises that haven't paid enough attention now see a need to act, and those that have kept up with BI want...

    • Downloads: 2286
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Quantify The Tangible Business Value Of BI

    Business Case: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    As the demand for pervasive and comprehensive business intelligence (BI) applications increases, so do the complexity and cost of large enterprise BI implementations. Organizations must demonstrate...

    • Downloads: 2685
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Expand Your Digital Horizon With Big Data

    At extreme scale, traditional data management and business intelligence (BI) become impractical, and your business does not get what it demands — more insight to drive greater business...

    • Downloads: 2607
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Open Source Business Intelligence (BI), Q3 2010

    Actuate BIRT Leads, With Jaspersoft Enterprise, SpagoBI, Pentaho Enterprise, And Pentaho Community Close Behind

    Comparing open source BI technologies is often an apples-to-oranges comparison: 1) not all vendors include the same functionality in the free community versions of the software versus commercial open...

    • Downloads: 2227
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:How The Convergence Of Business Rules, BPM, And BI Will Drive Business Optimization

    With change endemic, business flexibility paramount, and the lines between strategic, tactical, and operational decision-making blurring, information and knowledge management (I&KM) pros must find...

    • Downloads: 2339
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Trends 2011 And Beyond: Business Intelligence

    Agility Will Shape Business Intelligence For The Next Decade

    Forrester continues to see ever-increasing levels of interest in and adoption of business intelligence (BI) platforms, applications, and processes. But while BI maturity in enterprises continues to...

    • Downloads: 2475
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Self-Service Business Intelligence Platforms, Q2 2012

    Six Leaders And Six Strong Performers Compete For A Share Of The End User BI Market

    In Forrester's 31-criteria evaluation of self-service business intelligence (BI) vendors, we found that IBM, Microsoft, SAP, SAS, Tibco Software, and MicroStrategy led the pack due to the breadth of...

    • Downloads: 2217
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:BI In The Cloud? Yes, And On The Ground, Too

    Why, When, And How To Select A BI SaaS Vendor

    Slowly but surely, with lots of criticism and skepticism, the business intelligence (BI) software-as-a-service (SaaS) market is gaining ground. It's a road full of peril — at least two BI SaaS...

    • Downloads: 2110
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Future Of BI

    Demands by users of business intelligence (BI) applications to "just get it done" are turning typical BI relationships, such as business/IT alignment and the roles that traditional and...

    • Downloads: 2053
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Drive Business Insight With Effective BI Strategy

    Executive Overview: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    How does an enterprise — especially a large, global one with multiple product lines and multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications — make sense of operations, logistics, and...

    • Downloads: 1956
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:How To Build An Effective BI And Data Management Program Framework

    Business process professionals driving data management initiatives face many challenges when creating complex, cross-enterprise, multiyear strategies for data management, business intelligence (BI),...

    • Downloads: 2115
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Business Intelligence Services Providers, Q4 2012

    The 12 Market Leaders That Deserve To Be On Most Shortlists

    In the past few years, the business intelligence (BI) services market has evolved significantly: advisory and management consulting firms have beefed up their implementation capabilities, while...

    • Downloads: 1659
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:BI Belt Tightening In A Tough Economic Climate

    Practical Advice Applicable To Any Economic Condition

    As an economic downturn becomes a sobering reality, enterprises look for various ways to increase revenues and reduce costs. While overall IT budgets become targets for cost cutting, business...

    • Downloads: 1583
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Advanced Data Visualization (ADV) Platforms, Q3 2012

    Seven Leaders, Six Strong Performers, And Two Contenders Compete For Share Of The ADV Market

    Enterprises find advanced data visualization (ADV) platforms to be essential tools that enable them to monitor business, find patterns, and take action to avoid threats and snatch opportunities. In...

    • Downloads: 1796
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Implementing Your Business Intelligence Solutions Center

    Mitigate Common Pitfalls To Optimize The Return On Your BI Investment

    The increasing pervasiveness, complexity, and criticality of today's business intelligence (BI) applications have led enterprises to recognize the need for something more formal than a traditional IT...

    • Downloads: 1789
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Craft Your Future State BI Reference Architecture

    Road Map: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    In the face of rising data volume and complexity and increased need for self-service, enterprises need an effective business intelligence (BI) reference architecture to utilize BI as a key corporate...

    • Downloads: 1879
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Business Intelligence (BI) Polishes Its Crystal Ball

    IBM's SPSS Deal Nudges Analytics Industry Toward Deeper Predictive Focus

    Enterprise strategic, tactical, and operational decision-makers want to understand past and present activity but also anticipate the future to avoid being blindsided by seemingly hidden events. How...

    • Downloads: 1579
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Agile BI Out Of The Box

    Reduce Development Time And Effort With Metadata-Generated BI Applications

    Complexity represents one of the toughest challenges facing traditional business intelligence (BI) applications. Multiple components must be considered including data integration, cleansing,...

    • Downloads: 1746
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:A Practical How-To Approach To Mobile BI

    Mobile Tablet PCs, Not Phones, Will Create Critical Mass For Enterprise Adoption

    Mobile devices and mobile Internet are everywhere. Over the past few years, Forrester has tracked continuously increasing levels of adoption and maturity for mobile business applications, but not so...

    • Downloads: 1868
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Build An Agile BI Organization

    Organization: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    Earlier-generation business intelligence (BI) support centers — organized along the same lines as support centers for all other enterprise software — fall short when it comes to taking...

    • Downloads: 1828
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Search + BI = Unified Information Access

    Combining Unstructured And Structured Info Delivers Business Insight

    Search and business intelligence (BI) really are two sides of the same coin. Enterprise search enables people to access unstructured content like documents, blog and wiki entries, and emails stored...

    • Downloads: 1592