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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  • 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: 284
  • 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: 110
  • 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: 795
  • 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: 1086
  • 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: 862
  • 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: 413
  • 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: 663
  • 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: 773
  • 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: 787
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Navigate Digital Disruption With An Emerging Technology Vision

    Emerging information technology has been a key enabler of business evolution since the 1960s and shows no signs of letting up. As we move beyond simple digitization of information to digital business...

    • Downloads: 723
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Federal IT Cost Reduction Efforts Will Require Process Change To Succeed

    In an attempt to control IT costs, the US federal government is establishing mandates that are forcing deep and massive technology change. With data center consolidation and cloud migrations entering...

    • Downloads: 384
  • 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: 4583
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The Top 10 Business Technology Trends EA Should Watch: 2012 To 2014

    Driving increasing capacity for business innovation remains high on the CIO's agenda, but enterprise architects (EAs) struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing technology landscape while also...

    • Downloads: 2866