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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  • Gene Leganza
  • Information Management
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The Top 15 Technology Trends EA Should Watch: 2011 To 2013

    An Empowered Report: High-Impact Technologies That You Should Track

    Forrester began summarizing technology trends last year to help enterprise architects create their organizations' technology watch lists. For this year's list of top trends, we've used the same...

    • Downloads: 6876
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Topic Overview: Information Architecture

    Information architecture (IA) is a cornerstone of enterprise architecture (EA), but 43% of the architects we surveyed either have not yet addressed this domain or have only begun to implement what...

    • Downloads: 7646
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Enterprise Architecture? What's In It For Me?

    To Communicate EA's Value, Architects Must Relate It To Stakeholders' Goals

    Enterprise architects know that their EA programs provide significant value to their organizations. But communicating EA's value is challenging: As a strategic activity, it doesn't have the immediate...

    • Downloads: 2461
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Data Management Reference Architecture

    Align Data Management Roles To Create Stronger Business Value

    The continuing explosion in data volume, increasing numbers of business users, growing data complexity, compliance requirements, need to support global operations, and growing need for real-time...

    • Downloads: 3104
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Topic Overview: Enterprise Architecture

    As business technology (BT) becomes integral to organizations' focus on growth, innovation, and flexibility, IT organizations are turning to enterprise architecture (EA) to best advance objectives...

    • Downloads: 2850
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™ For Enterprise Architecture Professionals: Technologies For Empowered Employees, Q4 2011

    Tech-Empowered Staff Members Innovate While Enterprise Technology Manages The Risk

    Your employees — like your customers — have more power than ever before. Mobile, social, video, and cloud technologies give individuals tremendous access to information and resources....

    • Downloads: 1461
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Industry Innovation: Insurance

    Technology Trends That Insurance CIOs Must Tap To Drive Growth

    Today's insurance CIOs are shifting their focus away from cost reduction to speed, flexibility, and innovation. As insurance buyers' habits change from face-to-face interactions with agents to...

    • Downloads: 1684
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Metadata Architecture — EA's Key Contribution To The Industrialization Of IT

    Business pressures have forced IT management to begin applying formal management disciplines to the delivery of IT services. In the past decade we have seen the rise of portfolio and project...

    • Downloads: 1323
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Role Overview: The Enterprise Architecture Professional In 2007

    In 2007, enterprise architects face the ongoing issues of defining technology strategy and improving the overall effectiveness of enterprise architecture (EA) processes, but the imperative to merge...

    • Downloads: 1014
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:A Framework For Information Management And Consumption Technology

    Tools And Technology: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    Enterprise architects carry the heavy responsibility of planning for elaborate implementations of complex technology. They must weigh the implications of the plans for all of the related architecture...

    • Downloads: 1346
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:EA Must Guide Master Data Management Initiatives Through Information Architecture

    Master data management (MDM) can be used as a strategic means to deliver a trusted view of critical data throughout the enterprise. However, MDM has not yet matured as a business capability, and...

    • Downloads: 1353
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Jump-Starting New EA Programs

    Leaders of newly created or recently renewed enterprise architecture (EA) programs can spend months generating momentum for the initiative, particularly when the EA team includes dotted-line subject...

    • Downloads: 789
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Define The Shifting Responsibilities Of The Information Architect

    Organization: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    This report outlines the organization element of the information strategy and architecture playbook for enterprise architecture (EA) professionals. The definition of the information architect role...

    • Downloads: 839
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Effective High-Level Architecture Principles Spoon-Feed Business Implications To Stakeholders

    US Government's Architecture Principles Illustrate Right Form And Content

    High-level architecture principles encapsulate and communicate an enterprise's goals, vision, and values. They are key constructs that provide guidance to governance bodies and individuals for making...

    • Downloads: 663
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Create KPIs That Show The Effectiveness Of Your Information Strategy

    Continuous Improvement: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    How effective is your information strategy? You can't answer that question without a comprehensive assessment process and key performance indicator (KPI) reporting mechanism that specifically targets...

    • Downloads: 637
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Information Strategies Move Center Stage

    Vision: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    A veritable flood of information coming from widespread digitization has created new opportunities and risks that business executives can't ignore. Forrester is seeing a dramatic uptick in the...

    • Downloads: 530
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Formal IA Programs Move Information Strategies Forward

    Information architecture programs suffer from EA's worst problem: They have a strategic and enterprisewide focus that can appear disconnected from immediate-term business needs. But significant...

    • Downloads: 645
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Data Services

    The New Data Economy Cultivates An Eclectic New Market Of Data Services

    Organizations are faced with a flood of data. Capturing and effectively utilizing this data for business insights is a critical priority. However, in many cases, organizations lack the skills,...

    • Downloads: 400
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Eliminate Confusion In Data Management Roles And Responsibilities

    Organization: The Data Management Playbook

    As enterprise architecture (EA) leaders prioritize information architecture, they're looking broadly at how data management (DM) resources are spread across the organization. What's the right...

    • Downloads: 452
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Demystifying EA Programs

    Enterprise architects must advance a strategic, enterprisewide agenda in the context of siloed interests and a "show me the money" attitude toward the business value of projects. The going is never...

    • Downloads: 389
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Navigating The New Data Market Landscape

    New Data Sources And Players Offer Richer, Easier-To-Use Data For Better Business Decisions

    Organizations across industries are experiencing a data explosion that is doing nothing short of revolutionizing business practices. The availability of new data sources and delivery models provides...

    • Downloads: 336
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Case Study: Freescale Semiconductor Uses Data Services To Analyze Real-Time Data

    Advances in technology that enable real-time data integration and analysis raise the bar for organizations' in-house information management capabilities, but they can provide significant advances in...

    • Downloads: 340
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Information And Data Architecture Initiatives Are On The Rise

    Only half of the 157 respondents in Forrester's first enterprise architecture (EA) home page poll say that they have had a formal information or data architecture program in place for more than two...

    • Downloads: 285
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Five Things EAs Should Do To Prepare For The Data Economy

    Expand Your Firm's Use Of Data And Change The Game

    The data economy is upon us and it's changing application and enterprise architectures. But enterprise architects are seldom asked "Get us ready for the data economy." Rather, data management...

    • Downloads: 280
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Focus Your Information Strategy On Business Impact

    Executive Overview: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    Enterprise architecture (EA) professionals face the challenge of satisfying business execs' growing interest in data in the face of immature information management practices. This report replaces...

    • Downloads: 224