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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: 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.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Digital Insights Are The New Currency Of Business

    Beginner Level: Technology Practices For Insights-Driven Businesses

    January 12, 2018Brian Hopkins, Ted Schadler

    Businesses are drowning in data but starving for insights. Worse, they have no systematic way to consistently turn data into action. This can't continue. Demanding customers and competitive pressures require firms to treat insights — not just data — as a business asset. Firms need to create "systems of insight," a combination of people, process, and technology, to close the gap between insights and action. Read this report to see how CIOs can lead their firms to find, test, and codify digital insights in software, leading to more intelligent engagement and better decisions. This is an update to a previously published report.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: Stretch Your Data Management Capabilities

    Continuous Improvement: The Data Management Playbook

    January 10, 2018Brian Hopkins

    Firms face an enormous data management challenge: how to act on data and insights to serve increasingly powerful customers and outmaneuver disruptive competitors. Architects once had time to plan methodically, but those days are quickly fading as the pace of business change accelerates. The only answer is continuous improvement that stretches data capabilities in an "insights-first" strategy. This report provides advice for enterprise and data architects to help them systematically improve their data management capabilities in order to turn data into insights. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. We have updated it to reflect our current focus on insights to action.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: The Anatomy Of A System Of Insight

    Advanced Level: Technology Practices For Insights-Driven Businesses

    January 5, 2018Brian Hopkins, Michele Goetz, Noel Yuhanna

    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 insight to steal revenue from competitors and grow year-over-year at a double-digit pace. This report breaks down the components of a system of insight into a reference architecture and provides examples so enterprise architects can start helping their firms innovate their technology capabilities. This is an update to a previously published report.

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