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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  • Andrew Bartels
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Brief: SAP To Acquire Concur For $8.3 Billion

    With Its Largest SaaS Acquisition To Date, SAP Looks To Dominate Corporate Travel And Expense

    SAP made a bold move on September 18, 2014 to acquire travel and expense (T&E) market leader Concur for $8.3 billion, its largest software-as-a-service (SaaS) acquisition to date. This deal...

    • Downloads: 142
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Asia Pacific Tech Market Outlook For 2015 To 2016

    The BT Agenda Will Play A Small But Positive Role In Driving 5% Tech Market Growth

    The Asia Pacific technology market is no longer the tech world's growth zone. CIOs and other tech buyers in the region can anticipate that local-currency growth in business and government purchases...

    • Downloads: 225
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Oracle's Dilemma: Applications Unlimited Versus Oracle Fusion Applications

    Oracle Customers Face A Choice: Stay With Apps They Have And Miss Out On Innovation Or Make The Painful Switch To Fusion

    Oracle faces a strategic dilemma, and how it responds to this dilemma will present the CIOs at its clients with some tough choices. Oracle Fusion Applications — Oracle's new generation of...

    • Downloads: 558
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:2013 Predictions: The ePurchasing Software Market Will Grow 5%

    More SaaS And Commoditization Shape 2013 Growth

    CIOs should take an interest in the market for ePurchasing software (software to support buying, sourcing, contracting, and vendor management activities) for two reasons: 1) to find technology tools...

    • Downloads: 470
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:2015 To 2016 Tech Market Outlook For Leading Asia Pacific Countries

    China, India, And ASEAN Have The Fastest Growth, But The BT Agenda Is Most Important In Australia And South Korea

    CIOs in Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and other Asia Pacific countries will encounter very different, country-specific tech markets in 2015 and 2016. CIOs in Australia, Singapore, and...

    • Downloads: 233
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Defining The Boundary Between Business Tech Buying And Consumer Tech Buying

    Understanding Who Chooses And Who Pays For Devices That Span Business And Personal Tasks

    The spreading bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon has created a more complex landscape of tech buying. But traditional divisions between consumer tech purchases and business tech purchases still...

    • Downloads: 242
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Be Wary Of Licensed Software Geeks Bearing SaaS

    Becoming A SaaS Vendor Is Disruptive And Challenging

    Software-as-a-service (SaaS) has become the hot trend in the software market, with growth rates in vendor revenues that are two to three times faster than the overall software market. As growth...

    • Downloads: 366
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:US Tech Market Outlook For 2013 And 2014: Better Times Ahead

    We Forecast 6% ICT Spending Growth For Both Years

    US CIOs remain torn between their need to invest in new mobile, cloud, and smart technologies and their fear of encountering economic doldrums (or worse). Over the past two and a half years, these...

    • Downloads: 990
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Four Reasons CIOs Should Still Hedge Their SaaS Bets

    SaaS Risks From Monocultures, Monomaniacs, Monopolies, And Multiplexities Will Grow Over Time

    Software-as-a-service (SaaS) has tremendous momentum; Forrester recently projected that the market would exceed $130 billion by 2020. The benefits of SaaS are well-known and are especially important...

    • Downloads: 354
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:European Tech Market Outlook, 2015 To 2016

    A Modest Improvement, Shadowed By A Strong Dollar

    CIOs in European countries can look forward to a slightly better tech market in 2015 and 2016. The European tech market has shown signs of moderate but sustained growth of 4% to 5% in euros. Aided by...

    • Downloads: 174
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:US Tech Spending By Industry, 2014 To 2015 — Which Industries Will Lead The BT Charge?

    Forrester's US tech market outlook for 2014 and 2015 provided general guidance for US CIOs. But every firm operates in a specific industry. So, in this report, we provide our outlook for tech budget...

    • Downloads: 600
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Debunking Two Myths About Tech Budgets

    CIOs Will Still Control Most Tech Spending, Which Will Still Be Two-Thirds MOOSE

    The CIO's job is hard enough delivering reliable, secure, and user-friendly technologies while meeting and anticipating business needs for new technologies to support strategic initiatives. But that...

