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.


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

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    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...

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    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 —...

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    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...

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    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: 89
  • 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: 131
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    Report:It's Time To Upgrade Business Intelligence To Systems Of Insight

    Supercharge BI With Agility, Big Data, And Insights To Drive Action

    Business intelligence (BI) has been faithfully serving enterprises for more than two decades. The world, however, doesn't stand still. BI must keep evolving, improving, and adapting to key business...

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    Report:Market Overview: Text Analytics

    Expand Your Big Data Capabilities With Unstructured Text Analytics

    The big promise of big data to deliver better insights to enterprise decision-makers will not fully materialize unless business intelligence (BI) and analytics incorporate all available sources of...

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