Boris   Evelson

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.

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.

Boris Evelson's Research

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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Forrester's 15-Step Methodology For Shortlisting BI Vendors

    Tools And Technology: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    November 9, 2018Boris Evelson

    Business intelligence (BI) is a runaway locomotive that keeps picking up speed in terms of enterprise interest, adoption, and spending levels. The result: There are now more than 80 vendors in the segment. Their architectures and user interfaces vary, but they support similar use cases. This report tells application development and delivery (AD&D) pros working on BI initiatives how to decide which vendors belong on their shortlists of BI platforms. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Use BI Fabric To Optimize Your Multivendor Business Intelligence Environment

    Performance Management: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    October 30, 2018Boris Evelson

    All enterprises must deal with multiple business intelligence (BI) platforms. Unquestionably, a single enterprise BI platform is ideal, but legacy platforms, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and poor alignment between business and technology pros are just some of many reasons most enterprises must deal with multiple BI tools for the foreseeable future. In this report, application development and delivery (AD&D) pros working on BI initiatives will learn about new BI fabric technologies that will make managing multiple BI platforms significantly easier. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Divide (BI Governance From Data Governance) And Conquer

    Processes: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    October 19, 2018Boris Evelson

    The age of the customer and business agility require new approaches to business intelligence (BI) governance. Technology-organization-centric, restrictive, and inflexible governance processes no longer work. This report suggests how application development and delivery (AD&D) pros working on BI initiatives can "have your cake and eat it too," by continuing to reap Agile BI benefits while providing the necessary amount of BI governance. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Emerging Technology Spotlight: Natural Language Generation

    Natural Language Generation Gives Human-Computer Interfaces The Gift Of Gab

    October 9, 2018 Brandon Purcell, Boris Evelson

    Companies are using natural language generation (NLG) to create written reports, explain visualizations in business intelligence (BI) tools, and develop chatbots and voice assistants that interact with customers. CIOs and business technology leaders should read this report to learn more about how NLG is developing artificially intelligent systems that "speak" to users.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: New Tech: Natural Language Generation (NLG) Technologies, Q3 2018

    Forrester's Landscape Overview Of 12 Providers

    September 24, 2018Boris Evelson, Christian Austin

    A picture isn't always worth a thousand words. Even with the slickest dashboards, clients ask us, "Can't somebody just explain what the numbers mean to an executive?" Further, a human can't possibly scan through thousands of documents, categorize them, and write summaries of each. Different use case, but same problem. These are just some of the use cases for emerging natural language generation (NLG) technology. This report for AD&D pros outlines this nascent market, featuring 12 vendors with native capabilities and multiple established vendors offering NLG.

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