Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Brian covers systems of insight, big data, data management, and analytics technology architecture and strategy. His research also extends to data management and analytics in the cloud. 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 Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Move Your Big Data Into The Public Cloud

    Public cloud adoption is the No. 1 priority for technology decision makers investing in big data. However, most enterprise architects are not ready for the disruption that this shift will cause....

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The Anatomy Of A System Of Insight

    Your big data strategy is likely too little, too late. Customers are changing their expectations too quickly, and data lakes are becoming swamps. Insights-driven disruptors are using systems of ...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The Cloudy Future Of Hadoop

    Happy birthday! This is the year that Apache Hadoop and its community turns 10 years old, and we have all watched the child star rocket to big data superstardom. But will this bright future cont...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Insight Platform Suites, Q4 2016

    Insight platforms that combine data management, analytics, and insight execution tools were 2016's top emerging technology priority according to enterprise architects. In our 30-criteria evaluat...

  • For CIOs

    Report: The Top Emerging Technologies To Watch: 2017 To 2021

    A new crop of emerging technology stands poised to unleash another cycle of raised consumer expectations, changing behaviors, and disruption. The stakes for CIOs are high — a wrong investment co...

  • 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 CIOs

    Report: The Top Emerging Technologies To Watch: 2017 To 2021

    A new crop of emerging technology stands poised to unleash another cycle of raised consumer expectations, changing behaviors, and disruption. The stakes for CIOs are high — a wrong investment co...

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