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).

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  • Brian Hopkins
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

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

    Found Your Digital Insights Architecture On These New 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. Empowered...

    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:Digital Insights Are The New Currency Of Business

      Build Systems Of Insight To Consistently Turn Big Data Into Business Action

      Businesses are drowning in data but starving for insights. Worse, they have no systematic way to consistently turn data into action. This can't continue. Demanding customers and competitive pressures...

      • Downloads: 360
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Brief: Turning Big Data Into Business Insights, 2015

      As The Buzz Settles, Huge Changes Brew In 2015

      Since big data exploded onto enterprises' radar in 2011, enterprise architects have been busy asking questions, such as: "What is it?" "Do I have it?" "Is there something different I need to do?"...

      • Downloads: 273
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Brief: Data Preparation Tools Accelerate Analytics

      Machine Learning Powers Tools That Prepare Data For Analysis

      It takes too long to get data in the hands of business analysts and data scientists. Tedious manual processes and waterfall, requirement-driven data preparation flows are to blame. This brief defines...

      • Downloads: 252
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Stretch Your Data Management Capabilities

      Continuous Improvement: The Data Management Playbook

      Firms face an enormous data management challenge: how to understand and service increasingly powerful customers and out-maneuver disruptive competitors. In the past, enterprise and data architects...

      • Downloads: 748
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Q&A: The Top Five Technical Big Data Questions

      The volume of big data-related inquiries from Forrester clients has mushroomed in the past year, indicating that enterprise architects have moved from casually watching the space to planning actual...

      • Downloads: 367
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Hadoop Ecosystem Overview, Q4 2014

      Get A Handle On Hadoop With Forrester's Ecosystem View

      This report explains Hadoop, not as a single product, but as an ecosystem of batch and real-time components that includes Apache, other open source projects, and vendor add-ons. It deconstructs the...

      • Downloads: 504
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:The Top Emerging Technologies To Watch: Now Through 2020

      Make These Emerging Technologies Part Of Your BT Agenda

      Emerging technology plays a big role in firms' profitability and their customers' digital experiences. Yet enterprise architects struggle with the speed of new technology delivery and constantly...

      • Downloads: 1513
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:The Top Emerging Technologies Through 2020 — The CIO Perspective

      CIOs Need To Make Emerging Technologies Part Of Their BT Agenda

      In today's competitive environment, investing in business technologies is central to companies' ability to win, serve, and retain customers. Companies that create and lead in new disruptive business...

      • Downloads: 636
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:TechRadar™: Big Data, Q3 2014

      Embrace A Broad Perspective On Big Data Technology

      When it comes to big data, an exclusive focus on Hadoop misses other ways of satisfying the demand of businesses to get more insight from more data more quickly. This report takes a broad view of big...

      • Downloads: 978
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Q&A: The Top Five Strategic Big Data Questions

      Big-data-related inquiries have mushroomed in the past year. Forrester's data indicates that most organizations are either experimenting with big data technology or have already started. This report...

      • Downloads: 577
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Quick Take: Google Cloud Services Gather Steam

      New Developer Tools, Big Data Services, And Aggressive Pricing Will Tempt Enterprise Developers

      At last week's I/O developer conference, Google announced a slew of new developer tools, application programming interfaces (APIs), and cloud services that will make it easier for developers to put...

      • Downloads: 279
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Quick Take: Google Amps Up Android

      Android L-Preview Links Phones and Tablets To Cars, TVs, And Wearables

      Google I/O is the hottest developer conferences in the world for a reason: Android is the fastest growing and most-used mobile platform. That's not to say that Google is not a web juggernaut, too....

      • Downloads: 134
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Google Flu Trends — A Big Data Fail? Not Exactly

      Learn Big Data Lessons From Google

      In 2008, Google developed a big data predictive model using Internet search terms that it claimed could track the spread of the flu faster and with greater accuracy than the Center for Disease...

      • Downloads: 193
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Quick Take: Actian Throws Down The SQL-On-Hadoop Gauntlet

      It's Game On For Hadoop In The Enterprise

      Actian announced their Hadoop SQL query engine, Actian Analytics Platform — Hadoop SQL Edition, at the Hadoop Summit in San Jose on June 3rd. According to Actian, their SQL engine is not just...

      • Downloads: 146
    • For CIO Professionals

      Report:Reset On Big Data

      Embrace Big Data To Engage Customers At Scale

      Big data rhetoric is at an all-time high. The media is all over the map with its points of view and technology vendors tout products with claims that seem incredible. In the midst of this din, CIOs...

      • Downloads: 898
    • For B2C Marketing Professionals

      Report:Big Data's Big Meaning For Marketing

      Use Big Data To Deliver Context And Personalization At Scale

      In the age of the customer, it's not enough for your organization to simply meet your customers' needs. Today, your customers often expect you to anticipate their needs, in much the same way as the...

      • Downloads: 795
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Brief: IBM Big Data Cloud Services Are A Big Bet

      Try Out IBM's Tools, But Demand More Before You Commit

      On April 28th, IBM made a series of announcements that began bringing together its big data and cloud strategies. As firms plan to meet age-of-the-customer demands for agility and cost effective big...

      • Downloads: 347
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Architect For Extreme Uncertainty

      Use Systemic Design To Deal With The Unknown Unknowns

      Enterprise architecture is now at a critical tipping point. New digital business models and an unrelenting focus on customer engagement are unlocking new exciting initiatives and projects for...

      • Downloads: 393
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:EA Isn't Meeting The Demand For New Technology

      Your business is relentlessly pursuing opportunities to win, serve, and retain customers, and demanding new technology to do it. Meanwhile, enterprise architecture (EA) professionals are struggling...

      • Downloads: 315
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Think Like A Sponsor To Improve Emerging Technology Investments

      Enterprise expectations for information technology are high but firms have trouble making good investments. Emerging technology, in particular, is a risky investment; enterprise architecture (EA)...

      • Downloads: 252
    • 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 firms...

      • Downloads: 3846
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Tune Your Organization For Emerging Technology Innovation

      The disruptive impact of IT has become the top concern of chief executive officers (CEOs), and chief information officers (CIOs) are shifting their priorities in response. Despite this, we find firms...

      • Downloads: 640
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Use Past Performance To Create Future Emerging Technology Success

      Firms depend on emerging technology to meet strategic business objectives, but most projects involving new technology tend to fail late. Architects and technology strategists recognize they need to...

      • Downloads: 298
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Technology Watchlist Toolkit

      This toolkit provides practical techniques to help enterprise architects and technology innovation executives evaluate the broad landscape of emerging technology, choose the most appropriate...

      • Downloads: 58