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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: Technology Innovation Chains Create Breakthrough Opportunities

    Invest In Technology Innovation Chains To Reap Exponential Benefits

    June 21, 2018Brian Hopkins

    Firms are counting on emerging technology to create breakthrough business innovation at the intersection of customer experience and digital operations. However, it is easy to get stuck on individual technologies and miss opportunities to exploit how they work together to solve problems. This report explores the concept of technology innovation chains through case studies from Google and a major logistics company. It will help CIOs and advanced technology leaders differentiate with emerging technology by shifting how they think about it and invest.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Emerging Technology Spotlight: Quantum Computing

    May 17, 2018Brian Hopkins

    Some of the largest vendors and biggest players in their industries are investing heavily to move quantum computing from research to reality. Enterprises must understand what this disruptive technology is and when it will be implemented in software and hardware they can acquire. CIOs and business technology leaders at advanced companies should read this report and the associated deeper research to understand when to begin experimentation.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: It's Not Easy For An Industrial Product Company To Build A Software Platform Business

    Lessons From GE's Bumpy Digital Transformation Journey In 2017

    February 21, 2018 Nigel Fenwick, Brian Hopkins, Frank E. Gillett, Paul Miller, Michele Pelino

    General Electric (GE) has been on a journey of digital transformation since at least 2014. But GE's new digital business unit hit unexpected bumps in the road in 2017. This report examines the challenges GE has faced and outlines some of the lessons CIOs and CTOs can learn about creating a software company inside an industrial giant.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Gauge Your Insights-Driven Business Maturity

    The Assessment Report In The Insights-Driven Business Playbook

    February 2, 2018 James McCormick, Brian Hopkins

    Insights-driven businesses sync data, analytics, and optimization capabilities across their enterprise. They do this at unprecedented scale, unleashing a level of decision making and innovation that provides them with sustained differentiation in their markets. This report guides CIOs through Forrester's insights-driven business assessment to gauge how well their organizations perform the essential activities they need to be insights driven and helps them discover which activities they must strengthen in order to progress.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: Insight Platforms Connect Data To Action

    Intermediate Level: Technology Practices For Insights-Driven Businesses

    January 24, 2018Brian Hopkins

    The pace of innovation and availability of data are outstripping firms' ability to keep up. Read this report to understand how an emerging class of software — insight platforms — can better connect data to action, which is what your business really wants. You likely already have several or perhaps many of these platforms. This report will help enterprise architecture (EA) pros and their peers identify them all, fill critical gaps, and assign different insight platforms to strategic or tactical roles. This is an update to a previously published report.

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