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Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals

Brian’s research helps clients drive innovation through emerging technology to get ahead of trends and become leaders in their markets. His thought leadership also assists CIOs in maximizing the returns on their investments and future-proofing their business against the accelerating pace of change. He is routinely covered in major trade journals, such as the Wall Street Journal, CIO.com, and ZDNet, where his ideas challenge technology leaders to think differently to get better results. His coverage of technologies includes edge computing, edge intelligence, quantum computing, insight and big data platforms, and systems of insight. He is a contributing author to the insights-driven business playbook and the IT transformation playbook. Finally, he leads Forrester's annual top emerging technologies and top technology trends reports, making him the first touchpoint for firms looking to get ahead with new technology.

Previous Work Experience

Brian has 18 years of experience in technology management as an advisor, strategist, architect, and manager. Before joining Forrester, he worked in the financial services and defense industries, where he acted as architecture director for data management and analytics; overhauled enterprise architecture practices and process governance; advised executives on business technology strategy; and managed multimillion-dollar technology investment programs. Brian was in the US Navy for 10 years as an officer in the nuclear submarine force, where he served as an engineering assistant for USS Seahorse (SSN 669), assistant intelligence officer for Submarine Group 7, and operations and navigation officer for USS Bremerton (SSN 698). He attended Texas A&M University, class of ’88, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and a Ross Volunteer.

Education

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

Brian Hopkins

VP, Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals

Brian’s research helps clients drive innovation through emerging technology to get ahead of trends and become leaders in their markets. His thought leadership also assists CIOs in maximizing the returns on their investments and future-proofing their business against the accelerating pace of change. He is routinely covered in major trade journals, such as the Wall Street Journal, CIO.com, and ZDNet, where his ideas challenge technology leaders to think differently to get better results. His coverage of technologies includes edge computing, edge intelligence, quantum computing, insight and big data platforms, and systems of insight. He is a contributing author to the insights-driven business playbook and the IT transformation playbook. Finally, he leads Forrester's annual top emerging technologies and top technology trends reports, making him the first touchpoint for firms looking to get ahead with new technology.

Previous Work Experience

Brian has 18 years of experience in technology management as an advisor, strategist, architect, and manager. Before joining Forrester, he worked in the financial services and defense industries, where he acted as architecture director for data management and analytics; overhauled enterprise architecture practices and process governance; advised executives on business technology strategy; and managed multimillion-dollar technology investment programs. Brian was in the US Navy for 10 years as an officer in the nuclear submarine force, where he served as an engineering assistant for USS Seahorse (SSN 669), assistant intelligence officer for Submarine Group 7, and operations and navigation officer for USS Bremerton (SSN 698). He attended Texas A&M University, class of ’88, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and a Ross Volunteer.

Education

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

Brian Hopkins's Research

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  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: BP Continues To Lead With Technology-Driven Innovation

    BP's Digital Innovation Organization Puts Technology-Driven Innovation Into Action

    February 19, 2020Brian Hopkins

    Every firm is trying to be more innovative with technology, but few are at the cutting edge. The head of BP's digital innovation organization (DIO) gave a talk at our Digital Transformation and Innovation 2019 Forum, explaining how her team stays close to rapidly changing digital technology. CIOs and innovation leaders should read this report to apply her lessons to your organizations.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Technology-Driven Innovation (TDI) Core Capabilities

    Four Key Innovation Capabilities Characterize High-Growth Innovators

    February 13, 2020Brian Hopkins, Patrick Carroll

    Forrester recently introduced the practice of technology-driven innovation — an advanced discipline of rapid technology experimentation to unleash disruptive change. Through our analysis, we discovered four distinguishing capabilities that set advanced technology innovators apart. CIOs and technology leaders should read this report to understand what these are and begin elevating their firm's ability to execute.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Turn Emerging Technology Into Sustained Advantage

    Technology-Driven Innovation Gives Leaders An Edge That Lasts

    February 13, 2020Brian Hopkins

    Transforming your business with technology is more important and harder than ever — you must have fresh thinking to succeed. This report develops the idea of technology-driven innovation as a fresh approach to the old practice of trend and emerging technology scouting. It will help CIOs commercialize the pace of technology-fueled change.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Help Your C-Suite See The Value Of Agile

    December 18, 2019Brian Hopkins

    Agile development is a mature strategy for delivering capability in the face of constantly changing requirements and unknowns. However, misuse and overuse have corrupted its initial intent. Today, many CIOs are trying to improve business agility, but they’re running into issues using the term agile because of the its history. This PowerPoint tool showcases this research finding with data from our business technographics survey and provides highly digestible thought leadership and references to deeper research.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: A Decoder Ring For Edge Computing

    How To Interpret What "Edge Computing" Is And How It Creates Value

    December 13, 2019 James Staten, Brian Hopkins

    Edge computing is a catchphrase that’s spread from mobile and telecom vendor initiatives to almost all industries. The meaning of edge computing varies based on the messenger, which is a big problem. Cloud vendors see edge as an extension of their IaaS and PaaS services while telcos and content delivery networks want to host near-real-time applications. Various technology strategists must get a handle on the term and understand its value to their business. This PowerPoint-formatted research dives into the rich, rapidly advancing landscape of edge computing.

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