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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 Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Insight Platforms-As-A-Service, Q3 2017

    Google's Powerful Combination Of Machine Learning, Real-Time, And Insight Application Tools Makes It A Leader

    August 2, 2017Brian Hopkins

    In our 36-criteria evaluation of insight platform-as-a-service (PaaS) providers, we identified the eight most significant ones — 1010data, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Databricks, GoodData, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Qubole — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps enterprise architecture (EA) professionals make the right choice.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: Move Your Big Data Into The Public Cloud

    You Won't Be Able To Keep Up With Customers If You Don't

    June 15, 2017Brian Hopkins

    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. You have no time to waste. Read this report to understand the speed at which the public cloud will unseat on-premises big data technology and solutions. This report will also help accelerate your plans, explain your options, and provide a four-step method for evolving your big data road map.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: The Anatomy Of A System Of Insight

    Tools And Technology: The Data Management Playbook

    March 22, 2017Brian 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 build them.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    REPORT: The Cloudy Future Of Hadoop

    Hadoop Is Here To Stay, But The Cloud Will Change What It Is

    March 1, 2017Brian Hopkins, Mike Gualtieri

    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 continue or will Hadoop struggle under the weight of increasing complexity and/or overlapping cloud services? Enterprise architects and business technology (BT) professionals must read this report to understand the future of Hadoop and how to prepare for it.

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

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

    The Seven Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    December 7, 2016Brian Hopkins

    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 evaluation of enterprise insight platform suite providers, we identified, researched, analyzed, and scored the seven most significant vendors in the market — IBM, Oracle, Pivotal Software, SAP, SAS, TIBCO Software, and Teradata. These vendors have comprehensive suites of technology they position as a platform for data management, analytics, and insight execution. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps enterprise architects make the right choice.

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