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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

Master Emerging Technology And Trends Research

Forrester's Recipe For Turning Emerging Technology And Trends Into Innovation Value
June 7th, 2021 | Brian Hopkins

Emerging technology is more important than ever when the pace of change keeps accelerating. To succeed, you need to make smart, repeatable decisions about...

11 min read
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Forrester's Emerging Technology ReCPI Explained (Part 1): Research

June 7th, 2021 | Brian Hopkins

This report provides detailed guidance on how firms should approach researching emerging technologies and trends as part of our ReCPI framework. We break...

5 min read
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Forrester's Emerging Technology ReCPI Explained (Part 2): Communicate

June 7th, 2021 | Brian Hopkins

This report provides detailed guidance on communicating emerging technologies research and evaluation efforts as part of our ReCPI framework. We break...

4 min read
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Forrester's Emerging Technology ReCPI Explained (Part 4): Integrate

June 7th, 2021 | Brian Hopkins

This report provides detailed guidance on integrating your emerging technologies research and evaluation efforts into innovating processes as part of our...

5 min read
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Forrester's Emerging Technology ReCPI Explained (Part 3): Prove

June 7th, 2021 | Brian Hopkins

This report provides detailed guidance on proving your emerging technologies' research and evaluation efforts as part of our ReCPI framework. We break...

5 min read