Brian   Hopkins

Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals

Brian’s research helps clients drive innovation through emerging technology to get ahead of trends and become leaders in their markets. His thought leadership also assists CIOs in maximizing the returns on their investments and future-proofing their business against the accelerating pace of change. He is routinely covered in major trade journals, such as the Wall Street Journal, CIO.com, and ZDNet, where his ideas challenge technology leaders to think differently to get better results. His coverage of technologies includes edge computing, edge intelligence, quantum computing, insight and big data platforms, and systems of insight. He is a contributing author to the insights-driven business playbook and the IT transformation playbook. Finally, he leads Forrester's annual top emerging technologies and top technology trends reports, making him the first touchpoint for firms looking to get ahead with new technology.

Previous Work Experience

Brian has 18 years of experience in technology management as an advisor, strategist, architect, and manager. Before joining Forrester, he worked in the financial services and defense industries, where he acted as architecture director for data management and analytics; overhauled enterprise architecture practices and process governance; advised executives on business technology strategy; and managed multimillion-dollar technology investment programs. Brian was in the US Navy for 10 years as an officer in the nuclear submarine force, where he served as an engineering assistant for USS Seahorse (SSN 669), assistant intelligence officer for Submarine Group 7, and operations and navigation officer for USS Bremerton (SSN 698). He attended Texas A&M University, class of ’88, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and a Ross Volunteer.

Education

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

Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals

Brian’s research helps clients drive innovation through emerging technology to get ahead of trends and become leaders in their markets. His thought leadership also assists CIOs in maximizing the returns on their investments and future-proofing their business against the accelerating pace of change. He is routinely covered in major trade journals, such as the Wall Street Journal, CIO.com, and ZDNet, where his ideas challenge technology leaders to think differently to get better results. His coverage of technologies includes edge computing, edge intelligence, quantum computing, insight and big data platforms, and systems of insight. He is a contributing author to the insights-driven business playbook and the IT transformation playbook. Finally, he leads Forrester's annual top emerging technologies and top technology trends reports, making him the first touchpoint for firms looking to get ahead with new technology.

Previous Work Experience

Brian has 18 years of experience in technology management as an advisor, strategist, architect, and manager. Before joining Forrester, he worked in the financial services and defense industries, where he acted as architecture director for data management and analytics; overhauled enterprise architecture practices and process governance; advised executives on business technology strategy; and managed multimillion-dollar technology investment programs. Brian was in the US Navy for 10 years as an officer in the nuclear submarine force, where he served as an engineering assistant for USS Seahorse (SSN 669), assistant intelligence officer for Submarine Group 7, and operations and navigation officer for USS Bremerton (SSN 698). He attended Texas A&M University, class of ’88, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and a Ross Volunteer.

Education

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

Brian Hopkins's Research

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  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Revenge Of The Atoms

    Algorithms Plus Atoms Reshape The Age Of The Customer

    February 28, 2019 J. P. Gownder, Brian Hopkins, Craig Le Clair

    The digital world of bits empowered customers like never before. But a new era of continuous delivery, powered by AI and automation, promises to help companies regain some leverage in their relationship with buyers. To do so, they must connect two key silos within the organization: the silo that understands digital and the silo that understands physical production. This report will show CIOs and other leaders why this effort is the key to future innovation.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Power Behind Digital Ecosystems

    Invest In Two Emerging Technologies To Accelerate Digital Ecosystem Returns

    February 21, 2019Brian Hopkins

    Digital leaders build connected ecosystems of business, people, or things. As ecosystems grow, they can increase in effectiveness very quickly, but only if you have laid the right technology foundation. CIOs must understand the potential of digital ecosystems to achieve exponential benefits and help their firms invest in the right emerging technologies that accelerate them.

  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    REPORT: Harness Emerging Technologies To Differentiate Your Digital Business

    Advanced Level: Technology Practices For Digital Business

    February 11, 2019 Ted Schadler, Brian Hopkins

    Digital innovators treat technology as a business asset, the underpinning of new business models. They put technology at the core of their innovation process, and harness emerging technology to seize advantage the way a startup would. This report outlines these approaches and digs deeper into the four emerging technologies critical to digital innovators: conversational interfaces, (more) AI, intelligent agents, and blockchain. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For CMO Professionals

    REPORT: Build Technology Platforms To Accelerate Growth And Agility

    Intermediate Level: Technology Practices For Digital Business

    February 6, 2019 Ted Schadler, Brian Hopkins

    Digital business leaders accelerating their digital presence need to engage customers consistently along every step of their journeys, gain agility and leverage from technology platforms, and blend business and technology teams with a product focus. This report outlines the following technologies: digital platforms to project your business into new markets and customers' lives, digital intelligence to develop a holistic understanding of customers, brand protection and monitoring tools to protect your brand and your customers, and the internet of things to build connected products and services. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Harness Emerging Technologies To Guide Business Strategy

    Advanced Level: Technology Practices For IT Transformation

    February 5, 2019Brian Hopkins, Ted Schadler

    Advanced tech leaders treat technology as a business asset, the underpinning of new business models in their IT transformation. They let new technology guide their strategy and put technology at the core of their innovation process to seize advantage the way a startup would. And they build on the tech platforms from earlier phases of maturity. To succeed, technology leaders must focus on AI, augmented reality, insight platforms, and Zero Trust security and networks. This is an update of a document that was previously titled, "Harness Emerging Technologies To Unlock New Value From Tech Platforms"; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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