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
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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Drive Business Insight With Effective BI Strategy

    Road Map: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    How does an enterprise make sense of operations, logistics, and finances? There's just too much information for any one person to process. So it's business intelligence (BI) to the rescue! But how...

    • Downloads: 2390
  • 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: 966
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Vendor Landscape: Forrester's 10-Step Methodology For Shortlisting BI Vendors

    Tools And Technology: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    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 50 vendors in the...

    • Downloads: 622
  • 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: 368
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:It's Time To Upgrade Business Intelligence To Systems Of Insight

    Supercharge BI With Agility, Big Data, And Insights To Drive Action

    Business intelligence (BI) has been faithfully serving enterprises for more than two decades. The world, however, doesn't stand still. BI must keep evolving, improving, and adapting to key business...

    • Downloads: 269
  • 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: 203
  • 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: 160
  • 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: 152
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Four Data Visualization Design Steps Help Turn Business Insights Into Action More Effectively

    As data volumes and information complexity skyrocket, business intelligence (BI) and analytics tools have added data visualization capabilities, helping users move from insights to action by...

    • Downloads: 118
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Vendor Landscape: Big Data Text Analytics

    Take Action From Customer Insights Hidden In Unstructured Data

    Without the insights buried in petabytes of unstructured data, your customer view will never be complete. But most of the axioms, best practices, and technologies used for structured data do not...

    • Downloads: 106
  • 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: 111
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: Data Visualization Unlocks The Value Of Business Insights

    Have you ever wondered what's behind the age-old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words? How does that translate in practice into the world of data visualization? While there are many...

    • Downloads: 84