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
  • IT Infrastructure & Operations
  • 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: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: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: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: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 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:US Government Spending And The BT Agenda

    Federal BT Spending Slightly Lags Private Sector BT Spending

    Government agencies at federal, state, and local levels are expanding their technology management agendas beyond infrastructure management and internal operations (i.e., IT) to include greater...

    • Downloads: 120
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:A Mixed Outlook For The Global Tech Market In 2013 And 2014

    The US Market And Software Buying Will Be The Drivers Of 2.3% Growth This Year And 5.4% Growth Next Year

    CIOs in different regions of the world will generally match changes in their budgets to local economic conditions; their purchases of IT goods and services in 2013 and 2014 will grow, stay flat, or...

    • Downloads: 1001
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Canadian Tech Market Outlook For 2015

    Canadian Firms Continue To Lag Behind Their US Counterparts In Both BT And IT Spending

    Canadian CIOs need to be more aggressive in pushing for tech spending increases in 2015. At a time when firms in the US are expanding technology expenditures — especially on business technology...

    • Downloads: 174
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Sizing The US CIO's Business Technology Agenda

    Business Technologies Will Grow Faster Than Information Technologies And Will Exceed Half Of New Project Spending

    In the age of the customer, CIOs must prioritize technologies that help firms win, serve, and retain customers. This includes front-office technologies like customer relationship management (CRM),...

    • Downloads: 289
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Global Tech Market Outlook For 2015 To 2016

    Five Themes That Will Define The Tech Market

    As CIOs prepare and manage their 2015 tech budgets, they can confidently push for increases of 4% to 6% in their purchases of tech goods and services, depending on their country. Tech spending in the...

    • Downloads: 1122
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:A Weak Start To 2014 Economic Growth Leads To Slower Global Tech Market Growth

    Software Buying In The US And Other Tech Twelve Countries Will Drive 3.9% Local Currency Tech Growth In 2014

    Halfway through 2014, the global tech market is still trying to get out of second gear, with projected local currency growth of 3.9% (3.3% in US dollars), not the third-gear growth of 5.5% we...

    • Downloads: 378
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Asia Pacific Tech Market Outlook For 2012 To 2014

    Political Inertia Hampers Asian Economic And Tech Market Growth

    The Asia Pacific region is often thought of as the growth engine of the global economy and thus of the tech market. But that engine has been misfiring on some key cylinders, leading to slower growth...

    • Downloads: 771
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Government Spending Brinksmanship Drags Down The 2013 US Tech Market Outlook

    We Cut Our 2013 Spending Growth Estimate To 3.9% From 5.7%

    By rights, US CIOs should be looking at a relatively decent 6% growth in their tech purchases in 2013, as we had predicted earlier this year. Instead, the drag on the US economy and on US tech buying...

    • Downloads: 203