Alex Cullen

Vice President, Research Director serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Alex serves Enterprise Architecture (EA) Professionals. He is a leading expert on IT planning and strategy, governance, enterprise architecture value, and enterprise architecture practices. Alex leads the team responsible for research and advisory services that address the needs, priorities, and concerns of EA Professionals and IT strategists.

Previous Work Experience

Alex joined Forrester in 2005 as a principal analyst, providing clients with insights in the areas of IT strategy and planning, architecture, and process improvement. Prior to joining Forrester, Alex was the director of enterprise architecture and IT process improvement with John Hancock Financial Services. His experience prior to John Hancock includes working with Fortune 500 companies on technology strategy and planning and with various high-tech firms in product management and strategy. Prior to Forrester, Alex published many articles and spoke at conferences on technology strategy, IT planning, and architecture.


Alex holds a B.A. in fine arts from the University of New Hampshire. He has also participated in and lectured at various executive training programs.

Alex Cullen's Research

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Strategic Portfolio Management Drives Customer-Obsessed Company Success

    Customer-obsessed companies need a portfolio-centered approach to both strategic planning and product delivery. Planning disciplines transition from annual to continuous; organizational structur...

  • 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: The State Of EA 2017: Aspirations And Challenges

    Forrester surveys enterprise architecture (EA) leaders annually to understand the state of their practices. In our most recent 2016 survey, we saw enterprise themes like customer centricity begi...

  • 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: Map Your Plan To EA Impact And Value

    Enterprise architecture (EA) programs too often are pulled in multiple directions and struggle to create a clear identity for the value that they can deliver. Successful EA programs use a progra...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The Top 15 Technology Trends EA Should Watch

    IT organizations need to inform their annual and longer-term plans with an understanding of how changes in technology will enable business outcomes. EA groups are the logical leaders for this ef...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Build A High-Performance EA Practice

    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 archite...

  • For CIOs

    Report: Shaping The IT Organization For Today And Tomorrow

    Business expectations of IT continually change, driven by business context and needs and the embedding of technology in their strategy and operations. CIOs realize that with these changing busin...

  • For CIOs

    Report: BT 2020: IT's Future In The Empowered Era

    Over the next 10 years, three sets of forces will change the relationship of business, technology, and the IT organization. Technologies that are increasingly easy to acquire and use will empowe...

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Sample Business Capability Map: Insurance

    Business capability maps provide a framework for capturing key characteristics of a firm's business model and core functions that can then be used to assess business needs, understand IT costs, ...

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