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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    Blog:It's Not Your Grandfather's Open Source BI Market Any Longer

    There's never been a question on the advantages of open source software. Crowdsourcing, vendor independence, ability to see and in some cases control the source code, and lower costs are just a...

    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Blog:Build An Agile BI Organization

      The battle of trying to apply traditional waterfall software development life-cycle (SDLC) methodology and project management to Business Intelligence (BI) has already been fought — and largely...

      • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

        Blog:Get Ready For BI Change

        To compete in today's global economy, businesses and governments need agility and the ability to adapt quickly to change. And what about internal adoption to roll out enterprise-grade Business...

        • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

          Blog:BI-Self Service Will Close The Business And Technology Gap In 2015

          Two epic battles have been going on for decades in the world of Business Intelligence and Analytics. Who has the ultimate control of these domains, Business or Technology? And which in the grand...

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            Blog:Agile, flexible, modern BI deployments often require help from the professionals

            Digitally empowered customers — both businesses and consumers — wield a huge influence on enterprise strategies, policies, and customer-facing and internal processes. With mobile devices,...

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     Enters The BI Market With Wave, The Salesforce Analytics Cloud

              There just might be another 800-lb gorilla in the Business Intelligence market. In a year. The popular cult book “Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy” by Douglas Adams defines space as...

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                Blog:The Good The Bad And The Ugly Of Enterprise BI

                Unified information architecture, data governance, and standard enterprise BI platforms are all but a journey via a long and winding road. Even if one deploys the "latest and greatest" BI tools and...

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

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

                  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

                    Blog:Agile BI Ship Has Sailed — Get On Board Quickly Or Risk Falling Behind

                    The battle over customer versus internal business processes requirements and priorities has been fought — and the internal processes lost. Game over. Customers are now empowered with mobile...

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                      Blog:Forrester's 10-Step Methodology For Shortlisting Business Intelligence Vendors

                      BI is no longer a nice-to-have back-office application that counts widgets — it is now used as a key competitive differentiator by all leading organizations. For decades, most of the BI...

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                        Blog:A common denominator for pricing and negotiating Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics software

                        BI and analytics software packaging and pricing are a Wild West with few common practices among the vendors. Comparing and contrasting vendor prices and negotiating with vendors is challenging...

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                          Blog:What Do Business Intelligence Consultants Mean By “Solutions”?

                          Management consultants and business intelligence, analytics and big data system integrations often use the terms accelerators, blueprints, solutions, frameworks, and products to show off their...

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                            Blog:What does Business Intelligence integration with R really mean

                            “A little prediction goes a long way” wrote Eric Siegel in his popular Predictive Analytics book. True, predictive analytics is now part and parcel of most Business Intelligence (BI),...

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                              Blog:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2013

                              The majority of large organizations have either already shifted away from using BI as just another back-office process and toward competing on BI-enabled information or are in the process of doing...

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                                Blog:How To Have The BI Cake And Eat It Too: A (Or The) BI Prediction For 2014

                                Rather than going with the usual, ubiquitous, and often (yawn) repetitive “top 10 BI predictions” for the next year, we thought we’d try something different. After all, didn’t...

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                                  Blog:SAP Takes Another Step Towards Agile BI With KXEN Acquisition

                                  Business intelligence (BI) is an evergreen that simply refuses to give up and get commoditized. Even though very few vendors try to differentiate these days on commodity features like point and...

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                                    Blog:Get ready for BI change

                                    Market conditions are changing quickly; firms need to make the best possible business decisions at the right time and base them on timely, accurate, and relevant information from business...

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                                      Blog:How to estimate cost of BI deployment

                                      Initial business intelligence (BI) ployment efforts are often difficult to predict and may dwarf the investment you made in BI platform software. The effort and costs associated with...

                                      • For Technology Management Professionals

                                        Blog:Streamline Your BI Strategy With Forrester's BI Playbook

                                        CEOs and other senior executives must identify ways to improve their enterprise performance by boosting profitability, raising market share, and leapfrogging competitors. But achieving these...

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                                          Blog:BI on BI Or How BI Pros Must Eat Their Own Dog Food

                                            BI professionals spend a significant portion of their time trying to instill the discipline of datadriven performance management into their business partners. However, isn’t there...

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                                            Blog:Ways To Address BI Skills Shortage

                                            Whether you are just starting on your BI journey or are continuing to improve on past successes, a shortage of skilled and experienced BI resources is going to be one of your top challenges. You are...

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                                              Blog:A Bit Of BI Humor

                                              We all work very hard to make our BI initiatives, programs, platforms, applications, and tools very successful. We need a break. And what better way to relax than to joke about what we do? So... as...

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                                                Blog:Mobile BI And Cloud BI Evaluation Criteria

                                                Mobile BI and cloud BI are among the top trends that we track in the industry. Our upcoming Enterprise BI Platforms Wave™ will dedicate a significant portion of vendor evaluation on these two...

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                                                  Blog:Business Intelligence / Analytics / Big Data Leader Job Description

                                                  Clients often ask Forrester to help them define a job description for a business intelligence (BI) / analytics / big data leader, executive, or manager. Here’s what we typically provide: Our...

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                                                    Blog:Do You Have BI On BI?

                                                    BI is used to build, report, and analyze business performance metrics and indicators. What about measuring the performance of BI itself? How do you know if you have a high-performing, widely used BI...