    • Downloads: 416
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Forrsights: IT Budgets And Priorities In 2013

    Mobility And Analytics Drive Spending Growth Despite Business Pessimism

    What are the 2013 budget plans and priorities for CIOs and other IT decision-makers? Forrester's Forrsights Budgets And Priorities Tracker Survey, Q4 2012 provides insight on the 2013 tech buying...

    • Downloads: 1175
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Midyear Global Tech Market Outlook For 2015 To 2016

    Moderate Growth In Local Currencies Led By The BT Agenda, But A Decline In US Dollars

    At the midyear point in 2015, CIOs in most countries are operating in tech markets with moderate growth of around 4% in local currencies, a bit weaker than what we projected in January 2015. However,...

    • Downloads: 220
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Public Cloud Market Is Now In Hypergrowth

    Sizing The Public Cloud Market, 2014 To 2020

    Public cloud services continue to drive big changes in the markets for software, hardware, and IT outsourcing, while providing a foundation for age of the customer innovations. How much and when will...

    • Downloads: 1264
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:US Tech Market Outlook For 2015 And 2016: The BT Agenda Powers Steady Expansion

    Software Expansion Offsets Weak Hardware And Outsourcing Demand

    Three trends dominate our updated US tech market forecast for 2015 and 2016. First, spending by CIOs and their business partners on the business technology (BT) agenda to win, serve, and retain...

    • Downloads: 302
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:US Tech Market Growth Remains Solid For 2014 And 2015

    The BT Agenda Will Be The Main Driver Of 5% To 6% Growth

    So far, 2014 is turning out to be a relatively normal year for the US tech market, with growth in the 5% to 6% range. Unlike past years, we have not had to ratchet down our spring forecast due to...

    • Downloads: 282
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:A Better But Still Subpar Global Tech Market In 2014 And 2015

    Software Buying In The US And Other Tech Twelve Countries Will Drive 5.5% Local Currency Tech Growth In 2014

    The good news for CIOs is that improving economies in the US and elsewhere will generate cash flow to support the purchases of the new mobile, cloud, and smart technologies that are transforming...

    • Downloads: 751
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Year-End 2013 IT Budget Benchmarks

    How Forrester's Forrsights Data Can Help CIOs Prepare For 2014

    CIOs often request IT budget benchmarks. In this report, we have provided these benchmarks using data from our Forrsight's IT Budgets And Priorities Survey, Q4 2013. However, it's easy to misuse IT...

    • Downloads: 1631
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Tame Your Tech MOOSE Before The BT Agenda Makes It Bigger

    Tech MOOSE is the 70% to 75% of a typical tech budget that goes to keep the lights on and the business running, even if there are no new projects. Keeping tech MOOSE under control and growing more...

    • Downloads: 140
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Smart Process Applications, Q2 2013

    The 12 Smart Process App Vendors That Matter Most Today And How They Stack Up

    Smart process applications are a new and emerging category of applications designed to help CIOs and their firms improve the effectiveness of their human-centric business activities. But finding the...

    • Downloads: 814
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:At Last, A Tech Market Recovery In Europe

    Modest Growth Of 2.3% For 2014

    The European tech market has been down so long that sooner or later it was bound to turn up. Sooner is here. With most European economies emerging from recession, and Germany, Poland, and the UK...

    • Downloads: 380
  • For Sourcing & Vendor Management Professionals

    Report:Market Overview: 10% Growth In ePurchasing Software Market Makes 2014 A Year For Buyers

    IPOs Will Make More News Than Acquisitions, As SaaS Continues To Gain Share

    For sourcing and vendor management (SVM) professionals and for CIOs, winning, serving, and retaining customers involves more than acquiring the right front-office technologies; it also involves...

    • Downloads: 400
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:SAP Bets Its Future On Hana And SaaS

    Hana Will Bolster The Licensed Business, But SAP Needs A More Aggressive SaaS Strategy To Maintain Double-Digit Revenue Growth

    SAP's position as the largest business application vendor is not in doubt; whether it will be a market leader in revenue growth and in innovation is less certain. Anticipating the market's growing...

    • Downloads: 827
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Vendor Landscape: B2B Business Networks

    Supplier Networks And EDI-Based Networks Start To Evolve To Support Supplier-Buyer Collaboration

    Effective document exchange is critical for B2B commerce and thus a key piece of the business technology (BT) agenda for winning, serving, and retaining customers. CIOs have three options for...

    • Downloads: 69