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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 eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    REPORT: Harness Emerging Technologies To Differentiate Your Digital Business

    Advanced Level: Technology Practices For Digital Business

    February 11, 2019 Ted Schadler, Brian Hopkins

    Digital innovators treat technology as a business asset, the underpinning of new business models. They put technology at the core of their innovation process, and harness emerging technology to seize advantage the way a startup would. This report outlines these approaches and digs deeper into the four emerging technologies critical to digital innovators: conversational interfaces, (more) AI, intelligent agents, and blockchain. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: Build Technology Platforms To Accelerate Growth And Agility

    Intermediate Level: Technology Practices For Digital Business

    February 6, 2019 Ted Schadler, Brian Hopkins

    Digital business leaders accelerating their digital presence need to engage customers consistently along every step of their journeys, gain agility and leverage from technology platforms, and blend business and technology teams with a product focus. This report outlines the following technologies: digital platforms to project your business into new markets and customers' lives, digital intelligence to develop a holistic understanding of customers, brand protection and monitoring tools to protect your brand and your customers, and the internet of things to build connected products and services. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Harness Emerging Technologies To Guide Business Strategy

    Advanced Level: Technology Practices For IT Transformation

    February 5, 2019Brian Hopkins, Ted Schadler

    Advanced tech leaders treat technology as a business asset, the underpinning of new business models in their IT transformation. They let new technology guide their strategy and put technology at the core of their innovation process to seize advantage the way a startup would. And they build on the tech platforms from earlier phases of maturity. To succeed, technology leaders must focus on AI, augmented reality, insight platforms, and Zero Trust security and networks. This is an update of a document that was previously titled, "Harness Emerging Technologies To Unlock New Value From Tech Platforms"; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Build Integrated Technology Platforms To Accelerate Growth And Agility

    Intermediate Level: Technology Practices For IT Transformation

    January 29, 2019Brian Hopkins, Ted Schadler

    Technology leaders must help their firms engage customers consistently, along every step of their journeys — and constantly adapt and grow with their customer needs. To do this, they must deliver technical platforms that enable end-to-end integration and agility. This report outlines the four technologies required: digital platforms to project your business into new channels and customers' lives; digital intelligence to develop a holistic understanding of customers; security through advanced Zero Trust and identity management; and infrastructure for business-based integration. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Reset Your Technology Foundation For Customer Engagement

    Beginner Level: Technology Practices For IT Transformation

    January 28, 2019Brian Hopkins, Ted Schadler

    Companies establishing their technology priorities for the age of the customer face an uphill battle against legacy systems and outdated technologies. This report outlines the technologies that technology leaders should prioritize to kick-start customer engagement and lay the groundwork for continued growth including: web and mobile interfaces for customer engagement; data and analytics to understand customers; identity management to protect and serve customers; and cloud computing to move to the future of software. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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