Boris Evelson

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Application Development & Delivery PROFESSIONALS

Boris serves the Application Development & Delivery role. He is a leading expert in business intelligence (BI) — a set of processes, methodologies, and technologies used to transform raw data into meaningful, useful, and action-oriented enterprise information. Boris delivers strategic guidance, helping enterprises define BI strategies, governance, and architectures and identify vendors and technologies that help them put information to use in business processes and end user experiences.

Boris' current research focuses on the practical and actionable best practices for building BI infrastructure and applications, such as BI business cases, architectural options, organizational structures, and vendor selection. Boris continues to explore emerging trends in next-generation BI, such as agile BI architecture and development approaches, in-memory analytics, advanced data visualization, convergence of structured data and unstructured content analytics, process-driven and operational BI, and many others.

Previous Work Experience

Boris has more than 30 years of experience with enterprise software and applications implementation, management consulting, and strategic advisory skills. Most recently, Boris was a managing partner at Textra, a boutique strategic advisory firm serving all IT constituents: users, vendors, and investors. Boris cofounded Textra after spending several years as a VP and a strategic technology advisor at JPMorgan/LabMorgan, where he led many successful internal BI initiatives, advising the bank's large enterprise software clients on enterprise adoption issues and product and marketing strategies. Prior to JPMorgan, Boris served as a senior manager of data warehousing and customer relationship management (CRM) practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Boris started his career at Citibank, where, among many other successful projects, he implemented the bank's first global credit risk data warehouse.

Education

Boris holds a degree in music education from Moscow Gnessin School Of Music, Russia.

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  • Boris Evelson
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:It's Time For A User-Driven Enterprise BI Strategy

    Vision: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    John Wanamaker, considered the father of modern advertising, said: "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the problem is I don't know which half." Today, we can ask the same question of a...

    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Forrester's Data Taxonomy Tool

      When it comes to data technology, are you lost in translation? What’s the difference between data federation, virtualization, and data- or information-as-a-service? Are columnar databases...

      • Downloads: 17
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Lost In Data Translation? Forrester's Data Taxonomy To The Rescue

      Create A Common Language For All Things Data In Your Company

      When it comes to data technology, are you lost in translation? What's the difference between data federation, virtualization, and data or information-as-a-service? Are columnar databases also...

      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:Forrester's Agile BI Capabilities Self-Assessment Model

        What Are Your Organization's Agile BI Capabilities?

        This model is a companion tool to the Forrester Wave™: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2014 evaluation. Clients can use this tool as a self-assessment of their existing business...

        • Downloads: 23
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:The Forrester Wave™: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2014

        The 16 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

        In Forrester's 15-criteria evaluation of Agile business intelligence (BI) vendors, we identified the 16 most significant software providers — Actuate, Birst, GoodData, IBM, Information...

        • Downloads: 451
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:Q&A: How To Energize Your Enterprise BI Platform With Integrated Predictive R Models

        The business intelligence (BI) market is slowly but surely broadening and extending its reach into new areas beyond basic reporting, analytics, and dashboards. Data exploration, text, geospatial, and...

        • Downloads: 164
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

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

        Tools And Technology: The Business Intelligence Playbook

        Business intelligence (BI) is a runaway locomotive that just keeps picking up more and more speed in terms of enterprise interest, adoption, and spending levels. Technology vendors caught on to this...

        • Downloads: 237
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:Forrester's Self-Service BI Capabilities Self-Assessment Model

        What Are Your Organization's Self-Service BI Capabilities?

        There's no clear single definition of what self-service business intelligence (BI is), but it's definitely more complex than just having a graphical user interface (GUI) and/or being user-friendly or...

        • Downloads: 37
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:Forrester's Advanced Data Visualization Capabilities Self-Assessment Model

        What Are Your Organization's Advanced Data Visualization Capabilities?

        There's no clear single definition of what effective advanced data visualization (ADV) is, but it's definitely more complex than just having graphs and charts. The purpose of this model is not to...

        • Downloads: 45
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

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

        The 11 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

        In Forrester's 72-criteria evaluation of enterprise business intelligence (BI) platform vendors, we identified the 11 most significant software providers — Actuate, IBM, Information Builders,...

        • Downloads: 1312
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:Build An Agile Customer Data Support Organization

        In a customer-centric world, designing, architecting, building, and deploying processes and applications based solely on business requirements no longer works. Leading organizations need to take an...

        • Downloads: 289
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:Benchmark Your BI Environment

        Benchmarks: The Business Intelligence Playbook

        Organizations increasingly realize the necessity of quantitatively measuring the performance of their enterprise software and applications. But quantitative measurements of the performance of...

        • Downloads: 416
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:How Does Your BI Environment Stack Up Against Your Peers'?

        Business intelligence (BI) is critical to organizational performance. To put it simply, top-performing organizations invest more in BI than do their their lower-performing peers. Enterprises need...

        • Downloads: 119
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:Best Practices: Maximize Your Chances Of Business Intelligence Success

        Processes: The Business Intelligence Playbook

        What can you do to make sure that your business intelligence (BI) initiative doesn't end up on the scrap heap of failed projects? Seeking answers to this question isn't unique to BI projects —...

        • Downloads: 610
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:BI Effort And Price Estimation Model

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

        • Downloads: 72
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:Get Ready For BI Change

        Continuous Improvement: The Business Intelligence Playbook

        Market conditions are changing quickly; firms need to make the best possible business decisions at the right time and base them on timely, accurate, and relevant information from business...

        • Downloads: 436
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:Quantify The Tangible Business Value Of BI

        Business Case: The Business Intelligence Playbook

        As the demand for pervasive and comprehensive business intelligence (BI) applications increases, so do the complexity and cost of large enterprise BI implementations. Organizations must demonstrate...

        • Downloads: 2685
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:Drive Business Insight With Effective BI Strategy

        Executive Overview: The Business Intelligence Playbook

        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...

        • Downloads: 1956
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:BI On BI: How To Manage The Performance Of BI Initiatives

        Performance Management: The Business Intelligence Playbook

        Business intelligence (BI) is often defined as processes and technologies to manage business performance, with the ultimate goal of making more informed decisions based on real data, not hunches. But...

        • Downloads: 518
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:Build An Agile BI Organization

        Organization: The Business Intelligence Playbook

        Earlier-generation business intelligence (BI) support centers — organized along the same lines as support centers for all other enterprise software — fall short when it comes to taking...

        • Downloads: 1828
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:Establish Ongoing Processes To Assess Your Business Intelligence Maturity

        Assessment: The Business Intelligence Playbook

        Forrester's business intelligence (BI) maturity self-assessment model helps BI professionals quickly assess the maturity of their current-state environments. It also allows BI pros to benchmark their...

        • Downloads: 584
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:Craft Your Future State BI Reference Architecture

        Road Map: The Business Intelligence Playbook

        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...

        • Downloads: 1879
      • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

        Report:The Forrester Wave™: Business Intelligence Services Providers, Q4 2012

        The 12 Market Leaders That Deserve To Be On Most Shortlists

        In the past few years, the business intelligence (BI) services market has evolved significantly: advisory and management consulting firms have beefed up their implementation capabilities, while...

        • Downloads: 1659
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:Decide When To Buy, Build, Or Outsource BI

        Building custom business intelligence (BI) solutions is time-consuming and inflexible; therefore, application development and delivery (AD&D) pros heading BI projects should move away from a...

        • Downloads: 1004
      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Report:BI Maturity In The Enterprise: 2012 Update

        These data charts present the findings of the Q2 2012 Global BI Maturity Online Survey.

        • Downloads: 217