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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  • Boris Evelson
  • Information Management
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: AWS QuickSight Will Disrupt Business Intelligence And Analytics

    The New Cloud-Based Platform Makes Sense For Some AD&D Pros, But Not All

    There's a new 800-pound gorilla in the business intelligence (BI) and analytics room. QuickSight, a new offering from Amazon Web Services (AWS), will disrupt the analysis and data visualization areas...

    • Downloads: 104
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2015

    The 13 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    In Forrester's 15-criteria evaluation of Agile business intelligence (BI) vendors, we identified the 13 most significant software providers in the category —Birst, GoodData, IBM, Information...

    • Downloads: 198
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Maximize Your Chances Of Business Intelligence Success In A Customer-Centric World

    Processes: The Business Intelligence Playbook For 2015

    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: 940
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Vendor Landscape: BI-On-Hadoop For Customer Insights

    Six Steps To Bridge The Worlds Of Business Intelligence And Big Data

    By the time you've inched closer to a complete view of your customers by integrating internal data, you are facing the next challenge of enriching this view with new external data sources like social...

    • Downloads: 156
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Use Forrester's BI Pricing Analysis To Negotiate Better Deals

    Embrace Forrester's Approach To Get More Value For Your Money

    Many business intelligence (BI) vendors do not publish list prices. Some do not even provide list prices under nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) to their customers and prospects. Plus, BI pricing and...

    • Downloads: 92
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Reasons To (Or Not To) Modernize BI Platforms With Hadoop

    Some BI Challenges — Culture, People, Processes — Cannot Be Solved With Big Data

    Business intelligence (BI) and big data are two pieces of the same jigsaw puzzle — a mosaic of multiple technologies, processes, and best practices that transform data into information for...

    • Downloads: 135
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: Text Analytics

    Expand Your Big Data Capabilities With Unstructured Text Analytics

    The big promise of big data to deliver better insights to enterprise decision-makers will not fully materialize unless business intelligence (BI) and analytics incorporate all available sources of...

    • Downloads: 356
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q1 2015

    The Top BI Vendors That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    In Forrester's 60-criteria evaluation of enterprise business intelligence (BI) platform vendors, we identified the 11 most significant software providers — IBM, Information Builders, Microsoft,...

    • Downloads: 804
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Boost Your Business Insights By Converging Big Data And BI

    Vision: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    What is the difference between business intelligence (BI) and big data? Is big data just a more modern version of BI, or are there significant differences? If they are different, what are the typical...

    • Downloads: 472
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Benchmark Your BI Environment For Continuous Improvement

    Benchmarks: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    Is your investment in business intelligence (BI) returning tangible benefits? If not, are you investing enough in BI, analytics, and big data? How many application development and delivery (AD&D)...

    • Downloads: 655
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: It's Not Your Grandfather's Open Source BI Market Any Longer

    In a dizzying 1-2-3 succession, three leading business intelligence (BI) vendors whose software and business models are to various degrees based on open source have been acquired within the last nine...

    • Downloads: 133
  • 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 tech support centers for all other enterprise software — fall short when it comes to BI's...

    • Downloads: 2299
  • 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: 690
  • 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 does the complexity and cost of large enterprise BI implementations. Organizations must demonstrate...

    • Downloads: 3078
  • 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: 770
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Update 2014: Forrester’s BI Maturity Assessment Tool

    Forrester recommends using this business intelligence (BI) maturity assessment tool at the beginning of any new strategic BI initiative to help you better understand your current state and strategic...

    • Downloads: 267
  • 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 application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals working on BI projects to quickly assess the maturity of their...

    • Downloads: 772
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Grow Your Business And Compete By Creating A Winning Business Intelligence Strategy

    Executive Overview: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    All modern enterprises and organizations are drowning in huge oceans of data. It's a double-edged sword, however. On the one hand, having and using this wealth of data can mean the difference between...

    • Downloads: 292
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Drive Business Insight With Effective BI Strategy

    Road Map: 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: 2279
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2015: BI And Big Data Converge

    The Top Six Ingredients In The Business Intelligence Cocktail — With A Twist Of Big Data

    Big data technologies are a critical piece of your BT agenda, offering the opportunity to close the gap between the data that's available and the ability to turn that data into insight. But from a...

    • Downloads: 695
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2015: Agile Features Keep The Business Intelligence Market Moving

    As Forrester continues to write about Agile business intelligence (BI), where organizations of all sizes need to revamp their data management environments for agility, flexibility, and responsiveness...

    • Downloads: 301
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: BI Service Providers, Q4 2014

    The 12 BI Services Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    In Forrester's 30-criteria evaluation of business intelligence (BI) services providers, we identified the 12 most significant services providers in the category — Accenture, Capgemini,...

    • Downloads: 669
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Salesforce Enters The BI Market With Wave, The Salesforce Analytics Cloud

    There Just Might Be Another 800-lb Gorilla In The Business Intelligence Market In A Year is muscling its way into the elite tier of the hot, growing, and very crowded business intelligence (BI) market with the launch of Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud. Tight...

    • Downloads: 258
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

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

    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...

    • Downloads: 423
  • 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: 48