Gordon Barnett

Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Gordon serves Enterprise Architecture Professionals, focusing on the best practices for business architecture. He is a recognized expert in enterprise architecture, strategy, governance, and organizational design. He has worked in these areas for more than 25 years, dealing with financial services, telecommunications, IT, and governmental organizations. Gordon's research focuses on the methods, approaches, frameworks, tools, and techniques of business architecture that enable all stakeholders to make more informed decisions in regard to addressing current and future business challenges.

Previous Work Experience

Gordon comes to Forrester with more than 25 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 IBDG and Gartner 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 consumer behavior) from Northcentral University, an M.B.A. from Huron University, and a B.A. (first-class honors) from Kingston University in the UK. Gordon is also a part qualified ACCA accountant.

Gordon Barnett's Research

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Build A Business Architecture Program Road Map

    Too often, business architecture (BA) programs struggle to create a clear identity for the value they can deliver. Successful BA programs — those with high influence — use strategy t...

    • Downloads: 1304
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The State Of Strategic Execution In 2015

    To succeed in the race to win, serve, and retain customers, firms must have agility in both strategic planning and execution practices. On the execution side, Agile continues to become a mainstr...

    • Downloads: 1091
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Finding Tools For Your Business Architecture Program

    Business architecture (BA) programs rely on a set of models and methods that often benefit from being linked to each other and to other external data sources. BA program heads must decide when p...

    • Downloads: 854
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Business Architecture 2020 — Extending Beyond Organizational Boundaries

    The rise of business architecture (BA) initiatives has propelled a rapidly maturing business architecture body of knowledge. Today, many business architecture practices focus within the boundari...

    • Downloads: 842
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: IT's Business Capability Map Guides IT Evolution

    As business technology (BT) matures, the relationship between IT and its customers shifts. Adapting to this shift means changes in the services IT provides and the capabilities IT needs to deliv...

    • Downloads: 939
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