Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Brian covers emerging technology, technology innovation, data management, and big data for Enterprise Architecture Professionals. His research provides practical advice to architects and IT strategists seeking to leverage emerging technology, improve their technology innovation practices, and evolve their data management capabilities.

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 Chief Information Officer Professionals

    Blog:Reset On Big Data Or Miss The Big Change

    Big data is undergoing big change, but most companies are missing it or just grasping at the edges. My colleague Fatemeh Khatibloo and I have just completed an exhaustive study of the big data...

    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Blog:What’s Cooking – Emerging Tech Update 2013 (Part 1)

        #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }As the analyst covering all things emerging information...

      • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

        Blog:Why Bitcoin Is Here To Stay

        When I stumbled across Bitcoin (or Bit-O-Coin, as my wife likes to call it) a few years back, my spidey sense started tingling. Since that time, I’ve made a few off hand remarks about the...

        • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

          Blog:How Do New “Systems Of Insight” Power Great Mobile Moments And Customer Experiences?

          Customers crave contextual and personal experiences on their mobile devices. Companies are looking to the reams of location and behavior data spun off mobile device to deliver them. Meanwhile,...

          • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

            Blog:Take A Broader View Of Agile To Survive In The Digital Age

            I just finished analyzing our Q3 2012 Global State Of Enterprise Architecture Online Survey, where we asked a number of questions at the end of the survey on how firms identify and introduce new...

            • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

              Blog:A Copernican Shift (And A Tip Of My Hat To Randy Heffner)

              As my first calendar year as an analyst draws to a close, I wanted to thank everybody who has read and commented on my blog and say that I look forward to even more next year. In closing out the...

              • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                Blog:Do Not Depend On EA To Innovate

                Many organizations expect EAs to be the source of technology innovations. They are broadly knowledgeable, experienced, connect-the-dots kind of people you might naturally expect to come up with...

                • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                  Blog:The Top Technology Trends For The Next Three Years

                  We just released our 2011 update to last year’s EA top trends report, The Top 15 Technology Trends EA Should Watch: 2011 To 2013. In 2011, we have expanded our coverage by releasing two...

                  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                    Blog:Are Your Employees Doing This?

                    I just saw something that makes a point I covered in a technology trends briefing for a client yesterday. After getting my Sun-dried Ethiopia Harrar (a $3.45 “clover-brewed,”...

                    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                      Blog:Don't Have A Big Data Strategy Yet? Good.

                      Big data noise has reached the point where most are reaching for the ear plugs. And with any good hype bubble, the naysayers are now grabbing attention with contrarian positions. For example, The New...

                      • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                        Blog:Is Big Data Enough? (Ramping Up For Strata In San Jose)

                        I’m ramping up to attend Strata in San Jose, February 18, 19 and 20th. Here is some info to help everyone who wants to connect and share thoughts. Looking forward to great sessions and a lot of...

                        • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                          Blog:Not Your Grandfather’s Data Warehouse

                          As I dig into my initial research, it dawned on me – some technology trends are having an impact on information management/data warehouse (DW) architectures, and EAs should consider these when...

                          • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                            Blog:Avoid Becoming A One-trick Pony: Embrace Your Business' Need For Real-time

                              #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }The term “one-trick pony” allegedly originated back...

                            • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                              Blog:From Our EA Community — Boiling Down Your BT Strategy To A Single Page

                              Last fall, a member of our enterprise architecture community asked a simple question — how do you represent IT strategy on a single page? What resulted was the most read and commented...

                              • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                Blog:Rethink Your IT Strategy If You’re Serious About Cloud

                                Cloud – people can’t agree on exactly what it is, but everyone can agree that they want some piece of it. I have not talked to a single client who isn’t doing something proactively...

                                • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                  Blog:Agility And What's Keeping You From It

                                  In our Forrsights Business Decision-Makers Survey, Q4 2011, we asked business technology leaders to rate IT’s ability to establish an architecture that can accommodate changes to business...

                                  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                    Blog:The First Rule Of Big Data — Don't Talk About Big Data

                                    I’ll be chairing Big Data World Europe on September 19 in London; in advance of that event, here are a few thoughts. Since late 2011, we’ve seen the big data noise level eclipse cloud and...

                                    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                      Blog:Forrester's Top 15 Emerging Technologies To Watch: Now To 2018

                                      The pace of technology-fueled business innovation is accelerating, and enterprise architects can take a leading role by helping their firms identify opportunities for shrewd investment. In our 2012...

                                      • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                        Blog:Starving People Will Find Food

                                        In our Forrsights Business Decision-Makers Survey, Q4 2011, 79% of business executive respondents said that technology will be a key source of innovation for their company, while 71% said that it...

                                        • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                          Blog:Big Data For Telco Begins To Unleash Systems Of Engagement

                                          In our recently completed Q3 2013 Global State Of Enterprise Architecture Online Survey, big data for real-time analytics moved from the No. 3 most revolutionary technology to the No. 2 position,...

                                          • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                            Blog:What Happens When Central "IT" No Longer Exists?

                                            When we get used to something, we often think it will never change, but it does eventually; who bought a house in 2006 and assumed the value would surely keep going up? We are working at an...

                                            • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                              Blog:Spiders And Elephants – Social Connections And Big Data Will Determine The Next Big Winners And Losers

                                              I’ve been following a couple of 2011 developments that together may determine the next big technology winners and losers. To get your click, I’ve been obscure in my title. Spiders refers...

                                              • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                                Blog:The Emerging Technology Juggernaut

                                                I heard a great analogy from a client recently; buying new technology is like buying a new car - there are a lot of different strategies. Some people want a new car every couple of years and pay a...

                                                • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                                  Blog:Digital Disruption Via Big Data — Coming To Your Neighborhood Soon!

                                                  I had the privilege of watching the recent NSA surveillance story unfold from my hotel room in London this June. Seeing the story from a decidedly non-American viewpoint got me thinking a bit...

                                                  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

                                                    Blog:Enterprise Data Management Is Not The Holy Grail

                                                    From my first days as a baby architect, I was spoon-fed the idea that enterprise data management (EDM) was the solution to our data woes. Some call it enterprise information management or other names...