Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Brian covers emerging technology, technology innovation, data management, and big data for Enterprise Architecture Professionals. His research provides practical advice to architects and IT strategists seeking to leverage emerging technology, improve their technology innovation practices, and evolve their data management capabilities.

Previous Work Experience

Brian has 15 years of experience in IT as an advisor, strategist, architect, and manager. As an analyst, he is the lead for Forrester’s emerging technology playbook, is co-lead on the data management playbook, publishes our annual top technologies to watch report, and has authored several ground-breaking pieces on big data. He has helped numerous clients develop their technology watch lists, evolve their architecture practices, and develop strategic approaches to hot topics like big data, BI, and data management. Before joining Forrester, he worked in the financial services and defense industries, where he acted as principal architect for information management technology, overhauled enterprise architecture practices, processes, and governance, and advised executives on emerging technologies.

Education

Brian holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University (1989).

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  • Brian Hopkins
  • Information Management
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The Top Emerging Technologies To Watch: Now Through 2018

    Emerging digital technologies are a primary driver of business evolution and disruption. Firms are grappling with an accelerating pace of business change while also trying to make IT simpler and more...

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    Report:Top Technology Trends To Watch: 2014 To 2016

    Landscape: The Emerging Technology Playbook

    Businesses are forced to operate at a new pace as they contend with informed customers, smart competitors, and employees who choose to use their own technology for work. These trends change how firms...

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  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Big Opportunities In Big Data

    Positioning Your Firm To Capitalize In A Sea Of Information

    Opportunities to improve the bottom line exist in a flood of information; however, gaining insight from data becomes challenging as it grows extremely large. Emerging technology applies the power of...

    • Downloads: 2872
  • 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: 2538
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Deliver On Big Data Potential With A Hub-And-Spoke Architecture

    Strategic Plan: The Data Management Playbook

    Data management has become as crucial as financial management to leading firms, but businesses grapple with data management platforms that can't respond fast enough to fickle customers and fluid...

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  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Data Virtualization Reaches Critical Mass

    Technology Advancements, New Patterns, And Customer Successes Make This Enterprise Technology Both A Short- And Long-Term Solution

    Firms are looking to solve tough data and process integration challenges as they once again begin to invest in new business capabilities. Multiple data warehouses (DWs) and business intelligence (BI)...

    • Downloads: 1201
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The Patterns Of Big Data

    A Data Management Playbook Toolkit

    The purpose of this toolkit is to clarify and illuminate the most common big data patterns. Use this research as a basis for business conversations. Study the problems we identified and the results...

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  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:How Forrester Clients Are Using Big Data

    These data charts are based on the June 2011 Global Big Data Online Survey.

    • Downloads: 166
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Connect The Dots Between Business Outcomes And Emerging Technology

    Forrester hosted a "tweet jam" on technology trends on July 29. Cloud was clearly atop all other subjects, but business intelligence (BI), mobile, and social were also discussed — the general...

    • Downloads: 596
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Optimize Data Management For Hyperflexibility

    Continuous Improvement: The Data Management Playbook

    Firms are facing an enormous data management challenge: preparing now to meet tomorrow's needs. In the past, enterprise and data architects had time to plan and react methodically; those days are...

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    Report:Cut Through Silos With An Agile Technology Introduction Strategy

    To succeed in the digital age, enterprise architects must seize opportunities by adopting new approaches for emerging technolgy introduction. This report highlights the technology introduction and...

    • Downloads: 145
    • Comments: 2