Gordon Barnett

Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Gordon serves Enterprise Architecture Professionals, focusing on the best practices for business and enterprise architecture. He is a recognized expert in enterprise architecture, strategy, governance, and organizational design. Gordon's research focuses on the methods, approaches, frameworks, tools, and techniques of business and enterprise architecture that enable all stakeholders to make more informed decisions about how to address current and future business challenges.

Previous Work Experience

Gordon comes to Forrester with more than 35 years of IT/BT experience, in financial services, telecommunications, information technology, and governmental organizations. Prior to Forrester, Gordon set up and chaired many organizations' enterprise architecture practices; spoke at industry events on enterprise architecture, strategy, and governance; and contributed to Forrester analyst research as a member of our EA Forrester Leadership Boards. While a CIO for a UK police force, Gordon cochaired the National EA Board and represented all of the NW Police forces on the board.


Gordon has a Ph.D. in business administration (specializing in eCommerce) from Northcentral University, an MBA from Huron University, and a B.A. (first-class honors) from Kingston University in the UK. Gordon is also an ACCA accountant.

Gordon Barnett's Research

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Vendor Landscape: EA Consulting Services

    Enterprise architecture (EA) programs often need extra resources. This demand can come via a major business technology initiative the program must support, or it can come with the launch or repo...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Make BA Relevant By Addressing Real Business Challenges

    While technology management planning is a common starting point for business architecture (BA) efforts, the involved methods and techniques really come into their own when applied to critical bu...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Design Your EA Organization For Influence And Impact

    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 them. But t...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The State Of Business Architecture In 2016

    Interest in business architecture (BA) continues to grow as business executives seek input to address their current and future challenges. Business-focused enterprise architecture (EA) pros are ...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The Maturing BA Toolkit: Outcome-Based And Role-Specific

    Business architecture (BA) programs rely on a set of models and methods that often benefit from being linked to each other and to external data. Business-focused enterprise architecture (EA) pro...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Create A Business Architecture Program That Addresses Customer Expectations

    Firms are challenged with understanding the impact of technology, business model, and customer disruption. So firms are seeking new approaches to define, plan, and execute customer-driven strate...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Four Steps To Build A Best Practice BA Road Map

    As firms become customer-obsessed, effective business architecture (BA) practice becomes essential. However, too often, business-focused enterprise architecture (EA) professionals struggle to cr...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The Agile Planning Ecosystem Takes Center Stage

    Customer obsession demands agility in both strategic planning and execution. Delivering on those strategies in fast-paced business environments requires systematic thinking that affects funding ...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Business Architecture 2020 — Evolving To Influence Business Strategy

    Today, many business architecture (BA) practices focus on shaping projects and must constrain their efforts within the boundaries of the organization. But in the age of the customer, market dema...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Build A Business Architecture Around Five Roles

    Many business architecture (BA) practices define what they do and how they organize their resources based on a one-size-fits-all model rather than with a view toward stakeholder value. The commo...

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