Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Brian covers systems of insight, big data, data management, and analytics technology architecture and strategy. He also leads our emerging technology and technology innovation research and authors Forrester's top technology trends and top emerging technology reports for Enterprise Architecture Professionals. His research provides practical advice to architects and technology strategists seeking to embrace the business technology (BT) agenda with emerging digital technology, big data, analytics, and insights to execution technologies.

Previous Work Experience

Brian has 15 years of experience in IT as an advisor, strategist, architect, and manager. As an analyst, he is the lead for Forrester's emerging technology playbook, is co-lead on the data management playbook, publishes our annual top technologies to watch report, and has authored several groundbreaking pieces on big data. He has helped numerous clients develop their technology watchlists, evolve their architecture practices, and develop strategic approaches to hot topics like big data, business intelligence, and data management. Before joining Forrester, he worked in the financial services and defense industries, where he acted as principal architect for information management technology; overhauled enterprise architecture practices, processes, and governance; and advised executives on emerging technologies.

Education

Brian holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University (1989).

Brian Hopkins's Research

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report: SQL-For-Hadoop: 14 Capable Solutions Reviewed

    There's a new dynamic duo in big data town: SQL and Hadoop. If you think this an unlikely combination, think twice. Enterprises have gobs of structured and semi-structured data generated by all ...

    • Downloads: 26
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: SQL-For-Hadoop: Critical Technology For Customer-Obsessed Firms

    To help your firm become customer-obsessed, you must supply your business partners with access to the data they need to understand customers. Although they're attracted to Hadoop's low cost and ...

    • Downloads: 31
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Brief: An Elastic Analytics Platform

    A majority of global firms will likely have implemented Hadoop by the end of 2015, and most will probably exploit at least one solution to execute structured queries against the data they store ...

    • Downloads: 115
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Critical Big Data Insight From Strata 2015

    Managers as well as data and technology professionals are all enthralled with the promise of big data and disillusioned with its complexity. Strata-Hadoop World 2015 in San Jose, California R...

    • Downloads: 301
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Brief: The BT Agenda Demands New Information Architecture Principles

    Ubiquitous digitization brings a host of new data sources and data types, such as data from mobile devices, the Internet of Things (IoT) sensor data, and newly digitized business processes. Empo...

    • Downloads: 124
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The Top 10 Technology Trends EA Should Watch: 2012 To 2014

    Enterprise architects (EAs) struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing technology landscape while also answering the call for application and technology consolidation. To help EAs balance bus...

    • Downloads: 4577
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The Top Emerging Technologies To Watch: Now Through 2018

    Emerging digital technologies are a primary driver of business evolution and disruption. Firms are grappling with an accelerating pace of business change while also trying to make IT simpler and...

    • Downloads: 4373
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Top Technology Trends To Watch: 2014 To 2016

    Businesses are forced to operate at a new pace as they contend with informed customers, smart competitors, and employees who choose to use their own technology for work. These trends change how ...

    • Downloads: 3908
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The Top 10 Business Technology Trends EA Should Watch: 2012 To 2014

    Driving increasing capacity for business innovation remains high on the CIO's agenda, but enterprise architects (EAs) struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing technology landscape while als...

    • Downloads: 2863
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: Big Opportunities In Big Data

    Opportunities to improve the bottom line exist in a flood of information; however, gaining insight from data becomes challenging as it grows extremely large. Emerging technology applies the powe...

    • Downloads: 2974
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