Boris Evelson

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Application Development & Delivery PROFESSIONALS

Boris serves the Application Development & Delivery role. He is a leading expert in business intelligence (BI) — a set of processes, methodologies, and technologies used to transform raw data into meaningful, useful, and action-oriented enterprise information. Boris delivers strategic guidance, helping enterprises define BI strategies, governance, and architectures and identify vendors and technologies that help them put information to use in business processes and end user experiences.

Boris' current research focuses on the practical and actionable best practices for building BI infrastructure and applications, such as BI business cases, architectural options, organizational structures, and vendor selection. Boris continues to explore emerging trends in next-generation BI, such as agile BI architecture and development approaches, in-memory analytics, advanced data visualization, convergence of structured data and unstructured content analytics, process-driven and operational BI, and many others.

Previous Work Experience

Boris has more than 30 years of experience with enterprise software and applications implementation, management consulting, and strategic advisory skills. Most recently, Boris was a managing partner at Textra, a boutique strategic advisory firm serving all IT constituents: users, vendors, and investors. Boris cofounded Textra after spending several years as a VP and a strategic technology advisor at JPMorgan/LabMorgan, where he led many successful internal BI initiatives, advising the bank's large enterprise software clients on enterprise adoption issues and product and marketing strategies. Prior to JPMorgan, Boris served as a senior manager of data warehousing and customer relationship management (CRM) practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Boris started his career at Citibank, where, among many other successful projects, he implemented the bank's first global credit risk data warehouse.

Education

Boris holds a degree in music education from Moscow Gnessin School Of Music, Russia.

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  • Boris Evelson
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Benchmark Your BI Environment For Continuous Improvement

    Benchmarks: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    Application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals working on business intelligence (BI) initiatives need to understand whether their BI environment is performing well or could use a strategy...

    • Downloads: 783
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Lost In Data Translation? Forrester's Data Taxonomy To The Rescue

    Tools And Technology: The Data Management Playbook

    When it comes to data technology, are you lost in translation? What's the difference between data federation, virtualization, and data-as-a-service? Are columnar databases also relational? These...

    • Downloads: 696
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Mature Business Intelligence Software Market? Far From It

    ForecastView Document

    Business intelligence (BI) and analytics software — key components of systems of insight (SoI) — extract raw data from transactional and other operational applications; transform it into information...

    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Build An Agile BI Organization

      Organization: The Business Intelligence Playbook

      Getting actionable insights from data, AKA business intelligence (BI), is key to enterprise success and competitive differentiation, and Agile BI is one of the ways to make it successful. This...

      • Downloads: 2531
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Boost Customer Insights With Actionable Marketing Dashboards

      A Practical Guide For Technology And Business Professionals To Collaboratively Build Effective Marketing Dashboards

      In this report, application development and delivery (AD&D) pros will learn about the strategies, goals, objectives, and challenges that their customer insights (CI) colleagues face when defining...

      • Downloads: 124
    • For Customer Insights Professionals

      Report:Use Marketing Dashboards To Uncover Customers' Behavior

      A Practical Guide For Business And Technology Professionals To Build Effective Marketing Dashboards Together

      Customer insights (CI) professionals are tasked with measuring, analyzing, and optimizing marketing activities. But they struggle to find the right dashboard to share insights across the...

      • Downloads: 173
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Establish Ongoing Processes To Assess Your Business Intelligence Maturity

      Assessment: The Business Intelligence Playbook

      Forrester's business intelligence (BI) maturity self-assessment model helps application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals assess the maturity of their current BI environments. It also...

      • Downloads: 888
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Stay On Top Of New BI Technologies To Lead Your Enterprise Into The Not-Too-Distant Future

      Earlier-generation business intelligence (BI) still fails to deliver fast, agile, and actionable business insights. But as market dynamics change quickly in the age of the customer, so do the data...

      • Downloads: 131
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Business Intelligence In The Not-Too-Distant Future — More Automated, Pervasive, Actionable

      Vision: The Business Intelligence Playbook

      Today's business intelligence (BI) applications cost too much and take too long to develop and deploy. In the next two to five years, only the enterprises that can react swiftly to new and constantly...

      • Downloads: 157
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Quantify The Tangible Business Value Of BI

      Business Case: The Business Intelligence Playbook

      The business case report of the business intelligence (BI) playbook guides application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals working on BI initiatives through the maze of BI business case...

