Gene Leganza

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Gene provides research and advisory services that address the needs of Enterprise Architecture Professionals. Gene has been researching best practices in making enterprise architecture programs effective since 1999 and focuses on helping clients implement a pragmatic approach to EA that has clear value to business and IT leaders.

Previous Work Experience

Gene has more than 25 years of IT experience, including enterprise architecture planning, infrastructure architecture, IT management, performance management, capacity planning, product strategy, and application development. Gene came to Forrester through its acquisition of Giga Information Group. Prior to joining Giga, he was director of infrastructure architecture and capacity planning at John Hancock Financial Services in Boston. Previously, he held senior IT positions at First Data Corporation and Fidelity Investments and development and marketing management positions at leading software firms.

He has published dozens of papers on various topics and has spoken at a variety of conferences in the US and abroad.

Education

Gene earned a B.A. in psychology and music from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

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    Blog:Forrester's 10-Step Methodology For Shortlisting Business Intelligence Vendors

    BI is no longer a nice-to-have back-office application that counts widgets — it is now used as a key competitive differentiator by all leading organizations. For decades, most of the BI...

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      Blog:How Do You Sell BI To The Business Executives?

      Whoa! Hold your horses. If this is indeed a key challenge that you’ve tried to address in the past without much success, consider switching jobs. This is not a joke. Business intelligence (BI)...

      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Blog:What Is ADV And Why Do We Need It?

        As one of the industry-renowned data visualization experts Edward Tufte once said, “The world is complex, dynamic, multidimensional; the paper is static, flat. How are we to represent the rich...

        • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

          Blog:Ways To Address BI Skills Shortage

          Whether you are just starting on your BI journey or are continuing to improve on past successes, a shortage of skilled and experienced BI resources is going to be one of your top challenges. You are...

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            Blog:COTS Vs. Home-Grown BI Apps

            Wanted to run the following two questions and my answers by the community: Q. What is the average age of reporting applications at large enterprises? A. Reporting apps typically involve source data...

            • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

              Blog:Data Discovery And Exploration - IBM Acquires Vivisimo

              Today IBM announced its plans to acquire Vivisimo - an enterprise search vendor with big data capabilities. Our research shows that only 1% to 5% of all enterprise data is in a structured, modeled...

              • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                Blog:Advanced Data Visualization - A Critical BI Component

                As one of the industry-renowned data visualization experts Edward Tufte once said, “The world is complex, dynamic, multidimensional; the paper is static, flat. How are we to represent the rich...

                • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                  Blog:To Be (To Cloud) Or Not To Be (Not To Cloud) BI

                  My colleagues and I have just completed yet another engagement with a large client — one of dozens recently — who was facing a to be or not to be decision: whether to move its BI platform...

                  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                    Blog:Question On BI Total Cost Of Ownership

                    I need your help. I am conducting research into business intelligence (BI) software prices: averages, differences between license and subscription deals, differences between small and large vendor...

                    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                      Blog:SAP Takes Another Step Towards Agile BI With KXEN Acquisition

                      Business intelligence (BI) is an evergreen that simply refuses to give up and get commoditized. Even though very few vendors try to differentiate these days on commodity features like point and...

                      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                        Blog:What Do BI Vendors Mean When They Say They Integrate With Hadoop

                        There's certainly a lot of hype out there about big data. As I previously wrote, some of it is indeed hype, but there are still many legitimate big data cases - I saw a great...

                        • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                          Blog:What does Business Intelligence integration with R really mean

                          “A little prediction goes a long way” wrote Eric Siegel in his popular Predictive Analytics book. True, predictive analytics is now part and parcel of most Business Intelligence (BI),...

                          • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                            Blog:Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask About BI

                            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...

                            • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                              Blog:BI on BI Or How BI Pros Must Eat Their Own Dog Food

                                BI professionals spend a significant portion of their time trying to instill the discipline of datadriven performance management into their business partners. However, isn’t there...

                              • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                                Blog:Top 10 BI Predictions For 2013 And Beyond

                                It’s that time of year again, when everyone starts asking for the BI predictions for next year. Good news: We did a pretty good job on the last year’s predictions, and so there’re...

                                • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                                  Blog:What Do Business Intelligence Consultants Mean By “Solutions”?

                                  Management consultants and business intelligence, analytics and big data system integrations often use the terms accelerators, blueprints, solutions, frameworks, and products to show off their...

                                  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                                    Blog:Agile BI Ship Has Sailed — Get On Board Quickly Or Risk Falling Behind

                                    The battle over customer versus internal business processes requirements and priorities has been fought — and the internal processes lost. Game over. Customers are now empowered with mobile...

                                    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                                      Blog:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2013

                                      The majority of large organizations have either already shifted away from using BI as just another back-office process and toward competing on BI-enabled information or are in the process of doing...

                                      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                                        Blog:Craft Your Future State BI Reference Architecture

                                        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...

                                        • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                                          Blog:Make data confidence index part of your BI architecture

                                          I often see two ends of the extreme when I talk to clients who are trying to deal with data confidence challenges. One group typically sees it as a problem that IT has to address, while business...

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                                            Blog:Use Cases For Specific BI Tools

                                            I get the following question very often. What are the best practices for creating an enterprise reporting policy as to when to use what reporting tool/application? Alas, as with everything else in...

                                            • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                                              Blog:Self-Service BI

                                              Traditional BI approaches and technologies — even when using the latest technology, best practices, and architectures — almost always have a serious side effect: a constant backlog of BI...

                                              • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                                                Blog:Mobile BI And Cloud BI Evaluation Criteria

                                                Mobile BI and cloud BI are among the top trends that we track in the industry. Our upcoming Enterprise BI Platforms Wave™ will dedicate a significant portion of vendor evaluation on these two...

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                                                  Blog:What Does R Integration Really Mean For BI Platforms?

                                                  I just received yet another call from a reporter asking me to comment on yet another BI vendor announcing R integration. All leading BI vendors are embedding/integrating with R these days, so I was...

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                                                    Blog:A common denominator for pricing and negotiating Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics software

                                                    BI and analytics software packaging and pricing are a Wild West with few common practices among the vendors. Comparing and contrasting vendor prices and negotiating with vendors is challenging...