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.


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:The Top 10 Technology Trends To Watch: 2016 To 2018

    The Age Of The Customer Will Drive Firms To Increase Their Investments In End-To-End Technology Solutions

    Five years into the age of the customer, investments in mobile, cloud, big data, predictive analytics, and social technologies are booming. But unlike previous technology cycles, tech investments...

    • Downloads: 998
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Q&A: Forrester's Top Five Questions About Big Data

    What Forrester's Clients Want To Know About Big Data In 2015

    In 2015, big data implementation is full on, which means that the questions clients ask have changed substantially in the past 12 months. This report answers some of the most common questions that...

    • Downloads: 234
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Transform Customer Experiences With Systems Of Insight

    Insights Masters Create Amazing Experiences With Digital Insight — And Point To What Enterprises Can Do

    Your business wants to grow its customer base and understands that customers will come only if experiences improve. You expect that lots of data and good analytics will help deliver these...

    • Downloads: 291
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

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

    SQL Is The Fastest, Easiest Way To Get Value From Relational Data In Hadoop

    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 sorts...

    • Downloads: 137
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

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

    Which Type Of SQL-For-Hadoop Will Help You Turn Customer Obsession Into Reality?

    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: 115
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: An Elastic Analytics Platform

    SQL-For-Hadoop Foreshadows A Next-Generation Platform For Elastic Analytics On Big Data

    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: 175
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Critical Big Data Insight From Strata 2015

    What EA Pros Need To Know About The World's Largest Data Conference

    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 —...

    • Downloads: 359
  • 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...

    • Downloads: 147
  • 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: 792
  • 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: 369
  • 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: 345
  • 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: 795
  • 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: 431
  • 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: 610
  • 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: 1715
  • 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: 710
  • 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: 1088
  • 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: 604
  • 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: 300
  • 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: 144
  • 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: 205
  • 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: 155
  • 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: 976
  • 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: 865
  • 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: 370