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:Use Big Data Initiatives To Achieve Digital Operational Excellence

    Part II: Digital Operational Excellence

    This toolkit discusses more architectural pattern details around the emerging architecture for systems of insights. It will help architects plan their future state for big data.

    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Breakout Vendors: Innovators Stretch Beyond Big Data Integration

      Looker Data Sciences, SnapLogic, And Snowflake Computing Push The Boundaries Of Established Big Data Integration

      How are you going to get more value from your data lake? Most big data integration vendors focus on making classic processes faster with tools for moving data into a lake and working with it there....

      • Downloads: 137
    • 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: 61
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Insight Platforms Accelerate Digital Transformation

      A New Class Of Software Makes It Easier To Turn Big Data Into Action

      All of your business digital ambitions involve better analytics, but the complexity of managing big data and advanced analytics is driving down satisfaction, despite investment. Read this report to...

      • Downloads: 272
    • 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: 169
    • 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: 173
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:TechRadar™: Big Data, Q1 2016

      Big Data Is Critical Technology For Insights-Driven Businesses

      To remain competitive, firms absolutely must mine insights from vast and diverse data sets. However, the complexity of the big data technology ecosystem can stall key initiatives to improve customer...

      • Downloads: 624
    • 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: 974
    • 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:The Gulf Cooperative Council's Big Data Opportunity

      How The GCC Can Use Big Data To Be More Competitive

      The Middle East is a new frontier for business innovation. In particular, the possibilities for using big data and advanced analytics to improve regional outcomes are enormous — and the region...

      • Downloads: 86
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Predictions 2016: The Path From Data To Action For Technologists

      How Technology Managers Will Elevate Systems Of Insight

      The blistering speed of change in data and analytics will heat up more in 2016, making it harder than ever for enterprise architects and technology managers to make sense of it all. In this brief,...

      • Downloads: 415
    • 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: 96
    • 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: 358
    • 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: 96
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Brief: Why Data-Driven Aspirations Fail

      Our Annual State Of Strategic Planning, EA, And PMO Online Survey Shows Why Architects' Data-Driven Aspirations Will Underdeliver

      Data-driven hopes are high. Forrester's Q3 2015 Global State Of Strategic Planning, Enterprise Architecture, And PMO Online Survey indicates that a large majority of enterprise architecture (EA)...

      • Downloads: 274
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:The Top 10 Technology Trends To Watch: 2016 To 2018


      The Age Of The Customer Will Drive Firms To Increase Their Investments In End-To-End Technology Solutions


      Five years into the age of the customer, investments in mobile, cloud, big data, predictive analytics, and social technologies are booming. But unlike previous technology cycles, tech investments...

      • Downloads: 2137
    • 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: 407
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Transform Customer Experiences With Systems Of Insight

      Insights Masters Create Amazing Experiences With Digital Insight — And Point To What Enterprises Can Do

      Your business wants to grow its customer base and understands that customers will come only if experiences improve. You expect that lots of data and good analytics will help deliver these...

      • Downloads: 433
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:SQL-For-Hadoop: Critical Technology For Customer-Obsessed Firms

      Which Type Of SQL-For-Hadoop Will Help You Turn Customer Obsession Into Reality?

      To help your firm become customer-obsessed, you must supply your business partners with access to the data they need to understand customers. Although they're attracted to Hadoop's low cost and...

      • Downloads: 193
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Brief: An Elastic Analytics Platform

      SQL-For-Hadoop Foreshadows A Next-Generation Platform For Elastic Analytics On Big Data

      A majority of global firms will likely have implemented Hadoop by the end of 2015, and most will probably exploit at least one solution to execute structured queries against the data they store...

      • Downloads: 236
    • 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: 455
    • 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: 168
    • 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: 443
    • 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: 452
    • 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: 475