Alex Cullen

Vice President, Research Director serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Alex serves Enterprise Architecture 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 Enterprise Architecture Professionals and IT strategists.

Previous Work Experience

Alex has been a principal analyst with Forrester, 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 IT management consultancy, working with Fortune 500 companies on technology strategy and planning and with various high-tech firms in product management and strategy. Alex has published many articles and has spoken at conferences on technology strategy, IT planning, and architecture.

Education

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.

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  • Alex Cullen
  • 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 effort....

    • Downloads: 3868
  • For CIO Professionals

    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 business...

    • Downloads: 2295
  • For CIO Professionals

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

    An Empowered Report: Sweeping Changes In The Business Landscape Will Topple The IT Status Quo

    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 empower...

    • Downloads: 2854
  • 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, and...

    • Downloads: 2650
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:CIOs: Must-Read Research In Economic Downturns

    The signs all point to an economic recession having started in 2008 and continuing into 2009, although there is no useful consensus on how long or how deep this recession will be. CEOs, CFOs, and...

    • Downloads: 2192
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The IT Strategic Plan Step-By-Step

    Deliver An Actionable Plan In A Reasonable Timeframe

    It's April and you are four months into your organization's fiscal year. You know that within six months you'll need to have your operating plan for the upcoming year in fairly solid shape. You also...

    • Downloads: 2140
  • 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: 1900
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:The State Of Enterprise Architecture 2010: Drivers, Initiatives, And Technology Priorities

    Enterprise architecture (EA) priorities for 2010 show a continued focus on helping IT reduce costs and get applications out on time and on budget. For the longer term, however, EA will look to enable...

    • Downloads: 1689
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Managing IT When Times Get Tough

    Proactive CIOs Will Help Firms Amid Economic Uncertainties

    Macroeconomic conditions, whether they are downturns or boom times, broadly shape the CIO's job, but the firm's own context drives action. The reality is that any business at any time may need to...

    • Downloads: 1605
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Enterprise Reference Architecture Tool Kit: Overview

    Materials To Promote Understanding Reference Architectures And Their Value

    Design patterns, proven technology stacks, and well-documented application infrastructure are fundamental tools for promoting common practices in the design of business solutions. Enterprises often...

    • Downloads: 1772
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Using Business Capability Maps To Guide Application Portfolio Rationalization

    Business' Process Goals Strongly Influence Application Strategy

    Most firms have application portfolios with significant redundancy — a legacy of how business needs have been funded or past merger and acquisition activity. Firms initiate application...

    • Downloads: 2039
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Creating A Culture Of Performance And Value

    The role of IT in many organizations has evolved from supporting the business to enabling the business — a shift that requires IT to transition from being mostly tactical and cost focused to...

    • Downloads: 1570
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Next-Generation IT Requires Next-Generation EA

    EA Makes The New Core Processes Of IT Work

    What business wants from IT is changing, and that means IT has to change how it manages itself and the IT-business relationship. Building on current project delivery and operational management...

    • Downloads: 1780
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Using Business Capability Maps To Guide IT Investment Governance

    Project portfolio management (PPM) is a best practice for managing a business' IT investments from the initial identification of business needs through project approval and funding. However, IT...

    • Downloads: 1926
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Enterprise Reference Architecture Tool Kit: Examples And Process Guides

    Design patterns, proven technology stacks, and well-documented application infrastructure are fundamental tools for promoting common practices in the design of business solutions. Enterprises create...

    • Downloads: 203
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Drive Process Innovation Using BPM Technologies, Methods, And CoEs

    Executive Overview: The Business Process Management Playbook

    In the midst of continuous change — from customer, technology, and competitive forces — enterprise architecture (EA) professionals must become skilled at transforming processes while...

    • Downloads: 1151
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Let Business Needs Drive Your Enterprise Architecture

    Stakeholder Needs: The EA Practice Playbook

    As businesses adapt to the age of the customer, enterprise architecture (EA) organizations are engaging more at the front-end of their business, with new stakeholders in sales, marketing, and product...

    • Downloads: 1484
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Conceptual Architecture: Overview

    A conceptual architecture is a tool that enterprise architects can use to enhance communication, provide context, and aid direction setting. Though there are many situations in which an architect...

    • Downloads: 1359
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Enterprise Reference Architecture Tool Kit: Documentation Templates

    Design patterns, proven technology stacks, and well-documented application infrastructure are fundamental tools for promoting common practices in the design of business solutions. Enterprises create...

    • Downloads: 200
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Characterizing EA Teams And Their Challenges

    Forrester has seen that the mission and operating model of enterprise architecture teams can be characterized along two dimensions: orientation (technology-oriented or business-oriented) and focus...

    • Downloads: 1414
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Assessing Both The Maturity And Fit Of Your EA Program

    Assessment Framework: The EA Practice Playbook

    Enterprise architecture (EA) program leaders often ask how well they're doing, specifically with regard to EA program maturity. When the program isn't making the impact they want, or it's falling...

    • Downloads: 1320
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Seven Trends That Will Shape The CIO Role

    Two Distinct Career Options Emerge

    2008 will see the firming up of several trends that will shape the CIO role in the future, the foremost being the bifurcation of the role itself. Some CIOs will capitalize on their visibility across...

    • Downloads: 1060
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Sample Business Capability Map: Oil And Gas

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

    • Downloads: 1274
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Measuring The Effectiveness Of Your PMO

    Program management offices (PMOs) are too frequently viewed as IT management overhead, especially when they focus on portfolio governance and oversight, rather than management of individual projects....

    • Downloads: 1268
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Measure EA's Engagement, Influence, And Business Impact

    Metrics: The EA Practice Playbook

    Few enterprise architecture (EA) leaders have given much thought to metrics for their EA program — and thus are missing an excellent tool to increase their impact. Metrics connect EA activities...

    • Downloads: 1219