Alex Cullen

Vice President, Research Director serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Alex serves Enterprise Architecture Professionals. He is a leading expert on IT planning and strategy, governance, enterprise architecture value, and enterprise architecture practices. Alex leads the team responsible for research and advisory services that address the needs, priorities, and concerns of Enterprise Architecture Professionals and IT strategists.

Previous Work Experience

Alex has been a principal analyst with Forrester, providing clients with insights in the areas of IT strategy and planning, architecture, and process improvement. Prior to joining Forrester, Alex was the director of enterprise architecture and IT process improvement with John Hancock Financial Services. His experience prior to John Hancock includes IT management consultancy, working with Fortune 500 companies on technology strategy and planning and with various high-tech firms in product management and strategy. Alex has published many articles and has spoken at conferences on technology strategy, IT planning, and architecture.


Alex holds a B.A. in fine arts from the University of New Hampshire. He has also participated in and lectured at various executive training programs.

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  • Alex Cullen
  • 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: 370
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Communicate EA Capabilities Broadly To Sustain Success

    Change Management: The EA Practice Playbook

    For teams to embed new capabilities into the organization's decision-making, stakeholders must know who enterprise architecture (EA) is, how to use EA, why to use EA, and what benefit they get. Most...

    • Downloads: 722
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Build A Business Architecture Program Road Map

    Road Map: The Business Architecture Playbook

    Too often, business architecture (BA) programs struggle to create a clear identity for the value they can deliver. Successful BA programs — those with high influence — use strategy to...

    • Downloads: 1097
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Measure EA's Business Goals, Engagement, And Influence

    Metrics: The EA Practice Playbook

    This report outlines the metrics that enterprise architecture (EA) executives should use when building a high-performance EA program. Developing and executing a metrics and reporting plan is a key...

    • Downloads: 959
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: Venture Capital Inflow To PPM Vendors Indicates Market Growth

    New Investment Means New Opportunities For Companies To Bring Visibility To Planning And Execution

    In 2013 and 2014, three project portfolio management (PPM) vendors, Planview, AtTask, and Changepoint, as well as task management (TM) vendor Wrike announced they were taking on investment from...

    • Downloads: 127
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:EA 2020 — The Transformation Of EA In The Age Of The Customer

    Future Look: The EA Practice Playbook

    Customers are the key to business success. And changes in how customers engage with your business are forcing changes to marketing, product, and business strategies. In the "age of the customer,"...

    • Downloads: 472
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Align Application Rationalization Metrics To Your Objectives And Drivers

    Enterprises start application rationalization initiatives, but after the low-hanging fruit of little used business applications, they find it a struggle to progress. There are many root causes...

    • Downloads: 307
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Refocus Application Rationalization Toward Business Service Optimization

    Right-Sized Business Services Replace One-Size-Fits-All Rationalization Objectives

    Your business model is embedded in your applications and technology. The alignment of the application portfolio with the business's strategy and operating model is a key element in business...

    • Downloads: 370
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Planning Application Rationalization From Vision To Implementation

    Most firms' portfolios of business applications wouldn't qualify as "managed." New business initiatives add new applications, market or geographic expansions add more, and events like mergers and...

    • Downloads: 433
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Sustainably Executing Application Rationalization

    Application rationalization — the program to right-size your business application portfolio for your business — tests many of the processes and practices of an IT organization. For...

    • Downloads: 354
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Create A Business Architecture Program That Helps Your Business Manage Change

    Executive Overview: The Business Architecture Playbook

    Strategic change initiatives are proliferating in organizations. There may be multiple programs to improve customer experience, co-existing alongside projects to reduce costs, streamline internal...

    • Downloads: 1000
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Drive Process Innovation Using BPM Technologies, Methods, And COEs

    Executive Overview: The Business Process Management Playbook

    In the midst of continuous change — from technology, market, and competitive forces — businesses must become skilled at transforming and inventing new processes while improving their...

    • Downloads: 896
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Execute On Your EA Practice Strategy

    Road Map: The EA Practice Playbook

    This report describes how to turn a strategy into a road map for execution and how to overcome common impediments to high-performance enterprise architecture (EA). EA programs too often get pulled in...

    • Downloads: 770
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Focus EA Strategy On Changing Business Expectations

    Strategic Plan: The EA Practice Playbook

    This report is designed to help enterprise architecture (EA) professionals construct a strategy to become more business-focused, strategic, and pragmatic. Many EA teams strive to be more...

    • Downloads: 768
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Transform EA Resources, Relationships, Processes, And Foundations

    Assessment Framework: The EA Practice Playbook

    This report outlines the assessment framework of Forrester's solution for enterprise architecture (EA) executives working on creating a high-performance EA practice. A high-performance EA practice is...

    • Downloads: 977
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Focus EA Impact On Planning, Governance, And Innovation

    This report outlines the high-level business impact of Forrester's solution for enterprise architecture (EA) executives working on building a high-performance EA practice. Describing the added...

    • Downloads: 705
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Solution Architecture Tool Kit: Overview

    This tool kit discusses the role and importance of solution architects, the solution architecture process, templates for solution architecture deliverables, and solution architecture best practices.

    • Downloads: 174
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Solution Architecture Tool Kit: Samples And Templates

    This workbook is part of the "Solution Architecture Tool Kit" collection, a companion to the "Solution Architecture Tool Kit: Overview" PowerPoint deck. It includes samples and templates for...

    • Downloads: 181
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:EA Skills Development Tool Kit

    A Catalogue Of Skills Development Plans And Techniques Based On Insights From EA Managers

    This tool kit will help address how to develop the skills needed to prime the EA team for success. We provide a variety of proven and tested architecture skills development techniques suggested by...

    • Downloads: 103
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Case Study: Skandia's EA-Led IT Transformation

    Profile Of An InfoWorld/Forrester Enterprise Architecture Award Winner

    Forrester teamed up with InfoWorld to identify five leading enterprise architecture (EA) organizations using practices that yield measurable business value. Skandia UK and International provides an...

    • Downloads: 599
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Forget EA Nirvana: Assessing EA Maturity

    Use EA Archetypes To Assess Maturity And Align Effort With Expectations

    Enterprise architecture (EA) maturity models abound. Each comes with its own opinion on EA maturity, its own system for scoring it, and a single set of beliefs on the proper role of EA within a firm....

    • Downloads: 783
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Forrester's EA Maturity Assessment, Q3 2011

    Use this tool to periodically assess the maturity of your EA program relative to the expectations of your stakeholders and your target EA mission. The assessment results are displayed by EA archetype...

    • Downloads: 82
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Architecture Skills Assessment Tool Kit: Assessment Tool

    The purpose of this assessment tool is to serve as a starting point to help managers and employees discuss the development of skills typical to various architecture roles. It works as a communication...

    • Downloads: 61
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Architecture Skills Assessment Tool Kit: Overview

    An enterprise architecture (EA) program's success is largely dependent on its architects' skills. More companies are establishing EA programs, and architecture teams are growing. Moreover, the...

    • Downloads: 729
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Architecture Skills Assessment Tool Kit: Process Guide

    The purpose of this process guide is to provide an overview of the architecture skills assessment process and step-by-step instructions for using the assessment tool included in Forrester's...

    • Downloads: 55