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Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst Serving Enterprise Architecture Professionals

Brian covers big data, systems of insight, public cloud, insight platforms, and insight for the internet of things. He also leads Forrester's emerging technology and technology innovation research, leading a team of analysts who write Forrester's top technology trends and top emerging technology reports annually. His research provides practical advice to CIOs, enterprise architects, technology managers, and customer insights professionals seeking to build insights-driven businesses and maximize the value of their business technology investments.

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.

Education

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

Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst Serving Enterprise Architecture Professionals

Brian covers big data, systems of insight, public cloud, insight platforms, and insight for the internet of things. He also leads Forrester's emerging technology and technology innovation research, leading a team of analysts who write Forrester's top technology trends and top emerging technology reports annually. His research provides practical advice to CIOs, enterprise architects, technology managers, and customer insights professionals seeking to build insights-driven businesses and maximize the value of their business technology investments.

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.

Education

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

Brian Hopkins's Research

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  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: A First Look At Quantum Computing

    Quantum Computers Are Pure Potential In 2018, But Select Opportunities Are On The Horizon

    December 6, 2017Brian Hopkins

    Quantum computing is attracting more media attention and business interest as it evolves from research to reality. Forrester expects a deluge of hype in 2018 targeted at a limited set of industries. CIOs in these industries must understand this game-changing technology so they can spot first-mover advantages over the next five years. The technology will be a bullet train by the time it matures, and laggards won't have time to catch up.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Predictions 2018: The Honeymoon For AI Is Over

    Success At Artificial Intelligence Means Hard Work — Treat It Like A Plug-In Panacea And Fail

    November 9, 2017 Boris Evelson, Michele Goetz, Brian Hopkins

    The honeymoon for enterprises naively celebrating the cure-all promises of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is over. Forrester predicts that 2018 will be the year when a majority of enterprises start dealing with the hard facts: AI and all other new technologies like big data and cloud computing still require hard work. This report offers CIOs working on data and analytics initiatives 10 predictions for 2018 with pragmatic and tangible recommendations they can start acting on now.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Top 10 Technology Trends To Watch: 2018 To 2020

    Ten Trends Will Help You Maximize The Value Of Business Technology

    October 19, 2017Brian Hopkins, Bobby Cameron, Ted Schadler, Rusty Warner

    Maximizing the value of your business technology investments requires an understanding of trends — not just as interesting reading but as vital clues to your firm's future success and, possibly, even survival. CIOs must demand trend analysis that goes deeper than trite statements about artificial intelligence, digital platforms, or meshes. Our 2018 to 2020 trends do exactly that. Read this report to understand the top 10 trends and how they will change the nature of your business.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Insights-Driven Businesses Set The Pace For Global Growth

    The Vision Report Of The Insights-Driven Business Playbook

    October 18, 2017Brian Hopkins, James McCormick, Ted Schadler

    A new kind of company — we call them insights-driven businesses — has formed. They are growing at an average of more than 30% annually and are on track to earn $1.8 trillion by 2021. These customer-obsessed firms systematically harness insights across their organization and implement them to create competitive advantage through software. Read this report to find out how insights-driven business are different from most data-aware firms and how CIOs can help redirect their firm's data ambitions toward effective insights and action.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Insight Platforms-As-A-Service, Q3 2017

    Google's Powerful Combination Of Machine Learning, Real-Time, And Insight Application Tools Makes It A Leader

    August 2, 2017Brian Hopkins

    In our 36-criteria evaluation of insight platform-as-a-service (PaaS) providers, we identified the eight most significant ones — 1010data, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Databricks, GoodData, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Qubole — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps enterprise architecture (EA) professionals make the right choice.

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