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Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals

Brian provides practical advice for senior technology, digital, and innovation leaders on how to get the best out of their technology investments. His research agenda covers emerging technology and trends, digital innovation, IT transformation, insights and big data, quantum computing, and edge computing for CIOs. He leads Forrester's annual top emerging technologies and top technology trends reports and collaborates with analyst experts across Forrester to unify our new technology coverage.

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 CIO Professionals

Brian provides practical advice for senior technology, digital, and innovation leaders on how to get the best out of their technology investments. His research agenda covers emerging technology and trends, digital innovation, IT transformation, insights and big data, quantum computing, and edge computing for CIOs. He leads Forrester's annual top emerging technologies and top technology trends reports and collaborates with analyst experts across Forrester to unify our new technology coverage.

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: Quantum Is Not An Immediate Security Threat

    Start Educating Your Team On The Long-Term Security Implications Of Quantum Computing

    November 30, 2018Brian Hopkins

    Headline grabbing statements about the near-term threat of quantum computers to security contain truth that is often disguised by hype. This report separates fact from fiction. CIOs need this information to help their business understand the real threat and prepare for a technology that is distant but accelerating.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Future Of Your Business Depends On Emerging Technology

    Use Forrester's LIFT Framework To Drive Real Differentiation

    November 16, 2018Brian Hopkins

    Your business depends on a continuous supply of new technology to achieve its business goals. Beginners tend to approach this demand by fitting new technology to existing business needs. Advanced firms approach emerging technology opportunities in a very different way, which enables them to provide better customer and employee experiences and grow and innovate business models. CIOs should read this report to understand how to differentiate with emerging technology.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Emerging Technology Spotlight: Edge Computing

    Edge Computing Drives Smarter Systems And Experiences

    November 12, 2018 James Staten, Brian Hopkins

    Emerging infrastructure, cloud, and software capabilities — optimized for deployment anywhere you need them — enable immediate, low-latency, and secure engagements. CIOs and business technology leaders should read this brief to determine their edge needs and how best to optimize internet-of-things (IoT) sensor analysis and customer engagement with these new technologies.

  • For CIO Professionals

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

    The Vision Report Of The Insights-Driven Business Playbook

    October 19, 2018Brian 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. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Use IoT To Link Physical Operations And Digital Business

    Integrated Systems Of Insight Create Competitive Advantage

    July 18, 2018Brian Hopkins, Frank E. Gillett

    In many companies, internet-of-things (IoT) projects are isolated, with no connection to digital business initiatives. Companies miss out on combining real-world insights with digital business processes. Even when IoT data is integrated with digital systems, today's big data analytics approaches can't support real-time insight and action. The CIOs that do integrate IoT-enabled physical processes with digital systems will create big competitive advantages. This report shows how systems of insight, connected via microservices, can help you become a leader.

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