Boris   Evelson

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.

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.

Boris Evelson's Research

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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Use BI Fabric To Optimize Your Multivendor Business Intelligence Environment

    Performance Management: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    December 11, 2017Boris Evelson

    All enterprises must deal with multiple business intelligence (BI) platforms. Unquestionably, a single enterprise BI platform is ideal, but legacy platforms, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and poor alignment between business and technology pros are just some of many reasons most enterprises must deal with multiple BI tools for the foreseeable future. In this report, application development and delivery (AD&D) pros working on BI initiatives will learn about new BI fabric technologies that will make managing multiple BI platforms significantly easier.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Predictions 2018: The Honeymoon For AI Is Over

    Success At Artificial Intelligence Means Hard Work — Treat It Like A Plug-In Panacea And Fail

    November 9, 2017Boris Evelson, Michele Goetz, Brian Hopkins

    The honeymoon for enterprises naively celebrating the cure-all promises of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is over. Forrester predicts that 2018 will be the year when a majority of enterprises start dealing with the hard facts: AI and all other new technologies like big data and cloud computing still require hard work. This report offers CIOs working on data and analytics initiatives 10 predictions for 2018 with pragmatic and tangible recommendations they can start acting on now.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Build An Agile BI Organization To Support The Insights-Driven Culture

    Organization: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    November 2, 2017Boris Evelson

    An insights-driven organizational culture is key to enterprise success and competitive differentiation, and Agile business intelligence (BI) is one of the required foundational components to make it successful. This report dives into the people part of the Agile BI tetrad — Agile BI software development, organizations, processes, and technologies. It provides an organizational framework that describes how application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals working on BI initiatives can align their BI organization for agility. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. We revised this edition to factor in new data from Forrester's Q4 2016 Global Business Intelligence Organization Online Survey.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

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

    Continuous Improvement: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    October 13, 2017Boris Evelson

    Many business intelligence (BI) environments built on earlier-generation platforms fail to deliver fast, agile, and actionable business insights. As market dynamics change quickly in the age of the customer, so do the data and analytics technologies that have recently become available to BI developers and users. This report gives application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals a glimpse into the emerging BI technologies available today that will transform their existing data and analytics investments into systems of insight.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Next-Generation Business Intelligence Is Here — More Automated, Pervasive, And Actionable

    Vision: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    September 15, 2017Boris Evelson

    Older-generation business intelligence (BI) applications cost too much and take too long to develop and deploy. In the next two to five years, only the insights-driven enterprises — those that can react swiftly to new and constantly changing customer and regulatory requirements — will succeed and survive. In this report, we reveal how application development and delivery (AD&D) pros can transform their existing data and analytics investments into systems of insight with fully automated, pervasive, and actionable BI. This is an update of a previously published report; Forresterreviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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