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
  • Information Management
  • 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: 4369
  • 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: 3905
  • 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: 2974
  • 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: 2669
  • 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: 1599
  • 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: 1703
  • 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: 1256
  • 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: 1033
  • 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: 936
  • 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: 677
  • 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: 823
  • 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: 773
  • 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: 615
  • 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: 603
  • 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: 590
  • 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: 568
  • 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: 404
  • 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: 339
  • 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: 360
  • 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: 162
  • 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: 297
  • 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: 303
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Google Cloud Services Gather Steam

    New Developer Tools, Big Data Services, And Aggressive Pricing Will Tempt Enterprise Developers

    At last week's I/O developer conference, Google announced a slew of new developer tools, application programming interfaces (APIs), and cloud services that will make it easier for developers to put...

    • Downloads: 290