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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: Dare To Disrupt With Technology-Driven Innovation

    Lead With Technology To Create Explosive 4x Returns

    July 19, 2019Brian Hopkins, Bobby Cameron, James Staten

    Most firms use traditional innovation methods to meet their business goals. As a result, they get nondifferentiated offerings and average results. CIOs and other business leaders should read this report to see how advanced firms drive innovation with technology to change the game and dominate markets. In this report, we introduce the practice of technology-driven innovation. Learn how to do technology-driven innovation well, and you'll see two, three, or four times the growth of your competitors. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Video: Unlock Explosive Growth

    Watch This Video To Learn How Tech-Driven Innovation And Adaptiveness Combine To Create 4x Growth

    June 13, 2019Brian Hopkins

    Growing revenue has been at the top of firms' business priority lists for the past five years; however, most firms try to drive growth by incrementally improving their current business models and delivering with greater agility. This 9-minute video draws on new research on technology-driven innovation and adaptiveness that work together to unlock explosive opportunities. Firms that master these concepts will grow much faster than their competition.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: Beyond Agility — Adaptive Enterprises Hold The Winning Hand

    Adaptive Enterprises Win At Customer Obsession, Growing Three Times Their Industries' Averages

    May 7, 2019Brian Hopkins, Bobby Cameron

    Agile delivery and digital business no longer drive the competitive advantage they once did, making it difficult for firms to continue delivering on customer obsession. Symbiotic loops between technologies and people are forcing market changes at a pace most firms can't match with digital's reactive responses and agile's iterative delivery. CIOs and technology leaders should read this report to understand how adaptive enterprises establish market leadership by proactively reconfiguring their underlying business concepts — like core mission, value proposition, core competencies, markets, and end customers.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Revenge Of The Atoms

    Algorithms Plus Atoms Reshape The Age Of The Customer

    February 28, 2019 J. P. Gownder, Brian Hopkins, Craig Le Clair

    The digital world of bits empowered customers like never before. But a new era of continuous delivery, powered by AI and automation, promises to help companies regain some leverage in their relationship with buyers. To do so, they must connect two key silos within the organization: the silo that understands digital and the silo that understands physical production. This report will show CIOs and other leaders why this effort is the key to future innovation.

  • For CIO Professionals

    REPORT: The Power Behind Digital Ecosystems

    Invest In Two Emerging Technologies To Accelerate Digital Ecosystem Returns

    February 21, 2019Brian Hopkins

    Digital leaders build connected ecosystems of business, people, or things. As ecosystems grow, they can increase in effectiveness very quickly, but only if you have laid the right technology foundation. CIOs must understand the potential of digital ecosystems to achieve exponential benefits and help their firms invest in the right emerging technologies that accelerate them.

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