Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Brian covers systems of insight, big data, data management, and analytics technology architecture and strategy. He also leads our emerging technology and technology innovation research and authors Forrester's top technology trends and top emerging technology reports for Enterprise Architecture Professionals. His research provides practical advice to architects and technology strategists seeking to embrace the business technology (BT) agenda with emerging digital technology, big data, analytics, and insights to execution technologies.

Previous Work Experience

Brian has 15 years of experience in IT as an advisor, strategist, architect, and manager. As an analyst, he is the lead for Forrester's emerging technology playbook, is co-lead on the data management playbook, publishes our annual top technologies to watch report, and has authored several groundbreaking pieces on big data. He has helped numerous clients develop their technology watchlists, evolve their architecture practices, and develop strategic approaches to hot topics like big data, business intelligence, and data management. Before joining Forrester, he worked in the financial services and defense industries, where he acted as principal architect for information management technology; overhauled enterprise architecture practices, processes, and governance; and advised executives on emerging technologies.

Education

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

Brian Hopkins's Research

  • For Customer Insights Professionals

    Report: The Insights-Driven Business

    A new kind of company — we call them insights-driven businesses — has formed. These firms use data, analytics, and software in closed, continuously optimized loops to differentiate and compete. ...

  • For CIOs

    Report: The Insights-Driven Business

    A new kind of company — we call them insights-driven businesses — has formed. These firms use data, analytics, and software in closed, continuously optimized loops to differentiate and compete. ...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Use Big Data Initiatives To Achieve Digital Operational Excellence

    This toolkit discusses more architectural pattern details around the emerging architecture for systems of insights. It will help architects plan their future state for big data.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Breakout Vendors: Big Data Integration

    How are you going to get more value from your data lake? Most big data integration vendors focus on making classic processes faster with tools for moving data into a lake and working with it the...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Brief: SAS Bets Its Future On An Insight Platform

    SAS has large industry footprint and a long tradition as an advanced analytics leader. If you work for a large enterprise, SAS is likely present somewhere at your organization. However, SAS has ...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The Top 10 Technology Trends EA Should Watch: 2012 To 2014

    Enterprise architects (EAs) struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing technology landscape while also answering the call for application and technology consolidation. To help EAs balance bus...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Top Technology Trends To Watch: 2014 To 2016

    Businesses are forced to operate at a new pace as they contend with informed customers, smart competitors, and employees who choose to use their own technology for work. These trends change how ...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The Top Emerging Technologies To Watch: Now Through 2018

    Emerging digital technologies are a primary driver of business evolution and disruption. Firms are grappling with an accelerating pace of business change while also trying to make IT simpler and...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The Top 10 Technology Trends To Watch: 2016 To 2018


    Five years into the age of the customer, investments in mobile, cloud, big data, predictive analytics, and social technologies are booming. But unlike previous technology cycles, tech investment...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Big Opportunities In Big Data

    Opportunities to improve the bottom line exist in a flood of information; however, gaining insight from data becomes challenging as it grows extremely large. Emerging technology applies the powe...

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