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: Defining The EA Service Catalog

    Enterprise architecture (EA) stakeholders don't always know what to expect from EA. Without a clear understanding of how EA programs address the business challenges of spurring firm growth, they...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: A Snapshot Of Emerging Insurtech Firms

    As insurance firms transform — on the inside and outside — to become customer-centric technology firms, the industry as a whole has discovered opportunities to disrupt each stage of the insuranc...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Marketing Your EA Program

    Enterprise architecture (EA) programs seeking to embed themselves into organizations' processes must ensure that stakeholders know what EA is and how they can benefit from it. Most of all, stake...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Vendor Landscape: Enterprise Architecture Management Suites 2017

    Enterprise architecture management suite (EAMS) adoption is accelerating as enterprise architecture (EA) pros help their firms transform. Simultaneously, the market landscape is evolving, with s...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Track Your Progress Toward EA Value

    The age of the customer is raising the bar for what businesses need from their enterprise architecture (EA) programs. Applying a stable progress or maturity framework helps EA leaders set and tr...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Build A Business-Centered EA Practice

    The ability to nimbly navigate change in business environments and effectively leverage technology makes the difference between an industry-leading enterprise and one that always seems a beat be...

  • 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...

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