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Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals

Brian covers big data, systems of insight, public cloud, insight platforms, and insight for the internet of things. He also leads Forrester's emerging technology and technology innovation research, leading a team of analysts who write Forrester's top technology trends and top emerging technology reports annually. His research provides practical advice to CIOs, enterprise architects, technology managers, and customer insights professionals seeking to build insights-driven businesses and maximize the value of their business technology investments.

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 covers big data, systems of insight, public cloud, insight platforms, and insight for the internet of things. He also leads Forrester's emerging technology and technology innovation research, leading a team of analysts who write Forrester's top technology trends and top emerging technology reports annually. His research provides practical advice to CIOs, enterprise architects, technology managers, and customer insights professionals seeking to build insights-driven businesses and maximize the value of their business technology investments.

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: Emerging Technology Spotlight: Edge Computing

    Edge Computing Drives Smarter Systems And Experiences

    November 12, 2018 James Staten, Brian Hopkins

    Emerging infrastructure, cloud, and software capabilities — optimized for deployment anywhere you need them — enable immediate, low-latency, and secure engagements. CIOs and business technology leaders should read this brief to determine their edge needs and how best to optimize internet-of-things (IoT) sensor analysis and customer engagement with these new technologies.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Insights-Driven Businesses Set The Pace For Global Growth

    The Vision Report Of The Insights-Driven Business Playbook

    October 19, 2018Brian Hopkins, James McCormick, Ted Schadler

    A new kind of company — we call them insights-driven businesses — has formed. They are growing at an average of more than 30% annually and are on track to earn $1.8 trillion by 2021. These customer-obsessed firms systematically harness insights across their organization and implement them to create competitive advantage through software. Read this report to find out how insights-driven business are different from most data-aware firms and how CIOs can help redirect their firm's data ambitions toward effective insights and action. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Use IoT To Link Physical Operations And Digital Business

    Integrated Systems Of Insight Create Competitive Advantage

    July 18, 2018Brian Hopkins, Frank E. Gillett

    In many companies, internet-of-things (IoT) projects are isolated, with no connection to digital business initiatives. Companies miss out on combining real-world insights with digital business processes. Even when IoT data is integrated with digital systems, today's big data analytics approaches can't support real-time insight and action. The CIOs that do integrate IoT-enabled physical processes with digital systems will create big competitive advantages. This report shows how systems of insight, connected via microservices, can help you become a leader.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Top Emerging Technologies To Watch 2018

    July 11, 2018Brian Hopkins, Christian Austin, Andre Kindness, James Staten, Brandon Purcell, Nate Fleming, Frank E. Gillett, Jeffrey S. Hammond, Martha Bennett, J. P. Gownder

    To outpace the competition, CIOs must keep a constant finger on the pulse of technology change. Forrester has identified 12 emerging technologies with massive disruptive potential; their impact will be seen across a range of products, services, and solutions. This report helps CIOs zero in on the technologies most worthy of their focus, strategic planning, and investment.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Technology Innovation Chains Create Breakthrough Opportunities

    Invest In Technology Innovation Chains To Reap Exponential Benefits

    June 21, 2018Brian Hopkins

    Firms are counting on emerging technology to create breakthrough business innovation at the intersection of customer experience and digital operations. However, it is easy to get stuck on individual technologies and miss opportunities to exploit how they work together to solve problems. This report explores the concept of technology innovation chains through case studies from Google and a major logistics company. It will help CIOs and advanced technology leaders differentiate with emerging technology by shifting how they think about it and invest.

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