Gene Leganza

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Gene provides research and advisory services that address the needs of Enterprise Architecture Professionals. His research focuses on information strategy and architecture with a particular concentration on the data economy and its impact on business processes, organizational structures, and technology strategy. He also provides research on data service providers as partners in improving information capabilities.

Previous Work Experience

Gene has more than 30 years of IT experience, including enterprise architecture planning, infrastructure architecture, IT management, performance management, capacity planning, product strategy, and application development. Gene came to Forrester through its acquisition of Giga Information Group. Prior to joining Giga, he was director of infrastructure architecture and capacity planning at John Hancock Financial Services in Boston. Previously, he held senior IT positions at First Data Corporation and Fidelity Investments and development and marketing management positions at leading software firms.

He has published dozens of papers on various topics and has spoken at a variety of conferences in the US and abroad.

Education

Gene earned a B.A. in psychology and music from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

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  • Gene Leganza
  • Enterprise Architecture Practices
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Drive Information Strategy Performance Management With Capability Models

    Performance Management: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    As capability maps become the prevailing form for modeling business architectures, capability-based planning has become an effective practice to map organizations' general path forward. Performance...

    • Downloads: 736
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: The Wrong Way And The Right Way To Transform EA

    Inside-Out Plans Lead To Frustration And Failure

    Enterprise architecture (EA) leaders often look at their program and realize that it's not working the way they hoped. Perhaps they have been relegated to a policing role or a checklist item. Or they...

    • Downloads: 146
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Assess Your Readiness For A Cohesive Information Strategy And Architecture Program

    Assessment: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    Information workers thrive or falter depending on their ability to get the information they need quickly and easily, with high confidence that it's the right information. Enterprises need to protect...

    • Downloads: 787
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Build A High-Performance EA Practice

    Executive Overview: The EA Practice Playbook

    The ability to nimbly navigate change in business environments makes the difference between an industry-leading enterprise and one that always seems a beat behind. But how can enterprise architects...

    • Downloads: 1653
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Designing Your EA Operating Model And Organization

    Organization: The EA Practice Playbook

    Enterprise architecture (EA) leaders must decide what resources they need and how to organize them when EA programs are first initiated — or more commonly, when unsuccessful programs are...

    • Downloads: 373
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Map Your Way To Your Information Strategy's Business Outcomes

    Road Map: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    One of the most difficult aspects of an information architecture (IA) practice is engaging stakeholders to buy into your strategy and contribute to your architecture development. The architect's best...

    • Downloads: 912
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Create The Operating Model For The Information Management Organization

    Part One In A Two Part Series On Designing Your Data Organization

    In the increasingly digitized world, having superior data on where your customers go, what they do, and how they use your products is a competitive advantage. However, data management in most...

    • Downloads: 380
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Develop Your Enterprise Architecture Skills

    With growing recognition of the importance of enterprise architecture (EA) as an essential capability in digital business, firms are beefing up their EA groups — relaunching underperforming EA...

    • Downloads: 501
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Let The Adjacent Possible Guide Your Information Strategy

    Strategic Plan: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    A new era of information agility is upon us that carries opportunities similar to that of the dot-com boom. But these opportunities depend upon an organization's ability to optimize internal...

    • Downloads: 892
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Delivering Enterprise Information Architecture One Project At A Time

      This toolkit provides general guidance for using business-capability-specific information architecture definitions and associated information architecture road maps to define the projects...

    • Downloads: 72
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Information Architecture Planning Toolkit

    As business executives develop an appreciation for the potential value in their information assets, they're looking to architects to help them dramatically improve their information management and...

    • Downloads: 80
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Readiness Assessment For Information Strategy And Architecture Toolkit

    Developing a cohesive information strategy that can deliver on current and future business needs is challenging. Building an information architecture is a highly collaborative endeavor, and to...

    • Downloads: 89
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Develop Business-Focused And Strategic EA Organizations

    This report outlines the organizational structures, roles, and skills you'll need to make sure that your enterprise architecture (EA) program is strategic, business-focused, and pragmatic. Building a...

    • Downloads: 1184
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Make EA Business-Focused, Strategic, And Pragmatic

    This report outlines the future look of Forrester's solution for enterprise architecture (EA) professionals building a high-performance EA practice. It will help you understand the future of EA in...

    • Downloads: 921
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Integrated BA And IA Artifacts Are Valuable — And Hard To Find

    Forrester's survey data shows that both business and information architecture practices are currently far less mature than enterprise architecture (EA) teams' technology and application architecture...

    • Downloads: 381
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:EA Road-Mapping Tool Kit Templates

    Road maps have proven to be enterprise architects' most effective communication and planning artifacts. They are summarized planning documents with an implementation timeline, enabling the analysis...

    • Downloads: 112
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The EA Road-Mapping Tool Kit

    Road maps have proven to be enterprise architects' most effective communication and planning artifacts. They are summarized planning documents with an implementation timeline, enabling the analysis...

    • Downloads: 90
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Information Architecture Deliverables: What Matters Most?

    Five Artifacts Underpin An Effective Program

    Architects in any domain have no time to waste creating deliverables that wind up collecting dust on a shelf. Information architects, who have historically had a particularly difficult time engaging...

    • Downloads: 1511
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Metadata Architecture — EA's Key Contribution To The Industrialization Of IT

    Business pressures have forced IT management to begin applying formal management disciplines to the delivery of IT services. In the past decade we have seen the rise of portfolio and project...

    • Downloads: 1346
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Case Study: To Launch EA, Woodmen Focused Intensely On Clearly Defined Goals

    Smaller IT shops of fewer than 150 staff members have a hard time dedicating separate staff to strategic activity such as EA. But in any environment, goals and processes without owners are likely to...

    • Downloads: 292
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Best Practices: Starting Or Restarting An EA Effort

    Enterprise architecture (EA) continues to gain recognition as a key practice for maximizing the impact of business' use of technology. An effective EA practice can eliminate business-IT alignment...

    • Downloads: 927
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Case Study: Logistics Company Aligns The Application Portfolio With Business Strategy

    A logistics company had grown through acquisition, and due to a narrow enterprise architecture (EA) focus, weak governance, and troublesome politics, its former EA practice was largely ineffective....

    • Downloads: 496
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Case Study: BI-LO Directly Links EA Goals To Business Strategy

    For an EA team that succeeded in significantly reducing costs by virtualizing infrastructure technology, success is a two-edged sword: It boosts the credibility of the EA team but links architects to...

    • Downloads: 357
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Trends In Information Architecture Practices

    IA Engages The Business But Is Slow To Show Value

    Over the next several years, businesses will look to developments in technology to enable powerful new views into markets, populations, business processes, and supply chains. But will they be in a...

    • Downloads: 1100
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Progress With Business And Information Architecture Leads To Increased EA Support

    Enterprise architects face an ironic dilemma: On the one hand, the general perception of EA's value is on the rise. How do we know? Research shows that EA reporting relationships are moving from...

    • Downloads: 683