      • Downloads: 3270
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:BI On BI: How To Manage The Performance Of BI Initiatives

      Performance Management: The Business Intelligence Playbook

      Most enterprises still rely mostly on anecdotal evidence of business users' level of satisfaction with business intelligence (BI), and not all BI tools quantitatively measure BI performance. In this...

      • Downloads: 903
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Quick Take: SAP Acquires Roambi, Opens New Chapter In Mobile BI

      On February 16, 2016, SAP announced the acquisition of the Roambi mobile business intelligence (BI) suite of solutions and its key assets. The deal leaves the market without any significant...

      • Downloads: 85
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Grow Your Business And Compete By Creating A Winning Business Intelligence Strategy

      Executive Overview: The Business Intelligence Playbook

      Enterprise business intelligence (BI) is chock-full of challenges. Only partially a science, it remains mostly art based on best practices and lessons learned. Rather than reinventing the wheel,...

      • Downloads: 483
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Update 2015: Forrester’s BI Maturity Assessment Tool

      Forrester recommends using this business intelligence (BI) maturity assessment tool at the beginning of any BI initiative to help you better understand your current state and strategic priorities....

      • Downloads: 269
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Vendor Landscape: Big Data Text Analytics

      Take Action From Customer Insights Hidden In Unstructured Data

      Without the insights buried in petabytes of unstructured data, your customer view will never be complete. But most of the axioms, best practices, and technologies used for structured data do not...

      • Downloads: 344
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Vendor Landscape: Forrester's 10-Step Methodology For Shortlisting BI Vendors

      Tools And Technology: The Business Intelligence Playbook

      Business intelligence (BI) is a runaway locomotive that keeps picking up speed in terms of enterprise interest, adoption, and spending levels. The result: there are now more than 50 vendors in the...

      • Downloads: 777
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Four Data Visualization Design Steps Help Turn Business Insights Into Action More Effectively

      As data volumes and information complexity skyrocket, business intelligence (BI) and analytics tools have added data visualization capabilities, helping users move from insights to action by...

      • Downloads: 193
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Brief: Data Visualization Unlocks The Value Of Business Insights

      Have you ever wondered what's behind the age-old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words? How does that translate in practice into the world of data visualization? While there are many...

      • Downloads: 126
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Drive Business Insight With Effective BI Strategy

      Road Map: The Business Intelligence Playbook

      How does an enterprise make sense of operations, logistics, and finances? There's just too much information for any one person to process. So it's business intelligence (BI) to the rescue! But how...

      • Downloads: 2504
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Quick Take: AWS QuickSight Will Disrupt Business Intelligence And Analytics

      The New Cloud-Based Platform Makes Sense For Some AD&D Pros, But Not All

      There's a new 800-pound gorilla in the business intelligence (BI) and analytics room. QuickSight, a new offering from Amazon Web Services (AWS), will disrupt the analysis and data visualization areas...

      • Downloads: 205
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:The Forrester Wave™: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2015

      The 13 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

      In Forrester's 15-criteria evaluation of Agile business intelligence (BI) vendors, we identified the 13 most significant software providers in the category —Birst, GoodData, IBM, Information...

      • Downloads: 613
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Maximize Your Chances Of Business Intelligence Success In A Customer-Centric World

      Processes: The Business Intelligence Playbook For 2015

      What can you do to make sure that your business intelligence (BI) initiative doesn't end up on the scrap heap of failed projects? Seeking answers to this question isn't unique to BI projects —...

      • Downloads: 1051
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Vendor Landscape: BI-On-Hadoop For Customer Insights

      Six Steps To Bridge The Worlds Of Business Intelligence And Big Data

      By the time you've inched closer to a complete view of your customers by integrating internal data, you are facing the next challenge of enriching this view with new external data sources like social...

      • Downloads: 320
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Use Forrester's BI Pricing Analysis To Negotiate Better Deals

      Embrace Forrester's Approach To Get More Value For Your Money

      Many business intelligence (BI) vendors do not publish list prices. Some do not even provide list prices under nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) to their customers and prospects. Plus, BI pricing and...

      • Downloads: 142
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Brief: Reasons To (Or Not To) Modernize BI Platforms With Hadoop

      Some BI Challenges — Culture, People, Processes — Cannot Be Solved With Big Data

      Business intelligence (BI) and big data are two pieces of the same jigsaw puzzle — a mosaic of multiple technologies, processes, and best practices that transform data into information for...

      • Downloads: 208