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 groundbreaking pieces on big data. He has helped numerous clients develop their technology watchlists, evolve their architecture practices, and develop strategic approaches to hot topics like big data, business intelligence, 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).

Refine your results

Role

Methodology

Topics

Industry

Region

Vendor

24 results in Reports

  • Brian Hopkins
  • Past 18 months
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 3443
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 1466
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 264
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 713
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    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: 585
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    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: 527
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Capitalize On Emerging Technology For Innovation And Growth

    Executive Overview: The Emerging Technology Playbook

    Emerging technology unlocks disruptive business opportunities for firms that are prepared; capitalizing on this should be a key element in your firm's innovation and growth plans. Technologies that...

    • Downloads: 511
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Reset On Big Data

    Embrace Big Data To Engage Customers At Scale

    Big data rhetoric is at an all-time high. The media is all over the map with its points of view and technology vendors tout products with claims that seem incredible. In the midst of this din, CIOs...

    • Downloads: 603
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Create A Strategy To Leverage Emerging Technology

    Strategic Plan: The Emerging Technology Playbook

    For many organizations, the use of emerging technology is confusing, slow, and problematic. Which emerging technologies should be part of IT's standard approach? Which should IT push for business to...

    • Downloads: 535
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 550
  • For Marketing Leadership Professionals

    Report:Big Data's Big Meaning For Marketing

    Use Big Data To Deliver Context And Personalization At Scale

    In the age of the customer, it's not enough for your organization to simply meet your customers' needs. Today, your customers often expect you to anticipate their needs, in much the same way as the...

    • Downloads: 501
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Assess Your Readiness For Emerging Technology Opportunities

    Assessment: The Emerging Technology Playbook

    The pace of business is accelerating; digitized information makes constant change and disruption an ongoing reality. Firms count on emerging technologies to give them a leg up in increasingly...

    • Downloads: 453
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Architect For Extreme Uncertainty

    Use Systemic Design To Deal With The Unknown Unknowns

    Enterprise architecture is now at a critical tipping point. New digital business models and an unrelenting focus on customer engagement are unlocking new exciting initiatives and projects for...

    • Downloads: 340
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Q&A: The Top Five Strategic Big Data Questions

    Big-data-related inquires have mushroomed in the past year. Forrester's data indicates that most organizations are either experimenting with big data technology or have already started. This report...

    • Downloads: 367
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:EA Isn't Meeting The Demand For New Technology

    Benchmarks: The Emerging Technology Playbook

    Your business is relentlessly pursuing opportunities to win, serve, and retain customers, and demanding new technology to do it. Meanwhile, enterprise architecture (EA) professionals are struggling...

    • Downloads: 278
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 52
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    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: 359
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: IBM Big Data Cloud Services Are A Big Bet

    Try Out IBM's Tools, But Demand More Before You Commit

    On April 28th, IBM made a series of announcements that began bringing together its big data and cloud strategies. As firms plan to meet age-of-the-customer demands for agility and cost effective big...

    • Downloads: 264
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    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...

    • Downloads: 284
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    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.

    • Downloads: 229
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Google Flu Trends — A Big Data Fail? Not Exactly

    Learn Big Data Lessons From Google

    In 2008, Google developed a big data predictive model using Internet search terms that it claimed could track the spread of the flu faster and with greater accuracy than the Center for Disease...

    • Downloads: 131
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Google Cloud Services Gather Steam

    New Developer Tools, Big Data Services, And Aggressive Pricing Will Tempt Enterprise Developers

    At last week's I/O developer conference, Google announced a slew of new developer tools, application programming interfaces (APIs), and cloud services that will make it easier for developers to put...

    • Downloads: 158
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Actian Throws Down The SQL-On-Hadoop Gauntlet

    It's Game On For Hadoop In The Enterprise

    Actian announced their Hadoop SQL query engine, Actian Analytics Platform — Hadoop SQL Edition, at the Hadoop Summit in San Jose on June 3rd. According to Actian, their SQL engine is not just...

    • Downloads: 100
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Google Amps Up Android

    Android L-Preview Links Phones and Tablets To Cars, TVs, And Wearables

    Google I/O is the hottest developer conferences in the world for a reason: Android is the fastest growing and most-used mobile platform. That's not to say that Google is not a web juggernaut, too....

    • Downloads: 81