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
  • 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: 6839
  • 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: 7640
  • 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: 2460
  • 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: 3089
  • 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: 2849
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The State Of Enterprise Architecture 2010: Organization, Priorities, And Support

    The EA team of 2009 reports high into the IT organization (either to the CIO or senior planning roles beneath the CIO), has broad acceptance and support, and spends about half its time on strategic...

    • Downloads: 1884
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The State Of Enterprise Architecture 2010: Drivers, Initiatives, And Technology Priorities

    Enterprise architecture (EA) priorities for 2010 show a continued focus on helping IT reduce costs and get applications out on time and on budget. For the longer term, however, EA will look to enable...

    • Downloads: 1672
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Build A High-Performance EA Practice

    Executive Overview: The EA Practice Playbook

    The ability to nimbly navigate change in business environments makes the difference between an industry-leading enterprise and one that always seems a beat behind. But how can a large organization...

    • Downloads: 1392
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:EA Pros: Must-Read Research In An Economic Downturn

    Economists are debating the length and depth of the economic impact of the credit crunch and the October market meltdown. What can enterprise architects do to survive or — dare we think it...

    • Downloads: 1462
  • 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: 1459
  • 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: 1678
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Updated Q2 2011: Simplifying Information Architecture

    Creating An IA Program That Works

    It has been more than five years since Forrester first published this report outlining a simple approach to information architecture, but this domain of enterprise architecture (EA) has matured...

    • Downloads: 1516
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Information Architecture Deliverables: What Matters Most?

    Five Artifacts Underpin An Effective Program

    Architects in any domain have no time to waste creating deliverables that wind up collecting dust on a shelf. Information architects, who have historically had a particularly difficult time engaging...

    • Downloads: 1468
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Five Trends That Will Shape The EA Profession In 2008

    In 2008, enterprise architects will find themselves at the center of a struggle to change their organizations into significantly more agile enterprises. As solution delivery morphs from traditional...

    • Downloads: 1097
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Inquiry Spotlight: Enterprise Architecture Best Practices, Q1 2009

    Forrester examined 2,292 end user inquiries from enterprise architecture (EA) professionals. Most of these inquiries were on specific technology topics such as information and knowledge management,...

    • Downloads: 1265
  • 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: 1012
  • 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: 1318
  • 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: 1342
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Case Study: Deutsche Bank Turns To Business Architecture To Transform Business-IT Alignment

    Enterprise architecture (EA) programs are becoming more business focused, helping IT deliver greater value to the business. Business-focused EA teams are developing the "next practices" for...

    • Downloads: 1333
  • 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: 1350
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Trends For EA Professionals In 2009

    Enterprise Architects: Use Today's Economic Challenges To Focus And Sharpen Your Efforts

    Enterprise architecture (EA) will continue its journey up the value chain in 2009, but there's no doubt that the road will be bumpy at best. Helping their organizations deal with economic conditions...

    • Downloads: 898
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Trends In Information Architecture Practices

    IA Engages The Business But Is Slow To Show Value

    Over the next several years, businesses will look to developments in technology to enable powerful new views into markets, populations, business processes, and supply chains. But will they be in a...

    • Downloads: 1093
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Develop Business-Focused And Strategic EA Organizations

    Organization: The EA Practice Playbook

    This report outlines the organizational structures, roles, and skills you'll need to make sure that your enterprise architecture (EA) program is strategic, business-focused, and pragmatic. Building a...

    • Downloads: 1133
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Make EA Business-Focused, Strategic, And Pragmatic

    This report outlines the future look of Forrester's solution for enterprise architecture (EA) professionals building a high-performance EA practice. It will help you understand the future of EA in...

    • Downloads: 900
  • 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: 787