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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    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: 229
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    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: 332
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    Report:Build An Agile Customer Data Support Organization

    In a customer-centric world, designing, architecting, building, and deploying processes and applications based solely on business requirements no longer works. Leading organizations need to take an...

    • Downloads: 383
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    Report:Decide When To Buy, Build, Or Outsource BI

    Building custom business intelligence (BI) solutions is time-consuming and inflexible; therefore, application development and delivery (AD&D) pros heading BI projects should move away from a...

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    Report:Updated 2012: BI Service Provider Short-Listing Tool

    Create a shortlist using our tool to find the right set of providers based on your technology requirements, industry, project size, and geographic scope.Eliminate or add partners based on factors...

    • Downloads: 163
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    Report:Six Steps To Negotiating A Better BI Deal

    Use Forrester's Approach To Help You Get More For Your Money

    Many business intelligence (BI) vendors do not publish list prices. Some do not even provide list prices under NDA to their customers and prospects. Plus, BI pricing and licensing models differ...

    • Downloads: 779
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    Report:Use HR Analytics To Optimize Talent Processes

    HR Analytics Help Improve Workforce Recruiting, Performance, And Learning

    Human resources (HR) analytics have taken on new importance as organizations strive to hire, develop, and retain the best employees to remain competitive in fields where efficiency and human...

    • Downloads: 1226
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    Report:It's The Dawning Of The Age Of BI DBMS

    Complement Your RDBMS-Based BI With More Agile DBMS Technologies

    We know how to address the key business intelligence (BI) challenges of the past 20 years, such as stability, robustness, and rich functionality. Agility and flexibility challenges now represent BI's...

    • Downloads: 1513
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    Report:Trends 2011 And Beyond: Business Intelligence

    Agility Will Shape Business Intelligence For The Next Decade

    Forrester continues to see ever-increasing levels of interest in and adoption of business intelligence (BI) platforms, applications, and processes. But while BI maturity in enterprises continues to...

    • Downloads: 2495
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    Report:A Practical How-To Approach To Mobile BI

    Mobile Tablet PCs, Not Phones, Will Create Critical Mass For Enterprise Adoption

    Mobile devices and mobile Internet are everywhere. Over the past few years, Forrester has tracked continuously increasing levels of adoption and maturity for mobile business applications, but not so...

    • Downloads: 1900
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    Report:Empower BI HEROes With Self-Service Tools

    An Empowered Report

    In Forrester's recently published book, Empowered, Forrester Research analysts describe ways that new technologies can empower business people and make them true HEROes through individual...

    • Downloads: 1361
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    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2010

    IBM Cognos, SAP BusinessObjects, and Oracle Lead, With Information Builders, SAS, Microsoft, and MicroStrategy Close Behind

    In Forrester's 145-criteria evaluation of enterprise business intelligence (BI) platform vendors, we found that IBM Cognos, SAP BusinessObjects, Oracle, Information Builders , SAS, Microsoft, and...

    • Downloads: 4510
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    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Open Source Business Intelligence (BI), Q3 2010

    Actuate BIRT Leads, With Jaspersoft Enterprise, SpagoBI, Pentaho Enterprise, And Pentaho Community Close Behind

    Comparing open source BI technologies is often an apples-to-oranges comparison: 1) not all vendors include the same functionality in the free community versions of the software versus commercial open...

    • Downloads: 2257
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    Report:Agile BI Out Of The Box

    Reduce Development Time And Effort With Metadata-Generated BI Applications

    Complexity represents one of the toughest challenges facing traditional business intelligence (BI) applications. Multiple components must be considered including data integration, cleansing,...

    • Downloads: 1783
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    Report:BI In The Cloud? Yes, And On The Ground, Too

    Why, When, And How To Select A BI SaaS Vendor

    Slowly but surely, with lots of criticism and skepticism, the business intelligence (BI) software-as-a-service (SaaS) market is gaining ground. It's a road full of peril — at least two BI SaaS...

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    Report:Business Intelligence (BI) Polishes Its Crystal Ball

    IBM's SPSS Deal Nudges Analytics Industry Toward Deeper Predictive Focus

    Enterprise strategic, tactical, and operational decision-makers want to understand past and present activity but also anticipate the future to avoid being blindsided by seemingly hidden events. How...

    • Downloads: 1586
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    Report:BI Belt Tightening In A Tough Economic Climate

    Practical Advice Applicable To Any Economic Condition

    As an economic downturn becomes a sobering reality, enterprises look for various ways to increase revenues and reduce costs. While overall IT budgets become targets for cost cutting, business...

    • Downloads: 1594
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    Report:Latest BI Adoption Trends In Enterprises: Bright Future, But Off To A Slow Start

    Our latest data shows that enterprises are slowly but surely beginning to adopt the newest BI features like open source, end-user self-service, and search-BI convergence.

    • Downloads: 6
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    Report:Topic Overview: Business Intelligence

    Business intelligence (BI) is a set of methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information. It allows business users to make...

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    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2008

    In Forrester's 151-criteria evaluation of enterprise business intelligence (BI) platform vendors, we found that IBM Cognos and SAP Business Objects maintain their leadership positions, while Oracle...

    • Downloads: 4885
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    Report:How The Convergence Of Business Rules, BPM, And BI Will Drive Business Optimization

    With change endemic, business flexibility paramount, and the lines between strategic, tactical, and operational decision-making blurring, information and knowledge management (I&KM) pros must find...

    • Downloads: 2367
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    Report:From BPM To Business Optimization

    BI Vendors Fiddle While TIBCO Burnishes Its BPM Offering With Spotfire

    Most visionary business process management (BPM) vendors — like Appian, Global 360, Lombardi Software, Savvion, and TIBCO — now find that they've been defining their own market too...

    • Downloads: 628
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    Report:Hyperion Acquisition Boosts Oracle's Position In Business Performance And BI

    With the announcement of the Hyperion acquisition, Oracle did, again, what it does best — made a bold play to absorb a key competitor's technology and customer base. While this acquisition...

    • Downloads: 266