Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Brian covers systems of insight, big data, data management, and analytics technology architecture and strategy. 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).

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  • Brian Hopkins
  • 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 business...

    • Downloads: 4578
  • 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 more...

    • Downloads: 4383
  • 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 firms...

    • Downloads: 3925
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The Top 10 Business Technology Trends EA Should Watch: 2012 To 2014

    Driving increasing capacity for business innovation remains high on the CIO's agenda, but enterprise architects (EAs) struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing technology landscape while also...

    • Downloads: 2863
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Big Opportunities In Big Data

    Positioning Your Firm To Capitalize In A Sea Of Information

    Opportunities to improve the bottom line exist in a flood of information; however, gaining insight from data becomes challenging as it grows extremely large. Emerging technology applies the power of...

    • Downloads: 2975
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Expand Your Digital Horizon With Big Data

    At extreme scale, traditional data management and business intelligence (BI) become impractical, and your business does not get what it demands — more insight to drive greater business...

    • Downloads: 2674
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The Top Emerging Technologies To Watch: Now Through 2020

    Make These Emerging Technologies Part Of Your BT Agenda

    Emerging technology plays a big role in firms' profitability and their customers' digital experiences. Yet enterprise architects struggle with the speed of new technology delivery and constantly...

    • Downloads: 1651
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Deliver On Big Data Potential With A Hub-And-Spoke Architecture

    Data management has become as crucial as financial management to leading firms, but businesses grapple with data management platforms that can't respond fast enough to fickle customers and fluid...

    • Downloads: 1714
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The Patterns Of Big Data

    A Data Management Playbook Toolkit

    The purpose of this toolkit is to clarify and illuminate the most common big data patterns. Use this research as a basis for business conversations. Study the problems we identified and the results...

    • Downloads: 298
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Data Virtualization Reaches Critical Mass

    Technology Advancements, New Patterns, And Customer Successes Make This Enterprise Technology Both A Short- And Long-Term Solution

    Firms are looking to solve tough data and process integration challenges as they once again begin to invest in new business capabilities. Multiple data warehouses (DWs) and business intelligence (BI)...

    • Downloads: 1262
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™: Big Data, Q3 2014

    Embrace A Broad Perspective On Big Data Technology

    When it comes to big data, an exclusive focus on Hadoop misses other ways of satisfying the demand of businesses to get more insight from more data more quickly. This report takes a broad view of big...

    • Downloads: 1062
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:How Forrester Clients Are Using Big Data

    These data charts are based on the June 2011 Global Big Data Online Survey.

    • Downloads: 182
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Reset On Big Data

    Embrace Big Data To Engage Customers At Scale

    Big data rhetoric is at an all-time high. The media is all over the map with its points of view and technology vendors tout products with claims that seem incredible. In the midst of this din, CIOs...

    • Downloads: 963
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:The Top Emerging Technologies Through 2020 — The CIO Perspective

    CIOs Need To Make Emerging Technologies Part Of Their BT Agenda

    In today's competitive environment, investing in business technologies is central to companies' ability to win, serve, and retain customers. Companies that create and lead in new disruptive business...

    • Downloads: 697
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Navigate Digital Disruption With An Emerging Technology Vision

    Emerging information technology has been a key enabler of business evolution since the 1960s and shows no signs of letting up. As we move beyond simple digitization of information to digital business...

    • Downloads: 721
  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

    Report:Big Data's Big Meaning For Marketing

    Use Big Data To Deliver Context And Personalization At Scale

    In the age of the customer, it's not enough for your organization to simply meet your customers' needs. Today, your customers often expect you to anticipate their needs, in much the same way as the...

    • Downloads: 843
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Business Technology "Strategy On A Page" Toolkit

    • Downloads: 133
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:BUILD TRUST AND AGILITY WITH AN EA PROCESS FRAMEWORK

    This report outlines the process framework of Forrester's solution for enterprise architecture (EA) professionals building a high-performance EA practice. The process framework links EA activities to...

    • Downloads: 888
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Use Effective EA Deliverables To Guide Change

    This report defines an approach for creating enterprise architecture (EA) deliverables as part of a high-performance EA practice. It is designed to help you create work products that matter to...

    • Downloads: 870
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Stretch Your Data Management Capabilities

    Continuous Improvement: The Data Management Playbook

    Firms face an enormous data management challenge: how to understand and service increasingly powerful customers and out-maneuver disruptive competitors. In the past, enterprise and data architects...

    • Downloads: 784
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Break Down Silos With An Emerging Technology Road Map

    Firms increasingly depend on technology to be innovative and disruptive. However, our data indicates that most firms are not doing a good job of getting new technology in the door and ensuring that...

    • Downloads: 772
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Tune Your Organization For Emerging Technology Innovation

    The disruptive impact of IT has become the top concern of chief executive officers (CEOs), and chief information officers (CIOs) are shifting their priorities in response. Despite this, we find firms...

    • Downloads: 662
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Digital Insights Are The New Currency Of Business

    Build Systems Of Insight To Consistently Turn Big Data Into Business Action

    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...

    • Downloads: 696
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Create Agile Processes For Introducing Emerging Technology

    With its careful approach to planning technology investments and general aversion to risk, IT is not meeting business demands for emerging technology as a driver for innovation and growth. Enterprise...

    • Downloads: 779
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Connect The Dots Between Business Outcomes And Emerging Technology

    Forrester hosted a "tweet jam" on technology trends on July 29. Cloud was clearly atop all other subjects, but business intelligence (BI), mobile, and social were also discussed — the general...

    • Downloads: 618