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
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: SAS Bets Its Future On An Insight Platform

    The New SAS Viya Platform Is At The Heart Of The Firm's Modernization Strategy

    SAS has large industry footprint and a long tradition as an advanced analytics leader. If you work for a large enterprise, SAS is likely present somewhere at your organization. However, SAS has been...

    • Downloads: 79
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The Platform Explosion: Harness It Or Lose Agility

    Job No. 1 For EA Pros: Don't Let Complexity Kill Responsiveness

    The neat boundary between platforms and applications is gone, resulting in a spike in the number of software platforms in the average enterprise. Vendors of all types — SaaS providers, systems...

    • Downloads: 198
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:A Technology Guide To Turn Data Into Customer-Obsessed Action

    Leverage Forrester's Data, Analytics, And Insight-To-Action Technology Research To Become Customer-Obsessed

    All the market noise about data and analytics misses an important idea — your business cares about changing outcomes, and data and analytics are simply a means to that end. But knowing what type of...

    • Downloads: 199
  • 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 act on data and insights to service increasingly powerful customers and out-maneuver disruptive competitors. Architects once had time to plan...

    • Downloads: 1004
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Use Big Data Initiatives To Deliver Digital Business Value

    Part I: Digital Customer Experience

    In what seems like the blink of an eye, our world has become digital. Work schedules, personal preferences, and opinions all live coded in databases. Empowered customers have many options...

    • Downloads: 1
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: IBM Forecasts Insights-Driven . . . And Buys The Weather Company

    First, IBM morphed from "big iron" to software and services. Now, it's transforming again. Yesterday, IBM announced its intent to acquire everything except the TV business from The Weather Company....

    • Downloads: 103
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The Four Things Data Scientists Wish You Knew

    Get The Most Out Of Your Data Science Investments

    In a business environment increasingly characterized by the imperative to use deeper insights to engage customers and outpace competitors, data science is a hot topic. But data science is very...

    • Downloads: 383
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Teradata Must Lean Hard Into BT

    Teradata Reinvents Itself As A Data Management ESV As Disruption Hits The Industry With Full Force

    Teradata has enjoyed dominance as the best-of-breed in data warehousing for the largest of enterprises. But unprecedented disruption from open source solutions, simple cloud-based options, and...

    • Downloads: 100
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Q&A: Forrester's Top Five Questions About Big Data

    What Forrester's Clients Want To Know About Big Data In 2015

    In 2015, big data implementation is full on, which means that the questions clients ask have changed substantially in the past 12 months. This report answers some of the most common questions that...

    • Downloads: 422
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Critical Big Data Insight From Strata 2015

    What EA Pros Need To Know About The World's Largest Data Conference

    Managers as well as data and technology professionals are all enthralled with the promise of big data and disillusioned with its complexity. Strata-Hadoop World 2015 in San Jose, California —...

    • Downloads: 466
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: The BT Agenda Demands New Information Architecture Principles

    Found Your Digital Insights Architecture On These New Principles

    Ubiquitous digitization brings a host of new data sources and data types, such as data from mobile devices, the Internet of Things (IoT) sensor data, and newly digitized business processes. Empowered...

    • Downloads: 174
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: Data Preparation Tools Accelerate Analytics

    Machine Learning Powers Tools That Prepare Data For Analysis

    It takes too long to get data in the hands of business analysts and data scientists. Tedious manual processes and waterfall, requirement-driven data preparation flows are to blame. This brief defines...

    • Downloads: 466
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Q&A: The Top Five Technical Big Data Questions

    The volume of big data-related inquiries from Forrester clients has mushroomed in the past year, indicating that enterprise architects have moved from casually watching the space to planning actual...

    • Downloads: 482
  • 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: 1922
  • 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: 1180
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Google Flu Trends — A Big Data Fail? Not Exactly

    Learn Big Data Lessons From Google

    In 2008, Google developed a big data predictive model using Internet search terms that it claimed could track the spread of the flu faster and with greater accuracy than the Center for Disease...

    • Downloads: 215
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Think Like A Sponsor To Improve Emerging Technology Investments

    Enterprise expectations for information technology are high but firms have trouble making good investments. Emerging technology, in particular, is a risky investment; enterprise architecture (EA)...

    • Downloads: 265
  • 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: 4045
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Use Past Performance To Create Future Emerging Technology Success

    Firms depend on emerging technology to meet strategic business objectives, but most projects involving new technology tend to fail late. Architects and technology strategists recognize they need to...

    • Downloads: 313
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Emerging Technology Innovation Needs New Tools

    Business leaders want to use technology to innovate and thus think technology selection is important. Meanwhile, our research suggests that many IT departments still rely on the same old methods to...

    • Downloads: 608
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Technology Watchlist Toolkit

    This toolkit provides practical techniques to help enterprise architects and technology innovation executives evaluate the broad landscape of emerging technology, choose the most appropriate...

    • Downloads: 58
  • 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: 1806
  • 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: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: 849
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Technology Standards Toolkit

    An effective standards program provides an important foundation for any enterprise architecture (EA) program. Both new and well-established programs will want to get and keep their standards house in...

    • Downloads: 91