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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  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    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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    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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    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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    Report:Break Down Silos With An Emerging Technology Road Map

    Road Map: The Emerging Technology Playbook

    Firms increasingly depend on technology to be innovative and disruptive. However, our data indicates that most firms are not doing a good job of getting new technology in the door and ensuring that...

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    Report:Tune Your Organization For Emerging Technology Innovation

    Organization: The Emerging Technology Playbook

    The disruptive impact of IT has become the top concern of chief executive officers (CEOs), and chief information officers (CIOs) are shifting their priorities in response. Despite this, we find firms...

    • Downloads: 516
    • Comments: 1
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    Report:Emerging Technology Innovation Needs New Tools

    Tools And Technology: The Emerging Technology Playbook

    Business leaders want to use technology to innovate and thus think technology selection is important. Meanwhile, our research suggests that many IT departments still rely on the same old methods to...

    • Downloads: 487
    • Comments: 1
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    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:Technology Watchlist Toolkit

    This toolkit provides practical techniques to help enterprise architects and technology innovation executives evaluate the broad landscape of emerging technology, choose the most appropriate...

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    Report:Combine Effective Processes With Tailored Deliverables To Drive EA's Impact

    Processes: The EA Practice Playbook

    Delivering and managing technology is complicated, involving many stakeholders, processes, and deliverables. Enterprise architects often struggle to demonstrate value to stakeholders because the...

    • Downloads: 323
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    Report:Use Past Performance To Create Future Emerging Technology Success

    Performance Management: The Emerging Technology Playbook

    Firms depend on emerging technology to meet strategic business objectives, but most projects involving new technology tend to fail late. Architects and technology strategists recognize they need to...

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    Report:Think Like A Sponsor To Improve Emerging Technology Investments

    Continuous Improvement: The Emerging Technology Playbook

    This report will discuss the long-term evolution after incorporating emerging technology into your EA program.

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