Alex Cullen

Vice President, Research Director serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Alex serves Enterprise Architecture (EA) 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 EA Professionals and IT strategists.

Previous Work Experience

Alex joined Forrester in 2005 as a principal analyst, 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 working with Fortune 500 companies on technology strategy and planning and with various high-tech firms in product management and strategy. Prior to Forrester, Alex published many articles and spoke 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:Forrester EA Forum Keynotes Map EA’s Shift From IT To Business

    When I started as an architect, I was part of the team called “IT Architecture.” It was clear what we did and who we did it for – we standardized technology and designs so...

    • 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: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 Enterprise Architecture Professionals

          Blog:Forrester Is Hiring — Join Our Global Enterprise Architecture Team!

          You know how technology is changing how businesses operate — how they engage with their customers, deliver products and services, and understand their markets. The...

          • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

            Blog:How Mature Is Your Firm's Use Of Social Technologies?

            Social technology, which includes blogs, microblogging (Twitter), social networking tools, and next-generation collaboration platforms, is a fundamental shift in how businesses use...

            • For CIO 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:Are You An Enterprise Architecture Success Story?

                Some enterprise architecture programs become a key capability for the success of their business: ensuring aligned plans, shaping business transformations, or boosting the business value of IT. But...

                • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                  Blog:Crafting your technology strategy for business impact

                  That your technology strategy should be driven by business is a truism. We all know this -  architecture, strategy and IT overall should be driven by business needs, strategies and outcomes. ...

                  • 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 Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                      Blog:Why is Forrester so jazzed up about Business Capability Maps?

                      I recently published a sample business capability map for insurance firms as a way to illustrate many aspects about the description and use of this business architecture methodology. One of the...

                      • For CIO 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:Software AG Announces IDS Scheer Acquisition: Is The Tail Wagging The Dog?

                          By Clay Richardson, Ken Vollmer, and Connie Moore Only two years after acquiring webMethods, Software AG shakes up the BPM world once again with its announcement to acquire leading process...

                          • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                            Blog:The Archetypes of EA

                            This past summer, Forrester conducted a series of in-depth interviews of architects to further our understanding of their roles:  how they saw the role in the context of their organizations,...

                            • 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 Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                Blog:Engagement is the theme for Enterprise Architecture today

                                I’m seeing many signs of an evolving role and recognition for enterprise architecture.  This is changing how we ourselves see the practice of EA. For example, one of the more frequent...

                                • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                  Blog:The 2016 Enterprise Architecture Awards: Speed And Responsiveness — And EA

                                  Businesses of all types are experiencing the ramifications of an accelerating pace of change. Everything, from economies as a whole to the competitive landscape to consumers’ tastes, is more...

                                  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                    Blog:Identifying The Technologies That Will Matter

                                    CIOs want to know what new technologies they should watch for their firm’s possible use.  They need to know when they should make an investment of time to learn a technology, and educate their...

                                    • 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: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:How Should EA Be Funded – And What Impact Does That Have On EA Value?

                                          Recently I participated in a roundtable discussion by members of Forrester’s EA Council on “Getting Strategic In A Tactical World.” Members talked through the challenge of...

                                          • 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: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 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: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:The State Of EA In 2009 – A Disconnect Between Goals And Activities?

                                                    In September-October Forrester conducted its State of Enterprise Architecture survey – a broad look at EA in the context of the IT & business organization. We asked respondents questions...