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Brian Hopkins

VP, Emerging Tech Portfolio

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Brian’s research helps clients drive innovation through emerging technology to get ahead of trends and become leaders in their markets. His thought leadership also assists CIOs in maximizing the returns on their investments and future-proofing their business against the accelerating pace of change. He is routinely covered in major trade journals, such as the Wall Street Journal, CIO.com, and ZDNet, where his ideas challenge technology leaders to think differently to get better results. His coverage of technologies includes edge computing, edge intelligence, quantum computing, insight and big data platforms, and systems of insight. He is a contributing author to the insights-driven business playbook and the IT transformation playbook. Finally, he leads Forrester's annual top emerging technologies and top technology trends reports, making him the first touchpoint for firms looking to get ahead with new technology.

Previous Work Experience

Brian has 18 years of experience in technology management as an advisor, strategist, architect, and manager. Before joining Forrester, he worked in the financial services and defense industries, where he acted as architecture director for data management and analytics; overhauled enterprise architecture practices and process governance; advised executives on business technology strategy; and managed multimillion-dollar technology investment programs. Brian was in the US Navy for 10 years as an officer in the nuclear submarine force, where he served as an engineering assistant for USS Seahorse (SSN 669), assistant intelligence officer for Submarine Group 7, and operations and navigation officer for USS Bremerton (SSN 698). He attended Texas A&M University, class of ’88, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and a Ross Volunteer.

Education

Brian holds a BS in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University (1989).

Brian’s research helps clients drive innovation through emerging technology to get ahead of trends and become leaders in their markets. His thought leadership also assists CIOs in maximizing the returns on their investments and future-proofing their business against the accelerating pace of change. He is routinely covered in major trade journals, such as the Wall Street Journal, CIO.com, and ZDNet, where his ideas challenge technology leaders to think differently to get better results. His coverage of technologies includes edge computing, edge intelligence, quantum computing, insight and big data platforms, and systems of insight. He is a contributing author to the insights-driven business playbook and the IT transformation playbook. Finally, he leads Forrester's annual top emerging technologies and top technology trends reports, making him the first touchpoint for firms looking to get ahead with new technology.

Previous Work Experience

Brian has 18 years of experience in technology management as an advisor, strategist, architect, and manager. Before joining Forrester, he worked in the financial services and defense industries, where he acted as architecture director for data management and analytics; overhauled enterprise architecture practices and process governance; advised executives on business technology strategy; and managed multimillion-dollar technology investment programs. Brian was in the US Navy for 10 years as an officer in the nuclear submarine force, where he served as an engineering assistant for USS Seahorse (SSN 669), assistant intelligence officer for Submarine Group 7, and operations and navigation officer for USS Bremerton (SSN 698). He attended Texas A&M University, class of ’88, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and a Ross Volunteer.

Education

Brian holds a BS in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University (1989).

Brian Hopkins's Most Recent Research

Research

The 10 Core Competencies You Need To Be Future Fit

You need to be future fit to deliver great experiences for your customers and employees. To help you understand how to become future fit, we examined our...

4 min read
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Future Fit Firms Outpace The Competition

Get Adaptive, Creative, And Resilient To Deliver Higher Revenue Growth

To succeed in the 2020s, CIOs and technology leaders must help their firms navigate the post-pandemic new normal, enable technology-driven innovation...

4 min read
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Build Integrated Technology Platforms To Accelerate Growth And Agility

Intermediate Level: Technology Practices For IT Transformation
March 11th, 2021 | Bobby Cameron , Brian Hopkins , Ted Schadler

Technology leaders in the intermediate phase of IT transformation must help their firms consistently engage customers along every step of their journeys...

12 min read
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Harness Emerging Technologies To Guide Business Strategy

Advanced Level: Technology Practices For IT Transformation
February 12th, 2021 | Bobby Cameron , Brian Hopkins , Ted Schadler

Tech leaders in advanced firms treat technology as a business asset, making IT transformation a foundation for new customer-obsessed business models. As...

12 min read
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Reset Your Technology Foundation For Customer Engagement

Beginner Level: Technology Practices For IT Transformation
January 25th, 2021 | Bobby Cameron , Brian Hopkins , Ted Schadler

Companies just beginning to establish their technology priorities for the age of the customer are facing an uphill battle against legacy systems and outdated...

10 min read