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.


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

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  • Gene Leganza
  • Management & Organization
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Data Management Reference Architecture

    Align Data Management Roles To Create Stronger Business Value

    The continuing explosion in data volume, increasing numbers of business users, growing data complexity, compliance requirements, need to support global operations, and growing need for real-time...

    • Downloads: 3203
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The State Of Enterprise Architecture 2010: Organization, Priorities, And Support

    The EA team of 2009 reports high into the IT organization (either to the CIO or senior planning roles beneath the CIO), has broad acceptance and support, and spends about half its time on strategic...

    • Downloads: 1903
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Industry Innovation: Insurance

    Technology Trends That Insurance CIOs Must Tap To Drive Growth

    Today's insurance CIOs are shifting their focus away from cost reduction to speed, flexibility, and innovation. As insurance buyers' habits change from face-to-face interactions with agents to...

    • Downloads: 1704
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Role Overview: The Enterprise Architecture Professional In 2007

    In 2007, enterprise architects face the ongoing issues of defining technology strategy and improving the overall effectiveness of enterprise architecture (EA) processes, but the imperative to merge...

    • Downloads: 1020
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Case Study: Deutsche Bank Turns To Business Architecture To Transform Business-IT Alignment

    Enterprise architecture (EA) programs are becoming more business focused, helping IT deliver greater value to the business. Business-focused EA teams are developing the "next practices" for...

    • Downloads: 1350
  • 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: 1197
  • 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: 1105
  • 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: 931
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Jump-Starting New EA Programs

    Leaders of newly created or recently renewed enterprise architecture (EA) programs can spend months generating momentum for the initiative, particularly when the EA team includes dotted-line subject...

    • Downloads: 801
  • 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: 916
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Case Study: EA Aligns IT With Business' Emergent Strategy

    Enterprise architecture (EA) programs are becoming more business focused and helping IT to deliver greater value to business. Business-focused EA teams are developing the "next practices" for...

    • Downloads: 876
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Inquiry Spotlight: Organizing Architecture Teams Q1 2009

    Forrester examined a total of 2,292 end user inquiries from enterprise architecture (EA) professionals in 2008. Many of these inquiries were about specific technology topics such as information and...

    • Downloads: 775
  • 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: 930
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Eliminate Confusion In Data Management Roles And Responsibilities

    Organization: The Data Management Playbook

    As enterprise architecture (EA) leaders prioritize data capabilities, they're looking broadly at how data management (DM) resources are spread across the organization. Where can they consolidate...

    • Downloads: 792
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Designing Your EA Operating Model And Organization

    Organization: The EA Practice Playbook

    When firms initiate enterprise architecture (EA) programs — or, more commonly, when they relaunch unsuccessful ones — EA leaders must decide what resources they need and how to organize...

    • Downloads: 602
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Case Study: DHL Express Uses Business Architecture To Design A New Service Offering

    Enterprise architecture (EA) programs are becoming more business focused and helping IT deliver greater value to business. Business-focused EA teams are developing the "next practices" for...

    • Downloads: 721
  • 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: 686
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Can EA Drive Business Innovation?

    Point/Counterpoint From Forrester's Enterprise Architecture Forum 2008

    In spite of the existence of many organizational barriers, enterprise architecture (EA) can successfully drive business innovation efforts. However, this must be done through close collaboration with...

    • Downloads: 672
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Drive Coherence Across Your Diverse Information Architecture Landscape

    Landscape: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    The ability of enterprise and information architects to manage information strategically is becoming a high priority, but a coherent and comprehensive approach to information in the enterprise is a...

    • Downloads: 638
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Inquiry Spotlight: Building An EA Practice, Q2 2009

    Forrester examined 2,292 end user inquiries from enterprise architecture (EA) professionals in 2008. The topics of these inquiries were wide ranging, including questions about information and...

    • Downloads: 599
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Changing Your Approach To Information Strategy? You're Not Alone

    Benchmarks: The Information Strategy And Architecture Playbook

    Until recently, information architects have labored in vain to get business subject matter experts to participate in information architecture (IA) definition and governance activities. But now the...

    • Downloads: 521
  • 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: 545
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Market Update: Human And Social Services Enterprise Software

    The Large Enterprise Market Is Down To Cúram Software, Oracle, And SAP

    Forrester last reviewed enterprise software offerings in human and social services in 2006 — what's changed? The shift to installing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software rather than...

    • Downloads: 462
  • 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: 432
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:EA Governance Provides Traction

    Ensuring That Plans And Road Maps Turn Into Reality

    Enterprise architecture (EA) governance links EA plans to IT action, ensuring that IT planning, project portfolio management, and project execution align with enterprise goals. Two major approaches...

    • Downloads: 550