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Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals

Brian’s research helps clients drive innovation through emerging technology to get ahead of trends and become leaders in their markets. His thought leadership also assists CIOs in maximizing the returns on their investments and future-proofing their business against the accelerating pace of change. He is routinely covered in major trade journals, such as the Wall Street Journal, CIO.com, and ZDNet, where his ideas challenge technology leaders to think differently to get better results. His coverage of technologies includes edge computing, edge intelligence, quantum computing, insight and big data platforms, and systems of insight. He is a contributing author to the insights-driven business playbook and the IT transformation playbook. Finally, he leads Forrester's annual top emerging technologies and top technology trends reports, making him the first touchpoint for firms looking to get ahead with new technology.

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’s research helps clients drive innovation through emerging technology to get ahead of trends and become leaders in their markets. His thought leadership also assists CIOs in maximizing the returns on their investments and future-proofing their business against the accelerating pace of change. He is routinely covered in major trade journals, such as the Wall Street Journal, CIO.com, and ZDNet, where his ideas challenge technology leaders to think differently to get better results. His coverage of technologies includes edge computing, edge intelligence, quantum computing, insight and big data platforms, and systems of insight. He is a contributing author to the insights-driven business playbook and the IT transformation playbook. Finally, he leads Forrester's annual top emerging technologies and top technology trends reports, making him the first touchpoint for firms looking to get ahead with new technology.

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: Audio: The Long-Term Impact Of Emerging Technology On CPG

    April 30, 2020Brian Hopkins, George Lawrie

    In an era of low growth and new tech-enabled business models, consumer packaged goods (CPG) firms face three key problems: solving for last mile; emerging markets; and product personalization. Digital business strategy professionals in CPG and retail should listen to this audio discussion of these problems to better understand how specific emerging technologies can solve critical problems for the CPG industry.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Best Practices For Technology-Driven Innovation

    Fifteen Best Practices Differentiate High-Growth Leaders

    April 17, 2020Brian Hopkins, Patrick Carroll

    Industry leaders are using technology to drive innovation and grow their companies to 3.5 times the average. How are they doing it? This report — part of our series on the future of technology and innovation — describes the 15 best practices we found. It will help CIOs understand what these high-performing firms are doing and how your firm can leverage technology to improve innovation outcomes.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Innovation Management Platforms, Q1 2020

    The 13 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    March 19, 2020 James Staten, Brian Hopkins

    In our 22-criterion evaluation of innovation management platform providers, we identified the 13 most significant ones — Brightidea, HackerEarth, HYPE Innovation, IdeaScale, Innosabi, InnovationCast, Nosco, Planbox, Planview, Qmarkets, Sopheon, Wazoku, and Wellspring — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps CIOs and innovation leaders select the right one for their needs.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: BP Continues To Lead With Technology-Driven Innovation

    BP's Digital Innovation Organization Puts Technology-Driven Innovation Into Action

    February 19, 2020Brian Hopkins

    Every firm is trying to be more innovative with technology, but few are at the cutting edge. The head of BP's digital innovation organization (DIO) gave a talk at our Digital Transformation and Innovation 2019 Forum, explaining how her team stays close to rapidly changing digital technology. CIOs and innovation leaders should read this report to apply her lessons to your organizations.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Technology-Driven Innovation (TDI) Core Capabilities

    Four Key Innovation Capabilities Characterize High-Growth Innovators

    February 13, 2020Brian Hopkins, Patrick Carroll

    Forrester recently introduced the practice of technology-driven innovation — an advanced discipline of rapid technology experimentation to unleash disruptive change. Through our analysis, we discovered four distinguishing capabilities that set advanced technology innovators apart. CIOs and technology leaders should read this report to understand what these are and begin elevating their firm's ability to execute.

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