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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  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Blog:2012 EA Award Winners: Business-Focused, Strategic And Pragmatic

    In Forrester’s EA Practice Playbook, we describe high-performance enterprise architecture programs as “business-focused, strategic, and pragmatic.” They are business-focused so that...

    • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

      Blog:Silver Linings and dark clouds of the current tight IT budget climate

      Last week I was at a dinner with IT execs from several firms.  Not surprisingly, we talked about the economy and what it means for their firms and for their IT organizations.  I asked them...

      • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

        Blog:Architect Angst On Their Readiness For Empowered Business

        Forrester sees business empowerment — where business areas seek greater autonomy to address their own technology needs — as an inevitable trend. We’ve seen this...

        • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

          Blog:Vote For Forrester's IT Forum 2011 Theme

          Are you ready for Forrester's IT Forum 2011? Mark your calendars for May 25-27 in Las Vegas and June 8-10 in Barcelona — and help us design an event that is as relevant and productive...

          • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

            Blog:The State Of Enterprise Architecture In 2011

            To paraphrase a now-marginalized US political figure: “How you’all doing?” Every year, Forrester’s Enterprise Architecture team looks at how enterprise architecture, as a...

            • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

              Blog:How To Keep Up With Reality In IT Planning

              Uli Kalex from Alfabet, whom many of you know, has provided us with a guest post addressing one key fallacy which underlies much of IT’s work with their business. I hope you enjoy it and feel...

              • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                Blog:Business Technology 2020 – Questions And Answers

                What will business and technology be like in 2020 – and what’s IT’s place in this new world? This is the subject of a teleconference that James Staten and I held for our...

                • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                  Blog:2013 Enterprise Architecture Award Winners – All About Business

                  The practice of enterprise architecture is about your business – guiding decisions and designing solutions for better, more sustainable business outcomes.  Pretty much every EA leader...

                  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                    Blog:Best Practices To Avoid Marginalization

                    Architecture teams often spend a significant amount of their time working with or consulting for IT project teams. This is a recognized best practice for ensuring that project teams execute in line...

                    • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                      Blog:Business Isn't Mature About Technology - What Are We Going To Do About It?

                      Business says it wants to be more involved with technology decision-making – taking a more leadership role especially when it comes to solutions with direct business benefit.  And if...

                      • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                        Blog:Who Should Lead Strategic Investment Planning?

                        Mike Gilpin poses this question in the most recent post to his blog.  This question was sparked at Forrester’s Business Process & Application Delivery Forum during a conversation during...

                        • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                          Blog:Peter Hinssen, The New Normal, And Enterprise Architecture

                          You already know it. Technology is completely pervasive in our lives, and in how businesses operate. It’s pervasive in how business execs think — they know that every change they make has...

                          • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                            Blog:Follow The Conversation From Forrester's IT Forum 2011

                            Today we’re kicking off Forrester's IT Forum 2011 at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. Prepare for three exciting days of keynote presentations and track sessions focused on business and technology...

                            • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                              Blog:Managing Business Demand Is The Keystone For Managing IT Cost

                              Recently, I’ve had a number of conversations with CIOs and senior IT staff on the pressures caused by business belt-tightening. This, of course, has cascaded to IT in the form of the need to...

                              • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                Blog:Announcing The Winners Of The 2011 InfoWorld/Forrester Enterprise Architecture Awards

                                Enterprise Architecture is a challenged role in IT. While more than 50% of all IT shops – and all large IT shops (greater than $100M budget) – have an EA practice in some form,...

                                • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                  Blog:The Context For EA Success Is Changing – Are You Changing For This New Context?

                                  As architects, we all know the importance of context. The right architecture for one context – say, an organically growing company – doesn’t work for a company growing by...

                                  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                    Blog:Business Architecture Is The Foundation For EA – Join Our BA Research Team

                                    Awkward title, I know. But this blog is about two related points.  Forrester has long believed that business and technology have become inseparable. The Business Technology...

                                    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                      Blog:Leveraging Architecture For Business Impact

                                      The Forrester Enterprise Architecture Forum 2010 North America (San Diego) is about two weeks away, and the EAF 2010 EMEA (London) is about five weeks away. We chose the theme of these forums,...

                                      • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                        Blog:Is Your EA Program Making A Difference?

                                        Several recent reports on start with the sentence: "EA organizations often toil out of the limelight . . . " There are fewer and fewer reasons why this should be the case.  We...

                                        • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                          Blog:EA And Transformation - And The 2015 Enterprise Architecture Awards

                                          Enterprise architecture programs deal in change – that’s where EA provides value.  And the businesses and government organizations they are part of are in the midst of a lot of...

                                          • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                            Blog:How Would You Sell Business Architecture To Your CEO?

                                            Consider the following scenario. You have realized that your firm can benefit from having a documented business architecture – perhaps based on business capabilities – not for any...

                                            • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                              Blog:Healthcare – an industry transformed by technology. Could you be the Forrester analyst to cover it?

                                              The healthcare industry is undergoing transformation.  What’s driving this?  A wide range of factors, from new regulations and government programs, to new treatments and approaches,...

                                              • For Chief Information Officer Professionals

                                                Blog:Be a Services Provider To Your Business To Boost Understanding

                                                How do your business peers view IT?  a) a black box of spendingb) a large bureaucracy which my function tries to work withc) a collection of applications and projectsd) the help desk, and the...

                                                • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                                  Blog:Where architects are spending their time

                                                  Where do architects spend their time, and is this where they should be spending it? I participated in a webinar this week hosted by Architecture & Governance magazine, along with George Paras. We...

                                                  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                                    Blog:The Outcome Focus Of World Class EA Programs

                                                    I recently had a conversation with a new EA practice leaders in the investment management business unit of a large multi-line insurance company.  They wanted to hear my perspectives on what a...