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.


Brian holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University (1989).

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  • Brian Hopkins
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  • 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: 4584
  • 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: 4398
  • 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: 3954
  • 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: 1715
  • 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: 998
  • 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: 710
  • 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
  • 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: 431
  • 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: 370
  • 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: 345
  • 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: 300
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Google Amps Up Android

    Android L-Preview Links Phones and Tablets To Cars, TVs, And Wearables

    Google I/O is the hottest developer conferences in the world for a reason: Android is the fastest growing and most-used mobile platform. That's not to say that Google is not a web juggernaut, too....

    • Downloads: 144