Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Brian covers emerging technology, technology innovation, data management, and big data for Enterprise Architecture Professionals. His research provides practical advice to architects and IT strategists seeking to leverage emerging technology, improve their technology innovation practices, and evolve their data management capabilities.

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: Turning Big Data Into Business Insights, 2015

    As The Buzz Settles, Huge Changes Brew In 2015

    Since big data exploded onto enterprises' radar in 2011, enterprise architects have been busy asking questions, such as: "What is it?" "Do I have it?" "Is there something different I need to do?"...

    • Downloads: 139
  • 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: 154
  • 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: 711
  • 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: 304
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Hadoop Ecosystem Overview, Q4 2014

    Get A Handle On Hadoop With Forrester's Ecosystem View

    This report explains Hadoop, not as a single product, but as an ecosystem of batch and real-time components that includes Apache, other open source projects, and vendor add-ons. It deconstructs the...

    • Downloads: 412
  • 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: 1329
  • 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: 884
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

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

    Big-data-related inquiries have mushroomed in the past year. Forrester's data indicates that most organizations are either experimenting with big data technology or have already started. This report...

    • Downloads: 550
  • 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: 183
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Actian Throws Down The SQL-On-Hadoop Gauntlet

    It's Game On For Hadoop In The Enterprise

    Actian announced their Hadoop SQL query engine, Actian Analytics Platform — Hadoop SQL Edition, at the Hadoop Summit in San Jose on June 3rd. According to Actian, their SQL engine is not just...

    • Downloads: 135
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: IBM Big Data Cloud Services Are A Big Bet

    Try Out IBM's Tools, But Demand More Before You Commit

    On April 28th, IBM made a series of announcements that began bringing together its big data and cloud strategies. As firms plan to meet age-of-the-customer demands for agility and cost effective big...

    • Downloads: 329
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Architect For Extreme Uncertainty

    Use Systemic Design To Deal With The Unknown Unknowns

    Enterprise architecture is now at a critical tipping point. New digital business models and an unrelenting focus on customer engagement are unlocking new exciting initiatives and projects for...

    • Downloads: 378
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:EA Isn't Meeting The Demand For New Technology

    Your business is relentlessly pursuing opportunities to win, serve, and retain customers, and demanding new technology to do it. Meanwhile, enterprise architecture (EA) professionals are struggling...

    • Downloads: 298
  • 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: 247
  • 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: 3769
  • 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: 627
  • 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: 295
  • 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: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: 565
  • 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: 1622
  • 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: 297
  • 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: 753
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Assess Your Readiness For Emerging Technology Opportunities

    The pace of business is accelerating; digitized information makes constant change and disruption an ongoing reality. Firms count on emerging technologies to give them a leg up in increasingly...

    • Downloads: 479
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Create A Strategy To Leverage Emerging Technology

    For many organizations, the use of emerging technology is confusing, slow, and problematic. Which emerging technologies should be part of IT's standard approach? Which should IT push for business to...

    • Downloads: 561
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Cut Through Silos With An Agile Technology Introduction Strategy

    To succeed in the digital age, enterprise architects must seize opportunities by adopting new approaches for emerging technolgy introduction. This report highlights the technology introduction and...

    • Downloads: 159