Speaker Biography

Brian Hopkins

VP, Emerging Tech Portfolio

Sessions Featuring This Speaker

Forrester's Forum For Technology Management Leaders


  • 03:10 PM - 03:50 PM

    How To Master Big Data

    The data explosion is a business game-changer. Vast amounts of data make discovery, innovation, and engagement possible in ways that were unimagined just a few years ago. As a result, the performance gap between have and have-not firms will widen as the winners learn to use all relevant data no matter where and how the data is (think: location, scale, and complexity). Explore:

    • The key traits of big data thinking.
    • Case studies and patterns of big data.
    • Data management, business intelligence, and application capabilities that are designed for systems of engagement and big data.

Research Focus

Brian’s research helps clients drive innovation through emerging technology to get ahead of trends and become leaders in their markets. His thought leadership also assists CIOs in maximizing the returns on their investments and future-proofing their business against the accelerating pace of change. He is routinely covered in major trade journals, such as the Wall Street Journal, CIO.com, and ZDNet, where his ideas challenge technology leaders to think differently to get better results. His coverage of technologies includes edge computing, edge intelligence, quantum computing, insight and big data platforms, and systems of insight. He is a contributing author to the insights-driven business playbook and the IT transformation playbook. Finally, he leads Forrester's annual top emerging technologies and top technology trends reports, making him the first touchpoint for firms looking to get ahead with new technology.

Previous Work Experience

Brian has 18 years of experience in technology management as an advisor, strategist, architect, and manager. Before joining Forrester, he worked in the financial services and defense industries, where he acted as architecture director for data management and analytics; overhauled enterprise architecture practices and process governance; advised executives on business technology strategy; and managed multimillion-dollar technology investment programs. Brian was in the US Navy for 10 years as an officer in the nuclear submarine force, where he served as an engineering assistant for USS Seahorse (SSN 669), assistant intelligence officer for Submarine Group 7, and operations and navigation officer for USS Bremerton (SSN 698). He attended Texas A&M University, class of ’88, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and a Ross Volunteer.


Brian holds a BS in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University (1989).