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
  • Past 6 months
  • 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: 971
  • 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: 598
  • 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: 262
  • 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: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: 167
  • 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: 166
  • 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: 116
  • 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: 57
  • 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.