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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  • Boris Evelson
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Blog:BI In The Cloud: Separating Facts From Fiction

    “… and they lived happily ever after.” This is the typical ending of most Hollywood movies, which is why I am not a big fan. I much prefer European or independent movies that leave...

    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Blog:BI Vendors Have To Eat Their Own Dog Food

      Would you trust a car salesman who’s not driving the type of car he’s trying to sell you? Would you trust a nutritionist or a dietitian who’s not in a good shape? Probably not....

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        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: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...

          • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

            Blog:RFQ For BI Software Pricing Research

            On my Q3 research agenda is a document reviewing typical BI software pricing configurations. Unfortunately, I find that just asking vendors whether they have this or that pricing policy (by...

            • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

              Blog:How To Have The BI Cake And Eat It Too: A (Or The) BI Prediction For 2014

              Rather than going with the usual, ubiquitous, and often (yawn) repetitive “top 10 BI predictions” for the next year, we thought we’d try something different. After all, didn’t...

              • 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 Business Technology Professionals

                  Blog:Streamline Your BI Strategy With Forrester's BI Playbook

                  CEOs and other senior executives must identify ways to improve their enterprise performance by boosting profitability, raising market share, and leapfrogging competitors. But achieving these...

                  • 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: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...

                      • 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: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: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:How to estimate cost of BI deployment

                              Initial business intelligence (BI) ployment efforts are often difficult to predict and may dwarf the investment you made in BI platform software. The effort and costs associated with...

                              • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                                Blog:Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Embarking On A Big Data Journey

                                Do you think you are ready to tackle Big Data because you are pushing the limits of your data Volume, Velocity, Variety and Variability? Take a deep breath (and maybe a cold shower) before you...

                                • 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: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:It's The Dawning Of The Age Of BI DBMS

                                      Over the years we’ve learned how to address the key business intelligence (BI) challenges of the past 20 years, such as stability, robustness, and rich functionality. Agility and...

                                      • 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...

                                        • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                                          Blog:Is SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Worth The Wait?

                                          SAP BusinessObjects (BO) 4.0 suite is here. It’s been in the ramp-up phase since last fall; according to our sources, SAP plans to announce its general availability sometime in May,...

                                          • 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: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:BI In Russia And Israel

                                                I recently had both the privilege and pleasure to do a deep dive into the cold and warm BI waters in Russia and Israel. Cold - because some of my experiences were sobering. Warm - because the...

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                                                  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:Oracle Leapfrogs BI Competitors By Acquiring Endeca

                                                    This is a very smart move by Oracle. Until the Siebel and Hyperion acquisitions, Oracle was not a leader in the BI and analytics space. Those acquisitions put them squarely in the top three together...