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.


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

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  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Hits And Misses Of Apple Pay: What You Need To Know

    Apple Pay Will Advance Mobile Payments, But It Lacks Essential Ingredients For Long-Term Success

    "Our vision is to replace [the wallet] and we're going to start by focusing on payments." Those were the words of Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, on September 9, 2014 as he unveiled Apple Pay. Although the...

    • Downloads: 418
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:To Stay Competitive, Nurture A Culture Of Innovation

    Continuous Improvement: The Innovation Playbook

    Companies that don't innovate risk becoming marginalized, and CIOs are often expected to help accelerate innovation within their firms. The key to success in this role is creating and sustaining an...

    • Downloads: 1052
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Brief: How To RFP For Innovation

    Follow The Four-S Approach To Drive Agencies' And Marketers' Success

    CMOs must innovate or risk missing out on the next category-killing product or falling hopelessly behind their competitors. CMOs who lack the people or processes to drive innovation internally often...

    • Downloads: 183
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Trends 2015: Australian And New Zealand Digital Banking

    Digital Technologies Will Be Crucial To Driving Growth And Innovation

    The strong focus on growing revenue, combined with digital disruption, tougher competition, a shake-up in payments, and increasing consumer expectations, means that digital banking teams in Australia...

    • Downloads: 239
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Hot Emerging Indian BT Vendors To Watch In 2015

    India-Based Firms Are Emerging As Sources Of Business Technology Innovation

    CIOs across the globe have a great opportunity to digitally transform their firms' business by building a business technology (BT) agenda to deliver targeted customer value faster, better, and...

    • Downloads: 129
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The CX Innovation Imperative

    To become a customer experience (CX) leader, CX pros must strike a balance between improving existing experiences and pushing for bolder innovation-based efforts that uncover and deliver new value to...

    • Downloads: 296
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Brief: Going Digital? Then Goodbye Suburban Sheetrock, And Hello Urban Exposed Brick

    Services Firms' New Digital Studios, IoT Labs, And Insights Centers Provide CIOs With New Ways To Engage The Business On Digital

    CIOs need assistance with taking their businesses digital. Business consultants and technology services firms may have a new way to help. They are building out urban digital design studios, insights...

    • Downloads: 96
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Future Of Shopping

    Only Six Sectors Will Thrive; Others Will Struggle Or Die

    The retail industry is more complex than ever. Every year, startups release new technologies that promise to help consumers shop more easily or aim to help retailers improve their businesses. At the...

    • Downloads: 1079
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Want To Improve Your Customer Experience? Turn To The Cloud

    Cloud Technologies Provide Employees, Partners, And Customers With The Agility They Need

    Technology grounds your customer experience (CX) ecosystem. It's embedded in your products; it facilitates customer understanding; it enhances your channels; and it empowers your employees. But rigid...

    • Downloads: 190
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:The Time Is Right For Email Innovation

    Road Map: The Email Marketing Playbook

    There's no doubt about it: Contextual marketing will reorient the role that email plays in your digital marketing toolkit. But marketing leaders need not abandon existing email campaigns in the name...

    • Downloads: 265
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2015: CMOs Boldly Reach For More Influence In The Enterprise

    More Internal Influence Will Require Marketing Optimization

    It's the middle of the decade, and chief marketing officers (CMOs) find themselves in the middle of a dilemma. The CMO role has yet to emerge fully from its historical communications, promotion, and...

    • Downloads: 503
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How To Organize For Digital Financial Innovation

    Find The Right Organizational Structure To Spark Innovation In Digital Financial Services

    Digital disruption is hitting retail financial services as ambitious financial upstarts flood the market, aiming to delight your customers with superior digital experiences. Leading firms are...

    • Downloads: 305
  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:The Power Of Disciplined Simplification

    Customer experience (CX) professionals at established firms struggle to replicate the lean mix of strategy, technology, and execution associated with successful startups and their distinctive...

    • Downloads: 410
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Accelerate Digital Business With A BT Agenda

    Tools And Technology: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Digital business demands a new approach to technology management. Think about how your firm has delivered technology in the past: monolithic, on-premises applications chosen because your firm signed...

    • Downloads: 219
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Brief: Digital Intermediaries Rewrite Rules Of Business Again

    Hyperadoptive consumers are signing up with new digital intermediaries like Foursquare, Magic, and Uber in an effort to get more of what they want. It wasn't supposed to be this way. The original...

    • Downloads: 160
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Assess Your Innovation Capability Maturity

    Assessment: The Innovation Playbook

    Innovation is a must for an organization to succeed in today's harsh business climate. Understanding how well your organization has mastered the key capabilities required for a sustained innovation...

    • Downloads: 897
  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:Brief: Amazon Dash Buttons Are The Best Bad Idea Of 2015

    Amazon's instant-buy Dash Buttons are now officially available to all Amazon Prime members in the US. Each button automatically orders products from specific replenishable brands like Cottonelle,...

    • Downloads: 75
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Augmented And Virtual Reality Should Be Part Of The Innovator's Toolkit

    Use Forrester's Evaluation Matrix To Choose The Right Augmented Reality Or Virtual Reality Device For Your Task

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders look to inject technology innovations into business processes, be they operational workforce workflows or customer experiences. But the landscape of...

    • Downloads: 163
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The Top Emerging Technologies To Watch: Now Through 2020

    Make These Emerging Technologies Part Of Your BT Agenda

    Emerging technology plays a big role in firms' profitability and their customers' digital experiences. Yet enterprise architects struggle with the speed of new technology delivery and constantly...

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  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Case Study: Digital Innovation Is Seeded Throughout CaixaBank

    Innovative Culture Prospers Without A Rigid Innovation Process

    Digital innovation is how companies survive digital disruption. But innovating is hard, and digital executives at retail financial services firms in particular have complained that a lack of physical...

    • Downloads: 225
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:RSAC Innovation Sandbox Finalists Spur Ingenuity In Security

    CISOs Should Look To Finalists For Future Direction And Investment

    The 2015 RSA Conference (RSAC) Innovation Sandbox marks the 10-year anniversary of its conception in North America. This contest has encouraged startups to demonstrate and share their security...

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  • For Customer Experience Professionals

    Report:Brief: Why The Sharing Economy Matters For Customer Experience Professionals

    In the past few years, thousands of companies that eschew traditional business models in favor of digital platforms have popped up to deliver peer-to-peer services to customers. These companies,...

    • Downloads: 236
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Thrive With Sustained Innovation In The Age Of The Customer

    Executive Overview: The Innovation Playbook

    Technology enables fundamental change in almost every market. New and old players are disrupting the status quo with new products, services, and business models that help them win, serve, and retain...

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  • For CMO Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Innovation Agencies, Q4 2014

    An Evaluation Of 10 Agencies Driving Innovation

    In Forrester's 27-criteria evaluation of innovation agencies, we identified the 10 most significant firms — AKQA, Critical Mass, frog, Huge, Isobar, Mutual Mobile, R/GA, Razorfish,...

    • Downloads: 643
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Elevate Digital Disruption Like China's Leading Innovators

    Three Lessons From Chinese Internet Companies

    "Internet companies" is a unique term used in China to refer to digital enterprises. These firms were born digital, and they are disrupting traditional companies in every major vertical. Traditional...

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