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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 BS 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 BS in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University (1989).

Brian Hopkins's Research

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  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Top Trends And Emerging Technologies, Q3 2020

    September 22, 2020Brian Hopkins, Julie Ask, Dave Bartoletti, J. P. Gownder, Mike Gualtieri, Jeffrey Hammond, Enza Iannopollo, David Johnson, Craig Le Clair, Renee Murphy

    The pandemic has elevated digital acceleration to the forefront of business leaders' minds. It has also drawn technology management leaders into the spotlight. CIOs must recognize, however, that the strategies that worked in the 2010s will falter in the 2020s. Read this report to understand how this decade will be different and how to get ahead of trends by innovating with the most important emerging technologies.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Audio: The Long-Term Impact Of Emerging Technology On US Health Insurers

    July 7, 2020Brian Hopkins, Arielle Trzcinski

    Health insurers face a rising level of uncertainty about the future of their industry. They're shifting from reactive to proactive engagement via innovative benefits while grappling with a legacy tech stack that prohibits innovation. We've taken a closer look at the impact that emerging technologies will have on US health insurers in the next decade. CIOs should listen to the audio discussion and review the complementary presentation to understand how specific emerging technologies can help solve critical problems in the health insurance industry.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Audio: The Long-Term Impact Of Emerging Technology On US Healthcare Providers

    July 1, 2020Brian Hopkins, Jeff Becker

    Healthcare CIOs face an unprecedented number of challenges in the coming years: extremely high costs, declining care outcomes, and exhausted employees. This report reveals the impact that emerging technologies might have on those issues in the next three to 10 years. CIOs and technology management leaders should listen to the audio discussion and review the complementary presentation to better understand how specific emerging technologies can solve critical problems in the US healthcare provider industry.

  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    REPORT: Audio: The Long-Term Impact Of Emerging Technology On CPG

    April 30, 2020Brian Hopkins, George Lawrie

    In an era of low growth and new tech-enabled business models, consumer packaged goods (CPG) firms face three key problems: solving for last mile; emerging markets; and product personalization. Digital business strategy professionals in CPG and retail should listen to this audio discussion of these problems to better understand how specific emerging technologies can solve critical problems for the CPG industry.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Best Practices For Technology-Driven Innovation

    Fifteen Best Practices Differentiate High-Growth Leaders

    April 17, 2020Brian Hopkins, Patrick Carroll

    Industry leaders are using technology to drive innovation and grow their companies to 3.5 times the average. How are they doing it? This report — part of our series on the future of technology and innovation — describes the 15 best practices we found. It will help CIOs understand what these high-performing firms are doing and how your firm can leverage technology to improve innovation outcomes.

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